Joko Widodo

Diverging paths: Turkey and Indonesia

Turkey is no Indonesia, Standard & Poor?s declared this week. 

But the two countries have many things in common. Both are composed of Muslim majorities, both are listed under the MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) grouping, trailing the BRICS. Both countries have received a BB+ rating from S&P recently. 

Indonesia government aims to outlaw insulting president, sparks uproar

Indonesian legislators and human rights activists criticized Aug. 5 a government proposal to make insulting the president illegal, citing concern for freedom of speech in the world's third-largest democracy. 

The proposal aims to revive a law from the era of former authoritarian ruler Suharto that was used to silence dissidents with jail sentences and fines.