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The just-concluded Olympics unfolded like an experimental novel with a happy ending in a Neymar-led victory of Brazil's soccer team over Germany's. Just think if Neymar had not homed in the magical free kick as if God had a hand in the ball bouncing off the underside of the cross bar and into the upper left corner at the 27th minute and then the penalty kick as the finale.
The cruel murder of an 84-year-old Catholic priest in France by two Muslim youths, who slit the fragile man's throat during a morning mass he was conducting in his serene church, left me numb for days.
The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) -- imagine its members roaming the streets of Jakarta, hunting down Playboy magazines and vandalizing cheap liquor stores -- may no longer epitomize religious conservatism in Indonesia.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's critics are condemning the means employed in the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs, while the chief executive is defending his goal.
Across much of South Asia, there is a growing strain of state-sponsored nationalism that is potentially dangerous in its consequences. From India to Bangladesh, and from Pakistan to Sri Lanka, political dissent of various hues is being branded as anti-state and clamped down on viciously.
For sports officials, the work to ensure that the Philippines doesn't slip back to an empty haul in Tokyo should begin.
In view of the unprecedented deadly extremist violence affecting the body politic, concerned citizens might be wondering how a significant number of otherwise suave and liberal educated young men could have been motivated to commit such ghoulish actions.
It has been more than a year since the disturbing images of teachers shouldering rifles and holding semi-automatic pistols were published, and the debate raged over allowing weapons in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) schools.
In a recent editorial cartoon on The New York Times' website, by the artist Heng, President Rodrigo Duterte is shouldering a portable missile launcher, with "War on Drugs" imprinted on its side
The Communications and Information Ministry recently launched the 1,000 Digital Startup Movement initiative in cooperation with KIBAR, Indonesia's technology startup ecosystem builder.
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