A lot has been made recently about the move by Xi Jinping to abolish the term limits for his presidency, effectively making him the most openly powerful Chinese leader since Mao. This change to the Chinese constitution, only the 5th since its inception, removes the 2-term limit that was previously in place for both Presidents…

Since the partition of India in 1947, India stood as a multicultural beacon in a culturally divisive region. While the Sinhalese fought the Tamils in Sri Lanka, and the then Burmese government fought a range of different ethnic groups, Nehru’s India not only tolerated but celebrated its ethnic and religious diversity, following an agnosticism that…

In this 6th IFLRY Online seminar, Celito Arlegue, Executive Director of the Council of Asian Liberals Democrats (CALD) discuss the political situation in the Philippines. Celito discusses the liberal conundrum that is posed by populist president Rodrigo Duterte. Who is fighting an ongoing “war” on drugs, claiming that this shows that he is an “action man”…

In 2015, the Panama Papers revelation came as a shock to the whole world. The leaked documents revealed the information about the offshore financial assets and companies of politicians, celebrities and government officials everywhere. The revelations triggered mass protests against governments, and lead to the downfall of the Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davio Gunnlaugsson. It’s…

Singapore has been hit by political scandal. Yes, that clean, quiet, stable, protest-free city state; the one that’s supposedly good for business because there’s no political unrest and no independent trade unions. That Singapore. Yet, if you listened to the media here, you’d hardly guess it. The siblings of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have…

以下請見中文版 Two days ago,  the constitutional court of Taiwan, the Judicial Yuan, ruled that the same-sex couples should have the right to get married – making Taiwan potentially the first country in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The court ruled that a stipulation in the civil code, stipulating that marriage could not be between two persons of the…

Citizens always expect the best from their leaders. They hope that their leaders will provide them with food, security, health and other basic necessities.  However, if they fail to deliver, public sentiment will gradually start to change, which could result in the downfall of that particular government. Under some conditions, public anger can grow so…