In Indonesia atrocities and gross human rights’ violations did take place in the past. Actually in all parts of the world crimes against humanity occurred. And still occur. Especially in times of (civil) war, chaos and socio-economic instability. And in oppressive, authoritarian dictatorships.
Often those who are responsible are politicians and people in uniform.
Like Aceh West Papua is very far away from the demographic, economic, cultural epicentre of the archipelago. Though it’s in the newspapers every day ( over the last 6 months I counted over 100 articles in JG, JP and Tempo dealing with violent incidents in that province ) apparently the rapidly deteriorating situation in West [...]
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 [...]
As a country Indonesia is economically thriving.
And it’s a rule that when you’re winning you’ve got a lot of friends.
There is money to be earned in RI today. Impressing growth rates, rapidly growing middle class and purchasing power, a lot of commodities and potential huge infrastructural projects. So actually an almost endless [...]
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 [...]