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  • 'Gentle, friendly face of Indonesia and Islam' is the title of Professor Greg Barton's piece for The Age. His article for The Australian is titled 'Australia owes a debt of gratitude to Indonesia's accidental president'. Both offer gliimpses of  the story of Gus Dur and his significance to Australian-Indonesian relations.

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  • Witoelar says Mr. Wahid was forced out of office because he was unwilling to compromise his political integrity and presidential authority.  "I was a witness into several negotiations in which the Golkar party and others offered a compromise solution but he never thought of accepting them," said Witoelar.  "He said it is too important, his opportunity to uphold moral principles in politics wa

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  • As the public is either ignorant or confused about both Balibo and Darwin, the government has a role to play. The foreign policy team of the new SBY cabinet should turn defense into offense. They should enlighten the public on sensitive issues and show the world that Indonesia cares.  We should remind the world that we are on the same side of the issues on human rights. Every country has crimes against humanity in their histories. It is not how you failed but how you recover. If there is to be an investigation into Balibo, it should be done jointly. We have been very successful in Australian-Indonesian police cooperation.

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  • Jakarta Bureau Chief Yusuke Takahashi intervewed Wimar Witoelar for the Japanese television network NHK. The following is a full transcript of the interview. Excerpt: 'If I had my way then I would like to have SBY devote himself to the future and assign the management of the country to the technocras.  He has a very good team of technocrats already. He has Mr. Boediono, he has Sri Mulyani, he has Dr. Chatib Basri. A large number of proven technocrats, very clean, very expert. Also in other areas.   SBY isn’t really a politician, he was a military man, but he could be a statesman. So I think his second term should be dedicated to the future. And that is mostly in re-establishing Indonesia’s presence in the world. I believe very strongly that international relations are very important to the nation’s future because it is a global world.'

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  • Episode ke-10 Wimar Live di Metro TV yang direkam tadi siang (Selasa, 30 Juni 2009) tidak jadi ditayangkan. Kenapa? Tidak tahu, tapi anda bisa baca sendiri transkripnya disini, dengan tamu Rizal Mallarangeng dari tim sukses SBY-Boediono antara lain menanggapi isu SARA antara Boediono dan Jusuf Kalla, dan memperjelas posisi SBY-Boediono dalam prinsip pluralisme.

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  • Kampanye Presiden 2009 sangat semarak dan vokal. Selain saling mengkomentari perilaku masing2, berbagai issue telah dikemukakan, dominan diantaranya adalah ekonomi neoliberal vs kerakyatan. Tapi justru masalah paling kunci dalam menjamin ketenteraman hidup warga belum muncul dalam pembahasan: kekerasan negara, yang secara formal disebut pelanggaran Hak Azasi Manusia. Menjelang pemilihan presiden 2009, tidak perlu lagi kita menuduh dan membantah siapa melakukan pelanggaran HAM. Cukup kita menyimak bahaya kekerasan negara. Kalau sampai kembali lagi, anda bisa menjadi korban berikutnya.

