What's in a smile?

Today, October 7, is World Smile Day. Here's a bit about the day: As is well known by now throughout the world Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet. […]

Suharto more popular than SBY?

Surprising, perhaps, but when the chips are down, many Indonesians have tended to show nostalgia for the New Order in recent years, particularly in 2008 when Suharto died. There are a great number of people in Indonesia who feel that their lives were better under Suharto than now. This isn't to suggest that SBY is […]

A step too far?

The Nation is often criticized. I regularly lay into some of the WTFs that grace the paper's FUBAR-laden website, but I don't think anything has ever made me question The Nation's integrity like this editorial cartoon from yesterday. Addendum: Nation's editor Tulsathit Taptim has apologised on Twitter for the cartoon: "Our sincere apology 4 today's […]