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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...

Celebration of the Brave and Honest

[Read Directly on TheJakartaPost.com] by Jennie M. Xue Most people in the world celebrate the wealthy and brave. A combination of these would result in something spectacular. Honesty, however, is often placed in the backseat. We often pray that our children grow up to...

Jesus, Peace, and Activism

[Read directly on TheJakartaPost.com.] by Jennie M. Xue Merry Christmas, world! December is always a special month of the year. Jesus Christ (JC) was the Prince of Peace. He embodied peace not only with his words, but more importantly with his actions. He is known...

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...

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 country is often...

What the Year of the Horse Means

    Read directly on The Jakarta Post. by Jennie M. Xue and Michael J. Rahardjo, Singapore and Jakarta According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the year 2565 is the Year of the Wooden Horse. With the horse as the strongest “fire” animal in the 12 zodiacs, it is...

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 single”....

The Rise of Mayors in the World

  Republished by The Malaysian Insider by Jennie S. Bev, Singapore Top world-class mayors are New York City’s Michael Bloomberg, Newark’s Cory Booker, and now Jakarta’s dynamic duo of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama. City-level rulers are not...

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...

Religion is Sweet Poison, Heaven is a State of Mind

[Read on TheJakartaPost.com] by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara I’m a believer. I have written about this many times. I don’t deny that I still believe that Christ is the ultimate Savior and Saint Mary is the mother of all creatures, big and small.  Yet, I also acknowledge...

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