Mr Obama The Third world amused by the election result.Not the western country.we Knew what is Underneath the dirty carpet.Broken link need to be repairs.some one will do dirty works for some one who fucked it up.I meant didnt work well.

 

dari maya tentang obama dan indonesia

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obama dan maya soetoro

sepertinya kepala saya lagi terpaku kepada figur fenomenal barrack obama.. terus terang saya mengikuti dia sejak dia bertarung hebat dengan hillary clinton pada kaukus partai demokrat beberapa waktu lalu.. dan lagi2 saya mencoba mengutip dari blog nya mas teguh santosa mengenai hasil wawancaranya dengan Maya Soetoro-Ng adik obama yang dilaksanakan pada Februari lalu..

Berikut petikan dari wawancara dengan Maya Soetoro.

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Bagaimana hubungan Anda, Obama, dan ibu?
Keluarga kami sangat informal. Kami senang tertawa, duduk di lantai, bermain di taman, memanjat pohon. Ibu memberikan perhatian besar kepada kami dan ia senang berbicara panjang-panjang.

Pada 1973, kami (kembali) ke Hawaii dan tinggal di Jalan Poke sampai 1976. Ketika ibu kembali ke Indonesia untuk melakukan penelitian, saya ikut dengannya. Sementara Obama tinggal bersama kakek dan neneknya sampai 1979, saat ia lulus dari SMA.

Ketika dipisahkan jarak yang begitu jauh, ibu selalu menulis surat panjang untuk Obama dan Obama juga menuliskan surat panjang untuk Ibu. Tapi, praktis kami tidak pernah berpisah. Kami selalu menghabiskan musim panas bersama. Di masa-masa itu Obama juga beberapa kali kembali ke Indonesia.

Apa yang diwarisi Obama dari sifat ibu?
Banyak. Kebaikan hati, semangat, kemampuan mengenal orang lain dengan latar belakang berbeda, bersimpati, dan berempati. Ibu idealistis sekaligus praktis. Ini juga yang diwarisi Obama. Ibu menyukai bahasa dan pembicaraan, serta cerita dan bercerita.

Saya kira kemampuan Obama merangkul banyak orang dalam kampanyenya karena ia memang menyukai cerita. Ia merangkai cerita-cerita itu dan menemukan bahwa satu cerita mewarnai cerita lain. Ia mengangkat pengalaman hidup individu sebagai pengalaman hidup bersama rakyat AS.

Bagaimana pengalaman Obama di Indonesia dan apakah pengetahuannya tentang negara ini bisa membantu bila ia terpilih sebagai Presiden AS?
Obama mempelajari banyak hal dari Indonesia. Ini adalah tempat pertama ia belajar seni memahami.

Di Indonesia, untuk pertama kali ia belajar bernegosiasi, berteman dengan orang-orang yang berbeda latar belakang. Indonesia adalah tempat pertama ia mempelajari fleksibilitas. Lebih jauh lagi, Indonesia adalah tempat pertama ia memahami kompleksitas dunia.

Obama terakhir kali ke Indonesia pada 1991, saat ia menulis buku Dream From My Father. Ia bilang kepada saya, dalam kunjungan itu ia makin memahami Indonesia dan masyarakatnya.

Apakah Obama masih bisa berbahasa Indonesia?
Oh, ya, bisa sedikit. Setiap kali saya ke Chicago, ia bilang, ‘Eh, Maya, pijit dikit, pijit dikit.’ Lalu, ‘Aduh, kuat tangannya.’ Selebihnya, ia tidak percaya diri untuk menggunakan bahasa Indonesia dengan orang lain. Dengan saya, ia cukup confident.

Apakah benar nama tengah Obama adalah Hussein?
Benar. Ia adalah Barack Hussein Obama Junior.

Kelihatannya Obama khawatir dirinya dikaitkan dengan Islam…
Faktanya, Obama adalah penganut Kristen. Ia tidak menampik dan tidak khawatir, tapi ia peduli agar semua hal dilaporkan secara akurat. Ia telah menjelaskan secara terbuka hubungannya dengan Islam. Tapi, penjelasan ini telah digunakan untuk menyerang seolah-olah Obama berbohong dan menyembunyikan sesuatu yang rahasia. And it is terrible.

Saya pernah ditanya sebuah media, apa hubungan Anda dengan Islam. Saya katakan bahwa saya bukan penganut Islam, tapi semua keluarga saya adalah orang Islam. Maksudnya adalah semua keluarga saya di Indonesia (dari pihak ayah, Lolo Soetoro).

Mereka menggunakan ini berulangkali untuk menyerang Obama dan mengatakan ia berbohong. ‘Lihat, Barry berbohong. Adiknya, Maya, mengatakan semua anggota keluarganya orang Islam.’ Padahal, konteks dari pembicaraan itu adalah keluarga saya di Indonesia.

Bila Anda mencari informasi tentang ayah saya, Anda akan menemukan bagian yang mengatakan bahwa ia adalah seorang Islam fundamentalis. Atau, yang lebih parah lagi, ibu saya, Stanley Ann Dunham, disebutkan sebagai orang yang secara rahasia mendukung Islam fundamentalis dan ingin agar anaknya didoktrinasi nilai-nilai Islam fundamentalis.

