Acehnese Muslims demonstrate against China’s oppression of ethnic Uighurs at Baiturrahman Mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Dec. 21, 2018. (Riau Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Indonesia’s Opposition Takes Up the Uighur Cause

China's internment camps for Muslims have become a political talking point.

Chinese police patrol a night market near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on June 25, 2017, a day before the Eid al-Fitr holiday. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Violating Uighurs’ Human Rights. The United States Must Act.

Much of the world has turned a blind eye to Beijing’s abuses. Washington cannot remain silent in the face of an elaborate campaign of repression and religious discrimination.

Boys in their senior year at the Protection of Civilians Camp 3 study after class in Juba, South Sudan, on March 23. (Alex Potter for Foreign Policy)

For South Sudan, It’s Not So Easy to Declare Independence From Arabic

When the world’s newest country broke away from Khartoum, it discarded Sudan’s main official language, too. But casting aside the oppressor’s tongue did not heal the country’s divisions.

Children read the Quran at a temporary shelter after the tsunami and earthquake in Palu, Indonesia, on Oct. 9. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Indonesia’s Indigenous Languages Hold the Secrets of Surviving Disaster

Introducing hard-learned local wisdom into warning efforts could save thousands of lives.

A woman cooks beside her tent at a temporary shelter in Palu, Indonesia, on Oct. 9. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Indonesia’s Disaster Politics

The latest earthquake and tsunami could be a major setback for the country’s democracy.


Is the World Ready for the Next Big Tsunami?

The latest disaster in Indonesia shows the need for the global system put in place in the wake of 2004’s devastating waves.

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colors of the Chinese flag attends a protest  in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018.(OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Islamic Leaders Have Nothing to Say About China’s Internment Camps for Muslims

Hundreds of thousands of Uighur have been detained without trial in China's western region of Xinjiang.

Protesters face Indonesian riot police as they move to break up a gathering outside the Indonesian High Court building in Jakarta on May 12, 2017, to demand the release of Jakarta's governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama better known as "Ahok". 
Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years after being found guilty of blasphemy, in a shock decision that has stoked concerns over rising religious intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. / AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HIN        (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Ghosts of Pogroms Past Haunt Indonesia

After the jailing of Jakarta's former governor, Chinese Indonesians are caught between age-old prejudice and fears of a rising China.

Jakarta's Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purname, also known as Ahok, arrives for his court hearing in Jakarta on April 20, 2017.  
The first Christian to govern the capital in more than 50 years, Purnama is on trial accused of blasphemy over remarks he made about the Koran. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Tatan Syuflana        (Photo credit should read TATAN SYUFLANA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Islamic World Has a Blasphemy Problem

How have such bad laws gotten on the books in Muslim countries? It's complicated.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - MARCH 31: Thousands of Indonesian Muslims protest against the Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama known widely as "Ahok" on March 31, 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia.   The leader of one of the groups behind this protest and recent others was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of treason, as religious and political sentiments are increasingly contentious ahead of the Jakarta Governor election in April.(Photo by Ed Wray/Getty Images)

The Improbable Rise and Blasphemous Fall of a Christian Politician in Indonesia

The country has no choice but to live with religious identity politics — but it doesn't have to like the consequences.

US Vice President Mike Pence (L) is accompanied by Elizabeth Buensuceso, the Philippine permanent representative for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), during a meting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on April 20, 2017.
Pence is currently on a tour of South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia that is aimed at smoothing some of the rougher edges of Trump's rhetoric. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / MAST IRHAM        (Photo credit should read MAST IRHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Can Succeed in Southeast Asia

The president needs to learn of the benefits and necessity of multilateralism.

