8:49 am July 29, 2015 | 36 Comments
Why do we keep hearing about Indonesians behaving in ways that err against common sense and decorum? To answer the question we may have to turn to the history of the British aristocracy.
2:25 pm July 26, 2015 | 1 Comment
It remains a bloodthirsty regime of unsurpassed cruelty. Yet if the residents do not cross its agenda, it delivers the stability that they thirst for.
2:32 pm July 21, 2015 | 3 Comments
In eliminating the word “Truth” from the committee’s name, the Indonesian government seemingly wants to leapfrog towards reconciliation, thereby dispensing with the laborious process of fact-finding and accepting the truth.
12:20 pm July 20, 2015 | No Comment
You can expect an increase in tension in the Middle East as Iran's Saudi-led Arab opponents brace themselves militarily against a wealthy Iran that has more robust support to give to its proxies: Al-Assad of Syria, the Hezbollah of Lebanon, the Houthis of Yemen.
11:35 am July 13, 2015 | 15 Comments
Given the overall lack of good news on the economic front, personnel changes may be what the government needs to recover public confidence.
4:07 pm July 12, 2015 | No Comment
In the run-up to the July 5 Greek referendum on the bail-out package at one time on offer to the debt-crippled Greek economy, the leaders of the European Union (EU) bet that the Greek electorate would vote “yes” and accept willy-nilly the EU bailout formula. They assumed that only the most fanatical Greek nationalists would vote “no.”
5:03 pm July 6, 2015 | 1 Comment
You truly can have a better financial life and start building assets. To do that, you need to start with yourself and you need to take personal responsibility. Many times, people are scrambling to find scapegoats to their financial woes. Dare to be different and start doing things differently.
2:30 pm July 6, 2015 | 14 Comments
It is exactly the reluctance of the state apparatus to bring mob power under the control of the law which enables the reign of terror to continue.
2:52 pm July 5, 2015 | 2 Comments
Don’t bet that the Chinese navy will become Mr. Nice Guy in the South China Sea. There’s now a law that gives it license to bully the small fry.
9:57 am July 1, 2015 | 4 Comments
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.
2:26 pm June 30, 2015 | 2 Comments
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.
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.
12:16 pm June 22, 2015 | 3 Comments
Messianism is largely gone from the Jewish communities of today but it persists in the nationalist discourse of Indonesia. It remains to be seen whether the dashed hopes for Jokowi as Ratu Adil will finally see the last of mysticism in Indonesian politics.
3:52 pm June 21, 2015 | 3 Comments
Churches have been bombed, burned and boarded up in Indonesia because they belong to minority sects. In a neighboring country, genocide is perpetrated against an ethnic minority because their skin is of a darker hue than the majority, and they profess a different faith.
1:14 pm June 20, 2015 | 1 Comment
According to Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner, pioneer of micro finance and founder of Grameen Bank for the poor, poverty is not created by the poor. It is created by the system. When people cannot afford to make a living for themselves, and young people sit around unemployed and doing nothing, there is nothing […]