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-Earlier this week
  • Democracy 'gone too far': Jokowi – Jakarta Post. February 23, 2017. During the New Order regime, Indonesia enjoyed robust economic growth, which many believe came largely at the expense of civil liberties. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo now finds himself under pressure to prove that he is not inspired by that type of order.
  • Indonesia's four richest men worth as much as poorest 100 million – The Guardian. February 23, 2017. The four richest men in Indonesia own as much wealth as the country's poorest 100 million citizens, despite the nation's president repeatedly pledging to fighting "dangerous" levels of inequality.
  • Wealth of four richest Indonesians equal to wealth of 100m poorest – Jakarta Post. February 23, 2017. Indonesia is the sixth worst country in the world in terms of economic inequality, says a report from Oxfam Indonesia and the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (lNFlD).
  • Freeport's threat of arbitration simply a ploy to block mining reform – Jakarta Post. February 23, 2017. "PT Freeport Indonesia [FI] reserves of all its rights [...] including the right to commence arbitration to enforce all provisions of the contract," Freeport-McMoRan's CEO Richard C. Adkerson asserted on Monday, referring to a protracted dispute with the Indonesian government.
  • Why LGBT hatred suddenly spiked in Indonesia – The Guardian. February 22, 2017. A few nights ago Sudarsa received a text message from his ex-boyfriend Hendro. "I can't sleep because I'm missing you," it read. The pair had been together for seven years. But two years ago Hendro, struggling to be open about his sexuality, succumbed to family pressure and married a woman.
  • Indonesian rights violations in Papua triple – UCA News. February 22, 2017. Human rights violations in Papua more than tripled last year, undermining Indonesian President Joko Widodo's post election pledge to solve longstanding grievances in the restive region, church and rights activists said.
  • TNI, U.S. military discuss intelligence – Tempo.co. February 22, 2017. The Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, accepted the Commanding General of the United States Army Pacific, General Robert Brown, in an official visitation to strengthen the military partnership between Indonesia and the United States.
  • Push for Australian university campuses in Indonesia under free trade deal – Sydney Morning Herald. February 22, 2017. Australia is pushing for Australian universities to be permitted to open campuses in Indonesia as part of a free trade deal that both countries hope will be finalised this year.
  • Foreign researchers 'steal' Indonesia's genetic resources – Jakarta Post. February 22, 2017. As one of the most species-rich countries on earth, Indonesia attracts researchers from around the world to study the archipelago's unique ecosystems, which contain a diverse array of flora and fauna.
  • Anies denies pandering to hardline Muslim groups – Reuters. February 22, 2017. Anies Baswedan, a former education minister in Muslim-majority Indonesia facing a run-off vote against a Christian to be Jakarta governor, on Tuesday (21/02) denied pandering to hardline Islamists to win support and said he could unite the capital after a divisive election.
  • Expert claims Ahok's speech expressed criminal intent – Jakarta Post. February 22, 2017. In the blasphemy trial against Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, an expert has said he sees criminal intent in controversial remarks made by the governor in a speech in Thousand Islands regency last September.
  • Australia can't give advice on territorial matters while still in dispute with East Timor: Bracks – News.com. February 22, 2017. Australia can't lecture anyone on a solution for the South China Sea until it sorts out its own long-running sea border dispute with East Timor where $40 billion in oil and gas resources is in play.
  • Activists accuse PTUN judges of misconduct in Munir case ruling – Jakarta Post. February 21, 2017. Despite their recent defeat at the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN Jakarta), human rights campaigners will continue to push for justice surrounding the murder of activist Munir Said Thalib.
  • Thousands of '212' protesters rally in front of parliament house – Jakarta Globe. February 21, 2017. Lawmakers from the House of Representatives' Commission III on legal affairs met with representatives of around 5,000 protesters who rallied in front of parliament house in Jakarta on Tuesday (21/02) and promised to deliver their demands to the government.
  • Hanging on by a 'sin' and a prayer – New Mandala. February 21, 2017. In the 2010 Medan mayoral election Chinese contestant Sofyan Tan was the victim of a concerted campaign against him based on religious identity. Here's what that election can tell us about what to expect in the second round of voting for Jakarta's governor, and why Ahok should brace for more racial and religious politics.

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