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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, 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.