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21 August 2011

Bundesliga, Week 3

Eight-goal Thriller at Wesserstadion  (photo: www.bundesliga.de)

BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH v VfL WOLFSBURG 4-1
Venue: Stadion im Borussia-Park
Goals: Hasebe 13", Reus 15", Daems 32", Bobadilla 45", Reus 67"
Yellow cards: Schulze, Hanke, Russ

FC AUGSBURG v HOFFENHEIM 0-2
Venue: impuls arena
Goals: Babel 5", Salihovic 75"
Yellow cards: Rudy, De Roeck

VfB STUTTGART v BAYER LEVERKUSEN 0-1
Venue: Mercedes-Benz-Arena
Goal: Kiessling 28"
Yellow cards: Boulahrouz, Maza
Red cards: Boulahrouz (2 yellows)

BAYERN MUENCHEN v HAMBURG SV 5-0
Venue: Allianz Arena
Goals:van Buyten 13", Ribery 17", Robben 34", Gomez 56", Olic 80"
Yellow cards: Aogo, Westermann, Mancienne, Tymoshchuk, Jansen, Rafina

BORUSSIA DORTMUND v FC NUREMBERG 2-0
Venue: Signal Iduna
Goals: Lewandowski 50", Grosskreutz 80"
Yellow cards: Hegeler, Pinola

WERDER BREMEN v SC FREIBURG 5-3
Venue: Wesserstadion
Goals: Cisse 7", Fritz 30", Pizarro 44", Cisse 48", Arnautovic 65", Reisinger 84", Hunt 87", Wesley 90"+3
Yellow cards: Schuster, Flum, Schmitz, Reisinger, Krmas

FC KOELN v KAISERSLAUTERN 1-1
Venue: RheinEnergieStadion
Goals: Ilicevic 17", Jajalo 19"
Yellow cards: Amedic, Kirch, Lanig, Brecko, Dick, Jessen, Andrezinho

FSV MAINZ 05 v SCHALKE 04 2-4
Venue: Coface Arena
Goals: Ivanschitz 8", Soto 12", Huntelaar 57", Hoewedes 64", Matip 82", Fuchs 90"
Yellow cards: Papadoupulos, Draxler.

HANNOVER 96 v HERTHA BERLIN SC 1-1
Venue: AWD Arena
Goals: Pinto 33", Lasogga 83"
Yellow cards: Mijatovic, Ebert, Torun, Pinto, Lasogga, Lell, Franz

LEAGUE TABLE, WEEK 3


Indonesia in the 66th Independence: (Not) Free To Decide

The phrase 'free to decide' is borrowed from the Cranberries' song title

Today Republic of Indonesia is celebrating the 66th Independence Day since it has been proclaimed on August 17, 1945. The rise of the new look of Nusantara nation in a united form had a tremendous impact on freedom movement other nations, such as India, Egypt, Malaysia, etc. The courage of Indonesian founding fathers to make a quick start during the 'vacuum of power' since Japan's destruction following the nuclear bombings must be highly appreciated. 

Indonesia is a great nation in terms of number of population and territory. It is not easy to integrate vary cultures and values into one projected goal. Therefore, time and time again this republic has been faced by plenty of 'tests of life' ever since it has formed the sovereign government. Either internally or externally disturbed, Indonesia looks like passing through a bridge on trouble water. The experience in 66 years has proven such phenomenon. 

Indonesia nowadays is quite different from that of somewhat 20-25 years ago, when what people say 'iron fist' held firmly the rights to speak under authoritarian conduct. Post-1998 reform, people of Indonesia have been granted more independence to speak and to act under more democratic environment, where no powerful parties dominate. However, freedom to speak and to choose, unfortunately, has been becoming a source of chaotic situation because everyone speaks, everyone demands, and everyone overlaps one to another. This is how today's Indonesia is looking like. Debates on important issues such as politics, economy, and socio-culture come back and forth to highlight the media, to make ordinary people confused to hold which one is true. More intellectuals are showing their skills of rhetoric talks off making the audience paranoid about the future of the nation. More external influences keep absorbing significant aspects of the nation's life as the result of openness and active participation at global stage. In short, the change obtained by Indonesia in the past twenty years has been only freedom to speak and to act; not free to decide. Whether they are considered by authorities is another story. Those who are powerful are not willing to surpass the assets for the prosperity of the whole people, corruption keeps growing, image-building keeps telling lies behind truths. 

