10:05 am July 1, 2015 | No Comment
The crash of the Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 aircraft in Medan is a culmination of a series of accidents involving military aircrafts in the last several years in Indonesia. Thus far, we have turned a blind eye towards these accidents ignoring the issue at hand because it is a military issue and their problem to deal with.
9:57 am July 1, 2015 | No Comment
Former Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa has called out the Abbott government over its attempt to shrug off any cost to the bilateral relationship caused by the unilateral manner of its boat turnbacks.
3:29 pm June 30, 2015 | 1 Comment
Indonesia’s president is constitutionally the head of government, head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Whoever sits in the presidential chair needs to execute these three functions equally and simultaneously. But since the reform era began in 1998, these functions has not been performed accordingly in the eras of B.J. Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid, […]
2:26 pm June 30, 2015 | 1 Comment
It is almost as if Jakarta is trying to give Canberra a taste of its own medicine, given the latter’s “megaphone” diplomacy in the lead up of the executions of the "Bali Nine" duo sometime ago.
9:36 am June 30, 2015 | 1 Comment
In addition to corruption, red tape and legal uncertainty, the country's underdeveloped or non-existent infrastructure is among the main complaints from foreigners who wish to invest here. Without adequate access to electricity and roads, it’s impossible for a company to set up its factory.
2:05 pm June 29, 2015 | 1 Comment
It will be Angela Merkel, more than any other European leader, who will have to sort through the rubble of a "Grexit" and answer the question of why disaster was not averted.
9:19 am June 29, 2015 | 3 Comments
Indonesia’s confidence and maturity as a big nation are partly reflected by how it welcomes and treats foreign citizens visiting and staying within the archipelago. Courting them with respect and protecting their rights are what Indonesia should be doing to bolster our image as an open and democratic nation, and bury forever a notion that we — at least some of us — are xenophobic.
3:19 pm June 28, 2015 | No Comment
There’s Atlantic Europe, a political powerhouse that boasts two nuclear states. There’s Central Europe, an economic powerhouse. Scandinavian Europe is a little of both. And Eastern Europe that’s none of either. And beyond Eastern Europe, is a Europe-stalking Russia.
2:43 pm June 26, 2015 | No Comment
We are used to hearing that if everyone lived in the same way as North Americans or Australians, we would need four or five Earths to sustain us.
1:44 pm June 26, 2015 | 1 Comment
The basic question in King v Burwell was whether the phrase an “exchange established by the state” included health care exchanges established by the federal government in states that refused to create their own.
1:28 pm June 26, 2015 | No Comment
The “lone wolf” metaphor is based on the image of a wolf alone in the wild. But this is incorrect. Wolves never hunt alone – in nature or in terrorism.
7:29 pm June 25, 2015 | No Comment
Robby probably did make a mistake that cost him his life by allowing himself to smoke for so long. But in his final days, he changed and fought back against smoking. His story, shared in Twitter and Facebook, inspired millions of us to keep fighting against smoking.
1:31 pm June 25, 2015 | 2 Comments
For Joko’s government to perform well, he needs to break away from all those political obligations trapping him and step forward not just as head of government, but more importantly as head of state that stands above all political groups for the sake of the nation.
1:07 pm June 25, 2015 | No Comment
The fact that Obama’s second-term legacy is being defined on the foreign, rather than domestic, policy front has become a relatively common pattern for re-elected presidents in recent decades. Since the 2012 ballot against Republican Mitt Romney, Obama has achieved very little domestic policy success.
8:58 pm June 24, 2015 | No Comment
Eight years after the Bali Climate Change Conference, Indonesia seems to lost clout in climate negotiations. The Bali Road Map is going nowhere and is not used. Successive international summits, meanwhile, have failed to reach an agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.