Secular and Secularism

Secular and Secularism

Imdad Robbani writes a good piece discussing the controversial nomenclature of secular, secularim and secularisation. The term secular which is commonly defined as "the separation of state and churce (read, religion and politics) have a different impact between Indonesia and Indonesia. While it's proud to be secular in India, any Muslims are reluctant to say so in public in Indonesia.

Israel offers short respite from strikes

By "respite" means Israel reduce the excessive bombing from 24 hours a day into 21 hours a day:

Israel will halt its bombardment of Gaza for three hours every day to allow residents of the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory to obtain much-needed supplies, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

Asus Unveils Netbook With Touchscreen That Swivels

CES 2009: Asus shows touchscreen EeePC and Keyboard PC

Asus took advantage of the crowd present at the first major press conference at CES 2009 and showed off next-generation of EeePC netbooks, Windows 7 on netbooks, a multitouch EeePC as well as a 4.3” screen PC

CNN's Sanjay Gupta Tops Obama's Surgeon General

CNN Reporter Tops List for Surgeon General

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical reporter, is the leading contender to become the next surgeon general, a pick that will give the moribund office a higher profile but one that has received a mixed reaction among public health advocates.

CNN confirmed Tuesday that Dr. Gupta had been approached by the Obama transition team and discussed the job with President-elect Barack Obama late last year in Chicago. Dr. Gupta did not respond to an e-mail message seeking comment.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon calls for Gaza ceasefire

To Israel, UN is non-existence, US is. In American politics, Israel is everything. Obama and any American presidential candidates gotta attend the AIPAC "show". Otherwise, you're gone.

Un Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza as Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak has summoned Israeli leader Ehud Olmert to Cairo to discuss a peace plan that could end the escalating conflict.

Germany’s wealthiest man commits suicide

It's when one faces a situation like Adolf Merckle is facing where spiritual guidance is needed to create hope. Otherwise, you'll end up precisely like he did: killing himself along with the death of hope he pursue all his life. Religion often times is not needed, especially when your mental state is in "normal condition."

Adolf Merckle, one of Germany’s wealthiest men, committed suicide after weeks of talks with creditors designed to save his businesses from being consumed by disastrous investments and the global financial crisis.

The billionaire, 74, was said by his family to have been “broken” by the sight of his business empire, which ranged from pharmaceuticals to cement, crumbling. He died on Monday evening, apparently hit by a train a few hundred metres from his home in southern Germany.

Israel Hits U.N.-Run School in Gaza

Even a US pro-Israel newspaper (which are not, anyway?) like the Washington Post has to tell this Israel attrocities although with a little twist of "self-defense":

JERUSALEM, Jan. 6 -- Israeli soldiers battling Hamas gunmen in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday fired mortar shells at a U.N.-run school where Palestinians had sought refuge from the fighting, killing at least 40 people, many of them civilians, Palestinian medical officials said.

The Israeli military said its soldiers fired in self-defense after Hamas fighters launched mortar shells from the school. The United Nations condemned the attack and called for an independent investigation.

"We are completely devastated. There is nowhere safe in Gaza," said John Ging, head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip

Blog by SCTV Liputan6 Journalists

The journalists of SCTV's news program called Liputan6 has a blog. Nice, Liputan6 journalists starts following the trend in the western media where almost every mainstream conventional media has a website and a blog for its journalist.

Speaking of Liputan6 blog, it's one blog written by (all?) Liputan6 journalists.

Other Indonesia media should follow suit.

Pengurus DPP PKS Periode 2010 – 2015

Struktur Personalia Organisasi Susunan Pengurus DPP PKS Partai Keadilan Sejahtera Periode 2010 – 2015
Ketua Majelis Syura : KH Hilmi Aminuddin

Dewan Syari'ah Pusat: Ketua : K.H. Dr. Surahman Hidayat
Sekretaris : KH. Bakrun Syafei, Lc.
Ketua Tanfiziyah : KH. Bukhori Yusuf, Ma.

Majelis Pertimbangan Pusat
Ketua : Untung Wahono
Sekretaris : Mardani Ali Sera Arifinto

Dewan Pengurus Pusat
Presiden : Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq
Sekretaris Jenderal : Muhammad Anis Matta
1. Wakil Bidang Kordinasi Lembaga Tinggi : Ade Barkah
2. Wakil Bidang Administrasi : Budi Hermawan
3. Wakil Bidang Organisasi : Ahmad Chudori
4. Wakil Bidang Komunikasi Politik : Fahri Hamzah
5. Wakil Bidang Media : Mahfudz Sidik
6. Wakil Bidang Arsip Dan Sejarah : Sitaresmi Soekanto
7. Wakil Bidang Data Dan Informasi : Riko Desendra
8. Wakil Bidang Perencanaa : Gunawan
9. Wakil Bidang Protokoler : Budi Dharmawan

