Aquila Style’s Columnists Highlights 2012

Afia R Fitriati rounds up on our columnists’ writings this year. This year marks the birth of this smashing new website. I believe I can speak for all my fellow Aquila columnists that we all feel lucky to have the honor of coloring this site weekly with our reportings, commentaries, analyses and, sometimes, rambling musings. Whether … Read more

Kartini – A Symbol of Women’s Rights in Indonesia

One hundred thirty-four years after her birth, the name Kartini still resonates for her determination to improve the status and lives of women. By Annisa R Beta. EVERY APRIL 21ST, women of Indonesia prepare themselves to celebrate the birth of a national heroine. Raden Ayu Kartini continues to be remembered today as a critic of, among … Read more

Malala Painting Shown at London’s National Portrait Gallery

LONDON, September 10, 2013 (AFP) – The first painted portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, goes on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Wednesday. The one-meter height picture by Jonathan Yeo, one of Britain’s leading portrait painters, shows the 16-year-old doing her … Read more

Saudi Arabia to Compete for First Time at Oscars

RIYADH, September 15, 2013 (AFP) – Saudi Arabia, where cinemas are banned, is to compete for an Oscar for the first time next year with feminist film “Wadjda” directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, a Saudi official announced Sunday. The movie tells of a young girl’s quest to own a bicycle in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom where … Read more