Monthly Archives: June 2021

“Run Boy Run”: Kulup Adalah Penyelamat

SRULIK seharusnya bisa selamat. Tapi kulupnya yang sudah disayat sejak bayi membuatnya harus menderita di masa-masa awal hidupnya. Berkali-kali anak laki-laki keturunan Yahudi yang lahir di Polandia ini harus dibuang, diburu dan terlunta-lunta di tengah pergolakan Perang Dunia II. Saat … Continue reading

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Jokowi as a Javanese Leader: Failure or Success?

TODAY JOKOWI is being roasted by the student body of Universitas Indonesia (UI). As one of the most prominent state universities in the country, UI has the right to do so. The president is accused of violating his own words. … Continue reading

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Pandemic Diary: Menemukan Diri di Rumah Sendiri

DENGAN masih merajanya Covid-19 di luar sana, saya memilih untuk fokus pada hal-hal yang bisa saya kendalikan. Salah satunya ialah rumah saya. Pandemi yang membuat saya tinggal di rumah lebih banyak seolah memberi saya banyak waktu untuk memperhatikan lingkungan dalam … Continue reading

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Kenapa Mayoritas Orang Indonesia Anggap Bisa ke Luar Negeri Itu Keren

DALAM sebuah pertemuan keluarga yang terjadi beberapa tahun lalu, salah satu adik mendiang kakek saya menceritakan panjang lebar pada semua yang hadir mengenai perjuangannya membuat akta kelahiran. Perjuangannya itu sudah dimulai sejak lama. Karena orang tuanya zaman Belanda dulu tentu … Continue reading

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Jasa ‘Dosbing Ketiga’

SEORANG teman lama tiba-tiba menghubungi. Sebelumnya ia pernah mengajak saya menulis buku tapi karena kesibukan dia yang segunung sebagai mahasiswa PhD di negeri kanguru, saya maklum kalau ide itu tiba-tiba lesap bersama waktu. Teman saya ini pernah menjadi mahasiswa berprestasi … Continue reading

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On Comfort Zone

AROUND 12 years ago, I was standing at a crossroad. I was teaching part time and from the very beginning never planned to stay long. My parents are educators. They were natural educators. They seemed to enjoy their jobs. Their … Continue reading

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Things You Can Enjoy In Suburbs

The pandemic is surely attacking the suburbs, too. I’ve heard some news from neighbors that a few of them have been infected. That might sound bad. But I don’t think so. The population density here is so low I hardly … Continue reading

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The Ultimatum of Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo

It’s still raging out there. It’s intense and doesn’t show any signs of abating anytime soon.

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Why Viktoria Komova Must Write Her Own Autobiography NOW!

SEVERAL days ago former Russian gymnast Viktoria Komova started to write some heartfelt posts on her Instagram account @komova_v_a_36 which I have been folllowing since I saw her gymnastics several years ago. She was retelling her experience as a world-class … Continue reading

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Acrobatics Is Better Than Politics

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BTS Meal Fiasco: How Indonesian Consumers & Marginalized Workers Get Exploited As A Mere Object Of Capitalistic Expansionism

BTS Meal was trending on Twitter on June 9th, 2021. To a non-BTS Army like me, there was no urge to make a purchase of all these available meals offered by McDonald’s outlets in Jakarta. When I thought it was … Continue reading

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Anti-Pandemic Yoga

SEANDAINYA ada yoga semacam itu, yang bisa mengusir pandemi, pasti akan laris kelasnya. Karena baru-baru saya ditanyai seorang ibu: “Mas, ada yoga buat mengusir long covid nggak?” Ia mengaku badannya tak seperti dulu lagi. Duh, memang yang dulu kayak gimana … Continue reading

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