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Above the Constitution is God

The plan of Constitutional Court Chief Justice Arief Hidayat, 61, to take some days off in his hometown of Semarang three weeks ago, was not to be. When he landed at Ahmad Yani Airport that Thursday morning, he was all set to go teach at the 17 Agustus 1945 University…

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Charles Patrick Edward Burrows: Cilacap's 'Kyai' Priest

FATHER Carolus made the news last year, when a number of foreigners convicted of drug crimes were executed on Nusa Kambangan Island. Charles Patrick Edward Burrows—a priest known among locals as Romo (Father) Carolus—had accompanied the inmates, among others Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte and Nigerian Okwudili Oyatanze, and watched them until…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Religion in the Runoff

Rebranding Basuki

The BasukiDjarot campaign team is working on Muslim voters who casted their ballots for Agus Harimurti in East and South Jakarta. Religious pilgrimages are being offered to attract them.

Speaking to about 200 residents of Cipinang, Tubagus Ace Hasan Syadzily joked about voter fears of giving their voice for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok), the incumbent Jakarta governor who happens to be a Christian.