Indonesian President praises Muslims’ pluralism

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has praised the country’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), for its commitment in supporting pluralism. “I praise the NU’s consistency in upholding the four pillars of our society, namely Pancasila [five principles], the 1945 constitution, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika [unity in diversity], and the Unitary State […]

Being Jewish in Indonesia

Being a minority of about 10 in a predominantly Muslim country of almost 250 million people is truly being a minority. My National Identity Card lists me as a Christian, since every citizen is required to profess one of six prescribed religions by law – none of which is Judaism. […]

Be civil regardless of faith

Source: I write this as the countries surrounding Saudi Arabia and Israel are at obvious boiling points with respect to their government’s overthrow or potential revolutions. The people are rising up, fuelled by a hatred of either the ruling leaders now in power, or the Americans occupying their country […]

US drones target white jihadis

Source: Asiatimes on line. The Pakistan al-Qaeda network is increasingly recruiting white Muslim converts to widen the pool of terrorists able to foil racial profiling and hit Western targets. The July 5 killing of another white jihadi amid an unprecedented surge in drone attacks in Waziristan since a European terror […]

How Muslim-bashing loses elections

Source: Asiatimes on Line.   During the 2010 mid-term election campaign, virtually every hard-charging candidate on the far right took a moment to trash a Muslim, a mosque, or Islamic pieties. In the wake of those elections, with 85 new Republican House members and a surging Tea Party movement, the political virtues […]

“NATO will fall”.

Pravda. Russia. Opinion. For a start, the crowd packed into central Tripoli was massive. Eye witness reports of it being one million strong, and 1.7 million the previous Friday, would mean that these are among the largest demonstrations of support for a leader in history. Muammar Gaddafi then goes on […]

British doctors warned against social media

Source/Credit: The Times of Malta: Monday, July 18, 2011 British doctors have been warned not to make friends with their patients on social networking sites. The British Medical Association issued advice urging medics and students not to blur the boundaries with people they are treating or have treated in the past, […]

An Argument for Quitting Facebook

Source: Cal Newport ‘Study Hacks Blog’ A Bold Decision At the end of his first semester at Penn, a student whom I’ll call Daniel was disappointed to learn that his GPA was a lackluster 2.95. Following the Study Hacks orthodoxy that study habits should be based on evidence — not random decisions […]