3:53 pm May 20, 2015 | No Comment
trying to talk to local people in Borneo about orangutans sends them to sleep or makes them change the subject within a few minutes. Start talking about pigs, though, and three days later they will still be telling new stories.
3:32 pm May 20, 2015 | 13 Comments
Both the lack of public trust in the legislature, and the stunted regeneration of political leadership reflect the country’s parochial political culture, essentially unchanged from Suharto’s reign.
11:24 am May 19, 2015 | No Comment
The US of today is not the US that invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s not going to risk unnecessary entanglements in the wars of the Middle East.
12:02 pm May 11, 2015 | No Comment
The royal house of Yogyakarta is currently in turmoil over Sultan Hamengkubawono X’s two most recent decrees, which may just bring about enormous changes for the 260-year-old dynasty. Using the most potent means at his command, royal symbolism, the sultan appears to be intent on bringing the Mataram monarchy more in line with its more modernized counterparts in Europe.
7:35 pm May 7, 2015 | 4 Comments
The fact that two presidents who were both directly elected by the people — first Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and now Joko Widodo — have had to face the same problem, provides a strong indication that something has to be done.
7:02 pm May 4, 2015 | 8 Comments
Unpalatable as it may sound to our nationalists, we must pause to reflect on the intellectual damage caused by past manipulations of history. An anti-history brand of nationalism is after all as dangerous as religious extremism.
3:24 pm May 4, 2015 | 4 Comments
Reclamation is being carried out in disputed waters. This is therefore behavior that should be covered by the Code of Conduct of parties in the South China Sea that Asean and China are listlessly negotiating.
4:52 pm April 26, 2015 | No Comment
The ballot is the most uncertain for at least two decades, with five parties in England (six in Scotland) polling more than 5 percent of the vote for the first time in modern UK political history.
3:43 pm April 26, 2015 | No Comment
China’s own record on aid realization and the use of aid as a means of coercion should have a sobering impact. At the very least, it may be too early to write off the “obsolete” forces Jokowi spoke of.
4:36 pm April 21, 2015 | No Comment
Athens is now engaged in a very high stakes game of poker and it has been reported it has already made plans to potentially nationalize the banking sector
3:44 pm April 20, 2015 | No Comment
As each side builds up its capacity for war, the possibility of a widespread Sunni-Shiite conflagration increases.
4:47 pm April 12, 2015 | 1 Comment
The Indonesian situation has a curious precedent in the tenure of India’s first Sikh Prime Minister Manmohan Singh between 2004 and 2014
4:05 pm April 12, 2015 | No Comment
Indonesia could finally have a partner in building an oil refinery capable of handling 300,000 barrels of crude daily — a partner that doesn’t demand too many tax breaks.