• Blame Game at Balongan

    Blame Game at Balongan

    The explosion at Balongan adds to the long list of incidents at Pertamina refineries and depots. Structural changes are necessary to stop this from happening again.

  • Policing Moral on Our Screen

    Policing Moral on Our Screen

    The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission issued guidelines for broadcasting during the fasting month of Ramadan. It turned into a moral police force.

  • A New Law for Equality

    A New Law for Equality

    The political parties that still oppose the Sexual Violence Eradication Bill do not understand the new values of public morality. They are also opposing the will of the majority.

  • Accountability in the War on Terror

    Accountability in the War on Terror

    Without accountability, the police will lose public trust. People will suspect that the war on terror is being used to distract attention from other issues. 

  • Mind Your Own Business

    Mind Your Own Business

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Horse-Trading Democracy

    Horse-Trading Democracy

    Political parties have started their quest for power in the 2024 elections and are forgetting their role to improve the quality of democracy. Political horse-trading is occurring over the parliamentary and presidential electoral thresholds.

  •  A Test for the Judicial System

    A Test for the Judicial System

    There are indications the trial of Islam Defenders Front leader Rizieq Syihab is rife with interests outside law enforcement. The authority of the courts is at stake.

  • Misleading Restorative Justice

    Misleading Restorative Justice

    The authorities have been acting against criticism online using the virtual police. This is an erroneous way to apply restorative justice.

  • The Rice Import Shambles

    The Rice Import Shambles

    The twists and turns between Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi and the Chief Executive Officer of the State Logistics Agency Budi Waseso over the plan to import rice is a result of the lack of clarity in food policy. We need a National Food Agency.

  • All-Rounder


    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurachman

  • Dirty Work

    Dirty Work

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • The Roots of the Chaos

    The Roots of the Chaos

    The chaos over the change of control of Bank Bukopin continues. It all started with the supervisor that fails to take action over violations of banking procedures.

  • Whitewashing Coal Waste

    Whitewashing Coal Waste

    The government removed the ash resulting from burning coal in power plants from the category of hazardous and toxic waste. The industry sector is not yet ready to exploit it.

  • Munir, Novel and the Four FPI Members

    Munir, Novel and the Four FPI Members

    The investigation into the shooting of six FPI members must not stop at the perpetrators on the ground. This nation still has a deficit in the upholding of human rights.

  • We Need Science, not Fatwas

    We Need Science, not Fatwas

    The ruling, or fatwa, from the Indonesian Ulemas Council  (MUI) that concludes the AstraZeneca vaccine haram—forbidden—should not be a consideration in the Covid-19 vaccination program. Matters of health need medical and scientific considerations, not fatwas.

  • Camouflaged Steel Imports

    Camouflaged Steel Imports

    Steel imported allegedly for the long-completed government projects is harming the local steel industry.

  • Political Power in Legislation

    Political Power in Legislation

    Our national legislative process is fraught with transactions to maintain various interests. The elimination of General Election Law and ITE Law discussions from the national legislative program is just a minor example.

  • Undermining Democrat is Undermining Democracy

    Undermining Democrat is Undermining Democracy

    Conquering the Democrat Party—through Moeldoko or ‘defanged’ Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono—for temporary benefits of Jokowi is more than just a power play. It is a betrayal of democracy.

  • Haste Makes Waste

    Haste Makes Waste

    The Finance and Development Supervisory Agency (BPKP) discovered potential state losses in the procurement of close to 2 million units of health devices for pandemic management. The result of bad coordination or corruption?

  • Back to Nature

    Back to Nature

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

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