I’ve been busy writing articles on Aquila Style lately, yess I’m now officially an Aquila Columnist! it’s written in Bahasa Indonesia, I’ll try my best to keep it synced between my tumblr page (english) and aquila page (bahasa ID).

The humble editor of Aquila Style-Indonesia Afia R. Fitriati found my Tokyo trip stories interesting, so here goes my first 3 articles about Tokyo; 1, 2, 3. I’m gonna need loads of clicks on my aquila page, it’s steaming!

Iranian professor is first woman to win “Nobel Prize of maths”

An Iranian-born mathematician has become the first woman to win a prestigious Fields Medal, widely viewed as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

Maryam Mirzakhani, a Harvard-educated mathematician and professor at Stanford University in California, was one of four winners announced by the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) at its conference in Seoul on Wednesday.

“This is a great honour. I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians,” Mirzakhani said in a press release from Stanford University where she is a professor.

Racism in France: Attacks on French Morocco-born minister spark debate

“Provocation”, “a Moroccan Muslim”, “an Ayatollah”: the appointment of a young Morocco-born woman as France’s education minister has sparked a wave of attacks that has renewed concerns about racism in the country.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is one of the brightest lights in President Francois Hollande’s deeply unpopular government.

The 36-year-old telegenic Hollande protegee was appointed last month as the country’s first-ever female education minister, the latest step in a prodigious political career.

But her appointment was greeted with a volley of complaints from the far-right, with its weekly mouthpiece Minute describing the appointment of “a Moroccan Muslim” as a “provocation”.

Another right-wing publication, Valeurs Actuelles, described her as the new “Ayatollah” at the education ministry.

And the latest controversy: over the weekend, a false letter circulated on Twitter, purportedly from the minister, encouraging town halls to introduce an hour of Arabic-language class in schools.


Saudi Woman Conquers Everest, Seeks to Inspire Other Women

Adventurer Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman and youngest Arab to conquer Everest, urged women in Saudi Arabia to “challenge themselves” as she arrived back in the region.

Her group of four, including a Qatari royal, a Palestinian and an Iranian, was greeted with cheers and garlands of flowers on arrival from Nepal late Sunday at Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.

Palestinian bagpipers back Scottish independence

Scottish independence campaigners have found an unexpected source of support ahead of a landmark referendum on the fate of the United Kingdom — Palestinian bagpipers.

In a small hall in the occupied West Bank, far from the tussle over Scotland’s future, pipers and stick-twirling drummers burst into action as local scout troop members march up and down for weekly practice.

The deafening display appears more like the kind of spectacle seen on the streets of Edinburgh than in the predominantly Christian town of Beit Jala.

But the scouts insist the bagpipes’ Scottish heritage translates perfectly to the Palestinian struggle for their own independence.

Bangladeshi directors hope to step out of Bollywood’s shadow

With his debut nominated for the top prize at Asia’s biggest film festival, Bangladeshi director Abu Shahed Emon is hopeful that his achievement will help spur on his compatriot filmmakers.

Jalal’s Story is the first-ever Bangladeshi film to vie for the New Currents award at the Busan International Film Festival — the event’s main category that offers two prizes of $30,000 to first or second-time directors.

60 years on, independence war defines modern Algeria

Sixty years on, the war of independence from France remains a defining moment for Algeria and its elite, like 79-year-old Zohra Drif, a senator who once set off a bomb that left three people dead.

On the night of November 1, 1954, known as “Toussaint Rouge” (Red All Saints Day) because it coincided with the Catholic festival, some 30 explosions rocked government targets in the colony which had been under French occupation for 132 years, leaving seven people dead.