Author: Elizabeth Soelistio

INDONESIA: SWIPE RIGHT FOR AYOPOLIGAMI DATING APP

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Sure, Tinder and OKCupid are good for finding a mate. But what if you’re after mates, plural? To make up for the lack of polygamy features in most dating websites and mobile apps, Lindu Pranayama created AyoPoligami which literally translates to “Let’s do polygamy.” Since AyoPoligami launched in April, it has attracted more than 56,000 users and the accompanying mobile app has been downloaded more than 10,000 times. An explosion of fake user accounts and of men using the site without their first wife’s consent led Pranayama to temporarily shut down the service, but a...

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INDONESIA: FOREVER HAUNTING – THE GHOST OF 1965 ANTI-COMMUNIST MASSACRE

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – It has been 52 years, yet the ghost of the 1965 anti-communist massacre continues to haunt Indonesia. Today, communism remains one of Indonesia’s most sensitive topics. Not only is there little effort from the government to confront its darkest part of history, but also, recent fake news cases have propagated the spread of another rise in communism across the nation. As one of the fastest growing internet users, Indonesians have been experiencing an increase in cases of fake news. The well-known online syndicate, Saracen, had allegedly spread fake news and hate speech propaganda for profit,...

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South Korea: The Tale of ‘A Taxi Driver’ and the Gwangju Massacre

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Despite the cheerful and bright colors advertised on its billboards and posters, “A Taxi Driver” is a film that depicts the serious tale of an unsung hero who helped defend democracy by exposing a military dictatorship’s misdeeds in Gwangju, South Korea. Balancing comedy and political thrills, it helps viewers understand the grim reality of the Gwangju Massacre. Tension leading up to the massacre began after the assassination of dictator Park Chung-hee in late 1979 which sparked hope among the younger generation for political change. Much to the people’s disappointment, Gen. Chun Doo-hwan filled the power...

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INDONESIA: LETTER FROM MAKO BRIMOB PRISON – AHOK SHINES

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Along with his usual feistiness and candor, former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Purnama is revealing a new side to his personality: Graciousness. In a letter written from Mako Brimob Prison, read to the media by his tearful wife, Ahok explained why he won’t appeal his recent blasphemy conviction. Bottom line: Staying incarcerated lessens the chance for violence between his supporters and opponents.     Veronica Tan read the letter with tears flowing. “I know that it’s hard for you to accept this, let alone for me. However, I have learned to forgive and accept all...

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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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