Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Neoliberalism indirectly muddies economy, bans presidential candidates in Acronymesia

May 23, 2009

In a turn of events that has already come to be known as the dirty neoliberal conspiracy, all six presidential and vice presidential candidates have been banned from participating in the upcoming election, and the heart of the country’s economy is literally covered in mud. (more…)

Political Analysis

April 16, 2009

So it now appears that Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Golden Bridge has come crashing down as the points of Golkar’s Golden Triangle get sharp with each other. 

In truth, the coalitions— the bridge of the Democratic Party/ the National Awakening Party, or PKS/ the National Mandate Party, or PAN; and the triangle of Golkar/ The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P/ the United Development Party, or PPP —were doomed to fail. 

Voters were always going to be overwhelmed by a number of considerations, the most pressing: that the bridge and the triangle were both golden. The use of the same metal by the two coalitions would have been problematic for voters, who have already expressed concern about being able to distinguish between candidates given the similarity of their policies, party colors and equal payment rates for rally attendance and voting. (more…)

My left pinky still has ink stain on it.

April 15, 2009

Disclaimer: This entry might be boring and too self-indulgent for your liking. Just giving an early notification. If you don’t mind that, carry on.

I voted last week. I almost didn’t because I was lazy. I had to go to my hometown, which was around an hour and a half long from the capital, to vote because I’m registered there. And that morning on April 9, the buses to that city were hard to find.


Global crisis and end to Bakrie’s political career

November 18, 2008
Aburizal Bakrie (iPhA/Anton)

The global crisis is taking its toll on Indonesia’s richest. A political analyst says that Aburizal Bakrie, the Coordinating Minister of Welfare-cum-the richest man in Indonesia according to Forbes Asia Magazine, is losing his political clout as stocks across his business empire’s plummet.


The Frankenstein of Feminism

October 23, 2008

“The beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.”
Dr. Victor Frankenstein, upon viewing his creation.

The rise of Sarah Palin has been a great source of amusement to me, a teeny weeeeny bit because of the distress it’s brought on the liberal women’s movement, leftists, et. al. (more…)

I’m too sexy for this porn bill

September 18, 2008

It looks like the anti-pornography bill that conservative parties in Indonesia have been trying to get passed, in various forms, over the last few years is going to make it this time round. It’s being hailed by its supporters as a gift to the people during the holy month.

The civil libertarians are up in (probably uncovered) arms about it. So, it’s going to affect tourism, impact on the rights of women, criminalize victims of prostitution and contravene human rights legislation. It could potentially outlaw poetry, works of art, literature — and bikinis in Bali. 

Blah-di blah blah, I say.