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Indonesian Celebrities Go For Political Seats

The rise of celebrities in the political arena has created a mixed message. While many are against it, mainly because of their lack of political experience, others are willing to give these actors an opportunity to prove themselves. At the executive branch, as it is widely known, actors Rano Karno and Dede Yusuf have been democratically elected as the vice regent of Tangerang, Banten, and deputy governor of West Java, respectively...

Realita Penundaan RUU Kamnas

Naskah Rancangan Undang Undang Keamanan Nasional (RUU Kamnas) yang sekarang sedang dikaji oleh Lemhanas masih memicu kontroversi yang berkelanjutan. Perdebatan pertama dalam naskah RUU yang mulanya di susun oleh Direktorat Jenderal Strategi Pertahanan Departemen Pertahanan pada awal 2007 ini terletak pada keinginan Dephan untuk mereposisi Kepolisian Republik Indonesia dibawah satu departemen setingkat menteri. POLRI, yang pisah dari TNI sejak tahun 2000 berdasarkan Tap MPR No VI/2000, terus bersikap keras menolak RUU yang dinilai akan menghambat efektivitas institusi sipil tersebut...

Indonesian Military Might Will Win Malaysia's Respect

Despite sharing commonalities, the relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia has turned sour in recent years. A few years ago, the two claimed ownership of the oil-rich Ambalat sea block, situated near Sipadan and Ligitan islands off the coast of Borneo. Tension grew stronger when Malaysian naval vessel KD Rencong rammed into Indonesian vessel Tedung Naga while patrolling in the area...

Russia Helps RI Rebuild Defense Capability

On the first visit by a Russian leader to Indonesia in over 50 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono recently to witness the signing of a US$1 billion arms deal to upgrade Indonesia's defense capability...

A Flawed Policy in Lebanon?

In mid-July, Hizbollah ground forces ranged across the Lebanese border into Israel, capturing two Israeli soldiers, killing three and sparking a destructive month-long war. The clash included at least 15,500 Israeli Air Force sorties into Lebanon and the firing of 4,000 Hizbollah Russian-made Katyusha rockets into Israel. The casualties stand at more than 1,500 Lebanese and 40 Israeli civilians...