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The Presidential Palace is fighting back against the #2019GantiPresiden movement with the help of volunteers and social media influencers. But the Jokowi administration’s strategy in curbing the political opposition’s advance on social media has not been very effective. Coalition parties have been slow to praise Jokowi’s achievements.
The hashtag #2019GantiPresiden (Change President in 2019) is heating up politics leading up to next years general election. Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko feels that the movement is purely a manipulative maneuver. When speaking to Tempo's Raymundus Rikang, Wayan Agus Purnomo and Stefanus Pramono last Thursday, Moeldoko explained how the government is responding to the political attack.
Artidjo Alkostar: A Judge is Accountable to the Public
The salaries and allowances for the Steering Board of the Agency for the Implementation of State Ideology Pancasila (BPIP), amounting to more than Rp 100 million per person, have been in the spotlight.
YOGYAKARTA once again held its contemporary art fair, ArtJog. Under the theme ‘Enlightenment’, the art festival now celebrating its 11th year presented the works of 54 Indonesian and international visual artists.
The government is now more eager than ever to develop and promote its tourism village program. Among the 74,954 villages spread across Indonesia, 1,902 villages gifted with cultural riches and arresting natural landscapes offer tremendous potentials for tourism. Among them is the remote Merabu village in East Kalimantan, endowed with karst hills and prehistoric handprints hidden in caves. There is also the Bahitom village in Central Kalimantan, where villagers are now working to develop an organic farming program for food self-sufficiency and agrotourism. Over the past several years, residents of both villages have been striving to improve local economies through tourism. Tempo English reports.
Even at times like these-when the public calls for the revision of the anti-terrorism law to expand the army's role in the fight against terrorism-Agus Widjojo remains nonchalant.
Philip Roth died on 22 May last, and I remembered this scene: on a cold February day in 1968, young stuttering Merry plants a bomb in the town post office. The explosion kills a bystander.