Military & Islamic Hardliners

Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual head of JI
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Ultraviolent Islamic hardline groups with elite political and military backing, a surge in bloody sectarian attacks and a judiciary that is either unable or unwilling to prosecute them. It sounds like Pakistan. But it’s Indonesia.

For years, academics and rights activists in the world’s most populous Muslim nation have claimed that the military used violent Islamic groups as proxies to prop up its economic and political interests. Read more from Cain Nunns in Global Post.

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