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 [...]
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 [...]
Would have loved to be the fly on the wall.
A hotel room, stacks of banknotes, a cheating polygamous aide to a prominent pious politician, a beautiful naked young woman, lots of animal beef in slaughterhouses, two well-known business men disappearing in the wings after delivery and a greedy Godfather himself eagerly waiting in [...]
Who wouldn’t want to agree with president Susilo Bambang Yushoyono when he said the Prophet demanded a practice of harmony and tolerance in a diverse society.
Unfortunately there often is a gap between idealistic theory and muddy reality.
Pushed by the WHO the UN recently called on member states to abolish practices of genital mutilation. Yet in Indonesia female circumcision ( and male circumcision) is still legal. A 2010 Ministerial Regulation stipulates it’s permitted if religious laws and health standards have been observed.