Indonesia’s entertainment and literary scenes were shaken by the announcement of a movie adaptation of Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) by Pramoedya Ananta Toer. The book is the first of the Buru Quartet series, which holds a sacred place in Indonesia’s literature. The press conference also announced the production house, director and main casts. The film will be produced and distributed mainly by Falcon Pictures, directed by Hanung Bramantyo, and its main character Minke will be played by boybander-idol-turned-actor Iqbaal Ramadhan. After the official announcement, some people expressed their disappointment through social media. Some disdain the idea of a film adaptation of one of the most acclaimed literary works of Indonesia, some argue that the film only serves for the sake of profit thus will taint the book's progressive stance, some are afraid because Falcon is famous for its people-pleaser materials, and some think the casting of Iqbaal doesn't represent … [Read more...] about In defense of ‘Bumi Manusia’ movie adaptation
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To start with, the “Not wasting the coup” and “No election, no democracy” camps can merge. Laugh if you will, but it has happened before. The coup against the Chatchai Choonhavan government in 1991 only led to the military joining hands with the people it haddeemed corrupt when it seized control. A popular uprising ensued in May 1992 and the Democrats laughed their way to power. A Prayut-Pheu Thai alliance may be more unimaginable than the infamous Suchinda-Samakkhitham partnership that triggered the 1992 May Crisis, but General Prayut Chan-o-cha and General Suchinda Kraprayoon apparently have one key thing in common. They both want (or wanted, in Suchinda’s case) to stay on as prime minister after a general election and oversee the politicians, the very people they abhorred (or abhor, in Prayut’s case). To add to that, General Sonthi Boonyaratglin toppled a Thaksin Shinawatra government in a military coup in 2006, only to shrug off ridicule and … [Read more...] about Are we in for another bout of political deja vu?
By Haroon Siddiqui Special to the Star Sun., April 8, 2018 Second of two parts The dangers posed by the American Wild West digital frontier where mega-corporations operate mostly above the law beyond borders are clear enough — have been for some time, well before the latest scandal of the misuse of the profiles of up to 87 million Facebook users. But Justin Trudeau and his colleagues, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, remain infatuated with Facebook, Google, YouTube, Netflix and other digital giants. They’ve wasted the last two years settling for crumbs from them, rather than regulating them. In so doing, they have been remiss in their responsibility to Canadians, Canadian companies and Canadian sovereignty. They urgently need to come up with a comprehensive digital policy. It would: 1. Protect the privacy of social media users. Make data gatherers obtain consumer consent, and be transparent on … [Read more...] about The seven key elements of a digital policy to protect Canadians
BEIJING/SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea said on Tuesday (March 27) that it was closely watching events that are unfolding rapidly in Beijing, where diplomatic sources said a senior North Korean official was visiting amid reports it was leader Kim Jong Un ahead of a series of historic summits. Bloomberg, citing three unidentified sources, reported on Monday that Mr Kim was in Beijing in what would be his first known trip outside North Korea since taking power in 2011. The unconfirmed visit also comes ahead of a potential summit with US President Donald Trump. “The presidential Blue House is watching things in Beijing very closely, while keeping all possibilities open,” said the senior official in Seoul, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Improving bilateral ties between North Korea and China would be a positive sign before the planned summits, he said. A Reuters reporter saw a convoy leave Beijing’s Diaoyutai State Guest House, where senior foreign leaders often stay … [Read more...] about South Korea says watching Beijing ‘very closely’ amid reports of Kim visit
Even as effects of social media use on mental well-being is hotly debated, a new study says that spending too much time online can create problems in real life relationships of teenagers and vice versa. Results of a survey conducted by Professor Candice Odgers of University of California, Irvine and her colleagues showed teenagers from low-income families reported more physical fights, face-to-face arguments and trouble at school that spilled over from social media. On the other hand, the researchers found that adolescents from economically disadvantaged households are also more likely to be bullied and victimised in cyberspace. "The majority of young people appear to be doing well in the digital age, and many are thriving with the new opportunities that electronic media provides. But those who are already struggling offline need our help online too," Odgers said. In a commentary published in the journal Nature, Odgers argued that while smartphones should not be seen as universally … [Read more...] about Social media use may affect teenagers’ real life relationships