War

Moderate Indonesian Muslim Rejection of the US Attack on Iraq

In this essay, I reflect on how moderate Muslims in Indonesia came to terms, in late 2002, with George W. Bush’s zealous preparations to attack Iraq. The topic is quite important, as Indonesia is well known to have the world’s largest Muslim population, and the majority of Indonesia’s Muslims are moderate and tolerant in their religious views. At the time, there were “pro” and [...]

Review— The Philippines Under Japan: Occupation Policy and Reaction

The Philippines Under Japan: Occupation Policy and Reaction Ikehata Setsuho and Ricardo Trota Jose, editors Quezon City / Ateneo de Manila University Press / 1999 If understanding the past is a key to making sense of the present and the future, this collection of eight meticulously researched and clearly written articles on the Japanese occupation of the Philippines is a must read. The book [...]

Review— Absent History: The Untold Story of Special Branch Operations in Singapore 1915-1942

Absent History: The Untold Story of Special Branch Operations in Singapore 1915-1942Ban Kah ChoonSingapore / SNP Media Asia / 2001 Writing a history of British political intelligence activity in East and Southeast Asia is an extremely difficult task given the limited materials and sources available. Absent History is the first book to attempt to do so for the Special Branch in Singapore before [...]