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  • "Pemilu ini banyak pilihan, jadi bikin bingung?” Tergantung orangnya. Ada orang masuk mall jadi bingung, karena banyak pilihan. Dia mengomel, susah milih, bingung. Lebih senang masuk warung, tinggal beli. Hidup dalam demokrasi memang susah kalau orang belum pernah merasakan bebas. Tapi kalaupun bingung masuk mall, tempat itu tetap perlu dalam kehidupan modern. Read ›
  • Joseph Biden is the most influential person in U.S. foreign policy as he has 30 years of experience in the Senate. And just like Obama, he has shown deep understanding and sensitivity for Asian issues. This is a quality we haven't observed in the Bush administration, said Wimar Read ›
  • Susah juga kita yakin bahwa jika mantan presiden itu memberikan nasihat kepada presiden yang sekarang, apakah itu akan membantu banyak untuk kepentingan bangsa. Sebab, tidak terlihat perbedaan program antara Megawati dengan SBY karena memang tidak ada program yang unik.Sebetulnya program yang kita perlukan hanya satu, yaitu memberantas korupsi. Selama korupsi belum dihadapi dengan tegas, kegiatan presiden hanyalah konsolidasi politik. Presiden SBY lebih bersih daripada presiden sebelumnya. Tapi, beliau sangat toleran terhadap orang korup dalam kabinetnya. Kebersihan SBY malah menjadi payung pelindung untuk penguasa sekelilingnya. Read ›
  • Dengan segala kekecewaan orang terhadap SBY, kelihatannya Presiden kita yang keenam ini akan bertahan sampai selesai masa kerjanya di tahun 2009. Jika memang demikian jadinya, maka ia akan mencatat satu keberhasilan: Presiden pertama yang memulai dan mengakhiri jabatannya secara normal. Apa maksudnya 'normal'? Read ›
  • "Both northern Australia and eastern Indonesia are both areas which are away from the centre," says Mr Witoelar. "Areas which are away from the centre get much less attention than they deserve. You could have synergy there." Read ›
  • ABC Radio Late Night Live interviews Wimar in Darwin for the North Australia Forum. Wimar Witoelar argues that Indonesia must accept responsibility for past atrocities in East Timor and he talks about the democratisation process in Indonesia as well as its improving relationship with Australia. LISTEN TO AUDIO Read ›
  • Mantan Juru Bicara Presiden Abdurrahman Wahid, Wimar Witoelar, membahas isu hubungan bertetangga di kawasan Asia Pasifik dalam Forum “North Australia” Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) bersama Presiden Timor Leste Jose Ramos Horta di Gedung Pusat Konvensi Darwin, Selasa [24/06] sore. Read ›
  • "The growth was enjoyed by the elite, and the benefits were not distributed among the poor," said Wimar Witoelar, a media commentator. "You cannot separate his political and economic legacy, what is the value of economic growth when he killed, or damaged so many people?"

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  • On the 101 East program on Aljazeera TV, Emil Salim defends Soeharto's record. He said that the alleged crimes happened only as excesses in the last years of his rule. Most of Soeharto's rule, says Salim, was used in managing economic growth and stability. Wimar says that whatever good for his economy does not cover the immense damage Soeharto's caused in people's lives. So how could Soeharto stay in power for so long? Wimar says because people defended him and covered his crimes. Watch the video here! Read ›
  • Soeharto has less power, or no power except the power of his money, so there should be less people on his side. Yet every day television shows dozens of public figures coming to pay him a visit at the hospital. But there is an important difference from the time when obsequious figures fawned around him looking for favors. Now at least when he is in the headlines, many voices remind the public of his alleged criminal past. Read ›
  • Orang bisa emosi mengenai ideologi, tapi demokrasi bukanlah ideologi melainkan tata cara untuk mengatur pertukaran pendapat dan pengambilan keputusan. Ketika ada yang mengeluh, 'kami bosan dengan demokrasi', tanggapan yang sederhana adalah: 'lalu, anda mau sistem apa?' Read ›
  • He's ignoring a lot of problems and he lets his hyperactive vice president do a lot of things which maybe creates more damage. So of the two of them, I don't know which is worse. But between the two of them we are still better than what we have in store. Wimar interviewed by Randy Salim on Metro TV. Read ›
  • The Universities Marketing, Communications and Development Conference is held by the Australian Vice Chancellors' Committee (AVCC), the council of Australia's university presidents. This time Wimar Witoelar was invited to start off the conference with an international perspective based on changing conditions in the region. Thirty-eight universities were represented by 305 delegates, a record number for this event which is held every two years. Read ›
  • Siapa bilang publik tidak punya kekuatan untuk mengawasi MNC (multinational corporation) yang kolusi dengan pemerintah? Itu dulu, waktu orde baru masih berkuasa. Tapi sekarang, justru government power menurun, sedangkan kekuatan masyarakat - publik, media massa, NGO, dsb – meningkat. Publik punya kekuatan untuk mengawasi keberadaan MNC di Indonesia. Point penting ini disampaikan WW dalam kuliah tamu mengenai ‘The Political Aspect of Multi National Corporations in Indonesia’ di IPMI pada mahasiswa S1. Read ›

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