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A. Fatih Syuhud

A. Fatih Syuhud is CEO of Pondok Pesantren Al-Khoirot Malang and Consultant at Konsultasi Syariah Islam . Currently he has authored seven books on Islam and Indonesia. He is blogging at fatihsyuhud.com in English, fatihsyuhud.net in Bahasa Indonesia, and fatihsyuhud.org in Arabic . Follow him at facebook.com/fatihsyuhud, Twitter.com/fatihsyuhud and Google Plus

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Indonesia: Kidnapping Children for Ransom

26 August 2007

Nobody in Indonesia feels sure as to what motivates the criminals to abduct a child to serve their purpose. One thing is clear this trend is growing and it grows at an alarming pace. The “climax” of such child abduction criminal trend was the release of Raisya, a 4-year-old pre-nursery...

Bachelor Degree for President and the MP's Laptop

24 March 2007

In political arena every move becomes political, or considered to be political if it's not in line with certain interest of particular segment of political elites. That's exactly what's happening currently in Indonesian both in politicosphere and blogosphere. A contentious debate over the current plan of DPR (Indonesia's MP) to...

Indonesia: Floods that Paralysed the Capital and its People

5 February 2007

Indonesia again gets international media intention for yet another natural disaster. This time the capital Jakarta has gone through the worst floods in five years. The floods paralysed everything – the business activities, its people movement and day-to-day government activities. Picture from Rifle's Flickr Page Around 340,000 of Jakarta's population...

Indonesia: Internet Outage and Flood in Aceh

29 December 2006

There is nothing worse for Indonesian bloggers in particular around the new year eve but to see the sudden temporary “demise” of internet connection. The cause as reported by Budi Putra, , Sani Asy'ari and Enda Nasution is “the strong quake off Taiwan’s coast on December 26 damaged submarine cables...

Indonesia: Polygamous Holy Man and MP's Sex Scandal

8 December 2006

There is nothing more ovelwheming than the conversations among Indonesian blogosphere these past few weeks. The talk involves two occurences that looks similar but are actually unrelated – Aa Gym's second wife and an Indonesian MP of Golkar party's sex scandal. First off, for non-Indonesian, here's an intro by TIME...

Bush and Indonesia Islam

23 November 2006

If you watched CNN or BBC before and during Bush's visit to Indonesia, you would see a sea of protersters in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta with slogan of anti-Bush and to some extent, anti-American foreign policy. But with most female protesters were wearing Islamic clothes i.e. jilbab (Indonesian term for Islamic...

Celebrating Eid ul-Fitr the Blogger Way

1 November 2006

Some Indonesian bloggers still talk about Eid ul-Fitr, or something to do with it, days after it passed for various reasons. Agus Setiawan at Blogonesia, for example, discusses the recent fatwa (religious decree) made recently by Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Indonesian Muslim organisation, in which it stated that watching...

Another Indonesian Minister Blog and a Mourning Week

9 September 2006

As I wrote here, Indonesian Housing Minister Yusuf Asy'ari becomes the second Minister to start blogging after Minister of Defense Juwono Sudarsono went blogging a few months back. His blog post is written bilingually in English and Bahasa Indonesia. Harry Sufehmi, one of Indonesian blogger, is fortunate enough to be...

Indonesian Blogger Confronts US Media View on Indonesian Muslims

1 September 2006

Here is a stark example on how people from different cultures see the same thing differently. And how bias and pre-occupied notion on certain issue and on certain people or community can lead you to see thing only from the negative side of the picture. Rasyad A. Parinduri at Sarapan...

61st Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence Day

20 August 2006

In commemorating the 61st anniversary of independence day, Indonesian bloggers have many ways to celebrate it. Agusti Anwar highlights the meaning of flag as a symbol of nation and nationalism: Flag is indeed a formal expression of recognition. To that effect, if a people dispose or pull out recognition of...

Breastfeeding Day and Indonesian Minister Blog on Middle-East Conflict

12 August 2006

When citizen journalists or ‘ordinary’ bloggers are making political statements on current Middle East conflicts between Israel and Lebanon, they are usually talking with their hearts. They write whatever they want to write without any consideration of impacts. But when a minister of the largest Muslim country in the world...

Middle-East War and Indonesian Blogger Divided Responses

4 August 2006

Echoing the international media headlines on current conflicts in the Middle East between Israel-Lebanon and Israel-Palestine, Indonesian bloggers post similar topics with various comments and responses; pros and cons, supports and condemnation to either sides. Among Indonesian Muslims bloggers, condemnation towards Israeli atrocities against civilians people in Lebanon almost pouring...

Indonesia: One Day without TV

23 July 2006

Can we live a day without TV? Many Indonesian bloggers almost simultaneously posted a piece about a day without television to commemorate National Children Day on July 23. Many of them are worried about the quality of Indonesian tv programs which they see as a threat to the children creativity...

Israel condemnation and the Cause of War and Conflicts

17 July 2006

Many Indonesian bloggers respond to the current brutal and terror act against civilians in Palestine and Lebanon with disgust and condemnation. Indra Pramanawho is very concerned about the current escalation of tension in the middle-east, especially the use of excessive force by Israelis against civilians in Palestinian territory and Lebanon,...

Indonesia Double Take to Israel and Looking at the Future

7 July 2006

Politics, sport, business towards Israel Ahmad Qisai at Politics and Society highlights the ever growing tension between Israel and Palestine and Indonesian government decision to boycot the playoff of the World Group II in Tel Aviv later this month but seems to have a double standard in case of economy....

Indonesia Growing Good Blogs, Hatemails and Asia Blog Awards

23 June 2006

Indonesia blogosphere this last two years has witnessed the growing and heartening development of good blogging and quality bloggers to cheer about. This, for most reason, due to the emergence of some Indonesian intellectuals, writers and journalists who start showing their interests to blog. I have some of good bloggers...

Indonesia: World Cup Fever & Minister Blog

16 June 2006

Despite Indonesia never reaches final round of Football/Soccer World Cup post-1945 of its independence, soccer has always been the most favorite sports ever in the country. So, no wonder then if majority of Indonesian bloggers give one or two postings dedicated to the biggest event on earth now being held...

Playboy Indonesia and Two Contradictory Opinion

8 June 2006

There are two interesting contradictory responses regarding the second edition of Playboy Indonesia which was released from its new office in Bali. Budi Putra thinks that the second issue is “skinner”: The edition, which hit newsstands across the country on Wednesday, offers bolder content than the first. The first issue...

How to Help Indonesia Earthquake Victims

30 May 2006

Members of International community who are very concerned with the Indonesia earthquake where the death toll exceeds 5,000 and many more thousands injured now can visit Merlyna Lim's blog where she is vigorously compiling various international and Indonesia aid relief agencies addresses. While Indonesia Help blog, a newly setup blog...

Special Indonesia Earthquake Blog

28 May 2006

The helps and donations which come from around the globe on the 6.2 richter scale earthquake in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia have been heartening. Indonesians outside Yogyakarta also watch the post-earthquake news very closely some of them a bit confused as to how to make donation and to which institution...

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