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Lebaran and ‘homo comparativus’
An Asian observation on the use of English in lessons
While invigilating an end-of-term examination in Indonesia recently, I noticed a student grappling with a question in his science paper.
Int’l schools: A student’s perspective
International schools have recently been a controversial topic in our community.
People-oriented approach to a walkable and bikeable Jakarta
Fighting against Jakarta’s traffic during peak hours burns us out, and burns our money — for nothing. At some point, driving a car starts to be a symbol of immobility rather than mobility.
What makes us Malaysian?
Back home in Malaysia, “Chinese” is one of the options in the race column, while in China, it refers to a nationality.
How far did money affect the election?
The world third-largest democracy has chosen Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Jusuf Kalla (JK) as its new leaders for the next five years.
Issue of the day: District head’s approach charms residents
Text your say: Jokowi and Kalla prepare Cabinet
Your comments about a report on an alleged difference of opinion between president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla as they prepare their future Cabinet:
Issue of the day: Alleged corruption at the airport
Aug. 27, p8We had a disappointing experience with the Indonesian immigration service on Aug. 20 concerning a so-called “expired tourist visa”.
Comments on other issues: KPK warns Anas for witness threat
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Comments on other issues: China defends intercepting US plane
Aug. 24, Online/AP
Comments on other issues: Underage factory worker raped by boss
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Editorial: Gross neglect of bus safety?
An accident involving a Transjakarta bus catching fire, with the fire then spreading to a nearby bus stop in South Jakarta, has again raised concerns about safety on city-owned public transportatio
Editorial: The (un)caring media
As far as sustainable development is concerned, the world is about to exit one phase and enter another. Of course, not many people know about it, and the media probably does not care.
Editorial: Geothermal breakthrough
Indonesia gained new momentum for harnessing its 28,000 megawatts (MW) of potential geothermal power after the House of Representatives surprisingly approved on Tuesday a new Geothermal Law, which
Editorial: Best medicine: Prevention
Soldiers enforcing curfews in West Africa seem to spring out of old films and novels about intimidated populations and citizens being stigmatized as suspected carriers of lethal, fast spreading dis
Editorial: The deficits facing Jokowi
Virtually all analysts foresee formidable economic challenges for the new government of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Jusuf Kalla as they must immediately grapple with big deficits in international
Commentary: Remembering Cak Nur, our last great Muslim intellectual?
Just by his sheer appearance, you could tell that Nurcholish Madjid, widely known as Cak Nur, was a learned man. When he passed away on Aug.
Commentary: Saving face, RI-Oz mend rift to face new challenges
In the end someone got what they needed, even though it wasn’t what they fully wanted. While the other got everything they wanted without compromising on what they really needed.
Commentary: Jokowi’s transition team should prepare crisis-management center
President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo describes the team set up under Rini Mariani Soemarno Soewandi as a transition team because its job is to prepare a smooth transfer of power from the outgoi
Commentary: Hambalang’s Pied Piper leading the marching morons
Rats jump off a sinking ship, while lemmings leap from a cliff. A brooding analogy reminding us that the most dangerous politicians are not those with ambition, but those who are delusional.
Commentary: Voters’ choice on July 9: Mr. Decisive vs. Mr. Humble
The two candidates for this year’s presidential election could not be more different in terms of their personal characters.
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.
News Analysis: Attacks on police, the truth and conspiracy theories
The series of attacks on police officers in a number of regions in the country over the past three months – by as yet unidentified assailants – has apparently left the force in the dark about n
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
Discourse: ‘You could choose to spend this money on yourself’
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: ‘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
Executive column: Indonesia still attractive: BNY Mellon
The world’s largest banking and financial services company, the Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon, currently has US$27.4 trillion of assets under custody and $1.5 trillion of assets under managem
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