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Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (left) and his running mate, K.H. Ma'ruf Amin, wave after registering for Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election at the General Election Commission (KPU) office in Jakarta. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Power at what cost? Those left out of Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election

This article aims to name the elephant in the room – the negative impacts of Ma'ruf's nomination on minority groups.
Indonesian traditional dance performance Reog Ponorogo depicts intimate same-sex relationships between two characters, warok (men) and gemblak (boys). shutterstock

On gender diversity in Indonesia

Culturally, Indonesians have long recognised sexual and gender diversity as part of their daily lives.
Ride-hailing services have gone global, and even women in Saudi Arabia – only recently given the right to drive – are getting in on the action. In this June 2018 photo, a female driver for Careem, a regional ride-hailing Uber competitor, is seen behind the wheel. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Canada left behind as ride-hailing services go global

Canada is simply a consumer of ride-hailing services, and has not established any of its own Ubers or Lyfts, even as tiny countries like Estonia get in on the game. That needs to change.
In an attempt to secure their market, conventional taxis enforce “red zones” – areas where online taxi drivers are barred from picking up passengers. This makes it difficult of people with disabilities to access transportation options. www.shutterstock.com

People with disabilities bear the brunt of turf wars between conventional and online taxis

Instead of being cheaper and safer, getting an online taxi can actually be dangerous for people with disabilities where a so-called "red zone" is in force.
Police escort the Indonesian leader of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), Zainal Ansori (centre), during his recent trial in Jakarta. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Will Indonesia’s ban against IS-linked JAD dismantle the group?

Arresting JAD members and banning the group is unlikely to completely neutralise JAD's influence because its weakness is not in the organisation’s structure, but in its ideology.
A person browses a Facebook page of #2019GantiPresiden (#2019ChangePresident), a social media campaign opposing Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s bid for re-election next year. The Conversation Indonesia

#2019ChangePresident movement a game-changer in next year’s Indonesian election?

Understanding the significance of #2019ChangePresident as a game-changer in the next presidential election is crucial.
Nine years after the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea, victims have yet to receive compensation. PR Handout Image/PTTEP

The missing stories from Montara oil spill media coverage

Despite its magnitude, the response to the Montara oil spill did not receive the publicity of other offshore oil disasters like the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
In Indonesia, sending drug users to prison only creates more problems, from overcrowding to bigger exposures to drug abuse. www.shutterstock.com

Why Indonesia should stop sending drug users to prison

The government needs to revisit its punitive approach to drug users and stop sending them to prison to avoid overcrowding.
The 18th Asian Games in Indonesia has every potential as an alternative means to promote peace. www.shutterstock.com

Can the Asian Games promote peace?

How can sporting events like the Asian Games contribute to global peace?
The leaders of the 18 Asia-Pacific economies pose for a family photo in Vancouver in 1997. Indonesia’s Suharto is sixth from the left. Protests against human rights violations were kept hidden from Suharto during the summit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

When Canada did – and didn’t – stand up for human rights

Canada's clashes with Indonesia in the 1990s over human rights abuses contain lessons for the current Canadian-Saudi Arabian diplomatic dispute.

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