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The January 2015 attacks on the satirical weekly newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, along with the related events that followed, have opened a pandora box into the French public debate. It is the questioning of one concept that has created a climate of incertitude in France and elsewhere: the one of ’liberté d’expression’, freedom of speech. Since the debate promptly spread around the world, there is little chance that the box will be rightly shut anytime soon. Prior to the events, it almost seemed that the meaning of this notion was taken for granted, in the West at least. In January, the

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Jokowi Widodo was sworn in as president of the world’s third-largest democracy, Indonesia, on October 20 amid an atmosphere of high hopes amongst supporters, winning a narrow victory over former Military Prabowo in July. The Jokowi Presidency marks the first time a member outside of the political and military elite has been elected as President and his campaign promised a government who would represent hope and change. Jokowi announced his Cabinet line-up on Sunday October 26. After delaying the announcement for three days, speculation arose that Jokowi was wrangling with leaders in his coalition who were insisting on nominating problematic

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As the country reels from the massacre in Peshawar, MA Mistry assesses whether peace will ever prevail in Pakistan given the lack of unity between civilian and military leaders.   “Attacks on civilians are a sign of weakness, they are not sign of strength. Who but a coward kills people in a volleyball field? Children! For God’s sake, is that the depths in which we have fallen?” Remarks made by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani at Chatham House in London, two weeks before the most deadly attack on Pakistani soil, which claimed the lives of more than 130 children. The return

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Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded is know in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, this typhoon devastated the Philippines and portions of South East Asia on 8 November 2013. The deadliest and the strongest storm ever recorded, killing at least 6,300 people in Philippines alone, with an estimated 3000 plus bodies still missing. As of January 2014, bodies were still being found. The epicenter of the typhoon was the island of Talcoban and the area of Leyte. Beneficiaries of the ‘Adopt Albuera Campaign,’ a rehabilitation initiative jointly mounted by Mindanao NGOs for the village of Tabgas in Albuera,

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One month on from Scottish referendum UK citizens are no clearer about what further devolution in the wake of the ‘No’ vote might look like. The No camp won by 10 percentage points (55-45), but the Prime Minister’s play of hitching future devolution in Scotland to the so-called English question, (with the rather unfortunate acronym of EVEL – English votes for English laws) means that there is still no agreement between the three main Westminster parties on the details on offer of further devolution to Scotland. David Cameron’s move earned him a rebuke from the Financial Times, which declared in

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Menolak Lupa – refuse to forget, slogan behind the Munir movement for justice for Indonesia’s “disappeared.” Photo courtesy ‘Anti Tank’ Indonesia. This week marked the ten year anniversary of the assassination of leading Indonesian Human Rights defender Munir Said Thalid, activists as well as ordinary citizens commemorated his death at events across the country, renewing calls for the Indonesian government to hold those responsible for his death to account. Munir was an outspoken critic of Indonesia’s armed forces during Suharto’s authoritarian regime (1965-1998), at risk to his own personal safety he brought to light human rights violations committed across the

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  As I make my hundredth attempt at getting our Skype connection working, I listen carefully awaiting the sound of his breath. Finally, a crackle on the line and I hear him speak. It’s a clearer connection and finally I can share his story. This is him, speaking from Iraq. “I’m a survivor of the Syrian war. I have been in Iraq since February 2013, working in IDP camps for UNICEF as Child Development Officer. Again I remember I am one of the lucky few. I’m one of the lucky few, as I write this in mid August 2014, just

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When Australian musician Rachel Kim travelled to Jogjakarta Indonesia in late 2012 to study at Indonesia’s Institute for the Arts (ISI) she was introduced to the sounds of 1960s Indonesian garage band Dara Puspita. An all-girl rock n roll band in 1960s Indonesia, Dara Puspita stood out to Rachel as one of Asia’s original girl power acts, and inspired her to start the band Empat Lima, drawing influence from the garage sounds of the 60’s Asian/Western explosion. During Rachel’s four months in Jogjakarta she also attended numerous exhibition openings, gigs, parties and art events. But every-time she arrived at these

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Sadiyah, 5, Boomay, holds broken pages of the Qu’ran as she walks home from a make-shift Madrasa set up in Thawepen unregistered IDP Camp, in the outskirts of Sittwe. Photograph by Marta Tucci   As with most of the world and its regions, in particular South East Asia’s the Republic of the union of Myanmar (Burma), its history and human inhabitants come from varied settlers, wandering tribes and conquering armies. The land lies on the Bay of Bengal and Andaman coast with Bangladesh and India to the west, Laos and Thailand to the east and China to the north. These

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Conflict has a serious impact on the life of women and their role in family and society. Through the ages, the presence of heightened insecurity and fear has forced many women and children to flee their homes, forming inadequate settlements for refugees, displaced, and stateless communities. The roles of family and society, dictated by culture and history, disintegrate in the presence of conflict. Women are forced to assume new responsibilities, roles, strength of character and resilience. Faced with the silence and ignorance of the media and the international community, the Rohingya are condemned to a bleak existence. While women are

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