The video here really says it all…
Dipa Nusantara (DN) Aidit in 1955
Not quite sure it is quite the “news” that Reuters says it is, but some grim footage from the 1960’s genocide in Indonesia is available here.*
I recognise that this hasn’t been a happy week in the content of the blogposts here.
I am reluctant to seek out “good” news just because what is important is depressing and confronting, but I will look to diversify the topics covered in forthcoming posts.
* I am still learning with Twitter. Apologies if there is a better link or way to do this.
Sorry folks, I could not even make it to the end of the story here. I should warn you first that the story is horrifying and once you read it you can’t ever forget.
Nor, if you read it, can you say that you didn’t know what was happening in Myanmar.
But what to do? Sometimes the world is just too much for me.
Organised labour in Indonesia has a long, painful and generally unknown history.
This post won’t go into the details, suffice to say that the country’s long history of authoritarian government with military backing hasn’t created a union friendly industrial landscape.
Illustrating this struggle is the industrial conflict with Coca Cola described here.
The reader can make their own choice on who they support in this case, but it is interesting to note the struggle has moved from the street to the online sphere.
Whether this move is permanent remains to be seen.
I am aware that sometimes the scope of sources I draw upon is limited, so here is a piece from The Economist on the current unpredictabilty of Indonesian politics.
I don’t consider the analysis particularly deep or insightful, but if you are interested it is a conveniently short read.
Mt Semeru, East Java, the highest mountain in Java
The feature picture of this post is spectactular in itself, but it still only takes the bronze medal in my eyes. In respecting copyright I will not post the pictures here, but if you are interested the gold and silver medal winners you can view them here and here.
The first picture, to paraphrase the caption, captures the Tengger volcanic complex, part of a national park in east Java that lies within a 45,000 year old large caldera. The volcanic cones making up the Tengger complex are at the centre, with smoke coming from Mount Bromo and distant Mount Semeru also apparent. Picture credit for the image goes to EC Tong/Imagelibrary India Pvt.
The second picture, with credit to Firdia Lisnawati from AP, features Mount Agung (also in Java) and captures the emotion and dynamism of life in Indonesia beautifully. How I wish I had those photographic skills.