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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JOKO Widodo came up with the idea of a national reconciliation just as the July 9 presidential polls came to a close at 1pm. A presidential candidate nominated by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P),Widodo—better known as Jokowi—first mentioned it to Andi Widjajanto, the party's campaign team secretary and Anies Baswedan, rector of Paramadina University, currently on leave to advise Jokowi during the campaign.
Heading to the home of Megawati Soekarnoputri, chairperson of PDI-P in South Jakarta, Jokowi said that he had a list of people he needed to meet, as part of an effort to reduce the tension among a nation torn into two camps.