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Indonesian democracy: The blind man and the elephant – Jakarta Post

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Observing Sarinah shopping mall in Central Jakarta, which is currently undergoing refurbishments, from a distance, I can hardly spot my favorite Acehnese coffee shop. I cannot wait to visit and sip a cup of Gayo coffee while mesmerizing myself with loyal customers discussing current issues.
My late father used to tell me that it was a habit of the Acehnese to spend too much time at the local coffee shop bantering about political issues.
This habit was disturbed during the decades-long armed conflict and the imposition of night curfews. As peace returned to Aceh, the province began bustling again with many coffee shops. 
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