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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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  • Walaupun posisi Obama mengenai Israel jauh lebih maju dari presiden sebelumnya, namun Wimar yang memberikan kuliah tamu 'Politik Luar Negeri AS'  di Universitas Paramadina  merasa solusi dua negara yang selama ini dibicarakan akan kembali gagal terwujud. Selain karena Israel yang tetap membangun pemukiman Yahudi di tanah Palestina, dari pihak Palestina, para pejuang Hamas juga tidak menghendaki berdirinya negara Israel berdaulat yang berdampingan dengan Palestina.

    Dalam kata perpisahan, WW berpesan kepada mahasiswa untuk realistis dan jangan menjadi generasi xenpohobia. "Indonesia kini memasuki era chauvinistik yang berbahaya", terang WW. Karena kita harus bisa belajar dari kesalahan Presiden Soekarno yang selalu berteriak anti asing dan bersolgan nasionalisme tapi hasilnya kemelaratan ekonomi.

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  • In case you haven't heard, we have launched tvTWO, with episodes listed in the lect margin of this Perspektif Online home page. Some in English, most in Indonesian.  Check it out!!

    NOW WITH UPDATE: tvTWO gains recognition with new contributed website from a big fan cum web designer, then invited to join the VOD content of a major Indonesian cable TV channel. Browsing our collection is now simple. Just click http://tvTWO.info

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  • You have heard the speech before but never to such a passionate audience, 6,500 strong in the University of Indonesia Auditorium. It is both relevant to the promise of international cooperation as well as renewed faith in political leadership. More than the content of the speech, the delivery managed to release the underlying good feelings between the United States and Indonesia that have connected certain parts of the population. This was because Obama was successful to present himself as the “kid from Menteng” who made good.

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  • Excerpts rom The Independent. read full article in Oct 31, 2010 issue. Suharto is branded the most corrupt leader of all time byTransparency International, which estimated he looted B. Suharto's 31-year rule was brutal and corrupt. Yet now they want to honour him. PKS' Anis Matta, explaining his party's startling support for Suharto said: "not all heroes are purely innocent." US SecofState Hillary Clinton: "If you want to know if Islam, democracy, modernity can coexist, go to Indonesia," Wimar Witoelar, said "It is outrageous, unspeakable, unacceptable, There is no question that the atrocities were real" 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    WW says it is distraction and ploy by cronies to legitimise the stolen money [end The Independent]]
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    No major political figures speak out against the proposal, such as president Megawati who has reason to oppose him?
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    Wimar Witoelar, said "It is outrageous, unspeakable, unacceptable, There is no question that the atrocities were real"
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    PKS' Anis Matta, explaining his party's startling support for Suharto said: "not all heroes are purely innocent."
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    US SecofState Hillary Clinton: "If you want to know if Islam, democracy, modernity can coexist, go to Indonesia,"
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    Obama criticised Suharto's "tyranny and corruption" in his 2006 book The Audacity of Hope.
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    Indonesia's guest on Heroes' Day will be Obama. He will talk of the "tolerance and pluralism" of Indonesia.
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    Wimar Witoelar said: "It is a shame to the nation." But there is support:from Golkar and PKS
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    Suharto is branded the most corrupt leader of all time byTransparency International, which estimated he looted B
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    The Independent: Suharto's 31-year rule was brutal and corrupt. Yet now they want to honour him

     

     

     

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  • Rizqon Bilhuda: The film, set in Menteng, Central Jakarta, where Obama lived between 1967 and 1971 with his mother and Indonesian stepfather, focuses on the story of a young African-American child’s struggle for acceptance in a neighborhood where he is very different from local children. Producers say the story is about 60 percent fact and 40 percent fiction.

    Wimar Witoelar: for those not familiar to the Obama Story, the film offers a decent impression of his trials and tribulations and ultimate victory. The alienation of his childhood did not stop when Obama left Indonesia for the States. Living with a multi-ethnic, multicultural background, he overcame the challenges and ultimately turned pluralism from a challenge into his major strength.

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  • Kelihatannya penentu kebijaksanaan adalah kartel politik yang menjadi wadah kerjasama antara modal besar dengan peraih suara terbesar di Pilpres. Mungkin Orang Biasa kurang senang dengan lolosnya penghindar pajak, luapan lumpur Lapindo dan kesewenangan kelompok terkaya, dan kurang fokusnya pemerintah pada persoalan rakyat. Maka pertanyaan harus dialamatkan pada Orang Biasa sendiri, bukan pada Aburizal Bakrie atau SBY, karena yang bisa mengubah keadaan hanyalah Orang Biasa. Para elite sudah puas dengan keadaan sekarang, seperti draw pada pertandingan Piala Dunia.

