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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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    Don't burn books=======

    …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...,




    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! 


    …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.



    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.




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




    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.’

    communism tyranny

    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-


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


    …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…


    German Nazi book-burning


    …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.




    • 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.


    • 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.
      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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


  • ross1948 22:52 on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    German Red Nazi Antifa Echo Hitler, Target Books 

    We often refer to Hitler’s infamous book-burning…



    …usually in the context of how Indonesia’s big publishing company, Gramedia, emulated the Nazis a couple of years ago, in overt collaboration with the bigoted Islamist ‘Scholars’ of the MUI.


    But it’s back to Germany for this month’s report of intolerance of the printed word, to the Frankfurt Book Fair, in fact, where Red Nazis had a shouting match with supporters of the AfD patriot party, whose chant of “Everyone hates Antifa” sounds like easy listening indeed!



    As almost always, it was the far-left who caused all the trouble – the protests were sparked by leading AfD member Bjoern Hoecke’s visit to the annual fair to attend the presentation of a book by the hard-right publishing house Antaios.

    In other words, if you happen to be rightwing, a conservative, a nationalist, a ‘populist,’ these Antifa hoodlums think they have a veto on your presence wherever you may wish, quite legally, to go.

    And elsewhere at the trade show, a reading by two right-wing authors had to be cancelled because it was drowned out by protesters,

    So the Antifa scum detest free speech.

    Nichts neues!


    Nothing new so far!

    Nor, really, is it news that the book-fair organisers issued a statement condemning “the targeted  provocations” between “left- and right-wing groupings.”

    Duh… the good guys were behaving themselves, engaged in legitimate activity in a democratic society.


    Gambar terkait

    Millennial Antifa morons at the book fair, railing against freedom


    The red vermin only came along to shut them down but…wait for it….those fair organisers, despite their effort to assert moral equivalence between the AfD and the thug gang, have been condemned for allowing books by the who dissent from the prevailing cultural marxist ideology  – apparently that’s giving a platform to rabble-rousers.

    Meanwhile, one famous New Right publisher, Antaios, had its books vandalised – some were stolen, others smeared with toothpaste and coffee in apparent protest actions.


    So no books actually burned this time except maybe those stolen by reds, but vandalism is but a short step from arson.

    Soon enough, Hitler’s heirs in Antifa will graduate to bonfire building.

    • Hannelor 16:21 on October 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      AfD gets so much support in Eastern Germany because people there remember how bad the communists were and see the street wars now in Germany..
      The Antifa communists badly want to suppress the true opposition party. The Merkel party is scared by AfD so is very happy if Antifa can do this. Merkel is still Stasi in her heart.
      Antifa must be stopped if we want to prevent another dictatorship.


  • ross1948 19:18 on June 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: book-burning, , Gregorian University Rome, , , , , red rehab campaign   

    Jakarta Post’s ‘Red Apology’ Clique Getting Desperate? 

    The Jakarta Post must be getting increasingly desperate in its dredging around for people to join the  Red-Rehab-Jihad.

    By that I mean the campaign for an indiscriminate ‘apology’ to all those who fell foul of anti-communist activity in the wake of the failed PKI kudeta in 1965.


    • pkiposter
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    • The Indonesian Communist Party had misled a lot of simple peasants into joining their front organisation, and it was mostly them that got whacked. The cowardly communist leadership managed, most of them, to scuttle off to agreeably tyrannical regimes overseas.

    An angry Indonesia lashed out, catching a bunch of Reds but also detaining people falsely accused of communism as well as innocents who were unlucky to be kin to marxist malignants.



    • Now the JP and its collaborationist cohorts want President Jokowi to ‘apologise,’ without any distinction between the evil hypocrites of the PKI and those latter unfortunates.

    Bizarrely they’ve now roped in somebody identified as a ‘Nostra Aetate Fellow’ at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, which is no doubt as totally meaningless to me as it is to you.

    One might assume it’s a trainee priest, but in fact it’s a chick! 

    More surprisingly, it’s a chick named Lailatul Fitriyah, which is a very Islamic sort of name for a fellow of the very Catholic Pontifical Gregorian Uni! I wondered briefly how many Italian Catholics hold fellowships at universities in Medina or Mosul! 

    Whatever, she maintains that Islam is an inherently egalitarian faith that upholds critical thinking and attainment of justice as its core teachings.

    So she presumably didn’t grow up in a family that had this kind of disgusting sexism plastered around the living-room.



    ‘Fathers and Husbands, their private parts are your responsibility!’