Bendahara Umum : Mahfudz Abdurrahman

Ketua-Ketua Dewan Pengurus Pusat:

1. Bidang Wilayah Dakwah Sumatra
Ketua : Chairul Anwar
Wakil Ketua : Muhammad Idris Luthfi

2. Bidang Wilayah Dakwah Dki Jakarta, Jawa Barat, Banten
Ketua : Ma'mur Hasanuddin

3. Bidang Wilayah Dakwah Jawa Tengah, Di Yogyakarta, Jawa Timur
Ketua : Zuber Safawi
Wakil Ketua : Rofi' Munawar

4. Bidang Wilayah Dakwah Bali Dan Nusa Tenggara
Ketua : Oktan Hidayat

5. Bidang Wilayah Dakwah Kalimantan
Ketua : Hadi Mulyadi
Wakil Ketua : Riswandi

6. Bidang Wilayah Dakwah Sulawesi
Ketua : Najamuddin

7. Bidang Wilayah Dakwah Indonesia Timur
Ketua : M.K. Renwarin
Wakil Ketua : Aidil Heryana

8. Bidang Bidang Kaderisasi
Ketua : Musyafa Ahmad Rahim

9. Bidang Bidang Pembangunan Keummatan
Ketua : Ahmad Zainuddin

10. Bidang Bidang Kepanduan Dan Olah Raga
Ketua : Asep Saefullah

11. Bidang Generasi Muda Dan Profesi
Ketua : Taufik Ridho

12. Bidang Politik, Pemerintahan, Hukum Dan Keamanan
Ketua : Mustafa Kamal
Wakil Ketua Agus Purnomo

13. Bidang Kelembagaan Pendidikan&Sosial
Ketua : Deni Tresnahadi

14. Bidang Pengembangan Ekonomi Dan Kewirausahaan
Ketua : Jazuli Juwaini

15. Bidang Kewanitaan
Ketua : Anis Byarwati

Sekretaris : Sarah Handayani
Ketua-Ketua Badan:
1. Badan Penegak Disiplin Organisasi
Ketua : Aus Hidayat

2. Badan Pengembangan Kepemimpinan
Ketua : Dwi Triyono

3. Badan Pemenangan Pilkada
Ketua : Muhammad Syahfan Badri

4. Badan Hubungan Luar Negeri
Ketua : Budiyanto.

HP Mini 2140

PC Magazine has a very flattering review on the Atom-Powered HP Mini 2140:

The HP 2133 Mini-Note was and still is ahead of its time, design-wise, with an aluminum finish that made the original ASUS eeePC 4G look like an infant's toy.

As one of the first netbooks that cultivated a revolution, it was enticingly presented and crafted to look like its Elitebook business siblings. But it wasn't without flaws. Specifically, the Via processing innards weren't at all speedy and required excessive cooling, resulting in significant fan noise and heat coming from the base.

The newly minted HP Mini 2140 changes all that, replacing the older parts with faster and more energy-efficient ones from the Intel Atom platform while keeping the impeccably fresh design intact. It's basically a business and education version of the HP Mini 1000, and will be presented this week at CES 2009 in Las Vegas.

Picture HP MINI 2140

New HP ultraportable first to use AMD Neo chip

HP Launches Athlon Neo-Based dv2 Laptop

Another Netbook? No, not exactly. Hewlett-Packard's new Pavilion dv2 is an ultraportable, thank you. And the new Athlon Neo silicon inside from Advanced Micro Devices will try to prove that point.

Hackers hijack Obama's, Britney's Twitter accounts

Spears, Obama hit by Twitter tampering.

Hackers hijacked the Twitter accounts of more than 30 celebrities and organizations, including President-Elect Barack Obama, Britney Spears and Fox News, early on Monday, the company confirmed today.

For what? you may ask the hackers.

Microsoft sold 28 million Xbox 360s by end of 2008


Microsoft Corp sold 28 million units worldwide of its Xbox 360 video game console through the end of 2008, expanding the Xbox's lead over rival Sony Corp's PlayStation 3 console in worldwide unit sales, the company said

Obama picks Leon Panetta for CIA director

A shake-up is coming?

President-elect Barack Obama will name former congressman and Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to head the CIA, tapping a veteran government manager who once oversaw the top-secret U.S. intelligence budget but has no hands-on espionage experience, Democratic officials said on Monday.

If he's confirmed by the Senate, Panetta would take over an agency that's leading the fight against terrorism as it struggles to overcome the damage dealt to its credibility and integrity by its Sept. 11 and Iraq intelligence failures and by its use of interrogation methods on suspected terrorists at secret prisons that many experts consider torture.

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