Drug-related crimes in Indonesia have entered an emergency phase, threatening the nation's resilience. According to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, everyday the crimes claim the lives of 40 to 50 Indonesian citizens, causing their families to grieve and experience agony. Can, therefore, capital punishment be imposed against drug offenders?
There are two ways to see whether something is going to do well or badly -- a top-down view or a bottom-up view. I spent more than a month traveling through Indochina and visited eight out of the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the last year to get a first-hand view from the ground up.
A recent trend shows a continuous fall in oil prices. Brent Crude Oil hit its lowest at US$45 per barrel in January 2015 after fluctuating around US$50 the previous months.
The Middle East is burning. Jet fighters from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt have attacked numerous Islamic State (IS) movement targets in Syria, Iraq and Libya, mainly in response to the sadistic killing of a captured Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh.
A friend recently wondered if she should stop taking flights at night because they were not as safe as those during the day. This statement prompted a debate and the question was eventually put forward to me. My initial guess was that it shouldn't make a difference given that most modern planes effectively fly themselves.
Speaking at a White House summit last week, U.S. President Barack Obama gave his recommendation for countering violent extremism in the digital age. "We have to confront squarely and honestly the twisted ideologies that these terrorist groups use to incite people to violence," Obama said. "We need to find new ways to amplify the voices of peace and tolerance and inclusion, and we need to do it online."
For the longest time, people looked to the Oscars to know which Hollywood movies to check out or download, who made it to this year's best- and worst-dressed list, and which hottest couple to watch.
U.S. President Barack Obama put the White House's Summit on Countering Violent Extremism on the right track by bringing into focus the central issue of these times: the preservation of religious freedom, national security and personal dignity for all. Extremists, draped in the stolen robes of faith, debase all of these aspirations.
When the Ukraine crisis erupted one year ago this week, most governments dismissed it as an obscure dispute in a far-away country, of short duration and no lasting consequences.
I recently decided to trim my Facebook friends list. I was foolish enough before to approve almost all friend requests that came my way without any sort of filtering process.