Tentu, kami pernah tinggal di Indonesia dan mendengarkan adzan untuk shalat di pagi hari. Ibu saya bilang itu sungguh indah. Ayah mungkin bukan orang Islam yang baik, tapi ia tetap Islam. Saya kembali ke kuburannya dan mengadakan seremoni untuk mengenangnya, berdoa. Anyway, it was lovely.

Tapi, cerita ini diambil begitu saja, dicabut dari konteksnya, dan digunakan untuk mendistorsi perhatian orang.

Ini situasi yang menantang. Secara personal, saya merasa bagus bila AS punya presiden yang punya pengalaman dengan Islam, yang pernah menghabiskan waktu di negara muslim, di mana manusia adalah manusia. Mereka melakukan hal-hal yang sama seperti yang dilakukan manusia lain di muka bumi untuk menghidupi keluarga dan sebagainya.

 

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Barack Obama’s election as U.S. president cheered many Arabs and Iranians driven to anger or despair by George W. Bush’s policies over the past eight years.

But Obama’s choice of Rahm Emanuel, a combative, pro- Israeli political operator, as his White House chief of staff splashed cold water on some who hoped the next U.S. leader would be more even-handed and sensitive in grappling with the Middle East.

“For millions of Arabs who expressed jubilance at the monumental victory of Obama, (Emanuel’s) appointment has put a damper on a short-lived fiesta,” wrote Jordan-based commentator Osama al-Sharif in Saudi Arabia’s Arab News on Wednesday.

In another common view, Morocco’s leading Arabic-language newspaper al Massa said Emanuel’s powerful new job indicated the “lengthy arm of Israeli clout inside the Obama administration.”

Iran’s hardline English-language Kayhan International also homed in on Emanuel, describing the Illinois Congressman as a “Zionist with deep-seated family ties to Israel .”

It said that while Obama had said he favoured dialogue, he had also advocated tougher sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme and, like Bush, had not ruled out military action.

“The challenge for Obama is to show the world whether he is really ready to offer Tehran a grand bargain rather than a big bang,” the Iranian newspaper declared on Sunday.

Emanuel has a record of hawkish pro- Israeli positions, combined with support for U.S.-led peacemaking — he helped arrange the White House lawn signing of the 1993 Oslo accords — but not all Israelis are delighted with his appointment.

“The guy is very close to the left and I’m more afraid of him than Obama,” said Shmuel Sandler, an Israeli political scientist at Bar Ilan University, referring to the possibility of U.S. pressure on Israel to make concessions to Palestinians.

INCENDIARY REMARKS

But Maariv newspaper last week described Emanuel as “our man in the White House” in an article that quoted his father as saying his son would obviously influence Obama to be pro- Israel .

“What is he, an Arab? He’s not going to clean the floors of the White House,” Benjamin Emanuel told the Israeli daily.

Rahm Emanuel himself said Obama did not require his influence to orient his policy towards Israel .

“When it comes to Israel’s security and America’s partnership with Israel , President-elect Obama doesn’t need Rahm Emanuel. President-elect Obama’s commitment to Israel is steadfast and unwavering,” he told Reuters.

His father’s reported remarks outraged Arabs and others, but Shibley Telhami, a political science professor at the University of Maryland and a senior fellow at the Saban Centre of the Brookings Institution, said the reaction was beside the point.

“Judge the guy by what he is and how he has behaved, not by his background, or his father or his history,” Telhami told Reuters in Washington. “I am an Arab American. I don’t want to be judged by my ethnicity, but by what I do and say.”

Daniel Levy, director of the Middle East Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation, said Emanuel’s posting had been “wildly exaggerated in terms of its Middle East significance.”

His prime loyalty was to Obama, Levy said, and there was no suggestion that he had been an obstacle on Middle East issues when he served as an aide to former President Bill Clinton .

Obama’s picks for the State Department and National Security Council would be a better guide to his plans for the region.

Former Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher also said the U.S. president would make the decisions, not his aides.

“We hope that President Obama, who belongs to a part of the American people that was oppressed and deprived of its rights … will not side with the usurper against the usurped,” he said, alluding to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.

The leader of Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah group warned against expecting any major U.S. policy shift from Obama.

“Our Arab world, our Third World and our African world can empathise with Obama because of his past or the colour of his skin, but politics and interests are a different story,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address on Tuesday.

“I don’t want to anticipate events, but logic dictates that we not bet on changes in injustice, or believe that he will be more lenient or less unfair than his predecessors,” he added.

Obama’s middle name of Hussein, a Muslim religious hero, has helped make him an intriguing figure in the Middle East — where Emanuel’s second name, Israel , has also drawn attention.

“Obama has already made history just by getting elected in spite of his middle name and the colour of his skin,” said Lebanon’s English-language Daily Star in an editorial.

“If he really wants to make a mark, he will make the search for a fair peace in the Middle East a hallmark of his presidency. If he does that, we should help him,” it said.

(Additional reporting by Reuters bureaux in Washington, Cairo, Rabat, Jerusalem and Tehran )

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