Indonesian politics and Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail by Francis Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward.
“Other major concerns with investors — the country’s onerous labour laws and the “spectre of exorbitant costs” in cases where companies have to retrench — are also going to be addressed, Pangestu [Indonesian Minister for Trade] said, while still protecting workers’ rights.” “while still protecting workers’ rights” …. hmmmm The current minimum wage in Indonesia is set […]
The Thinker: Joesoef Was Right Monday was Independence Day, the anniversary of the proclamation of independence by Sukarno and Hatta and the beginning of a four-year struggle by millions of Indonesians to prevent a colonial army from seizing back the land they had plundered for 350 years. “ Merdeka atau mati! ” (freedom or death!) […]
by Max Lane 14 September, 2006 On April 20 2004 in a gala ceremony in New York the American PEN Center honoured Indonesian publisher, Joesoef Isak, with the 2004 Jeri Laber Freedom to Publish Award. The award was given to Joesoef Isak in recognition of his long record of courageous publishing during the years of […]
First Singapore Blog comment on UNFINISHED NATION 10 July, 2008 07 July “Unfinished Nation” has been released in Singapore for about a week now. http://singaporestory.spaces.live.com/ Fight! I just finished reading Max Lane’s Unfinished Nation – a fairly concise recollection of Indonesia’s political events including that of President Suharto who was pushed out of power. Suharto […]
In Memoriam: Aini Chalid 8 February, 2007 In late January 2007, Aini Chalid passed away in Manila, the Philippines during a heart operation. Aini was a close friend since 1973. Aini Chalid was one of three people put on trial by the Suharto regime in 1974-75 following the so-called MALARI incident. Aini was a student […]