• Keeping the State Out

    Keeping the State Out

    The National Zakat (compulsory alms) Agency, Baznas, is once again calling for civil servants and private employees to be obliged to pay zakat through compulsory salary deductions. The state should not intervene with the management of alms.

  • Keeping Promise for Mangrove

    Keeping Promise for Mangrove

    Nickel mining in East Halmahera is damaging the mangrove ecosystem and the livelihoods of local fishermen. It is adding to the destruction of mangrove forests in Indonesia.

  • Repeating History in Papua

    Repeating History in Papua

    The government seems to be repeating the history of colonialism in this nation. The outcome could be like that in Indonesia in 1945.

  • Ready for a Long Battle

    Ready for a Long Battle

    The ruling by the Constitutional Court rejecting the judicial review of the formulation and content of the Corruption Eradication Law signifies the end of the road for the anti-graft agency. Jokowi must take most of the responsibility for this.

  • A Bit of a Stretch

    A Bit of a Stretch

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurachman

  • Empty Promises on Zero Emissions

    Empty Promises on Zero Emissions

    Environmentalists are criticizing President Joko Widodo for his lack of ambition to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. This is proof that the government does not care about the climate crisis.

  • Toothless Consensus

    Toothless Consensus

    Although it may sound good, the agreement by ASEAN leaders on Myanmar is non-binding and will be difficult to implement. It is like a dog barking at passing cars.

  • No Surprise from KPK

    No Surprise from KPK

    After the law was revised, criminal acts and violations of ethics by KPK staff, investigators and leaders were predicted from the outset. Rotten at the tail, body and head.

  • Last Words from Nanggala-402

    Last Words from Nanggala-402

    The sinking of KRI Nanggala-402 leaves sorrow and a question: why was a vessel unfit for operations forced to sail? The large-scale procurement of arms is not an answer to the problems with military equipment.

  • Many Roads Lead to Home

    Many Roads Lead to Home

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Farewell to Terawan's Vaccine

    Farewell to Terawan's Vaccine

    There is no longer any need for the government to be responsible for research into the Nusantara vaccine being promoted by former Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto. None of the claims about it have been tested clinically.

  • Squeezed by Digital Giants

    Squeezed by Digital Giants

    The merger of Gojek and Tokopedia will begin a major disruption to the Indonesian economy. The government must anticipate the consequences for tax revenues and the quality of the workforce.

  • Lesson Learned from India

    Lesson Learned from India

    The number of deaths from Covid-19 in India has soared following a religious celebration. Unfortunate result of populist decisions taken based on electoral interests.

  • The Halfhearted Tax Investigation

    The Halfhearted Tax Investigation

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) seems to lack seriousness in its investigation of the Angin Prayitno Aji tax case. Reform of taxation stands at the edge of an abyss.

  • While I'm Away …

    While I'm Away …

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Deflated Mission

    Deflated Mission

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • A New Chapter of The BLBI Case

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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