Adritho Zaifar's Blog Jakarta , Indonesia

Recently I watched a movie called “Emperor”. The story line of the movie is about American occupation of Japan after it’s surrendered to the allied powers. The movie is very inspiring and yet informative about the Japanese perspective of the war. 

War is an awful thing especially World War 2 is considered one of the bloodiest war in human history. The fact is Japan loss the war and many of it’s politicians and military leaders were tried as war criminals. Controversies and debates are still going on today whether the Emperor Hirohito really put contributions to the war effort or not.

At the end of the day the Emperor itself and other imperial family members were never tried as war criminals because American General McArthur and his staffs believed that his trial as war criminal could brought morale destruction to the Japanese society that can lead to open revolt.

The American public & military know that millions of Japanese soldiers fought tremendously in the battlefield because they’re loyal to their country and their emperor. Yet the Japanese public still worship their emperor as a living “God” after the destruction of Japan after the war. But I am not going to talk about the war further, but let’s us look at Japan then & now. 

They’re people that loyal to their country and their leader. They have been through so many horrific events in the past but they manage to rise to the top again. Their determination to work hard for greater good for their country and society make them able to achieve something that always amaze other countries. As we all know there were no looting in Japan during the recent Tohoku earthquake and Tsunami. It took few moment for them to mourn their griefs and continue to move on together as one society.

It’s very different country from Indonesia and maybe many countries around the world. So far Japan is the only country that I have known to be my inspiration, the mindset of it’s people are amazing and we should take a good example from them and keep moving forward for better future.

ourpresidents:

On August 6, 1964, after more than eight years of difficult negotiations, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. 
The Limited Nuclear Test Ban treaty was signed in Moscow on August 5, 1963, by U.S. Secretary Dean Rusk, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, and British Foreign Secretary Lord Home—one day short of the 18th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Over the next two months, President Kennedy convinced a fearful public and a divided Senate to support the treaty. The Senate approved the treaty on September 23, 1963, by an 80-19 margin. Kennedy signed the ratified treaty on October 7, 1963.
The treaty:
prohibited nuclear weapons tests or other nuclear explosions under water, in the atmosphere, or in outer space
allowed underground nuclear tests as long as no radioactive debris falls outside the boundaries of the nation conducting the test
pledged signatories to work towards complete disarmament, an end to the armaments race, and an end to the contamination of the environment by radioactive substances.
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Photo: President Kennedy signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.  White House Treaty Room, 10/7/63. 
-from the JFK Library

ourpresidents:

On August 6, 1964, after more than eight years of difficult negotiations, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. 

The Limited Nuclear Test Ban treaty was signed in Moscow on August 5, 1963, by U.S. Secretary Dean Rusk, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, and British Foreign Secretary Lord Home—one day short of the 18th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Over the next two months, President Kennedy convinced a fearful public and a divided Senate to support the treaty. The Senate approved the treaty on September 23, 1963, by an 80-19 margin. Kennedy signed the ratified treaty on October 7, 1963.

The treaty:

  • prohibited nuclear weapons tests or other nuclear explosions under water, in the atmosphere, or in outer space
  • allowed underground nuclear tests as long as no radioactive debris falls outside the boundaries of the nation conducting the test
  • pledged signatories to work towards complete disarmament, an end to the armaments race, and an end to the contamination of the environment by radioactive substances.

Read More

Photo: President Kennedy signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.  White House Treaty Room, 10/7/63.

-from the JFK Library

I find this picture is cute :D for Italian Prime Minister Almintore Fanfani give Caroline ( President John F Kennedy’s daughter ) a doll .

I find this picture is cute :D for Italian Prime Minister Almintore Fanfani give Caroline ( President John F Kennedy’s daughter ) a doll .

A winner do not always want to be inspired by other people’s achievement but they also have the courage and will to do something great which also able to inspire people around them too .

