Smoky WItness of Jehovah

The return of the clouds

To the sunny town, in the middle of recovery

narrow eyes became dimmer by the day

seeping through every door

when they are all sound asleep

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one last breath

and the colours would come again

and so would the feeling

a warped dream or none at all

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Shining brightly in the morning

Cogs roll, walls move

But the body does not move

If it doesn’t, where can it go?

And how does it go?

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A decade of independence

Frail mind taken by the ripping ocean current

There needs to be sand

Or we will never see land again

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Carried back here by will

And back through the door

And into the sheets

Start again.

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I am an apparition of a headless soldier

Red and White are the Colours of Revenge

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Nobody had ever thought that it would come to this. On the backs of sore losers, a defeated army set to mend the injustice of their defeat by turning on the very people that they claimed to lead.

Fresh from a narrow defeat at the Presidential elections, the political alliance of the Red and White Coalition supporting losing candidates Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa have succeeded in influencing the House of Representatives to pass an amendment to the 2004 Regional Election law, taking away the democratic right of the people to directly choose who will lead their regional governments.

The amendment significantly pushes the country back to a centralized and party-controlled method used in Soeharto’s New Order era, where political decisions were made mostly in the hands of political elites. In those days, the people did not have the direct right to choose who they wanted their governors, regents or local leaders to be, therefore excluding the people from taking part in the system.

Sure there were elections during the New Order (where Soeharto’s Golkar party always won), but the aura of intimidation  in the air, gave the message that anyone who dared to challenge the choices of government institutions will meet their fate in the New Order’s bloody hands.

Now that era is threatening to rear its ugly head again, championed by the old guard looking to immortalize their political dominance.

Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa lost the July 9 presidential elections 46 to 53 percent (according to the General Elections Committee). With that went the chances of the cadres of the coalition’s PAN, PPP, PKS, Gerindra and Golkar parties had in having a direct influence on the next government.

After losing the elections, the Prabowo camp filed a highly publicized lawsuit to the Constitutional Court challenging what they see as many deficiencies and widespread fraud during the election, claiming that Prabowo should be the true winner of the presidency. The court case held the people and the country hostage for weeks, and after their claims were rejected by the court on August 22, the camp finally conceded their defeat in the elections. However, not before saying that they will continue their legal efforts against the decision and swearing to maintain their influence in Indonesian politics.

With the Red and White Coalition occupying a large number of seats in the House, their muscles of influence were finally flexed through the sudden call to amend the 2004 Regional Elections law to the House of Representatives in September, aiming to return the power of choosing regional leaders to the respective legislative councils (DPRDs) of certain cities. Basically snatching the people’s right to vote for their governors and mayors away from their hands, blatantly out of spite.

The spite argument makes sense though, as the person that ultimately defeated the old guard political elites was someone that was a former regional leader who was originally elected by the people. Current President elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was once the governor of his hometown of Surakarta, or Solo in 2005 until 2012 and achieved a positive reputation amongst the Surakartan public for how he handled the city. That popularity was enough to propel him to the Jakarta elections, where he became the capital city’s Governor in 2012 with the help of the voting public.  

The decision to merely support abolishing direct elections for regional leaders is a staggeringly disappointing move for parties in the R&W Coalition which was expected to demonstrate sportsmanship and a will to cooperate with their former rivals in building a new country.  Instead, the public has been threatened and now are being held hostage, by the people that once campaigned on promises to lead them into a new era.

The amendment has now left only Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Aceh and Papua to be the only territories where direct elections will still be held, due to their special regions statuses. This still does not reflect well on the political choices of those in other regions.

Most of the blame for the amendment’s passing could also be shifted to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s ironically named Democratic Party, who held the most seats in the House of Representatives, making them the key to influencing whether or not the bill’s amendment would pass.

After a whole day of deliberation and hours of lobbying, party members simply abstained and walked out during the crucial session on September 25, effectively leaving the pro-amendment supporters in the cold, vulnerable and seemingly futile. An ironic move, considering that the party had previously voiced their support for maintaining direct elections. The party’s image has now been tarnished by their cadres’ half-hearted attempt in supporting democratic ideals, blemishing Yudhoyono’s presidential legacy when he exits in October.   

It is baffling to see the party which won Indonesia’s first ever direct presidential election in 2004 turn its back on the very system that ushered it into power. Nobody expected that this change would only last 10 years.

Democracy and people power is something that Indonesia has worked hard to achieve after dictator Soeharto was deposed in 1998. People now have the choice to express themselves fully, especially politically, by choosing who they want to govern the welfare of where they are living.

Members of the public became gradually aware of the power they have in organizing the political system, increasingly realizing the fact that “people don’t work for governments, governments work for their people”.

Some may argue that giving a relatively undisciplined society the right to choose might develop contempt for the law. By being exposed to the activities of their politicians and having a say towards the state of their political system, the public is able to develop a sense of awareness towards what is politically right and wrong, educating themselves in the process.  

With it comes the need to destroy the superiority attitude that comes with age, as the Indonesian culture holds through its poisonous “I’m older therefore I’m right” culture existent in schools, universities, families and politics. As evident in this amendment, Indonesian politics is mostly being run by the old elites, and with their influence, they will make sure that they don’t go anytime soon.  

What this sad, sad saga shows is that many politicians have severely underestimated their people and vowed to destroy the ideals which have managed to throw them out of power.

No one likes to give up a comfortable seat once they’ve settled their asses in it right?    

- DA

Dawn Stares press release?

Rising from the collective conscious of five musical minds comes Dawn Stares, essentially a place where freedom is guaranteed and everyone is able to move in their own comfortable spaces.

In a primitive sense, yes we can be referred to as a label, but we at DS like to think of it as a shared space where our introverted musical ideas could be more accessible to the outside world. The space we create encompasses a unique variety of sounds. No idea is too extreme, because the human mind flows naturally and in directions we could never imagine. 

Experimentation is key to DS’s artists’ music, and they have plenty of it. 

Inspired by similar collectives such as the Trash Talk Collective, Tsefula/Tsefuelha, A$AP Mob and Odd Future, all current artists in Dawn Stares shine through each of their projects, and sometimes come together as separate units to unite their ideas.

all in all, the music we create cannot sit idly in our heads. Sharing expressions is the way that the world could come together. We hope you enjoy Dawn Stares.

sincerely,

- B/M/A/D/D, 2014 

APP: Current Artists in Dawn Stares:
- The Colour Mellow
- Logic Lost
- Rang De
- Green of Life
- Porcelain

IF MH17 was shot down..

The crash could not have occurred in the worst possible place, and could not have involved the worst possible characters: a country torn by civil war, and an airliner whose name has not been fished out of the depths of the Indian Ocean. 

Pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine are denying they had anything to do with the crash of MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, citing that their machinery is not sophisticated enough to shoot down a Boeing 777 flying 10,000 feet in the air.

Ukraine’s new government is releasing media reports that it was shot down by rebels.

This incident will serve as an opportunity for both sides to escalate their actions against each other, maybe with the help of the international community. No side will ever take responsibility, if it was shot down, and the case will eventually be thrown into the conspiracy theory bin.

Even if the real reason is found, or if investigators have found who was responsible for the crash, the report will either be heavily censored or not be released at all.

In other words, we may never know what really happened to this Malaysian Airlines plane either.