It’s Time to Look at Specific Issues

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Public appreciation to the performance of the Jokowi-Kalla government seems to have thus far declined, compared to six months ago. The management of issues apparently has to be more sharply carried out by the government. The management...

Performance Not Sole Factor in General Election

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JAKARTA, KOMPAS — There has been a shift in the level of public satisfaction toward the performance of the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla administration. Various possibilities remain open because satisfaction with performance is not the sole...

Between Performance and Political Contestation

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The general election on April 17, 2019, will be a moment of truth for President Joko Widodo. On that day, he will see whether his administration gets another five years. As recent trends show, performance is only one of many components in...

Seven Titles in Seven Finals for Kevin-Marcus

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ODENSE, SUNDAY – Indonesia’s badminton stars Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon have maintained their winning streak across seven championships throughout 2018. The couple, lovably called “minions” by their fans due...

Kicked Out from Own Land

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Fransiska, 28, felt quite sad in her home. She was used to busying herself on the farm during the day. Eight years ago, she lost her family’s land because a company had acquired it for an oil palm plantation. Fransiska now lives in...

Anwar “Jimpe” Rachman: An Oasis of Literacy from the East

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Amid high public awareness that Makassar is a place where demonstrations lead to unrest, Anwar “Jimpe” Rachman, 43, tried to offer an alternative. He was obsessed to counter that “label” through literacy activities. He initiated...

Four Years of Jokowi-Kalla

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October 20, 2018 marked four years into the administration of Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla. There have been plenty of achievements but, in a handful of aspects, the administration has fallen short of expectations. Claims of success and...

Food Globalization

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Indonesia’s wheat imports in 2017, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), reached 10.8 million tons valued at Rp 36.3 trillion. Surprisingly, there has been no protest from the opposition or NGOs. What has been loudly voiced by the...

Diversity is Social Capital toward Mutual Understanding

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JAKARTA, KOMPAS – Diversity, a defining trait in Indonesia’s national identity, serves as the most important social capital in nurturing mutual understanding between fellow Indonesians. The moderates will have to proactively show...

Foster Optimism, Jokowi Says

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BADUNG, KOMPAS – Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s and Jusuf Kalla’s administration. Fostering public optimism, confidence and competitiveness have been the administration’s focus. In the past...