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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

'Negative Sovereignty' and Jakarta's Gubernatorial Election

Campaigns for the election of regional chief executives in the past three months have exposed the dirty side of democracy. Most candidates running for office this Wednesday have fallen into the trap of debating primordial issues, instead of proposing anything substantive.

Meanwhile their supporters, particularly in Jakarta, have even been using religious and racial sentiment in their campaigns. News reports attacking candidates have appeared in social media. Fake news…

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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.