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PK BOLEH BERKALI KALI

Terpidana korupsi Wisma Atlet dan Kementerian Pendidikan Nasional (Kemendiknas) Angelina Sondakh telah memastikan akan mengajukan Peninjauan Kembali (PK) atas vonis kasasi yang telah diberikan oleh Mahkamah Agung (MA). Angelina Sondakh yang akrab disapa Angie ini telah divonis lebih berat oleh MA yakni, 12 tahun penjara yang awalnya hanya 4,5 tahun di pengadilan Tipikor. Pengacara Angie, Teuku Nasrullah telah menegaskan bahwa pihaknya pasti akan mengajukan PK atas vonis yang dinilai terlalu berat itu. Namun, dia belum dapat memastikan, kapan akan mengajukan PK. "Anggie kita pastikan akan mengajukan PK, tetapi kita tahu situasi sekarang lagi enggak kondusif," ujar Nasrullah saat dihubungi, Senin (10/3). Nasrullah juga tidak menjelaskan lebih dalam apa maksud situasi sedang tidak kondusif sehingga belum mau mengajukan PK dalam waktu dekat. Yang jelas, kata dia, Angie bakal ajukan PK setelah pihaknya melihat ada momentum yang baik. "Saya tidak ingin memperjelas itu, itu sudah cukup bahasa saya, dengan sekarang ini tidak kondusif. Dan tidak ingin melemparkan satu statemen yang akan menyulitkan klien saya nanti. Apa yang tidak kondusif itu, kita tidak ingin bahas," tutur dia. Nasrullah pun juga menyatakan belum tahu pasti kapan akan mengajukan PK. "Belum-belum. Belum saya pastikan kapan, tapi pasti kita akan PK," imbuhnya. Dia juga menambahkan, akan legowo jika nantinya MA menolak permohonan PK kliennya itu. Akan tetapi, harus berdasarkan aturan hukum, bukan opini belaka. "Tapi yang telah menjadi masalah adalah, kalau putusan itu tidak logis, tidak masuk akal, emosional. Lebih kepada publisitas dan lebih kepada rasa pribadi, bukan hukum," tegas dia. Dia pun protes ketika hakim telah memutuskan berdasarkan emosional pribadi semata. Akibatnya, kliennya pun telah dirugikan dalam hal ini. "Karena hakim itu seharusnya, tidak menggunakan rasa-rasa pribadi dia. Hakim itu harus tunduk kepada hukum. Bukan emosional pribadi kalau sudah merujuk pada hukum yang benar kita harus terima," pungkasnya. Diberitakan, Mahkamah Konstitusi (MK) mengabulkan judical review pasal 268 ayat 3 KUHAP tentang Peninjauan Kembali (PK) bagi terpidana bisa lebih dari satu kali. Judical review ini telah diajukan oleh mantan Ketua Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) Antasari Azhar. "Mengabulkan permohonan pemohon," ujar Ketua Majelis Hamdan Zoelva, saat membacakan sidang putusan uji materi tersebut di ruang sidang MK, Gedung MK, Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, Jakarta Pusat. Dalam putusannya, pertimbangan MK jika Pasal 268 ayat 3 tersebut bertentangan dengan UUD 1945 sehingga dinyatakan tidak memiliki kekuatan hukum mengikat. Mahkamah berpendapat, keadilan tidak dibatasi oleh waktu dan hanya boleh sekali. Sebab menurut Mahkamah, sangat dimungkinkan ditemukan keadaan baru (novum) yang saat PK pertama kali atau sebelumnya belum ditemukan.> PK BOLEH BERKALI KALI

MENGENAL JENIS KULIT

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Mengenal jenis kulit

Sahabat dr.dep

Penting tidak ya dalam mengetahui jenis kulit kita? mengetahui jenis kulit ternyata sangat penting, hal ini juga berguna untuk dapat menjaga kesehatan kulit dan memilih produk perawatan yang sangat tepat. Bila kita tidak cermat dalam memilih produk perawatan kecantikan yang tepat untuk kulit kita, hasil yang kita harapkan dalam perawatan kemungkinan besar tidak akan tercapai.

Secara garis besar pembagian type kulit telah dibagi menjadi 4:

    Kulit berminyak
    Kulit kering
    Kulit seimbang (normal)
    Kulit sensitif

Kita bahas ya satu persatu

1.Kulit berminyak

Kalau kita lihat dengan skin analyzer, tampilan tekstur kulit yang berminyak pada umumnya tebal dan kasar.Pori pori tampak membesar.Kulit juag terlihat mengkilap karena produksi minyak yang berlebihan. Kulit berminyak juga sangat rentan terhadap jerawat dan komedo karena kelebihan sekresi sebum,kelebihan sekresi sebum ini juga dapat menangkap kotoran pada wajah, sehingga dapat mengakibatkan pori-pori akan tersumbat. Nah kalau pori pori sudah tersumbat, ini bisa akan menimbulkan berbagai masalah, salah satu- nya jerawat.

 2. Kulit kering

Tipe kulit kering telah ditandai dengan tidak meratanya tekstur kilapan pada permukaan kulit,hal ini juga dikarenakan kurangnya produksi minyak yang berfungsi untuk dapat melumasi bagian permukaan dari sel-sel kulit.Bisa karena faktor congenital/bawaan atau karena berbagai kondisi.Kulit kering ini dapat dilihat dari penyebabnya karena berkurangnya kandungan air pada stratum corneum (SC).

Jadi kita sudah tahu ya, pengertiannya kulit berminyak dan kulit kering, kedua type kulit ini kadang muncul secara bersamaan, misalnya ada orang yang telah mengalami kulit kering pada bagian V area (dagu sampai pipi), dan bagian T area (dahi) tampak berminyak.Itu yang kita sebut tipe kulit kombinasi.

 3. Kulit seimbang

Tipe kulit yang telah mempunyai keseimbangan antara produksi minyak dan kelembaban, sehingga dapat terjaga kehalusan, kekenyalan dan kelenturannya.

4. Kulit sensitif

Tipe kulit yang bereaksi secara berlebihan pada bahan stimulus (rangsangan) yang paling ringan sekalipun. Kulit mudah berubah kemerahan.

Jika kita sudah mengetahui jenis kulit kita, tentunya kita juga dapat memilih produk perawatan yang sesuai dengan kebutuhan kulit kita.Dengan begitu kita dapat merawat kulit dengan tepat.

Kulit akan menjadi lebih cerah dan sehat, seperti yang kita harapkan.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

> MENGENAL JENIS KULIT

CARA DIET SEHAT SECARA CEPAT DAN ALAMI

Mempunyai tubuh ideal dan sehat adalah idaman setiap orang. Berat badan naik dan mengakibatkan kegemukan adalah telah menjadi masalah yang dialami sebagian orang. Adanya lemak di beberapa bagian tubuh seperti perut, paha, dan lengan bisa membuat sebagian orang tidak percaya diri dalam hal berpenampilan. Tapi untuk mendapatkan tubuh ideal dan sehat tidak bisa dengan cara diet yang asal-asalan saja. Banyak juga diantaranya telah melakukan berbagai macam cara diet, tapi kebanyakan cara diet mereka salah dan hanya menyiksa tubuh mereka. Kali ini Termuat Blog akan berbagi Tips Diet sehat untuk kalian semua.

6 Tips Cara Diet Sehat Secara Cepat dan Alami

Tips Cara Diet Sehat Alami

Untuk memulai diet sehat juga tentunya membiasakan diri untuk dapat mengikuti gaya hidup sehat dan teratur. Selain itu juga faktor psikis misalnya stress dan banyak pikiran juga bisa menyebabkan kesehatan tubuh kita terganggu. Mulailah dengan menenangkan pikiran sejenak dan buang segala pikiran yang bisa membuat kita stres. Bagi anak muda "Mantan" contohnya, hehehee, jangan pikirin mantan dulu deh kalo bisa membuat kalian stress. Bersihkan segala sesuatu yang bisa membuat kalian stress.

Oke langsung saja saya paparkan Tips Cara Diet Sehat Secara Alami :

1. Kurangi asupan Karbohidrat berlebihan
Karbohidrat sebenarnya adalah salah satu zat yang telah dibutuhkan oleh tubuh kita. Tapi dengan mengkonsumsi Makanan yang mengandung Karbohidrat berlebihan maka akan dapat membuat lemak dalam tubuh kita menumpuk dan menyebabkan kegemukan. Makanan yang mengandung karbohidrat misalnya Nasi, Roti, Kentang, dll. Untuk itu kalian harus membatasi untuk mengkonsumsi makanan tersebut.

2. Makan dengan jumlah secukupnya
Seperti kata Rasulullah "Berhentilah makan sebelum kenyang", karena saat kita kekenyangan membuat lemak dalam tubuh kita menumpuk. Kurangi mengkonsumsi camilan yang kurang bermanfaat bagi tubuh kita.

3. Konsumsi Sayuran
Sayuran yang beragam mengandung banyak zat yang dibutuhkan tubuh kita. Tubuh kita memerlukan banyak zat yang terkandung dalam sayuran tersebut. Perbanyaklah makanan sayuran hijau yang mengandung macam-macam zat yang bermanfaat bagi tubuh kita.

4. Konsumsi Buah-Buahan
Buah-buahan dengan berbagai macam jenis dan warna juga mengandung beberapa zat yang dibutuhkan tubuh kita. Salah satunya vitamin. Maka konsumsilah buah-buahan untuk memaksimalkan Tips Diet Sehat ini.

5. Minumlah air Putih
Sudah saya jelaskan di beberapa artikel sebelumnya tentang Mengatasi Kulit Kering Kusam, Menghilangkan Jerawat Secara Alami, dan Mengecilkan Perut Buncit bahwa air putih ini mempunyai manfaat yang banyak sekali. Air putih bisa menetralisir racun dan membuang racun dalam tubuh kita. Maka perbanyaklah minum air putih setiap hari.

