For the past month in Myanmar, thousands of people have been in the streets protesting a military coup that overthrew their elected government. To get international attention, some protesters have adopted entertaining and eye-catching tactics. Some women are wearing pageant tiaras, while some men go shirtless. Others carry placards with clever slogans that make useful Internet memes.
In various ways, protesters are using gender norms subversively to push back against the coup. To better understand this, I analyzed images in the Getty Images archive and Twitter, and found that some are using gender stereotypes to shame the military dictatorship while others are protecting protesters by making female protesters hyper-visible.… Seguir leyendo »
On Monday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress to extend martial law — for a second time — in his home region of Mindanao. Two days later, Congress did just that. Mindanao is a restive southern province and home to 94 percent of the country’s Muslim population. Martial law is part of Duterte’s plan to ensure the “total eradication” of Islamist extremists — but this approach can backfire. Here’s why.
Why did Duterte first declare martial law?
In May, Duterte declared 60 days of martial law after security forces raided a suspected terrorist hideout. The raid was a failure: Instead of capturing the leader of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, Philippine troops found themselves in a firefight with different Islamists, the Maute group.… Seguir leyendo »
On the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, 21 million people are living under martial law. President Rodrigo Duterte declared 60 days of martial law on May 23 after troops and police failed to apprehend Isnilon Hapilon, a terrorist leader who has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State. The military is bombing Marawi City and sending soldiers street by street to ferret out those suspected of being part of Hapilon’s militant network. As of June 5, more than 180 people had been killed in clashes between security forces and terrorists, with more at risk every day.
A declaration of martial law under these conditions seems reasonable.… Seguir leyendo »