|Jokowi at bay: Indonesian politics are becoming less predictable|
Kamis, 05 Oktober 2017 21:54
Print section Print Rubric: A weak economy and rising religiosity make politics unpredictable Print Headline: Jokowi at bay Print Fly Title: Indonesia UK Only Article: standard article Issue: It is not too late to stop the break-up of Spain Fly Title: Jokowi at bay Location: JAKARTA Main image: 20171007_ASP002_0.jpg WITH an eager smile and only a few tufts of hair on his chin, Ibrahim, a 30-year-old protester in Jakarta, does not seem like much of a Muslim firebrand. Yet on September 29th he and his four-year-old son, Alid, who clutched a flag emblazoned with the opening lines of the Koran, joined thousands of hard-line Islamists marching in protest against the government. Their concern? Communism and the “criminalisation” of Islam in the world’s most populous Muslim country, he says. In ...
|Looking for shelter: Anti-gay hysteria is on the rise in Indonesia|
Kamis, 21 September 2017 21:44
Print section Print Rubric: Anti-gay hysteria is on the rise Print Headline: Looking for shelter Print Fly Title: Gay-bashing in Indonesia UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Jeremy Corbyn: Britain’s most likely next prime minister Fly Title: Looking for shelter Location: JAKARTA Main image: 20170923_asp003.jpg UNTIL a year ago, Mama Yuli could count on a steady stream of reporters and television crews to make their way to her small orange house in Jakarta’s suburbs for a peek at what is thought to be Indonesia’s only shelter for transgender women. Yulianus Rettoblaut—Mama Yuli’s full name—had made a splash as the first openly transgender woman to obtain a master’s degree in Indonesia. She had also tried twice to become a member of the Human Rights Commission. But the coverage came ...
|Double happiness: People with two nationalities should be feted, not mistrusted|
Kamis, 17 Agustus 2017 21:47
Print section Print Rubric: People with two nationalities should be feted, not mistrusted Print Headline: Double happiness Print Fly Title: Dual citizenship UK Only Article: standard article Issue: How Trump has a feeble grasp of what it means to be president Fly Title: Double happiness Main image: 20170819_LDD002.jpg AUSTRALIA’S constitution has plenty of unfortunate clauses: the one allowing states to bar particular races from voting is especially distasteful, even though none does. But until last month few would have pointed to Section 44 as the cause of a political furore. It states that members of the federal parliament must not be “under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power”. More specifically, they must not be a “subject or citizen” of a foreign country. That seems clear enough, yet so far half a dozen ...
|QUIZ: Can We Guess Your Education Level From Your 80s Movie Knowledge?|
Sumber: Topix Indonesia News
Selasa, 08 Agustus 2017 20:35
See if you can identify these classic movies based on a single image!
|Letters: Letters to the editor|
Kamis, 03 Agustus 2017 21:49
Print section Print Fly Title: On Qatar, travel, English, France, Ronald Reagan, the young old UK Only Article: standard article Issue: How to avoid nuclear war with North Korea Fly Title: Letters Main image: 20170617_map003.jpg The situation in Qatar The ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the UN claimed that the hostile action taken by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar is not a blockade, because “there is no military aspect to the diplomatic measures that have been taken” (Letters, July 15th). Qatar’s only land border has been closed and air and sea traffic has been diverted, cutting off vital routes for imports. Fresh food, water supplies and medicine must now be airlifted into Qatar or delivered by boat. Parents have been forcibly separated from their young children and husbands from their wives. Family members have been prevented from visiting sick or elderly parents. To the people of Qatar, this is a blockade. The citizens of the blockading countries are ...
