Category Archives: Lingkungan Hidup

Selamat Tinggal Jakarta?

Is relocating Indonesia’s capital feasible?

University of Sydney experts comment on the proposed move

Jakarta has a population of 10 million and is rapidly sinking. The Indonesian Government announced plans to relocate the country’s capital to the island of Borneo, but will it improve living and environmental conditions? (Read more here.)

Image Credit Castle Of Batavia Mural Wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek based on Het kasteel van Batavia by Andries Beeckman, ca. 1661.

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A chance for lift off: Indonesia’s solar sector – Asia and the Pacific – ANU

By Paul Burke

Indonesia has set ambitious targets for adopting renewable energy technologies, including solar power. India serves as a useful model for what is possible, Paul Burke writes.

Indonesia is behind the pack in terms of the adoption of solar power. The world’s fourth most populous country was outside the top 70 countries in terms of total generation of electricity from solar photovoltaics in 2016. (Read more here http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/news-events/all-stories/chance-lift-indonesias-solar-sector.)

Image credit “Dusk in the Park” (Senja di Taman) By Irsam, 1971 Source: http://www.masterpiece-auction.com/cata/TS/2014/001January/test/pages/L23.htm and https://ziladoc.com/download/fine-art-auction-masterpiece-auction-house-7_pdf cite Mikke Susanto, “Irsam: Decorative Steps” (Irsam: Jejak – jejak Dekoratif) Published by PT Dwi Samapersada, p. 50.

Website: The Lowy Institute’s Asia Power Index

The Lowy Institute’s Asia Power Index

 

Indonesia Country Profile

Ranked 11 of 25, with an overall power score of 20.6 out of 100.

Indonesia is a middle power in Asia.

Indonesia’s highest ranking is in the future resources measure, coming in 5th place. The country also breaks into the top ten for economic resources, resilience and diplomatic influence. Non-aligned Indonesia’s lowest rankings are for its hard power, where it places 13th for both military capability and its defence networks. Read more here.

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Poem: The Rustle of the Ulla Grass By M Adil

The Rustle of the Ulla Grass

By M Adil, 1935

Ulla grass, I often listen to your whistling rustle,
If the soft wind swirls around you;
Your heads lowered as if in homage,
You bow singing of grief which cuts the heart;

While shivering grips your long stems
Straight and bowed declaring your praise –
          Completely pervading my conscience,
Because your song makes an agreement with my sorrow.

          In the shade I often lazing sit
Gazing at the waves which gently undulate,
Escorting the song of your sighing siren leaves
Serene, at peace, unperturbed
I recede me into a wave of ecstasy
Into your oneness mystic soaring oblivious to time,
          Caught in the stream as if in a dream,
          Prostrate to intercede for God’s mercy divine.


Desau Pimping, From Panji Pusaka via Pujangga Baru II/9, March 1935. Republished in Jassin, H. B.  Pujangga baru : prosa dan puisi / dikumpulkan dengan disertai kata pengantar oleh H.B. Jassin  [Pujangga Baru : prose and poetry / collected and accompanied by an introduction by H.B. Jassin] Haji Masagung Jakarta  1987, p. 34.

For Wikipedia background on Pujangga Baru click here.

Image credits: Themeda gigantea (Cav.) Hackel ex Duthie [as Anthistiria gigantea Cav.]   Cavanilles, A.J., Icones et descriptiones plantarum, vol. 5: t. 458 (1799) [A.J. Cavanilles]  Drawing: A.J. Cavanilles  http://plantillustrations.org/illustration.php?id_illustration=240997; Bromo Midnight Tour and Travel; Savanna Valley, Whispering Desert Mount Bromo

Doco: Shackled By Cement By WatchDoc Films

Shackled By Cement

By WatchDoc Films

Indonesia’s brutal history brought to global attention — FT.com

“In 1999, as Indonesians were still celebrating the end of 31 years of dictatorial rule by Suharto, their second president, an unemployed philosophy graduate started writing a sprawling novel that blended his fascination for martial arts and horror stories with an acerbic take on his country’s twisted history.”  (Read more at “Indonesia’s brutal history brought to global attention”

Source: Financial Times


Image: Rural women from Rembang in Central Java province protest outside the President’s office over the construction of a cement factory in their district.


Source: WatchDoc Films