12:17 am January 24, 2015 | No Comment
The timing of the case against KPK deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto is highly dubious, but now that it has entered the legal domain, the president cannot directly intervene. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing Joko can do. This unfair fight clearly needs a decisive referee to make sure it doesn’t get out of control.
12:27 am January 23, 2015 | 3 Comments
Papua is blessed with abundant natural resources, but its people have benefited little as a result. The biggest single taxpayer in Indonesia, Freeport Indonesia, which operates a copper and gold mine there, has paid $15.2 billion in taxes, royalties, dividends and other direct payments, and $26.1 billion indirectly, from 1992 to 2013 — yet Papua remains the poorest region in the republic. It is high time we draw back the curtain on these mysteries and bring the truth to light.
11:59 pm January 21, 2015 | No Comment
Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is attempting to do what no other governor before him — or even other regional leaders across the country — has dared to do: reform state-owned enterprises.
12:41 am January 21, 2015 | 2 Comments
This is a victory for the Indonesian people, whose overwhelming support for restoring regional elections — upward of 86 percent, according to polls — demonstrated that, at heart, the nation’s democratic spirit is alive and well, even if its institutional processes, and the politicians entrusted to run them, need work.
1:55 am January 19, 2015 | 6 Comments
President Joko Widodo’s administration could fail sooner rather than later if it goes on to make arbitrary and ridiculous decisions. Many of us were afraid of the opposition’s maneuvers. But now we know they don’t have to do anything if the current idiocy continues. Joko and his ministers shoot themselves in the foot everyday.
6:30 pm January 17, 2015 | 28 Comments
President Joko Widodo will be responsible for the deaths of six people this weekend.
12:33 am January 16, 2015 | 2 Comments
If Budi Gunawan is inaugurated, Indonesia will have a graft suspect as police chief, a humiliation for the nation, and President Joko Widodo will face nationwide protest from the very people who helped him become president. Public protest and conflict between the police and the KPK will ensue. This is a crossroads for Indonesia, which will show if the nation should regret a vote for Joko.
10:28 pm January 14, 2015 | 15 Comments
With their approval, the legislators showed full contempt for the decision on Tuesday by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to name Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan a graft suspect. If Budi becomes the National Police chief, he will have tremendous power, more so than even the KPK. He will fight to the end and there will be little that we can do about it. It will be tragedy for Indonesia — and it will all be because of Joko’s blunder.
10:30 pm January 12, 2015 | 12 Comments
Indonesia can’t afford to be inward-looking as it will be against the spirit of our constitution and kills many opportunities for Indonesia to help others.
12:41 am January 12, 2015 | 4 Comments
If there is any hope that the National Police will be reformed under President Joko Widodo then we should bury it deep for at least another five years after the nomination of Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan as the chief.
11:12 pm January 9, 2015 | No Comment
Alternative drugs that meet all key international standards need to be made available as soon as possible for people living with HIV/AIDS in Indonesia
12:38 am January 9, 2015 | 1 Comment
As the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation — with most of its Muslim citizens claiming to embrace a peaceful and moderate brand of Islam — Indonesia should be an example of how Islamic teaching, democracy and modernism can work hand in hand to create a working and prosperous nation where all religions and beliefs can live peacefully together.
12:32 am January 7, 2015 | 7 Comments
Technological innovation has never been among the things that Indonesia is famous for. Ours is an economy driven largely by consumption: We buy South Korean-made smartphones with processors made in Taiwan, running operating systems developed in the United States.