Tempo English Weekly

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Amangkurat’s Aloneness

In March 2016, essayist Goenawan Mohamad wrote a terse piece about Amangkurat, sultan of the 17th century Javanese kingdom of Mataram, and reflected on his greed and power-madness. In the essay, Goenawan explored with fascination the naked brutality of Amangkurat, his suspicious naturehe had his court surrounded with high walls, a fortress, a moat, and walled up rivers. He had even started to create a sea from his subjects' paddyfields,…

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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.