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Online sexual violence does not only target adult women, but also adolescents. Despite the rising number of cases each year, there is still scant protection for victims. Perpetrators sell sexual extortion videos to pornography platforms on the Internet, reaping hundreds of millions of rupiah.
There have to be Concrete Actions against Israel
Palestinian Ambassador to Indonesia, Zuhair al-Shun, urges the international community to take concrete actions against Israel through economic or political blockade which he believes could pressure Israel. Al-Shun says that the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is not a lasting resolution to bring an end to the conflict in Gaza adding that the United Nations has already passed many resolutions, among others Resolution 181 of 1947, to create free Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital. He hopes that the United States’ new administration under President Joe Biden will take a fairer stance in the issue. Al-Shun also conveys the Palestinian authority’s appreciation towards political and humanitarian support given by the Indonesian government and its people and gives advice on how to properly funnel solidarity funds for the Palestinian people.
DE Oost is the first major Dutch film which clearly exposes the violence committed by its military during the 1945-1949 Indonesian independence war. It showed how an elite Dutch corps under Captain Raymond Westerling sowed terror in South Sulawesi, killing thousands of Indonesians. This controversial movie, made in a span of almost a decade, has sparked a flood of reactions—from praise to condemnation—from the Dutch media and public. On Twitter, Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld expressed regret that De Oost, made by Dutch-Moluccan Director Jim Taihuttu, has caused unrest among former soldiers who served in Indonesia, as veteran associations like the Dutch East Indies Federation (FIN) accused the film of defaming veterans. FIN even took the filmmakers to court. Tempo spoke to the film’s director, producers, and actors, and also historians, in the Netherlands and Indonesia.
Jim Taihuttu, 39, has been a name to be reckoned with in Dutch cinema since his debut film Rabat a decade ago. This Dutch filmmaker of Moluccan origins is also known as a disc jockey of the hip hop/dance duo Yellow Claw.
Public Benefits of Political Rivalry
The public will benefit from the appearance of high-quality politicians in the presidential election. Prospective candidates should not be limited to members of political dynasties.
A Prayer for the Nation
Buddhists meditating during Vesak Day in the courtyard of the Dharma Giri Kumara monastery, Delen hamlet, Temanggung, Central Java, Wednesday, May 26. The Vesak Day celebration titled “Rising in Unity for a Better Indonesia,” was done without much festivity due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ANTARA/Anis Efizudin
Deliver Us from Evil
Anti-corruption activists perform a theatrical exorcism on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) at the commission’s ACLC building, Jakarta, Friday, May 28. The exorcism represents the banishing of evil energy from the KPK which is currently in a dire state due to the dismissal of 75 employees who did not pass the nationalism test to become civil servants. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto.