The Indonesian president likes to show off the country’s good reputation in the world. Indeed he got overwhelming positive international feedback in the course of his administration. I’m sure that also during his imminent visit to Berlin and Budapest, Chancellor Angela Merkel and prime minister Viktor Orban ( who himself by the way is very ill [...]
The EU ambassador in Jakarta wrote a love letter to Indonesia on February the 14th. He apparently went cruising. Or perhaps he’s already courting the Garuda bird. He praises the great Indonesian people, the fascinating Indonesian diversity, the wonderful Indonesian products, the beautiful Indonesian landscapes and the ever improving Indonesian tourist infrastructure, including more and more golf [...]
It’s unfortunate – but just natural- authorities don’t like being criticized. They, quite understandably, are inclined to say:’Free press is fine – but shouldn’t poke it’s nose into my affairs and least of all tell me I’m wrong’. Therefore censorship and libel laws have been invented. If applied strictly they almost prohibit publications on incompetence, [...]
It’s not easy to be a president.
Journalists, good journalists, covering the life and times of politicians, occasionally are critical bullies. Actually not occasionally but most of the time. They have to be because it’s their mission to be necessary irritants to authorities. It’s their profession to keep an eye on people we vote in [...]
Most of us meet some dilemmas in life. By the way he or she deals with them a person reveals his or her true colours.
The life of someone at the top, for instance a president’s life, to me appears to be abundant with that kind of inconvenient, awkward, painful choices between two evils. [...]