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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The 'Reality Show' Trial

JESSICA Kumala Wongso was sentenced to 20 years in prison for poisoning her friend. In a controversial development in a case that gripped the nation, the Central Jakarta Court on Thursday last week, declared Jessica Kumala Wongso guilty of premeditated murder. Jessica may have indeed plotted and killed her friend, Mirna Salihin, but many saw the controversial verdict based solely on circumstantial evidence.

There were at least two…

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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.