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TWO decades after reformasi (the reform), student protesters have returned. With the civil society’s support, university students again reasserted their historical role as the nation’s conscience. Activists, academicians, artists and concerned citizens worked together to ensure that their act of protest would disrupt those in power. Amid the polarized political atmosphere as of late, with the nation divided into two opposing camps, and the increasingly banal oligarchy, the series of protests by university and secondary school students in over ten cities across the country at the end of September give us hope. They are still here.
Squabbling has disrupted several National Mandate Party meetings held before the upcoming election for a new party general chair. A falling out between Zulkifli Hasan and Amien Rais is increasingly evident. No longer supporting Zulkifli for party general chair, Amien is helping raise support for his favorite candidate.
Lt. Gen. Doni Monardo, Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency: Public safety is the highest law
Zulkifli Zaini has been chosen to head Indonesia’s state electricity company PLN. Communication between President Joko Widodo and former vice president Jusuf Kalla shadows the removal of former prime contender Rudiantara.
Indonesia failed toreach its target for international tourist arrivals. Expensive domestic flights contributed to this.
Keeping the Flame
Solar Eclipse Prayers
THE date of that extraordinary day was May 19, 1824, or 21st of the fasting month 1751 in the Javanese calendar.