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  • What I would like to see is for the country to stay on course in adhering to the Constitution, the laws and the by-laws. It has been going well until now . There is turbulence caused by Mr Prabowo but we are taking it in stride. We cannot always have good contestants  but we have a very strong electorate, a good democratic system and trust of the people. 

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  • I think the coalition is damaged. The PAN is unclear. Amien Rais, the founder of PAN, has declared himself not in support. Prabowo has no choice but stand firm . Actually I sympathize with him, because to a certain extent he has been done a disservice by his coalition members. These people are all more street smart than Prabowo, so if they gave him the wrong impression, that really did him a disservice.

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  • At mass gatherings the difference between Prabowo and his rival Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is striking. The first accentuates party identity with flags and banners proclaiming party support, while Jokowi’s campaigns are volunteer-driven without any signs of party affiliation. 

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  • We were not silent during reformasi. Neither have we been shy when power is abused or civil rights trespassed. Good men and women cannot stay idle and do nothing. Speak out when persecution occurs, stand firm in rejecting the tide of sinister forces.

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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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  • My main objection is.. Why should we pick someone who has been problematic in the past when we have a candidate who is clean? All Prabowo has to do is explain what he did in 98, why he went to Jordan, and what he has done since, campaigning here. It’s a bit opaque, not transparent

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  • The latest polls divide the vote roughly 42 percent for Jokowi and 34 percent for Prabowo. The margin could be made smaller or wider by the inclusion of voters who have not been categorized, as discussed previously. But the margin will respond to the candidates, not the coalitions.

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  • A keen political observer points out that for her, PDIP’s debacle is a blessing in disguise. She is in fact relieved that PDIP got a modest 20% and not a thumping 35%, because it confirms her view that Indonesian politics will not be reformed by just a single individual but by elimination of the political oligarchy. Jokowi gives hope to the Indonesian public, but PDIP is the same old story of a party failing to modernize, clinging to an archaic leadership exemplified by subservience to Ibu Megawati.

     

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  • TIPS 3 LANGKAH :

    1. Tentukan siapa yang anda inginkan menjadi Presiden: Prabowo, Aburisal Bakrie, Jokowi.

    2. Kalau misalnya senang Jokowi, pilih caleg yang ada di daftar PDIP. Coblos nama caleg itu, jangan coblos partai. 

    3. Tunggu hasil Pileg. Kalau PDIP menang, pilih Jokowi di Pilpres 9 Juli 2014.

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  • Because deforestation is a major source of the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, saving Indonesia’s last-standing forests could bolster the region’s and the world’s defenses against the impacts of a changing climate. 
     
    Last May, the Constitutional Court ruled that customary forests are owned by indigenous peoples and not by the state, which would open the way for indigenous peoples to protect and care for some 40 million hectares of land across the country. But  President Susilo Bambang  Yudhoyono has been unwilling to stand up to the powerful Ministry of Forestry – intent on maintaining control over and benefiting handsomely from over 75 percent  of the country’s territory – to implement the ruling.

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  • ... the only party that shows a solid prospect is the PDIP. Not my  favorite party, but it seems to have a large following. Part of the reason may be that people are stimulated by the idea that the PADIP might nominate a certain Mr Jokowi for President, who is the only candidate sho could excite emotional support, thus making it possible to win without too much money.  The other candidates have a surplus of money, but Jokowi can win just by popularity.

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  • Landscapes Portal, a map website with enormous promise.­­ Soft-launched in January 2014, the Landscapes Portal allows anyone, anywhere, to share, search, visualize and download spatial data from landscapes around the world. By gathering data from users worldwide (crowdsourcing), the portal is expected to improve the availability of location-specific data on natural resources and related phenomena, at better resolution (detail) than previously accessible.

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  • The article “Governor Jokowi: A Choice, not an Echo” published in this newspaper on February 6 attracted attention, both positive as well as negative. As in all democratic propositions, opinion must be divided. Some valid reactions to a Jokowi presidential candidacy are based on the concern that it would be difficult to get off the ground as the PDIP matriarch, Megawati, is not necessarily open to the idea unless she is assured control of the party ticket by having her proxy as the running mate.

    The article is not really about Jokowi but about the need for drastic action on climate change, which requires a paradigm shift away from politics as usual. It is about citizens making a choice for concerted action. We invite political engagement – voting - to meet the crucial challenges of this and the next generation.

    The fundamental problem today is greed, exemplified by the two leading candidates-to-be for the presidency. Politics is the instrument of greed. But politics is also the instrument for reform.

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  • Perspektif is an insightful blog by Wimar Witoelar, a renowned public speaker, host, writer, newspaper consultant, and professor.

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  • A Conversation with Wimar at the World Bank, Washington DC. Possibilities, hopes and anxieties that come with an election year. Will be held on Jan 9, 2014 at 7 pm. Don't miss it!

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  • We all use social media in all aspects of our lives. In fact, not only do we use it but we all need it. Social media has become a huge influence in our lives and there is no limit to it. Social media is too wide to be covered by anyone.

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  • Sudah lama orang merasakan bahwa InterMatrix Communications bukanlah perusahaan biasa. Walaupun kecil, dengan orang semuanya berjumlah dibawah 25, tapi daftar nasabahnya mengagumkan. Tapi kalau mau dikatakan perusahaan besar juga tidak betul. Semuanya tidak jelas kecuali satu, yaitu bahwa IMX merupakan gudang pengalaman. Baru-baru ini rekan kita Maro Alnesputra keluar dari IMX untuk memulai karir di lembaga internasional dengan gaji beberapa kali kelipatan gaji IMX. Sedihkan pimpinan IMX? Tidak, malah saling menyalami. Congratulations! Kita menghasilkan satu lagi alumnus sukses.

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  • The streets were quiet and I asked the taxi driver why. He said in a neutral voice that Sukarno had just passed away. I was silent with mixed emotions. For four years our student movement had been urging Suharto to take charge of the country. Now Sukarno’s death made the process irrevocable. There was a feeling of passage, and in fact an anticlimax. Sukarno’s death was a low-key event; nobody talked about it, because Sukarno had disappeared ever since Suharto took over power in 1966.

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  • If you pay attention to the current relationship between Australia and Indonesia, you will see that those two are now very good mates. While Australia is Indonesia’s most important development partner, the two of them work together to tackle people-smuggling and terrorism. However, if you ask people on the ground, the reality might be different, mostly due to a lack of cultural understanding from both sides about the other. This was the issue addressed during the last Australian ABC’s radio show on 30th May where Wimar Witoelar and Greg Moriarty, the Australian Ambassador in Indonesia were invited.  

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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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