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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Prejudice at the Polling Booth

Tim Mann*

When 121 million Indonesians went to the polls to vote in the country's first direct presidential elections in 2004, Wahyu Adi Nugroho was not among them. It was not apathy that kept him away. It was 15 kilograms of steel and rubber. Nugroho, 35, is from Pundong in Bantul, Yogyakarta. He used to use a wheelchair, and he could not vote because his local…

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Minister from Texas

ARCANDRA Tahar, 45, described himself as a simple person who returned home after a 20-year stay in the United States. He was clearly unaware of the 'jungle' that awaited him when he took up a ministerial position in President Joko Widodo's cabinet. "I was too naive and didn't watch my back," Arcandra told Tempo last week.