It is important to encourage children to learn English as long as they already master their mother tongue. www.shutterstock.com

Language

Now or later: when should children learn English?

Early exposure to a second (foreign) language will not disturb the children's language development. Some myths have been explained.
Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is greeted by his supporters as he leaves the Kuala Lumpur High Court. AAP/Ahmad Yusni

Malaysia

What’s next for Najib Razak, Malaysia’s disgraced former prime minister?

Malaysia's former leader is facing charges related to a wide-ranging financial scandal. The new government is sending a message that it's serious about cleaning up corruption.
The image of Indonesia as home of moderate Muslims has come into question following terrorist attacks last month during which members of three pro-ISIS families tried to carry out separate but coordinated suicide bombings. AAP

Terrorism

Female suicide bombers: how terrorist propaganda radicalises Indonesian women

Indonesia has worked hard to block homegrown terrorist cells, but the involvement of children as suicide bombers in recent attacks has raised concerns that de-radicalisation programmes aren't working.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, April 27, 2018. AP/Korea Summit press pool

International politics

Memo to President Trump: Better ties between North and South Korea should come first – then get rid of nukes

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's risky unreliability will diminish as his country builds ties with South Korea. So Korean unification may be a better focus for Tuesday's summit than denuclearization.
The death threat looms large over Indonesian youth as their rate of smoking is high. www.shutterstock.com

Health

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?
The concept of ‘new power’ can be applied to modern digital journalism. Shutterstock

Journalism

How ‘new power’ is driving journalism in the digital age

A new book on so-called 'new power' can help us understand transformations in journalism like increased collaboration and use of digital technologies for investigative journalism.
Having cancelled the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, US President Donald Trump says it may be back on again. AAP/Chris Kleponis/pool

International politics

Summit on, then off, now on again? The seemingly endless game-playing of US-North Korea relations

Having called the June 12 summit off, US President Donald Trump says it might be on again. But at what cost will all of this come to the serious issue of denuclearisation?
An Indonesian police officer secures the area following the May 14 bomb blast at police headquarters in Surabaya, East Java. Fully Handoko/EPA

Terrorism

Does Indonesia need a tougher anti-terrorism law?

A tougher security approach to terrorism may be counterproductive and could even potentially undermine the supremacy of civilian government in Indonesia.
Supporters of the leader of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Habib Rizieq, shout slogans during a protest outside police headquarters in Jakarta in 2017. Mast Irham/EPA

Radicalism

Under Jokowi, conservative groups start to condemn terrorism

Reading the change in the reaction of conservative Muslim organisations towards terrorist attacks.
Anti-terror police guard the house of the family that detonated bombs in Surabaya, Indonesia, May 15 2018. Fully Handoko/EPA

Terrorism

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.

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