Imagination of the Masses

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Are we growing more rational? Ahead of the general election, there is no more hubbub surrounding mythological figures such as Satria Piningit or Ratu Adil, with their exaggerated tales that lack intellectual analysis and common sense. On...

Corruption Hijacks Community Welfare

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JAKARTA, KOMPAS — Corruption makes a number of policies be made not for the interest of the people. Reforming the political and government system is needed to get rid of them. A number of state policies apparently accommodate the...

When ‘Ordinary People’ Look at Corruption…

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Corruption is a tale of irony. The state, which is supposed to provide equal opportunity for all its citizens, has become as though it is helpless in the face of the budget and policy leaks spouting from the greedy behavior of its elite....

Tolerant Interaction Stage Needed

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JAKARTA, KOMPAS - Providing space for a diversity of cultural expression is one of the strategic goals formulated at the 2018 Indonesian Cultural Congress. However, according to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the availability of...

The Important Role of Scholars

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Technological development and flourishing entrepreneurship are required for Indonesia to get out of the middle-income trap. An important pillar to achieve this is the presence of intellectuals. Learning from the experiences of advanced...

Putra Fajar Alam: Creating Digital Waste Bank

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Starting with his concern over piles of garbage under a bridge near his campus, the Telkom Institute of Technology (now Telkom University), Bandung, Putra Fajar Alam, 28, wanted to contribute to helping Indonesia be waste-free by 2025....

Persija’s Title Unites Jakarta and Surrounding Areas

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JAKARTA, KOMPAS -- Jakarta soccer club Persija has ended its 17-year Indonesian premier league title drought by defeating Mitra Kukar 2-1 in the finals of the Go-Jek Liga 1 on Sunday (9/12/2018). Residents of Jakarta and the surrounding...

Rachel Harrison, Becoming Javanese

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Rachel Harrison, 34, came to Java as a geologist aiming to find “emas” (gold). Not only did she find gold, but she also gets “mas-mas” (brothers) and “mbak-mbak” (sisters), who took her to the centers of Javanese culture.

Fake E-KTP Threatens Democracy

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The circulation of blank e-KTP cards on the market poses a serious threat to the democratic process. Moreover, the election organizers don’t have an adequate system or tools to check the authenticity of e-KTPs.

Literacy Caliphate

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Building a knowledge-based civilization is an urgent need right now. Strengthening extremism with all of its variants, including intolerance and narratives of hatred, has triggered widespread concerns and calls for strengthening knowledge and literacy movements.