Obama, Madrassa and Pesantren

madrasahIndonesian madrasah* gets five-minutes fame in the US media for the “wrong” reason: Senator Barack H. Obama, a hot presidential candidate from Democrat allegedly was educated in Indonesia’s madrasah during his childhood years in Indonesia along with his mother.

The news emanated from Insight Magazine, an American right-wing-stripe media owned by the same company as the Washington Times (not to be confused with the blue-stripe Washington Post).

The news then debunked by CNN as false. According to its Jakarta bureau, “Obama lived in Indonesia as a child, from 1967 to 1971, with his mother and stepfather and has acknowledged attending a Muslim school, but an aide said it was not a madrassa.”

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Blogger Indonesia of the Week: 18 – 20

Blogger Indonesia of the Week 18 - 20

On around May this year, when I wanted to start blogging actively, I’d been wondering whether there’re free blog providers which belong to or facilitated by Indonesian techno guru. I tried googling using keyword “blogger, blog, Indonesia”. Google led me to many Indonesian blogs none of which free blog providers. they’re only a bunch of … Read more