19 June 2018


Trump blasts Germany while making case for U.S. immigration policy

KONFRONTASI-U.S. President Donald Trump blamed migrants in Europe for violently changing the culture and for what he inaccurately described as a rise in crime in Germany as he sought on Monday to defend his administration’s widely criticized policy on illegal immigration.

Immigration activists, medical professionals, religious leaders, Democrats and some in Trump’s own Republican Party have condemned his administration for separating nearly 2,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border between mid-April and the end of May.

Global central bank warns bitcoin could 'bring internet to a halt'

KONFRONTASI-A report released by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) highlighted major problems presented by the growth of shadowy digital currencies, like bitcoin, including unstable prices, the potential for manipulation — and the possibility that their decentralized nature could one day slow the internet to a crawl.

Germany: Interior minister gives Merkel ultimatum on migrants

KONFRONTASI-German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has backed down from a threat to bypass Chancellor Angela Merkel in a disagreement over immigration policy, bringing reprieve to Merkel's biggest political crisis to date.

Seehofer on Monday agreed to implement his immigration "master plan" step by step, stopping short of unilaterally enforcing a policy opposed by Merkel while she attempts to find a solution at European level, sources have told German news agency DPA.

Rizal Ramli and Indonesian Foreign Policy under Jokowi. Jakarta is too inclined to Beijing

KONFRONTASI- The fact that Rizal Ramli (a former Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister  ) was invited to give a speech at Heritage, Republican top Think Thank,  Navy think thank, a couple others in New York and Washington DC  in June 2018, send a clear signal that change is highly timely for Indonesia to return to its true constitutional vision that  “Indonesian foreign policy is independent (free from two major hegemony) to promote world peace”.

1 dead, 22 wounded in mass shooting at New Jersey arts festival

KONFRONTASI - A suspected gunman was fatally shot after multiple people opened fire at an all-night arts festival in the US state of New Jersey, wounding at least 22 people including a boy who is in critical condition, authorities said on Sunday.

Prosecutors said a 33-year-old man was killed and a second suspect arrested after gunfire erupted at 3 am at the event in the city of Trenton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of New York City.

Israel detains 20 Palestinians in West Bank city of Nablus

KONFRONTASI - Israeli troops have detained 20 people in the northern West Bank over claims that they were members of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

On Sunday, the Tel Aviv regime claimed that the those detained were planning a "serious attacks" against Israeli targets in Nablus city.

The arrests demonstrate once again the will and efforts of Hamas to put in place terrorist infrastructure to commit attacks in Israel," claimed Israeli internal spying service the Shin Bet.

Turkey needs IMF loans after investor confidence undercut

KONFRONTASI-Turkey should follow Argentina and hold talks with the International Monetary Fund on a new loan accord because investors no longer have confidence in economic policy.

Trump says he’ll oppose moderate GOP immigration bill

KONFRONTASI - President Donald Trump has opposed an immigration proposal that would protect migrant children separated from their parents at the US border.

The proposal, which was one of the two immigration measures crafted by congressional Republicans, was seen as a compromise between moderate and conservative factions.

It would end the "zero tolerance" policy of separating children from those who are criminally prosecuted for illegally crossing the border.

China imposes new retaliatory tariffs on 659 US products

KONFRONTASI - China has announced its decision to impose further 25 percent tariffs on 659 American products worth $50 billion, in retaliation for new US tariffs on Chinese imports.

The Chinese commerce ministry said tariffs on $34 billion of imports from the US, including agricultural products such as soybeans, US biggest export to China by value, will be implemented as of July 6 and the date of tariffs on the remaining $16 billion of American goods, including crude oil, natural gas, coal and some refined oil products, will be announced later.

Seeing my students develop through learning makes me Proud.

KONFRONTASI- I studied mechanical engineering at the Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia, before coming to the Graduate School of Education at Bristol. While I was studying mechanical engineering, I started teaching Physics part-time at a secondary school in Bandung.

by  Dhitta Puti Sarasvati