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NO APPEALS - ACCEPT UGLY REALITY
2024-04-29 02:00
 THE COURT DECIDES, THE DOOM FOLLOWS?         As predicted in Pearls & Irritations earlier this month, an appeal by the two losing candidates in t… Read More
2024-04-16 00:41
 SO THERE, ALLAH, WE PASSED YOUR TEST                         There are five major and hundreds of minor religions in th… Read More
BETTER FLY THAN SAIL
2024-04-12 03:36
 AUSTRALIA’S BORDER FARCE                      A small group of presumed asylum… Read More
COURTING DISASTER
2024-04-09 08:26
 LOSERS WHINGE, WINNERS RULE From left:  Winner, then losers   Credit KompasA tip to take a wee shot at understanding the way of doing politics in Indonesia:  Suspen… Read More
THE MAN WHO BLEW IN SOEHARTO'S EARS
2024-04-05 04:45
 CLIVE OF INDONESIA KEEPS MUM First a confession:  I’d heard of Australian Clive Williams the late President Soeharto’s enigmatic intermediary and started searching. &n&hell…Read More
COURTING PRABOWO
2024-04-05 04:29
 UNALIGNED - OR UNDECIDED?  PRABOWO,  CHINA AND USThe pic that should stir Washington.  The pious general and the godless leaderThis week Prabowo Subianto has been in Bei… Read More
WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?  EVERYTHING
2024-03-17 03:20
 THE KRAKEN WAKES - CLOSE BY  O Judgment ! Thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason. ― William Shakespeare, Julius CaesarThe cross-eyed sidek… Read More
2024-03-11 02:46
 INDIFFERENCE KILLING DEMOCRACYA reason for Indonesians overwhelmingly supporting cashiered general Prabowo Subianto and a likely military dictatorship is because the electorate rarely… Read More
THE CLUB TO NOT JOIN
2024-03-05 10:58
A PARADE OF TALK GOING NOWHERE Count the womenASEAN has been around for so long media outlets rarely spell the full name - Association of Southeast Asian Nations.  That sounds significa… Read More
HAVE WE GOT GOODIES FOR YOU
2024-03-02 04:40
WE’RE HERE TO HELP -  TRUST US Photo:  DeTik.comDefence Minister Richard Marles telling Indonesians of “shared collective security” is irony rich. In February ne… Read More
BLEAK TIMES FORECAST
2024-03-01 03:07
 THE COMING OF FEAR If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear. ― George Orwell (Eric Blair) Later this year it&rs&hell…Read More
REGRESSION
2024-02-15 08:58
 INDONESIA CHOOSES - BACK TO THE PAST               First, the good news from Jakarta on the day after the national election.The asphalt wi… Read More
THE END OF THE ROAD TO A FAIRER SOCIETY
2024-02-14 01:46
FAREWELL DEMOCRACY There’ll be a good indicator - if not a firm result - by the time most Australians go to bed tonight.  Then we’ll know if the ferociously ambitious P… Read More
2024-02-08 23:29
 COMING SOON - D(ECISION) DAYTis the season to be electing: In 2024  four billion will pick leaders in the US, India, South Africa and 70 others. Among the first is Indonesia.&nbsp&hell…Read More
GETTING CLOSER, NASTIER
2024-01-31 02:47
 SHAFTED BY ETIQUETTE Just a fortnight to Indonesia’s big 14 February election and the mood is shifting as more than 200 million electors realise the reality - they’re being… Read More
SEA SLUG VIAGRA
2024-01-24 08:08
 SEX AND THE SEA:  SLUGS NOT FOR SHARING       Australians ended 2023 to shock-horror reports of "the largest cohort of foreign fishers to be detained in o… Read More
HARMLESS FOLK FOR SURE
2024-01-23 09:01
 THE DELIGHTFUL DUOIt looks like a student parody of two pretenders to the throne, but this is from a street poster promoting candidates for the Gerindra Party, cashiered former general… Read More
POWERFUL PLANS,  POWERLESS REALITY
2024-01-21 06:56
 FIVE REASONS WHY INDONESIA’S EV PLAN IS POWERLESS   Duncan GrahamTo an Indonesian conservationist all lights look green.The wondrous 16,000-island archipelago has nicke… Read More
CAMPAIGN FATIGUE
2024-01-10 01:51
 YAWNING DEMOCRACY IN INDONESIA Is it possible to overdose on politics?  In Indonesia, yes. There’s a month left before the 14 February deciding date - and the road signs are… Read More
CAN GIBRAN BE HIS OWN MAN?
