Deadly Recruitment Drive
THE amateur video was 75 minutes and 34 seconds long. It opened with Arabic calligraphy quoting verses from the Quran, followed by a series of photographs of violence involving the Muslim community in Indonesia. An upbeat nasyid song played in the background. The lyrics repeatedly called on Muslims to carry out jihad.
The first 15 minutes of the video were about the history of clashes between Islamic…
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A QUESTION was posed by Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairperson, Megawati Soekarnoputri to Joko Widodo after an hour-long discussion. "So, how is it going to be, Dik Jokowi? Are you ready to face the most bitter political realities?" asked Megawati. On that Sunday afternoon last week, in the guest room of Megawati's residence in Central Jakarta, Jokowi, who sat next to Megawati, replied emphatically, "I am ready to fight for the people and I will not back down.