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Corruption and nepotism holding back Indonesia
On the country's 67th Independence Day, endemic problems are still holding back the country's development. Rulers like President Yudhoyono and others have not gone beyond rhetoric. Party officials have been involved in scandals and investigations. There are also shortcomings in the area of religious freedom.
Development not stopping hunger, more than 400 million Indians malnourished
The International Food Policy Research Institute shows that 40 per cent of the world’s underweight children under five live in India. Add disadvantaged groups like the poor and women who have a hard time feeding themselves and you get 400 million people. Priests and activists point the finger at corruption and bad governance.
Poverty and injustice block development in Vietnam
In a country where rural residents live on less than a dollar a day, a policy aimed only at material well-being and devoid of human values produces corruption, speculation, criminality, and ultimately a lack of ideals.
Malnutrition, a preventable tragedy
In Bandung, students take to the streets calling on the government to take concrete steps to fight hunger in the country.
Power struggle within old pro-independence camp behind Sharia-inspired rules
The authorities in Bireuen Regency want to force men and women to adhere to an “Islamic” dress code. Many civil society groups and leaders object to the proposal. Expert warns it is a way to distract the population.
Indonesia, tribal killed by police during indigenous festival
Last August 9, in West Papua, security forces opened fire on the crowd celebrating the international day of indigenous peoples, killing a tribal. The government of Jakarta and the police deny the accusations, and call it an "illegal" demonstration.
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