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Above the Constitution is God

The plan of Constitutional Court Chief Justice Arief Hidayat, 61, to take some days off in his hometown of Semarang three weeks ago, was not to be. When he landed at Ahmad Yani Airport that Thursday morning, he was all set to go teach at the 17 Agustus 1945 University…

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Charles Patrick Edward Burrows: Cilacap's 'Kyai' Priest

FATHER Carolus made the news last year, when a number of foreigners convicted of drug crimes were executed on Nusa Kambangan Island. Charles Patrick Edward Burrows—a priest known among locals as Romo (Father) Carolus—had accompanied the inmates, among others Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte and Nigerian Okwudili Oyatanze, and watched them until…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Clash of Party Chiefs

Election Campaigning for Today and Tomorrow
Candidates and their supporters are putting everything on the line to win the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election and perhaps a warm-up for the presidential election in 2019.

Before discussing the charges leveled against him, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) talked about how a leader can regress to become a tyrant. A dictator, said SBY, who was Indonesia's sixth president, can emerge when he begins to fear the loss of his power.