Compared with new democracies Indonesia has had more experience to defend the capacity-building of the nation. But compared with old nations with 'mature' experience, Indonesia has been no more than a teenager looking for status and recognition. Sometimes the choice on decision-making is taken emotionally, only going for short-term targets. Unfortunately, this decision often ruins things that have been set up for long-term purpose. This is how freedom is still constrained, either by internal or by external factors. Self-determination of leaders rarely prove in their critical decisions and their contribution to the people as the major stakeholders of the nation-building are often swapped by political interest of particular groups. It is probably human nature, even developed economies still experience, such what recently occurred in the United Kingdom. However, for Indonesian people inherit the spirit of ancient great Nusantara, there should not have been a fear of being lagged by the dramatic development of other nations. Indonesia with its coexistent heterogeinty must not surrender a holistic dependence on the move the other nations display on the current global stage. Instead, character-building is a 'must do' task in order to give birth the true characteristic of Indonesia.

Mudik Sepi Kapan?

Mudik telah menjadi semacam ritual bagi masyarakat Indonesia, khususnya yang berada di Pulau Jawa. Bahkan mudik telah dapat kita sebut sebagai budaya orang Indonesia. Orang mudik untuk meluangkan waktu liburan di tempat tertentu yang dapat mereka gunakan untuk bersantai, berkumpul dengan sanak-saudara, mengenang masa lalu bersama teman-teman lama.

Istilah mudik sendiri kemungkinan berasal dari kata "udik" (desa/kampung). Istilah ini mengandung arti "pulang kampung", sebuah kegiatan yang biasanya dilakukan oleh orang-orang yang menetap di daerah perkotaan untuk mencari nafkah atau melanjutkan studi pada saat masa liburan tiba. Kita dapat mudik kapanpun, tetapi mudik dalam tulisan ini berhubungan dengan liburan yang berlangsung selama Hari Raya Islam Idul Fitri, atau Lebaran. Mudik Lebaran selalu membawa dampak bagi keadaan lalu-lintas Indonesia.

Mudik adalah sebuah momentum bagi orang yang melakukannya untuk meluangkan waktu liburan di daerah asal, berjumpa dengan keluarga, kerabat, dan teman yang masih berada di tempat tersebut. Waktu mudik sangat tepat untuk mempererat kembali tali persaudaraan setelah sekian lama tidak saling berjumpa karena kesibukan masing-masing. Pada saat Lebaran mudik menjadi salah satu keinginan bagi orang yang telah sekian lama merantau di tempat lain guna mencari nafkah atau belajar. Kesempatan mudik adalah sebuah kesempatan yang sangat ditunggu-tunggu. Orang seperti rela melakukan apa saja untuk dapat mudik pada waktu Lebaran.

Beberapa tahun belakangan ini peristiwa mudik telah menyebabkan timbulnya masalah serius dalam bidang transportasi, khususnya transportasi darat. Banyaknya kendaraan dan penumpang membuat jalan semakin padat dan macet. Jalan-jalan di Indonesia seperti tidak mampu menampung beban yang berlebihan ini, terutama di kota-kota besar. Keberadaan petugas lalu-lintas sepertinya tidak seimbang dengan jumlah kendaraan dan penumpang yang berada di jalan sehingga lalu lintas menjadi semrawut dan tak terkendalikan. Terlalu banyaknya kendaraan pribadi juga menyumbang kemacetan jalan raya.

Satu hal lagi yang menyebabkan kemacetan pada saat Mudik Lebaran ialah paham sentralistik dari sebagian masyarakat Indonesia. Sebagian orang masih menganggap Jakarta sebagai tempat paling ideal untuk mencari nafkah atau mengembangkan karir. Akibatnya, banyak orang menuju ke Jakarta sehingga kota ini terpadati oleh penduduk. Masalah timbul ketika terjadi mudik. Tanpa penjelasan yang lebih lanjut, pembaca pasti telah mengetahui bagaimana skenarionya.
Terima kasih kepada BelajarInggris.Net atas kepercayaannya memilih tulisan saya menjadi salah satu pemenang dalam Lomba Blog 2010.