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  • Deflated Mission
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    Deflated Mission

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • A New Chapter of The BLBI Case
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    A New Chapter of The BLBI Case

    The chase after assets held by Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BLBI) recipients should continue with all the force of the law behind it. This needs to be done with transparency and no favoritism.

  • The Danger in Politicizing Research
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    The Danger in Politicizing Research

    President Joko Widodo separated the National Research and Innovation Agency from the ministry of research and technology. A decision heavily influenced by his political party’s interest.

  • Another Political Party Fiasco
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    Another Political Party Fiasco

    The internal conflict in the National Awakening Party (PKB) must be resolved democratically. There must be no government intervention.

  • The Dream of Algorithm Hill
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    The Dream of Algorithm Hill

    Recreating Silicon Valley is not as easy as turning the back of one’s hand. Without a solid ecosystem in place, the Algorithm Hill project in Sukabumi, West Java, could well be mere business cunning out to grab tax deductions and import duty waivers while establishing a special economic zone.

  • Fiasco at the Villages Ministry
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    Fiasco at the Villages Ministry

    Alleged trading of postings within the Villages Ministry shows a major flaw in the practice of good governance. Placement of politicians in ministries are most often problematic.

  • The Tourism Dilemma
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    The Tourism Dilemma

    In the middle of the pandemic, the government is allowing music concerts and sporting events to be held. This is inconsistent with government’s prohibition for homecoming or mudik in Idul Fitri.

  • Republic of Content
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    Republic of Content

    President Jokowi validated hedonistic sensibility on social media when he attended the wedding of social media celebrity Atta Halilintar. It showed scant regard for social empathy.

  • Women in Acts of Terrorism
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    Women in Acts of Terrorism

    Women conducting acts of terrorism are themselves the victims of terrorism. There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift in deradicalization programs.

  • CASE CLOSED
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    CASE CLOSED

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Blame Game at Balongan
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    Blame Game at Balongan

    The explosion at Balongan adds to the long list of incidents at Pertamina refineries and depots. Structural changes are necessary to stop this from happening again.

  • Policing Moral on Our Screen
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    Policing Moral on Our Screen

    The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission issued guidelines for broadcasting during the fasting month of Ramadan. It turned into a moral police force.

  • A New Law for Equality
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    A New Law for Equality

    The political parties that still oppose the Sexual Violence Eradication Bill do not understand the new values of public morality. They are also opposing the will of the majority.

  • Accountability in the War on Terror
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    Accountability in the War on Terror

    Without accountability, the police will lose public trust. People will suspect that the war on terror is being used to distract attention from other issues. 

  • Mind Your Own Business
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    Mind Your Own Business

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Horse-Trading Democracy
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    Horse-Trading Democracy

    Political parties have started their quest for power in the 2024 elections and are forgetting their role to improve the quality of democracy. Political horse-trading is occurring over the parliamentary and presidential electoral thresholds.

  •  A Test for the Judicial System
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    A Test for the Judicial System

    There are indications the trial of Islam Defenders Front leader Rizieq Syihab is rife with interests outside law enforcement. The authority of the courts is at stake.

  • Misleading Restorative Justice
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    Misleading Restorative Justice

    The authorities have been acting against criticism online using the virtual police. This is an erroneous way to apply restorative justice.

  • The Rice Import Shambles
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    The Rice Import Shambles

    The twists and turns between Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi and the Chief Executive Officer of the State Logistics Agency Budi Waseso over the plan to import rice is a result of the lack of clarity in food policy. We need a National Food Agency.

  • All-Rounder
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    All-Rounder

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurachman

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