2:11 am October 2, 2014 | No Comment
From Sukarno becoming president for life after independence, to Suharto making Indonesia his belonging, and extending to today’s spat between former president Megawati Soekarnoputri and outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia has always been treated as a personal toy. It is like hearing all over again King Louis XIV of France screaming, “L’etat, c’est moi.”
12:45 am October 2, 2014 | No Comment
The recent passage of the new law on regional elections has been denounced as a step back for Indonesia’s democracy. Amid the public uproar on the social media, the parliamentary showdown was in effect a battle between competing factions of the oligarchy and the political elite.
12:40 am October 2, 2014 | No Comment
Today, in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a new campaign called Swachh Bharat which translates into Clean India Campaign, with Gandhi as the inspiration. The aim is to create a much cleaner India, like the India of Gandhi’s dreams, by the time we celebrate his 150th anniversary in 2019.
9:38 pm September 30, 2014 | No Comment
Occupy Central in its current form bears very little resemblance politically and ideologically to Occupy movements elsewhere
12:10 am September 30, 2014 | No Comment
It is not that Joko Widodo suddenly turned into an authoritarian president. Rather, it is because he will have been removed from office by a number of politicians, and replaced by, who else but Prabowo Subianto himself. As surreal as it sounds, this is not a joke. This is a very real possibility.