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Edition: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Question of Discretionary Powers

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators showed Agung Podomoro Land CEO Ariesman Widjaja a one-page summary of the financial records of 13 projects run by Muara Wisesa Samudra, an Agung Podomoro…

Archive
Sidelines

Almansor

'How profoundly you are cursed, O Granada!'
In Heinrich Heine's tragedy Almansor, Almansur bin Abdullah returns home to Granada from exile. He goes back to the castle of his…

Interview

Yohana Susana Yembise Women's Empowerment and Child Protection MinisterWhere there are children and women, there will be violence

Minister for Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Susana Yembise, 58, cannot afford to take it easy yet, even though Law No. 35/2014 is ready to be enacted. Better known…

On The Record

Mustafa Ali Haji, Grand Mufti of BulgariaWe need to learn Sharia economics from Indonesia

LAST March, Mustafa Ali Haji was once again chosen as Bulgaria's grand mufti, reinstating him as the highest Muslim leader in the country. This Balkan country's muftiate is today made…

Horizons

Fify MananTaking Advantage of Disadvantages

FOR Fify Manan, commuting between Jakarta and Georgia in southern United States, is probably like other Indonesians traveling between Jakarta and Yogyakarta or Surabaya. Every month, this 51-year old president…

Arts

On the Trail of a Forger?

Aminudin T.H. Siregar, a fine arts critic, was unfamiliar with the art of Dwi Martono. Last April 16, Aminudin, commonly called Ucok, visited Taman Budaya Yogyakarta for an exhibition entitled…

Dwi MartonoWhy Should I Worry About Those Guys? Do They Provide Me With Food?

His sideburns and mustache are unkempt. He prefers wearing hats inside out, and favors faded jeans and t-shirts. This is Dwi Martono, who looks very much the painter that he…

Column

Are We Ready for the Haze Season?

It has been more than six months since devastating forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan caused the annual havoc not only in Indonesia but also in neighboring Singapore and parts…

Word Watch

Befuddled

We have so many wonderful be-ed words in English and this song features three of them. 'Beguiled' is an old English word formed from adding be- and -ed to the…

Diplomatic Bag

Jokowi Discusses Industrialization and Creative Industry in South Korea

President Joko Widodo referred to South Korea as a 'strategic partner' last week in a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye. The state visit was held to commemorate…

Economy

Fundamental Gains that Never Showed up

Global markets received a sudden shock last Thursday. Speculations about the next Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike returned and spread rapidly like a haunting specter. The info spread from the…

Dropping the Ball

ENERGY and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said was seen heading for the Presidential Office at the State Palace on Friday two weeks ago. He was there to talk to President…

Law

The Final Word

After six years on the run, Joko Soegiarto Tjandra shows no sign of letting up.
Convicted of corruption in the transfer of Bank Bali's debtors (cessie) in early January,…

A New Terrorism Law

Muhammad Syafi'i has had a hectic month. As chairman of the special committee formed to draft a new antiterrorism bill, he has been holding a slew of discussions and seminars.…

National

A No-contest Election

RIDWAN Bae and I Ketut Sudikerta had to wait outside the entrance to Setya Novanto's villa at Mulia Resort, Nusa Dua Bali last Tuesday. The chairmen of Golkar's Southeast Sulawesi…

Opinion

Ahok's Initiative Under Attack

There is no need for Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to be hesitant when discussing the additional contribution for Jakarta's north coast reclamation project. If there is no evidence of…

Preventing Prosecutors From manipulating Cases

Constitutional Court rulings in response to requests for case reviews should result in legal certainty, particularly for defendants and the convicted. The court has banned prosecutors from requesting reexaminations of…

Letters

Letter

Severe Punishment for Sex Offenders
THE many cases of violent sex crimes are an indication of an ongoing moral crisis in Indonesia. Following the rape of 14-year-old YY by…

Indicator

PKI, the Ghost that Won't Go Away

HISTORY has proven that communism is unable to mature in most societies. Currently, only a few countries still practice the ideology, with some adjustments. For instance, Vietnam adopted capitalism in…

Outreach

Gender-Responsive Politics

A Voice for Women
Women in Sinjai, South Sulawesi, and Southwest Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, are receiving groundbreaking training sessions on civil rights. These are helping drive a women's…

Budget Watchdogs

AT a gathering in Pammulukang village, Mamuju Regency, West Sulawesi Province, 20 women sit discussing a deadly serious topic-the construction of a long-awaited road that will connect several villages. They…

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