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

Blasphemy

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

Terrorism

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.
Mahathir Mohamad has said many times that he will hand over power to former enemy Anwar Ibrahim, if the latter can secure a royal pardon. AAP/CrowdSpark/Aizat Ady Ikram Abdull Ropha

Malaysia election

Malaysians celebrate the return of Mahathir and hope for a brighter future

With the 92-year-old returning to the prime ministership, Malaysians have a sense of optimism that the suspected "kleptocracy" under former leader Najib Razak will come to an end.
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

Refugee

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.
It is nearly impossible for us to know or be sure about the earliest human language ever used. www.shutterstock.com

Language

The elusive foolproof theory of the origin of language

There have been many theories that try to explain where language came from. None prevailed or even came close to the position of the Darwinism theory in biology or the Big Bang theory in physics.

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