On Saturday and Sunday, I spent about 24 hours straight with my friend, Imam, and his wife Endri and children Aldin and Faiz, sitting, leaning, and occasionally sleeping on the cement floor of his South Jakarta room/ house, writing an article together. We took breaks for several meals, lots of coffee, and the occasional wrestling match with his children or to stare back at the group of neighborhood kids that had gathered outside the door to observe the odd bule in their midst. But we never strayed too far from our office, there on the floor.
We thought it would be a good idea to write an article together about President Bush’s arrival in Indonesia next week. Here ya go: Bush’s Visit to Indonesia: A Last Chance
The column will be in the Jakarta Post within the next few days (www.thejakartapost.com).
Imam is a local journalist here in Jakarta, and is also a researcher for Komnas HAM, the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights.