Cruel Jakarta Post, Thus To Raise Then Dash Our Hopes!

Busily watching the Inauguration, today’s visitor long since left, so for the time being I’m stuck with a newly-empty bottle of Jim Beam for company.


Don’t be alarmed – there were only a few inches in it when I started this arvo, the remains of my Festive Season allocation, just enough to toast the new President in Washington! 

But now that The Donald is safely installed – good, short speech, BTW! – a look at local news here.


In my opinion, the Jakarta Post is rarely a source of hope for many people.

In fact sometimes it’s a real source of despair! 

I have long hoped its editorial clique might grow a set and condemn their parent company, Gramedia, for complicity in Nazi–style book-burning.


  • But so far, on that shameful episode, at least, back-bones remain underdeveloped.
  • However, today, recovering slowly from the third party attended this week, I flicked through their current output of local news, and my heart skipped a beat at this exciting headline.

Noose tightens around FPI leader

The FPI, as most readers know from its constant appearance on our pages, is a nasty sectarian thug-gang, and the leader referred to is Habib Rizieq.

If you have missed recent stories on these phenomena, here’s a couple of links.

Nightmare – Indonesian IslamoNazis Get Armed Forces Training! 

fpi kill busddhist

So Has Indonesia Come To This? Paradise Lost? 

So you can imagine my disappointment when I opened up the ‘Noose’ story and learned that the JP writers were not being literal…




….but had resorted to metaphor!

Never mind.  I’m a resilient fellow, and never stay downcast for long.

Besides, there’s another party to go to tomorrow – actually, today, for it’s after midnight here!

In fact, of course, the report in the JP is quite fun to read, with the fanatic facing possible prosecution in West Java, of all places, after loads of decent Indonesians were outraged by IslamoNazi antics.

Rizieq now faces public scrutiny as the police investigate five separate cases. These cases relate to Rizieq’s alleged blasphemy toward Christianity, insults to the State ideology Pancasila, comments over supposed communist symbols on Rupiah bank notes and hate speech.

Read and savour, the biter belatedly bit.