• 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

  • Exposing Embezzlement at Askrindo

    Exposing Embezzlement at Askrindo

    Askrindo has been undermined by alleged embezzlement totaling up to Rp200 billion. The payment of claims was overstated so the directors could benefit.

  • Drunk over Liquor Regulation

    Drunk over Liquor Regulation

    The President revoked clauses in a regulation that he signed regarding the liberalization of investment in the liquor industry. This is proof of the ramshackle way regulations are drawn up in this country.


  • Questioning Nusantara Vaccine

    Questioning Nusantara Vaccine

    The Nusantara vaccine is not suitable for Indonesia, which needs to inoculate large numbers of people. Existing vaccines are already proven effective for old people and those with other health conditions.

  • Another Tax Mega Scandal

    Another Tax Mega Scandal

    Without law enforcement, reforms to the taxation sector are meaningless. Hopes could evaporate if this scandal is not uncovered.

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