Tempo English Weekly

Monday, January 08, 2018

The Era of Political Acrobatics

Our democracy seems to be getting messier during the run-up to the simultaneous regional head elections next June. Pragmatism is commanding politics. The energy of all those seeking to compete is being fully expended on lobbying political party chiefs in order to win their candidacy tickets. In essence, this election seems like an opening arena for political interests to compete in ahead of the general election for members of the…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

A Dark Debacle in the Bay

Two weeks have passed, and the cargo ship MV Ever Judger has not left the waters of Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan. This ship, which sails under the flag of Panama, should have set sail on March 30, leaving Balikpapan with a cargo of 74,000 tons of coal, headed for Lumut, Perak, Malaysia. The captain had been authorized to leave by the port authority.