Joko Widodo

Indonesia Holds Largest One-Day Election in History

Indonesia’s presidential election on Wednesday – the largest single-day election in history, with almost 193 million eligible voters casting ballots for 245,000 candidates spread across 17,000 islands – appears to have returned incumbent President Joko Widodo to office. The race was strongly influenced by Indonesia’s slide into hardline Islamism.

The Associated Press

Christian Graves Desecrated in Indonesia as Islamism Rises

The Jakarta Post on Monday reported on a rash of desecrations directed at Christian graves in the city of Yogyakarta, a spree some local residents believe was a targeted act of intolerance rather than random vandalism. A rising tide of hardline Islamism has become a major factor in the impending Indonesian presidential election.

A desecrated Christian grave at Giriloyo Cemetery in Magelang town, Central Java province. (Photo courtesy of Magelang police)

Indonesia to Introduce Chemical Castration as Punishment for Pedophilia

The government of Indonesia will being to introduce the practice of “chemical castration” into their criminal justice system as a way to keep convicted pedophiles from repeat crimes and as a deterrence to potential criminals. Chemical castration involved the use of hormones to subdue and eliminate the libido of a sex offender.

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