Ross McKay has been living in or around Jakarta for eight years, and previously was a politician, among many other jobs. He graduated in Politics and Modern History, and took a post-graduate diploma in Soviet Studies (on the principle that a good doctor studies disease).
Whither dangdut mania? Financial woes of TV station TPI puts dangdut music under threat.
The protests and furore over allowing the burial of killed extremists in and around Solo.
Two clouds with silver linings, Tommy Suharto's bid for Golkar, and sharia stoning laws in Aceh.
Other worldly factors in climate change, are Indonesian students right?
Short story competition on the culture wars, Timdog and Ross go head to head.
Have the wealthy women of leisure in Jakarta lost their mothering instincts?
Review of film Merah Putih, evil colonialists & brave patriots.
Ross finds shameful bigotry in the fair city of Tangerang.
Ross rails against continued neglect of Ahmadiyah people in Lombok.
A branch of the Sufi sect Tarekat Naqsyabandiyah is the latest target of the MUI.
Lacklustre televised presidential debates are a ruling class ruse, rails Ross.
Ross rails against hospital debt collectors on reality television.
More women politicians is what is needed, some say.
Is Jakarta one of the worst third world hellholes?
Who is behind the recent violence in Aceh, and the sharia laws.
What's the worst sinetron ever? Ross reels at the sight of Hareem.
Ross sees parallels between the Justice Party/PKS, and the PKI of old.
Ross finds fault in employers' obsession with physical appearance.