Can populism survive the pandemic?

Populism has undergone a sudden resurgence in the past years. Many have probably had an idea about the dangerous ideological factors that populism can have on democratic systems. Now, as the world continues to struggle with the global pandemic and all the other complex economic or social factors that fall in between, the true realityContinue reading “Can populism survive the pandemic?”

Mass Crowds Gathered in Tanah Abang: A Mix of Responses

Southeast Asia’s largest textile market, Tanah Abang, has always been a popular place to visit ahead of Eid celebrations. With Eid coming in just a few days, pictures and videos showing how swarmed the market place was on the 2nd of May went viral. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan confirmed that an estimated 87,000 people visitedContinue reading “Mass Crowds Gathered in Tanah Abang: A Mix of Responses”

When will life return back to “normal”?

We’ve heard world leaders, scientists, and health care officials tell us about the prospect of having a “normal” life once we’ve taken all the right steps to contain COVID-19. Dubbed as “the greatest vaccine effort in history”, vaccine programs have started to be implemented in various parts of the world. The question we’re all thinkingContinue reading “When will life return back to “normal”?”

Lockdown 2.0: A Not-So Merry Christmas for Some European Countries

A number of European countries have recently toughened their restrictions as the holidays approaches. These measures vary from strict lockdowns to night-time curfews as the countries plan a strategy that allows some extent of freedom for the Christmas period. Germany has reintroduced a strict lockdown as COVID-19 related deaths hit a new record high. AsContinue reading “Lockdown 2.0: A Not-So Merry Christmas for Some European Countries”

Facemask or Play Dead

Authorities in Jakarta asked people who violate mask-wearing rules (apparently super hard to follow for some people 🤷🏻‍♂️) to lay inside a mock-up coffin and contemplate where their actions went wrong. The media reported that people caught without a facemask in certain districts were told to spend some time in mock-up coffins as passers-by takeContinue reading “Facemask or Play Dead”