Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 04:56 WIB

Semar, the most Indonesian wayang figure: his role and meaning

IO - I was first made aware of the fig­ure of Semar many years ago through a Dutch member of the Euro parlia­ment named Janssen van Raay. He was born and raised in Indonesia...

Happy Salma presents Amir Hamzah, Indonesia’s noblest poet

My heart embraces the mountain To what avail, the hand cannot reach it… (from Amir Hamzah’s poem Buah Rindu 2)IO - Amir Hamzah’s life and death is one of the great romantic tragedies of Indonesian...

Have dog will travel: Irma Lengkong’s peregrinations with Bobo Gajahmada.

IO - On the 25th of January 2019 After­hours Books held the book launch of a de luxe edition of Irma Lengkong’s glo­betrotting adventures across Europe with her basset hound, Bobo Gajah­mada and an...

Customary villages in eastern Indonesia that still survive in the modern era

IO, Jakarta - In the midst of the rapid growth and development in the capital city of Jakarta, there is still a traditional village that firmly holds the guidelines of religion, values, and traditions...

A celebration of democracy: It may not be as good as it appears

IO, Jakarta – Regional Elections (Pilkada) is the moment when all regions must elect leaders that they expect can bring about changes for the better. A prosperous community should be the main target of...

Joint press release between the Government, BI, OJK, LPS: What are they hiding?

IO - Highly irregular and abrupt, on 28 May 2018 the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, BI (Central Bank), OJK (Financial Service Authority), and LPS (Indonesia Deposit Insurance Corporation) issued...

Rupiah weakens. sign of crisis?

IO - By mid-May 2018 the Indonesian Rupiah had already depreciated 3.7% since the beginning of the year, fluctuating around 14,000-14,150 / USD. The Government and Bank Indonesia simply put the blame on “global...

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