Maybe I wasn’t studying in a very famous school when I was still a high school student . But it’s okay , because I feel grateful and lucky to have Mr Nathan as my history teacher when I was a student in Sri Utama School . He gave me a lot of good lesson on history and politics that will be very useful throughout my career as a politician and a leader in the future :) .

Maybe I wasn’t studying in a very famous school when I was still a high school student . But it’s okay , because I feel grateful and lucky to have Mr Nathan as my history teacher when I was a student in Sri Utama School . He gave me a lot of good lesson on history and politics that will be very useful throughout my career as a politician and a leader in the future :) .

Maybe not many people know what the picture below is about . It’s the picture of Sidoarjo Mud Flow in Indonesia . It’s a volcanic mud that keep continue erupting since 2006 . Many expert and geologist believe that the eruption was caused by a blowout of a natural gas drilled by PT Lapindo Brantas . The company denied the accusations and came out with other statement saying that the mud flow was caused by an earthquake that occurred about 2 days earlier . But experts and also geologist believe that the mud flow had nothing to do with the earthquake which about 275 meters away from the location of the mud flow . 
Arguments now still taking place on whom to be blamed regarding this issue , and so far PT Lapindo Brantas still being hold as the prime suspect for this disaster . There are already many people that had lost their homes , businesses and land since the mud volcano continue erupting in 2006 and many experts believe that the mud flow will continue for the next 25 or 30 years . 
Tonight I come out with this Sidoarjo Mud Flow issue in Indonesia because it has been my concern that this issues have not being widely known by the International community and also the Indonesian people start to forget and ignore the existence of this mud flow issue which also until now still continue erupting . I just hope that the Indonesian government with the help of experts will not stop to find the solution for this “Mud flow” and the former residents will not being ignored by the parties that might be responsible for this disaster .

This photo was taken by Peter Leibing when an East Germany soldier named Conrad Schumann which guard the construction of the Berlin Wall defected to the West Berlin by jumping over the barbed wire that separated the West and East Berlin . For years this photo had been an iconic symbol of the cold war era . After his defection , there were also several people that tried to defect to the West Berlin but unfortunately many of them were shot dead by the border guards . Their defection showed the world the economic prosperity and social freedom of the West Berlin ( West Germany ) in comparison to the East Berlin or East Germany .

This photo was taken by Peter Leibing when an East Germany soldier named Conrad Schumann which guard the construction of the Berlin Wall defected to the West Berlin by jumping over the barbed wire that separated the West and East Berlin . For years this photo had been an iconic symbol of the cold war era . After his defection , there were also several people that tried to defect to the West Berlin but unfortunately many of them were shot dead by the border guards . Their defection showed the world the economic prosperity and social freedom of the West Berlin ( West Germany ) in comparison to the East Berlin or East Germany .

Congratulations to Park Gen Hye for winning 2012 South Korean Presidential Election . She will be the first female to become South Korean President and will be taking oath into office on 25 February 2013 . I just hope that President-Elect Park Gen Hye will be able to build and maintain a good and healthy relations with the North Korean so the two Korean countries can take a step ahead towards Korean unification . Under the leadership of President-Elect Park Gen Hye I also expect that South Korea can become more prosperous country and will have a stronger ties with Indonesia and other countries .

Congratulations to Park Gen Hye for winning 2012 South Korean Presidential Election . She will be the first female to become South Korean President and will be taking oath into office on 25 February 2013 . 
I just hope that President-Elect Park Gen Hye will be able to build and maintain a good and healthy relations with the North Korean so the two Korean countries can take a step ahead towards Korean unification . Under the leadership of President-Elect Park Gen Hye I also expect that South Korea can become more prosperous country and will have a stronger ties with Indonesia and other countries .

brucebaled:

Schindler’s List (1993) directed by Steven Spielberg.

It’s Hebrew, it’s from the Talmud. It says, “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” 

(Source: darrenaronofskyed, via cocktailpolitics)

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