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Globe Trot: ‘Watershed moment’ for Indonesia

International | Muslims continue to protest Christian governor’s ‘blasphemy’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/02/16, 02:48 pm

INDONESIA: Muslims continue to turn out in force to protest Jakarta’s Christian governor. This is a “watershed moment” for Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, writes Elizabeth Kendal, marking the rise of hardline Islamic fundamentalists who accuse Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama of blasphemy.

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Globe Trot: Thinking through Fidel

International | Reactions to the death of Cuba’s communist dictator
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/28/16, 04:27 pm

CUBA: The longest-ruling communist dictator in the Western Hemisphere, Fidel Castro, 90, was pronounced dead by his brother Raúl late Friday night—and the Miami Herald’s obituary is comprehensive and fact-based.

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Islamic hardliners protest Christian mayor in Indonesia

Indonesia | Blasphemy accusations and violence highlight country’s struggle against radicalization
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 11/07/16, 11:26 am

In an unusually large protest, tens of thousands of hardline Muslims marched in Indonesia’s capital Friday against the Christian governor of Jakarta because of remarks he made about the Quran.

Protesters demanded Gov. Basuki Tjahja Purnama, often referred to by his nickname, Ahok, resign from office and be jailed for blasphemy. 

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