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Elections and the Big Business of Politics

[Read directly on Magdalene.co] by Jennie M. Xue The 2017 Regional Elections next week, which is known by its Indonesian abbreviation as Pilkada, is the battleground for the so-called three-pronged “businesses of politics,” which comprise the candidates, the sponsors,...

Indonesia among the Worst Mercantilists?

[Download PDF JAKARTA POST Indonesia among the worst mercantilists?] by Jennie M. Xue According to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation based in Washington, DC, Indonesia is among the countries that turn to “innovation mercantilism”, which is a...

Ending Islamophilia This Ramadhan

by Jennie M. Xue Ramadhan is now upon us again. Every year, Muslims around the world are engaged in a special month where they fast, read the Koran, and be more charitable and more generous to the unfortunates. It’s a special month for the Muslims, which must be...

Populasi, Iran, dan Indonesia

[Baca langsung di PrismaIndonesia.com.] oleh Jennie M. Xue Antara tahun 2050 hingga akhir abad ini, bumi akan dihuni oleh 10 miliar jiwa dan 70 persennya akan bermukim di lingkungan urban. Secara alami, banyak hal akan berubah secara drastis ketika populasi sebesar...

Becoming a “Good” Country

Download PDF: FORBES August 2014 Becoming a Good Country by Jennie M. Xue Indonesia’s international image isn’t rosy. It’s a fact that we must humbly acknowledge. A random survey of Americans would say that Indonesia is “part of Bali.” More than ever before, a...

Sixteen Years ago in May

[Read directly on TheJakartaPost.com.] by Jennie M. Xue and MJ Rahardjo Sixteen years ago in mid-May, we were in Jakarta. We saw firsthand the burning of properties and cars on the streets. Masses of people looted houses and stores. Until this very day, the alleged...

Voting for Our President

[Read directly on The Jakarta Post.] by Jennie M. Xue and MJ Rahardjo, Jakarta Which candidate should we vote for in the upcoming presidential election? Every voter has his or her own favorite. However, oftentimes the person we see in public has been fabricated and...

Bubble atau Booming Ekonomi

Download KONTAN Weekly Bubble atau Booming Ekonomi oleh Jennie M. Xue Every party must come to an end. Everything that goes up must come down. Setiap pesta pasti berakhir. Apa pun yang naik, pasti akan turun kembali. Ini bukan prinsip ekonomi. Ini prinsip alam....

In Search of a Secular President

  [Read directly on The Jakarta Post and The Malaysian Insider.] by Jennie M. Xue and Michael J. Rahardjo, Jakarta Indonesia is in dire need of a secular president because it is a secular country by law.  The de jure fact that Indonesia is a secular...

No Pain, No Gain. No Work, No Pay

  by Jennie S. Bev, Jakarta As a writer, I measure my productivity based on words per hour. In a good day, I would be able to complete at least 6,000 words or 7 short articles like this one or one long-form journalism ebook popularized by Amazon as a “Kindle...

Welfare State, Mati di Eropa, Lahir di AS

[Baca langsung di JaringNews.com.] Baikkah bagi Indonesia untuk mengambil jalan welfare state? CALIFORNIA, Jaringnews.com - Pada tanggal 19 September 2013, Raja Belanda Willem-Alexander mengeluarkan pernyataan mengejutkan:Welfare state Belanda sudah tamat....

Lima Belas Tahun Tragedi Mei 1998

oleh Jennie S. Bev Tragedi Mei 1998 telah berlalu 15 tahun. Era Reformasi juga telah berjalan 15 tahun. Banyak tanda tanya yang masih belum terjawab. Apa yang sesungguhnya menyebabkan terjadinya tragedi yang menghancurkan demikian banyak tubuh, jiwa, harta benda, dan...

Fifteen Years after the May Tragedy

by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara This year, we are commemorating 15 years since the May 1998 tragedy in Indonesia and 12 years since the 9/11 tragedy in New York. These two incidents marked important milestones in many people’s lives. The former woke me up from innocence...

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