An Indonesian Sharia police whips a man during a public caning ceremony outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province on September 18, 2015. Three women and 14 men arrested for sexual offenses and gambling were caned in front of the mosque in full view of the public following the Friday prayer. Aceh is the only province of Indonesia that is enforcing the Islamic Sharia law and violators are punished by public caning.  AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN        (Photo credit should read CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid Rising Fundamentalism, Indonesia May Sentence Gay Men to 100 Lashes

Indonesia’s once-vaunted religious pluralism is ceding ground to sharia law.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 04: Protesters hold a symbol during a rally against President Donald Trump on February 4, 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. U.S. President Trump signed an executive order last week banning immigration to the USA from seven Muslim countries which led to protests across America, Europe and Asia, to denounce the travel ban. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)

America Is Injuring Itself by Discouraging Foreign Visitors and Giving Up on Global Leadership

The Trump administration’s current approach will make the United States less rich, less safe, and less informed.

CORRECTION - Indonesian police stand guard as Muslim protesters hold a rally in support of the country's clerics at the National Monument in Jakarta on February 5, 2017.
Hundreds of protesters from the radical Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) held a peaceful protest to support Indonesian clerics, including Rizieq Shihab, leader of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam) or Islamic Defending Front, which recently helped organise mass rallies against Jakarta governor and ethnic Chinese Christian Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is on trial for allegedly insulting Islam. / AFP / ADEK BERRY / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by ADEK BERRY has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [clarifying first sentence to "supporting clerics", and correcting the second sentence]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.        (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Indonesia’s Moderate Islam is Slowly Crumbling

Liberal Muslims are fretting as fundamentalists seize the popular moment.

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) talk to each other prior to their meeting at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on February 6, 2015. Widodo arrived in Malaysia on February 5 for his first bilateral trip abroad, with the two sides hoping to shore up an important Southeast Asian relationship frequently strained by diplomatic spats. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The World’s Biggest Muslim Nation Is Telling Its Citizens to Shut Up About Trump

Indonesians and Malaysians are afraid they could be next in the U.S. president’s crosshairs.

<> on September 6, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Trump’s Indonesian Business Partner Is Knee-Deep in Dirty Politics

Hary Tanoesoedibjo is a sketchy billionaire with ties to pro-Islamist politicians — and the ear of the next U.S. president.


Watch Every Recorded Earthquake Around the World in the Last 15 Years (in Under 4 Minutes)

Every one of the world’s recorded earthquakes over the last 15 years turned into one terrifying animation.

Indonesian murder suspect Jessica Kumala Wongso (C) sits on trial at the Central Jakarta court on October 5, 2016.
Indonesian prosecutors demanded October 5 that a woman accused of murdering her friend by slipping cyanide into her coffee spend 20 years behind bars for the high-profile case. Jessica Kumala Wongso, an Australian permanent resident, denies the premeditated murder of college friend Wayan Mirna Salihin, who collapsed and died after drinking the coffee at an upmarket Jakarta cafe in January. / AFP / BAY ISMOYO        (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Indonesia’s Murder Melodrama Has The Whole Country Watching

The country's elite think a young woman convicted of poisoning her friend is a victim, but ordinary Indonesians have cast her as a villain.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 20: Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during the people celebration know as 'Pesta Rakyat' at National Museum on October 20, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Joko Widodo was sworn in October 20, as the president of Indonesia with an inauguration ceremony held in Jakarta. Widodo was the eventual winner of a tightly fought and sometimes controversial election race against opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto. A number of key world leaders were in attendance including Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott.  (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Indonesia’s President Believes Chemical Castration Will Stop Pedophilia

The Indonesian president has defended his suggestion that sex offenders be castrated.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JULY 23: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.)  Two women cry in grief after armed assailants in a motorcycle shot their loved one in a main thoroughfare on July 23, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The victim was an alleged drug peddler a claim disputed by his wife and maintained her husband is nothing more than a pedicab driver plying his trade when he was shot in front of her. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a war on crime and drugs after winning the presidential elections on May 9, 2016. President Duterte has recently been living up to his nickname, 'The Punisher', as Philippine police have been conducting night time drug raids on almost a daily basis. With reports of at least 300 drug related deaths since the start of July, Human rights groups and the Catholic church have objected to the use of brutal force by the Police. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

Indonesian Anti-Drug Czar Plans to Imitate Brutal Philippine Shoot-to-Kill Policy

Indonesia's anti-narcotics chief said he plans to imitate the Philippines' aggressive anti-drug policies.

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