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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Euphemisms

We are all being forced to get used to a brave new post-truth world. A Trump world of fake news. A world where blatant lies for instance on the size of the crowd in Washington for the presidential inauguration are 'alternative facts'.

Totalitarianism, militarism, fascism, colonialism and corporatism have all manipulated language and always will. George Orwell satirized this brilliantly in his novel Nineteen Eighty Four, first published…

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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.