6. Olahraga Secara Teratur
Olahraga sering dilupakan oleh kebanyakan orang, karena alasan kesibukan sehari-hari mereka tidak menyempatkan diri untuk berolah-raga. Hanya dengan lari-lari kecil setiap pagi juga bisa bermanfaat bagi tubuh anda. Cukup luangkan sekitar 10-15 menit setiap pagi untuk berolahraga.

Oke kiranya cukup sekian 6 Tips Cara Diet Sehat Secara Cepat dan Alami yang bisa dimuat di Termuat Blog. Semoga bermanfaat bagi kalian semuanya.

> CARA DIET SEHAT SECARA CEPAT DAN ALAMI

KPK TELAH MANGHAMBAT PEMBANGUNAN NEGARA

saco-indonesia.com, Peserta Konvensi Demokrat Irman Gusman telah menyebut Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) menghambat pembangunan. Sebab, banyak pejabat ketakutan untuk menjalankan proyek lantaran takut diciduk KPK.

"KPK yang kita harapkan mampu mendorong pembangunan malah jadi sedikit menghambat, karena banyak orang yang tidak mau pegang proyek," kata Irman di Kantor Sekretariat Komite Konvensi Partai Demokrat, Jakarta Selatan, Rabu (8/1).

Ketua DPD RI ini, banyak pejabat yang telah dikait-kaitkan dengan persoalan korupsi. Alhasil, mereka jadi malas untuk memegang proyek.

"Orang selalu dikaitkan dengan korupsi, akibatnya orang-orang sekarang jadi malas memegang proyek karena mereka takut diperkarakan KPK. KPK ini telah membuat menghambat pembangunan negara," ujarnya.

Lebih lanjut Irman menilai, para koruptor yang telah tertangkap tangan oleh KPK nasibnya sedang sial. "KPK itu kan sifatnya shock therapy dan harus nangkap big fish. Nah, sekarang dia untung-untungan. Guyonannya kalau yang kena KPK itu yang lagi sial saja," paparnya.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

> KPK TELAH MANGHAMBAT PEMBANGUNAN NEGARA

ARTIKEL BUKU TEKS

Pengertian jual Buku Teks

Pengertian jual buku teks pelajaran adalah ”buku acuan wajib” yang digunakan di sekolah, memuat materi pembelajaran yang diharapkan mampu meningkatkan keimanan dan ketakwaan, budi pekerti dan kepribadian, kemampuan penguasaan ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, kepekaan dan kemampuan estetis. Persoalannya sekarang, kita “dapat menggunakan” di dalam Permen mengindikasikan bahwa Depdiknas tidak tegas dalam ‘memerintahkan’ para guru untuk menyiapkan bahan ajar mereka sendiri, atau setidaknya, memperkaya buku teks yang mereka pakai di kelas dengan buku-buku atau sumber-sumber yang lain.

Oleh karena itu, jika belum mampu mengembangkan bahan ajar sendiri, atau kebijakan sekolah kebetulan mengharuskan guru untuk memberlakukan satu buku teks bagi siswa-siswanya, maka disarankan berikut ini beberapa hal yang patut dipertimbangkan guru atau sekolah terkait bagaimana memilih buku teks, yaitu: (1) harga buku, (2) ketersediaan buku di pasaran, (3) desain dan tata wajah buku, (4) metodologi pembelajaran yang dipakai, (5) keterampilan bahasa, (6) urut-urutan silabus, (7) topik-topik yang dipilih, (8) buku mengandung atau tidak unsur diskriminasi terkait SARA atau jender, dan (9) ketersediaan dan kualitas buku panduan guru (teacher’s guide).

Ada yang mengatakan bahwa “buku teks adalah rekaman pikiran rasial yang disusun buat maksud-maksud dan tujuan-tujuan intruksional” (Hall-Quest, 1915).Ahli yang lain menjelaskan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku standar/buku setiap cabang khusus studi” dan dapat terdiri dari dua tipe yaitu buku pokok/utama dan suplemen/tambahan (Lange, 1940).

Lebih terperinci lagi, ada ahli yang mengemukakan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku yang dirancang buat pengguanaan di kelas, dengan cermat disusun dan disiapkan oleh para pakar atau ahli dalam bidang itu dan diperlengkapi dengan sarana-sarana pengajaran yang sesuai dan serasi” (Bacon, 1935). Dan ahli yang lain lagi mengutarakan bahwa “buku teks adalah sarana belajar yang biasa digunakan di sekolah-sekolah dan diperguruan tinggi untuk menunjang suatu program pengajaran dalam pengertian modern dan yang umum dipahami (Buckingham, 1958 : 1523)”. Dari Telaah Buku Teks, Tarigan & Tarigan, 1986.

Buku teks atau buku pelajaran berisi informasi tentang ilmu pengetahuan atau pelajaran tertentu, mulai dari SD hingga perguruan tinggi. Buku teks ini termasuk dalam golongan nonfiksi. Buku teks sering dipergunakan oleh para ilmuwan untuk meyebarkan hasil penelitian atau penemuan mereka. Buku teks pelajaran merupakan buku yang dipakai untuk memelajari atau mendalami suatu subjek pengetahuan dan ilmu serta teknologi atau suatu bidang studi, sehingga mengandung penyajian asas-asas tentang subjek tersebut, termasuk karya kepanditaan (scholarly, literary) terkait subjek yang bersangkutan.

Jumat, 27 Maret 2009

Definisi Buku Pelajaran

Buku dalam arti luas mencakup semua tulisan dan gambar yang ditulis dan dilukiskan atas segala macam lembaran papyrus, lontar, perkamen dan kertas dengan segala bentuknya: berupa gulungan, di lubangi dan diikat dengan atau dijilid muka belakangnya dengan kulit, kain, karton dan kayu. (Ensiklopedi Indonesia (1980, hlm. 538))

H.G. Andriese dkk menyebutkan buku merupakan “informasi tercetak di atas kertas yang dijilid menjadi satu kesatuan”.

Unesco pada tahun 1964, dalam H.G. Andriese dkk. Memberikan pengertian buku sebagai “Publikasi tercetak, bukan berkala, yang sedikitnya sebanyak 48 halaman”.

Sesuai dengan empat definisi buku di atas, maka buku diartikan sebagai kumpulan kertas tercetak dan terjilid berisi informasi dengan jumlah halaman paling sedikit 48 halaman yang dapat dijadikan salah satu sumber dalam proses belajar dan membelajarkan.

Definisi buku pelajaran atau buku teks pelajaran menurut Peraturan Menteri Pendidikan Nasional No. 11 Tahun 2005 : ”Buku pelajaran adalah buku acuan wajib untuk digunakan di sekolah yang memuat materi pembelajaran dalam rangka peningkatan keimanan dan ketakwaan, budi pekerti dan kepribadian, kemampuan penguasaan ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, kepekaan dan kemampuan estetis, potensi fisik dan kesehatan yang disusun berdasarkan standar nasional pendidikan”.

Menurut Hartiadi Budi Santoso dari Deloitte Tax Solutions, buku pelajaran umum adalah buku-buku pelajaran pokok dan penunjang yang digunakan oleh TK, SD, SMP, SMU, universitas yang mendukung kurikulum sekolah yang bersangkutan.

Pengertian Buku Teks

Pengertian buku teks pelajaran adalah ”buku acuan wajib” yang digunakan di sekolah, memuat materi pembelajaran yang diharapkan mampu meningkatkan keimanan dan ketakwaan, budi pekerti dan kepribadian, kemampuan penguasaan ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, kepekaan dan kemampuan estetis, potensi fisik dan k Persoalannya sekarang, kata “dapat menggunakan” di dalam Permen mengindikasikan bahwa Depdiknas tidak tegas dalam ‘memerintahkan’ para guru untuk menyiapkan bahan ajar mereka sendiri, atau setidaknya, memperkaya buku teks yang mereka pakai di kelas dengan buku-buku atau sumber-sumber yang lain.

Oleh karena itu, jika belum mampu mengembangkan bahan ajar sendiri, atau kebijakan sekolah kebetulan mengharuskan guru untuk memberlakukan satu buku teks bagi siswa-siswanya, maka disarankan berikut ini beberapa hal yang patut dipertimbangkan guru atau sekolah terkait bagaimana memilih buku teks, yaitu: (1) harga buku, (2) ketersediaan buku di pasaran, (3) desain dan tata wajah buku, (4) metodologi pembelajaran yang dipakai, (5) keterampilan bahasa, (6) urut-urutan silabus, (7) topik-topik yang dipilih, (8) buku mengandung atau tidak unsur diskriminasi terkait SARA atau jender, dan (9) ketersediaan dan kualitas buku panduan guru (teacher’s guide).

Ada yang mengatakan bahwa “buku teks adalah rekaman pikiran rasial yang disusun buat maksud-maksud dan tujuan-tujuan intruksional” (Hall-Quest, 1915).

Ahli yang lain menjelaskan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku standar/buku setiap cabang khusus studi” dan dapat terdiri dari dua tipe yaitu buku pokok/utama dan suplemen/tambahan (Lange, 1940).

Lebih terperinci lagi, ada ahli yang mengemukakan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku yang dirancang buat pengguanaan di kelas, dengan cermat disusun dan disiapkan oleh para pakar atau ahli dalam bidang itu dan diperlengkapi dengan sarana-sarana pengajaran yang sesuai dan serasi” (Bacon, 1935)

Dan ahli yang lain lagi mengutarakan bahwa “buku teks adalah sarana belajar yang biasa digunakan di sekolah-sekolah dan diperguruan tinggi untuk menunjang suatu program pengajaran dalam pengertian modern dan yang umum dipahami (Buckingham, 1958 : 1523)”. Dari Telaah Buku Teks, Tarigan & Tarigan, 1986.

