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The growth of Islamic banks provides Muslims living in North America with options that reflect their beliefs. (Shutterstock)

Islamic finance provides an alternative to debt-based systems

Shariah law informs financial contracts and credit systems, and the growth of Islamic financing options provides an alternative to current debt-based banking systems.
Indonesia’s first and only female president Megawati Sukarnoputri at a campaign rally in 1999. Jonathan Perugia/AP

3 reasons why women leaders actually matter for women

Four different female presidents led three Asian nations in recent decades. What does their legislative record tell us about the impact women leaders can have on women’s lives?
A farmer holds kernels of oil palm fruits in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 17, 2022. Indonesia, one of the world’s top palm oil exporters has banned exports of cooking oil and its raw materials to reduce domestic shortages and hold down skyrocketing prices since late last month. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

The impact of Indonesia’s ban on palm oil exports reverberated across the globe

Over the past two years, labour restrictions, climate change and violent conflict have contributed to the record-breaking high prices of vegetable oil around the world.
Traffic in Jakarta has decreased significantly after the Indonesia government has restricted population mobility to reduce the spread of COVID-19, 4 July 2021. ANTARA FOTO/Hafidz Mubarak A/aww.

COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: all eyes on Indonesia

Two things contribute to increased COVID-19 cases in several countries in Southeast Asia: human mobility and activities and the spreading of new coronavirus variants.

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