Corporate Social Responsibility

Bukan Amal, Bukan Bonus!

Jangan sampai kita terus menerus terjebak dan terbolak balik di negara ini dimana kerusakan yang diakibatkan operasi sebuah perusahaan pertambangan malah ditanggung Negara sementara tanggung jawab negara menyejahterakan rakyat malah dilimpahkan kepada perusahaan. Hendaknya baik pejabat pemerintah dan aktor swasta memahami betul peran dan tanggung jawab masing-masing secara profesional. Sah-sah saja tokoh bisnis menjadi negarawan karena setiap warga Negara memiliki hak politik yang setara. Tapi mari kita pahami perbedaan kewajiban setiap elemen untuk mencegah distorsi tanggung jawab.
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Budaya Senjata di Amerika

Vox Populi, Vox Dei?

Hampir setiap hari kita dengar berita tentang penembakan yang terjadi di berbagai belahan dunia. Tetapi ada sesuatu yang berbeda dari insiden pada hari Senin lalu. Lebih dari 30 pelajar dan dosen tewas di sebuah kampus. Bukan di Baghdad, bukan di Kabul, dan juga bukan di jalur Gaza; tetapi di Blacksburg, negara bagian Virginia, Amerika Serikat. Pelaku penembakan diduga bukan “teroris” maupun perampok –tapi mahasiswa berumur 23 tahun.
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Oleh: Ariel Heryanto

RUU Bahasa

Ini bukan kurangnya nasionalisme. Bukan juga pemujaan pada Barat. Budaya pop Barat merupakan barang sehari-hari yang tidak istimewa seperti halnya generasi terdahulu. Persoalannya, banyak dari kita yang malas berpikir dalam berbahasa. Apa pun yang lewat di benak dituturkan kepada orang lain tanpa dicerna dan diolah.
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Masyarakat dalam Negara Lucu

Komunikasi Substansial vs. Komunikasi Sensasional

Sebagai penutup kisah komedi ini, hal lucu terakhir adalah meskipun masyarakat dan media disana sering sekali menunjuk jari kepada “yang salah” tapi sebenarnya kalau mau dicari siapa yang salah sebenarnya salah siapa? Kelucuan-kelucuan ini bagi orang lain mungkin memang benar-benar lucu. Sayang, kita tidak bisa ikut tertawa lepas karena saya dan Anda tahu negara dan masyarakat lucu itu negara dan masyarakatnya siapa.
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Renungan

Maafkan Kami Bangsaku

Maafkan kami bangsaku Maafkan kami yang selalu ribut Maafkan kami yang sering maruk Sementara kau terus hidup dalam kabut Makin lama hidupmu makin terpuruk
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Indonesia dalam Komunikasi Global

Demokrasi di Indonesia pun sangat patut dikomunikasikan lebih intensif dan proaktif oleh kita sendiri. Setelah pemilu tahun 2004, majalah The Economist menurunkan berita tentang pemilu Indonesia yang berlangsung relatif damai sebagai berita utama. Harian International Herald Tribune di bulan November 2006 ini pun menyebut Indonesia sebagai contoh demokrasi raksasa di Asia Tenggara, apalagi setelah kudeta militer di Thailand. Pada era orde baru kita sering dikritik habis-habisan tentang pelaksanaan demokrasi – tapi kini setelah semuanya jauh lebih demokratis, berita dan kesadaran tentang perbaikan demokrasi seakan-akan tenggelam di tengah berbagai masalah lainnya.
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Kunjungan Bush ke Indonesia

Tolak Polemik Bush, Urus Kepentingan yang Lebih Besar!

Ibarat hukum ekonomi permintaan dan penawaran, perlu ada permintaan dari masyarakat terhadap berita-berita yang berbobot dan relevan supaya penawaran dari media pun bak gayung bersambut. Tinggal kita mau menjadi berbobot atau hanya sekedar mau berkoar sambil mengacungkan jari di depan kamera. Terserah.
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    Ordinary People, Extraordinary Resilience

    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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    Tulisan pidato ini adalah fiktif belaka yang diandaikan sebagai pidato Presiden RI. Dalam andaian itu, pidato ini dibacakan untuk menjawab keresahan masyarakat yang memilihnya untuk menjadi Presiden atas tindak kekerasan yang terjadi menjelang bulan suci Ramadhan dan peringatan hari Kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia. Tindak kekerasan diluar hukum sebagai wujud intoleransi seharusnya tidak memiliki tempat di negara yang serius menerapkan Pancasila. Pidato ini bukanlah serta merta sebuah kritik, tetapi lebih merupakan pengharapan–pengharapan bahwa 65 tahun adalah umur yang cukup bagi sebuah Negara dan Bangsa untuk mulai beranjak dewasa; dan juga pengharapan bahwa seorang pemimpin yang terpilih secara demokratis dapat pula menegakkan asas-asas demokrasi yang fundamental, termasuk melawan dengan tegas mereka yang berusaha merusak tatanan demokrasi.

    The Strategic Case of Climate Change for Indonesia

    It is critical to frame the issue of climate change as a problem to the population. It should not be seen only as a problem to the environment, since it also poses grave challenges to social and economic development. Planet Earth has been in existence for more than four billion years and has gone through solar storms, meteor impacts and several ice ages. Several dozens of high-grade hurricanes and meters of rising sea level will not jeopardize the planet as much as it will demolish the people living on it.The window of opportunity for Indonesia to embed climate change considerations into its development plan and muster international support to undertake a low carbon development is still open – but not for long.

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