Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Prejudice at the Polling Booth

Tim Mann*

When 121 million Indonesians went to the polls to vote in the country's first direct presidential elections in 2004, Wahyu Adi Nugroho was not among them. It was not apathy that kept him away. It was 15 kilograms of steel and rubber. Nugroho, 35, is from Pundong in Bantul, Yogyakarta. He used to use a wheelchair, and he could not vote because his local…

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inauguration Day Jitters

A QUESTION was posed by Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairperson, Megawati Soekarnoputri to Joko Widodo after an hour-long discussion. "So, how is it going to be, Dik Jokowi? Are you ready to face the most bitter political realities?" asked Megawati. On that Sunday afternoon last week, in the guest room of Megawati's residence in Central Jakarta, Jokowi, who sat next to Megawati, replied emphatically, "I am ready to fight for the people and I will not back down.