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Gus Dur adalah Ultraman Betulan

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Oleh Rio Tuasikal / @riotuasikal * Juara 1 Esai dalam Lomba Harlah Gus Dur
“Menumpas kejahatan dan menegakkan keadilan. Aku tak boleh menyerah!”

Masih saya ingat kata-kata Shin Asuka, si Ultraman Dyna itu. Di episode tersebut, belasan tahun lalu, Ultraman melawan monster jahat yang menghancurkan kota. Hampir saja Ultraman kalah. Namun seperti biasa, di detik-detik terakhirnya, Ultraman berhasil mengalahkan musuh itu.

Tak pernah bosan saya menyaksikan berbagai film tentang superhero. Dari Power Rangers, Ksatria Baja Hitam, Sailormoon, lalu Batman dan Spiderman. Disambung Harry Potter, Narnia dan Lord of the Rings. Saya terpesona dengan semangat mereka yang tak pernah menyerah. Mereka korbankan karirnya, hartanya, cinta dan hidupnya, hanya agar orang lain bisa hidup aman dan damai.

Saat sekolah dasar, saya bermimpi punya kekuatan super untuk mengubah dunia. Betul, saya telah teracuni oleh film-film tadi. Teman-teman saya juga sama. Kami semua memainkan jurus-jurus ajaib saat jam istirah…

How 9/11 Blends Us

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By Rio Tuasikal / @riotuasikal

When I saw the World Trade Center collapsed, 12 years ago, I was just a 9 year old boy. What I remember next was using my LEGO to build a WTC-like twin tower, also with the airplane, then I reconstructed what I saw on television. It was cool, and too, on that day I was happy.

But what I was experienced at school the next day was totally different. My teacher suddenly said that the incident is precisely a jihad for Islam, synonym a war to West which is mostly Christians. I asked myself all the day: how can be a Muslim that cruel, or maybe I would be that cruel someday? Suddenly my Christian friends are gradually left me and my closest Muslim friends. We needed about a week to say hello again.

Let alone my kid’s stuff, it is only about children friendship. But the world today has been changing so fast. Our telecommunication and transportation technology have made this earth a global village: small, interconnected, interdependence. Due to that globalizat…

Miss World in Indonesia : FPI vs RCTI

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by Rio Tuasikal / @riotuasikal


Imagine a poster : Miss World is kafir. Decorated with photos of Hary Tanoe the CEO of MNC Group, Liliana Tanoe the judge, Daniel Mananta the host and Vania Larissa the Miss Indonesia 2013 which are all christians, and called kafir (infidels). It also says Indonesians are mostly muslims, and that’s enough to say that Indonesians have to reject Miss World.
When I saw that propaganda tagged on my Facebook last Monday, I remember what Habib Rizieq said before, “We must reject Miss World to be held in Indonesia, they are not compatible with Indonesian culture.” Rizieq argued that Miss World will denigrate women’s honor and lead our youths become immoral and (ahem!) sex worshipers. In the name of Indonesian culture, together with his men in FPI (Front Pembela Islam, Islamic Defender Front), Rizieq has asked Hary Tanoe to cancel the show.
Let alone about feminism, I want to see the show differently. Idioms like budaya Indonesia (Indonesian culture) and orang …