Tag: 2014

2014 Politics: Campaign Apps

The use of social media — such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — as vehicles for political campaigning is nothing new. The 12 political parties contending in the 2014 elections have established their own official websites and social media accounts for campaigning and interacting with their potential voters, but what about other technological means like smartphone applications? Have any of (or anyone affiliated with) the 12 political parties set up their own app?

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Theories on Megawati’s 2014 Political Calculation (Part II)

This is the second part of two articles discussing the theories surrounding Megawati’s political calculation in relation to the 2014 legislative and presidential election. A lot of people have asked me why the chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Megawati Soekarnoputri, prefers to prolong the decision on who will be PDI-P’s presidential candidate, instead of announcing Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as her pick right away. Herein we talk about our third and fourth theories.

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Theories on Megawati’s 2014 Political Calculation (Part I)

A lot of people have asked me why the chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Megawati Soekarnoputri, prefers to prolong the decision on who will be PDI-P’s presidential candidate, instead of announcing Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as her pick right away. In so doing, she appears to ignore the rapidly growing support for Jokowi and the various surveys pointing to the Governor of Jakarta as the presidential candidate to beat. So let’s talk about that. Why wait and what are the implications? This is the first part of two articles discussing the theories surrounding Megawati’s political calculation in relation to the 2014 legislative and presidential election.

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2014 Challenges: Jokowi

Some of you might be wondering why I put Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as a 2014 challenge. Well, you can see it in a number of different ways. You can say that defeating Jokowi, should he participate in 2014 race for the presidency, will be a challenge given his widespread popularity.

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2014 Challenges: Security

At New Year’s Eve, when most of Jakarta was in a celebratory mode, the residents of Kampung Sawah, Ciputat, a district in the Province of Banten, had to put aside their fireworks and contend with hours of pops and bangs of an entirely different sort. The Indonesian National Police’s counter terrorism unit known as Detachment 88 (or Densus 88) killed six suspected terrorists in a gun battle that lasted from late night to dawn. It’s a keen reminder that there are still Indonesian terror cells at large, planning their next move.

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