Emerson panel debates 2nd Amendment's reach

By Engelbertus Wendratama In the third of a series of Emerson College panels on American’s “gun violence culture,”  panelists shared different interpretations of the Second Amendment, but agreed that politicians and not the courts should formulate gun control laws. One of the four panelists, Mark Tushnet, a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School, said he […]

Emerson panel debates 2nd Amendment’s reach

By Engelbertus Wendratama In the third of a series of Emerson College panels on American’s “gun violence culture,”  panelists shared different interpretations of the Second Amendment, but agreed that politicians and not the courts should formulate gun control laws. One of the four panelists, Mark Tushnet, a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School, said he […]

Savin Hill residents shake off daytime stabbing

By Engelbertus Wendratama Several Savin Hill residents dismissed a brazen daylight stabbing near the Savin Hill T station Monday, saying the attack was not a random crime and would not affect the neighborhood’s reputation. “It was a tragedy, but I think it doesn’t represent a safety issue in the neighborhood,” said Andrea Rossi, who saw […]

The business of dispensing marijuana

By Engelbertus Wendratama One person who is eagerly anticipating the medical marijuana business in Boston is Jon Napoli. As the owner of Boston Gardener, a store supplying urban gardening needs, Napoli has been teaching classes on how to grow marijuana since January. He hopes when the medical marijuana law is implemented in May, marijuana patients […]

Regulating marijuana dispensation in Massachusetts

By Engelbertus Wendratama In a “listening session” on medical marijuana held Feb. 16 at the Roxbury Community Center, David Kelly, a disabled patient and disability activist, asked Massachusetts health officials to leave the marijuana prescription up to the physicians. “There are different strains of marijuana, each for a particular condition of the patient. Only the […]

Changes on the new Mass. marijuana law?

By Engelbertus Wendratama Sen. Stanley Rosenberg is likely the most quoted state legislator on the medical marijuana issue. As one of the proponents of the Massachusetts medical marijuana initiative, the democratic senator said he believed that the new medical marijuana law is too loose in two aspects, and he’s trying to fix them. First is […]

The Murder of Munir: A Perfect Crime? (Chapter One)

This is the chapter one of The Murder of Munir: A Perfect Crime?, a narrative journalism on the murder of Munir Said Thalib, an Indonesian activist who was poisoned during a Jakarta-Amsterdam flight in 2004. This book was published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama in Indonesian in 2009. Most parts of the book were based on my observations, […]

Kasus Pembunuhan Munir: Kejahatan yang Sempurna?

Ini adalah bab satu dari buku saya Kasus Pembunuhan Pembunuhan Munir: Kejahatan yang Sempurna? Bentuknya jurnalisme naratif, diterbitkan oleh Gramedia Pustaka Utama pada 2009. Sebagian besar materi buku ini berasal dari catatan resmi (catatan pengadilan, BAP Kepolisian, investigasi Garuda Indonesia), pengamatan penulis,  dan wawancara dengan orang yang terlibat langsung. Setahu saya, ini adalah pembunuhan paling canggih […]