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Members of Free West Papua Campaign Netherlands demonstrate in The Hague last September against excessive violence in West Papua by the Indonesian army. Remko de Waal/EPA

How the world failed West Papua in its campaign for independence

International political dynamics sabotaged West Papuans' attempts to ride the waves of decolonisation efforts by Asian and African countries throughout the 1940s to the 1960s.
An Iranian boy walk past next to a wall painting of Iran’s national flag in a street of the capital city of Tehran, Iran, in early January. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

The US-Iran conflict and what it means for Indonesia

Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population, is expected to face no political impacts from US-Iran conflict due to Indonesia's minimal involvement in the region.
Hari Ibu presents an opportunity to explicitly acknowledge the difficulties faced by janda and other women marginalised in their community. http://www.onlineakselerasi.com/2017/12/hari-ibu-gmni-palopo-suarakan-stop.html

Living in the shadows of the Indonesian mother: the stigma, shame and opportunities as a widow or divorcee

_Janda_ stereotypes pervade the lives of the Indonesian women who are marginalised in their community, forcing them to live precarious lives.
Institutions such as Al-Azhar University have traditionally been regarded as the standard model for Islamic higher education. Indonesia’s new international Islamic university wants to change that. Shutterstock

How Indonesia’s new international Islamic university will host global research for ‘moderate Islam’

Slated for operations in 2020, Indonesia's new international Islamic university aims to become a 'middle ground' Islamic institution through leveraging Indonesia's unique culture of moderate Islam.
The United Nations (UN) has called for the empowerment of persons with disabilities so they are not only involved but also can lead in disaster management. Their leadership is vital to ensure that every disaster response also meets the need of persons with disabilities. www.shutterstock.com

3 ways to encourage people with disabilities to be involved in leading disaster responses

Encouraging people with disabilities to lead in the emergency response is vital if we want to prevent more people becoming disabled, or dying, as a result of disaster.
A man with a disability is seen in Jakarta. It is important to provide disability activists with skills, confidence and networks to continue campaigning for the full implementation of the law. www.shutterstock.com

Research: changing Indonesian officials’ attitudes on disability issues takes time

Our 2018 research on the implementation of the new disability law shows that policymakers are still reluctant to implement the law.
Around 90% of research papers published in journals contain results that prove the hypotheses. This bias has driven scientists to commit unethical practices just to get published easier. Shutterstock

Three things the scientific community can do to filter sketchy research

Indonesia's unhealthy obsession with research output is driving scientists to commit unethical acts to produce research that are more publishable. What can the research community do to stop this?
Indonesia announced ‘war against marine plastic debris’ in 2016 as a recent study dubbed the country as the second largest waste producer in the world. www.shutterstock.com

Indonesia needs more research on how plastic waste in the ocean impact marine life. Here’s why

Indonesia is struggling to keep its waste from the oceans. The government has announced ambitious plan to curb plastic waste. However, lack of research to support the policy.
Thousands of students staged protests across the country against proposed changes to the criminal code and a new law that weakened the country’s anti-corruption commission. EPA/Dedi Sinuhaji

A requiem for Reformasi as Joko Widodo unravels Indonesia’s democratic legacy

Indonesia passes a regressive anti-democratic law – with more to come – just as BJ Habibie dies, the president who championed the dramatic reform process that transformed Indonesia after 1998.

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