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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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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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Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo was declared Indonesia’s president elect on July 22, winning almost 71 million votes and 53 per cent of the count. He represents the country’s first President from an ordinary background without elite political lineage and the first genuinely post-Suharo political figure. For many observers, a Jokowi-led government represents an Indonesia whose time has finally come. Jokowi grew up near a slum area in the central Javanese city of Solo where he would later become mayor at the beginning of his meteoric political career. His rise from humble beginnings has been his greatest political achievement