Category: Indonesia

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Andre Vltchek: Hard Core Capitalist Indonesia And Awful Services

During the Cold War, Eastern block countries used to be bombarded by radio broadcasts glorifying free-market economic system and consumerism. The message from the Radio Free Europe, Voice of America and BBC World Service had been clear: no matter where, capitalism brings home great services, variety of goods, consumer protection, lower prices and desire to Read more…

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Andre Vltchek: Indonesian Morality: Ban Sex Sites Ignore Starving Children

Here it goes again. Uncles with harsh over-smoked voices from Indonesian House of Representatives – that is synonymous with corruption and laziness – talking about morality and about "how to protect the nation" from the ills of pornography. This time they have succeeded. While the nation was off guard, distracted by raising food prices, collapsing Read more…

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Andre Vltchek: Indonesia After Shuarto

In his brilliant and hilarious short story “Winding Road To Heaven,” Tongan writer Epeli Hau’ofa unwittingly described Indonesia: “And not so long ago, when five very, very important men discovered that they had together helped themselves to half a million dollars of public money to which they had no right to help themselves, they prayed Read more…

Meistra Budiasa: Soeharto

SOEHARTO Dictator General Soeharto died on the 28th of January 28. His death left many controversies from 1998 unsolved, the year when he was ousted after a mass movement of students and workers took to the streets. Many cases, like human rights abuses and corruption, has never been settled. Suharto took power and became president Read more…

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David Edwards: Suharto – Covering Up Western Complicity

The death of the former Indonesian dictator, Suharto, on January 27 could have unleashed a flood of revelations detailing British and American support for one of the 20th century’s worst mass murderers. Instead, the media continued the cover up that has so far lasted more than forty years.   The 1965-6 massacres that accompanied Suharto’s Read more…

Andrew Herd: Whitewashing Mass Murder

The recent death of Indonesia’s ex-president Suharto has been the basis of a number of newspaper articles in recent weeks. This is understandable, Indonesia is one of Australia’s nearest neighbours, and is seen as very important to Australia’s future. As would be expected, most of the reports and obituaries glossed over many of Suharto’s major failings, but Read more…

Geoffrey c. Gunn: Suharto Beyond the Grave: Indonesia and the World Appraise the Legacy

Laid to rest Monday, January 28, 2008 in a state funeral with full military honors at a family mausoleum outside Solo in central Java, former Indonesian strongman and president, Suharto, is truly buried. But, how has his legacy been appraised in the local, regional and global media? Indeed, what shadow has he cast over Indonesia Read more…

Anne Petermann: Climate Change Negotiations

The 13th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC or COP 13), which took place at the Bali International Convention Center in the elite Indonesian playground of Nusa Dua over December 3 to 14 ,was an intense affair. Some have praised the outcomes of the process, which resulted in Read more…

Derrick O\'Keefe: Suharto’s Brutal Legacy

General Suharto, Indonesia‘s former dictator, has died at the age of 86. He was, for many years, Ottawa‘s man in Jakarta.   Of course, he was also Washington‘s man in Jakarta. In many ways, he was similar to Washington‘s pre-1990 man in Baghdad. For most of their thuggish careers, he and Saddam Hussein had U.S. Read more…

Allan Nairn: Suharto’s Passage: One Small Man Leaves a Million Corpses

  General Suharto of Indonesia is fading fast, the news bulletins say.   So when I came into the country, I started asking how people felt about their dying killer. (Body count, around 1 million-plus, overwhelmingly civilian).     The first man I ran into–near a coffee/rice stall– though the radio blared the death watch, said Read more…

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