Buku teks atau buku pelajaran berisi informasi tentang ilmu pengetahuan atau pelajaran tertentu, mulai dari SD hingga perguruan tinggi. Buku teks ini termasuk dalam golongan nonfiksi. Buku teks sering dipergunakan oleh para ilmuwan untuk meyebarkan hasil penelitian atau penemuan mereka.

Buku teks pelajaran merupakan buku yang dipakai untuk memelajari atau mendalami suatu subjek pengetahuan dan ilmu serta teknologi atau suatu bidang studi, sehingga mengandung penyajian asas-asas tentang subjek tersebut, termasuk karya kepanditaan (scholarly, literary) terkait subjek yang bersangkutan.

Buku teks pelajaran adalah buku yang berisi kumpulan lembaran-lembaran kertas yang berisi tulisan sehingga dapat digunakan sebagai acuman pembelajaran materi di sekolah.

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Rekonstruksi Buku Teks Sekolah

Oleh:

M Jamaludin (Pengamat perbukuan dan Direktur Yayasan Buku Cerdas, Jakarta).

Buku pelajaran (textbook) merupakan media pembelajaran yang dominan bahkan sentral dalam sebuah sistem pendidikan. Ia adalah kendaraan utama transfusi materi kurikulum ke hadapan siswa. Karena perannya yang demikian sentral itu maka kemajuan dan kemunduran pendidikan suatu bangsa dapat dilacak dari tinggi-rendahnya mutu buku teks yang dibaca oleh anak didik.

Sebuah studi yang dilakukan oleh Kathy Chekley (1997), misalnya, menemukan bahwa ketertinggalan siswa Amerika dari siswa Jepang dalam penguasaan matematika dan sains berawal dari buku-buku teks sekolah Amerika yang cenderung a mile wide and an inch deep. Buku-buku teks sekolah Amerika dipenuhi oleh halaman-halaman tanpa makna (meaningless) dan terlalu detail terhadap konsep-konsep kecil, sementara buku-buku teks Jepang menganut prinsip less is more (sedikit itu banyak). Untuk pelajaran fisika-biologi kelas 6, misalnya, buku teks Jepang hanya memuat 6 topik sedangkan Amerika 65 topik. Dihadapkan dengan kenyataan ini Amerika-melalui Project 2061 yang diluncurkan tahun 2001-memberi perhatian besar terhadap penulisan buku-buku teks yang berorientasi pada kedalaman substansi dan proses.

Bagaimana dengan buku-buku teks sekolah di Indonesia? Keadaannya lebih parah. Di samping tingkat kepadatan materi yang tinggi, buku teks sekolah Indonesia menyimpan cacat isi (content) yang mendasar. Sebuah riset yang dilakukan oleh Sri Redjeki (1997), misalnya, menunjukkan bahwa buku-buku pelajaran yang dikonsumsi pelajar Indonesia tertinggal 50 tahun dari perkembangan terbaru sains modern. Hal yang sama terjadi juga pada pelajaran lain termasuk pelajaran agama. Buku pelajaran agama bahkan lebih menyerupai buku teks subjek matematika atau fisika yang sarat dengan rumus dan lebih mementingkan peran akal ketimbang rumusan moralitas dalam proses dan praktik.

Ini terlihat secara kasatmata karena pelajaran agama dinilai dengan satuan angka. Untuk memperoleh nilai bagus dalam pelajaran agama, seorang anak bahkan harus menghafal sedemikian banyak soal bahkan dalam bentuk multiple choice. Bisa dibayangkan, buku teks agama kita sangat tidak menarik karena anak dikejar-kejar dengan nilai, bukan proses penanaman etika dalam proses belajar keseharian.

Memang banyak muncul buku teks terbitan terbaru, apalagi dengan kebijakan e-book baru-baru ini, akan tetapi isinya tidak fokus dan sering kali merupakan pengulangan-pengulangan. Yang terjadi sesungguhnya adalah sebuah siklus daur ulang materi-materi lama dengan referensi lama pula-untuk tidak mengatakan kadaluwarsa-sehingga perkembangan pengetahuan siswa pada dasarnya jalan di tempat. Dengan kondisi ini, harapan agar siswa bisa mengantisipasi masa depan menjadi slogan belaka. Bagaimana mungkin mengharapkan mereka mampu mengantisipasi masa depan jika pelajaran-pelajaran yang disodorkan justru tidak responsif terhadap perkembangan yang sedang terjadi?

Dalam studi Dedi Supriadi (Anatomi Buku Sekolah di Indonesia, 2000) terungkap bahwa buku pelajaran (textbook) merupakan satu-satunya buku rujukan yang dibaca oleh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Hal ini setidaknya menunjukkan dua hal. Pertama, ketergantungan siswa dan guru yang begitu besar terhadap kelemahan mendasar dunia pendidikan nasional, tetapi pada sisi lain menginspirasikan treatment strategis bagi pengembangannya. Fenomena ini sesungguhnya menyodorkan satu hal urgen, buku paket bisa menjadi katalisator (baca jalan pintas) peningkatan mutu pendidikan Indonesia yang sedang terpuruk.

Ada beberapa alasan mengapa buku paket menjadi alternatif strategis-akseleratif pembangunan kembali dunia pendidikan Indonesia yang sudah bangkrut. Pertama, kualitas guru yang sebagian besar tidak memadai. Sudah menjadi pengakuan umum bahwa rendahnya kualitas guru Indonesia-karena beberapa sebab yang memang tidak kondusif bagi mereka untuk berkembang dan profesional dalam bidangnya-adalah salah satu titik lemah pendidikan nasional.

Rendahnya mutu guru salah satunya disebabkan oleh masih adanya angka guru mismatch dan underqualified yang relatif tinggi. Beberapa usaha telah dilakukan untuk meningkatkan profesionalisme guru seperti in-service training, sertifikasi, atau bahkan program pascasarjana. Tetapi usaha semacam ini, di samping sulit menjamin kualitas hasilnya, juga membutuhkan biaya besar dan waktu lama.

Di tengah kondisi yang demikian, perlu dicari altematif yang paling mungkin untuk menolong siswa dalam jangka pendek, dan tanpa membutuhkan waktu terlalu lama. Dalam hal ini, kehadiran buku pelajaran berkualitas yang dirancang dengan asumsi bisa dipahami dengan baik tanpa guru sekalipun dan, tentunya relevan terhadap temuan terbaru menjadi sangat mendesak.

Kedua, seperti yang diungkap di atas, buku paket merupakan satu-satunya buku rujukan yang dapat diakses (baca dibaca) oleh hampir seluruh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Tragis sekali bila satu-satunya sumber belajar yang bisa diakses siswa ini tidak ditangani secara serius. Di samping itu, seperti yang ditunjukkan oleh laporan International Education Achievement tahun 1999, minat baca siswa di sekolah-sekolah Indonesia menempati nomor dua terakhir dari 39 negara yang disurvei. Tentunya, keadaannya akan semakin parah bila minat baca siswa yang minim tersebut diperburuk oleh rendahnya kualitas buku pegangan yang menjadi satu-satunya buku bacaan mereka. Mereka bisa jadi kehilangan minat terhadap buku.

Kelemahan buku-buku teks yang banyak beredar setidaknya mencakup lima hal, yaitu isi, bahasa, desain grafis, metodologi penulisan, dan strategi indexing. Seperti disinggung di atas, masalah isi mengandung dua cacat pokok, yakni terlalu banyak dan kadaluwarsa dan karena itu menyesatkan, sebab sudah tidak sesuai dengan penemuan-penemuan mutakhir. Hal ini setidaknya juga bisa dilihat dari referensi lama yang dipergunakan. Pengakuan para penyusun buku seperti diungkap Supriadi patut mendapat catatan Para penyusun bukannya menulis buku baru dengan referensi yang baru pula, melainkan menata ulang, mengemas kembali, atau merakit kembali materi-materi yang telah ada dalam buku-buku sebelumnya. Maka yang terjadi sebenarnya adalah reproduksi ulang kesalahan-kesalahan sebelumnya dengan kemasan baru.

Dari segi bahasa dan ilustrasi, kelemahan menonjol buku-buku teks adalah penggunaan bahasa dan ilustrasi yang tidak komunikatif sehingga tidak berhasil menyampaikan pesan inti buku. Dari segi metodologi penulisan, dapat dilihat dari tidak adanya nuansa yang bisa menggugah kesadaran afektif-emosional siswa, terutama dalam buku-buku sosial, moral, dan keagamaan. Pendekatan yang dipakai terlalu materialistik, kering, dan membosankan sehingga gagal menyampaikan pesan isi (content provision) sebuah buku.

Dari aspek strategi kemudahan untuk membaca, indexing hampir tak pernah ada dalam buku-buku teks sekolah anak-anak kita. Tidak seperti buku-buku teks semisal di Singapura dan Amerika yang kaya dengan indeks. Buku-buku teks kita miskin inisiatif bahkan untuk sebagian buku teks di perguruan tinggi. Dalam beberapa studi disebutkan, ketersediaan indeks dalam buku teks akan menaikkan tingkat analitis dan daya kritis anak terhadap setiap persoalan. Karena, dengan indeks seorang anak akan belajar bagaimana melihat kebutuhan pokok bahasan yang sesuai dengan minat dan keinginannya tanpa perlu waktu lama dalam memperolehnya.

