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Established in 2003 as the sole interpreter of the Constitution and an arbiter of election disputes, the Constitutional Court has played a crucial role in stabilizing Indonesia's democracy after the downfall of Soeharto's authoritarian regime. The court has issued landmark rulings that have defined the nation's stance on important but divisive issues, ranging from religious freedom and the death penalty to economic equality.
The current condition of global economic inequality should be of concern to all. An Oxfam report published this year titled, "An Economy for the 1 Percent," revealed that "the richest 1 percent now have more wealth than the rest of the world combined."
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha recently announced that soldiers from Army Regions 1, 2, and 3 currently dispatched to the far south will return to their respective regions by October, saying the situation has improved over the past few years in this conflict-ridden area.
"You're Chinese?" the Uber driver asked me at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 after I got into his car and spoke to him in English.
Brexit has triggered two arguments about democracy: (1) Voters are ignorant, and (2) representatives are selfish. In either case the implications for governance are grave. It is significant that the questions are being asked in the West. They have always been on the table in countries like Pakistan but dismissed as reflecting the limitations of people rather than of democracy.
The killing of bad guys also kills debate about the act and manner of such killing. The topic comfortably shifts from assassination to the personality of the assassinated.
While the Middle Eastern battlefields of Iraq and Syria may have seen the worst atrocities committed by the self-styled Islamic State (IS) militant group, also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, countries far beyond this region have felt the shockwaves of terrorist violence.
Black, LGBT, women groups at DNC
Perhaps you watched speeches from the U.S. presidential nominating conventions. But have you thought about who Hillary's supporters are, and how she earns their support? What role does the caucus play? Answers can be found at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia.
On the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump dropped what the London Daily Telegraph called a "bombshell" when he announced that if elected president of the United States, he would implement a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."
We live in scary times. Terror has come to our shores, there has already been an attack on a nightspot and people have been injured.
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