Sunday, January 22, 2023

GONG XI FA CAI, IMLEK, DAN ALMAGHFURLAH GUS DUR


Selamat merayakan Tahun Baru Imlek 2574 Kongzili atau 2023 Masehi. Tak lupa juga, sebagai seorang Gusdurian, kami menyampaikan terima kasih kepada almaghfurlah Presiden Gus Dur dalam memperjuangkan hak warga Tionghoa di negara Indonesia tercinta ini sehingga kita bersama sama bisa merayakan Imlek dengan sukacita..
Selain merayakan Imlek dengan keluarga masing-masing, warga Tionghoa di Indonesia tentunya akan mengenang jasa dan kebajikan alm. Presiden Gus Dur semasa hidup. Meski beliau dengan bahagia telah meninggalkan kita bangsa Indonesia tetapi semangat dan visi misi nya untuk memanusiakan manusia umumnya dan warganegara Indonesia khususnya. Amin.. (MAS HIKAM)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

MENGENANG ALMAGHFURLAH GUS DUR: HAUL KE XIII (2009-2022)


Prof. Manfred Henningsen, dari Dept. Ilmu Politik Universitas Hawaii, di awal 1990an "meramalkan" Gus Dur akan menjadi Presiden Republik Indonesia, seperti halnya Vaclav Havel di Rep. Ceko, dan Lech Walensa di Polandia. Saya sebagai mahasiswanya pun sempat mempertertawakan analisa beliau tersebut : "Sulit dinalar Gus Dur bakal jadi Presiden di tengah rezim Orde Baru yang sangat kuat. Tapi tampaknya dinamika politik berkata lain, Gus Dur menjadi Presiden. Ini mungkin bisa disebut sebagai salah satu "Keajaiban"...!".


Simak, rekaman YouTube terkait kenangan MAS Hikam sebelum Gus Dur menjadi Presiden di podcast Padasuka TV, 3 Januari 2023πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O1f2zvtUhs 
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Monday, November 14, 2022

SEEING THE UNSEEN: WHO WON THE 2022 US MIDTERM ELECTIONS?




By Lily Hikam*)

The US midterm elections has just finished. When I used to live in the States, it seemed just ike any other Tuesday, since many people would be too lazy to vote in a midterm election. But this year, you wouldn’t feel that if you were to read or watch the news. The news would have you believe that this midterm elections is more than just an election, rather the final stand to “protect America’s democracy”. But, how accurate is such an assertion? What follows is my two cents.

Let's start from the incumbent's views. The Democrats as the current party in control of both the Executive and Legislative branch, chose to focus on abortion rights, gun control and safe guarding democracy as their rallying cry and main issues to get voters to turn up at the voting booth. Yet as important and crucial as these issues are, these are not universal issues that have the broadest appeal to all Americans. Rather these issues the Democrats chose to run on seemed to have the most appeal to the college-educated socially liberal voters who were already inclined to vote for the Democrats anyway.

But to the majority of Americans, including those 26 million Americans who have to work two or more full-time jobs just to make ends meet, these issues are not enough to get them to take time off from work or fill out an absentee ballot since nowhere in those 3 issues did the Democrats address their economic concerns or the material conditions of their lives.

In the United States, where the federal minimum wage is still a measly $7.25 (an amount that hasn’t changed since 2009) and inflation as well as economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the American working class hard, it’s only logical to assume that the number one issue for most Americans would be the economy and the inflation. Yet, somehow this big thorn in the majority of Americans’ side isn’t being addressed by either parties.

So it comes as no surprise that the House of Representative is poised to being taken over by the Republicans. The Democrats, however, as of now still managed to hold on to their narrow control of the Senate with the final outcome to be decided by a runoff election in Georgia. Democratic voters and acolytes may breathe a sigh of relief now that their gambit of protecting America’s democracy seemed enough to dampen the red wave that was predicted to happen. But the real test comes after the elections. Will the Democrats be able to keep their promise of codifying Roe v Wade, the constitutional right to abortion in the US which they have promised voters they would do since Obama’s administration in 2008, strengthening gun control or safe-guarding democracy? Or will they roll over on all their legislative agenda using the Republicans as an excuse as to why they can’t pass anything?

Only time will tell, I guess. The Midterm Elections last Tuesday can be interpreted in many ways, perhaps. It can be seen as the Democrats’ victory from their Senate races win, but it can also be seen as the Republicans’ win since the Speakership of the House is predicted to move to Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). But like the proverbial "seeing the unseen", I would say that the true winner of the Midterm Elections is Corporate America, the undefeated champion of all US elections.

*) Post Doctoral Fellow at University of Leiden, the Netherlands

Notes:

1. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/11/democrats-long-goodbye-to-the-working-class/672016/
2. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/05/multiple-jobs-census-data-inflation-us
3. https://www.newsweek.com/what-does-codifying-roe-mean-securing-abortion-rights-explained-1720668?amp=1
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Friday, October 28, 2022

KABAR DUKA DARI JOGJA


Telah wafat kakak dan Bu Dhe kami, Ny. Hj. Titiek Kartikah Mustofa (77th), pada 27 Oktober 2022 jam 16.35 di RSA UGM, Jogjakarta. Almaghfurlaha adalah isteri dari kakak sulung kami, almaghfurlah Drs. Hj. Achmad Mustofa Fatah (71) dan keduanya meninggalkan 5 (lima) orang anak, 3 (tiga) menantu, dan 7 (tujuh) orang cucu.

Semoga diberikan husnul khotimah, dan seluruh amal salihnya diterima di sisi Allah swt. Mohon doa para sahabat semoga almaghfurlaha Budhe diampuni semua dosa dan kesalahannya, dilapangkan jalannyya, dilimpahkan rahmat untuknya, dan dikaruniai tempat istirahat berupa jannatul Firdaus sesuai amalnya selama masih sugeng. Amin YRA, AlfatihahπŸ™πŸ€².

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

INNALILLAHI WA INNA ILAIHI ROJI'UN: PROF. DR. AZUMARDI AZRA






Kita bangsa Indonesia kembali kehilangan salah seorang putera terbaiknya, pada hari ini Minggu 18 September 2022, di Malaysia. Almarhum, ketika masih bersama kita, sebelum wafat masih menjabat sebagai Ketua Dewan Pers. Prof Azra juga dikenal sebagai sosok cendekiawan Muslim terkemuka yg memiliki keilmuan dan wawasan luas dan menjadi rujukan akademis maupun di luar akademis, nasional maupun internasional.

Semoga Allah swt memberikan husnul khotimah kepada almarhum, dan kepada seluruh keluarga yang ditinggalkan diberikan ketabahan dan kesabaran menghadapinya.

Selamat jalan, Prof. Azumardi Azra. Doa kami selalu menyertai semoga mendapat tempat terbaik di sisi NYa. Alfatihah... Amin YRA (Muhammad AS Hikam & Keluarga)

(https://news.detik.com/berita/d-6297994/ketua-dewan-pers-azyumardi-azra-meninggal-dunia)

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