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A country in Southeast Asia.

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  • Jan 7, 2010
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A country I lived for a decade as a child. Most notable architecture being Borobudur, the biggest Buddhist monument in the world.
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review by . January 14, 2010
posted in Go Indonesia
Unity in Diversity (Bhineka Tunggal Ika), Unity in Adversity!
An earthquake rampaged the planet again just 2 days ago. This time, it’s the Caribbean island of Haiti. Geographically, I’m far from it. However, psychologically, it reminded me of the last 2 big earthquakes which were a lot closer to where I am right now.    Major Earthquakes Timeline:  2008 (May 12) Sichuan (China) Earthquake (or Wenchuan Earthquake): Epicenter 80km northwest of Chengdu – 11 million people affected, death toll - 69197.   2009 (Sep …
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The Republic of Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia comprises 17,508 islands. With a population of around 230 million people, it is the world's fourth most populouscountry, with the world's largest population of Muslims. Indonesia is a republic, with an elected legislature and president. The nation's capital city is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, Philippines, Australia, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The Indonesian archipelago has been an important trade region since at least the seventh century, when the Srivijaya Kingdom traded with China and India. Local rulers gradually adopted Indian cultural, religious and political models from the early centuries CE, and Hindu andBuddhist kingdoms flourished. Indonesian history has been influenced by foreign powers drawn to its natural resources. Muslim traders brought Islam, and European powers fought one another to monopolize trade in the Spice Islands of Maluku during the Age of Discovery. Following three and a half centuries of Dutch colonialism, Indonesia secured its independence after World War II. Indonesia's history has since been turbulent, with challenges posed by natural disasters, corruption, separatism, a democratization process, and periods of rapid economic change.

Across its many islands, Indonesia consists of distinct ethnic, linguistic, and ...

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