Tag Archives: Indonesia

Book Review: The Year Without Summer

The Year Without Summer:  1816 And The Volcano That Darkened The World And Changed History, by William K. Klingaman and Nicholas P. Klingaman I must admit that I was not greatly impressed with this book.  That is not necessarily the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Krakatoa

Krakatoa:  The Day The World Exploded:  August 27, 1883, by Simon Winchester This is a deeply interesting book, but at its heart there is something quite uncharitable about it on several different levels.  For one, the author makes quite a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Timor

Timor, O maior campo de extermínio do mundo, The biggest extermination camp in the world, La plej granda ekstermejo en la mondo, by Miguel Faria de Bastos I must admit that I have not greatly studied the problem of Timorese … Continue reading

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Non-Book Review: Internal Security Services In Liberalizing States

Internal Security Services In Liberalizing States: Transitions, Turmoil, and (In)Security, by Joseph L. Derdzinski Being a person who has some personal experience in dealing with security services in a “liberalizing” street there the facade and reality of democracy are rather … Continue reading

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Why Piracy Matters

Why does the failed state of Somalia (along with the failure of the world to recognize the independence of Somaliland) matter to the world? Why should the world care about the failure of nations like Somalia and Indonesia in integrating … Continue reading

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Don’t Panic

On December 26, 2004, a 9.1 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra led to a massive tsunami across the entire northern half of the Indian Ocean that killed tens of thousands of people. Having had a few requests for information … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Malay Archipelago

The Malay Archipelago, by Alfred Russel Wallace Despite our obvious differences regarding evolution [1], Alfred Russel Wallace is an easy person to feel sympathetic towards. In stark contrast to the aristocratic Darwin, Wallace made immense contributions to the study of … Continue reading

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Border Conflicts: On The ASEAN Conference

For those readers who are unaware, there has been an ASEAN conference for the last two days for the nations of Southeast Asia (Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei) that has discussed a variety of … Continue reading

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