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A Hand for Tifatul

This article analyses the event in which our Communication minister Tifatul Sembiring greeted first lady Michelle Obama in Jakarta. As a conservative Muslim, Tifatul has made a big point of declaring he will not touch any member of the opposite sex who is neither his wife nor part of his family. More..

In Defense of Pancasila

Upon reading an opinion piece about strategy to disseminate the idea of peaceful coexistence between religious groups and the role of Pancasila in it, I could not help but stricken by the pessimism toward the benefit of teaching Pancasila. The opinion piece rightfully pointed out to our need of better religious studies classes but perhaps it has mistaken the vital role of Pancasila More..

Lessons from the Mayor and the Imam

This articles reports the Foreign Policy’s 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2010 that includes New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of Park 51. Michael Bloomberg, the wealthy Jewish mayor of New York City, and Feisal Abdul Rauf, an imam and Kuwaiti immigrant to the US, More..