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The cost of Indonesia’s vote

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    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 22 2020   /  01:00 am
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center) along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (right), OIC Secretary-General Iyad Ameen Madani (left), and several heads of state and government attend the dinner of the 5th Extraordinary OIC Summit on Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif in Jakarta on 7 March, 2016.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Every year, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) draws in the world’s leaders to New York to say their piece about the state of the world and how their national interests are being represented. This year, which marks 75 years since the beginning of the UN’s journey and the flourishing of its postwar ideals, offers a very different view of the world, for various obvious reasons. On the one hand, the pandemic has pushed us to shelter in place and become wary of our own governments, and even one another. In another instance, most of our activities have moved online, and for the very first time, even the UNGA will be carried out as a largely virtual summit. One thing that has remained constant even after 75 years is the endless struggle of the Palestinians in their pursuit of independence. And yet, from the terrain to the roadblocks and the changing of the guards, ...