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By Hajj Abdallah Luongo

Achmed Sukarno was a populist leader and founder of modern Indonesia. He also founded the non-aligned movement of developing countries to create a ‘third way’ between the then two superpowers. In 1955 he convened the Asia-Africa Conference where the leaders of the developing world (the majority of mankind) met to forge their common interests. Alarms went off as his initiative demonstrated a powerful potential in opposition to the boundless aspirations of the proponents of a “free market economy.”

The 1963 formation of the Malaysian Federation was criticised by Sukarno as a neo-colonial plot to further British commercial interest in the region. A declassified British Foreign Office report from 1964 called for the ‘defence’ of western interests in South-East Asia as “the region produced nearly 85% of the world’s natural rubber, over 45% of the tin, 65% of the copra and 23% of the chromium ore.” More stridently, from a CIA memorandum two years earlier, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and President John Kennedy had agreed to “liquidate President Sukarno, depending on the situation and available opportunities”.

Read the complete article at: http://robertluongo.blogspot.com/2007/11/indonesian-model.html

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It is my honor to introduce Hajj Abdallah Luongo. This is taken from his site:

Hajj Luongo teaches Language and Rhetoric at Dallas College in Cape Town South Africa where he is delving into Shakespeare’s political plays: The History Plays,Roman Plays and Hamlet (and the Scottish Succession).

He is the author of The Gold Thread: Ezra Pounds Principles of Good Government & Sound Money, as well as numerous articles and essays.He was born in 1949 in Boston and grew up in New England. In 1970 while visiting California he met the Scottish writer Ian Dallas, who is most well known the world over as Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi, and embraced Islam.

In 1975 he travelled to Mecca and performed the ancient rites of Pilgrimage known as the Hajj.Robert Luongo’s future projects include the publication of his Lectures on Shakespeare’s Political Plays and Selected Poetry and Prose .

Visit Hajj Luongo’s blog at: robertluongo.blogspot.com 

I’m not interested in preserving the status quo;I want to overthrow it.

Niccolo Machiavelli

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woe…woe…woe…the general has passed,
what shall we do?

has all the sins been cleansed,
old debts settled, grief & hatred mended?

woe…true indeed, the general has passed,
still, people ask; what shall we do? 

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Memang pas sedang lapar-laparnya pagi ini kita sarapan di Warung Gudeg Bu Hani. Persis di seberang Hero Mampang, warungnya ada di pojokan, kecil tapi bersih. Warung buka dari jam 07.00 sampai 18.00, bisa terima pesanan juga. Saya dan istri langsung pesan gudeg, krecek (kerupuk kulit yang dimasak), telur disiram dengan kuah kental dengan sambal dan condiment cabe rawit, Masya Allah…

Makan bukan sekedar makan, begitu pula masakannya.Ada yang makan sekedar makan, ada yang makan karena lapar, ada yang tidak mau makan sama sekali –supaya BMInya tetap dalam standar para model 😀– tanpa kita sadar sering kita makan taken for granted.

Sering pula kita makan berkawan nafsu kita, bisa-bisa tebaran piring di resto Sederhana habis seorang diri.Jadi bagaimana makan yang baik itu? Makan banyak, sedang atau sedikit, sedikit tapi banyak? Hampir semua panduan tentang makan, ujung-ujungnya malah mengusung nafsu dari segi yang lain. Bagaimana baiknya? Salallahu alayhi wa sallam, selalu makan setelah lapar dan berhenti sebelum kenyang.

Lalu bagaimana makanan yang baik itu? Makanan yang dibuat dengan cinta, dengan segenap perasaan pembuatnya. Kembali ke gudeg, sarapan pagi ini mengingatkan saya pada masakan ibu saya (walaupun yang dimasaknya bukan gudeg), tetapi dalam hal membuat makanan dengan cinta (soal ini juga gudeg bu hani tetap kalah dengan ibu saya). Akan tetapi dalam gudeg ini terasa sekali pembuatnya memasak dengan cinta, kuah yang kental, bumbu yang kaya, pelayanan yang ramah…

Sepiring gudeg pagi ini mengingatkan saya kepada betapa semua telah diatur dengan sangat sempurna, betapa semua orkestra telur, nangka, cabai, kulit dan bumbu telah disiapkan oleh Allah khusus untuk kami makan pagi ini. Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah

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