Senin, 27 Desember 2010

Year-ender: PRODUCTIVE YEAR IN INDONESIA- PALESTINE TIES By Fardah

       Jakarta, Dec 27, 2010 (ANTARA) - Since the signing of several Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) by Indonesia and Palestine on concrete cooperation in October 2007, a number of training programs have been organized for Palestinians in Indonesia.
        Indonesia, as a staunch supporter of the Palestine people`s struggle , has been translating its support into action by trying to train Palestinians in various sectors as part of its capacity building assistance.
      "As preparations for a Palestinian state, Palestine needs to learn how to build institutions, and the most important part in this case is preparing human resources," Palestinian Ambassador to Indonesia Fariz Mehdawi said in an interview with ANTARA here recently.

Rabu, 22 Desember 2010

STAGNATION IN CORRUPTION ERADICATION EFFORTS By Fardah

       Jakarta, Dec 22, 2010 (ANTARA) - Despite the country`s efforts to fight corruption and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono`s commitment to eradicating graft , there appears to have been no significant downturn in corruption during the past year.
       According to Transparency International`s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2010, issued last October, Indonesia`s score remained 2.8 on a scale of 10, the same as last year.
       Among a total of 178 countries rated, Indonesia was in 110th place while in 2009 it ranked 111th among 180 countries.

Sabtu, 18 Desember 2010

Indonesian migrant workers continue to face ordeals by Fardah

    Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Over four million Indonesians have become migrant workers (TKI) overseas particularly in Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait.
    Bank Indonesia (BI) has recorded that per September 2010, Indonesian migrant workers` remittances totaled 5.03 billion US dollars, up 2.44 percent from 4.91 billion US dollars in the same period last year.
     Difi A Djohansyah, a spokesman of the central bank, said in Jakarta recently that per September 2010, Indonesia sent 427,000 workers abroad, down 12 percent from 479,000 workers in the same period in 2009.
     With the additional workers, the total number of Indonesian workers abroad in September 2010 reached 4.32 million people.  Poverty and inadequate numbers of jobs in the country are among factors which have forced them to work overseas.

Rabu, 15 Desember 2010

Year-ender: POLEMICS ON YOGYAKARTA'S SPECIAL STATUS DRAGS ON By Fardah



    Jakarta, Dec 15, 2010 (ANTARA) - Not long after being  hit by Mount Merapi's eruption,  Yogyakarta, a former sultanate given special region status since the country's independence  in 1945, is currently undergoing another ordeal but this time socio-political in nature.
           A government-proposed Bill on the Special Status of Yogyakarta has caused Yogyakarta's people to react strongly against the government's intention in the Bill  to revoke  the rights of Yogyakarta's Sultan to be automatically appointed as the province's governor.      

Senin, 06 Desember 2010

Anas, SBY, democracy the winners in Democrat Party`s congress by Fardah

    Jakarta , May 24, 2010 (ANTARA News) - It turns out that the results of the Democrat Party`s just-ended Second Congress are victories for Susilo Bambang Yudhoyonon (SBY), and Anas Urbaningrum.
      And more than that, it was also a victory for the Democrat Party, the younger generation and democracy within the party in particular, according to some people.