    Of course I do know many Muslims who are fair–minded and most capable of ‘critical thinking.’ 

    But Indonesia’s state-sponsored MUI (Council of ‘Scholars’) needs to snap out of its backward bigotry before she can argue her case effectively.

    “If the act of adultery is by a married person, then stoning is the sentence, while if unmarried, then it’s whipping,” he said.

    Syamsul Maarif,  General Secretary of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Jakarta


    More importantly, this college cutie needs to remember which newspaper she’s writing for when she asserts that –

    Support from Muslims to ban “leftist” books is especially sad; instead of upholding Islamic values they are emulating the destruction of the House of Wisdom in Baghdad in 1258 AD.

    They are crippling one of the most important principles in Islam, the preservation and distribution of knowledge. 


    I’m not au fait with her historical references, but her last half dozen words are hard to disagree with!



    But surely they must be anathema to the editorial clique at the Jakarta Post.

    Their owners, and presumable pay-masters, the Gramedia conglomerate, is downright INFAMOUS across Indonesia for their Nazi-style book-burning, carried out in cahoots with those virulent enemies of free expression, none other than the MUI.

    If Ms Lailatul Fitriyah wants to wax lyrical about people backward and bigoted enough to engage in mass destruction of books they don’t like, Gramedia is a much better and more obvious target than the poorly educated IslamoNazis she’s justifiably criticising,  

    Why doesn’t she get stuck into that JP clique whose editorials have yet to criticise their overseers?

    What do we say about the Jakarta Post? What does Ms L have to say?

    C’mon, honey, put the boot into Gramedia! But then the Jakarta Post wouldn’t publish you if you showed such consistency, would they?


    PS – Oh, and before we leave her to do her home-work, a final response to another of her know-all rebukes.

    If you are a Muslim and drifting through the issue of anti-communism, at least ask yourself whether you completely understand what communism is. http://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2016/06/03/fear-is-not-islamic-reflection-ahead-of-ramadhan.html

    If she’s in Rome, she should meet some clergy from East and Central Europe. Their countries have first-hand experience and thus completely understand what communism is.


    • mindsz
    • …………………….
    • Mass-murder, concentration camps, show-trials, rigged elections, an unfree press – a myriad of evils…



    ….and still on  display par excellence in the one Communist country hailed by the PKI’s unlamented D N Aidit as the one he’d have most liked to model Indonesia upon. 

    aquariums-pyongyang-ten-years-in-north-korean-gulag-kang-chol-hwan-paperback-cover-art North Korea, Hell on Earth


  • ross1948 11:37 on December 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: book-burning, , , Goddess of the South Seas, , , , , Nyai Loro Kidul, philosophy, , , , ,   

    Islamist Insanity – ‘He’s Married The Goddess of the South Seas!’ 

    Most of you, like me, lead lives concerned with enjoyment. It may be that you delight in your family, or your job, or sport, or party-going.

    Or all of the above!

    Life is short and it’s not a dress-rehearsal – apologies to those who believe in reincarnation, but that’s just how I feel about it. 

    That’s today’s intro, but here’s something to think about. 


    • nature “So the water, the soil, the sun, the air become a composite, energy for the welfare of society without exploitation, because that people obey the law of nature is a certainty.”


    Wow! A bit heavy, but harmless, yeah? And anyone who propounds such ideas should not be harassed or hounded for doing so?

    Pause for general agreement. Ooops!

    Not in West Java, not even if the ideas come from a senior local government position, like Dedi Mulyadi, Regent of Purwakarta. He’s not only a notable but a thinker, and a writer, and he’s written a book setting forth his thoughts on the nature of life and the universe.

    He seems to be a likeable chap.



    Good for him. Or not.

    Because ‘some Muslims are uneasy.’ And ‘scholars are fretful.‘   http://nasional.tempo.co/read/news/2015/11/30/058723573/dilaporkan-fpi-ke-polda-begini-reaksi-bupati-purwakarta

    So says the local IslamoNazi FPI chief, a ‘scholar’ himself.

    The ‘scholars’ mentioned are hardly what normal folk think of as scholars. They are ulema, steeped in Islamist dogma but that’s where their ‘learned’ status stops. But even they don’t usually come out with the sort of rank hogwash we heard from one infamous Islamist bigot.

    He has accused Dedi of secretly marrying Nyai Loro Kidul, the legendary Goddess of the South Seas.


    Habib Rizieq (left) with the nastiest terrorist convict in the country, Abu Bakr Bashyir

    • Guess who?

