Daily Archives: May 7, 2017

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Making Sense of the Trump Budget

By Vaibhav Kumar In late February, President Donald Trump released his budget plan for fiscal year 2018. This budget plan calls for historic increases in national defense and homeland security spending while cutting a multitude of non-defense-related programs such as environmental agencies, public broadcasting services, and foreign affairs departments. Because of these drastic increases in…

Members of the Islamic Defenders Front march against Ahok. Source: newmandala.org
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A Governor, a Quranic Verse, and the Fight for Indonesia’s Soul

By Alex Boylston In September 2016, months after declaring to run the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, current Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama made what he thought was a simple speech about his economic program at a campaign stop in the islands off the coast of Jakarta. Ahok, an ethnic Chinese Christian who assumed the…

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