“Pak Asli” was the man I wrote about almost five years ago. He had been lucky to be in Moscow in the mid-sixties. That’s why he was able to escaped from the anti-communist pogroms at home. But to be in Moscow was his bad luck as well. Because returning to Indonesia was no option [...]
It happened that I attended to Rizki Pandu Permana‘s public defense of his Ph.D dissertation* in Utrecht two days ago. He passed brilliantly. Of course. But then I heard his promoter ( doctoral supervisor) in a subordinate clause of her laudatio (encomium), reveal that Rizki previously had published fiction. Two novels actually. [...]
So ultimately, after much ado, SBY visited the United Kingdom . He entered the danger zone to challenge any Londoner who would dare to make a citizen’s arrest. But there was no citizens arrest actually. On the contrary. In stead a lonely peaceful activist who demonstrated in favour of independent West Papua, was arrested.
The advantage of a well established democracy is that as much as possible will be decentralized, the rules of the game and relations between state institutions will be clear and consistent, the actors will be well known public figures and their political actions transparent.
Indonesia is a young democracy. But I’m afraid the rules [...]
The good news is this surprising split more and more Indonesians do. They may stuff their private life with ever more religion but at the same time remove it from their political party-preference.
I should have liked to congratulate Indonesia on these developments. If only I could have believed voters have second thoughts about [...]