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Readers Forum

  • Comments: Police on alert over threat to Borobudur

    Police in Central Java have tightened security measures at Borobudur Temple in Magelang in response to an apparent threat made by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) supporters to attack the world-renowned cultural-heritage site.

  • Text your say: President-elect Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo

    Your comments on the Constitutional Court’s decision to reject Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa’s lawsuit, confirming Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Jusuf Kalla as the country’s next president and vice president.

  • Your letters: Praising learned judges

    This is a comment on the article titled “Koran graft convict’s appeal refused”, (The Jakarta Post, Aug. 25).

  • Your letters: Obtaining middle-class cooperation

    This refers to the article titled “Current-account deficit and fiscal sustainability”, (The Jakarta Post, Aug. 25).

  • Your letters: Poverty and human misery

    One could write all day about human misery — wars, poverty, corruption and evil, but to what purpose and does anyone really care? Some people do care and go a stage further to help the needy, but human misery is a problem that appears to have no lasting solution.

  • Your letters: Alleged corruption at the airport

    We had a disappointing experience with the Indonesian immigration service on Aug. 20 concerning a so-called “expired tourist visa”.

  • Comments: Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men

    Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials and people who live in the area.

  • Comments: ISIL ‘embarrassing’ Muslims

    The president of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, called on Thursday the actions of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants “embarrassing” to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism.

  • Issue of the day: Jokowi unwilling to be bound by security

    Starting from Friday, president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will be continuously surrounded by tight military protection. After his official induction on Oct. 20, four colonel-level adjutants will maintain an around-the-clock, close-quarter presence at the side of the country’s seventh president for the next five years.

  • Text your say: President-elect

    Your comments on the Constitutional Court’s decision to reject Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa’s lawsuit, confirming Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Jusuf Kalla as the country’s next president and vice president.

  • Your letters: International Youth Day

    International Youth Day was celebrated on Aug. 12 around the world with great zeal.

  • Your letters: The drama is finally over

    Finally, the heart-thumping drama is over. As Constitutional Court chief justice Hamdan Zoelva struck his gavel to mark the final and binding verdict, the victor in the presidential election was no longer in dispute. The court confirmed Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Jusuf Kalla as president and vice president for the next five years in line with the General Elections Commission’s (KPU) decision.

  • Comments: The death of reforms in the Foreign Ministry

    The Foreign Ministry celebrates on Tuesday its 69th birthday, making it as old as the Indonesian state.

  • Comments: FBI assisting Bali police in murder probe

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is helping the Bali Police investigation into the murder of Sheila von Weise Mack, a US woman whose body was found in a suitcase at The St. Regis Bali Resort in Nusa Dua on Tuesday.

  • Text your say: Karen quits Pertamina

    Your comments on the resignation of the president director of state oil and gas company Pertamina, Karen Agustiawan amid reports of tension between the company and the government over fuel subsidies and other issues:

  • Issue of the day: Game over, Prabowo!

    Exactly 16 years to the day that an Officers Ethics Council issued an order dismissing him from military service for his alleged role in the abduction and torture of political activists, the Constitutional Court just before 9 p.m. Thursday ended Prabowo’s protracted legal challenge of the electoral victory to president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

  • Your letters: Caliphate vs. ISIL

    In reference to “Groups allegedly spreading ISIL influence throughout regions, says govt,” (The Jakarta Post, Aug. 17).

  • Comments on other issues: RI’s economy has improved


    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that the country’s economy had developed well, with an average economic growth rate of 5.9 percent from 2009 to 2013.

  • Comments on other issues: KPK, UNS establish anti-corruption center

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the state-run Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Surakarta, Central Java are to jointly establish a Center for Anti-Corruption and Public Transparency Studies (Pustapako).

  • Comments on other issues: ‘SBY’s albums bailed out by state budget’

    Golkar Party politician M. Misbakhun, who is slated to be sworn in as a legislator in October, alleged on Friday that State Palace officials had used state funds to buy copies of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s flopped albums.