Bernhard Platzdasch

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Commentary / World Mar 14, 2011

Yudhoyono's shaky coalition drifts along

SINGAPORE — It has been common in recent years to praise Indonesia as Southeast Asia's primary democratic success story. Vital achievements include a successful campaign against Islamist terrorism and the end to three decades of futile military oppression of Aceh province. Indonesia's swift transition to ...

Commentary / World Feb 15, 2011

Most Indonesians back religious status quo

While it is true that the Indonesian constitution does not outlaw Shiite Islam, a superficial look at the matter can be deceptive. Indonesia's state doctrine Pancasila acknowledges six faiths and pledges to treat these faiths equally: Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Such a ...