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Indonesia, the World’s Metal Nation

One of the most interesting international reactions upon Joko Widodo’s victory as the president of Indonesia for 2014-2019 came from the world’s metalheads. Randy Blythe, the front man of Lamb of God –one of Joko Widodo’s favorite metal bands– enthusiastically congratulated and informed through his Instagram: “This is the world’s first heavy metal president, and might be the only one who is openly a metalhead”.

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Clara Ng: Urban World and Fairy Tales

Clara Ng is a successful writer in both metropop and children’s literature genre. She is one of the faces of contemporary publishing in Indonesia. In this 2000 era when the metropop genre is popular in Indonesia, an independent urban woman who is very involved in the public field often emerged as an archetype character.

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Indonesia as a Model of Muslim Democracy

In the wake of Islamic resurgence and the growing democratic movements in North Africa and the Middle East, it is relevant to see Indonesia as a model of Muslim democracy. The country has shown a stable democratic government, civil liberties, and tremendous economic growth.

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Author Eka Kurniawan in the Running for Man Booker International Prize

Indonesian author of "Man Tiger" Eka Kurniwan is among 13 selected authors to make the Man Booker Dozen, the longlist for the 2016 Man Booker International award.

"Man Tiger," translated by former features writer for the Jakarta Globe, Labodalih Sembiring, is now in the running for a shortlist of six finalists that will be announced on April 14. The winner will be announced on May 16.

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Indonesia as a Model of Muslim Democracy

In the wake of Islamic resurgence and the growing democratic movements in North Africa and the Middle East, it is relevant to see Indonesia as a model of Muslim democracy. The country has shown a stable democratic government, civil liberties, and tremendous economic growth.

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A Country That Surprises

Indonesia is a country that surprises. In 1968 Benjamin Higgins called it a ‘chronic dropout’ and the ‘number one economic failure among the major underdeveloped countries’.  Who would blame him? The per capita income in 1966 was less than that of 1938, the budget deficit totaled half of government expenditures, and the inflation rate had surpassed 500 percent at the end of 1965. Foreign debt totaled to $2.4 billion in 1966 – at the time when GDP was only $1.4 billion and growing at a mere 2 percent per year.

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Indonesia on the Global Literary Stage

Indonesia is a puzzle. It is the world’s fourth largest nation and home to the greatest number of Muslims on the planet, yet much of the country’s history and contemporary politics is unknown to outsiders. Indonesia’s literature, rich and vital, is even more unknown. There are many reasons for this. The 17,000 islands strewn along the equator are too diverse and complicated to fit in any simple narrative.

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