    Yup, it’s the ‘high priest’ of the FPI, Habib Rizieq! 


    •  Hmm…A man could do worse!
    • =================================
    • Although large numbers of Javanese worship her ( and that ticks off the Islamists no end!) she doesn’t appear too often.
    • Like I say, a legend. Locals don’t wear green on the Parangtritis beach, for fear she’ll take a fancy to them and carry them off, into her oceanic domain. 

    No wonder Dedi’s laughing about that IslamoNazi berk’s babblings! 

    But here’s where it gets beyond a joke.

    In response to complaints from the white-shirt gang, West Java Police are investigating Dedi!

    The report will be explored by the Special Criminal investigation team…


    Who gives a monkey’s if some Muslims or some Catholics, or Protestants, or Hindus, are uneasy. They should be told to take a chill-pill and grow up!

    And if those dogmatic drones, the ‘scholars,’ are in a fret, that’s hardly news at all. The curmudgeonly old (and sadly young) ‘clerics’ spend much of their time seemingly searching for fret-producing issues, and invent them if they can’t find them.

    •  –


    • Dedi’s book, for example, was published long ago, but only now has some sectarian sticky-beak stumbled on it as a whine-excuse. 

    Nonetheless, when are the relevant authorities going to tell the nasty fanatics who infest this country that wasting police time is not just anti-social, but also a prosecutable offence – or should be.

    • Indonesian_National_Police_General's_Visor_Hat
    • Given the amount of real crime, not least shameless corruption in high places, Indonesia’s Police must have better things to do than investigate sane people just because demented dorks are in a tizzy about a book.

    Alas, there is a pool of intolerance in this beautiful archipelago, exemplified by Gramedia, one of the largest publishing companies, which owns many media, including the pretend-pluralist Jakarta Post.

    burning books Gramedia’s Nazi-style book-burning

    The management of that collaborationist company grovelled despicably to the most mean-spirited jihadists only a year or so ago, revelling in a Nazi-style public book-burning.

    Grovelling Gramedia’s BookBurning Bonanza – Appeasing Fanatics 

    The book’s ‘crime’ then was the same as Dedi’s book’s now – dissing religion.


  • ross1948 08:46 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , book-burning, English grammar, , , ,   

    Five-Star Hotel Hooker Horror – Jakarta Post Grammar Probe? 



    Prostitution has been there since my childhood but we have hypocrite and posed not to know about it,” kompas.com quoted him as saying here on Monday.

    That’s allegedly Jakarta’s Governor Ahok speaking, about a ‘high-class pimp’ story hitting headlines here.

    He also said he did not know the number of ublic officials using sex workers’ service but many have abused their power to pay the high tariff.

    • stock-illustration-30527208-silhouettes-of-beautiful-pin-up-girls-1950s-style
    • He admitted he had difficulties to eliminate prostitution, including the online one, in the capital city.


    I am content to grant that the word ‘ublic’ is just a misprint for ‘public.’ Thanks be it was not misprinted as ‘pubic!’

    But the abominable standard of English must surely make the newspaper a laughing-stock, not least among those who, like myself, have in the past described it as part of the ‘English-language media.’ 


    • ahok Ahok
    • ———————
    • Ahok of course did not use those words attributed to him – he would have spoken in Indonesian and the bizarre rendering of his quote is entirely down to whichever English-language ‘expert’ translated it and the ‘editorial’ staffer who approved it.

    Perhaps some of my former students who spent most of class-time playing with their hand-phones?

    It’s early morning here and I’ll check out other media later, hoping to uncover the interesting parts of the story – e.g. the name of the posh hotel, never mind the celebrity slapper – carefully concealed.

    But I remain convinced nothing will be quite as shocking as that grotesque grammar!


    burning booksgramedia

    Grovelling Gramedia’s BookBurning Bonanza – Appeasing Fanatics 

    I’m reading the ‘online one,’ of course, not the paper edition, so don’t yet know if that shares the short-comings.

    If so, will Gramedia, who own the JP, recall all today’s copies and subject them to the book-burning process for which they are notorious?

    • JazPen 09:42 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You hit the nale on the hed,Ross. They’re grammer is worse than mine.
      A trooly terribel noozpaper.


    • Santi 10:03 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe the other media has her name because I am looking now at who is the selebrity AA.
      But she said she is not in the hotel.
      Maybe my grammar is not so bad as Jakarta Post editors. Can I maybe get new job?