Kelima masalah di atas bisa jadi berawal dari honor yang diterima oleh para penulis sangat kecil dan kadang tidak manusiawi. Bagaimana tidak, walau pun anggaran yang dialokasikan untuk buku sangat besar, yang diterima oleh penulis justru sangat tidak wajar. Menurut Rencana Proyek Pengembangan Buku dan Minat Baca, Dirjen Dikdasmen, misalnya, alokasi dana pengembangan buku tidak kurang dari US$350 juta. Dengan kurs rata-rata RplO.OOO per dolar, jumlah itu sama dengan Rp3,5 triliun lebih! idealnya, dengan dana yang demikian besar, pemerintah seharusnya bisa membangun semacam Kamp Konsentrasi Penulisan Buku Paket dengan membayar penulis-penulis andal dengan satu tema besar, Melahirkan buku-buku teks berkualitas bagi pembangunan masa depan bangsa.

Bila kita sepakat bahwa yang paling berkepentingan dalam pendidikan adalah siswa, dan,bahwa setiap usaha peningkatan mutu pendidikan bertujuan untuk memaksimalkan kemampuan siswa, sudah saatnya usaha yang diprioritaskan adalah yang paling mungkin dirasakan langsung oleh setiap siswa. Tidak bisa dimungkiri, buku paket merupakan salah satu-kalau tidak satu-satunya-media belajar yang bisa dipegang, dirasakan, bahkan menjadi teman tidur siswa-yang kebetulan sebagian besar miskin dan tak berdaya itu- di pojok-pojok kamar mereka. Merupakan kekeliruan fatal bila kemudian teman setia-nya tersebut tidak mampu mengantarnya ke gerbang pengetahuan dan masa depan yang lebih baik.

Karena perannya yang demikian sentral itu maka kemajuan dan kemunduran pendidikan suatu bangsa dapat dilacak dari tinggi-rendahnya mutu buku teks yang dibaca oleh anak didik. Sebuah studi yang dilakukan oleh Kathy Chekley (1997), misalnya, menemukan bahwa ketertinggalan siswa Amerika dari siswa Jepang dalam penguasaan matematika dan sains berawal dari buku-buku teks sekolah Amerika yang cenderung a mile wide and an inch deep. Buku pelajaran agama bahkan lebih menyerupai buku teks subjek matematika atau fisika yang sarat dengan rumus dan lebih mementingkan peran akal ketimbang rumusan moralitas dalam proses dan praktik.

Nilai strategis Dalam studi Dedi Supriadi (Anatomi Buku Sekolah di Indonesia, 2000) terungkap bahwa buku pelajaran (textbook) merupakan satu- satunya buku rujukan yang dibaca oleh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Kedua, seperti yang diungkap di atas, buku paket merupakan satu-satunya buku rujukan yang dapat diakses (baca dibaca) oleh hampir seluruh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Tentunya, keadaannya akan semakin parah bila minat baca siswa yang minim tersebut diperburuk oleh rendahnya kualitas buku pegangan yang menjadi satu-satunya buku bacaan mereka. Pengakuan para penyusun buku seperti diungkap Supriadi patut mendapat catatan Para penyusun bukannya menulis buku baru dengan referensi yang baru pula, melainkan menata ulang, mengemas kembali, atau merakit kembali materi-materi yang telah ada dalam buku-buku sebelumnya. Bila kita sepakat bahwa yang paling berkepentingan dalam pendidikan adalah siswa, dan,bahwa setiap usaha peningkatan mutu pendidikan bertujuan untuk memaksimalkan kemampuan siswa, sudah saatnya usaha yang diprioritaskan adalah yang paling mungkin dirasakan langsung oleh setiap siswa.

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Dave Goldberg Was Lifelong Women’s Advocate

Even as a high school student, Dave Goldberg was urging female classmates to speak up. As a young dot-com executive, he had one girlfriend after another, but fell hard for a driven friend named Sheryl Sandberg, pining after her for years. After they wed, Mr. Goldberg pushed her to negotiate hard for high compensation and arranged his schedule so that he could be home with their children when she was traveling for work.

Mr. Goldberg, who died unexpectedly on Friday, was a genial, 47-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur who built his latest company, SurveyMonkey, from a modest enterprise to one recently valued by investors at $2 billion. But he was also perhaps the signature male feminist of his era: the first major chief executive in memory to spur his wife to become as successful in business as he was, and an essential figure in “Lean In,” Ms. Sandberg’s blockbuster guide to female achievement.

Over the weekend, even strangers were shocked at his death, both because of his relatively young age and because they knew of him as the living, breathing, car-pooling center of a new philosophy of two-career marriage.

“They were very much the role models for what this next generation wants to grapple with,” said Debora L. Spar, the president of Barnard College. In a 2011 commencement speech there, Ms. Sandberg told the graduates that whom they married would be their most important career decision.

In the play “The Heidi Chronicles,” revived on Broadway this spring, a male character who is the founder of a media company says that “I don’t want to come home to an A-plus,” explaining that his ambitions require him to marry an unthreatening helpmeet. Mr. Goldberg grew up to hold the opposite view, starting with his upbringing in progressive Minneapolis circles where “there was woman power in every aspect of our lives,” Jeffrey Dachis, a childhood friend, said in an interview.

The Goldberg parents read “The Feminine Mystique” together — in fact, Mr. Goldberg’s father introduced it to his wife, according to Ms. Sandberg’s book. In 1976, Paula Goldberg helped found a nonprofit to aid children with disabilities. Her husband, Mel, a law professor who taught at night, made the family breakfast at home.

Later, when Dave Goldberg was in high school and his prom date, Jill Chessen, stayed silent in a politics class, he chastised her afterward. He said, “You need to speak up,” Ms. Chessen recalled in an interview. “They need to hear your voice.”

Years later, when Karin Gilford, an early employee at Launch Media, Mr. Goldberg’s digital music company, became a mother, he knew exactly what to do. He kept giving her challenging assignments, she recalled, but also let her work from home one day a week. After Yahoo acquired Launch, Mr. Goldberg became known for distributing roses to all the women in the office on Valentine’s Day.

Ms. Sandberg, who often describes herself as bossy-in-a-good-way, enchanted him when they became friendly in the mid-1990s. He “was smitten with her,” Ms. Chessen remembered. Ms. Sandberg was dating someone else, but Mr. Goldberg still hung around, even helping her and her then-boyfriend move, recalled Bob Roback, a friend and co-founder of Launch. When they finally married in 2004, friends remember thinking how similar the two were, and that the qualities that might have made Ms. Sandberg intimidating to some men drew Mr. Goldberg to her even more.

Over the next decade, Mr. Goldberg and Ms. Sandberg pioneered new ways of capturing information online, had a son and then a daughter, became immensely wealthy, and hashed out their who-does-what-in-this-marriage issues. Mr. Goldberg’s commute from the Bay Area to Los Angeles became a strain, so he relocated, later joking that he “lost the coin flip” of where they would live. He paid the bills, she planned the birthday parties, and both often left their offices at 5:30 so they could eat dinner with their children before resuming work afterward.

Friends in Silicon Valley say they were careful to conduct their careers separately, politely refusing when outsiders would ask one about the other’s work: Ms. Sandberg’s role building Facebook into an information and advertising powerhouse, and Mr. Goldberg at SurveyMonkey, which made polling faster and cheaper. But privately, their work was intertwined. He often began statements to his team with the phrase “Well, Sheryl said” sharing her business advice. He counseled her, too, starting with her salary negotiations with Mark Zuckerberg.

“I wanted Mark to really feel he stretched to get Sheryl, because she was worth it,” Mr. Goldberg explained in a 2013 “60 Minutes” interview, his Minnesota accent and his smile intact as he offered a rare peek of the intersection of marriage and money at the top of corporate life.

 

 

While his wife grew increasingly outspoken about women’s advancement, Mr. Goldberg quietly advised the men in the office on family and partnership matters, an associate said. Six out of 16 members of SurveyMonkey’s management team are female, an almost unheard-of ratio among Silicon Valley “unicorns,” or companies valued at over $1 billion.

When Mellody Hobson, a friend and finance executive, wrote a chapter of “Lean In” about women of color for the college edition of the book, Mr. Goldberg gave her feedback on the draft, a clue to his deep involvement. He joked with Ms. Hobson that she was too long-winded, like Ms. Sandberg, but aside from that, he said he loved the chapter, she said in an interview.

By then, Mr. Goldberg was a figure of fascination who inspired a “where can I get one of those?” reaction among many of the women who had read the best seller “Lean In.” Some lamented that Ms. Sandberg’s advice hinged too much on marrying a Dave Goldberg, who was humble enough to plan around his wife, attentive enough to worry about which shoes his young daughter would wear, and rich enough to help pay for the help that made the family’s balancing act manageable.

Now that he is gone, and Ms. Sandberg goes from being half of a celebrated partnership to perhaps the business world’s most prominent single mother, the pages of “Lean In” carry a new sting of loss.

“We are never at 50-50 at any given moment — perfect equality is hard to define or sustain — but we allow the pendulum to swing back and forth between us,” she wrote in 2013, adding that they were looking forward to raising teenagers together.

“Fortunately, I have Dave to figure it out with me,” she wrote.

Dave Goldberg Was Lifelong Women’s Advocate | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Richard Suzman, 72, Dies; Researcher Influenced Global Surveys on Aging

At the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Suzman’s signature accomplishment was the central role he played in creating a global network of surveys on aging.

Richard Suzman, 72, Dies; Researcher Influenced Global Surveys on Aging | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Tribute for a Roller Hockey Warrior

Hockey is not exactly known as a city game, but played on roller skates, it once held sway as the sport of choice in many New York neighborhoods.

“City kids had no rinks, no ice, but they would do anything to play hockey,” said Edward Moffett, former director of the Long Island City Y.M.C.A. Roller Hockey League, in Queens, whose games were played in city playgrounds going back to the 1940s.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, the league had more than 60 teams, he said. Players included the Mullen brothers of Hell’s Kitchen and Dan Dorion of Astoria, Queens, who would later play on ice for the National Hockey League.

