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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,...

Iowa Caucus, Primaries and US Presidential Campaign

by Jennie M. Xue It’s time of every four years again. This year, Americans vote for their new president. The first caucus has been done in Iowa on February 1st, 2016. Expectedly, pundits have been commenting on its relevancy today, whether a caucus’ result is...

Non-Killing and International Day of Non-Violence

by Jennie M. Xue October 2nd is The International Day of Non-Violence, which is the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi (born on October 2, 1869). He was the leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of...

Mengapa dan Sampai Kapan Harga BBM Menurun?

[Baca langsung di Selasar.com.] oleh Jennie M. Xue Predikisi di awal tahun 2000an bahwa minyak bumi sudah sangat menipis berpuncak di tahun 2008 dengan harga minyak mentah per barel $150. Ajaibnya, harga minyak mentah sejak itu menurun drastis, bahkan saat ini...

Supremasi K-Pop

KONTAN Weekly Supremasi K-Pop by Jennie M. Xue Abad ini adalah Abad Asia. Bukti yang bisa kita amati sehari-hari antara lain produk-produk buatan offshore outsourcing Tiongkok dengan merek-merek Jepang dan Korea. Kopi bernuansa internasional yang disuguhi di Starbucks...

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...

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....

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...

Tantangan Demokrasi: Mengelola Krisis Kepercayaan

[Baca langsung di JaringNews.com] oleh Jennie S. Bev Para “wakil rakyat” yang dipilih oleh rakyat sering kali mendesain kebijakan yang menguntungkan mereka, keluarga mereka, dan mereka yang mempunyai kepentingan yang sama dengan mereka. CALIFORNIA,...

Hattanomics and Political Bubbles

by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara After Widjojonomics and Habibienomics, we are now in the Hattanomics era, a term referring to the policies of Coordinating Minister of Economics Hatta Rajasa and popularized by Kevin O’Rouke in “The Politics of Indonesia’s Protectionism”...

Edward Snowden: Mata-Mata atau Peniup Peluit?

  [Baca langsung di Koran Tempo.] oleh Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara Ternyata kita sudah hidup seperti yang digambarkan dalam film-film thriller di masa depan. Setiap gerak-gerik kita sudah dideteksi secara digital. Apakah sebenarnya di dalam diri kita sudah...

An Unlikely Asian Century

   [Read directly at TheJakartaPost.com][Republished by Asia News Network.]  by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara The 19th century was the European century, the 20th century was the American century and the 21st century is believed to be an Asian century....

Nobel Peace Prize for Europe: Good or Bad Decision?

[Read directly at TheJakartaPost.com.] by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize goes to the European Union (EU). Yes, not to an individual, like Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for advocating girls’ right to an...

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