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Government should pull military out of business

The Indonesian government should end military ownership of businesses without further delay, Human Rights Watch said today as it launched the 159-page Indonesian translation of a study on military self-financing in Indonesia. “Too High a Price: The Human Rights Cost of the Indonesian Military’s Economic Activities” was published in English in June 2006, and is based on research conducted from 2004 to 2006. It describes the Indonesian military’s longstanding practice of independently financing itself and presents an “anatomy” of its scattered business interests. The report also documents several examples of the Indonesian military’s involvement in business and its harmful effect on civilians. It outlines recommendations for needed reform, in keeping with a legal requirement for the government to take over military businesses.

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  • Is this message of general Agus Wirahadikusumah by coicidence ......

    " ..... back to the barracks ....."

  • His background info.

  • 'Ahu kura ahia, mansia nia'

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    There's a mighty big difference between "should" and "must". Life is too short to intervene with the Military businesses in Indonesia. Show me the man who will undertake this "mission impossible" and I'll show you a man with not much future.
    Much safer to investigate and overcome corruption within the political ranks and the nouveau riche in Jakarta!

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  • This article about the book of Muthiah Alagappa is interesting:

    Coercion and Governance
    The Declining Political Role of the Military in Asia

    Edited by Muthiah Alagappa

    624 pp.
    13 illustrations.

    080474226X cloth ($95.00)

    Buy Cloth Edition
    0804742278 paper ($35.95)

    Buy Paper Edition

    DescriptionAuthor InfoReviews

    Muthiah Alagappa is Director of Studies of the East-West Center, Honolulu. He is the editor of Asian Security Practice: Material and Ideational Influences (Stanford, 1998) and Political Legitimacy in Southeast Asia: The Quest for Moral Authority (Stanford, 1995).

    “This outstanding book will have a lasting impact on the study of civil-military relations and of the comparative politics of Asia. It is by far the best collection of case studies of civil-military relations I have read, for any part of the world.”—Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution

    This far-ranging volume offers both a broad overview of the role of the military in contemporary Asia and a close look at the state of civil-military relations in sixteen Asian countries. It provides in-depth discussion of civil-military relations in countries where the military still continues to dominate the political helm as well as others where, in varying degrees, the military is disengaging from politics. Conceptually, the study connects the explanation for the changing relationship of the military to the state to the processes associated with the construction of nation, state, and political system, as well as the development of state capacity, economic growth, and change in the international system.

    The book argues that the key to understanding civil-military relations in Asia and elsewhere is the role of coercion, in state and nation building and in the exercise of political authority. As coercion in these processes increases or decreases, so does the political power and influence of the military. Civilian supremacy requires superior political, ideational, moral, and economic power translated into strong institutions that can regulate the military and limit its role in governance.

    A key finding of the volume is that, overall, the political power and influence of the military in Asia, though still considerable in some countries, is on the decline. At present only Burma and Pakistan are under military rule, though the military is the central pillar of the totalitarian regime in North Korea. The number of Asian countries under civilian rule has increased dramatically. However, the relationship between the state and the soldier is not a settled issue, and in democratizing countries, civil-military relations is still a contested domain that is being redefined incrementally, often through struggle. The study concludes that, in the long term, the power of the military will continue to decline, and that the growing dominance of democratic civilian control in Asia is likely to endure.

    How to link to this web page Subject links:
    Politics -- Comparative
    Politics -- Asia.

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