Category Archives: Indonesia

Land of many faces

By: Kishore Mahbubani

Indonesia Has Played a Heroic Role in the Transformation of Asia

I have no doubts that Indonesia will be part of this great transformation of Asia. Indeed, Indonesia has already played a heroic role in the transformation of Asia. lt has successfully made one of the most difficult transitions any society has to make: the transition to full democracy. This is a remarkable story which has not been fully understood by the world.
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Land of Wonders, Sea of Sensations

A Lovable Indonesia

Indonesia. A land of wonders, a sea of sensations. A spectacular display of nature at its finest. A grand gesture of warmth and kindness of the more than 200 million lives that call Indonesia home. An astounding assortment of rich history and genuine desire for a brighter future.
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By: Wimar Witoelar

Suharto Escapes Trial, But Indonesia Does Not

This is the original version of the article that appears on the back page of TIME magazine (Asia edition Vol. 171, No. 6, February 11,2008). The edited version is published under the title "The Soeharto Effect". Different emphasis, related message. Suharto did a lot of good, but his corruption and atrocities did permanent damage to Indonesia. TIME omitted references to the implications for today's public.
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Ilustrasi Soeharto dan “The Last Supper”

Perlukah Tempo Minta Maaf?

Kiranya iman umat Kristiani dan umat beriman lainnya (beriman tidak sama dengan beragama) jauh lebih mendalam ketimbang interpretasi sebuah karya seni buatan manusia. Umat beriman tidak akan mudah tersinggung ketika karya manusia dijadikan anekdot, sebab iman mereka bersumber dari Yang Maha Illahi dan bukan sekedar ikon dekoratif – karya seorang maestro sekalipun.
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By: Seth Mydans / New York Times

A Resilient Indonesia Moves Beyond Suharto

From one of the most centralized and controlled countries in the region, it has transformed itself into one of the most decentralized, free, open and self-regulating. From a brutal and corrupt regime under the heel of the military, it has become the standard bearer of democracy in Southeast Asia. It stands out for its political liberalism at a time when coups and coup attempts have discredited the region’s two exemplars of democracy, Thailand and the Philippines.
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Celotehan tentang Indonesia dan Dunia

Bicara tentang Indonesia dan dunia niscaya tidak akan selesai dalam sepuluh halaman, seratus halaman, seribu halaman sekalipun. Sedemikian banyak aspek dan interaksi diantara keduanya dengan jutaan fakta dan ribuan opini. Tulisan atau lebih tepatnya, “celotehan” yang dituliskan ini hanya ingin bercerita sedikit tentang beberapa aspek pilihan yang mungkin kurang ditampilkan dalam diskusi publik. Tulisan ini bukan tulisan ilmiah dan bukan pula essai komprehensif.
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By: Philip Bowring / International Herald Tribune

The Invisible Giant of Southeast Asia

While the outside world gets excited over the economic rise of China and India, it seldom stops to notice the equally remarkable transformation of Indonesian politics in the 10 years since the downfall of the 30-year authoritarian rule of President Suharto.
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By: Nawa Tunggal / Kompas

Potential Production of Second Generation Biofuels

Indonesia has a huge potential to produce second generation biofuel that can be produced from waste, residue, and non-crop plants. Second generation biofuel does not compete with sugarcane, corn, wheat, palmoil, or other plants that require large area of land such as jatropha.
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Oleh: Nawa Tunggal / Kompas

Bahan Bakar Alternatif Potensi Produksi “Biofuel” Generasi II

Indonesia memiliki potensi besar untuk memproduksi generasi kedua biofuel yang dapat dihasilkan dari limbah, residu, serta tanaman nonpangan. Generasi kedua biofuel ini tidak "memakan" tanaman tebu, jagung, kedelai, minyak sawit, ataupun bahan baku yang membutuhkan area lahan seperti biji jarak pagar.
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