Blood Diamond, a 2006 Hollywood blockbuster, depicts how the illicit economic activity to secure diamonds in Sierra Leone involved conflicting domestic and international groups. The film vividly depicts a rebel group abducting children and transforming them into deadly soldiers. In many armed conflicts and civilian wars, children are not only victims but also active participants who likely prolong the conflict. Much scholarly work has scrutinized such phenomena in Africa. However, other areas also have the emerging role of child soldiers in conflicts, although they are less known such as in Papua. The 2018 United Nations annual report on children and armed conflicts exhibits the rise of child soldiers in 17 countries compared to 15 countries in 2013. Most of the child soldiers operate in African and Middle Eastern countries. Studies and reports on the growing number of child soldiers in Asia, including in Indonesia’s Papua, are still lacking. One reason is due to the highly … [Read more...] about Insight: Acknowledge child soldiers to save Papua’s children
TEL AVIV: Contentsquare, which provides insights into customers' digital experiences, has acquired Israeli rival Clicktale for an undisclosed amount, the companies said on Monday.Contentsquare's customers include AccorHotels, Sephora and Walmart while Clicktale serves clients such as Dell and T-Mobile. Together they will have 600 enterprise customers.Their platforms provide e-commerce and digital teams an understanding of customer behaviour on their app, mobile and web sites. The companies plan to release a combined platform later this year, Contentsquare CEO Jonathan Cherki said."Contentsquare and Clicktale are exceptionally compatible," Clicktale CEO Shlomi Hagai said.Research and development will be integrated and expanded with teams working in Paris and Tel Aviv. The combined company has more than 550 employees.Contentsquare, with headquarters in New York and Paris, has raised US$120 million in the last three years from Eurazeo, Canaan, Highland Europe and H14. Clicktale has raised … [Read more...] about Digital insights firm Contentsquare buys Israel’s Clicktale
I have often avoided questions about the state of Jakarta. Such questions would weigh down my continuing passion to create great places, support caring communities and build livable cities. I would simply nod at the list of physical sets of problems Jakarta needs to work on; from frequent flooding to a lack of public spaces and other livability factors. But on the eve of its anniversary, let me sum up conditions we must commit to, as otherwise we may soon lose each other, not just get lost ourselves, in this thriving city. Jakarta is living on dualism. As Dee Lestari writes in her novel Supernova, we are pulled between wanting to be the cool East and acting like Easterners here, while being pushed so hard by the West, which also curses us the loudest. In its dualism, key to Jakarta’s problems is its inability to build a clear character. Does it want to be the center of government like Canberra, Washington, DC., and Brasilia? Or does it insist on coupling that with being an … [Read more...] about Insight: Jakarta’s anniversary: Celebrating the people
Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) is one of the leading radical organizations in Indonesia. The group’s notoriety grew in 2017 when the government banned it through a decree signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for opposing the state ideology Pancasila and seeking to establish a caliphate. While the ban was supported by some within Indonesia, others have argued that this measure limits freedom of speech in Indonesia and hence is viewed as an attempt by the government to silence dissent. My own research on HTI suggests that regardless of the ban, HTI was a movement on a decline. HT was founded in 1953 with the aim of setting up an Arab caliphate in the Levant area with the aim of emancipating Palestine. In Indonesia, the seeds of HT were sown by Abdul Rahman Al-Baghdadi, a Lebanese born Australian who was invited to teach at the famous Al-Ghazali Islamic boarding house established by the prominent Indonesian religious figure, Abdullah bin Nuh. Despite Indonesia being … [Read more...] about Insight: Is Hizbut Tahrir a threat to Indonesia?
First allow me to point out that the “Beady-eyed crowing atheists” header to my previous letter was written by The Nation’s editorial staff, as is their common practice, and did not reflect my sentiments. Second, I chose a principal text from the Dzogchen tradition because it does not propose belief, is perfectly consistent with Darwin and Watson (DNA), and reveals a profundity of understanding and insight which would possibly be revelatory for those who worship science. I am a trained scientist, have regular dialogues with numerous other scientists and find dogmatic childish belief to be nowhere more rigidly adhered to than among a group of scientists. I dare say the vast majority of scientists are so entranced by scientific materialism (a philosophy and belief system inherently flawed) that they would never consider serious study of a text from the Dzogchen tradition. Yet there are notable exceptions. Werner Heisenberg famously stated, … [Read more...] about Junk all religion and you throw away priceless tools of insight