- J Brooks Spector
Indonesia’s infrastructure is poor. Jakarta’s inadequacies are compounded by its ten million inhabitants, treacle traffic and suffocating smog. The government is constantly caught between investing in transport between the islands and on them, worsened by the antics of ancient, smoking trucks and buses and some 80 million bebek motorcycles. Furthermore, Jakarta is a collection of monuments to Sukarno’s follies. It’s not that nation-building was unimportant; it’s whether it was best achieved through growth or architecture. To top it off, fatalism is the national mindset. Yet it works. Why? By GREG MILLS.
Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa. By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH and WADE WILLIAMS for Associated Press.
Desperate scenes from Gaza seem to contain little hope that peace will ever visit the Middle East. The level of casualties, both military but especially civilian, and the repetitive failure of ceasefire attempts suggest that politics and ideology continue to trump humanitarian needs and common sense. There is hope, however, only if both protagonists want peace more than they want to continue to fight, and only if the international community can use the opportunity to fashion the conditions for dialogue and encourage compromise. By DANIEL PINHASSI & GREG MILLS.
There are a number of special things about Sweden’s Feminist Initiative. For one, it has received generous funding from Benny Andersson – better known as “Benny from Abba”. For another, its leader once advocated introducing a “Man Tax”. But the Feminist Initiative is no joke: earlier this year it became the first feminist political party in history to win a seat in the European Parliament. REBECCA DAVIS investigated why a country already praised for its gender equality would need a feminist party in the first place.