Opinions

The fact that other people agree or disagree with you makes you neither right or wrong. You will be right if your facts and reasoning are correct – Benjamin Graham

One of the most important skills to have as a decision-making human being is the ability to differentiate between opinions and facts. Because opinions are not facts, and as Jim Rogers said a decision based on false or misleading information will turn into a wrong decision. Yes, “facts are facts”, said Jawaharlal Nehru, “and will not disappear on account of your likes.”

However, Friedrich Nietzsche also reminded us that “there are no facts, only interpretations.” Indeed, factual findings are like religious scriptures, the most important part is the interpretation.

Over the years I have interpreted numerous facts on various topics, which turned, as Juan Cole said, into my own informed comments. The following links are the results of this obsession:

Propaganda G30S PKI

We need to talk about cryptomania

Israel’s puppet

Inbox Zero

Setya Novanto

There’s such thing as atheist extremists

The underlying problem with radicalism is ignorance

Ahok the unreasonable man

Terima kasih Ahok

Trump’s strike on Syria

Tamasyah Al Maidah

Is Zakir Naik a radical, or a smart tolerant?

The beginning of the end in the battle to save the planet

R.I.P. somebody I never really knew

This is for the kids

112: A low point in Indonesian politics

Black campaign gone wrong

On praying for Aleppo

Fidel Castro

Hillary won the popular votes

Just be a decent human being

Kemerdekaan Nusantara 1811

Erdoğan’s coup

David Cameron’s massive own goal

Brexit in a nutshell

The deadliest mass shooting in US history

Context: Why the Panama Papers is such a big deal

Trump: The rise of evil?

What we know so far about Zika virus

Did Indonesia struck a deal with the US to get West Papua?

Articles to help us understand what ISIS is all about

The weakening of rupiah is the Indonesian government’s responsibility

Are all terrorists Muslim?

Greece’s wind of change

R.I.P. the people killed in an attack on Charlie Hebdo

Some facts about Israel that you may not know

What the world media say about Indonesian election

Indonesian presidential election: the candidates in a nutshell

Indonesian presidential election: When 9 July comes

Pizza analogy for Israel-Palestine peace process

Exercising democracy

My comment at The Economist on Cambodian politics

Was Egypt a revolution or a coup?

My comment at The Economist on Israel’s attack on Gaza

The politicisation of religion

19 October 1469: The day that changed the world

The engineering of our consent

Arab World’s Sinatra Doctrine

What’s the price of your dream?

Something I found during my backpacking trip to Indochina

The Infinite Abyss