One small step for a Muslim, one giant leap for our eardrums?

Apres lui, le déluge? One can only hope Indonesian Wins Rare Victory Against Noisy Mosque | The Jakarta Globe Banda Aceh. An elderly Indonesian said Monday he had won a rare victory against a noisy mosque, despite being forced to withdraw legal action after an angry mob threatened to kill him. Complaints against the loud…

Najib and the PSYchology of BN persuasion

Unspun mudik-ed to his kampung in Malaysia for the Chinese New Year and was tickled pink by the desperate efforts of the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s attempt to shore up his support among the Chinese community for the upcoming national elections that must be held  in the first half of this year. The…

The vibrancy of The Jakarta Globe’s editorial pages

The vibrancy of a newspaper’s opinion page usually lies with the letters to the editor, arguing for or against a proffered opinion from its stable of writers. By this measure The Jakarta Globe certainly has a vibrant editorial page, if only online. The recent opinion piece by Berita Satu Media Holdings group publisher (below) is…

How the Foke solves traffic problems

Unspun thinks that critics are unnecessarily unkind to Jakarta Governor and gubernatorial candidate Fauzi Bowo, aka The Foke. The man is beleaguered by the problems of a huge megapolis that are not easy to solve but when confronted by a problem he wastes no time to rise to the occassion. Take, for instance, his resourcefulness…

Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunts and Habib Rizieq’s FPI

Here are two different but fascinating stories. It takes place in different countries and different times, but they both tell the story about how you can fool (and intimidate) all the people some of the time but  not all the people all the time. The first is set in the US in the 1950s, when…

Bringing the efficiencies of the Bumi boardroom to the government

Would how a man run his business be an indication of how he would run the country if he were president? Assume this is true and we would have an interesting thought exercise of how Bakrie would run Indonesia. Imagine Indonesia in 2015. An anti corruption group, headed by a prominent Indonesian whose credibility and…

The desperation behind move to abolish Malaysia’s Press Law

Unspun’s alter ego had his five micro-seconds of fame in the Malaysian newspaper The Star this morning. And since Unspun’s an advocate that bloggers mainly put a context to news items let me put the context on the news item below. The Printing Presses and Publications Act in Malaysia is a law that successive Malaysian…

Kompas’ strange apology to Malaysian PM Najib Razak

In Indonesia Kompas is the most respected newspaper in the land. It has the highest circulation (observers put it at about 500,000 but its difficult to tell as no paper is subjected to the Audit Bureau of Circulation here). It is very conservative and very careful about what it writes, so much so that sometimes…

A social media revolution in the making in Pakistan?

Indonesian bloggers Hanny “beradadisini”,  Nonadita and Unspun were fortunate enough to be invited to Pakistan’s 1st Social Media Summit on June 11 in Karachi. We had a fabulous time and observed that the energy, behavior and enthusiasm of the 150 or so bloggers who attended, if they were indicative of the online community there, was…

The Globe blazes a path in intellectual parrying

Isn’t free speech a wonderful thing? And The Jakarta Globe seems to be pioneering the spirit of the cut and thrust of intellectual parrying to unprecedented great heights to preserve the precious right to freedom. Last Friday avid readers of The Jakarta Globe were treated to a seemingly no-holds-barred criticism of President SBY for canceling…

Indonesia, the land of the free(dom) of information

Unspun was invited together with a few other bloggers and Danny Oei from Kaskus.us to a lunch with visiting US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero  yesterday and the subject of online information flows and freedom of expression naturally cropped up. One of the interesting points that emerged during the…