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  • ross1948 08:22 on February 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Jakarta Post Against Book-Burning – If The Books Are Leftist? 


    Don’t burn books

    • That was the stark demand from the ‘Editorial Board of The Jakarta Post’ issued on January 29, 2019, along with a large photograph, this photo…

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    …of a 1965 demo by the totalitarian hypocrites of the PKI, the Indonesian Communist Party, in the heart of Jakarta.

    The occasion for the Jakarta Post’s outrage was the recent move by the Indonesian government’s to conduct raids on leftist books...,

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    That deserves our attention, but the JP editors have an odd way of looking at it, their heartfelt rant launched with the words ‘people fear what they don’t understand…

    Like, uh, what’s not to understand?

    Indonesians are not stupid. They understand today, as they understood in 1965, the essential evil of communism, the gulags, the eradication of free elections, opposition parties, free labour unions, free student unions, opposition media and the jackboot on religious liberty.

    They remember how the PKI leader D N Aidit told his comrades that his own preferred model was North Korea, and if young Indonesians listen to their elders, they’d hear of the appalling and brutal intolerance of the PKI….

    Jakarta Post – Never Miss a Chance to Re-Hab Reds! 

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    …and its collaborators, like the rotten ‘intellectuals’ in the red front gang LEKRA, whose leading light Pramoedya we have mentioned before.

    Tempo, issue May 16-22, 2006 – an extract which explains why some 25 “prominent literary figures and cultural observers” put their distinguished names to a formal submission to the Magsaysay Award Committee in 1995, protesting at that body’s decision to give Pramoedya an award.

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    Their reasons were simply stated, viz his unethical role during one of the darkest periods for creativity during the Guided Democracy era, when he led the persecution of artists and literary figures who disagreed with him. (this protest is air-brushed out of most Western references nowadays, though a brief mention is to be found in an otherwise slavishly pro-Pram article in the Economist  http://www.economist.com/node/168819 )

    The Jakarta Post evidently regrets that there have  been no efforts to exorcise Indonesians’ fear and loathing of Marxism-Leninism.

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    Indeed, the Jakarta Post regards the law which outlawed the PKI as merely a means to ‘demonise’ anything leftist…

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    Among the JP editors’ gripes about the law’s applications, are ‘crack-downs’ on ‘books, which at times have only marginally been tied to the communist coup.’

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    The JP gives examples, one of which is a ‘a text written by one of the country’s founding fathers that opens up a discussion on the interpretation of Islamic texts’ and  they may well have a point about that – but you can read their whole paean of protest for yourselves.

    But the major question that arises from these ‘free-speech’ bleaters has surely got to be-

    WHY HAVE THEY ONLY FOUND THEIR VOICES WHEN THE LEFT IS FEELING THE HEAT??

    Regular readers here at RRA will remember the infamous Nazi-style book-burning in Jakarta, sponsored not only by the most backward Islamist fanatics…

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    …but by Indonesia’s largest publishing empire, Gramedia, of which, last I heard, the Jakarta Post is part.

    That was a Hitlerite atrocity against free expression which, again last I heard, the JP editorial board has never issued any thunderous denunciation of ‘pointless book raids and book burning’ referencing that episode which was fundamentally an action replay of scenes like this…

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    German Nazi book-burning

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    …which were a familiar part of life in 1930s Germany.

    Yet when action is taken against the Left, the hacks get noisy?

    Draw your own conclusions.

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    https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2019/01/29/dont-burn-books.html?src=mostviewed&pg=/

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    • JazPen 15:07 on February 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Well asked, Ross.
      These lefties at the JP were very happy to let the Gramedia book burning pass without a peep of protest.
      Now that their co-lefties are in trouble the JP editors are at their most hypocritical loudest.

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    • Jim ex Jakarta 20:11 on February 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      JazPen, you are correct, the hypocrisy of the Jakarta Post editorial board is shocking.
      They rave on about how raids on leftwing books are so bad but when their Gramedia boss company burnt some other books, the Jakarta Post were as quiet as a mouse.
      Those editors kept quiet about Gramedia’s nazi stunt either because they feared for their jobs if the criticised the book-burning, or because they sniffed the wind and decided the ayatollah scholars would soon be running the country and they better not upset them.
      Yellow!
      The liberals over there in Indonesia wont fight back against creeping shariah and if you look at the two vice-presidential candidates, you can see the shariah is no longer creeping.
      Stampede more like it.

      I didn’t move from Jakarta to where I am now because of the way the country’s been going but the change in Indonesia from when I came there years ago did make me feel that getting out was no bad thing.

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    • Kezia 09:14 on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      It is truly not consistent how the Jakarta Post was so silent when Gramedia followe nazi tradition and burned books but now so very vocal for the Leftwing victims.
      I think it is always wrong to burn books, so I agree that the Jakarta Post editors have no courage.
      They are hypocrites.

