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
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
Hillary won the popular votes
Just be a decent human being
Kemerdekaan Nusantara 1811
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
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