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East Timor: Dream Trip Becomes a Nightmare for Stacey Addison

Stacey Addison, a US national, is detained in a prison in East Timor, a country located between Indonesia and Australia. The tourist was arrested after sharing a taxi with a passenger carrying drugs.

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Ben Guefrache Fatma of Tunisia, a contestant of the Miss World Muslimah 2014, during a practice session before the final round at Prambanan temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on November 20, 2014. Around 25 finalists take a part in the 4th Muslim World contest. By Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images.

Female Indonesian Police Officers Subjected To Archaic And Invasive Virginity Test Before They’re Allowed On The Force?

If you are female and want to be a police officer in Indonesia, there is an important matter that must be attended to first. One would think the most important factor in assessing whether someone should become a police officer would be passing a physical fitness or mental aptitude test. Show More Summary

Indonesia Forces Female Police Officers to Undergo 'Two-Finger' Virginity Test

A new report by Human Rights Watch is condemning a long-standing practice among Indonesia’s police forces in which women who wish to serve are subjected to an invasive “virginity test” meant to identify the suitability of a woman to work as a police officer. Show More Summary

Christian sworn in as Jakarta governor after hardline Muslim protests

2 days agoReligion : FaithWorld

Jakarta's first Christian governor in nearly 50 years was sworn in on Wednesday in the face of protests from religious hardliners opposed to a non-Muslim taking over one of Indonesia's most powerful political jobs.

Jurisdictional Forest Offsets: California Dreamin’?

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day. —The Mamas and the Papas After two weeks in Indonesia I returned to Washington to discover that fall had turned to winter in my absence. A new CGD...Show More Summary

Holy Hymen: If You Want To Be a Police Woman in Indonesia, Be Prepared For the Two-Finger Virginity Test

A two-finger virginity test for female cops? It's just as ridiculous, degrading, and unnecessary as it sounds, but in Indonesia, it's a reality.The “virginity tests” are conducted under Chief Police Regulation No. 5/2009 on Health Inspection (Pemeriksaan Kesehatan) Guidelines for Police Candidates. Show More Summary

Cultural tourism and its discontents: A personal essay on the ethics of travel

Probably not many people can say that they bought an international airline ticket to Bali, Indonesia in a state of blissful ignorance towards the island’s mythic image as a timeless and exotic Eastern paradise. A place just waiting for Western visitors to lose themselves along the white sand beaches of Sanur and rediscover their true […]

Human Rights Watch Demands That Indonesia End Virginity Tests For Female Officers

3 days agoNews : Jonathan Turley

The Human Rights Watch has issued a rather shocking report that Indonesia continues to require medial exams for female police recruits to confirm that they are virgins. It is the latest example of the abuses and challenges facing women who try to find work in some countries. Other countries with such virginity tests include our […]

Indonesia Reaches Racial Milestone With Chinese Governor of Jakarta

For the first time in 50 years, a non-Muslim will be calling the shots in Indonesia's capital city

Indonesia demands 'virginity test' from female police

Credits: ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Alt Text: Indonesian policewomen Invasive test not only 'painful' but also 'humiliating', says Human Rights Watch One-Minute Read Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 2:54pm The Indonesian government is subjecting...Show More Summary

Indonesia Urged To Stop 'Virginity Tests' For Female Police Recruits

3 days agoNews : The Two-Way

Human Rights Watch says the test is discriminatory and "harms and humiliates women." The test is listed as a requirement for female applicants, and the group said it is widely applied.

Palm Oil Industry Threatens Indonesian Biodiversity

The palm oil industry is a threat to the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia. The 6.5 million acres of tropical lowland rainforests stores vast amounts of carbon in its peatlands and forests.

Female Police Officers In Indonesia Have To Submit To A Vaginal Probe To Prove Their Virginity

Female police officers in Indonesia must submit to a “virginity test” that involves probing their vaginas. [Sydney Morning Herald] A racist “#PantsUpDontLoot” billboard, parodying the “Hands up, don’t shoot” slogan, could go up in Ferguson. [The Root] An Uber executive suggested that the company could spread the details of a female journalist’s personal life in [...]

Public Domain Monkey Selfie Now In A Trademark Application From Haim Saban, Using Photoshopped Gap Images

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Okay. If you want a law school exam question, let's start with this one: A London photographer visiting Indonesia, leaves his camera on the ground, leading a macaque monkey to pick it up and take a selfie: Despite protestations from the photographer (the monkey has remained silent), most experts agree that the photograph is in the public domain. Show More Summary

An Indonesian Hairy Man-Beast?

Situated in South-East Asia, Indonesia is made up of a huge amount of islands; in fact, literally thousands. One of those islands is Flores, which has a square-mileage of more than 5,000 miles and a population of close to two million. Its wild animal population is notable...

Abortion, The Islamic Way

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, also has one of the world’s highest abortion rates: 37 per 1,000 women compared to 16.9 in the US. While investigating what’s behind the high prevalence of the practice in Southeast Asia, Tom Hundley discovers that what Islam has to say about it is not as clear-cut as […]

Reinventing the Alphabet

Statue of King Sejong the Great, who introduced the Hangul Script to Korea, replacing widely-used but inapt Chinese characters When the Cia-Cia people of Indonesia’s Buton Island, off the southeastern coast of Sulawesi, finally adopted an alphabet for their language, locals and international linguists alike rejoiced. Show More Summary

New Arts of the Pacific Gallery brings art and traditions of island cultures to Boston

last weekArts : Artdaily

The Pacific Ocean could be called a ?continent of water.? It covers more than one third of the Earth?s surface and consists of thousands of islands??stretching from Indonesia and New Guinea to Easter Island off the coast of South America, and spanning the distance from Hawaii in the north to New Zealand in the south. Show More Summary

Mike Brown Sr. Calls on US to End to Racial Discrimination at UN Human Rights Body

Mike Brown, Sr. traveled to Geneva this week to speak to the United Nations Human Rights Body. The UN Human Rights Council consists of a collection of reputable regimes including Algeria, indonesia, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Cuba. Mike Brown, … Continue reading ?

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