Book Review

Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy (2017)

“The first step is developing an open and critical mind, taking the doctrines that are standard and questioning them. […] Anything you look at, every one of these things, you have to ask yourself: Is this true? A pretty good criterion is that if some doctrine is widely accepted without qualification, it's probably flawed.”⁣ This book is a written account of David Barsamian’s interviews with Noam Chomsky on a range of current world affairs: from the state surveillance, Middle East and ISIS, Israel and Palestine, the Trump presidency and American politics, to climate change.

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The Near and the Far, Vol. 2 — ed. David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short⁣⁣ (2019)

“In short, to survive a heartbreak a young poet only needs: (1) A dazzling dress/shirt, no need to be new, (2) a piece of premium tissue, (3) a pair of undented running shoes, (4) a novel by an author with a visibly long name, (5) an empty instant noodles cardboard box, (6) the album Blue… Continue reading The Near and the Far, Vol. 2 — ed. David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short⁣⁣ (2019)

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Tank Merah Muda: Cerita-Cerita yang Tercecer dari Reformasi (2019)

— antologi: Raisa Kamila, dkk.⁣ Lama-lama Ela bercerita lebih jauh tentang apa yang dialaminya saat ada kekacauan di Dili. Rumah-rumah diserang entah oleh siapa. Tentara-tentara bertebaran di jalan-jalan dengan senjata yang menakutkan. Kendaraan tentara yang bernama tank muncul di jalan raya. Dalam cerita Ela, tank seperti punya dua sisi. Menakutkan dan mengagumkan sekaligus. Gagah dan… Continue reading Tank Merah Muda: Cerita-Cerita yang Tercecer dari Reformasi (2019)

Asia

Lessons from South Korea’s 5.18 and 4.3

Recently under the 2019 May 18 Academy programme, I had the chance to visit Gwangju and Jeju Island, South Korea, where I learnt about some of the most significant moments in Korean modern history: the May 18 Gwangju Uprising in 1980 and the 1948 Jeju Uprising.⁣ The Gwangju Uprising (also called the 5.18 Movement) is… Continue reading Lessons from South Korea’s 5.18 and 4.3