Friday, August 23, 2019 | 23:39 WIB

China’s New Mao

This past Sunday, China’s Communist Party, or CCP, reached a momentous decision.  Signaling a significant break from the past that will change the face of Chinese politics and reverberate beyond its borders, the state-run...

A political manifesto of Prabowo Subianto: A strong & dignified Indonesia

IO - It was brief and succinct: the vision of Prabowo Subianto (PS), as expressed last night (14/01/2019) is simply that “Indonesia is strong and dignified”. This vision would later evolve into “Indonesia Wins”,...
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Four years under Jokowi: Indonesia lags behind in human development

IO - The latest global Human Development Report (HDR) released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) was the 2016 HDR, providing selected themes, analyses and policy recommendations. The Report also presented the 2015...

Debunking the myths of Indonesia’s elections

IO – There is an odd disconnect in the mainstream media about Indonesia’s elections.   International surveys and opinion polls show Indonesia’s reputation is badly tarnished by corruption in its political bodies and business community.  Yet when...

Planning for campaigns of substance

IO - It is almost two months since the start of the Legislative and Presidential Elections campaign period. Since its start on 23 September, political campaigns have still been rife with unnecessary and bland...

The complaint against Irma Hutabarat: Freedom of the press at risk

In Indonesia a person may be imprisoned for insult despite telling the truth. IO - On the 28th of November television host and environmental activist, Irma Hutabarat was questioned by the Indonesian cyber police with...

Jokowi and the illusion of corruption eradication

Another one of Jokowi’s supporters gets arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi – “KPK”). The Regent of Pakpak Bharat, Remigo Yolando Berutu, was taken to the Kuningan hold yesterday (18/11/2018) on...

Rupiah will continue to weaken

IO - I have warned and written many times that Rupiah will to continue to weaken throughout 2018. There may be times when Rupiah seems to strengthen, but this will be a temporary condition,...

Divestment of Freeport shares could impose a loss to the State

IO - Indonesia has finally acquired a 51.23% stake in PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), through a sale and purchase (acquisition) transaction for 45.62% of PTFI shares at a price of USD 3.85 billion. How...

Why do countries hold international reserves?

IO - In the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis (AFC) of 1997/98, Martin Feldstein, Harvard Professor and Chairman of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors, wrote an article defining a “rule of thumb”...

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