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Blogs are Global Forum for Homespun Ideas

[Read directly at The Jakarta Globe.] by Tasa Nugraza Barley “Blogs are naked conversations where you have no editing process. Communication can be very objective or biased,” said Jennie Siat Bevlyadi, 39, who has been blogging since 2004. Born and raised in...

An education in life

 by Jennie S. Bev  In Indonesia, I went to a top-tier high school in Jakarta and the best university in the nation. In the United States, I didn’t go to an Ivy League school, instead I went to a state university and a so-so private university. Still, I did my master’s...

On the carpenter and resurrection

by Jennie S. Bev Two millennia ago, a simple man from Nazareth made his debut in the world of politics and religion by starting a minuscule Jewish sect. Jesus was a humble man whose values and virtues were remarkable. He was inspiring to all mankind, and Christians...

The marriage of politics and economics

by Jennie S. Bev Politics and economics make an incredibly sexy partnership. Their erotic affair is based on influencing people, getting them to respond to desires. According to Thomas Sowell, a Stanford-based economist, political decisions tend to be categorical or...

This election, a little Socrates for debate

by Jennie S. Bev Prior to Socrates (469-399 BC), there were the Monists and the Sophists. While the Monists subscribed to superstitious primitive beliefs, the Sophists were much more sophisticated. They taught and philosophized. Above all, they were well-versed in the...

Fighting crimes against humanity

by Jennie S. Bev Wednesday was the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We have come a long way from the first legal system, which was Hammurabi’s Code; to the universal concept of jus gentium; to the Magna Carta; to the first...

Writing for an imaginary homeland

by Jennie S. Bev Everything starts with words. Throughout history, every individual of any degree of importance in society has had at least one book and multiple short pieces written by, inspired by, or dedicated to him or her. Every major event and phenomenon is...

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