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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, April 18, 2017

Religion in the Runoff

Rebranding Basuki

The BasukiDjarot campaign team is working on Muslim voters who casted their ballots for Agus Harimurti in East and South Jakarta. Religious pilgrimages are being offered to attract them.

Speaking to about 200 residents of Cipinang, Tubagus Ace Hasan Syadzily joked about voter fears of giving their voice for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok), the incumbent Jakarta governor who happens to be a Christian.