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Welcoming Jokowi’s Working Cabinet
In the Twitter age, six days seems like forever.
Is God a democrat or a dictator? He is tolerant and loves diversity
Yes and no. Supporters of hard-line Islam unabashedly pronounce that God was never a democrat, never is and never will be, implying at the same time that democracy is profane.
Work for the new energy minister: Restoring public trust
After a few delays, finally President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced his Cabinet. And once again, he successfully surprised many.
Letter to the editor: MRT Jakarta clarifies
We would like to clarify a news report entitled “MRT to hand over dug-up land to city” that appeared on page nine in the Oct. 23 issue of The Jakarta Post.
Getting down to business: Jokowi’s salesman diplomacy
Having witnessed the colossal celebrations, with thousands thronging the streets of the capital following the inauguration of our new President, it may have slipped everyone’s mind that the man b
Citizen journalism: ‘I hope Jokowi remains truthful’
Comments: Retno still to learn the ropes, no clear vision yet
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Comments: Kalla insists Puan got Cabinet job on merit
Oct. 28, Online
Text your say: Jokowi’s Cabinet
Your comments on the swearing in by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo of the 34 ministers of his new Cabinet on Monday, which some observers
Your letters: Winding road toward tobacco cessation
I went to sleep the other night feeling happy. Happy because we have a great person assigned as the new health minister, Prof. Nila Moeloek.
Comments: Ryamizard named defense minister
Oct. 26, Online
Editorial: Expediting business licensing
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo aims to achieve what has eluded past leaders, including Soeharto who ruled for more than three decades with an iron fist.
Editorial: A kindergarten House
The description of the House of Representatives by late president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid is still fresh in people’s minds — a “kindergarten”, he called the rowdy legislature during
Editorial: Cleaning up the mining ministry
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s appointment of Sudirman Said, an anticorruption activist and good-governance champion, as energy and mineral resources minister only reaffirms his priority to
Editorial: ‘What, no Batak?’
This was one of the less serious reactions to the announcement of the new Cabinet.
Editorial: Cabinet of agents of change
Appointments to the Cabinet certainly should take both professional and political considerations into account to establish a highly competent working team with strong political foundations.
Commentary: Cutting red tape will reduce business risks, bolster investment
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s surprise inspection of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) on Tuesday, only one day after he installed his Working Cabinet, will not immediately solve th
Commentary: What is it with Rini and all the opposition to her?
The appointment of former trade minister and PT Astra International CEO Rini Soemarno as State-Owned Enterprises Minister has drawn many skeptical comments regarding her commitment to the reform of
Commentary: Has Jokowi picked an honest, humble, hardworking Cabinet?
On a recent visit home, an Indonesian ambassador told of how he had been scoffed at by his bosses at the Foreign Ministry for failing to include the title “Prof.” in banners that he had prepare
The making of a ‘people’s’ foreign minister
Indonesia now has its very own Hillary Clinton. Well, at least of the same gender.
Commentary: A Cabinet of strange bedfellows
After the party the hangover sets in. Following the evening of euphoria, discord and wariness sets in with the gray dawn light.
News Analysis: Jokowi’s fresh take on an erstwhile foreign policy
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has repeatedly proven his detractors wrong in his rise to power. With an unimposing style, too many had written him off as a simpleton.
News Analysis: The politics of transitions and transactions in the new govt
As losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s Constitutional Court case becomes a national sideshow, and with president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo refocusing himself on gubernatorial du
News Analysis: Wanton rhetoric heating up East Asia rivalry
News Analysis: The peacock and the squid in a week of mating rituals
With the General Elections Commission (KPU) confirming on Friday the results of the April 9 legislative election, and the deadline for the presidential/vice presidential nominations just a week awa
News Analysis: Coalitions and transactional politics for a House divided
There were no tangible winners in Wednesday’s election. Ironically, the one that finished at the top should be the most disappointed.
Discourse: Time for RI to shift growth away from natural resources: Stiglitz
Nobel laureate and former World Bank chief economist Joseph Eugene Stiglitz may come from America, a country known for its free market and liberal economic system, but
Discourse: Ahok: I’m the new Godfather!
Having groomed himself to assume the capital’s top job, Deputy Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is more than ready to lead the city — home to 10
Government asked to settle May 1998 cases
Apart from a military tribunal for police personnel over the fatal shooting of students on May 12, 1998, those responsible for arson, rape and deaths during the May 1998 riots have never been h
Discourse: ‘This change is the most important change of the last century’
China’s rise as a regional power has been frequently debated and discussed.
Discourse: Soldiers pledge loyalty to the country, not individuals: Moeldoko
RI urgently needs tobacco control
Despite international pressure, Indonesia is among the few countries in the world that have neither signed nor ratified the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored Framework Convention on Tob
To bolster rule of law, pay RI judges decent salaries
As the reform era enters its 12th year, government institutions are increasingly expected to carry out extensive changes needed to advance Indonesia’s progress towards democracy.
Integrate biodiversity values into 2015 development goals
Endang Sukara, deputy chairman for life and sciences at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), spoke to The Jakarta Post recently on the state o
Extraordinary measures to stop poll offenses
The current local elections have been marred with power abuse by incumbent candidates, money politics, negative campaigns and “cheap tricks”, which are against the spirit of democracy,
Golkar accuses political opponents of hypocrisy
The Golkar Party’s alleged “pork barrel” program, which proposes that each legislator receive Rp 15 billion per year to be distributed in their electoral districts, has been opposed stron
Executive Column: BlackBerry to renew focus on enterprise market
Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has been struggling to turn its cash flow to neutral or positive and aims to regain its market share, which has been eroded by rivals iOS and Android-based
Executive column: ‘Govt should lead by example’
It is projected that consumers worldwide would have to spend US$22 billion on identifying, repairing and recovering from the impact of malicious software (malware) and global enterprises spend
Executive Column: Better pricing structure needed for geothermal development: Chevron
Executive Column: Discretionary spending to drive insurance purchase: Manulife
Indonesia continues to lag behind its Southeast-Asian peers in terms of insurance coverage, with gross domestic product (GDP) penetration of only 1.77 percent being markedly lower than Malaysia
Executive Column: ICDX to enhance trade system
Established in 2010, the Indonesia Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (ICDX) has increasingly gained a reputation in commodity trading in Southeast Asia, particularly with its contracts of palm
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