tries to find something original to say, not always with success. Most of us try to put a personal slant on our pre-occupations. As a Brit abroad, I try to present vicissitudes as they impinge on a log-term expat; because I like my virtuous persona, I leave the vices to the Reveller
An expat is essentially an observer, so I generally refrain from deep and meaningless analyses of the political fray, which is not to say that I am uninterested. It's just that others seem able to provide them better.
Asia by Blog
is a twice weekly feature, posted on Monday and Thursday by Simon World
, providing links to Asian blogs and their views on the news in this fascinating region. Previous editions can be found here
The current edition contains Afghan's President at 30, questions over control North Korea if it collapses, China's lack of progress in fighting poverty, is OBL in China and plenty on Indonesia's new President, just for starters...
SE and Other Asia
is not impressed. More importantly
is what will SBY do now? Pieter
wants him to tackle the economy and corruption first, not terror. Winston
has a very thorough look at the task ahead and Jakartass
has a poll of what the public want him to do. Agam
was on the ground during the inauguration. Macam
looks at SBY's cabinet.
The Big Durian
In 1800, 10% of the world's population lived in cities. Nowadays that figure is around 50% and growing, helped by relentless migration to places such as Jakarta and São Paulo. Inequality, disease and environmental degradation seem to be everywhere, which makes it odd that the city is still the place where most people choose to live.
This is from a review in the Economist
of a recently published tome, Cities
by John Reader. The Guardian
says: Polluting, parasitic, overcrowded and violent: cities have always been popular with humans.
Fellow expats here are cordially invited to have a look at and contribute to Jalan-Jalan Jakarta
, the Jakarta-specific blog. This has been set up by the Reveller and Jakartass in order to provide a forum for constructive criticism and an index of possibilities towards making the Big Durian a better place for us all.