Archive for January, 2011
Oleh Mutiara Andalas, S.J.
Saya hanya perlu berpaling ke para Yesuit di sebelah kamar untuk melihat keberagaman pendapat tentang Facebook. Seorang sahabat segera pasang paras sinis saat beberapa dari kami asyik memperbincangkan Facebook di meja makan. “Facebook? Hanya buang waktu!” Seorang rekan menimpali, ”Saya belum merasa membutuhkannya.” Keduanya di rentang usia empat puluhan. Beberapa rekan yang sering berbagi meja makan dengan paras tersipu mengaku memiliki akun, namun membatasi diri sebagai pengguna pasif. Seorang sahabat mimiknya berubah serius saat membeberkan alasannya. “Saya menolak pendangkalan hidup di kampung global (globalization of triviliazation).” Read the rest of this entry »
by Evan A. Laksmana
FOLLOWING PRESIDENT Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s re-election in November 2009, the Indonesian National Defence Forces (TNI) have undergone several structural changes, many of which escaped notice of a public distracted by the numerous political dramas unfolding in Jakarta.
Many of these changes will have significant implications for the country’s still nascent military reform process and could potentially change the entire outlook of the defence establishment. Read the rest of this entry »
by Jennie S. Bev, Dublin
We grow into multiple directions externally and internally, which we have been enduring and will continue to endure through the changes of inner weather and turmoil. As we age and grow a wee bit older every day, we take steps toward our final destination: death.
David Shields said it well, “The thing about life is that one day you’ll be dead.” Point taken and it is a point of no return. Read the rest of this entry »
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by Jennie S. Bev
Indonesia is renowned for its kind, smiling and warm-hearted people, beautiful culture, strong values, high morality and for being very religious.
By the same token, Indonesia is also enigmatic, mind-boggling and paradoxical.
Minorities have been persecuted. “Heretical” Islamic sects have been condemned, destructed and banned. Churches have been burnt, closed and destroyed. Genocide has occurred in Papua causing tens of thousands of deaths.
Porn has been banned and ministers have been judging morality based on people’s wardrobes. All kinds of corruption have remained rampant beyond belief. Read the rest of this entry »