Symbol From the Wilderness

Symbol From the Wilderness

[Jakarta, LTTW] Man and beast are two completely different species that have intertwined within cultural domain throughout history. Such inter-relation plays a role in modern society by being a symbol to communicate ...
A Separation of Insult and Criticism

A Separation of Insult and Criticism

[Jakarta, LTTW] In January 10, 2018, Joko Widodo along with the government and Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat or the People’s Representative discussed a bill that contains a law that prohibits people from insulting ...
The Shape of Water: An Allegorical Critique of Trump

The Shape of Water: An Allegorical Critique of Trump

Set in 1962 Baltimore, director Guillermo Del Toro’s film tells the story of Elisa, a young mute woman who works as a cleaner at a mysterious government facility that is home to ...
The Enigma of Burning Yourself Alive

The Enigma of Burning Yourself Alive

In Ben Arous, Tunisia, Tarek-el Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi stood in front of the local governor’s office after a policewoman confiscated his fruit cart and also gave him a beating. What came next ...
Famous People Hologram for Sale

Famous People Hologram for Sale

Nobody can bring back the dead. With that in mind, they can still be immortalized through memories, ideas, medias and other inheritance that they left on earth. Artists who sing their way ...
Women Against the Odds

Women Against the Odds

[Jakarta, LTTW] First thing first, although a little late, Happy International Women’s Day! It is very important for us to mull over and appreciate the role of women in establishing and nurturing ...
Attacchi di Pane

Attacchi di Pane

[Jakarta, LTTW] December 6, 2017, Listen to the World had the pleasure to watch a contemporary dance performance from Italy; organized by the Italian Cultural Institute at the historical Jakarta Art Building ...
Freedom of Speech and Social Media

Freedom of Speech and Social Media

Freedom of Speech is important to us. It allows us not only to share our voices, but also to obtain and learn more knowledge from others. With (human) rights comes responsibility, but ...
Journalism: Juggling with Politics, Money & Technology

Journalism: Juggling with Politics, Money & Technology

[Jakarta, LTTW] Journalism operates within the freedom of speech and freedom of the press principles. In doing so, there are ethics and code of conduct that must be followed. Covering all sides, ...
A Delicate Weave: Folk Singers from Western India Celebrate Diversity in the Face of Intolerance

A Delicate Weave: Folk Singers from Western India Celebrate Diversity in the Face of Intolerance

A Delicate Weave (Jhini Bini Chadariya), a documentary film set in Kachchh, Gujarat in Western India, traces four different musical journeys, all converging in the ways they affirm religious diversity, syncretism (blending ...
Lipstick Under My Burkha: When Real Women Take Over Indian Screens

Lipstick Under My Burkha: When Real Women Take Over Indian Screens

“We see many films on male bonding, but hardly any on female bonding,” award-winning Indian filmmaker Aparna Sen told Indian television news channel, just after the screening of her latest film, Sonata ...
Gabon's Political Force is its Thriving Hip-Hop Scene

Gabon’s Political Force is its Thriving Hip-Hop Scene

Foreword from Listen To The WorldEveryone knows that Hip Hop was born in the South Bronx, United States, but we’re not too sure if this historic birthplace still matters to most Hip ...
Music is Art because it’s Political

Music is Art because it’s Political

A Reflection from the Roger Waters Concert Tour.About four months ago, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters kicked off his North American tour entitled “Us + Them”. Although he performed many of old ...
During Vietnam War, Music Spoke to Both Sides of a Divided Nation

During Vietnam War, Music Spoke to Both Sides of a Divided Nation

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff, University of South CarolinaWorld War II influenced an entire generation – many say the “greatest” – but few of those who came of age in the 1940s would probably ...
I Am Human living in Diversity

I Am Human living in Diversity

"Thanks to J. M Basquiat who inspired me and people who fight against Racism, let’s keep the equality in humanity ...” - Adikara Rachman, 2017[LttW, Jakarta]. In recent years, diversity that was ...
Gauri Lankesh

