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HKS in the News June 22, 2012

1. Republicans Are Blocking Obama's Jobs Plan (Liebman) The Wall Street Journal

2. Prince Felipe stresses Spain's "American" identity EFE, Spanish News Agency

3. The Paradox of Indonesia’s Democracy and Religious Freedom (Anwar) Freedom House


Republicans Are Blocking Obama's Jobs Plan

The Wall Street Journal

June 21

Commentary by: Jeffrey Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Center

Topic: Politics and the U.S. economy

As the economy continues its recovery from the worst downturn in three generations, it's clear that, once again, decisive action is needed to create jobs now and lay the foundation for stronger, shared economic growth.

There is a strong consensus about what the immediate challenges facing our economy are: first and foremost, a continued lack of demand as a lingering result of the recession. We also know the areas where this has caused the most damage, including deep state and local government layoffs and continued weakness in the construction sector. And we have a good idea of what tools work best to address these problems. …

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Prince Felipe stresses Spain's "American" identity

EFE, Spanish News Agency Date

Cited: The Harvard Kennedy School

Topic: Prince Felipe of Spain’s speech at the Kennedy School

Spain's Crown Prince Felipe stressed Thursday the American identity of his country and the Hispanic identity of the Americas in a speech at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

The prince recalled Spain's role in the history of the United States and said that the two countries "can work together throughout the Americas for the benefit of all societies in this area, and for ourselves."

Felipe spoke about the mark Spain left on the history of the United States, recalling, for example, that Spaniards contributed to U.S. independence and that the 1812 Spanish Constitution was in force in territories that today are states of the union. …

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The Paradox of Indonesia’s Democracy and Religious Freedom

Freedom House

June 21

Commentary by: M. Syafi’i Anwar, Ash Center

Topic: Religion and politics in Indonesia

More than three decades ago, Indonesia was widely regarded as a wellspring of moderate Islam. The leading U.S. magazine Newsweek described the country as the home of “the smiling Islam,” insisting that the Indonesian version of the faith was more friendly and tolerant than that found in the Middle East. But history has moved Indonesia into a new religio-political situation.

Since the 1998 collapse of Soeharto’s New Order authoritarian regime, constitutional democracy in Indonesia has been progressing. The country has experienced three rounds of democratic and transparent general elections (1999, 2004, and 2009), the development of a vibrant press, and the rise of civil society movements. As a result, Indonesia has been deemed the world’s third largest democracy by population, after India and the United States. …

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