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One of Indonesia's Most Important Museums: National Museum

One of Indonesia's Most Important Museums: National Museum

by Tasa Nugraza Barley There’s an old saying in Indonesia that a big nation is one that appreciates its history. Through history, people can learn about their cultural origins and their national identity. However, museums — the traditional storehouses of items from the past that help people understand the developments that shaped

Memahami UU Pilkada: Bukan Akhir Demokrasi Kita

Memahami UU Pilkada: Bukan Akhir Demokrasi Kita

by Tasa Nugraza Barley Masyarakat Indonesia tersentak. Ketika sebagian besar masyarakat Indonesia terlelap dalam tidurnya, para anggota DPR periode 2009-2014, yang masa jabatannya akan berakhir dalam hitungan hari, berhasil mengesahkan RUU Pilkada yang kontroversial. Di pagi harinya, kekecewaan dari berbagai kalangan ramai menghiasi media sosial, terutama dari mereka yang menolak dicabutnya hak

A Historic Mosque in the Bustling Capital

A Historic Mosque in the Bustling Capital

by Tasa Nugraza Barley Being the largest Muslim nation in the world by population, it’s not difficult to find a mosque in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta. But you’d be forgiven for walking by the Masjid Hidayatullah and missing its purpose completely. Located on Jalan Karet Depan in South Jakarta, the Hidayatullah Mosque’s

One of Bali's Best Kept Secrets

One of Bali's Best Kept Secrets

by Tasa Nugraza Barley Many say Bali has everything a tourist could ever want — beautiful scenery, exotic culture and plenty of sunshine — but those coming to Indonesia’s most famous island for a peaceful getaway may find themselves disappointed. Finding a quiet place on the Island of the Gods is

The Forgotten Bule Depok

The Forgotten Bule Depok

by Tasa Nugraza Barley There is a rich, largely forgotten history attached to the term “Belanda Depok,” or “bule Depok.” Literally translated, Belanda is the Netherlands, Depok is a city in West Java and bule is slang for white foreigner. But the term is confusing. The Belanda Depok are not Dutch people

Tiga Prestasi yang Terlupakan

Tiga Prestasi yang Terlupakan

by Tasa Nugraza Barley Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) harus menerima kenyataan pahit bahwa di tahun-tahun terakhirnya sebagai presiden ia terus-menerus menjadi target bulan-bulanan publik, terutama di media sosial. Bahkan hingga ujung usia masa kepemimpinannya yang kedua, yang tinggal menghitung hari, cemoohan itu sepertinya tidak berhenti juga. Di mata para pengkritiknya, sosok

How Nongkrong is Probably the Best Thing About Indonesia

How Nongkrong is Probably the Best Thing About Indonesia

by Tasa Nugraza Barley What is it with Indonesians, especially the young Indonesians, that we love to nongkrong so much? Before you judge me, I’m not saying that nongkrong is bad, it’s probably one of the best things about Indonesia. But sometimes it just makes me wonder why our people love to nongkrong

A Heritage Gem at The Heart of Wonosobo

A Heritage Gem at The Heart of Wonosobo

by Tasa Nugraza Barley After spending a few days in Magelang, Central Java, I was heading back to Semarang when a friend sent me a text that would change my itinerary for the better. He suggested that I make a stop in Wonosobo, a lovely little city about two hours from Magelang. Knowing

Kopi Tradisi Joas, The Coffee Shop You Can't Miss While in Ambon

Kopi Tradisi Joas, The Coffee Shop You Can't Miss While in Ambon

by Tasa Nugraza Barley Previously published on The Jakarta Globe The first question I asked when I arrived in Ambon was: “What’s the best coffee shop in town?” I needed a cup to wake up and also because I love the taste and the daily ritual. There’s nothing better than enjoying a cup

The Unavoidable Machiavellianism in Indonesia’s Politics

The Unavoidable Machiavellianism in Indonesia’s Politics

Niccolo Machiavelli was a politician, diplomat and historian during Italy’s glorious cultural era known as the Renaissance. He was one of the founders of modern political science, whose works have helped shape today’s politics. For centuries, his thoughts and theories have been widely discussed and used by the world’s greatest