Defense against the Dark Arts

I wrote this for the Jakarta Post on July 28, 2004. A few weeks after that Newmont became my client and I consulted with them for six months but we parted ways by the begining of 2005. Just suppose, for a moment, that you are the management of Newmont. And suppose that you have operatedContinue reading “Defense against the Dark Arts”

Governing via text messages

This first appeared in The Jakarta Post but was picked up by The Star on 3 July 2005 JAKARTA: We in Indonesia are so fortunate to have a President who embraces technology. After giving out his cell phone number and setting up an “SMS-line” for public complaints, the tech-savvy President has now taken a boldContinue reading “Governing via text messages”


This was published as an opinion piece in the Jakarta Post on 3 July 2003 Restrictions and pressures from the TNI over reporting in Aceh, libel suits from businessmen like Tomy Winata against Tempo weekly, Texmaco boss Marimutu Sinivasan against Tempo and Kompas daily, as well as politicians Akbar Tandjung and President Megawati Soekarnoputri againstContinue reading “THREATS AGAINST THE PRESS – MEDIA IS ITS OWN ENEMY”

The Mega metamorphosis is great but rather late

This is an opinion piece I wrote for The Jakarta Post on September 16, 2004 There has been a fundamental shift in how President Megawati Soekarnoputri communicates. The Megawati we saw during Tuesday night's presidential "dialog" was definitely a different one from the Megawati in the first round of presidential dialogs weeks ago. Mega watchersContinue reading “The Mega metamorphosis is great but rather late”