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Title: Echoes of Indonesia in Myanmar transition
Date of publication: 16 October 2013
Description/subject: "The brutal images and survivor accounts show a dreadful synchronicity. Once again families huddle around what possessions they salvaged from their homes before they were torched. Children scamper between rows of hangdog wood and bamboo huts. Adults appear frightened and listless. It is as if the hatred and violence that flourished on the equator over a decade ago in Indonesia has now migrated across the Southeast Asian landmass to Myanmar. In parallel, a nation has exchanged decades of military authoritarian rule for a period of wobbly political reform. And again vicious communal violence has threatened to derail the democratization process. Mounting evidence hints at a rear guard action by figures in the previous ruling military junta seeking to stoke enough instability to make democracy seem incompatible with stable authoritarian governance. As Myanmar follows the example of Indonesia and relinquishes a centralized authoritarian political system, will its hopeful road to multi-party democracy prove as deadly and tumultuous?.."
Author/creator: Tom Farrell
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Asia Times Online"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 May 2014


Title: A Better Role Model
Date of publication: October 2010
Description/subject: Indonesia may be in a position to influence Burma, both as the chair of Asean in 2011 and as a positive example of how a democracy can emerge from a dictatorship... "JAKARTA—Twenty-five years ago, both Indonesia and Burma were ruled by totalitarian regimes known for their human rights abuses, lack of genuine democracy and corrupt leaders who siphoned off national resources. Indonesia is now a functioning democracy and human rights advocate with a relatively transparent, free market economy. Burma, on the other hand, has slid further into the pit of oppression and corruption..."
Author/creator: Saw Yan Naing
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 18, No. 10
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 July 2012


Title: Big Brother Calls
Date of publication: March 2006
Description/subject: When Indonesian President Yudhoyono makes his visit to Burma, scheduled for March, the ruling generals will host a leader from a fellow Asean country now regaining its regional pre-eminence and clout... "If any member of Asean can do anything about Burmese intransigence, it is Indonesia. Historically, the two countries have a lot in common. They won their independence from colonial masters in the post-World War II years; they maintained an independent foreign policy during the Cold War; and they shared membership in the Non-Aligned Movement. During the mid-1990s, Burma's military leaders began to take a keen interest in Indonesia's political model as they cast around for ways to justify their hold on power. Much of that interest centered on the Indonesian military's pervasive territorial structure, and the role of Indonesia's then-ruling Golkar party in cementing President Suharto's decades-long hold on power..."
Author/creator: John McBeth
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 14, No3
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 01 May 2006


Title: Megawati Visit Underlines Burma’s Political Stagnation
Date of publication: 09 April 2004
Description/subject: "Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s one-week tour of Asian capitals marks an important milestone in Jakarta’s relations with the outside world. The former opposition leader, who once seemed destined to remain in her country’s political wilderness, is meeting with fellow heads of state from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)..."
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Thge Irrawaddy" (Commentary)
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/opinion_story.php?art_id=243
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rangoon and Jakarta. a Tale of Two Juntas
Date of publication: December 1998
Description/subject: At a recent seminar in Jakarta, Sjahir, President of the Institute for Economic and Financial Research [ECFIN], had good news to announce. He said, "The worst is over. The Rupiah (Indonesia's official currency) will be more stable in 1999." Last year, the Rupiah dropped sharply. This set off an economic crisis and sparked student-led protests, which culminated in May of this year, when President Suharto resigned. Now, the Rupiah has regained some of its strength, but the future of Indonesia and the stability of President B.J.Habibie's government remains uncertain.
Language: English
Source/publisher: " "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 6, No. 6
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Back in the Limelight
Date of publication: September 1997
Description/subject: Burma's former leader Ne Win arrived in Jakarta for a three-day visit amid speculation that Indonesian President Suharto was to ask the Burmese patriarch to influence Rangoon's military junta to open dialogue with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Speculation began to circulate in Jakarta two months ago that Suharto was inviting Ne Win to come discuss the issue of democratisation in Burma.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 5. No. 6
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003