One street legend from the heyday of New York roller hockey was Craig Allen, who lived in the Woodside Houses projects and became one of the city’s hardest hitters and top scorers.

“Craig was a warrior, one of the best roller hockey players in the city in the ’70s,” said Dave Garmendia, 60, a retired New York police officer who grew up playing with Mr. Allen. “His teammates loved him and his opponents feared him.”

Young Craig took up hockey on the streets of Queens in the 1960s, playing pickup games between sewer covers, wearing steel-wheeled skates clamped onto school shoes and using a roll of electrical tape as the puck.

His skill and ferocity drew attention, Mr. Garmendia said, but so did his skin color. He was black, in a sport made up almost entirely by white players.

“Roller hockey was a white kid’s game, plain and simple, but Craig broke the color barrier,” Mr. Garmendia said. “We used to say Craig did more for race relations than the N.A.A.C.P.”

Mr. Allen went on to coach and referee roller hockey in New York before moving several years ago to South Carolina. But he continued to organize an annual alumni game at Dutch Kills Playground in Long Island City, the same site that held the local championship games.

The reunion this year was on Saturday, but Mr. Allen never made it. On April 26, just before boarding the bus to New York, he died of an asthma attack at age 61.

Word of his death spread rapidly among hundreds of his old hockey colleagues who resolved to continue with the event, now renamed the Craig Allen Memorial Roller Hockey Reunion.

The turnout on Saturday was the largest ever, with players pulling on their old equipment, choosing sides and taking once again to the rink of cracked blacktop with faded lines and circles. They wore no helmets, although one player wore a fedora.

Another, Vinnie Juliano, 77, of Long Island City, wore his hearing aids, along with his 50-year-old taped-up quads, or four-wheeled skates with a leather boot. Many players here never converted to in-line skates, and neither did Mr. Allen, whose photograph appeared on a poster hanging behind the players’ bench.

“I’m seeing people walking by wondering why all these rusty, grizzly old guys are here playing hockey,” one player, Tommy Dominguez, said. “We’re here for Craig, and let me tell you, these old guys still play hard.”

Everyone seemed to have a Craig Allen story, from his earliest teams at Public School 151 to the Bryant Rangers, the Woodside Wings, the Woodside Blues and more.

Mr. Allen, who became a yellow-cab driver, was always recruiting new talent. He gained the nickname Cabby for his habit of stopping at playgrounds all over the city to scout players.

Teams were organized around neighborhoods and churches, and often sponsored by local bars. Mr. Allen, for one, played for bars, including Garry Owen’s and on the Fiddler’s Green Jokers team in Inwood, Manhattan.

Play was tough and fights were frequent.

“We were basically street gangs on skates,” said Steve Rogg, 56, a mail clerk who grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, and who on Saturday wore his Riedell Classic quads from 1972. “If another team caught up with you the night before a game, they tossed you a beating so you couldn’t play the next day.”

Mr. Garmendia said Mr. Allen’s skin color provoked many fights.

“When we’d go to some ignorant neighborhoods, a lot of players would use slurs,” Mr. Garmendia said, recalling a game in Ozone Park, Queens, where local fans parked motorcycles in a lineup next to the blacktop and taunted Mr. Allen. Mr. Garmendia said he checked a player into the motorcycles, “and the bikes went down like dominoes, which started a serious brawl.”

A group of fans at a game in Brooklyn once stuck a pole through the rink fence as Mr. Allen skated by and broke his jaw, Mr. Garmendia said, adding that carloads of reinforcements soon arrived to defend Mr. Allen.

And at another racially incited brawl, the police responded with six patrol cars and a helicopter.

Before play began on Saturday, the players gathered at center rink to honor Mr. Allen. Billy Barnwell, 59, of Woodside, recalled once how an all-white, all-star squad snubbed Mr. Allen by playing him third string. He scored seven goals in the first game and made first string immediately.

“He’d always hear racial stuff before the game, and I’d ask him, ‘How do you put up with that?’” Mr. Barnwell recalled. “Craig would say, ‘We’ll take care of it,’ and by the end of the game, he’d win guys over. They’d say, ‘This guy’s good.’”

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Ben Carson Says He’ll Seek 2016 G.O.P. Nomination

ate in February, Dr. Ben Carson, the celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon turned political insurrectionist, was trying to check off another box on his presidential-campaign to-do list: hiring a press secretary. The lead prospect, a public-relations specialist named Deana Bass, had come to meet him at the dimly lit Capitol Hill office of Carson’s confidant and business manager, Armstrong Williams. Carson sat back and scrutinized her from behind a small granite table, as life-size cardboard cutouts of more conventional politicians — President Obama, with a tight smile, and Senator John McCain, glowering — loomed behind each of his shoulders. (The mock $3 bill someone had left on a table in Williams’s waiting room undercut any notion that this was a bipartisan zone; it featured Obama wearing a turban.)

Bass seemed momentarily speechless, and not just because no one had warned her that a New York Times reporter would be sitting in on her job interview. Though she knew Williams — a jack-of-all-trades entrepreneur who owns several television stations and a public-affairs business and who hosts a daily talk-radio show — through Washington’s small circle of black conservatives, the two hadn’t spoken in years until he called her two days earlier. He had been struggling to come up with the perfect national spokesperson, he told her. Then, at the gym, her name popped into his head; Williams was fairly certain she was the one. Sitting across from a likely candidate for president, Bass was adjusting to the idea that her life might be about to take a sudden chaotic turn.

“It’s like getting the most random call on a Monday that you simply do not see coming,” she said. “Oftentimes, that is how the Lord works.”

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Carson concurred: “It’s always how he works in my life.” Carson is soft-spoken and often talks with his eyes half closed, frequently punctuating his sentences with a small laugh, even if the humor of his statement is not readily apparent. Bass told Carson that she had been a Republican staff member on Capitol Hill then worked for the Republican National Committee. In 2007 she started a Christian public-relations firm with her sister. She enjoyed working on the Hill, she said, but the pay wasn’t as high as the hours were long. “We figured that we worked like slaves for other people, and we wanted to work for ourselves.”

Carson stopped her. “You know you can’t mention that word, right?” Carson waited a beat, then laughed, and Williams and Bass joined in. He was getting to the point; he needed a professional who could help him check his penchant for creating uncontrolled controversy just by talking.

The Ben Carson movement began in 2013, when Carson, a neurosurgeon, whose operating-room prowess and up-from-poverty back story had made him the subject of a television movie and a regular on the inspirational-speaking circuit, was invited to address the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. With Barack Obama sitting just two seats away, Carson warned that “moral decay” and “fiscal irresponsibility” could destroy America just as it did ancient Rome. He proposed a substitute for Obamacare — Health Savings Accounts, which, he said, would end any talk of “death panels” — and a flat-tax based on the concept of tithing. His address, combined with the president’s stony reaction, was a smash with Republican activists. Speaking and interview requests flooded in. Carson, then 61, announced his planned retirement a few weeks later, freeing his calendar to accept just about all of them. In the months that followed, his rhetoric became increasingly strident. The claim that drew the most attention, perhaps, was that Obamacare was “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

Bass’s own use of the word prompted Carson to ask her what she thought about that incident. She considered for a moment.

“If you want to reach people and have them even understand what you’re saying, there is a way to do it, without that hyperbole, that might be. . . . ” She paused. “I just think it’s important not to shut people off before they —”

Carson jumped in. “That doesn’t allow them to hear what you’re saying?”

Bass nodded.

Likening Obamacare to slavery — and slavery was incomparably worse, Carson said — had its political advantages for a candidacy like his. It was the kind of statement that stoked the angriest of the Republican voters: conservative stalwarts who can’t hear enough bad things about Obama. This, in turn, led to more talk-radio and Fox News appearances, more book sales, more donations to the super PAC started in his name, more support in the polls. (The day before the meeting, one poll of Republican voters showed Carson statistically tied for first place with Jeb Bush and Scott Walker.)

Rhetorical excess was good for business, but Carson now wants to be seen as more than a novelty candidate. He has come to learn that such extreme analogies, while true to his views, aren’t especially presidential. They alienate more moderate voters and, perhaps even more damaging, reinforce the impression that he is not “serious” — that he is another Herman Cain, the black former Godfather’s Pizza chief executive who rose to the top of the early presidential polls in 2011 but then bowed out before the Iowa caucuses, largely because of leaked allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denied but from which he never recovered. Cain lingers as a cautionary tale for the party as much as for a right-leaning candidate like Carson. The fact that Cain, with his folksy sayings (“shucky ducky”) and misnomers (“Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan”), reached the top of the national polls — much less that he was eventually followed there by the likes of Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, who all topped one or another poll in the 2012 primary season — wound up being a considerable embarrassment for the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, and for the longtime party regulars who were trying to fast-track his way to the nomination.

Carson liked Bass and, without directly saying so, made it clear the job was hers for the taking. Carson’s campaign chairman, Terry Giles — a white lawyer whose clients have included the comedian Richard Pryor and the stepson of the model Anna Nicole Smith and who helped reconcile the business interests of the descendants of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — had assembled a mostly white campaign team, including many from the 2012 Gingrich effort, and Carson wanted a person of color to speak for him. Bass said she would have to mull it over, pray about it. Carson nodded approvingly. “Pray about it,” he said. “See what you think.”

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Williams knew the party was intent on protecting the eventual 2016 nominee from the same embarrassment Romney suffered. Already, suspiciously tough articles about Carson were showing up in conservative magazines and on right-wing websites. “They’re protecting these establishment candidates,” Williams said. “This is coming from within the house. This is family.” At the very least, he wanted to make sure that Carson didn’t do their work for them. (Carson would commit another unforced error a week later, when he told CNN that homosexuality was clearly a choice, because a lot of people go in prison straight and “when they come out, they’re gay”; he later apologized.)

