Book review -Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

    At a time when differences can spark an armed conflict, or even war, one only needs to leaf through the iconic 2006 book, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, by an Anglo-Ghanaian philosopher based in Princeton University, Kwame Anthony Appiah, for an optimistic take on humanity and civilization. The book has remained widely in circulation since its release more than a decade ago, and remains important reading for not only scholars and politicians, but also members of civil society who aspire to live peacefully and harmoniously in spite of…

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Landslide death toll rises to 28 in Sumedang, 12 still missing

Jakarta The death toll in Sumedang landslides rose to 28 as three more bodies were found by a joint search and rescue team on Saturday, while 12 people remained missing, according to data of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). “Referring to data from the Operations Control Center (Pusdalops) of the BNPB, as of Sunday, January 17, at 3:59 WIB, the joint SAR team has found a total of 28 bodies,” Dr. Raditya Jati, the agency’s Head of the Center for Data, Information and Communications. Disaster, said in a press…

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Death toll in West Sulawesi’s earthquake has climbed to 56: BNPB

  Jakarta The death toll in West Sulawesi’s 6.2-magnitude earthquake ensued by several aftershocks that rattled Majene and Mamuju Districts on early Friday has climbed to 56, according to Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). Forty seven residents died in Mamaju District, and nine others died in Majene District owing to the strong earthquake, the agency’s spokesperson, Raditya Jati, said in a statement that ANTARA received here Sunday. The earthquake, whose epicenter was located on land, six kilometers northeast of Majene District, at a depth of 10 kilometers, also caused…

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Floods, landslides damage seven homes, bridge in Aceh’s Bener Meriah

Banda Aceh, Aceh Flash floods and a landslide damaged seven homes and broke a bridge in Wih Ni Durin Village, Syiah Utama Sub-district, Bener Meriah District, Aceh Province , following incessant heavy rains in Gayo highland area. “Flash floods were triggered by high rainfall in Bener Meriah District area. Wih Ni Durin River spilled over its bank,,” Ilyas, Head of Aceh Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBA) said in a statement here on Saturday night. The flood current carried mud, rocks and tree trunks from mountains, he added. “One bridge collapsed, two…

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South Kalimantan police seize 11.318 kg of crystal meth

Banjarmasin, S Kalimantan The South Kalimantan police thwarted two suspected drug couriers’ attempt to trade some 11.318 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at Duta Mall in Banjarmasin, the capital of South Kalimantan Province, on January 13, 2021. The suspects, only identified by their initials SF (37) and ZL (41), were caught red handed along with 10 packs of crystal meth, Chief of the South Kalimantan Police’s Criminal Investigation Directorate, Sen.Coms.Niko Irawan said. The provincial police’s anti-drug squad personnel received a tip-off about a possible drug trafficking operation. They then followed up…

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Five killed in South Kalimantan’s landslides

Pelaihari, S Kalimantan Landslides, triggered by massive floods that hit Tanah Laut District in South Kalimantan Province this week, had claimed five lives of local residents as of Saturday, Tanah Laut District Head Sukamta said. “The landslides struck Guntung Besar Village and Gunung Keramaian area of Panggung Baru Village in Pelaihari Subdistrict,” Sukamta was quoted by ANTARA as saying in Pelaihari, Tanah Laut District, on Sunday. A joint team of rescuers from the district administration, National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), police, military, and community kept attempting to search for…

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