Fears of Indonesia’s Ahmadiyah sect

BBC’s Kate McGeown reports on how the Ahmadiyah are facing a struggling to survive In the Indonesian city of Bogor, members of a small Islamic sect called the Ahmadiyah tried to ignore the police patrol car parked opposite their mosque as they walked to Friday prayers. Peering in through the […]

Genome studies lead to unexpected results

……. Billions of dollars were spent to map the human genome because scientists hoped to find the genes responsible for diseases like cancer, heart disease, and stroke. This knowledge, they thought, would allow them to design specific drugs and maybe even find a way to replace defective genes. For decades, […]

‘Israel’s greatest dilemma’

Are the Arabs in Israel an enemy from within? In 1999, when Professor Dan Schueftan’s book “Disengagement: Israel and the Palestinian Entity” was published, his proposals appeared extreme; almost imaginary even. As there was no chance for securing an agreement with the Palestinians, Schueftan asserted at the time, Israel must […]

Syria lifts decades old emergency law

Syria’s president lifted the country’s 48-year-old state of emergency Thursday, one of three expected government moves aimed at fostering stability among a discontented populace. But human rights activists question the government’s intentions to follow through on reform because of the stiff police crackdown on peaceful protests. President Bashar al-Assad issued […]

Practising Homeopathy

A Tauranga-based medical researcher is calling on doctors not to practise homeopathy or refer their patients to homeopaths. In a letter to the New Zealand Medical Journal, Professor Shaun Holt and other senior researchers from New Zealand and the United Kingdom say “practising homeopathy or endorsing it by referring patients […]

Foreign Investment Climbs Nearly 12%

Amid a bumper day of positive economic news for the country, the Investment Coordinating Board announced that foreign direct investment in Indonesia rose 11.6 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier. News of the increase from the board, also known as the BKPM, complemented a standout day on […]

Teaching by example in Indonesia

Some of the nation’s brightest graduates are bringing their devotion to learning to rural areas on a one-year placement “The wise man once said, ‘Every day has a miracle’, and I believe it too,” said forestry studies graduate Erwin Puspaningtyas Irjayanti of the work she did with the Indonesia Teaching […]

Manuka honey ‘could help fight superbugs’

Manuka honey could be used to combat some of the most hard-to-treat infections that are resistant to powerful antibiotics, scientists say. Lab experiments show it can clear bacteria found in festering wounds and contaminated hospital surfaces. It works by breaking down the defences bacteria use against antibiotics, making it useful […]

Bad Friday in Indonesia

The Jakarta Post When a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque inside the Cirebon Police complex in West Java on Friday, terrorists sent yet another message that they would never stop their attack on humanity in Indonesia. No one expected the explosion just before a Friday prayer, therefore […]

China calls for immediate cease-fire in Libya

China called for immediate ceasefire in Libya to prevent the country from falling into more serious humanitarian disasters, Chinese President Hu Jintao told visiting South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday during their meeting on the sideline of the 3rd BRICS Summit, which opens in this sea resort city of Hainan province […]