Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Russians Awake to Islamic Threat; Indonesia Could Be a Regional Leader; Myanmar's Emerging Democracy; Unifying the EU; Ireland and a 'Brexit'

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Russians Awake to Islamic Threat; Indonesia Could Be a Regional Leader; Myanmar's Emerging Democracy; Unifying the EU; Ireland and a 'Brexit'

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The Moscow Times / MoscowRussians now awake to threat of Islamic State"For ordinary Russians, going to war against the Islamic State has not had the same resonance as it has for the United States and Britain, whose citizens have been brutally beheaded by the organization. A terrorist explanation for the Sinai [plane] crash changes that. The tragedy has struck a deep chord in Russian society, which may now be more willing to get behind the bombing campaign...," writes Yury Barmin. "[President Vladimir] Putin may now feel less constrained by the need to finish the Syria campaign quickly. Initially, the Russian government said that air strikes may continue for up to a year, but now the Russian air force may be allowed to stay in Syria longer - for as long as it takes to avenge the innocent lives lost in Egypt."

Jakarta Globe / Jakarta, IndonesiaHow Indonesia can be a leader in Southeast Asia"While Indonesia's economic growth might be slowing somewhat at the moment, the country is politically stable and in many ways far ahead of many other developing nations that have so far failed to install a functioning democracy...," writes Satya Hangga Yudha Widya Putra. "[T]o make sure that indeed there will be no revolution by the time our demographic dividend comes around, we need to implement ... educational reform and the firm adoption of an economic policy with a clear, international outlook.... [I]f we fail to increase the quality of our education system, many of the almost 200 million Indonesians of productive age ... will not be equipped with the tools they need to succeed.... [W]e do need to make sure our youths never lose faith in their own future. And it is never too soon for the government to start working on that."

The Hindu / Chennai, IndiaMyanmar emerges with a working democracy"Given that this was [Myanmar's] first truly free general election in 25 years and much of the vast countryside had never voted before this, it is to the credit of the election commission as well as voter awareness groups...," states an editorial. "The road ahead has many challenges too. Myanmar is amongst Asia's poorest countries. …

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