2024-01-04 03:44
 GOODISH GUY IN BAD COMPANY Gibran Rakabuming Raka is smarter than his stolid Dad Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo, President of our huge neighbour since 2014.  As Vice President Gibran c… Read More
INDONESIA'S  MORAL DILEMMA
2023-12-12 10:58
 BOAT PEOPLE’S HOPES BEACHEDThe Monsoon rains are moving south and the people smugglers are back in business. Duncan Graham reports from a remote beach in northwest Indonesia… Read More
THE CITY THAT NEVER KEEPS
2023-12-04 08:17
 REVENGE OF THE JUNGLE LOOMSIndonesia’s biggest-ever civil engineering project deep in Borneo’s equatorial jungle should supposedly address a serious  social and enviro… Read More
INDONESIA'S TRUMP - NO FRIEND NEXT DOOR
2023-11-29 01:18
FASCISM -THE FEAR THAT’S NEAR Credit:  Inside Indonesia Could Australia face a fascist leader next door after the Indonesian Presidential election in February? That&rsqu&hell…Read More
THE BEAUTIES AND THE BEASTS
2023-11-28 05:07
 SAYING IT IN STONE  - OR PLASTER Visitors to Bali will have admired the statues of events from Hindu ancestry - or just playful advertising.  Either way the sculpture sk… Read More
BUGGER OFF
2023-11-27 06:57
 At last - the Oz media recognises IndonesiaWhadya reckon - an update on the bruising election campaign? A thoughtful piece about Indonesia's US$22 billion debt to China? A serious conc… Read More
CREATING A UNIFORM STATE
2023-11-17 23:46
 BACK WHERE THEY DON’T BELONG                        In Indonesia old soldiers never die; they just infi… Read More
FEAR OF TRADING
2023-11-05 01:07
 THE CLUMSY NATION CAN’T GET TRADE TRACTION We claim to be traders but less than four per cent of our goods head to Southeast Asia - a market of more than 688 million. Trade… Read More
STEP UP TO GREAT EVENTS - IF YOU CAN
2023-11-01 00:28
 IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD - AND IT WAS UWRFUWRF founder and energiser Janet DeNeefe Was this year’s Ubud Writers and Readers Festival worthwhile? My word - the peop… Read More
MR CLEAN GETS DIRTY
2023-10-24 08:20
 The making of a dynasty and unmaking of democracy                     Indonesian politics are played hard. Corruption i… Read More
GRETA IN THE TROPICS
2023-10-08 09:00
 MUD LADY MAKES CONSERVATION COOL               She’s Indonesia’s Greta Thunberg minus the environmental activist’s Swedis… Read More
THE SILENT WAR GETS LOUDER
2023-09-01 02:37
 TROUBLES NEXT DOOR? NOT OUR PROBLEM                         An Australian academic is risking an eruptio… Read More
DIY PRIDE
2023-08-16 02:36
 INDONESIA HAS WHAT WE LACK - A DAY OF UNITY                        &n&hell…Read More
BARBIE MAKES A DASH IN ASEAN
2023-07-13 05:19
                      IT'S A DOLL'S LIFE  Geo-politics is played on a world chessboard often by sad oldies in sober… Read More
FAR TOO LITTLE, FAR TOO LATE
2023-07-04 02:09
 A  genocide howling for an apology gets ‘regrets' Before he left for a brief trip to Sydney, Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo took a stab… Read More
KILLING 'EM SOFTLY
2023-06-06 02:12
Be a man, consume till it kills. It will                                         &nbs&hell…Read More
2023-04-10 12:23
 Butchering the BardWarning:  Some readers may find the details below offensive, as they involve dismemberment.This is a story of a murder, the torture and despatch of our beloved… Read More
TIS THE SEASON FOR NOISE
2023-04-02 05:01
            Wake in fright but fear not; Ramadan’s hereCredit: Anadolu Agency It’s 1444 on the Islamic calendar and the holy month of… Read More
FAME AT LAST VIA SLANK
2023-03-24 11:55
SLANK SPECIALCopy this link and click to watch and hear President Joko Widodo's favourite group with our song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gkGKdwbcAMIgnore the ads at the startSlan… Read More
GETTING AWAY WITH GASSING GAME
2023-03-24 01:54
