11:12 pm March 12, 2014 | No Comment
Currently, the nation needs to build homes for 15 million poor families across the country and every year this number increases by some 700,000 new families. The government, however, has no sense of urgency to deal with the issue, with a national policy designed to help the poor get a home only resulting in 87,000 new houses per year.
6:20 pm March 12, 2014 | No Comment
Agriculture and education are just two policy sectors for which Indonesia needs capable and honest administrators. This is all the more so with the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 looming, when already-intense regional competition will become a brutal free-for-all.
12:00 am March 12, 2014 | 2 Comments
The fact of the matter is that Indonesia is a haven for people wanting to falsify documents — from people holding two or three different identity cards or passports, to the fake university diplomas bought by politicians wishing to compete in elections.
7:08 pm March 11, 2014 | 3 Comments
While superficially we still affirm our love for the Republic of Indonesia, a unitary state with hundreds of ethnic groups; and our own state motto Unity in Diversity, we are also watching the pillars that support our Indonesian identity slip away.
11:11 am March 11, 2014 | No Comment
Economics aims to figure out what makes people better off and how we can have more of it. Given the number of excellent minds dedicated to this end, it’s surprising how little of what they produce is actually of use to policy makers.
11:30 pm March 10, 2014 | No Comment
Indonesia has a vast land and sea territory with around 70 percent of its 240 million population being employed in or dependent on the agricultural sector. However, the country continues to depend on imports to fulfill its citizens’ basic food needs.
9:55 am March 10, 2014 | No Comment
If you haven’t heard about a “revolutionary” app called Spritz, delivered by a Boston startup that spent the last two years in “stealth mode,” you soon will. It’s a feature on Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, and on the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch. It has also been covered by Time.com, Business Insider, Huffington Post and lots of other sites, so there is little stealthy about it now.
10:09 pm March 9, 2014 | No Comment
We demand the government and legislators join our fight against tobacco addiction, especially among young people, by ratifying the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which aims to protect future generations.