How much direction should Congress give to Obama in the war against the Islamic State?

Congress appears to be headed toward a fight over exactly how it should authorize the Obama administration to fight the Islamic State, as a key Republican indicated he wants to hold out the option of ground troops, a provision many Democrats would likely oppose.

The Scrapping of Elections for Mayors and Governors:a Bid to Undermine President-elect Joko Widodo

JAKARTA- The move by an outgoing parliament is seen as a blow to democracy and a bid to undermine President-elect Joko Widodo

The Indonesian parliament voted to scrap direct elections for regional office-bearers early Friday — a decision that critics say is a step backward for democracy in the world’s fourth most populous nation and biggest Muslim-majority country.

Prabowo's coalition scores again vs Jokowi


In court ruling, Prabowo's coalition scores again vs Jokowi

The Constitutional Court rejects a judicial review of the amendments to the law on legislatures, paving the way for Prabowo Subianto’s coalition to obtain control of the leadership of the legislature.

JAKARTA  - In another blow for President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, the Constitutional Court on Monday, September 29, paved the way for Prabowo Subianto’s coalition to obtain control of the leadership of the House of Representatives.

Prabowo Coalition will Abolish direct Election of President ?

JAKARTA-Fears are growing in Indonesia that the coalition of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto intends to mess further with the country's democracy.

Having last week abolished the direct election of regional, local and provincial governors, parties loyal to the former army strongman are now said to want to abolish the direct election of the country's president.

Bibi calls Iran greater ‘threat’ than ISIL

KONFRONTASI - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reiterated Tel Aviv’s war-mongering position on the Islamic Republic, calling Iran a greater “threat” than the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

Netanyahu stepped up the regime’s belligerent rhetoric against Iran during his speech at the 69th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday.

Bibi’s comments are reminiscent of the fact that the ISIL terrorists have never launched an attack against the Israeli regime’s interests although they commit atrocities against all communities in the region.

Why do Americans hate beheadings but love drone killings?

The answer lies in human psychology. And probably like the old observation about history, people who refuse to understand human psychology are doomed to be victims of psychological manipulation. How is it that even members of peace groups have now come to support US bombing? One lady framed the issue like this: "I request that we discuss and examine why the videotaped beheading of a human being is understood to be more egregious than the explosion (almost totally invisible to the public) of a human being by a missile or bomb fired from a drone."

China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong protests

KONFRONTASI - China has warned against any foreign meddling in the recent protests in Hong Kong, saying the ongoing pro-democracy rallies in the city are “illegal”.

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong remained camped out in the centre of the global financial hub on Monday.

Organizers of the protests have said that as many as 80,000 people have thronged the streets in the city since Friday.

The rallies have reportedly received support from some foreign countries including the United States and Britain.

US war against ISIL could cost up to $22 billion per year: Report

KONFRONTASI - The US war against the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq and Syria may cost up to $22 billion per year, according a report released Monday by a Washington-based think tank.

If airstrikes against ISIL continue at the current level and 2,000 ground combat troops are deployed to Iraq, military operations could cost between $200 and $320 million per month, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) estimated.

Obama: We can’t stabilize Syria under Assad

KONFRONTASI - As a US-led coalition continues to strike ISIL strongholds inside Syria, President Barack Obama says “we are not going to stabilize” the country under President Bashar al-Assad.

In an interview aired Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes” program, Obama acknowledged the contradictory nature of his Syria strategy."I recognize the contradiction in a contradictory land and a contradictory circumstance."

Radical monk stirs hatred against Rohingya Muslims

KONFRONTASI - A radical Myanmarese monk is adopting new measures to intensify a hate campaign against the Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian country.

Speaking at an indoor stadium in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on Sunday, leader of the 969 Movement, Ashin Wirathu, announced a partnership with a hardline Sri Lankan Buddhist group to build a front against Muslims.