     Indonesia’s untouchables stay that way The outcome of a massive police-caused tragedy on Indonesia’s Java Island  got less media coverage than a sil… Read More
TRASH TALK FOR YOU, ME, US
2023-03-19 08:04
WANT TO CHANGE BAD WAYS?  SHOW HOW Yong Ardinal doesn’t have to roll up his trousers and wade into the brown stream.  He’s an entrepreneur employing many locals to do t… Read More
BEYOND BEYONCE -  BENCHMARKING MALANG
2023-02-18 05:30
 Visit Malang Where Satire’s Real DepositphotosThis story was going to start by saying Beyoncé winning the Grammys was a godsend to the Indonesian media, but on reflection… Read More
2023-02-12 09:20
 The ABC of talking to neighbours  Image:  ABCDo we care how others see us? Not much if our prime showcase ABC Australia is a guide. It seems Corporation managers take a… Read More
SILENCING THE OUTCAST
2023-01-30 02:23
     What’s in a name?  EverythingCredit:  British VogueIn the applause showered on Jacinda Ardern at the close of her term there’s one credit missing: T… Read More
MOTHER KNOWS BEST- SHE SAYS
2023-01-29 00:43
  King-maker queen could call our neighbour’s pres Credit: PDIPIndonesia is a republic, though that’s hard to believe when a queen will decide who’s likely to be the… Read More
2023-01-26 07:11
   Sorry business should be sooner and sincereWhen is a purge a genocide? When a young Australian researcher finds solid   evidence that’s long eluded international scho… Read More
WHEN PRAM MET MAX THE WORLD AWOKE
2023-01-26 06:33
How an Australian freed an unfinished nation’s history   Our relationships with Indonesia are usually measured through stories of terror and disaster, aid and trade, rarely anythi… Read More
SEEING BALI SENSITIVELY
2023-01-10 08:26
 The searcher who cared and sharedJohn Darling making Lempad of Bali Through special visas Sandiago Uno wants access to the wallets of ‘digital nomads’, Gen Zedders wit… Read More
MALANG PREPARES
2022-12-21 01:24
  Season’s Fearings Will it be safe for Christians this Saturday night in Indonesia?  The signs of the festive season used to be plastic mistletoe and corflute Santas in shop… Read More
NOT WED?  THEN NO DOUBLE BED IN BALI
2022-12-09 02:25
Lock your bedroom:  The state is pervingTRAVEL WARNING:  Don't do this in Bali without a certificateThe G 20 in Bali last month was a splendid success – and not just because… Read More
ALL THE WAY WITH THE USA
2022-12-06 00:34
    Forgive thine enemies, let losers looseLOSERS WHO WIN: Prabowo Subianto (l) and Sandiaga Uno (Kompas) Americans will get to the ballot box in late 2024.  Such is our… Read More
SECOND HOME- OR COSTLY STAY-OVER?
2022-11-20 08:00
Why wait for paradise? Enjoy now, die later As the end draws near and the dullness of suburbia hardens like arteries, retirement wakens old dreams.  If only we’d been more adve… Read More
2022-11-18 03:15
       How did Dag die? The Indonesian connection More than six decades after his plane crashed it remains the great Cold War mystery: Was UN secretary-general (1953-61)… Read More
2022-11-07 07:37
INDONESIA’S RICHES - TOO PRECIOUS TO EXPORT  To the Europeans and before them the Arabs and Indians, the lure of the archipelago was resources and trade.That’s still the cas… Read More
FIRST WED, THEN BED
2022-11-05 03:28
Sex, drugs and confusion  Bali tourism is slowly picking up as Covid apparently retreats. The new threats are laws on drugs, religion and sex.  All set for an Indonesian h… Read More
GASSED BY COPS
2022-10-13 06:51
        The raging signs of troubled timesThe most widespread slogan stencilled on the Indonesian city’s walls, scrawled on posters, splashed on bedsheets… Read More
THE CHINESE THREAT - DEBT
2022-09-15 03:47
                 How China is muscling Indonesia Unlike Australians, Indonesians don’t fear war with China… Read More

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