Guest of Honour & lives of the Indonesian’s Authors

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:: Agus M Irkham

Less than a month, a number of Indonesian writers and literacy activists will leave for the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) event. This year, we (Indonesia) are the Guest of Honour. As the event’s name, Book Fair, said by Goenawan Mohamad (GM) as the Committee Chairman of the Indonesian Guest of Honour (GoH), the most people who are elected to attend the said world’s largest book fair, are the authors who have published books. The authors follows the book, he added. FBF will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, in the middle of October 2015.

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Kerupuk

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:: Agus M Irkam

Apa hubungan antara lomba makan kerupuk dengan kemerdekaan? Lewat pintu mana kita jadi bisa memahami kaitan antara bermain bola pakai sarung, panjat pinang belepotan oli, balap karung, bawa kelereng di sendok dan lomba memasukkan paku ke dalam botol dengan pembangunan. Tidak adakah bentuk lain dari perayaan hari kemerdekaan selain dengan kegiatan lomba yang “remeh temeh semacam itu?”

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Mandatory Reading and Book Infrastructures

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:: Agus M Irkham

Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Anies Baswedan, Friday (24/7) issued a Ministry Regulation (Permen) No. 21/2015 on the Growth of Character (PBP). Anies said that from new academic year 2015/2016, such Ministry Regulation shall be taken into effect through a series of mandatory and optional daily activities.

One of them is the obligation for student to read non-lesson books 15 minutes before the first lesson begins. The activity is intended as a tribute to the uniqueness and integrity and in order to foster the students’ potential. Providing space for them to develop basic skills, interests and talent.

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Islam Nusantara

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:: Agus M Irkham

Bahasa bukan sekadar kode-kode yang disepakati dalam sebuah komunikasi, tapi lebih dari itu, ia menjadi representasi atas pemikiran, falsafah hidup, tendensi serta kedirian tiap-tiap orang yang telibat dalam komunikasi tersebut. Maka kemudian muncul istilah kolonialisasi wacana. Yaitu proses penjajahan pemikiran, persepsi dan simpulan atas sesuatu objek melalui sarana bahasa (informasi dan pengetahuan).

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