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Jakarta: the unlikely capital city of sex and swinging

A little past midnight, sitting at the bar of a stylish Jakarta establishment, all around was giddy, shaking, unfiltered lust. Author Laksmi Pamuntjak discovers the swinging scene among Indonesia’s middle class<p>There is a peculiar thrill to hearing your city described in terms less than …

Literature

Gender Equality Un-Islamic, Women Only Fit to Give Birth: Sunni Leader

In a controversial remark, Sunni leader Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliar today described as "un-Islamic" the concept of gender equality and said …

Islam

Women are less happy than men in marriage, but society pretends it isn't true

To Post Secret, a project that collects personal secrets written artistically onto postcards, someone recently sent in the following bombshell: "Ever since we started getting married and buying houses," she writes, "my girlfriends and I don't laugh much anymore."<p>Her personal secret is, in fact, a …

L.A. sheriff's deputies disciplined after horrific torture death of 8-year-old boy

It was the worst case of child abuse that local officials had ever seen.<p>The death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez became a grim symbol of the failure of Los Angeles County's child welfare system, prompting criminal charges against four social workers and far-reaching reforms of how authorities …

Crime

C2C's Six Spookiest Ghost Stories of 2016

In a manner more befitting a Kardashian, it seems like not a week or two went by during 2016 without a ghost appearing online in some strange form or …

Boko Haram Teaching Child Soldiers to Rape

Senior Boko Haram militants are now ‘providing specific instructions’ to younger boys for raping women and girls at gunpoint.<p>MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—The …

Africa

Indonesian court gives go-ahead to blasphemy trial of Jakarta governor Ahok

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has denied he intended to insult the Qu’ran while campaigning<p>An Indonesian court will proceed with a controversial blasphemy trial against Jakarta’s Christian governor, who is accused of insulting the Qur’an, a judge said on Tuesday.<p>The case is seen as a test of religious …

Asia

Why some Scandinavian schools don't teach 'Snow White' to children (and why the world should follow)

Scandinavia's innovative education models present a more diverse and realistic image of the world we live in, and steer clear of gender …

Gender-Neutral

How Judaism's definition of death can boost organ donations

<b>When Robert Berman, an Orthodox Jew from the US, settled in Jerusalem, he was not prepared for the strong resistance to his argument for organ donation from some sections of the society.</b><p>To advance his cause he has had to engage in the most profound and tricky discussions on religion and death.<p>Many …

Israel

This Dude Accidentally Convinced the Internet That Finland Doesn't Exist

The theory weaves in Japanese fishing routes, Nokia phones, and the Trans-Siberian Railway to prove that Finland isn't real.<p>Quick, name one fact about Finland.<p>If you're not Finnish, well, you probably can't, and you know what, there's no shame in that since, frankly, the country doesn't really …

Weird

Jakarta protests: Muslims turn out in force against Christian governor Ahok

Huge crowds descend on Jakarta to demand the Indonesian capital’s governor be arrested for insulting Islam<p>A crowd of at least 200,000 Muslim protesters has descended on Jakarta to demand the Christian governor of the Indonesian capital be arrested for insulting Islam.<p>There was heavy security at the …

Asia

Thai activist 'first to be arrested for royal insult' under new king | Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police arrested an anti-junta activist on Saturday for defaming the monarchy in what rights groups said was the first case of lese-majeste brought under Thailand’s new king.<p>Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun is seen on his way out from the Grand …

Human Rights

For Trump, politics, family and business merge. We know from Indonesia how that may end up.

