Category Archives: Indonesia

Presidential Debate II: Muddling through the muddle

While watching the second presidential debate last night, one of my colleagues posted a trenchant commentary on the progress of the debate at-a-glance: To Unspun, it really summed up the debate last night: a muddle of unoriginal thoughts, lacking a … Continue reading

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Making sense of the first Presidential debate

Like most people living in Indonesia, Unspun’s impression of the presidential candidates had been confined mainly to a diet of TV newscasts, print news stories and the endless rhetoric – for one side or another – on social media. So like most … Continue reading

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End of the road for another Jakarta icon?

The Stadium is sleazy and unsavoury but it was one of those landmarks that added color to Jakarta. Just like the Tanamur from years back. Anyone remember Tanamur? Ahok to shut Stadium club after cop’s overdose death | The Jakarta … Continue reading

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The Komodo Dragon is one awe-inspiring creature, quite terrifying when you get near. Even when it is ostentatiously asleep you’ll never be sure what will happen if it decides to wake up or get pissed off.  

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Mayday Special: Something stinks in Indonesia but its not the workers

Ah! how the world has changed. There was once upon a time where the needs of labourers were essential items that occupied the lower rung of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs like shelter, food, decent wages. But that was in the Dark … Continue reading

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JIS and all those unasked questions

Last Thursday Unspun attended the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club’s discussion on child abuse, where Jakarta International School headmaster Tim Carr volunteered to be a speaker. The other speakers were Seto Mulyadi from the National Commission on Child Protection and Child … Continue reading

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Repent all ye skeptics: Gen. Moeldoko’s watch is a fake

Hush ye of little faith! The Indonesian Military does not indulge in corruption. So all the skeptics who thought that Armed Forces Commander General Moeldoko was wearing a US$100,000 Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa Flyback – and therefore may be … Continue reading

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The JIS case: It never rains but it pours

One of the characteristics of a crisis-like situation is that when you think that things can’t get worse, they do. It now turns out that a “prolific” child predator, who taught at the Jakarta International School (JIS) about 2 decades … Continue reading

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Sunset, off Labuan Bajo, Flores

It was promising to be a bit of a disaster. Our speedboat had engine failure on one of its two outboard motors. Then it ran out of fuel running on one motor. We were stuck in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Lessons from JIS’s late communications

After a week of silence since news broke on the child molestation case, JIS finally broke the silence and called a press conference. At the press conference, the school’s headmaster Tim Carr covered at least 2 of the 3Rs of crisis communications: … Continue reading

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