“We need somebody to protect him, sometimes, from himself,” he told Bass — laughing, but only half kidding.

A candidacy like Carson’s presents a new kind of problem to the establishment wing of the G.O.P., which, at least since 1980, has selected its presidential nominees with a routine efficiency that Democrats could only envy. The establishment candidate has usually been a current or former governor or senator, blandly Protestant, hailing from the moderate, big-business wing of the party (or at least friendly with it) and almost always a second-, third- or fourth-time national contender — someone who had waited “his turn.” These candidates would tack predictably to the right during the primaries to satisfy the evangelicals, deficit hawks, libertarian leaners and other inconvenient but vital constituents who made up the “base” of the party. In return, the base would, after a brief flirtation with some fantasy candidate like Steve Forbes or Pat Buchanan, “hold their noses” and deliver their votes come November. This bargain was always tenuous, of course, and when some of the furthest-right activists turned against George W. Bush, citing (among other apostasies) his expansion of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, it began to fall apart. After Barack Obama defeated McCain in 2008, the party’s once dependable base started to reconsider the wisdom of holding their noses at all.

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Republican candidates at a pre-straw-poll debate, held at Iowa State University in 2011. Credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

This insurgent attitude was helped along by changes in the nomination rules. In 2010, the Republican National Committee, hoping to capture the excitement of the coast-to-coast Democratic primary competition between Obama and Hillary Clinton, introduced new voting rules that required many of the early voting states to award some delegates to losing candidates, based on their shares of the vote. The proportional voting rules would encourage struggling candidates to stay in the primaries even after successive losses, as Clinton did, because they might be able to pull together enough delegates to take the nomination in a convention-floor fight or at least use them to bargain for a prime speaking slot or cabinet post.

This shift in incentives did not go unnoticed by potential 2012 candidates, nor did changes in election law that allowed billionaire donors to form super PACs in support of pet candidacies. At the same time, increasingly widespread broadband Internet access allowed candidates to reach supporters directly with video and email appeals and supporters to send money with the tap of a smartphone, making it easier than ever for individual candidates to ignore the wishes of the party.

Into this newly chaotic Republican landscape strode Mitt Romney. There could be no doubt that it was his turn, and yet his journey to the nomination was interrupted by one against-the-odds challenger after another — Cain, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul; always Ron Paul. It was easy to dismiss the 2012 primaries as a meaningless circus, but the onslaught did much more than tarnish the overall Republican brand. It also forced Romney to spend money he could have used against Obama and defend his right flank with embarrassing pandering that shadowed him through the general election. It was while trying to block a surge from Gingrich, for instance, that Romney told a debate audience that he was for the “self-deportation” of undocumented immigrants.

At the 2012 convention in Tampa, a group of longtime party hands, including Romney’s lawyer, Ben Ginsberg, gathered to discuss how to prevent a repeat of what had become known inside and outside the party as the “clown show.” Their aim was not just to protect the party but also to protect a potential President Romney from a primary challenge in 2016. They forced through new rules that would give future presumptive nominees more control over delegates in the event of a convention fight. They did away with the mandatory proportional delegate awards that encouraged long-shot candidacies. And, in a noticeably targeted effort, they raised the threshold that candidates needed to meet to enter their names into nomination, just as Ron Paul’s supporters were working to reach it. When John A. Boehner gaveled the rules in on a voice vote — a vote that many listeners heard as a tie, if not an outright loss — the hall erupted and a line of Ron Paul supporters walked off the floor in protest, along with many Tea Party members.

At a party meeting last winter, Reince Priebus, who as party chairman is charged with maintaining the support of all his constituencies, did restore some proportional primary and caucus voting, but only in states that held voting within a shortened two-week window. And he also condensed the nominating schedule to four and a half months from six months, and, for the first time required candidates to participate in a shortened debate schedule, determined by the party, not by the whims of the networks. (The panel that recommended those changes included names closely identified with the establishment — the former Bush White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, the Mississippi committeeman Haley Barbour and, notably, Jeb Bush’s closest adviser, Sally Bradshaw.)

Grass-roots activists have complained that the condensed schedule robs nonestablishment candidates — “movement candidates” like Carson — of the extra time they need to build momentum, money and organizations. But Priebus, who says the nomination could be close to settled by April, said it helped all the party’s constituencies when the nominee was decided quickly. “We don’t need a six-month slice-and-dice festival,” Priebus said when we spoke in mid-March. “While I can’t always control everyone’s mouth, I can control how long we can kill each other.”

All the rules changes were built to sidestep the problems of 2012. But the 2016 field is shaping up to be vastly different and far larger. A new Republican hints that he or she is considering a run seemingly every week. There are moderates like Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and former Gov. George Pataki of New York; no-compromise conservatives like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania; business-wingers like the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina; one-of-a-kinds like Donald Trump — some 20 in all, a dozen or so who seem fairly serious about it. That opens the possibility of multiple candidates vying for all the major Republican constituencies, some of them possibly goaded along by super-PAC-funding billionaires, all of them trading wins and collecting delegates well into spring.

Giles says his candidate can capitalize on all that chaos. Rivals may laugh, but Giles argues that if Carson can make a respectable showing in Iowa, then win in South Carolina — or at least come in second should a home-state senator, Lindsey Graham, run — and come in second behind Bush or Senator Marco Rubio in their home state of Florida, he could be positioned to make a real run. But that would depend on avoiding pitfalls like Carson’s ill-considered comments on homosexuality. Rather than capitalizing on the chaos, Carson may only contribute to it.

Ben Carson is, in many ways, the ideal Republican presidential candidate. With a not-too-selective reading of his life story, conservative voters can — and do — see in him an inspiring, up-from-nowhere African-American who shares their beliefs, a right-wing answer to Barack Obama. Before he was born, his parents moved to Detroit from rural Tennessee as part of the second great migration. His father, Robert Solomon Carson, worked at a Cadillac factory. His mother, Sonya — who herself had grown up as one of 24 children and left school at third grade — cleaned houses. When Carson was 8, Sonya discovered that Robert was keeping a second family. She moved, with her two sons, into a rundown group house. It was in a part of town that Carson described to me as crawling with “big rats and roaches and all kinds of horrible things.” Sonya worked several jobs at a time and made up the shortfall with food stamps. (Carson has called for paring back the social safety net but not doing away with it.)

Carson recounts this story in his best-selling 1990 memoir, “Gifted Hands,” which also became the basis for a 2009 movie on TNT, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as Carson. Raised as a Seventh Day Adventist, Carson realized that he wanted to become a physician during a church sermon about a missionary doctor who, while serving overseas, was almost attacked by thieves but found safety by putting his faith in God. When Carson, then 8, told his mother his new dream, “She said, ‘Absolutely, you could do it, you could do anything,’ ” he told me. Forced by his mother to read two extra books a week, he made it to Yale, then to medical school at the University of Michigan, where he decided to specialize in neurosurgery. He was selected for residency at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, where he was named director of pediatric neurosurgery at 33, becoming the youngest person, and the first black person, to hold the title. He drew national attention by conducting a succession of operations that had never been performed successfully, most famously planning and managing the first separation of conjoined twins connected through major blood vessels in the brain.

Carson, a two-time Jimmy Carter voter, traces his conservative political awakening to a patient he met during the Reagan years. During a routine obstetrics rotation, he found himself treating an unwed pregnant teenager who had run away from her well-to-do parents. When Carson asked her how she was getting by, she informed him she was on public assistance; this led him to ponder the fact that the government was paying for the result of what he did not view as a “wise decision.” The incident, he says, fed his growing sense that the welfare system too often saps motivation and rewards irresponsible behavior. (When we spoke, he suggested that the government should cut off assistance to would-be unwed mothers, but only after warning them that it would do so within a certain amount of time, say five years. “I bet you’d see a dramatic decrease in unwed motherhood.”)

Carson’s friends at Hopkins say they do not remember him being particularly outspoken about his conservatism. He devoted most of his public engagement to urging poor kids in bad neighborhoods to use “these fancy brains God gave us,” through weekly school visits, student hospital tours and, ultimately, a multimillion-dollar scholarship program. “His issues were always medical care for the poor, education for the poor, equal opportunity — helping the less fortunate and really inspiring them as an example,” a mentor who named him to the chief pediatrics-neurosurgery post at Hopkins, Dr. Donlin Long, told me.

Even when Carson got the chance, in 1997, to speak in front of President Bill Clinton, at the national prayer breakfast, he mostly discussed the lack of role models for black children who were not sports stars or rappers. (There was possibly an oblique reference to Clinton’s sex scandals, when he told the audience that, if they are always honest, they won’t have to worry later about “skeletons in the closet.”)

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Ben Carson at CPAC on Feb. 26 in Oxon Hill, Md. Credit Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times

In 2011, Carson’s politics took a strident turn, mirroring that of many in his party during the Obama years. “America the Beautiful,” his sixth book, which he wrote with Candy Carson, his wife of 39 years, included a get-tough-on-illegal-immigration message and offered anti-establishment praise for the Tea Party. It suggested that blacks who voted for Obama only because he was black were themselves practicing a form of racism. (Earlier this year he admitted to Buzzfeed that portions of the book were lifted directly from several sources without proper attribution.) His prayer-breakfast performance in 2013, and the extremity of his remarks in the months afterward (Obamacare is the worst thing since slavery; the United States is “very much like Nazi Germany”; allowing same-sex marriage could lead to allowing bestiality), left some of his old friends bewildered. Students at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine protested his planned convocation address there in 2013, and he eventually backed out. When I asked Carson about the view at Hopkins that he had changed, he said his themes are still the same: “hard work, self-reliance, helping other people.” If he had become more overtly political, he said, it was only because the Obama years had led him to believe that “we’re really moving in a direction that is very, very destructive.”

