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COVID-19 Freedoms under Assault

COVID-19: Freedoms under Assault

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I read an article printed in the Jakarta Post: "Politics of pandemics. How online ‘buzzers’ infect Indonesia’s democracy, jeopardize its citizens". The article basically takes the...
Indonesia After Jokowi’s Victory

Indonesia After Jokowi’s Victory

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With the final results out of the Indonesian presidential elections, incumbent President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, has won a sizable victory over challenger Prabowo...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-Cha at Government House in Bangkok

Thailand’s Press Warms to Chinese State Media

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In a country ruled for much of the 2010s by a repressive military junta, and where information about powerful actors can be dangerous to...
Young People Everywhere Need to Know Trumpism is the Antithesis of Leadership

Young People Everywhere Need to Know Trumpism is the Antithesis of Leadership

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By Fred Utanes  I would like to voice my condemnation of the worst ideology that the world has known, which emerged more than five years...
Climate Change Will Indonesia Be Just a Bystander or a Leader

Climate Change: Will Indonesia Be Just a Bystander or a Leader?

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By Dino Patti Djalal In the midst of the Covid-19 storm that continues to engulf the world, we must be careful not to lose sight...
medan wise

Medan Wise

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English Premier League soccer legend Dennis Wise visited Medan recently and I was fortunate enough to host him during his stay. For those of you...
Big Questions in Australia-Indonesia Relations

Big Questions in Australia-Indonesia Relations

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The Australian-Indonesian free trade agreement is set to be big business. With a finalised report not expected until October at the latest, the details...
Petugas otoritas kesehatan memeriksa suhu tubuh seorang penumpang kapal dari Malaysia menggunakan termometer non kontak di Pelabuhan Internasional PT Pelindo I Dumai di Dumai, Riau, Minggu (23/2/2020).

Enough! Of this Nonsense

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I have been speaking with many friends around Indonesia and asking them how the situation is in their city, their district, in their kampungs. ...
A Day in the Life of an Ordinary Indonesian Diplomat

A Day in the Life of an Ordinary Indonesian Diplomat

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By Ricky Ihsan As a diplomat, I am in many ways no different from other civil servants. Because I am a Muslim, I wake up...
A Tough Year for Democracy in Southeast Asia

A Tough Year for Democracy in Southeast Asia

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2018 was a brutal year, in many ways, for civil society activists, rights advocates, and democratic politicians throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia’s government transformed from...
Will Joe Biden Let China Invade Taiwan

Will China Invade Taiwan Any Time Soon? And Will Joe Biden just allow that...

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By Regina Marthalia The People’s Republic of China has been threatening to invade Taiwan for seven decades now. Today the fear is growing among analysts,...
Presiden Joko Widodo menyampaikan pidatonya dalam pembukaan Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) IX di Nusa Dua, Kamis (8/12).

The State of Global Democracy Today is Even Worse Than It Looks

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It has become accepted, among most experts on democracy, and among policymakers, that democracy worldwide is in increasing peril. This year’s Freedom in the...
Let’s not lose sight of true victory

Let’s not lose sight of true victory

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The momentous events of 9 May 2018 will be etched in the annals of history as one of those “where were you when it...
Australian

Australia, China, Vanuatu and an “Elephant in the Room”

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When Dr. Hassan Wirajuda was Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and he was negotiating the Lombok Treaty on security with Australia in 2005,...
Indonesia Faces a Huawei Quandary As US China Rivalry Keeps Simmering

Indonesia Faces a Huawei Quandary As US-China Rivalry Keeps Simmering

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By Muhammad Jasuma Fadholi The dynamics of the relationship between the two world powers, the United States and China, in the months ahead will be...

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The Myanmar Coup Is a Naked Grab For Power, but the...

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By Rizal G. Buendia Similar to practically all Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar (also known as Burma) experienced decades of authoritarian or semi-authoritarian rule as well...