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  • The incoming US administration is expected to realign its environmental policies for the global fight against climate change, returning to its original direction during Obama and prior administrations.

     

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  • Wimar mengatakan peristiwa rasisme terhadap warga AS George Floyd, yang mengalami perlakuan brutal polisi dan kemudian meninggal, tidak berdiri sendiri. Ini berangkaian mulai dari pembunuhan sampai kepada unjuk rasa, kekerasan, dan reaksi balik Trump yang berlebih kejam. Tetapi di balik itu juga dasarnya sangat kuat dalam tradisi politik kebudayaan AS, dimana sejarah rasisme itu tidak hilang juga bahkan di masa pemerintahan Trump lebih dipertebal.

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  • Wimar mengatakan kita akan melalui COVID-19 ini seperti kita melalui suatu portal, suatu pintu gerbang dari kegelapan ke arah mudah-mudahan pencerahan dan mudah-mudahan energi yang baru. Kita berharap bahwa setelah pademi berlalu maka semangat orang akan kembali bangkit lagi, bahkan kalau bisa melebihi semangat semula. Namun yang lebih fundamental dari itu adalah bagaimana kemudian portal COVID-19 itu mempengaruhi perubahan sosial.

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  • Wimar Witoelar berbagi beragam kilasan pikirannya mengenai virus Corona, termasuk di dalamnya adalah pemaparan mengenai sejarah Hari Bumi yang berawal dari keberhasilan pesawat antariksa AS mendarat di Bulan. Peristiwa tersebut makin menumbuhkan apresiasi tinggi pada alam kita, sehingga pada tahun itu juga di AS dibentuk  Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

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  • Dua hari menjabat sebagai presiden Amerika, sudah muncul banyak cerita mengenai Trump, salah satunya adalah mengenai demonstrasi dan sedikitnya yang hadir di inaugurasi. Apakah pemerintahan Trump kedepannya akan penuh gejolak?

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  • Hipotesa yang berkembang adalah bahwa Hillary sudah kalah sebelum kampanye karena ia tidak menghayati keresahan rakyat terhadap elite politik. Kalangan  yang tidak puas ini mau menerima Trump walaupun tidak konsisten, tidak benar, berperilaku buruk, menghina perempuan, merendahkan agama Islam dan keturunan lain. Clinton keliru dengan kampanye yang merendahkan Trump, karena Trump dijagokan sebagai pahlawan rakyat,

     

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  • Pada tanggal 6 November 2016, lebih dari 100 juta pemilih di Amerika Serikat akan menentukan Presiden mereka untuk 4 tahun berikutnya. Pada saat ini, polling menunjukkan kecenderungan berimbang antara calon Partai Republik Donald Trump dan calon Partai Demokrat Hillary Clinton. Sungguh aneh keadaan berimbang ini, sebab tidak pernah ada perbedaan yang mencolok seperti ini antara dua calonPresiden AS dalam sejarah Pilpres modern.

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  • Oleh: Mahisa Dwi Prastowo

    Indonesia adalah harapan penyelamatan dunia dari perubahan iklim. Bersama dengan
    Brazil dan Kongo, Indonesia memiliki hutan hujan tropis terbesar di dunia dengan keanekaragaman hayatinya dan menyimpan banyak karbon. Kalau hutan hujan tropis ditebang maka kerugian karbonnya lebih tinggi. Boleh dibilang nyawa di planet ini berada di hutan hujan tropis yang ada di Brazil, Kongo dan Indonesia. Namun hanya
    Indonesia dari tiga negara tersebut yang memiliki kestabilan politik.

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  • For the next two weeks, diplomats from more than 190 countries will gather near Paris to hammer out a new international agreement on climate change. This conference, known as COP21, is getting heavily hyped: We’re already seeing chatter about whether this is our last chance to “save the world” or keep us below 2°C of global warming.

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  • One week following his visit to the United States for his meeting with President Obama, President Jokowi seems to understand that the fires still ravaging our country may represent an opportunity to advance an agenda that could save our peatlands, and help him fulfill his campaign promises.

    Strengthened by supporters with civil society and the indigenous peoples who helped elect him, the President says he will freeze all permits on peatland development for palm oil. He has ordered the expansion of efforts to prosecute the most egregious of groups and individuals shown responsible for causing the fires, as well as the implementation of a “one-map policy,” an initiative that weaves together the maps of various agencies, as well as those of indigenous peoples, establishing transparency concerning who is doing what and where.  And making clear the areas claimed by indigenous groups that have been fighting concessions on their customary lands.