|Borneo again: Indonesian Islamists open a new front in their war on tolerance|
Kamis, 20 Juli 2017 21:44
Print section Print Rubric: Islamist vigilantes open a new front in their war on tolerance Print Headline: Borneo again Print Fly Title: Religion in Indonesia UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Britain faces up to Brexit Fly Title: Borneo again Location: NGABANG, WEST KALIMANTAN Main image: 20170722_ASP003_0.jpg CORNELIS, the 63-year-old governor of West Kalimantan, a province in Indonesian Borneo, is relaxing in jeans and a stained white vest at a table piled with krupuk crackers and other local snacks. Portraits of the governor and his wife posing with prize-winning vegetables (both are keen gardeners) decorate the walls of the family home in Ngabang, a town in the hills four hours’ drive from Pontianak, the provincial capital. But so do crucifixes and Christian ...
|More money, less freedom: South-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal|
Selasa, 18 Juli 2017 21:29
Print section Print Rubric: The region’s future looks prosperous but illiberal Print Headline: More money, less freedom Print Fly Title: South-East Asia UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Britain faces up to Brexit Fly Title: More money, less freedom Location: MAE SOT Main image: 20170722_asp001.jpg THE young woman with the microphone cajoles, hectors and wheedles customers with the breathless enthusiasm of a livestock auctioneer at a county fair. She is standing behind a table stacked high with blue jeans; most of the milling crowd is dressed in lungyis, Myanmar’s skirt-like national dress. The fancy mall around them is anchored by a huge department store, dotted with banks and mobile-phone stalls and topped by a cinema and video arcade. Myanmar has been growing so fast—by an ...
|Riding high: The secrets of Indonesia’s finest novelist|
Kamis, 13 Juli 2017 22:21
Print section Print Headline: Riding high Print Fly Title: Fiction from Indonesia UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Liu Xiaobo’s death holds a message for China Fly Title: Riding high Main image: Master of the macabre Master of the macabre Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash. By Eka Kurniawan. Translated by Annie Tucker. Pushkin Press; 209 pages; £12.99. To be published in America by New Directions in August; $15.95. EKA KURNIAWAN’S hugely inventive fiction is a potent blend of grounded realism and flighty fantasy. It has led some to describe him as Indonesia’s finest writer since Pramoedya Ananta Toer, who died in 2006. “Beauty Is a Wound”, his first novel, charted both the rebirth of an Indonesian prostitute and the upheavals of her country’s 20th-century history, while his second, “Man Tiger”, related the tragic past and inner fury of a youngster possessed by a supernatural white tigress. “Vengeance Is Mine, ...
|Don’t say a word: How powerful people use criminal-defamation laws to silence their critics|
Kamis, 13 Juli 2017 22:21
Print section Print Rubric: How powerful people use criminal-defamation laws to silence their critics Print Headline: Don’t say a word Print Fly Title: Free speech UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Liu Xiaobo’s death holds a message for China Fly Title: Don’t say a word Location: PHNOM PENH AND YANGON Main image: 20170715_IRD001_0.jpg IN OCTOBER 2015, a month before the election that returned Myanmar to a form of civilian rule, a Burmese writer named Maung Saungkha posted a poem on his Facebook page: “On my manhood rests a tattooed/portrait of Mr President/ My beloved found that out/After we wed/She was gutted/Inconsolable.” He was found guilty of defaming Thein Sein, then Myanmar’s president, and sentenced to six months in prison. Mr Thein Sein had suffered no material damage. He ...
|Free exchange: What Asia learned from its financial crisis 20 years ago|
Kamis, 29 Juni 2017 21:48
Print section Print Rubric: Did Asia learn the lessons of its financial crisis? Print Headline: Hot and sour Print Fly Title: Free exchange UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Trump’s Washington is paralysed Fly Title: Free exchange MUSEUM SIAM in Bangkok is dedicated to exploring all things Thai. Until July 2nd, that includes an exhibition on the Asian financial crisis, which began on that date 20 years ago, when the Thai baht lost its peg with the dollar. The exhibition features two seesaws, showing how many baht were required to balance one dollar, both before the crisis (25) and after (over 50 at one point). Visitors can also read the testimony of some of the victims, including a high-flying stockbroker who was reduced to selling sandwiches, and a businesswoman whose boss told her to “take care of the work for me” before hanging himself. (In Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, 10,400 people killed themselves as a result ...