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May 2007


Dr. Yudi Latief, Director of the REFORM INSTITUTE with Max Lane


Signing books

Pentas Teater Nyai Ontosoroh
Adaptasi dari novel Bumi Manusia karya Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Gedung Graha Bhakti Budaya, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta
Jakarta, 12, 13, 14 Agustus 2007

Naskah : Faiza Mardzoeki, Sutradara: Wawan Sofwan

Happy Salma
Restu Sinaga, Ayu Diah Pasha, Madina Wowor, Temmy, Sita "RSD" Nursanti, William Bivers, M Hendrayanto, Teuku Rifnu Wikana, Nuansa Ayu, Felencia Hutabarat, Antony Laurentz, Joint, Temmy H, Rusman, Joint, Bowo GP, Syaeful Amri-Ari-, Rusman, Pipien Putri, Rebecca Henscke

Direktur Artistik : Dolorosa Sinaga, Co Penata Artistik: Gallis A.S,
Penata Musik : Fahmi Alatas, Penata Busana : Merdi Sihombing,
Penata Lampu : Aziz Dying& Sari Sound Engineer : Mogan Pasaribu
Koreografer: Pipien Putri
VIP Rp 100.000,00
Wings Rp 75.000,00
Balkon Rp 30.000,00

How to get tickets? SEE BELOW


The Jakarta Performance of NYAI ONTOSOROH, a theatrical adaptation from Pramoedya Ananhta Toer's THIS EARTH OF MANKIND will take place on 12, 13 and 14 August in the Graha Bakti Building, Jakarta. The play, adapted from pramoedya's novel by Faiza Mardzoeki, will be directed by Wawan Sofwan. (See Press release further down in this Post.)

Loca; theatre groups have already performed teh play in Bandung, Jogjakarta, Solo, Pontianak, Surabaya and Lampung. for a review of the Lampung performance from THE JAKARTA POST, see below in this post.


Press Conference announcing the August dates for the performance.


Indonesia's Democratic Movement Under Attack
— Max Lane

ON MARCH 28 and 29, a series of rightist mobilizations took place in
Jakarta, Indonesia. The largest of these was a 500-strong mobilization
aimed at disrupting a march and rally being organized by the United
Party for National Liberation (Papernas) protesting foreign domination
of the Indonesian minerals sector and demanding nationalization of
companies in the sector. These groups were armed with scythes, knives
and canes. This was the fourth time in the last six months that
Papernas had been targeted for violent disruption.

Kompas daily newspaper listed the following groups as being involved
in the attacks: Forum Betawi Rempug (FBR), Front Pembela Islam (FPI),
Pelajar Islam Indonesia, Indonesian National Patriotic Movement and
the Front in Defence of the Red and White Flag. Other smaller
mobilizations, but involving people from the same network of groups,
were also mobilized against other targets on the 28th as well as the
29th. These also included the Anti-Communist Movement (GERAK).


In February, the organisation SERIAL held a seminar on developments in Latin America, especially Venezuela, and lessons for Indonesia, with speakers Budiman Sujatmiko and Max Lane. A transcript of the discussion (in Indonesian) can be found on the SERIAL website at NOTULENSI DISKUSI

Venez in Jakarta.jpg
From L. to R. at table: Budiman Sujatmiko, Zely Ariane (Coordinator of SERIAL), Max Lane


Indonesia will never be a nation until the national revolution is complete

Jurnal Nasional (daily newspaper)- May 24, 2007

Jakarta -- May 1998. Students from throughout the country spilled into the hall and occupied the national parliament building. The State Palace also was not spared the invasion of large numbers of uninvited guests.

"One-one, Bring down Suharto. Two-two, Bring down Suharto. Three-three, Bring down Suharto. One, Two, Three, Bring down Suharto!" they sang. The lyrics used in the children's song reflected the fact that they wanted one thing only: to bring down Suharto

May 21, 1998. Suharto finally resigns from his post as president of the Republic of Indonesia. His power, which was embedded so strongly for 33 years, had finally disintegrated. Then the call that was taken up was reformasi total! But what did we do after that?

Max Lane, in his new book titled "An Unfinished Nation", attempts to answer these questions. During the launch of his book at the Grand Melia Hotel in Kuningan, South Jakarta on Tuesday May 22, he said that almost all nations in the world were born out of revolution. "Suharto was brought down using the weapon of mass action. This is one of the rich lessons of the Indonesian national revolution", said the man from Australia.


The Indonesian language edition of - UNFINISHED NATION: Indonesia before and after Suharto - will be launched in jakarta on May, 22 at a function organised by the Reform Institute. The Institute will also launch their new journal REFORM REVIEW.


(The following notes are the result of conversations over the phone with contacts in East Timor and with friends in Jakarta who also are in close contact with East Timor, as well as trying to keep up-to-date with what materials are available on some key websites. The lack of a strong media in East Timor means that there is not enough data, especially for a person observing from a long way away, to have a really clear picture of what is happening. News reports in the mainstream media are also often misleading as journalists come and go to East Timor for particular events and report without any understanding of history, even immediate history, or context or sensationalise to seek a bigger market share. In the case of East Timor, a very big majority of materials are written by direct participants in the political battles, or with strong allegiances.

Anyway, in the immediate aftermath of the elections, the following “stream-of consciousness” is now down in writing.)

Jose Ramos Horta, standing as an independent candidate, has defeated the FRETILIN candidate, Francisco Guterres Luolo, 70% to 30% in the second round of presidential elections in East Timor on May 9. This apparently clear-cut vote will not, however, guarantee a shift to a more stable political situation. A deeper analysis of some of the long-term issues behind divisions within the East Timorese political elite and some features of the election themselves point to some unresolved issues.


(I spoke to Avelino Coelho in Dili over the phone.May 11.) See also Green Left Weekly this coming week.

As of Friday, May 11, the East Timorese National Commission of Elections announcements on the results of the East Timorese presidential elections recorded a 73% win for Jose Ramos Horta, standing as an independent candidate, and a 27% vote for Francisco “Lu’olo” Gutteres standing as the candidate of FRETILIN, the party which currently holds a majority in the parliament and the cabinet. With Luolo retaining his 27% vote from the first round, FRETILIN’s vote has collapsed from just over 60% in the last general elections in 2001.

The collapse in the vote, according to Avelino Coelho, General Secretary of the Socialist Party of Timor (PST), is connected to the failure of the FRETILIN government during its term of office since 2001 to deliver any progress in the socio-economic arena. “There has been a virtual ignoring of agriculture. The PST has had meetings with the government putting forward proposals that would advance production in agriculture. Our cooperatives, in the several villages where they are operating, are already doing that. The government just ignored all proposals. We are now more and more unnecessarily dependent on imports from Indonesia.” Coelho also emphasised the high unemployment rates as another major grievance.


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