Obituary – Gauri Lankesh

[Jakarta, LTTW] Recently, on September 6, 2017, we read an obituary of Gauri Lankesh (55 year old), a female Indian journalist senior, writer and activist (secularist-nationalist). Lankesh was assassinated inside her residence ...
romero zombie

George Romero’s zombies will make Americans reflect on racial violence long after his death

Erin C. Cassese, West Virginia University“What’s your zombie apocalypse survival plan?” The question invites the liveliest discussions of the semester. I teach a course on social movements in fiction and film at ...
Independence Day

Independence Day

[Jakarta, LttW] Over a month ago, on July 4, United States celebrated its Independence Day. Just a few days ago, India and Pakistan celebrated theirs, and today is Indonesia’s turn to do ...
The healing power of hip hop

The healing power of hip hop

Alexander Crooke, University of Melbourne and Raphael Travis Jr., Texas State University Last year, New York’s then police commissioner Willam Bratton was quick to blame rap music and the culture around it ...
Can Caribbean cricket get its (political) groove back?

Can Caribbean cricket get its (political) groove back?

Adnan Hossain, University of Amsterdam Caribbean cricket fans were dismayed in early June when, for the first time since the ICC Champions Trophy started in 1998, the West Indies Cricket Team did ...
There's not enough evidence to back the claim that humans originated in Europe

There’s not enough evidence to back the claim that humans originated in Europe

Julien Benoit, University of the WitwatersrandAfrica is not the cradle of humankind: that’s the claim by a group of scientists who’ve just published what they describe as evidence of pre-human remains found ...
In razing its modernist buildings, Iran is erasing its past Western influence

In razing its modernist buildings, Iran is erasing its past Western influence

Asma Mehan, Politecnico di Torino Hassan Rouhani’s re-election as Iran’s president has rekindled hope for liberals in the country. During his first term, Iran began edging closer to the West, and his ...
Terrorism

Terrorism: Brainless and Heartless Act

LTTW, Jakarta. The above artwork is dedicated to the innocent victims of the recent bombing in Manchester, UK. Let us stand united to demolish extremism and terrorism from the face of the ...
France National Identity

France, reaffirming her national identity:liberté, égalité, fraternité

[Jakarta, LTTW] After months of uncertainty and anxiety, the French people have finally spoken, and the world hears their voice loud and clear! Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron forged a historic and landslide ...
Equality in Diversity

Equality in Diversity

[Jakarta, LTTW] Diversity has become a daily vocabulary in society, but lately it is perceived more as a threat. The 21st Century that we live in is yet to decide how diversity ...
Rohingya refugees

The ‘floating people’ of Myanmar: how Rohingya refugees reclaim their identity through art and song

Farzana Kazi Fahmida, University Utara Malaysia The Moghs [the Rakhine people of Myanmar] refer to us as ‘floating people’ as we do not have citizenship in our country. My grandfather, father, and ...
Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval, Life of Jazz

[Jakarta, LTTW] “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”, is an Albert Einstein quote that, to us, describes Arturo Sandoval. We were fortunate enough to see his shows ...
Zap Mama

Zap Mama, Movement by a Woman (and an Unreleased Single!)

Music act of artist Marie Daulne "People recognize a soul, not a genre, and there is a longer life for that type of composition." ...
Semsar Siahaan

The Shade of Northern Lights: A Current Reflection

How many people do you know would collect orange seeds, put them in a pocket, and throw them on land where they can fruitfully grow? We know one, Semsar Siahaan (1952-2005) [Ed.]** ...
Saudi Arabia

Women at the Top: Cultural Change in Saudi Arabia and UAE

[Jakarta, LttW] Conservative Saudi Arabia, with its brand of what's controversially known as Wahhabism, isn't seldom referenced by Sunni Muslim leaders in policy making. Among the ongoing debates is the leadership of women in ...
Trump

Trump: Turning USA into Uncle Sam’s Abomination – Part Two

by Serrano Sianturi Are Fragile States Farming Terrorism? The Muslim ban was taken in the name of keeping America safe from the terrorist act by the Muslim extremist. So let’s see whether ...
Trump

