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  • Yudhoyono's legacy: the great democratic leader who became a follower – Sydney Morning Herald. October 18, 2014. Just a month ago, on the cusp of the end of his long term as Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono trended globally for several days on his beloved social media platform, Twitter.
  • PPP joins Jokowi's coalition, still mired in conflict – Jakarta Post. October 18, 2014. Despite the United Development Party (PPP) declaring allegiance to the coalition of president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, it might mean nothing as the party's internal conflicts remain unresolved.
  • Hong Kong protesters reclaim city streets in fresh clashes with police – Sydney Morning Herald. October 18, 2014. In fresh clashes, signalling that the deadlock between pro-democracy demonstrators and authorities threatens to deepen rather than subside, thousands of protesters reclaimed city streets that police had cleared by force just hours earlier.
  • Thai intellectual faces anti-monarchy charge – Associated Press. October 18, 2014. One of Thailand's most prominent intellectuals is the target of a criminal complaint for comments he made about a Thai king who died more than 400 years ago.
  • The 'tradition' of Thai kingship – Red Thai Socialist. October 18, 2014. It should come as no surprise that Thai Kingship is an "invented tradition", just as Eric Hobsbawm described the British monarchy as an invented tradition.
  • Joko Widodo tells Tony Abbott he will not tolerate navy's incursions – Australian Associated Press. October 17, 2014. Indonesia's incoming president has sent a blunt message to the Australian prime minster, Tony Abbott, about asylum seeker boat turnbacks.
  • French journalists face jail for reporting from Indonesia – The Guardian. October 17, 2014. Two French journalists who were detained by the Indonesian authorities on 6 August are to face trial on Monday (20 October) for "abusive use of entry visas".
  • Adviser: Jokowi plans steep fuel price rise next month – Reuters. October 17, 2014. Indonesia's President-elect Joko Widodo plans to raise subsidized gasoline and diesel prices by around 50 percent next month in a bid to bring down the budget deficit in Southeast Asia's largest economy, an adviser told Reuters on Friday.
  • Indonesian rivals play nice ahead of inauguration – Sydney Morning Herald. October 17, 2014. Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on Friday met and for the first time congratulated the winner, Joko Widodo, more than three months after election day.
  • Yudhoyono's decade of peaks and troughs – Jakarta Globe. October 17, 2014. Counting down the days until the end of his decade in office next week, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono picked 20 lucky winners among Indonesians on Twitter for a meet and greet with him in Yogyakarta on Thursday.
  • Thai soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape – Associated Press. October 17, 2014. In a famous scene from Thailand's award-winning soap opera "The Power of Shadows," the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and they live happily ever after.
  • Hong Kong police clear protesters, barricades at key site – Reuters. October 17, 2014. Hundreds of Hong Kong police staged their biggest and boldest raid yet on a pro-democracy protest camp before dawn on Friday, charging down student-led activists who have held a key intersection in one of the main protest zones for more than three weeks.
  • Caretaker gets 3 months for attacking Catholics in Sleman – Jakarta Post. October 17, 2014. Judges at Sleman District Court in Yogyakarta sentenced pesantren (Islamic boarding school) caretaker Abdul Kholik to three months in jail on Thursday for attacking Catholics who were conducting a prayer session in May.
  • Pakistan court upholds blasphemy death sentence – Associated Press. October 17, 2014. A Pakistani court has upheld the death sentence of a Christian woman whose 2010 conviction for blasphemy led to the assassination of two politicians who supported her, a defense lawyer said Friday.
  • Elections postponed while anti-reformist show their true colours – Red Thai Socialist. October 16, 2014. While the dictator Prayut was huddled with the Chinese and Japanese representatives in Italy, he had previously told reporters not to "speculate" when elections would be held again in Thailand.
  • Indonesia's police and military come to blows again – Jakarta Globe. October 16, 2014. Two police officers in East Kalimantan were beaten by members of the military on Tuesday, after a routine traffic stop escalated into a full-on fracas. The incident is the latest scuffle to strain the increasingly tense relationship between the rival forces.
  • Hong Kong protests swell on outcry over beating of politician – Bloomberg. October 16, 2014. Just as the city's pro-democracy movement appeared to be losing steam, public support for the protesters has swelled again in the wake of video footage showing police allegedly beating a demonstrator.
  • New political party aims to put Burma's women in power – Irrawaddy. October 16, 2014. A group of politically minded women in Mon State have formed a party to contest general elections in 2015, with the express goal of securing more seats for women in both houses of Burma's Parliament.
  • 66 arrested as thousands rally for release of gaoled French journos – West Papua Media. October 15, 2014. 66 West Papuan activists were arrested by Indonesian Police in Jayapura and Merauke, Papua on Monday, as rallies calling for respect of press freedom and the release of two French journalists attracted thousands of people across Papua and Indonesia.
  • Papua arrests violate freedom of expression – UCAN News. October 15, 2014. The arrests on Monday of 49 Papuan protesters represent a deterioration of freedom of expression, Jakarta-based human rights watchdog Indonesian Human Rights Monitor (Imparsial) said today.
  • Indonesian government stands with FPI against interfaith marriages – Jakarta Globe. October 15, 2014. The Indonesian government has sided with Islamic hard-liners in requesting the Constitutional Court throw out a challenge to the 1974 Marriage Law by petitioners seeking recognition for interfaith marriages.
  • KPK confirms Jokowi's squeaky-clean track record – Jakarta Post. October 15, 2014. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) cleared president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo of three graft allegations on Tuesday, rejecting calls to investigate the Jakarta governor.
  • Lawmakers' track records draw ire – Jakarta Post. October 15, 2014. A survey conducted by a human rights watchdog, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), has found that more than 100 of newly sworn-in House of Representatives members have dubious track records.
  • Clashes as Hong Kong police crack down on protesters – Sydney Morning Herald. October 15, 2014. Hundreds of police clashed with protesters in Hong Kong early on Wednesday, amid one of the toughest crackdowns since the early days of the pro-democracy demonstrations that have crippled parts of the city centre for more than two weeks.
  • Safety audit finds thousands of problems in Bangladesh garment factories – Agence France Presse. October 15, 2014. A comprehensive safety audit of Bangladesh garment factories has found thousands of major safety problems, following last year's Rana Plaza disaster that claimed more than 1,100 lives.
  • SBY 'excuses' violence in 10-year tenure – Jakarta Post. October 14, 2014. Entering the last days of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's term in office, rights group the Setara Institute has highlighted his failure in promoting and defending harmony among interfaith groups in the country.

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