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September 21, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Some limited progress for Democracy in Indonesia

fokeSmaller.jpgA good thing happened in Jakarta yesterday.

The guy on the left is Fauzi Bowo. Or more colloquially known as "Foke". The guy with the fat head giving him an awkward sideways hug is Nachowi Ramli, the Deputy Governor.

Fauzi Bowo has been the Governor of Jakarta since 2007, but yesterday he lost an election to another man who will be the new Governor of Jakarta. This is a good thing..

Indonesian politics is disappointingly bereft of substantial issues. There is very little big picture stuff. All candidates make acknowledgement of the most obvious problems and promise that they will be fixed yet a grand vision for the city is never presented to voters. Most voters don't hope for too much more than a city without problems. Yes but HOW will you create a city without floods, gridlocked traffic, a thick haze of pollution and increasing income inequality?

Such fundamental questions never get asked or answered.

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September 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Like father like daughter

Trolling isn't just for pimply teenagers hiding behind their computer screen. Its also for billionaire mining magnates hiding in their ivory towers.

Trolllololollooollll. Lang Hancock was a nasty old bigot but probably not serious about poisoning Aboriginies as he suggests in the video to the right. Probably just trying to get a rise out of people. So lets see what his daughter is like.....

"The millionaires and billionaires who choose to invest in Australia are actually those who most help the poor and our young. This secret needs to be spread widely" - Gina Rinehart
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