Trump: Turning USA into Uncle Sam’s Abomination – Part One

by Serrano Sianturi The recent travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries ordered by President Trump has resulted in confusion, protest, and anger in the US and around the world. US District Courts ...
Equality in Diversity by Sacred Bridge Foundation

“Equality in Diversity”, A New Year Celebration by Sacred Bridge Foundation

A reportage by Rizky Aulia and Garry P. Poluan. Our parent organization, Sacred Bridge Foundation (SBF), a Jakarta-based non-profit organization focused on culture, recently held a new year event themed “Equality in ...
palmyra

ISIL Retook Palmyra: How the Hell That Happened?

[Jakarta, LTTW] War never has a positive side, no matter how we look at it. It’s an atrocity that gives nothing but agony, revenge, destruction, and death. The life-taking conflicts and war ...
Civil March for Aleppo

Civil March to end Human Tragedy in Aleppo

Humanitarian activists began their daring steps yesterday to end the war in Aleppo, Syria. The walk started in Berlin and headed for Aleppo. It is going to be the longest march ever ...
cisa

What is CISA, and Why Should We be Concerned?

[Jakarta, LTTW] On October the 27th, 2015, the US Senate passed into law, by a significant voting majority, a controversial bill called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Proponents of the bill ...
same-sex marriage

#LoveWins: the US Supreme Court declares same-sex marriages legal

The US Supreme Court effectively declares same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. What does this mean, legally and culturally, to the World? [Jakarta, LTTW] In a development of anti-discriminatory laws & ...
Lee Kuan Yew

Obituary : Lee Kuan Yew

[Jakarta, LTTW] Lee Kuan Yew's funeral is held today, on March 30, 2015. As people around the World send their condolences to Singapore on the passing of the city-state's founding father, differing ...
Nelson Mandela

Obituary, Nelson Mandela

[CNN, PBS, RHYTHM, LTTW] The whole world is grieving. Nelson Mandela, a figure who was and is often associated with human’s deepest desire toward peace, has left us all. South Africa's current ...
Margaret Thatcher

Obituary, Margaret Thatcher

(LTTW, LONDON) Margaret Thatcher, a British Conservative Party politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990, ...
Iraq: Between War and Arts

Iraq: Between War and Arts

[Jakarta, LTTW] It’s been a decade since the Iraq War had begun. Did the “mission accomplished” fantasy last? Not from what it seems in many media portrayals of Iraq so far. Nonetheless, ...
Daniel Barenboim, Turns 70

Daniel Barenboim, Turns 70

[Jakarta, LttW] The Middle East conflict that flared up and caused civilian casualties on both sides in just recent days has ended with ceasefire. According to Al-jazeera, Israel and Hamas agree to ...
Rock Music

The 10 Most Influential Rock Group/Musicians in the 60’s

[Jakarta, LttW] Rock music is known to the world as music that graced the history of pop music over the span of the second half of the 20th century. Over the span ...
Afro American

The Church and Afro-American Music

Recently, the Americans commemorated two major events. First was the 50th Anniversary of the famous Martin Luther King Jr’s speech “I Have a Dream”, and the 40th Anniversary of Hip Hop. These ...
Rai

Rai: When Art is (no longer) a Movement

by Agung Waskito This music was born in the middle of the Algerian people’s deterioration due to French colonialism (1841- 1962), which was followed by the rising & falling process in reaching ...
caribbean carnival

Notting Hill Caribbean Carnival

by Agung Waskito Translated by Ferdi Zebua The Caribbean roots The Notting Hill Carnival is a Caribbean carnival held in England, taking place during the August Bank Holiday, with the largest visitor ...
changing the world

Majority Hardly Changing the World

by Serrano Sianturi Things change as we live our days; many (or perhaps most) even believe that change is the only constant in our lives. Change itself is actually a scary thing ...
world cup south africa

World Cup South Africa 2010: Whose Side is it on?

[Jakarta, LTTW] It is almost impossible to decimate music from human life, because music is like air that fills void. In all its shape it fills up space, and in all times ...