11:55 pm January 30, 2015 | No Comment
Defenders of capital punishment for drug trafficking are thus confronted with a vast array of possible “success indicators,” all based on statistics, but none of which can really prove that the death penalty actually works. Consider it this way: What would be the tell-tale sign that capital punishment deters drug traffickers?
11:10 pm January 30, 2015 | No Comment
The main problem that we face today is not drug traffickers, but drug prohibition itself. Prohibition has gifted us a perfect, flawless framework for a totally unregulated illegal drug market, in which a small number of accidental drug deaths are sure to occur, purely for lack of oversight.
10:37 am January 30, 2015 | No Comment
The accusations brought against the “silent majority” of Muslims may be unjust, but they are understandable. Once and for all, the barbarous murderers who justify their crimes in the name of Islam must realize that when they attack anyone, they are attacking us Muslims, our values, and the very essence of Islam.
11:18 pm January 29, 2015 | No Comment
For a city known for its bustling nightlife, Jakarta is no longer looking so tourist-friendly with their discriminatory policies at clubbing premises. Even with strict social standards already in place, clubs are also refusing entry to Muslim women in head coverings typically known as hijab.
11:37 am January 29, 2015 | No Comment
Singapore and Switzerland have plenty in common: tax havens, favored hideout of billionaires, prudent fiscal management, snow-capped peaks (actually, we’re not 100 percent sure about that last part.) If these two stable financial centers are preparing their currency regimes for a world of increased volatility, attention will inevitably turn to the next shoe that may be dangling.
11:16 pm January 28, 2015 | No Comment
The government expects to save $ 18 billion in its annual budget this year following a significant reduction in fuel subsidies.
4:08 pm January 28, 2015 | No Comment
Apple revealed blockbuster quarterly financial results Tuesday that were so big, so surprising and so good that the Internet strained to put the results into context.
4:00 pm January 28, 2015 | No Comment
The 2000s were a period of remarkable political dysfunction. The contested election of 2000 left many voters with a sour taste in their mouths, more so than any election in the previous century. Political partisanship deepened to an almost pathological degree. Suddenly we were a 50-50 nation, and angry people were taking to the streets, in the form of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. The political crisis came to a head in the debt-ceiling crisis of 2011, when Congress almost forced the US into a technical default.
3:20 pm January 28, 2015 | No Comment
The fact that conservation is not easy is even more reason to look hard at who achieves what in Indonesian conservation and select only the most effective and efficient group to govern the country’s threatened wildlife and habitats. A review of conservation roles and responsibilities is urgently needed.
2:52 pm January 28, 2015 | No Comment
The president must be aware that routine executions of criminals are not a characteristic of democratic countries.
12:07 am January 28, 2015 | No Comment
When President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was inaugurated, on Oct. 20, 2014, he was sworn in with high expectations. One hundred days on, however, a majority those who voted for him feel disappointed and betrayed with what his administration has so far accomplished.
9:35 am January 27, 2015 | No Comment
Indonesia's success is Australia's success and both share the misery. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are living evidence that traffickers can redeem themselves.
1:36 pm January 26, 2015 | No Comment
US President Barack Obama’s presence at the birthday party of the world’s largest democracy, just four months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States, is highly symbolic. The larger goal that the United States should be pursuing here is to convince India to join a coalition of democracies to balance China’s rise. Although it won’t be publicized, this topic will likely be ever-present in their private conversations.
10:25 am January 26, 2015 | No Comment
India now basks in 64 years of republican glory. It will be interesting to retrospect over these momentous years.
9:28 am January 26, 2015 | No Comment
Indonesia claims to have moved from criminalization to a rehabilitation approach. However, realization of this stated policy premise needs clear and well-designed regulations and laws for drug possession and users’ health treatment that make it easy for authorities to uphold both the rule of law and protect citizens human and civil rights.