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    • Mitch 16:01 on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I go along with you on the Gramedia book-burning. That was appeasement of Islamist fanatics and I still try to avoid shopping in Gramedia when there are handy alternatives.
      That is one thing but two wrongs never make a right.
      Just because the Jakarta Post editors are guilty of double standards, that should not mean we ignore the unwisdom of the raids on leftwing books.

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  • ross1948 20:12 on September 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 30 September 1965; Jakarta Post, , , Lekra, , , , tapol   

    Jakarta Media And 30 September 


    I wonder if the Jakarta English-language media will be up to their usual nonsense this weekend, that annual ( or even more often!) muddying of the historical waters on the anniversary of the 30th September 1965 put-down of Communist subversion.

    Jakarta Post – Never Miss a Chance to Re-Hab Reds! 

    I wasn’t here then, and probably paid little attention to events in Indonesia, although like most people everywhere I knew a lot about America’s brave fight against the evil of marxism in Vietnam, that war which President Reagan rightly characterised as ‘a noble cause.’

    No less noble because the Reds won, thanks to media traitors and draft-dodging scum.

    But here in this archipelago, the Reds did not win, though they came damned close.

    However, the details of Sukarno’s collaboration with the totalitarian hypocrites of the PKI, the Indonesian Communist Party, are well-known, as are the facts about the PKI leader Aidit’s admiration for North Korea…

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    …and the airborne delivery of weaponry from Red China, etc. and need no rehashing today.

    The Indonesian armed forces stepped in, eagerly supported by common folk of all ethnicities and creeds; and the death toll has been variously estimated at between several hundred thousand and a million.

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    Those who run the Jakarta Post and Jakarta Globe are inexplicably out of step with most Indonesians, and like to run offensive screeds about poor scumbags who had to flee the country, tellingly not to democratic lands, but to brutal marxist tyrannies, like China.

    If such mangy old red rats had ever shown signs of repentance, had repudiated the satanic ideology of their youth…

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    …then okay, a lot of years gone by, so leave them to be penitent in peace in their old age.

    But if they are NOT penitent, not remotely sorry for the evil they espoused?

    ‘We Don’t Want Communism?’ But if You Did, It’s Time To Apologise!! 

    Again, various media freaks dwell on the death toll, ‘innocents’ killed by the anti-communists.

    A large number of those who died were not innocent.

    They were dedicated enemies of Indonesian freedom in 1965, just as in the city of Madiun in 1948 their party comrades had been,  during the nation’s independence fight with the Dutch. The PKI stabbed the young country in the back by staging an insurrection in that city, which had to be put down.

    Seventeen years later, in 1965, Aidit was killed. No loss!

    But check it out, see how media comsymps like to mix it all up.

    They ramble on about genuinely innocent people killed in error, mistaken for, or framed as, PKI.

    Dreadful, yes, but the muddying media here do not seem able to differentiate between those innocents and the Communists, who had it coming.

    Again, we read all too often about the families, kids, kin, of PKI rats, who were victimised and persecuted purely because they were related to Reds.

    Obviously unjust.

    IF they were maltreated for such reasons.

    Were they? Or were they Reds too?

    And the TAPOL, the political prisoners?

    Were they all innocent victims?

    Or were a lot of them malevolent PKI collaborators, luminaries of LEKRA, the red front for ‘intellectuals’  of whom the most notorious was Pramoedya, producer of turgid novels, who was subsequently denounced by distinguished Indonesian writers in forthright terms,viz.

    From  Tempo, issue May 16-22, 2006 – an extract which explains why some 25 “prominent literary figures and cultural observers” put their distinguished names to a formal submission to the Magsaysay Award Committee in 1995, protesting at that body’s decision to give Pramoedya an award.

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    Their reasons were simply stated, viz his unethical role during one of the darkest periods for creativity during the Guided Democracy era, when he led the persecution of artists and literary figures who disagreed with him.


    (this protest is air-brushed out of most Western references nowadays, though a brief mention is to be found in an otherwise slavishly pro-Pram article in the Economist  http://www.economist.com/node/168819 )

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    Just saying, as my lovely host nation reflects on this anniversary.

    Those trendy lefty scribblers who infest the local Anglophone media should play fair with history.

    The iron rule of Suharto was no picnic for a lot of people.

    Had those poor, persecuted PKI vermin over-run Indonesia, life would have been hell on earth, as it always is when Communists take power.

     
    • Jazpen 21:19 on September 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You expect them to get better, Ross?
      Dont be naive. They are full of PKI fans.

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    • luke 07:20 on October 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. Ross, as an Indonesian I give thanks for keep voicing the truth about the danger of communism which isn’t dead.
      We have problems with so called religious people, but being communist isn’t a good choice either.
      They has internationalized the issue, so let us do the same!

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