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Commentary: Bubble burst: Jokowi's fans should become citizens again

Haters will hate, but I hope fan boys and girls will not keep fawning over a politician when he shows us he is no longer what we thought he …

Human Rights

I'm a Gay Man and I'm Not Voting in Indonesia's 2019 Election

This time, I refuse to choose the lesser of two evils.<p>President Joko Widodo's choice for his running mate in 2019, the controversial Islamic scholar Ma’ruf Amin, confirms one thing: minority groups, including the LGBT community, have no place in Indonesian politics.<p>As a gay man who lives abroad and …

LGBTQI

We are neither 'kecebong' nor 'kampret' now

The last days before the closing of candidates for the president-vice president pairings made an enticing reality show full of surprise, tension, …

Joko Widodo

Indonesia's Deforestation Dropped 60 Percent in 2017

By Hidayah Hamzah, Reidinar Juliane, Tjokorda Nirarta "Koni" Samadhi and Arief Wijaya<p>In the midst of the second-worst year for tropical tree cover …

Biodiversity

Africa is changing China as much as China is changing Africa

Eight years ago I watched the movie “2012,” named after the year the Mayan calendar supposedly ends. In the film an American geologist learns that a solar flare is heating the core of the earth and causing its tectonic plates to shift drastically. Before long, mass earthquakes and tsunamis are …

China

The 50 Best Cities in The World to Visit Alone

Although frightening, traveling alone can be best way to explore a new city.<p>Although it can be frightening, traveling alone is often the best way to …

The 25 highest-paid NBA players of all time

1/<p>25. Tony Parker ― $160.8 million<p>Jonathan Daniel/Getty<p><b>Seasons</b>: 16<p><b>Highest single-season salary</b>: $14.4 million<p><b>Championships</b>: 4<p><b>All-Star Games</b>: 6<p><b>NBA</b> …

We're on the Brink of a New Era of Innovation. Will You Survive It?

It's better to prepare than adapt because, by the time you see the need to adapt, it may already be too late<p>One of the most interesting things I discuss in my book <i>Mapping Innovation</i> is what I call the new era of innovation, which will create profoundly new technologies, classes of data and business …

3 Public Speaking Tips You've Probably Never Thought About

Does the thought of public speaking make you break out into a cold sweat? These tips will help you ditch the fear and connect with your audience. ​<p>If you Google "public speaking tips," you'll find a plethora of articles on the subject. Some are helpful, but others ... not so much. So, how do you …

2018 NBA mock draft: Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic headline loaded class

One impressive NCAA Tournament run could catapult a prospect's stock. Heading into the Madness, here's USA TODAY Sports' first 2018 NBA mock draft compiled by staffers with consult from NBA scouts and executives.<p>The order is based on teams' inverse standings as of March 13, taking into account …

Basketball

How playing video games affects your body and brain

Video games are one of the most popular and commonly enjoyed forms of entertainment of our time, yet there's a lot of controversy around them.<p>The World Health Organization recently decided to add "gaming disorder" to its official list of mental health conditions, stating that gaming behavior could …

Russ vs. Harden Is an Argument About the Soul of Basketball

In basketball, soloists are divisive. It’s a team sport, after all. What separates the legends from the fleeting superstars and the cult names of a …

Colin Cowherd reacts to Isaiah Thomas’ play in Lakers loss to Portland: ‘The dude is hard to play with’

In his reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers losing to the Portland Trail Blazers, Colin Cowherd weighs in on why Isaiah Thomas is to blame for …

Derrick Rose's NBA Future Is Officially in Jeopardy

When video surfaced last week appearing to show Derrick Rose shooting by himself in an empty gym at Cleveland State University, the common reaction was one of sadness.<p>This is where the former MVP has found himself? Shooting alone in an empty college gym while waiting for the phone to ring?<p>With …

Half Myth, Half Amazing

<i>Michael Jordan or LeBron James? It is one of the essential questions in the modern era of sports fandom, encompassing facts and biases, statistics</i> …

Derrick Rose's Adidas Contract: Breaking Down the Strange Terms

In early 2012, Derrick Rose was one of the most dynamic young players the NBA had ever seen. A season earlier he became the youngest player in NBA …

More Money, More Problems: The Trouble With Max Contracts

Imagine someone told you one year ago that Blake Griffin would be on the Pistons, Chris Paul would be on the Rockets, Jimmy Butler would be on the …

An Underage Lou Williams Once Waited In A Casino Lobby For Allen Iverson To Finish Gambling

Lou Williams was among the final preps-to-pros stars in the NBA, being drafted 45th overall by the 76ers in the 2005 NBA Draft. Williams was a great scorer in high school and it was perhaps fortuitous that he was drafted onto a team with one of the league’s best scoring guards ever in Allen Iverson.<p>…

The 10 Best (and Two Worst) Super Bowl Halftime Performances (Watch)

Not everyone watches the Super Bowl for the football: Last year, Lady Gaga’s halftime show on Fox was viewed by 117.5 million people, which is nearly …

Dear Basketball

D ear Basketball,<p>From the moment <br>I started rolling my dad’s tube socks <br>And shooting imaginary <br>Game-winning shots <br>In the Great Western Forum <br>I knew …

Best Wired Moments of the NBA Christmas Day Games (Kyrie, Draymond, John Wall and More!)

James takes another shot at Trump during Washington visit

(Reuters) - LeBron James used a visit to Washington on Sunday to express his continued displeasure at Donald Trump, without once mentioning the United States president by name.<p>Dec 17, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) wears Equality shoes against the …

Basketball

US admits to running secret UFO programme

The Pentagon ran a secretive five-year program to investigate UFO sightings, spending $22 million before it was shut down due to cost, it has been revealed.<p>For the first time, the Department of Defense has acknowledged the existence of the mysterious Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program …

Anti-Muslim online surges driven by fake accounts

The growth among Twitter accounts and websites spreading anti-Muslim hate is alarming. Patrik Hermansson, Hope not Hate<p>A global network of anti-Muslim activists is using Twitter bots, fake news and the manipulation of images to influence political discourse, new analysis reveals.<p>Many have recorded …

Social Media

LeBron James: Want Derrick Rose to be happy, whatever he decides

CLEVELAND -- If Derrick Rose's absence from the Cleveland Cavaliers ends with him hanging it up rather than returning to the team, LeBron James says …

Russell Westbrook and Thunder keep blowing leads. Here’s why

The Thunder are 8-10 and can’t seem to get things right. Here’s why.<p>On Friday night the Thunder had a lead that ballooned to as many as 15 points in the middle of the third quarter against the Pistons. According to Inpredictable, the Thunder had as much as an 82 percent chance of winning the game. …

Lebron James is the greatest basketball player of all time, but perhaps Michael Jordan should have been

On Tuesday night, Lebron James played the 1,072nd game of his career, matching Michael Jordan’s career total. As the MJ-Lebron debate is reignited, …

Basketball

Why It's Illegal to Take Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night

<i>This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure</i><p>So you’re in Paris, and of course you want to go check out the spectacular light show put on each …

20 Beautiful Photos of Hue, Vietnam's Lost Imperial City

The Citadel<p>By far the focal point of tourism in Hue, the Citadel is a sprawling complex on the northern side of the Perfume River, and within its …