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Edition: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Many Faces of Conservatism

The Muslim community in Indonesia is moving in the direction of mass public piety and spirituality. Religious study sessions are not only being held in traditional ways, but are also…

Archive
Economy

Market Pulse: Vampire Experiment

A chronic anxiety is slowly but surely enveloping financial markets in the past week. No, it is not The Federal Reserve interest rate hike that investors are worried about. It…

The Season for Property sans Intermediaries

Last Thursday dozens of workers were toiling away to complete the construction of a number of residential units at the Azzura Residence in Bogor, West Java. Some could be seen…

Weekly Business

Infrastructure Work Expedited for Eid

In the week before the end of the Ramadan fasting month, the government is expediting infrastructure construction for a smooth flow of traffic for Eid's homebound travelers. Last Thursday, the…

Indicator

The Fight Against Persecution

MANY have condemned the Islam Defenders Front's (FPI) act of persecution against a young boy with the initials PMA. On Sunday at midnight, May 28, the 15-year-old was abducted from…

Letters

Letters

I AM a mother of one daughter, and I am concerned with the five-day or full-day school idea proposed by the government. School is where the children go to learn,…

Opinion

Muslim Conservatism at a Crossroads

Religious conservatism, in this case for Islam, has become a source of optimism and concern as of late. There is the view that the growing numbers of Qur'anic study groups…

The More The Merrier

The House of Representatives (DPR) deliberations to change a threshold requirement for nominating presidential and vice-presidential candidates is just a waste of time. In 2013, the Constitutional Court decided the…

Interlude

Run Island, a tale of blood and forgotten glory

Run Island, scarcely known to most Indonesians, was once coveted by European traders. The Dutch and the British engaged in numerous battles over the nutmeg-producing island in Banda waters. The…

A Pinch of Nutmeg

It's 5.30am, and another day begins in Run. The dawn prayer ends, motorboats begin to roar in the docks, and children are off to school as the sun rises. The…

Law

In a Squeeze Due to New Regulations

Clear white crystals of salt were piled up in a corner of Garam's warehouse on Jalan Kapten Darmo Sugondo, Gresik. Only two employees were seen at work when Tempo arrived…

National

General Elections Bill at a Deadlock

The general elections bill's special committee is still at a disagreement, despite last Wednesday's three-hour meeting at the House of Representatives (DPR) building. With a half-hour break for lobbying outside…

Outreach

Humor and Sermons For Road Safety

Indonesia suffers a high number of traffic-related fatalities. According to police data, 2016 saw more than 105,000 road accidents with 25,859 casualties. Some provinces are addressing the concern by raising…

on An App and a prayer

The Road Traffic Transportation Forum in West Nusa Tenggara created an application and a book for Friday sermons to spread awareness on road safety. Traffic accidents have reduced by 22…

Word Watch

Spirits

Recently I was listening to a program on the radio in Australia about Aboriginal songlines, following an elder as he wandered the land and sang the songs of the ancestral…

Interview

Chairman of the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) KH Ma'ruf Amin: We've always been close with the government

Two weeks ago, MUI Chairman Kiai Haji Ma'ruf Amin issued a fatwa (ruling) and guidelines on social media interaction at the communication and information ministry, making it the first ever…

Sidelines

Open texts

Fire. Oil. Straw. These three inexpensive things were what 'Ayn al-Qudt wanted for his death sentence to be carried outperhaps as a kind of simple delivery to the world of…

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