The WTO struck a historic deal in Bali, providing a new boost to global trade and renewed hopes for post-Bali negotiations.
This Dec. 10 marks the 65th year of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and is known as International Human Rights Day.
The last three decades of my life have been intricately woven with Nelson Mandela and South Africa.
Iran recently promised to proceed with a number of democratic measures. One of them was a reformist approach that had never even been mentioned over the last 30 years.
In Indonesia there will be a significant shift in job market priorities because of the ongoing transition of the country from an agrarian to an industrialized economy and its alignment with regiona
Both Thailand and Indonesia have made the transition to more progressive forms of government.
Some time in early 2006, over breakfast one morning, as rumours of a military coup swept across a city sweltering in the summer heat, my informant leaned forward and wagged his finger at me.
Many would be surprised upon hearing that two beggars from the West Java town of Subang managed to pocket Rp 25 million (US$2,083) only after two nights begging under the Pancoran flyover in South
One of the sticking points for labor unions during their recent strikes and demonstrations has been outsourcing.
An empty plastic chair succeeded in getting an official government photo ID card, I read in a newspaper.
One of the most important developments in Indonesian democracy has been that of direct election, although many have criticized its negative results, including corruption, poor leadership, high cost
Set against the pessimistic mood caused by the miserable failure of the General Council of the World Trade Organization (WTO) after several weeks of negotiations in Geneva last month, the package o
Former vice president Mohammad Hatta once expressed his concern about rampant corruption cases in the country: “Corruption runs riot throughout our society; corruption has infected a great many o
Indonesia has not made much progress in its fight against rampant corruption as evinced in the latest annual Corruption Perception Index released by Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) on
The plan to relocate some commercial flights from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Jakarta’s inner-city airport of Halim Perdanakusuma in East Jakarta is an immediate way of easing the bur
The recommendation by the President’s think tank, the National Economic Commission (KEN), that a special government-linked business task force be set up to serve as a crisis management center to
One case of a relationship gone awry between a lecturer and his student seems too trivial for the attention of the National Commission for Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan).
The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 159 members, who start their ninth ministerial meeting in Bali today, must agree on a package of measures to liberalize trade, however small it would be, or t
When Indonesia joined the global community in commemorating World AIDS Day on Dec.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono strengthened the message of caution conveyed last week by Bank Indonesia’s (BI) Governor Agus Martowardojo that Indonesia should brace for possible shocks in th