By: Kishore Mahbubani

Indonesia Has Played a Heroic Role in the Transformation of Asia

I have no doubts that Indonesia will be part of this great transformation of Asia. Indeed, Indonesia has already played a heroic role in the transformation of Asia. lt has successfully made one of the most difficult transitions any society has to make: the transition to full democracy. This is a remarkable story which has not been fully understood by the world.
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Prayer for Interfaith Meetings

God of all creation, we stand in awe before You, impelled by visions of the harmony of humanity. We are children of many traditions – inheritors of shared wisdom and tragic misunderstandings, of proud hopes and humble successes.
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Land of Wonders, Sea of Sensations

A Lovable Indonesia

Indonesia. A land of wonders, a sea of sensations. A spectacular display of nature at its finest. A grand gesture of warmth and kindness of the more than 200 million lives that call Indonesia home. An astounding assortment of rich history and genuine desire for a brighter future.
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Cross-Cultural Management

Komunikasi dan Manajemen Lintas Budaya

Semboyan Bhinneka Tunggal Ika memiliki dua elemen yaitu perbedaan dan kesatuan. Jangan kita menafikan perbedaan dengan hidup dalam ilusi bahwa terdapat satu budaya Indonesia, tetapi let’s cherish and manage the differences. Rule of thumb setiap kali kita berinteraksi dengan budaya-budaya yang berbeda adalah: it’s not right, it’s not wrong, it’s just different.
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A Thank You Note

Who Knew?

For all its pivotal utilities, the calendar system also sets benchmarks in our lives so that we can see our life journey in sections like days, months, and years. It enables us to review our past and plan for the future. But most of the time we do not know the full extent of what we do today will bring us in the future. Just like we didn’t know that something small in the past actually brought something we value dearly.
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By: Wimar Witoelar

Suharto Escapes Trial, But Indonesia Does Not

This is the original version of the article that appears on the back page of TIME magazine (Asia edition Vol. 171, No. 6, February 11,2008). The edited version is published under the title "The Soeharto Effect". Different emphasis, related message. Suharto did a lot of good, but his corruption and atrocities did permanent damage to Indonesia. TIME omitted references to the implications for today's public.
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Ilustrasi Soeharto dan “The Last Supper”

Perlukah Tempo Minta Maaf?

Kiranya iman umat Kristiani dan umat beriman lainnya (beriman tidak sama dengan beragama) jauh lebih mendalam ketimbang interpretasi sebuah karya seni buatan manusia. Umat beriman tidak akan mudah tersinggung ketika karya manusia dijadikan anekdot, sebab iman mereka bersumber dari Yang Maha Illahi dan bukan sekedar ikon dekoratif – karya seorang maestro sekalipun.
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    Thank you for browsing MP. This website is constructed as an accessible collection of writings ranging from social concerns, political issues, and management practices to poetry and contemplations. These writings are original works that reflect personal perspectives, views, and thoughts on the various matters unless noted otherwise.

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    A Documentary Shows Political Maturity of Indonesian Grassroots Several international friends have asked the question, how come Indonesia managed a relatively peaceful transition of power over the years? Even following the 1997-98 regime change that involved some dark violent episodes, the country quickly re-established order and peace. Why is that despite the bitter political fights [...]

    A Democracy Can Overcome Extremism

    The closing of houses of worship, assault on an orphanage and stabbing of a religious leader all happened in front of our eyes and under full media coverage. We cannot say that we did not see this coming. As a democratic society, the blame rests with us. The government that has done little to prevent such acts — even possibly provoking hostility toward a certain group in some instances — is, like it or not, a democratically elected one.

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    The Strategic Case of Climate Change for Indonesia

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    Indeed, through exchange of ideas and constructive debates, violence and war should have no place in humanity. However, the precondition advocated in the quote is the biggest challenge of all: great minds and conscious must reign.

    SwordThat is why, a dove with an olive branch are placed on top of the grip. They symbolize universal peace and harmony that have been craved, fought, and destroyed throughout civilizations. It has been a defiant struggle to establish and maintain peace and thus the sword. On a personal note, the sword also captures an element of a gallant archangel St. Michael that drew his sword to defeat evil.

    SwordThe tip of the sword is nonetheless a fountain pen. It signifies a battle of ideas, thoughts, and concepts through writings, discussions, and debates all the things that can be mightier than sword. Meanwhile M-CN-CG-P are the initials of the name Michael Citrasena Nareshwara Cakti Gutomo Putrawenas. is a website built upon the MP insignia. It promotes exchanges of ideas and dissemination of thoughts, no matter how simple or ridicule they are.

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    Image of a mouse cursorAffiliates, Interests, Daily Clicks, Friends, Organizations—the followings are links to some of my most visited websites or those that are related to me. You may find them interesting, useful, or in any case informative. Some are totally in Indonesian.