Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 03:37 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...

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...

King Chulalongkorn’s travels and collections from Java Part II: The King’s affection for Java...

 “Besides Bangkok there is no­where else as good and as friendly as Java.” King Chulalangkorn, 1901 IO - Many Thai people consider King Chulalangkorn (1853-1910) to be...

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...

Dutch PM Mark Rutte lobbies for a rules-based world order in dealing with international...

IO - During a fleeting one day visit to Indonesia Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke in front of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) last Monday at Le Meridien Hotel....

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...

Kartini Day Part II: Sweden a paradise for women

IO - In Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana’s award winning novel Defeat and Vic­tory just after the Americans have occupied Japan at the end of the Sec­ond World some Japanese men are discussing what...

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...

Kartini Day: Time to look at women in politics

IO - With Kartini Day just celebrated on the 21st of April, it is a good time to look again at the position of women in politics especially in the legislative body...

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