When Kinari Webb first visited Borneo’s Gunung Palung National Park in the 1990s as a student, the rainforest was being deforested at a frightening rate. Webb went on to found the nonprofit, Health in Harmony, which aims to keep the forest healthy by keeping people healthy.
Mohamudul Hasson and Tobarik Huson, both Rohingya from Myanmar, met in Malaysia after taking arduous journeys to escape persecution and stagnation as stateless Muslim minorities. Neither Myanmar nor neighboring Bangladesh recognizes them as citizens.
When the group debuted in the mid-2000s, AKB48 was more easily dismissed as a novelty act. But in recent years, the group has expanded into a bona fide musical empire — one that has spread across Asia.
The timing of this anti-kafir push is hardly accidental. Indonesia's conservative Muslim clerics are gaining influence through social media with hard-line messages. Nahdlatul Ulama, or NU, with more than 90 million followers, wants to disseminate the “message of Islam as a source of universal love.”
In Southeast Asia, Muslim nations like Indonesia and Malaysia have relatively successful democracies. What makes democracy in those populous Muslim countries work? We talk with Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's former deputy prime minister.
A pro-democracy uprising in a Muslim country with the aim to unseat a dictator in power for nearly three decades: No, it's not Egypt 2011, it's Indonesia 1998. Julia Simon spoke with one leader of Indonesia's 1998 reform movement about parallels he
Indonesia planted millions of trees to absorb the greenhouse gases caused by the December 2007 Bali climate conference, but the nation's record on tree conservation has been dismal. Java used to be home to one of the world's oldest teak forests, but illegal logging, fires, and government mis-management have destroyed the trees.
More and more companies are finding ways to make economic growth with environmental benchmarks part of their mandates. Fred Krupp, author of 'Earth: The Sequel' and president of Environmental Defense Fund, tells host Steve Curwood, the profit motive that helped create global warming can also help solve it.
Cutting down trees releases CO2 and reduces the amount of CO2 absorbed from the air every year. Now, the regional leaders of some tropical and industrialized countries are finding common ground on ways to curb climate change. Living on Earth reports.
Indonesia's highly-rated TV show, "Little Preachers," was inspired by "American Idol" and other reality show imports. But "Little Preachers" has a purely local twist. It pits child preachers against each other in a contest of who can deliver the best Islamic sermons.
Indonesia's former dictator Suharto is still in critical condition after coming close to dying recently; the 85-year-old Suharto ruled the country for more than three decades and was responsible for many human rights abuses