“Welcome to Indonesia, Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers!”
May 01, 2015

Why the country's new president is executing more foreigners, despite international outrage.

Flying in Indonesia Isn't Nearly as Frightening as Riding Its Ferries
January 11, 2015

"We’re talking about the equivalent of a jumbo jet crash every week."

Jokowi, the "Indonesian Obama," Is in a Presidential Nail-Biter
July 09, 2014

How did this supposedly transformational candidate let it get so close? 

Barack Obama, Supportable and Inscrutable
October 05, 2012

Why are we no closer to understanding Barack Obama?

Dinesh D’Souza’s Dreams of Obama
August 28, 2012

Dinesh D'Souza obsession with Obama's "anti-colonialism" is translating to some surprisingly good box office numbers.

An Islamic Reformer Who Can’t Be Silenced
May 12, 2012

In the April 5 edition of The New Republic I published an essay called “The Thought Police” on Islamist campaigns to suppress independent thinking, as described in a Hudson Institute human rights report by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea. My essay listed a great number of reformers from Muslim backgrounds who have come under threat or have actually been attacked, with the names drawn largely from Marshall and Shea’s study. I mentioned in passing that Irshad Manji, a Muslim writer from Vancouver, Canada, had been threatened.

Obama Plainly Disagrees with His World Bank Nominee
March 23, 2012

Over at The Washington Post, Jonathan Bernstein argues that the Jim Yong Kim nomination for World Bank president is (for liberals at least) a pleasant byproduct of having a Democratic president: It’s very difficult for me to imagine John McCain, had he won the presidency — or a President Mitt Romney, for that matter — reaching out beyond the usual bankers and recycled government officials to choose someone like Kim. But it’s not at all hard to picture Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden or Chris Dodd picking him. Presidents don’t make these types of picks on their own.

Broken Promises: How Obama’s Immigration Failures Have Put a New Jersey Community on Edge
March 02, 2012

Saul Timisela was supposed to report for deportation at seven o’clock Thursday morning, but he didn’t show up. Instead, he went to the Reformed Church of Highland Park, New Jersey, where, as of this writing, he is still seeking sanctuary. An immigrant who arrived in the U.S. from Indonesia in 1998 after fleeing religious violence, Timisela suffers from hypertension, heart disease, and liver disease. He does not have a criminal record, say advocates speaking on his behalf.