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  • Presiden Joko Widodo memutuskan mempercepat lawatannya di Amerika Serikat untuk segera kembali ke tanah air. "Saya memutuskan membatalkan perjaanan ke West Cost atau mungkin langsung meluncur ke Kalteng atau Sumsel,"

    Wimar Witoelar menyatakan Presiden Jokowi punya sense of priority yg kuat

    Menurut Wimar Keputusan Presiden untuk langsung pulang Dari Washington DC adl keputusan yg tepat mengingat bahwa masalah kebakaran hutan dan lahan gambut masih tetap memerlukan kehadiran langsung beliau. Acara di pantai barat San Francisco menyangkut hal yg penting tapi tdk urgent sifatnya sehingga pekerjaan ini bisa dilanjutkan menteri - menteri yg terkait.

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  • residen Joko Widodo memutuskan mempercepat lawatannya di Amerika Serikat untuk segera kembali ke tanah air. "Saya memutuskan membatalkan perjaanan ke West Cost atau mungkin langsung meluncur ke Kalteng atau Sumsel,"

    Wimar Witoelar menyatakan Presiden Jokowi punya sense of priority yg kuat

    Menurut Wimar Keputusan Presiden untuk langsung pulang Dari Washington DC adl keputusan yg tepat mengingat bahwa masalah kebakaran hutan dan lahan gambut masih tetap memerlukan kehadiran langsung beliau. Acara di pantai barat San Francisco menyangkut hal yg penting tapi tdk urgent sifatnya sehingga pekerjaan ini bisa dilanjutkan menteri - menteri yg terkait.

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  • With an announcement on Thursday that he will freeze all permits on peatland development for palm oil, President Jokowi of Indonesia took dramatic steps in response to the fires that are engulfing several of the nation’s island provinces.

    The embattled president, strengthened by supporters with civil society and indigenous peoples who helped elect him, seems to have committed to measures that challenge both regional authorities and palm oil industry that has been working to undermine his authority—even within the cabinet itself.

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  • With haze dominating news, Indonesian President heads to US to highlight nation’s efforts to stem destruction of world’s third-largest stretch of tropical forests

     
    Indonesia’s president—the country’s third democratically elected leader—hopes to make climate protection part of his legacy, much like U.S. President Barak Obama. Though Jokowi has taken steps to protect forests and peatlands under threat from palm oil growers, miners and pulp and paper producers, massive forest fires spewing smoke and unleashing carbon pollution across the country threaten to tarnish his reputation on climate. Soon after the fires started in September, Jokowi arrested seven palm oil executives responsible for starting the flames, a tactic they use to clear forests for new crops. He has also made moves to protect the rights of millions of the country’s indigenous people, many of whom are locked in conflict with commodities companies to protect the forests they rely on for food and incomes. Jokowi and Obama are expected to discuss Indonesia’s climate crisis during their visit on October 26.   

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  • Leadership in climate change immediately brings credibility in the global economic and investment agenda.  The paradigm shift in the annual UNFCCC COPs that represent global action on climate change, will bring bottom-up decision making, putting initiative in the hands of the developing countries. It is the parallel of the paradigm shift in Indonesia from a top-down authoritarian system to President Jokowi's democratic and practical approach.

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  • Political analyst and commentator, Wimar Witoelar, discusses the up coming Indonesian election which will replace President Susilo Bambang Yudhuyono and says it's going to be a choice between those who would like to go back to the Suharto days and those who want to get as far away from the Suharto era as possible.

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  • Maman Suherman mengajak masyarakat untuk melek media. Masyarakat perlu bersikap jangan mudah dibohongi berita di media terutama televisi. Potensi perselingkuhan di belakang pembuatan berita sangat dahsyat sekarang, dan bias mempengaruhi kesadaran masyarakat.

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  • Kriterianya jujur, tidak bohong, tidak korupsi. Itu pasti. Harus. Lebih dari itu biar tiap orang tentukan pilihannya sendiri. Saya punya pilihan. Orang lain punya pilihan. Yang penting adalah ada kesadaran rakyat bahwa dia punya suara.

     

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  • President Barack Obama’s second inaugural speech is significant not for its details, but for its relentless focus on principle. It puts the US back on track. When Obama won the 2008 election, he ignited hope. But high expectations were soon followed by major disappointments as Obama seemed unable to lead the nation as he promised. Instead, he had to navigate the political waters of Washington DC. Obama became more credible in the world than he was in the US.

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  • The gap between strong words and strong action has become more striking as more issues supersede previous unresolved challenges. Politically driven criminal acts stretch out from the Lapindo Mud Disaster to the Gayus Tax Fraud case to the ongoing tug of war between national interests and business-political collusion over Newmont. On the other hand, antidotes against crime led by the KPK and his own crime busters are inadequately supported by the President. Public disruption by extremists using religious symbols are ignored in the blackest period of flaunting disregard for the nation’s pluralist foundation.

     

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