None of this went unnoticed by campaign professionals. In August 2013, John Philip Sousa IV and Vernon Robinson, each of whom professes to be a virtual stranger to Carson, and who had previously been active in the anti-illegal-immigration movement, started the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. Sousa was just coming off a campaign to defend the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio, from a recall effort, and he told me that he found Carson’s lack of political experience refreshing. “We have 500 guys and gals with probably a collective 5,000 years experience, and look at the mess we’re in,” he said.

Many others in the party feel the same way. Carson’s PAC finished 2014 with more than $13 million in donations, more than Ready for Hillary. Much of its money has gone toward further fund-raising, but Sousa — the great-grandson of the famous composer — points out that their effort has already built far more than just a war chest, organizing leaders in all 99 of Iowa’s counties. Regardless, Carson credits the fund-raising success of Sousa and Robinson with persuading him to enter the race.

Very early the morning after the job interview, Carson was in a black S.U.V., heading from Washington to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md., where he was to give the opening candidate speech of the Conservative Political Action Conference. The event, which functions as an early tryout for Republican presidential contenders, tends to skew rightward in its audience, drawing many of the same sorts of people who shouted at Boehner in Tampa. As such, it tends to favor anti-establishment candidates, but the news leading up to this year’s event was that Jeb Bush hoped to make inroads there.

It was still dark when we set out, and I joked with Carson about the hour, telling him he’d better get used to it. He retorted that his career in pediatric brain surgery made him no stranger to early mornings. This is a big theme of Carson’s presidential pitch: that neither the rigors of the campaign nor those of the White House can faze a man who held children’s lives in his hands. His life in brain surgery has prepared him for the presidency, he maintains, better than lives in politics have for his rivals. At the very least, he says, it conditioned him against getting too worked up about any problem that isn’t life threatening. “I mean, it’s grueling, but interestingly enough, I don’t feel the pressure,” he said.

At the convention hall, we were quickly surrounded by admirers. Two women were already waiting to meet him — white, middle-aged volunteers for Carson’s super PAC, who had traveled from South Carolina. One of them, Chris Horne, was holding a dog-eared and taped Bible. A founding member of the Charleston Tea Party who went on to work for Gingrich’s successful South Carolina primary campaign in 2012, Horne lamented over the attacks that Carson was sure to face. “You served us, you served the Lord, just don’t let them steal that from you,” she said. Her friend told him, “You’ve got God behind you!” Such religious evocations trailed Carson constantly while I walked the CPAC floor with him. Evangelicals are impressed not only with his devotion to their politics but also with his career path; as one of them told me, what’s more pro-life than saving babies?

During our ride to the conference, Carson told me his speech was not looking to “feed the beast.” When his appointed time came, he kept his remarks as tame as promised. “Real compassion” meant “using our intellect” to help people “climb out of dependency and realize the American dream,” he said. The national debt is going to “destroy us,” Obamacare was about “redistribution and control,” but Republicans better come forward with their own alternative before they repeal it, he said.

Because his speech was first, and it started several minutes early, the auditorium was slow to fill. Still, the first day saw a crush of people seeking autographs and pictures as he roamed the hall. The Draft Carson committee’s 150 volunteers swarmed the auditorium, collecting emails and handing out “Run Ben Run” stickers. After a quick interview with Sean Hannity, the conservative-radio and Fox News host — his second in two days — Carson was off to Tampa.

In the hours that followed his talk, the hall offered a view in miniature of what the next 12 to 14 months might hold for the party. Chris Christie, sitting across from the tough-minded talk-radio host Laura Ingraham, boasted about his multiple vetoes of Planned Parenthood funding, his refusal to raise income taxes and his belief that “sometimes people need to be told to sit down and shut up.” Cruz, an audience favorite, warning his fellow Republicans against falling for a “squishy moderate,” declared, “Take all 125,000 I.R.S. agents and put ’em on our Southern border!” Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, surging in polls, boasted that if he could face down the 100,000 union supporters who protested his legislation limiting collective bargaining for public employees, he could certainly handle ISIS. The next day, the traditional CPAC favorite Rand Paul spoke, packing the hall with his supporters who chanted “President Paul.” He warned, counter to the overall hawkish tenor of the event, that “we should not succumb to the notion that a government inept at home will somehow become successful abroad.” But he also vowed to end foreign aid to countries whose citizens are seen burning American flags. “Not one penny more to these haters of America.”

Perhaps the defining moment came near the end of the conference, when Jeb Bush spoke. In a neat trick of political gamesmanship — and a show of establishment muscle — his team had bused in an ample cheering section for the dozens of cameras on hand for his appearance. But a small contingent of Tea Party activists and Rand Paul supporters staged a walk out. When Bush began a question-and-answer session, they turned and left the auditorium to chant “U.S.A., U.S.A.” in the hallway, led by a man in colonial garb waving a huge “Don’t Tread on Me” banner. Plenty of other detractors stayed in the hall and peppered Bush’s remarks with booing as he stood by positions unpopular with the conservative grass roots: support for the Common Core standards and an immigration overhaul that provides a “path to legal status” for undocumented immigrants. Bush took it all in good humor, but finally seemed to give up.

“For those who made an ‘oo’ sound — is that what it was? — I’m marking you down as neutral,” he said. “And I want to be your second choice.”

Bush strategists told me they would not repeat Romney’s mistakes. Of course they would love to glide to an early nomination, they said, but they are prepared for a long contest and won’t be wasting any energy bending under pressure from a Paul or a Cruz or a Carson.

No one doubts that the pressure will increase, though. Despite the best wishes of the party’s leaders, GOP primary voters have given little indication that they will narrow the field quickly.

Before I left, I spotted Newt Gingrich, himself a fleeting presidential front-runner during those strange primary days of 2012. I asked him whether he thought all the party maneuvering — all the attempts to change the rules and fast-track the process — would preclude someone from presenting the sort of outside primary challenge he had carried out in the last election.

“No,” he told me, as if it was the most obvious thing in the world. “Look at where Ben Carson is right now.”

Jim Rutenberg is the chief political correspondent for the magazine. His most recent feature was about Megyn Kelly.

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As Vice Moves More to TV, It Tries to Keep Brash Voice

The live music at the Vice Media party on Friday shook the room. Shane Smith, Vice’s chief executive, was standing near the stage — with a drink in his hand, pants sagging, tattoos showing — watching the rapper-cum-chef Action Bronson make pizzas.

The event was an after-party, a happy-hour bacchanal for the hundreds of guests who had come for Vice’s annual presentation to advertisers and agencies that afternoon, part of the annual frenzy for ad dollars called the Digital Content NewFronts. Mr. Smith had spoken there for all of five minutes before running a slam-bang highlight reel of the company’s shows that had titles like “Weediquette” and “Gaycation.”

In the last year, Vice has secured $500 million in financing and signed deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars with established media companies like HBO that are eager to engage the young viewers Vice attracts. Vice said it was now worth at least $4 billion, with nearly $1 billion in projected revenue for 2015. It is a long way from Vice’s humble start as a free magazine in 1994.

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At the Vice after-party, the rapper Action Bronson, a host of a Vice show, made a pizza. Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

But even as cash flows freely in Vice’s direction, the company is trying to keep its brash, insurgent image. At the party on Friday, it plied guests with beers and cocktails. Its apparently unrehearsed presentation to advertisers was peppered with expletives. At one point, the director Spike Jonze, a longtime Vice collaborator, asked on stage if Mr. Smith had been drinking.

“My assistant tried to cut me off,” Mr. Smith replied. “I’m on buzz control.”

Now, Vice is on the verge of getting its own cable channel, which would give the company a traditional outlet for its slate of non-news programming. If all goes as planned, A&E Networks, the television group owned by Hearst and Disney, will turn over its History Channel spinoff, H2, to Vice.

The deal’s announcement was expected last week, but not all of A&E’s distribution partners — the cable and satellite TV companies that carry the network’s channels — have signed off on the change, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks were private.

A cable channel would be a further step in a transformation for Vice, from bad-boy digital upstart to mainstream media company.

Keen for the core audience of young men who come to Vice, media giants like 21st Century Fox, Time Warner and Disney all showed interest in the company last year. Vice ultimately secured $500 million in financing from A&E Networks and Technology Crossover Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has invested in Facebook and Netflix.

Those investments valued Vice at more than $2.5 billion. (In 2013, Fox bought a 5 percent stake for $70 million.)

Then in March, HBO announced that it had signed a multiyear deal to broadcast a daily half-hour Vice newscast. Vice already produces a weekly newsmagazine show, called “Vice,” for the network. That show will extend its run through 2018, with an increase to 35 episodes a year, from 14.

Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president for programming, said when the deal was announced that it was “certainly one of our biggest investments with hours on the air.”

Vice, based in Brooklyn, also recently signed a multiyear $100 million deal with Rogers Communications, a Canadian media conglomerate, to produce original content for TV, smartphone and desktop viewers.

Vice’s finances are private, but according to an internal document reviewed by The New York Times and verified by a person familiar with the company’s financials, the company is on track to make about $915 million in revenue this year.

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Vice showed a highlight reel of its TV series at the NewFronts last week in New York. Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

It brought in $545 million in a strong first quarter, which included portions of the new HBO deal and the Rogers deal, according to the document. More of its revenue now comes from these types of content partnerships, compared with the branded content deals that made up much of its revenue a year ago, the company said.

Mr. Smith said the company was worth at least $4 billion. If the valuation gets much higher, he said he would consider taking the company public.

“I don’t care about money; we have plenty of money,” Mr. Smith, who is Vice’s biggest shareholder, said in an interview after the presentation on Friday. “I care about strategic deals.”

In the United States, Vice Media had 35.2 million unique visitors across its sites in March, according to comScore.