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition process has raised questions of personal financial interest and first family business connections that have no precedent in U.S. political history. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner have played a key role in the transition process. His sons …

Donald Trump

Indonesia Muslim hardliners break up what they think is gay sex party | Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - About 50 members of a hardline Muslim group barged into an apartment in the Indonesian capital to break up what they said was a gay sex party, angering rights groups, and police said on Monday no one in the flat had done anything wrong.<p>The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender …

North Africa

Christmas celebrations shouldn't be suppressed for fear of offending, bosses told

Employers should stop ruining Christmas for workers through fear of offending people of other faiths, according to Britain's main equalities watchdog.<p>…

Forced marriage: ‘I broke the chain. I’m proud of that’

At 14, Jasvinder Sanghera ran away from home rather than suffer a forced marriage. She was determined her own children would be free to choose for themselves<p>Jasvinder Sanghera still remembers leaving her dad the note 35 years ago. He worked nights, and while he was asleep one day she wrote to him, …

Sikhism

Should Child Marriage Be Talked About In The Classroom?

In 11th grade, some students in India read a story that's not your typical textbook fare.<p>It's about a girl whose marriage was arranged when she was just one year old.<p>When she turned 18, her parents ordered her to leave home and join her husband.<p>Only she went to court to protest.<p>That's the true …

Brides

Why misogyny won

America’s president-elect is an alleged sexual predator. This theory of sexism explains how it came to this — and why even many women voted for Trump.<p>After leaked audio showed Donald Trump bragging in 2005 that he can “grab [women] by the pussy” and kiss them without consent because he’s “a star,” …

Indonesia police probe blasphemy complaint against Christian as tension simmers | Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police on Tuesday considered a blasphemy case brought by Muslim groups against the Jakarta governor, the first ethnic Chinese and Christian in the job, as religious tension simmers and President Joko Widodo tries to keep a handle on security.<p>Jakarta Governor Basuki …

North Africa

The young refugee girls who are being pushed into marriage and violent relationships

Young Syrian refugee girls are being married off by desperate parents – and finding themselves in abusive relationships or worse<p>Dalia was 16 and living in a refugee camp in Lebanon when she was married. She agreed to marry a man she had only met once before because she knew her family, who had fled …

Save the Children

Indonesian President cancels Australia trip after violent protests

<b>(CNN) —</b> Indonesian President Joko Widodo has postponed his trip to Australia following the violent protest that erupted Friday in Jakarta.<p>Widodo informed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of his decision Saturday and instructed his Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to reschedule his visit, according to …

Asia

This church pastor bravely shared her late term abortion story and it is heartbreaking

There are some women whose bravery takes our breath away. The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, a senior minister at New York City’s Riverside Church (not to …

Religious people understand the world less, study suggests

Religious people are more likely to have a poorer understanding of the world and are more likely to believe objects like rocks and paper have human …

Why are we so fascinated with children who kill?

​The law is not there to tell us why. The guilty verdict delivered by a jury in Nottingham Crown Court this week confirmed a 15 year-old girl’s calculated culpability in the brutal double murder of a mother and daughter in Spalding. But not what could have caused the teenager and her boyfriend (who …

Thousands of people are protesting marriage equality in Paris, and we're so disappointed

We really hate to bring you bad news, but you should know: Last weekend, tens of thousands of people protested marriage equality in Paris. Because, …

Thailand at a crossroads following king's death, PM says

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is at a crossroads following the death of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday, urging Thais to stick together and become a “leading country”.<p>Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is dressed in black as he arrives at a …

Bhumibol Adulyadej

Indonesia President Jokowi Defends LGBT Rights

Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday broke his long silence on the country’s escalating climate of hateful anti-lesbian, gay, …

LGBTQI

Why Ipso was correct: freedom of expression means the freedom to offend

Kelvin MacKenzie’s column about Fatima Manji wearing a hijab was hateful, but Channel 4 News should not have complained to the press regulator<p>When the row blew up over Kelvin MacKenzie’s column in the Sun about Fatima Manji wearing a hijab while presenting Channel 4 News, I said he was wrong.<p>Wrong …

Religion

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

Jurica Dujmović says some tech in the blockbuster isn’t so far off.<p>5:05 a.m. Today5:05 a.m. March 29, 2018<p>The chief executive officer of the …

What Is Religion?

"What is reli-gion?" Shaykh Babikir asks, his thick Sudanese accent curling the word out over his bottom lip.<p>"Man creates religion to suit himself. …