Presidential candidates Joko Widodo (L) and Prabowo Subianto (R) shake hands during a debate among candidates in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 February 2019. EPA/Adi Weda

Incumbent Jokowi wins over Prabowo in Indonesia’s second presidential debate: experts respond

People takes selfies with their mobile phones near the ruins of earthquakes in Palu Central Sulawesi last October. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Self

Why we shouldn’t take selfies at disaster-affected areas

Taking selfie at disaster sites is so wrong at many levels. Not only it poses risks but the action also indicates mental issues
Girls who marry early have limited education, health and income-earning opportunities. www.shutterstock.com

Child marriage

Will Indonesia act to end legal child marriage?

In Indonesia, one in four girls marry before the age of 18. It's hoped a Constitutional Court ruling will spell the end of child marriages.
Marsha Timothy (right), who plays Marlina, with fellow actress Dea Panendra in Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts. The film was the big winner at the 2018 Indonesian Film Festival. Cinesurya

Cinema

Coming soon in 2019, a year to watch in Indonesian cinema

Indonesian films are of a quality that rivals the best in the world. 2019 will therefore be a year in cinema to watch.
A coral reef in Chagos, British Indian Ocean Territory, experiencing catastrophic bleaching in 2015. Anderson B. Mayfield

Climate change

Are reef corals stressed or just pessimistic?

A coral biologist sampled corals from the most remote reaches of the Indo-Pacific and discovered that all of them show signs of stress.
The impact of the earthquake and tsunami in Banda Aceh on December 26 2004. Frans Delian/Shutterstock

Disaster management

Why, 14 years after the Aceh tsunami, ‘smong’ should be part of the Indonesian vocabulary

Making the word smong part of the Indonesian vocabulary does not mean removing the word tsunami. Smong should be a source of pride in how local knowledge protects us from disaster.
Residents takes pictures near the ruins of a house at Betobo village in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 11 2018. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Disaster

Why do people in Indonesia still live in disaster-prone areas?

Earthquakes and tsunami in Indonesia this year did not only leave a deep sorrow. It made us rethink the relationship between humans, technology and nature in Indonesia.
The UGM rape case is a reminder that our priority should be to stand with the survivors of sexual assault. www.shutterstock.com

Stop violence against women

Victim-blaming culture holds back #MeToo in Indonesia

Under victim-blaming attitudes, the survivors of sexual violence suffer from double victimisation: being assaulted and being blamed.
Joe Taslim (centre) plays the main character Ito in Timo Tjahjanto’s latest film, The Night Comes for Us. XYZ Films

Film

The Night Comes for Us: Redefining the action film genre

_The Night Comes for Us_ should be appreciated for reviving the Indonesian action film genre and putting it on the map of global cinema.
A view of ruins in Marawi city, Lanao del Sur province, Philippines, on May 23 2018. Exactly a year earlier, IS terrorists belonging to the Maute and the Abu Sayyaf groups occupied Marawi, triggering a five-month armed conflict that resulted in over a thousand deaths and left the city in ruins. Linus Escandor II/EPA

Terrorism

Using religion and culture to fight terrorism: lessons from the Philippine military

Indonesia can also apply strategies implemented by the Philippine government to counteract terrorism and radicalism.

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