    • Irfan 10:27 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My English too is not very well but I see how bad is this Jakarta Post. Very funny.


    • Julie English 11:38 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It was I think Prince Philip who memorably called the Daily Express ‘a bloody awful newspaper.’
      What he would have made of the Jakarta Post, I hate to think.

      Their bias is an editorial prerogative but why so slipshod in production.


    • Graeme M 12:10 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      So instead of telling you that it’s beneath the Jakarta Post to approach you because you were once an English teacher, that comment a few months ago should have been urging them to find as many English teachers as they could to improve their inadequate employees..
      I’m an English teacher here and was going to rely to that person’s insult to the profession at the time but didn’t get around to it.
      So now I have.


    • Elwyn 14:31 on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Question – why does the Jakarta Globe have far fewer grammar errors than the Jakarta Post?
      Possible Answer- – if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys?.
      True or not?
      I know the Globe is owned by one of the richest people in Indonesia.
      Gramedia, on the other hand, may be less wealthy.
      But you are right, Gramedia’s book-burning stinks.


    • Andy H 11:29 on May 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      If they had principles, their grammar wouldn’t bother me.
      I remember they kept very low key and therefore kept publishing during Suharto’s dictatorship.
      Now they bow and scrape to the Jihadists.
      Principles? Or would their subeditors spell it Principals?


  • ross1948 00:25 on December 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , book-burning, , , , , ,   

    Kidding, Ya? Jakarta Post Accused of ‘Blasphemy ?’ 

    In 2012, the Jakarta Post’s parent company decided Indonesians were not fit to read a book.

    • Gramedia joined with the most rabid sectarians in the country in a Nazi-style book-burning, which the JP has never yet condemned, despite its editorial pretensions towards pluralism. 

    Grovelling Gramedia’s BookBurning Bonanza – Appeasing Fanatics 

    • burning books
    • Gramedia’s Hitlerite book-burning
    • ====================
    • the books were burned outside the Bentara Budaya cultural hall in the Kompas Gramedia complex in Palmerah, West Jakarta. Company president director Wandi S. Brata oversaw the book burning, along with several Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) officials, including deputy chairman Ma’ruf Amin. Jakarta Globe 13/6/12
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    • WOW!
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    •  I’d thought book-burning was something that happened in Red China’s Cultural Revolution or Hitler’s Germany. 
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    • ====================
    • But then big news yesterday!


    biter bit


    • The Biter has been Bit!


    The Jakarta Post’s chief editor Meidyatama Suryodiningrat issued a statement on Thursday evening in response to the announcement made by the Jakarta Police that he has been named a suspect in a blasphemy case.  http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/12/11/post-chief-responds-being-named-suspect.html

    Yeah, it’s true that making  blasphemy a crime is plain daft, but what did Suryodiningrat have to say in his statement  a ringing denunciation of the Dark Age law?


    We are amazed because the fact is we did not commit a criminal act as accused. What we produced was a journalistic piece that criticized the ISIS [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant] movement, which has carried out violence in the name of religion.

    So far so good – then, enter amnesia!

    It means that the ISIS caricature was not blasphemous...However, we respect the ongoing process and we will follow it in accordance with the prevailing regulations.”


    The soppy appeasement monkeys at the Jakarta Post published that cartoon satirising the ISIS flag –

    – THEN did a typical gutless U-turn and apologised repeatedly for those tiresome ‘hurt feelings’ afflicting the usual tantrum brats!

    The Post regrets the error in judgment, which was in no way meant to malign or be disrespectful to any religion. 





    Jihadists Wreck Prophet’s Tomb! OK, Jakarta Post – What IS Inscribed On ISIS’ Flag? 


    Nor were the JP clowns content merely to publish pusillanimous apologies – they proceeded to welcome in the local friends of ISIS, the JAT jerks, and treated them as if they were respectable citizens with legitimate cause for complaint.

    • ————————–


    In fact, as you can see from the inclusion of the satanic old beast Ba’asyir on their propaganda page, JAT’s rabid and dangerous ideology should make JAT untouchable by respectable people.

     So the valiant myrmidons of the Gramedia plutocrats first did the right thing and published a ‘flag’ mocking the demonic ISIS.

    Then, when loads of sectarian ratbags began a-shrilling, they cowered and cravenly apologised.

    Now they are facing sectarian legal sanctions and they belatedly resurrect their fanciful self-image as brave and bold journalists?

    • laughing
    • All Jakarta will laugh, or at least those who recall that Hitlerian bonfire in obeisance to fanatics.


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