Fleeing war in Sudan


By Utami Kusumawati It was the lowest moment in her life. Khamisa Abdulla was tired of everything. She felt constantly nauseous and wanted only to sleep. She and her seven children had been struggling to live in Cairo, where they had been waiting for almost two years to hear about their application for refugee status. … Continue reading Fleeing war in Sudan

Escaping the slavery of ISIS


By Utami Kusumawati While being held captive by the Islamic State, Shireen Jardo Ibrahim wanted to end her life. The young Yazidi woman who now lives in Lincoln said she could no longer bear the torture, frustration and humiliation of being an ISIS slave for nine months. “I just hated myself and wanted to commit … Continue reading Escaping the slavery of ISIS

ROYAL ANCESTRY REVEALS STRONG-WILLED WOMEN


Posted by Utami Kusumawati | Oct 18, 2017 | Authors | 0 | By Utami Diah Kusumawati I learned from my family that strong-willed and influential women of our royal ancestry had great roles in creating the history of my country, Indonesia. I remember the day I first learned about this heritage from my father,  Raden … Continue reading ROYAL ANCESTRY REVEALS STRONG-WILLED WOMEN

Pew Research Center sees shifting trends in mobile adoption


OCTOBER 23, 2017 By Utami Diah Kusumawati Aaron Smith, associate director of research on internet and technology issues at Pew Research Center, says mobile adoption in America has changed in the last couple of years. Americans nowadays prefer to use mobile devices and smartphones for accessing news as well as for e-commerce activities, according to … Continue reading Pew Research Center sees shifting trends in mobile adoption

Running sustainable digital media brands


OCTOBER 20, 2017 By Utami Diah Kusumawati Raju Narisetti, CEO of Gizmodo Media Group, shared his insights about how to lead, and become financially sustainable, in the competitive digital news industry. He said one strategy is for news outlets to collaborate with telecommunications companies, such as Verizon or AT&T, to get more people to pay for … Continue reading Running sustainable digital media brands

On Sadness


  When interviewing refugees, I heard a lot of sad stories. Blue feeling was flowing like a filthy river on one sunny day. So much struggle, so much loss, so much adversity, so many tears. But then you realize, at the end, sadness is only a beginning of something beautiful and meaningful in your life. … Continue reading On Sadness

Harlan Ellison: Truth and the Writer (Young and Old)


To hell with the swimming pools and balling the starlets and impressing everybody. Because, you see, I'm nothing.       I'm nothing at all without writing. Without truth, my truth, the only truth I know, it's all a gambol in the pasture without rhythm or sense. It's empty. God gave it to me (so help … Continue reading Harlan Ellison: Truth and the Writer (Young and Old)