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.
Indonesia’s Indigenous Languages Hold the Secrets of Surviving Disaster
Introducing hard-learned local wisdom into warning efforts could save thousands of lives.
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.
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.
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.
The Islamic World Has a Blasphemy Problem
How have such bad laws gotten on the books in Muslim countries? It's complicated.
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.
Here’s How Trump Can Succeed in Southeast Asia
The president needs to learn of the benefits and necessity of multilateralism.
Amid Rising Fundamentalism, Indonesia May Sentence Gay Men to 100 Lashes
Indonesia’s once-vaunted religious pluralism is ceding ground to sharia law.
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.
Indonesia’s Moderate Islam is Slowly Crumbling
Liberal Muslims are fretting as fundamentalists seize the popular moment.
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.
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.
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.
Indonesia’s President Believes Chemical Castration Will Stop Pedophilia
The Indonesian president has defended his suggestion that sex offenders be castrated.
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.
China Is Fueling a Submarine Arms Race in the Asia-Pacific
A damaging leak of data on India’s new submarine highlights how undersea warfare is at the heart of a regional contest for naval supremacy.
Indonesia’s Gotta Catch All the Communists
A red scare is sweeping Indonesia, digging up the ghosts of the 1965-1966 mass killings, and threatening a fragile democracy.