Looking in from outside: A foreigner’s perspective of Indonesia (3, final)

October 9th, 2010 alaksir Posted in Travel, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

The last post from Caoimhín about this topic. It’s a long time coming, but very much worth the wait.

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Looking in from outside: A foreigner’s perspective of Indonesia (2)

December 3rd, 2009 alaksir Posted in Guest Posts, Travel | 16 Comments »

SE Asia tectonic map

Continuing this series, Caoimhín gives another introduction to Indonesia from a geographical perspective. You will also read the result of his research on how the present archipelago now known as Indonesia came to be.

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Looking in from outside: A foreigner’s perspective of Indonesia (1)

November 21st, 2009 alaksir Posted in Guest Posts, Travel | 14 Comments »

Indonesia map

This is the first part of a series of guest posts by a good friend of mine Caoimhín of the Clan Raven Cub blog listed here on the left panel under Blogs you should check out. Caoimhín will try to introduce foreigners to Indonesia, starting off from what is known popularly, particularly in the West.

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Is cigarette tax increase necessary?

November 19th, 2009 alaksir Posted in Business news, Smoking | 491 Comments »

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Government just announced yesterday they will increase cigarette excise tax by about 15% starting next year. But is it really necessary to keep increasing a tax that mostly impacts the poor?

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Lirboyo school administrator denies talk about Facebook

May 22nd, 2009 alaksir Posted in Current events, Indonesian news in English | 84 Comments »

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Indonesian Islamic scholars want to rule everything from yoga to smoking, and voting to,… ‘facebooking?’

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Shut up and take things in good faith

May 8th, 2009 alaksir Posted in Current events, Opinion | 249 Comments »

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The MUI strikes again. This time it takes up arms against their old porcine foe who is hell bent on conquering the earth.

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Democracy is ugly, but is all we have

March 22nd, 2009 alaksir Posted in Opinion | 22 Comments »

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Campaign season has begun with all the unpleasantness that entails. What does democracy mean to us besides the traffic jams, the unbelievably ridiculous statements by political pundits and the unbearably chaotic campaign banners polluting our streets?

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Kalimantan railway track development set to begin this year

February 2nd, 2009 alaksir Posted in Business news | 3 Comments »

Map of Kalimantan

The planned development of the first railway track in Kalimantan will commence in May this year. The track will facilitate coal transportation from the northern part of the province directly to the seaport.

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MUI and good example of disastrous media handling

February 1st, 2009 alaksir Posted in Current events, Opinion | 5 Comments »

The Indonesian Council of Islamic Scholars

There’s been much attention given to the Indonesian Council of Islamic Scholars (MUI) by the media lately, with its recent decision to issue fatwa on a number of issues, including yoga and smoking, and its inclusion in Transparency International’s latest survey on corruption and bribery perception as a public service institution that is prone to receive bribe money. How do these look in the media? Awful.

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Novus Puncak can be your answer for a short refreshing break

January 24th, 2009 alaksir Posted in Travel | 39 Comments »

This mountain resort and spa could be just what Jakartans need to get a relaxing experience for only a 2-hour drive from the city.

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