As in other parts of the world, the war on drugs in Southeast Asian countries has huge social, moral and medical costs. Now, an approach that places harm reduction at its centre is gaining support.
From stubborn military rule to religious 'mobocracy', five young democracies show signs of slipping backwards.
Skin whitening among women has long been commonplace, but now young Asian men too, are using a plethora of whitening products.
Shifts in southeast Asian countries' political leadership has led to another worrying region-wide shift: away from liberalism.
Duterte says there are three million drug users in the Philippines. There are almost certainly many fewer than that.
Duterte used his "tough on crime" approach to win the election as a political outsider, promising to restore law and order with strongman rule. His approval rating has since soared to over 90%.
A major insurgency is humiliating the Filipino army and sucking in huge ransoms – but all anyone wants to talk about is Islamic State.
The foul-mouthed, tough-talking president of the Philippines is ironically a pragmatist on foreign policy.
ASEAN has been silent over the blatant disregard of human lives by the Philippines and Indonesia in the name of the 'war on drugs'.
President Duterte has picked fights with President Obama and with the EU. His behavior is shaking the U.S.-Philippine alliance and stability in Southeast Asia.
The people of the Philippines and their president know all too well the hypocrisy of being lectured by the United States about violence, human rights and democracy.
Why would the Philippine president risk alienating an important and generous ally?
Calling Barack Obama a 'son of a whore' was just another PR disaster for a country already subject to lazy stereotypes.
To understand Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power and the public support for killing drug dealers and users, we need to distinguish the empirical from the normative – the 'what is' from 'what should be'.
The South China Sea produces more than 10% of the world's fish – but the catch is increasingly under threat.
Feared and deplored for his slash-and-burn approach to criminal justice, Rodrigo Duterte has suddenly shown his conciliatory side.
The Philippines is seeing a surge of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals and drug users since Rodrigo Duterte assumed office last month.
The Philippines suffers from many internal conflicts. Can the new president bring about a much-needed peace?
Islands are very special when it comes to quirks of evolution.
China claims ownership of almost all of the South China Sea and refuses to abide by a recent ruling calling that hogwash. Why does China want to control the sea so badly?