Tempo English Weekly

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


We are hunted dogs, Chairil Anwar wrote in his poem Notes, 1946. Events come and go so fast and we, panting, chase them. And we have so little chance to look at what we have passed.

A century ago, one event was not so soon followed and smothered by another. Recordings did not pile up so fast. In the 21st century ‘the present’ immediately becomes ‘the past’ (just look…

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Java Holds the Key

HASTO Kristiyanto stopped for a moment as he was about to take a sip from his mineral water in Tempo’s editorial meeting room last Friday. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general apologized for his petai, or stinky bean, breath. "Last night I was served stinky-bean fried rice by the President.