Author: Elizabeth Soelistio

INDONESIA: CANDLES FOR AHOK – REST IN PEACE JUSTICE IN INDONESIA

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – In early May, the former governor of Jakarta was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison. This came shortly after he lost re-election to a Muslim opponent in a hard-fought election campaign. To Muslim conservatives, the sentence was seen as too light. But to supporters of Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, it was an outrage. Though not Muslim, Ahok was no enemy of the religion. His alleged crime came from reaching out to Muslim voters and engaging with them on the topic extremists quoting the Quaran out of context to justify political actions....

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S. KOREA: NEW MOON RISING IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – In a definitive swing of the political pendulum, South Korea has elected Moon Jae-in as president, after his predecessor was impeached. The new, liberal occupant of the presidential Blue House is a lawyer, former student activist, former soldier and the son of North Korean immigrants. Moon has promised to root out corruption in S. Korea’s industrial conglomerates (the head of Samsung is currently on trial for corruption) and to address rising issues of inequality and youth unemployment. However, his views on reopening talks with the north have earned him criticism from some of S. Korea’s...

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Celebrating Indonesia’s ‘Unpublished’ News Photography

This slideshow requires JavaScript. ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – As the Jakarta Post notes in its write-up, it’s one thing for a photo to be kept from publication because it’s not good enough. It’s another when the photo is shelved because the image is too sensitive. In the period from 1965 to the 2000s in Indonesia, that could mean it showed blood, death, religion or simply would embarrass the powers that be. ‘Unpublished,’ a terrific new exhibit of photos culled from newspaper Kompass’ 2 million-plus image archive, brings 100 of these pictures to the public for the first time. As...

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INDONESIA: NEWEST VLOG STAR – PRESIDENT JOKOWI!

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – As one of the fastest growing internet users among its Southeast Asian neighbors, Indonesians never fail to surprise the world with their use of social media. This goes especially for the first presidential vlog of Indonesia’s President, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. On February 4, President Jokowi, one of the many active Facebook users in Indonesia, began uploading 3 video blogs, or “vlogs,” to his Facebook and YouTube accounts as a way to communicate with his people through social media. In comparison to the number of global internet users increasing by 8% every year, Indonesia alone has...

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INDONESIA: Jakarta governor’s race heads to runoff, controversy

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Thousands turned out in protest last month demanding the governor of Jakarta be locked up for allegedly insulting Islam. The governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok, is in the middle of a tight reelection campaign that will finish in April. Voting results in the first round showed him in a leading position compared to other candidates but lacking the 50% or more needed for an outright win. Ahok now heads into a runoff with the runner up. Ahok’s trouble stems from an incident last October during a get-out-the-vote stop on a predominantly Muslim...

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