Papua peace is not just about iron fists, carrots and sticks

Papua peace is not just about iron fists, carrots and sticksIndonesian government must talk to opponents and dispense justice fairly if peace efforts are to work January 22, 2020Just a few hours before Bishop Petrus Canisius Mandagi, the apostolic administrator of Merauke Archdiocese in Papua, issued a New Year’s Day call for the military and …

Banjir, Kenapa Kau Datang Saat Jakarta Lagi Krisis Kepemimpinan?

Banjir besar yang melanda sebagian besar wilayah Jabodetabek -Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi- akibat hujan selama lebih dari 16 jam dari sore hari 31 Desember 2019 hingga menjelang tengah hari 1 Januari 2020- menelan korban jiwa dalam jumlah cukup besar dan disebut-sebut sebagai banjir terburuk dalam satu dekade terakhir. Menurut data yang dikumpulkan oleh Badan …

What a soldier can do to fix religion in Indonesia

Despite criticism in certain circles, Fachrul Razi’s appointment as religious affairs minister may be quite a good thing The appointment of a former general, Fachrul Razi, as Indonesia’s religious affairs minister has drawn fire, particularly from Muslim clerics who say the post has traditionally been the domain of Islamic groups. Giving it to someone outside …

Mobile clinic narrows healthcare gap in Timor-Leste

Jesuit priest travels to hamlets on hillocks, serves as a band-aid for state’s medical woes Mountainous terrain, inadequate modes of transportation and shortages of medical personnel and facilities have all combined to hamper efforts in Timor-Leste to provide local people with adequate healthcare. As a result many people, particularly children, women and the elderly in …