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Cocos Malay photo from the 1910s showing a wedding procession that is still practised today with the groom pictured going to the bride’s house accompanied by members of the community. Wikimedia Commons/From the book 'Coral reefs and islands' authored by Jones, F. Wood (Frederic Wood), 1879-1954, Published by Lovell Reeve & Co. , Ltd. London. Photo digitized by Smithsonian Libraries Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library

A group of Southeast Asian descendants wants to be recognised as Indigenous Australians

In the 1800s, a group of Southeast Asians were taken to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, now part of Australia, by an English merchant. Their descendants are seeking Indigenous status from Australia.
The death threat looms large over Indonesian youth as their rate of smoking is high. www.shutterstock.com

Protecting young Indonesian hearts from tobacco

Indonesia has the region's highest rate of smoking among youths – one in five between the ages of 13 and 15 smoke. What should the government should do to stop youth from smoking?
Anti-terror police guard the house of the family that detonated bombs in Surabaya, Indonesia, May 15 2018. Fully Handoko/EPA

How people become suicide bombers: the six steps to terrorism

To prevent people from climbing the staircase to terrorism, educating people about the values of tolerance should start early.
A protester walks near burning police cars during a clash with police at a protest against allegedly blasphemous remarks by Jakarta’s then governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, outside the presidential palace in Jakarta in November 2016. Mast Irham/EPA

Behind the rise of blasphemy cases in Indonesia

The reasons for the rise in the number of blasphemy cases in Indonesia since the reform era are more than just religious ones.
An armed member of the Indonesian Mobile Brigade Corps stands guards near the terrorists detention center inside the compound of the Mobile brigade police headquarters in Depok, West Java on Thursday. Mast Irham/EPA

The first terrorist act in Indonesian prison: the triggers and how to prevent them

Analysis from two experts on reasons behind the recent terrorist inmates' brutal act in a maximum-security prison in Depok, West Java and how Indonesia can prevent similar attacks from happening.
A Sri Lankan child refugee poses for the photographer as they rest in tents set up along the beach while the Indonesia military tries to fix their stranded boat at Lhok Nga beach, Indonesia, on June 18 2016. Close to 500 child refugees in Indonesia are unaccompanied by adults. EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

Indonesia should partner with NGOs to protect unaccompanied child refugees

In recent years a number of NGOs have provided services for child refugees. The government should consider partnering them to provide child refugees their rights to protection.

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