ASEAN bukanlah satu-satunya, dan bukanlah upaya pertama negara-negara kawasan Asia Tenggara untuk melakukan integrasi regional. Continue reading “Sejarah Berdirinya ASEAN”
Jakarta is a place that I hold dear. This is the metropolitan city where I was born, where I grew up, and today, where I live. It is a city whose history I learn since childhood, a capital city whose name I memorized first as I held my first globe, likely the first city that I could spell by name when I was younger.
Today, the city turns its page to a new page, and it is all murky. Continue reading “Saying goodbye to reason”
Hari ini, saya memanfaatkan hak politik saya sebagai warga negara dalam pemilihan kepala daerah serentak di Jakarta. Saya memanfaatkan hak politik saya ini dengan bahagia karena beberapa hal—yang menjadi penyebab saya menulis tulisan kali ini. Continue reading “Memanfaatkan Hak”
Source: Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)
I feel terribly sad with the fact that in two hours, the United States will see a new president. Even sadder that President Obama has only two hours or so left in his 8-year presidency. Continue reading “A final thought of Obama”
Jika Anda mengira bahwa pemilihan umum kepala daerah (pilkada) DKI Jakarta empat tahun lalu begitu ‘memecah belah’, pikirkan lagi. Pilkada ibu kota awal tahun depan akan menjadi salah satu pemilihan pemimpin pemerintah yang paling memecah belah dalam sejarah republik ini. Begitu banyak alasan, bahkan ‘selentingan’ yang bisa dimanfaatkan untuk mengadu satu orang dengan yang lainnya. Continue reading “Untuk Ibu Kota, Saya Menyokong Petahana”
It is inevitable, but it is bound to happen. Yet, when the day comes, it indeed feels surreal.
The King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, has passed away at the age of 88, earlier today. Continue reading “A Tribute to His Majesty”
So you have watched the first U.S. Presidential Election Debate earlier today. The debate was between the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald J. Trump, both wearing inverted colors of their respective parties, with Clinton wearing a red blouse and Trump with a blue tie (red is identical to Republican and blue to Democratic).
I have watched three such debates, beginning with Obama-McCain debate in 2008. Heck, I even mocked-debate once, with me acting as Governor Romney (yes, in 2012). Yet this debate is unlike any other. This debate is extremely heated, almost head-popping, sometimes with very little substance, but high in tension. Even so, I have found my winner, and that is the lady in red, keeping her demeanor intact while the other took the bait and almost flipped the lectern at instances, with his sniffing nose beaming sound through the microphone.
I write this post to show to you, kind readers, some of the principles of debating that I know that you can learn, we can learn together, from what happened during this exciting debate. Here, you will see also why Clinton wins this debate by a long stretch—even when he and his supporters say the exact opposite. Continue reading “Principles of debating (or, learning from the first Clinton-Trump debate)”