The third season of Vice’s weekly HBO show has averaged 1.8 million viewers per episode, including reruns, through April 12, according to Brad Adgate, the director of research at Horizon Media. (Vice said the show attracted three million weekly viewers when repeat broadcasts, online and on-demand viewings were included.)

For years, Mr. Smith has criticized traditional TV, calling it slow and unable to draw younger viewers. But if all the deals Vice has struck are to work out, Mr. Smith may have to play more by the rules of traditional media. James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son and a member of Vice’s board, was at the company’s presentation on Friday, as were other top media executives.

“They know they need people like me to help them, but they can’t get out of their own way,” Mr. Smith said in the interview Friday. “My only real frustration is we’re used to being incredibly dynamic, and they’re not incredibly dynamic.”

With its own television channel in the United States, Vice would have something it has long coveted even as traditional media companies are looking beyond TV. Last year, Vice’s deal with Time Warner failed in part because the two companies could not agree on how much control Vice would have over a 24-hour television network.

Vice said it intended to fill its new channel with non-news programming. The company plans to have sports shows, fashion shows, food shows and the “Gaycation” travel show with the actress Ellen Page. It is also in talks with Kanye West about a show.

It remains to be seen whether Vice’s audience will watch a traditional cable channel. Still, Vice has effectively presold all of the ad spots to two of the biggest advertising agencies for the first three years, Mr. Smith said.

In the meantime, Mr. Smith is enjoying Vice’s newfound role as a potential savior of traditional media companies.

“I’m a C.E.O. of a content company,” Mr. Smith said before he caught a flight to Las Vegas for the boxing match on Saturday between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. “If it stops being fun, then why are you doing it?”

As Vice Moves More to TV, It Tries to Keep Brash Voice | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Fatal Police Shootings: Accounts Since Ferguson

Since a white police officer, Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in a confrontation last August in Ferguson, Mo., there have been many other cases in which the police have shot and killed suspects, some of them unarmed. Mr. Brown's death set off protests throughout the country, pushing law enforcement into the spotlight and sparking a public debate on police tactics. Here is a selection of police shootings that have been reported by news organizations since Mr. Brown's death. In some cases, investigations are continuing.

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The apartment complex northeast of Atlanta where Anthony Hill, 27, was fatally shot by a DeKalb County police officer. Credit Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Fatal Police Shootings: Accounts Since Ferguson | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Dave Goldberg, Head of Web Survey Company and Half of a Silicon Valley Power Couple, Dies at 47

Mr. Goldberg was a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist who was married to Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook.

Dave Goldberg Was Lifelong Women’s Advocate

Dave Goldberg, Head of Web Survey Company and Half of a Silicon Valley Power Couple, Dies at 47 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Verne Gagne, Wrestler Who Grappled Through Two Eras, Dies at 89

Gagne wrestled professionally from the late 1940s until the 1980s and was a transitional figure between the early 20th century barnstormers and the steroidal sideshows of today

Verne Gagne, Wrestler Who Grappled Through Two Eras, Dies at 89 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Maya Plisetskaya, Ballerina Who Embodied Bolshoi, Dies at 89

Ms. Plisetskaya, renowned for her fluidity of movement, expressive acting and willful personality, danced on the Bolshoi stage well into her 60s, but her life was shadowed by Stalinism.

Maya Plisetskaya, Ballerina Who Embodied Bolshoi, Dies at 89 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

With Iran Talks, a Tangled Path to Ending Syria’s War

UNITED NATIONS — Wearing pinstripes and a pince-nez, Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, arrived at the Security Council one Tuesday afternoon in February and announced that President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to halt airstrikes over Aleppo. Would the rebels, Mr. de Mistura suggested, agree to halt their shelling?

What he did not announce, but everyone knew by then, was that the Assad government had begun a military offensive to encircle opposition-held enclaves in Aleppo and that fierce fighting was underway. It would take only a few days for rebel leaders, having pushed back Syrian government forces, to outright reject Mr. de Mistura’s proposed freeze in the fighting, dooming the latest diplomatic overture on Syria.

Diplomacy is often about appearing to be doing something until the time is ripe for a deal to be done.

 

 

Now, with Mr. Assad’s forces having suffered a string of losses on the battlefield and the United States reaching at least a partial rapprochement with Mr. Assad’s main backer, Iran, Mr. de Mistura is changing course. Starting Monday, he is set to hold a series of closed talks in Geneva with the warring sides and their main supporters. Iran will be among them.

In an interview at United Nations headquarters last week, Mr. de Mistura hinted that the changing circumstances, both military and diplomatic, may have prompted various backers of the war to question how much longer the bloodshed could go on.

“Will that have an impact in accelerating the willingness for a political solution? We need to test it,” he said. “The Geneva consultations may be a good umbrella for testing that. It’s an occasion for asking everyone, including the government, if there is any new way that they are looking at a political solution, as they too claim they want.”

He said he would have a better assessment at the end of June, when he expects to wrap up his consultations. That coincides with the deadline for a final agreement in the Iran nuclear talks.

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Whether a nuclear deal with Iran will pave the way for a new opening on peace talks in Syria remains to be seen. Increasingly, though, world leaders are explicitly linking the two, with the European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, suggesting last week that a nuclear agreement could spur Tehran to play “a major but positive role in Syria.”

It could hardly come soon enough. Now in its fifth year, the Syrian war has claimed 220,000 lives, prompted an exodus of more than three million refugees and unleashed jihadist groups across the region. “This conflict is producing a question mark in many — where is it leading and whether this can be sustained,” Mr. de Mistura said.

Part Italian, part Swedish, Mr. de Mistura has worked with the United Nations for more than 40 years, but he is more widely known for his dapper style than for any diplomatic coups. Syria is by far the toughest assignment of his career — indeed, two of the organization’s most seasoned diplomats, Lakhdar Brahimi and Kofi Annan, tried to do the job and gave up — and critics have wondered aloud whether Mr. de Mistura is up to the task.

He served as a United Nations envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq, and before that in Lebanon, where a former minister recalled, with some scorn, that he spent many hours sunbathing at a private club in the hills above Beirut. Those who know him say he has a taste for fine suits and can sometimes speak too soon and too much, just as they point to his diplomatic missteps and hyperbole.

They cite, for instance, a news conference in October, when he raised the specter of Srebrenica, where thousands of Muslims were massacred in 1995 during the Balkans war, in warning that the Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to the Islamic State. In February, he was photographed at a party in Damascus, the Syrian capital, celebrating the anniversary of the Iranian revolution just as Syrian forces, aided by Iran, were pummeling rebel-held suburbs of Damascus; critics seized on that as evidence of his coziness with the government.

Mouin Rabbani, who served briefly as the head of Mr. de Mistura’s political affairs unit and has since emerged as one of his most outspoken critics, said Mr. de Mistura did not have the background necessary for the job. “This isn’t someone well known for his political vision or political imagination, and his closest confidants lack the requisite knowledge and experience,” Mr. Rabbani said.

As a deputy foreign minister in the Italian government, Mr. de Mistura was tasked in 2012 with freeing two Italian marines detained in India for shooting at Indian fishermen. He made 19 trips to India, to little effect. One marine was allowed to return to Italy for medical reasons; the other remains in India.

He said he initially turned down the Syria job when the United Nations secretary general approached him last August, only to change his mind the next day, after a sleepless, guilt-ridden night.

Mr. de Mistura compared his role in Syria to that of a doctor faced with a terminally ill patient. His goal in brokering a freeze in the fighting, he said, was to alleviate suffering. He settled on Aleppo as the location for its “fame,” he said, a decision that some questioned, considering that Aleppo was far trickier than the many other lesser-known towns where activists had negotiated temporary local cease-fires.

“Everybody, at least in Europe, are very familiar with the value of Aleppo,” Mr. de Mistura said. “So I was using that as an icebreaker.”

The cease-fire negotiations, to which he had devoted six months, fell apart quickly because of the government’s military offensive in Aleppo the very day of his announcement at the Security Council. Privately, United Nations diplomats said Mr. de Mistura had been manipulated. To this, Mr. de Mistura said only that he was “disappointed and concerned.”

Tarek Fares, a former rebel fighter, said after a recent visit to Aleppo that no Syrian would admit publicly to supporting Mr. de Mistura’s cease-fire proposal. “If anyone said they went to a de Mistura meeting in Gaziantep, they would be arrested,” is how he put it, referring to the Turkish city where negotiations between the two sides were held.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remains staunchly behind Mr. de Mistura’s efforts. His defenders point out that he is at the center of one of the world’s toughest diplomatic problems, charged with mediating a conflict in which two of the world’s most powerful nations — Russia, which supports Mr. Assad, and the United States, which has called for his ouster — remain deadlocked.

R. Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official who now teaches at Harvard, credited Mr. de Mistura for trying to negotiate a cease-fire even when the chances of success were exceedingly small — and the chances of a political deal even smaller. For his efforts to work, Professor Burns argued, the world powers will first have to come to an agreement of their own.

“He needs the help of outside powers,” he said. “It starts with backers of Assad. That’s Russia and Iran. De Mistura is there, waiting.”

With Iran Talks, a Tangled Path to Ending Syria’s War | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Biographer of Clara Barton and Robert E. Lee, Dies at 64

Ms. Pryor, who served more than two decades in the State Department, was the author of well-regarded biographies of the founder of the American Red Cross and the Confederate commander.

Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Biographer of Clara Barton and Robert E. Lee, Dies at 64 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

Ruth Rendell, Novelist Who Thrilled and Educated, Dies at 85

Ms. Rendell was a prolific writer of intricately plotted mystery novels that combined psychological insight, social conscience and teeth-chattering terror.

Ruth Rendell, Novelist Who Thrilled and Educated, Dies at 85 | PAKET UMROH BULAN JANUARI 2016

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