Apathy and corruption in the archipelago

As an American, I’m used to the endless campaign cycle. In the months and years before a presidential election, we are inundated with advertisements and news about candidates. It’s difficult to turn on the TV or listen to the radio without the election being mentioned. Elections often breed awkward family functions, rambunctious debates with friends,…

Parading for Jokowi

“As April’s parliamentary elections approach, Indonesians get more and more passionate about their favorite presidential candidates. In Yogyakarta, a parade promotes Joko Widodo (affectionately known as Jokowi) with masks, dancers, and trademark ‘Jokowi’ plaid shirts. Jokowi, who appeals to the public because of his honest and approachable image, is not yet an official candidate, but many…

Newsful: November 4 – November 11

The biggest global scandal finally hit Indonesia this week. The latest series of leaks by Edward Snowden revealed the United States spied on Indonesian citizens and public officials. By using antennas on the roofs of different Australian compounds in Indonesia, the United States intercepted phone calls and emails of Indonesians. Even more alarming, the officials…