A great piece here on the state of play leading into the imminent start of Indonesia’s Presidential election campaign.
Anak Krakatau, meaning the child of Krakatau (anglicised to Krakatoa) is among Indonesia’s more active volcanoes.
The original Krakatau (depictured in a contemporary artwork above) eruption is almost certainly the most famous volcanic eruption in history, and resulted in the orphaned remnant visible today.
Incedible scenes indeed!
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I have intermittently linked to individual EastAsia Forum articles in the past, but I should take the opportunity to introduce the full EastAsia Forum site here.
The EastAsia Forum has some very insightful pieces by some world class contributors and is highly recommended.
There are a million ways to describe living in Jakarta, but the one you can read here is among my all time favourites.
The article is short, but by goodness the author’s skills as a professional writer come through as he manages to weave a short history of Indonesia’s recent politics and social drama into a small part of his morning.
There were volcanic tremors in Indonesia with Agung volcano in Bali stirring to life as described here, while in Malaysia the political tremors keep coming with the arrest of former Prime Minister Najib Razak as announced here.
And the headline photo above? The best compromise I could find between volcanic impacts and the fading embers of a political dynasty.
Those readers who share my passion for Indonesia’s volcanoes would need no introduction to Rinjani.
For others, I will briefly point out that Rinjani volcano, on the island of Lombok, is a giant of the Indonesian volcanic landscape.
As the picture above, taken from the Rinjani summit, makes clear, this is a volcano whose head sits in the clouds. Rinjani is Indonesia’s second highest volcano, and there is compelling evidence that it was once part of an even higher formation. There’s more on that story here.
Rinjani’s last major eruption was over six hundred years ago, and it was no small event. That particular eruption must have been among the most spectacular in Indonesia’s known volcanic history, which is no ordinary achievement given the competition.
Those interested in this topic can see, or read the transcript of, a wonderful television program about that eruption here.
As those with direct memories of World War II pass away our collective memory of that time is increasingly shaped by the available photos.
These photos are usually of poor quality and are almost always in black and white.
As such, it is easy to forget that the war was conducted in vivid colour.
Thanks to the great website here, some of their colour pictures bring the conflict in the Pacific Theatre (and thus the Southeast Asian region) to historical life.
There are hundreds of pages and tens of thousands of pictures, so feel free to search for better examples than the ones that follow.
I will gladly update this post with other relevant links that readers can offer.