Episode 033

Indonesia is the fourth most-populous country (and the largest Muslim country) in the world. After a bloody recent history and 30 years under military dictatorial rule, Indonesia is today the third-largest democracy - though only 16 years young, with a presidential election coming up next week. Neck and neck are Suharto's son-in-law Prabowo, a former general, and Jokowi, the current governor of Jakarta. Joining us to discuss this sleeping giant is Anton Alifandi, formerly with the BBC, now the Principal Southeast Asia Analyst at HIS.

In part two, we welcome back activist and film-maker Harry Fear. The situation in the Middle East has taken a turn for the worse over the past week following the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli kidnapped teenagers; Israel has responded with widespread attacks on Gaza and the West Bank and a young Palestinian was murdered in East Jerusalem. Why have Western statesmen and their media echo-chambers been so un-moved by the Israeli response?

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