The Antarctica Series #1: Childishly Excited

If you were a fan of ice cream when you were a kid, an offer that someone will take you to an ice cream shop would brighten your day - and you got super-excited when you were actually on your way. That same feeling -at a very different scale- happened to me sometime in early…

A Democracy Can Overcome Extremism

During the Salem witch trials of the early 1690s in colonial Massachusetts, 20 people were hanged or stoned to death after being accused and convicted of the felony of practicing witchcraft. Three centuries later, similar scenes of mob-led religious extremism were recorded on tape this past weekend in Cikeusik, Banten. The two dark episodes of…

Seandainya Saya Penulis Pidato Presiden RI …

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…