Over the coming years, trillions of dollars of new business investment
are set to pour into hazard-exposed regions of the world. How the
private sector — accounting for up to 85 percent of this total
investment — decides to allocate these funds will largely determine
whether economic losses from disasters will continue
Corruption is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation today. Despite many efforts to combat corruption and the fact that hundreds of high-ranking government officials and politicians have been convicted and imprisoned for graft, white collar crime seemingly remains unbeatable in Indonesia.
The Islamic radicalism that evolved after the 1998 reform depicts a revival of Islam. Unfortunately, this resurgence also indicates a cultural and historical decline of Islam in Indonesia. The re-Islamization process in this matter is of course contrary to the nature of Islam in Indonesia which is cultural, tolerant and substantive.
As you finish reading this article, some 75 people — near or far — will have died from hypertension. Am I exaggerating? Not at all, as globally, about 15 people lose their lives per minute due to hypertension and, therefore, if you need five minutes to read this article, 75 people would have lost their lives to this so-called silent killer within the duration.
We are pleased that the Pew Research Center’s new report, The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics & Society, has attracted the attention of The Jakarta Post and its readers. The cross-national survey was a mammoth endeavor entailing more than 38,000 interviews in 39 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
The recent drama revolving around the arrest and killing of suspected terrorists in Jakarta, Banten, Bandung, Kebumen, Kendal, Lampung and Batam suggest that Indonesia’s efforts to curb terror the threat are still facing serious challenges, which stem from violent groups as well as an imperfect approach to dealing with the issue.
Supporters of the Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) must hate the Internet right now. The party has long been a target of online mockery for its perceived self-righteousness. But in the past, it always managed to prove its critics wrong, until the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested and detained its former leader, Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq, on corruption charges.
The opening of the Papua separatist organization’s Free Papua Movement (OPM) office in Oxford, UK, has been met with mixed reaction. Some are calling on the Indonesian government to take tough actions against the British government while some others are standing up for the right of freedom of expression.
It is obvious that the “virus” of corruption has penetrated all levels and groups in society. While it is common that the amount of money involved in a corruption case is on a par with the rank or position that one holds — a high-ranking official is associated with a huge amount of embezzled money while a low-ranking one usually has a much smaller amount — the recent discovery of a non-commissioned police officer implicated in corruption involving a huge amount of money is, therefore, extraordinary and, at the same time, suspicious.
The confession by a young woman that she was paid Rp 10 million (US$1,050) to have sex with a flamboyant defendant in a corruption scandal that has rocked a political party, which itself claimed to be corruption-free and based on religious ethics, was a startling relevation for millions of television viewers during a broadcast trial hearing on Friday.
Alarming segregation among the Chinese, non-Muslim and Malay communities, the rising frustration of the Malaysian people against the government’s slow pace in combating corruption and an increasing demand by young people for democracy marked the installment of Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday.
The elites of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) finally allowed the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday to confiscate five cars believed to be connected to a money laundering case allegedly involving the party’s former chairman Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq.
It is almost unthinkable that Toro Hashimoto, mayor of Osaka — Japan’s second largest city after Tokyo — has no sense of shame in repeating the irresponsible habits of several ultranationalist or right wing politicians who continue to irritate Japan’s neighbors, which suffered at the hands of Japanese military occupation before and during World War II.
Support the President, scholars said, in a rare statement supporting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. In an open letter to Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr, the scholars from campuses across Australia urged their government “to publicly support President Yudhoyono’s willingness for a peace dialogue with Papuans as a way to find a peaceful solution” in the long term for Papua.