Scholars have noted roles of law and courts in authoritarian regimes, largely as institutions of repression (see Jothie Rajah 2021). However, role of recent crowdfunding to overcome lawsuits/repression in SG presents new & subtle tools of resistance
Another case in SG where the public offered subtle resistance.…
If I were a betting man, I wager the PAP will legislate higher mandatory damages courts must award for defamation.

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Authoritarian party stay resilient because they're cohesive. These are signs the PAP juggernaut is fraying, slowly but surely.…
Less than a year ago, the party stood behind it's leader.…
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(1) Some rudimentary thoughts (or questions) on the coup, from a non-Burma watcher, but a Southeast Asianist and a student of civil-military relations.
(2) Apparent that the Tatmadaw is concerned about its political position vis-a-vis the NLD. However, I think it is important to disaggregate personal vs corporate interests.
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