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, […]
2:05 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.
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.
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.
6:21 pm June 24, 2015 | No Comment
I chat with several articulate young women about how high school is going. They tell me that classes don’t always interest them, their families can’t help much with homework, and the exams that they have to take to get into university are very difficult.
5:14 pm June 23, 2015 | No Comment
When the G7 called on Monday for all countries to reduce carbon emissions to zero in the next 85 years, the scientific reaction was unanimous: That’s far too late.
1:11 pm June 23, 2015 | 3 Comments
A complicated war rages halfway round the world. Young men, keen for adventure and often without military experience, are browsing media when they find someone attempting to recruit fighters for the war. They sign up and their participation in someone else’s war has serious repercussions.
4:59 am June 23, 2015 | 1 Comment
National averages often mask an ever grimmer reality and there are stark disparities within Indonesia. Rates of stunting, open defecation and child marriage are actually much higher in less developed parts of the country.
4:45 pm June 22, 2015 | No Comment
If Joko wishes to streamline the maritime transportation sector, he needs to stop barking at officials and instead reform the bureaucracy and overhaul procedures at the 18 different ministries
7:01 pm June 21, 2015 | 8 Comments
Pure gold is pure because it has passed the furnace. Acknowledgement of anything that is of high quality or value only follows hard tests. Even academic titles are earned only after you have passed tough examinations. In short, tests are necessary to ascertain the quality of anything worthy of keeping. Likewise, the quality of fasting […]
3:22 pm June 19, 2015 | No Comment
The popularity in Indonesia of the television serial Mahabharata based on the Indian epic has given a new fillip to cultural contacts between India and Indonesia.
12:04 pm June 18, 2015 | 2 Comments
Indonesia’s compassion for asylum seekers might very well have a limit.
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