Beijing’s Propaganda Crisis; With the rise of the Internet, people have gradually lost faith in CCTV and other state-run media.

Beijing’s Propaganda Crisis

MARCH 17, 2014

Contributing Op-Ed Writer

By MURONG XUECUN

BEIJING — Early last month, the state-run Chinese Central Television prominently featured a report on the sex industry in the southern city of Dongguan, China’s capital of sin. CCTV reporters brought hidden cameras into hotels, saunas and massage parlors to capture vivid scenes of parading prostitutes, negotiations for sexual services and erotic dancers. Read more of this post

Joko Appeals to Nation’s Early Struggles

Joko Appeals to Nation’s Early Struggles

By Fana F.S. Putra, Erwin Sihombing & Markus Junianto Sihaloho on 08:58 am Mar 17, 2014

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Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo waves to supporters during an Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) campaign rally in Jakarta on March 16, 2014. (EPA Photo/Adi Weda); Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, center, who is running for president as the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) candidate, smiles as he speaks to journalists during a legislative campaign tour in Jakarta on March 16, 2014. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry) Read more of this post

Despite Scandal, Indonesia Election Could Entrench Political Dynasties

Despite Scandal, Indonesia Election Could Entrench Political Dynasties

By Andrew R.C. Marshall on 11:11 am Mar 18, 2014

Makassar. In this is a scrappy, traffic-choked port city in South Sulawesi, everybody knows your name. If, that is, your name is Limpo.

The family of Syahrul Yasin Limpo, the second-term governor of this resource-rich Indonesian province, has dominated local politics for three generations, and a fourth waits in the wings. Read more of this post

To Boost Your Chance of Success, Better Choose the Right Parents

To Boost Your Chance of Success, Better Choose the Right Parents

By Clive Crook on 07:25 pm Mar 17, 2014

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Gregory Clark’s startling new book, “The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility,” asks you to rethink everything you thought you knew about social mobility. His research, if it’s correct, isn’t good news. It says that socio-economic status is mostly a matter of nature not nurture, and suggests that trying to help the disadvantaged move up won’t make much difference. Read more of this post

Astronomers Discover Echoes From Expansion After Big Bang

Astronomers Discover Echoes From Expansion After Big Bang

By Irene Klotz & Sharon Begley on 09:51 am Mar 18, 2014

New York. Astronomers announced on Monday that they had discovered what many consider the holy grail of their field: ripples in the fabric of space-time that are echoes of the massive expansion of the universe that took place just after the Big Bang. Read more of this post

– Indonesia offers pay-television distributors lucrative business, with millions of television owners and low penetration of paid programs, giving viewers alternatives to monotonous, limited programs on the country’s free-to-air television

Pay-television competition gets tougher with new players 

The Jakarta Post | Business | Mon, March 17 2014, 12:25 PM

Indonesia offers pay-television distributors lucrative business, with millions of television owners and low penetration of paid programs, giving viewers alternatives to monotonous, limited programs on the country’s free-to-air television.
Although the market is entrenched by old players, media firms are still keen on joining the battle by starting up their own pay-television firms, each trying to provide their own interesting features — from content to price — to hook customers.
The Kompas Gramedia Group and politically wired tycoon Aburizal Bakrie’s media empire, PT Visi Media Asia (VIVA), are among those planning to enter the industry this year, both tapping the huge potential offered by quadrennial soccer tournament FIFA World Cup 2014 to help pool their initial subscribers. Read more of this post

Blitzmegaplex cinema chain operator PT Graha Layar Prima to raise $41M in IPO, debt-for-equity swap with Korea’s CJ and HK’s IKT

Blitzmegaplex set for IPO, debt swap

Anggi M. Lubis, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Business | Tue, March 18 2014, 12:06 PM

From one screen to another: Two people buy tickets from machines at a Blitzmegaplex blitzcard corner at Grand Indonesia shopping center, Jakarta, on Monday. The operator of the Blitzmegaplex cinema chain, PT Graha Layar Prima, is offering 140 million shares to the public at a price of Rp 2,800 (25 US cents) to Rp 3,300 apiece. JP/Nurhayati Read more of this post

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