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Puncak in Ruins, Part 5: The AnthroLOLogist in Ruins

This post is the fifth of five in a series. The first is: “Puncak in Ruins, Part 1: Arrival Scene” The second is: “Puncak in Ruins, Part 2: Lost Detour” The third is “Puncak in Ruins, Part 3: The Year of Living Dangerously” … Continue reading

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Puncak in Ruins, Part 4: Return to Villa Kota Gardenia

This post is the fourth of five in a series. The first is: “Puncak in Ruins, Part 1: Arrival Scene” The second is: “Puncak in Ruins, Part 2: Lost Detour” The third is “Puncak in Ruins, Part 3: The Year … Continue reading

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Puncak in Ruins, Part 3: The Year of Living Dangerously

This post is the third of five in a series. The first is: “Puncak in Ruins, Part 1: Arrival Scene” The second is: “Puncak in Ruins, Part 2: Lost Detour” In the middle of Peter Weir’s 1982 film The Year … Continue reading

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Puncak in Ruins, Part 1: Arrival Scene

“there is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.” —  Walter Benjamin Driving through Puncak Pass in the mountain resort area of Cianjur in West Java, Dezant and I pulled over into … Continue reading

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Notes on ICG’s Latest Indonesia Report: “GAM vs GAM in the Aceh Elections”

A few days ago the International Crisis Group (ICG) issued their latest Asia Briefing titled “Indonesia: GAM vs GAM in the Aceh Elections.” ICG reports are always excellent and this one is no exception, featuring a clear review and honest assessment … Continue reading

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Krakatau Day Trip

This past weekend my friends Chloe, Simon, Rob and I learned that if you’re willing to hit the road at 5am then it is possible to have a complete, unhurried, outstanding day trip to the Kraktau volcano islands! I’ve been … Continue reading

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Book Club: Kedai 1001 Mimpi by Valiant Budi

I stumbled upon Valiant Budi’s Twitter feed (@vabyo) thanks to a recommendation from another Indonesian writer who mentioned that his stories from Saudi Arabia were the funniest serial tweets she had ever read. Too many Indonesians abuse Twitter to give … Continue reading

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Confucianism Gets the Short End of the Joss Stick in Hanung Bramantyo’s “?”

In one of the opening scenes in Hanung Bramantyo’s new film “?” (“Tanda Tanya,” or “Question Mark”) we meet one of the main characters, Rika, who is busy cleaning up and organizing the shelves in her bookstore. I don’t remember … Continue reading

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The Aceh Governor’s Election Heats Up **

After months of speculation the leaders of the GAM conglomerate—here defined simply as the combined leadership of KPA (Komite Peralihan Aceh, or the Aceh Transitional Committee, which lobbies on behalf of GAM ex-combatants) and Partai Aceh (GAM’s local political party, … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Recent Religious Violence in Indonesia

On Sunday (6 February 2011), a mob attacked the home of a local leader of the minority Islamic sect Ahmadiyah in the remote area of Cikeusik in Banten province. There is terrific coverage in The Jakarta Globe, the New York Times … Continue reading

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