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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Body

Whenever I go to a Chinese massage place, I am fascinated by the charts with arrows pointing to parts of the body, internal and external. Apart from meridians and so forth, there seem to be so many more labels for body parts than there are names for them in English. Parts of the feet, for instance.

Our concept of our own bodies is shaped by the naming process we…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Plundering Parliamentarians

I swear to God, swear to God," said Setya Novanto when he was asked if it was true there was Rp150 billion for the Golkar Party's coffers from money embezzled out of the e-KTP (electronic ID cards) in 2011. Without denying or confirming it, he held up his index and middle fingers to form a 'victory' sign.

Setya Novanto demonstrated this oath to Tempo editors when he visited this magazine's office on Wednesday last week, a day before the prosecution read the criminal charges filed in the massive corruption case surrounding the e-KTP project at the Jakarta Corruption Court.