• Keberadaan parsel menjadi bagian penampilan rumah tangga kelas menengah atas menjelang hari raya, terutama rumah pejabat pemerintah. Dalam budaya elite, jumlah dan jenis parsel menjadi status symbol. Para pengejar status merasa malu kalau parselnya sedikit, apalagi kalau kurang dari kenalan yang juga pejabat. Read ›
  • In a recent article for a major Jakarta newspaper, economist Faisal Basri warned President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to preserve the moral capital that is the major endowment of his government. This is a very important message. A singular effort needs to be specifically aimed at building up, not just preserving, Indonesia's international credibility. Read ›
  • APA kurangnya kepercayaan (popular mandate) yang diperoleh pasangan Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono-Jusuf Kalla dari rakyat dengan selisih 20 persen suara dibandingkan dengan suara yang didapat Megawati Soekarnoputri-Hasyim Muzadi? Read ›
  • It is actually easy for Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to take the initiative in changing the course of the nation away from corruption and state violence, the twin evils that have beset the nation for as long as we can remember. They say that the fight against corruption needs one ingredient to make it successful, and that is political will. We hope Susilo has the political will, but we know he has immense political power. Read ›
  • Apa yang mendesak yang harus dilakukan SBY dalam seratus hari? Menunjukan itikadnya dan kesungguhannya dalam menerapkan hukum terutama terhadap korupsi. Dengan perkataan lain, menunjukan langkah pertama kegiatan anti korupsi dengan menunjuk orang-orang yang tepat sebagai penegak hukum. Read ›
  • Wimar Witoelar, a political commentator who remained neutral during the election, said the likelihood of Yudhoyono's going the way of Suharto was "about 40 percent." Even with that fairly high estimate, Witoelar said a throwback to autocratic means would more likely come through the complacency of the people rather than a power grab by the general. Read ›
  • Tidak bosan kita menerima pujian dunia terhadap prestasi rakyat Indonesia dalam tahun 2004 ini. Kita telah selesai melaksanakan pemilihan umum yang menggelegar, terbesar di dunia dalam kompleksitas dan dalam jumlah manusia yang terlibat. Penjadwalan dan kecepatan pemilihan umum jauh melebihi apa yang pernah dicapai di negara lain. Indonesia dapat dengan bangga menerima julukan sebagai Negara Demokrasi. Read ›
  • A few hours after the terrible bomb blast in Jakarta, I got an e-mail from a journalist friend in Singapore. "After Bali and the Marriott," she wrote, "I would have thought that the terrorists would choose some other place outside Indonesia for their diabolical act in order to milk maximum publicity." In addition to shock and grief, the feeling here is fatigue. From Pakistan to Palestine to Chechnya, the thread of terrorism binds the globe. Indonesia is not part of the schism that incites terrorism, yet we have just suffered our third major attack in two years, with all those dying this time being Indonesian. Read ›
  • US Attorney General John Ashcroft announced in late June that the Justice Department and FBI had indicted Anthonius Wamang over the August 2002 ambush of employees of the giant US-operated Freeport mine in West Papua that resulted in three deaths—two US teachers and an Indonesian colleague. Read ›
  • Everyone is putting their own spin on the shock ruling late last week which could see the perpetrators of the Bali Bombing go free. The Indonesian Constitutional Court found it was unconstitutional to retrospectively apply anti-terrorism charges. But despite international pressure to ensure those convicted remain in prison, there is a view that the ruling is a triumph for an independent judiciary in Indonesia. Read ›
  • Most people assume that resentment at foreign intervention is political in nature, and hence it is xenophobic. However, the behavior of some obnoxious foreigners calls for alarm without any help from xenophobia. These types of foreigners should not be protected under the cover of international understanding. Losers are losers in any nationality, but when they come with money and power their irritation value is multiplied. Read ›
  • Back in May 98, when Jakarta was literally burning, the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy, Chief Admiral Arief Kushariadi, was on his way for some pre-scheduled trip using the Navy helicopter. As he was flying over Jakarta, he could not help noticing the movement of rioters on the ground and the fires they started. Read ›
  • Dad ... what's a terrorist? Well, according to the Oxford dictionary a terrorist is "a person who uses violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims". Which means that terrorists are very bad men and women who frighten ordinary people like us, and sometimes even kill them. Read ›
  • Now that the parliamentary elections have been held, it is clear that Indonesia is well on its way towards democracy. But more excitement will follow as political deal-making heats up and Indonesians figure out what the chances are of the nation getting a new leadership. Still, we must await the outcome of the parliamentary elections first. Read ›
  • On Monday April 5, more than 120 million Indonesians will go to the polls. This brings to an end the days of noisy traffic congestion, and colorful scenes of campaign rallies displaying splashes of red, yellow, green, white, blue, in mass festivities absorbing tens of thousands of people. Read ›
  • Australia was perceived as the nice guy, friendly and relaxed and not quite part of the high pressure of international power politics. The picture shifted in the 1990s. The Australian consciousness of its Asian context in the early 1990s improved Indonesia's perception of its southern neighbour. Read ›

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