*)is a Yogyakarta-and Sydney-based writer.
YOUNG people have always had their own way of talking, and their own fast-changing vocabulary. It is part of marking themselves off from the older generation. The faster their vocabulary changes, the less chance the oldies will catch up. For instance, in English, trendy talk of the 1920s jazz age so marked the young generation that special dictionaries were…
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.