Friday, August 23, 2019 | 23:40 WIB

Debt against productivity

IO - The dogmatic conviction that our national debt is still at a safe level, as it is below 60% of GDP, is today being seriously contested. The Government has repeatedly explained to the public...

Backroom deals, money politics and flawed presidencies

IO - As we get closer to the 2019 presidential elections, it is almost a foregone conclusion how it will be covered in the international media.The narrative you will be reading is something like...

The Greatest Deal?

IO - Donald Trump’s decision to meet North Korea’s dicta­tor, Kim Jung Un, has been widely viewed as abrupt and a huge gamble. Abrupt because it is a common wisdom a presi­dential summit is...

Inequality in Indonesia and Role of Agriculture Sector

IO - In recent years BPS reported that the inequality of income of the population in Indonesia successfully reduced. In 2014, the inequality, measured by the Gini Ratio is 0.414 and lowered to 0.391...

Tax transparency and the shadow economy

IO - The ‘Era of Information Transparency’ is upon us. Tax cheats are discovering there is nowhere to hide from the taxman any longer, as more than 100 countries, including Indonesia, have come together...

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...

The Problem with Asmat

IO - In a recent event at the University of Indonesia celebrating its sixty-eighth anniversary, Zaadit Taqwa, who heads the Student Executive Board, stood up in silent protest after a short speech by President...

The Indonesian infrastructure dilemma

IO - Ever since the New Order (1966~1998), Indonesia has faltered in terms of infrastructure development. Therefore, the measures President Jokowi has taken to build infrastructure should be appreciated, so that Indonesia can compete...

Is economic globalization a failure?

Globalization as an economic ideal was first introduced by former American president Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) and former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher (1979-1990). The essence is that the entire world economy will become more...

Democracy under threat

All of the political pundits have said it. Global indexes have given the argument even more validity. We have sensed it by merely reading the daily news, where country after country has fallen prey...

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