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  • Even as our electoral system matures,  Indonesia politicians cast doubt on the efficacy of our democracy. Obama’s boyhood country has not really grown up. Ten years ago Gus Dur joked that the DPR was like a kindergarten. It is still a kindergarten, grown more raucous because the teacher does not seem to be there. With Sri Mulyani gone, the Golkar Party is continuing their quest for an  “aspiration fund” - a proposal to allocate Rp 8.4 Trillion (US.6 million) to legislators to develop their election areas

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  • There have been disappointments on both sides, painful reality checks. The spring of democracy in Indonesia is giving way to a long hot summer of political acrimony. Even as our electoral system gains amazing strength and draws favourable response from across the world, the results are so mediocre as to seem counterproductive. Many in Indonesia are starting to doubt the efficacy of the democratic system. Some are beginning to see that through the years as Barack Obama grew up, his boyhood country has not really grown up.

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  • Penelurusan kasus Bank Century oleh Golkar dan Pansus jelas bukan mengenai kebijaksanaan perbankan, sebab justru bailout dan penanganan DepKeu merupakan sukses besar. Kasus ini dihembuskan setalah para pihak yang merasa kuat, kalah pemilihan presiden. Kemudian usahawan politik yang terlempar keluar gelanggang gagal memperoleh janji perlindungan dari Kabinet Bersatu jilid dua. Setelah Golkar dan Pansus bergulat tiga bulan dengan sekuat tenaga, hasilnya sangat minim. Tidak ditemukan kecurangan pada SMI-Boediono. Tetap DPR memutuskan angka negatif untuk pemerintah, seperti guru memberikan angka 4 tapi tidak menunjukkan kesalahan pengerjaan ujian. Golkar mengaku kalah dan mundur, takut kehilangan semuanya. Tapi pendompleng partai lain tidak suka dihentikan, sebab terlanjur senang merasa menjadi idola masyarakat. Kenyataannya, mereka hanya dibesarkan citra oleh stasion televise milik usahawan politik.

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  • [The Jakarta Globe] However, Wimar’s openness and sense of fairness sometimes backfire. On Twitter, Wimar criticized a TV station for including a member of conservative Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia in a discussion about the planned visit by US President Barack Obama. “I criticized and regretted that they invited people who just agitate the public,” Wimar says. “I too have termites in my house, but I don’t serve them on a plate for my guests.” The day after that, he says, the TV station canceled his appearance on a show to comment on Obama’s then-planned visit. 

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  • The more America came closer to change, the deeper the divisions showed. But in the end President Barrack Obama can claim the maturity and effectiveness that been his strong promise. He demonstrated the  steeliness to risk political survival in transforming his convictions into the law of the land. In that respect, we stand to learn a very important lesson. When you are sure of your convictions, let the hundreds of legislators follow a strong leader. Do not worry about postponing your  important state visit and personal reunion with Indonesia. When you have part of our nation in you, we will make sure it stays there as long as you can lead your countrymen as we bring our people to a formidable alliance of change.

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  • Indonesia dan Amerika memiliki sebuah kesamaan yang dapat meghubungkan dua negara ini kedepan. Yaitu Indonesia dan Amerika sama –sama baru keluar dari terowongan panjang dan gelap yang menenggelamkan dua negara ini.  Namun keduanya kini bisa menatap masa depan yang lebih cerah karena harapan terhadap demokrasi  tetap terbuka lebar ketika kepemimpinan ada di tangan orang yang tidak ingin merusak.

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  • Wimar Witoelar says President Obama is quite popular in Indonesia because most people believe the president understands Indonesian culture and values. "We have a predominately Muslim population and we like to think of ourselves as going on the pluralistic road and he readily accepts and understands that. We don't have to explain that we are Muslims yet not terrorists,"

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  • Sebab media banyak dimiliki orang yang berkepentingan dengan politik dan dua televisi berita merupakan milik pihak yang tidak suka dengan pemerintahan Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY),maka tidak bisa diharapkan kebenaran akan keluar dari kedua televisi itu. ”Koran” besar juga entah mengapa mengambil sikap berseberangan dengan Presiden. Hal yang jarang terjadi sejak ”koran” itu menyerang Presiden Habibie dengan argumen yang lebih bisa dimengerti.

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  • Real danger presents itself now as we face real issues that required a lot of homework, homework that has been left unattended as the petty parliamentarians obstruct the running of government and divert public attention. We have the president of the most important nation on earth coming to town in March. Members of the special committee Pansus of the parliament ignore the need for consolidation to maximize the benefits of Barack Obama’s visit, which has been presented in good faith as a hometown visit by the Menteng kid who used to play in neighborhood streets. This is understandable as many parliamentarians have an archaic culture of inward looking, regarding foreign countries as merely place to visit. At the beginning of President Yudhoyono’s second term we had looked forward to the US president state visit as one of the steps to take Indonesia to the world stage. Now we are lucky if we can take ourselves out of the hostage situation by the money politics refueled by the Bakrie money.

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