10:05 am July 1, 2015 | No Comment
The crash of the Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 aircraft in Medan is a culmination of a series of accidents involving military aircrafts in the last several years in Indonesia. Thus far, we have turned a blind eye towards these accidents ignoring the issue at hand because it is a military issue and their problem to deal with.
9:36 am June 30, 2015 | 1 Comment
In addition to corruption, red tape and legal uncertainty, the country's underdeveloped or non-existent infrastructure is among the main complaints from foreigners who wish to invest here. Without adequate access to electricity and roads, it’s impossible for a company to set up its factory.
9:19 am June 29, 2015 | 3 Comments
Indonesia’s confidence and maturity as a big nation are partly reflected by how it welcomes and treats foreign citizens visiting and staying within the archipelago. Courting them with respect and protecting their rights are what Indonesia should be doing to bolster our image as an open and democratic nation, and bury forever a notion that we — at least some of us — are xenophobic.
7:29 pm June 25, 2015 | No Comment
Robby probably did make a mistake that cost him his life by allowing himself to smoke for so long. But in his final days, he changed and fought back against smoking. His story, shared in Twitter and Facebook, inspired millions of us to keep fighting against smoking.
8:58 pm June 24, 2015 | No Comment
Eight years after the Bali Climate Change Conference, Indonesia seems to lost clout in climate negotiations. The Bali Road Map is going nowhere and is not used. Successive international summits, meanwhile, have failed to reach an agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
10:21 pm June 22, 2015 | 5 Comments
The police are not serious in handling drug cases; in many cases, individual officers actually benefit from drug smuggling.
7:48 pm June 21, 2015 | 5 Comments
Forcing minority groups like the Muslim Shiites and the Ahmadiyah to live for years in a refugee is tantamount to state-sponsored crime because it has been done systematically under the authority’s blessing and help. It is against international laws and Indonesia’s own constitution.
9:26 pm June 19, 2015 | 3 Comments
The 1974 Marriage Law is just that — a law passed in 1974, with no amendments since. Changes in social and cultural values and mores in the 41 years since then have been drastic, and for the government to restrict the pool of marriage partners for its citizens to only those from the same faith is downright nefarious.
8:18 pm June 18, 2015 | 15 Comments
Just because we are close neighbors — and hundreds of thousands of Australians visit Bali every year — Indonesians and Australians may think they know each other well.
8:26 pm June 17, 2015 | 3 Comments
In this increasingly globalized world with ever increasing levels of competition, where every country stands to gain at the expense of others, Indonesia must be ready in every sector to be able to capitalize on international economic cooperation.
12:25 am June 17, 2015 | 4 Comments
Moderate Muslims who have remained silent on the issue must condemn any act of violence. It is necessary to show the world that the groups who perform such acts of violence do not constitute the majority of Muslims in Indonesia, who practice Islam peacefully.
11:50 pm June 12, 2015 | 3 Comments
Under Indonesia’s Constitution, the division of labor between the executive and legislative branches of governments when it comes to spending public funds is clear-cut: the administration allocates the money for various needs, and the House of Representatives monitors the flow and use of the funds.