Tempo English Weekly

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mangrove Revival

To around 50 students at the Binjai 6 State High School, Irwan Syahril spoke about the benefits of mangrove found along coastal areas. The youngsters listened attentively to Irwan’s explanations on ecotourism in Kampung Nipah, North Sulawesi. "When it comes to talking about mangrove, I ‘m always enthusiastic," said Irwan when Tempo English contacted him three weeks ago.

Irwan, who is a fisherman, goes fishing at night, staying…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Many Faces of Conservatism

Playing With the Fire of Conservatism

The most recent study by the State Islamic University (UIN) in Jakarta yielded surprising -- and worrying -- results: over 80 percent of the respondents rejected the idea of a non-Muslim leader and the establishment of other houses of worship in their areas.

UIN's Islamic and Social Studies Center (PPIM) conducted the study on 500 schoolteachers of (the Muslim) religion in five provinces at the end of last year. Some respondents also rejected the idea of educators of other faiths teaching in a public school.