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  • Prabowo's coalition proposes end to direct election of president – Tempo.co. September 29, 2014. After abolishing the direct election of regional heads by the people, Prabowo Subianto's Red and White Coalition has initiated a discourse on returning to a system by which the president is elected by the People's Consultative Assembly.
  • Leaked document alleges Prabowo's coalition promised MPR leadership to Democrats – Solo Post. September 29, 2014. A document circulating on Twitter detailing the division of parliamentary leadership positions agreed to by members of Prabowo Subianto's Red and White coalition and the Democrat Party alleges that the Democrats will be given the leadership of the upper house.
  • PPP leader says Democrat walkout part of Prabowo's game plan – Tempo.co. September 26, 2014. The walkout by 129 members of the Democratic Party faction just prior to the House of Representatives ote on the Draft Law on Regional Elections, which abolished the direct election of regional heads, appears to have been a political maneuver or game.
  • Prabowo: Ending direct elections a victory for Pancasila – Tribune News. September 26, 2014. Greater Indonesia Movement Party board of patrons chairperson Prabowo Subianto says he is grateful that the mechanism for electing regional heads through Regional Legislative Councils has become a reality.
  • Prabowo's 'Neo-New Order' coalition seeking to destroy democracy – Detik News. September 26, 2014. Prabowo Subianto's Red and White Coalition has succeeded in returning the election of regional heads into the hands of Regional Legislative Councils as it was under the New Order dictatorship of former President Suharto.
  • Democrat Party lawmaker says Yudhoyono ordered walkout during crucial vote– Kompas.com. September 26, 2014. Democrat Party (DP) lawmaker Ruhut Sitompul claims that they walked out before a vote on a draft law on regional elections after faction chairperson Nurhayati Ali Assegaf stated that Yudhoyono had instructed all members of the DP faction in the parliament to leave the room.
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  • Film exposes wounds of denial of 1965 violence – Jakarta Post. September 30, 2014. Joshua Oppenheimer's latest film is truly shocking. If The Act of Killing was a wild fever dream, The Look of Silence is the next morning – Indonesia and the world have woken up with a throbbing headache.
  • Local elections ploy seen as a setup for presidential vote – Jakarta Globe. September 30, 2014. If Indonesians thought the abolishment last week of their right to elect regional heads was the end of the country's dalliance with democracy, then a far nastier surprise awaits in new developments that potentially threaten to end direct presidential elections.
  • MPR sticks to old rules amid concerns – Jakarta Post. September 30, 2014. A People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) plenary meeting on Monday maintained an internal regulation that makes it difficult to remove a serving president, as well as amend the 1945 Constitution.
  • SBY to cancel regional elections law with presidential decree – Jakarta Globe. September 30, 2014. President Yudhoyono said on Tuesday that he will soon issue a governmental regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) that would override the recently passed and hotly contested regional elections law, and bring back direct elections of local leaders.
  • Court upholds MD3 Law, rejects PDI-P's judicial review request – Jakarta Post. September 30, 2014. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) attempt to secure the House speaker post has collapsed with the Constitutional Court's (MK) rejection of its judicial review request.
  • Aburizal could be forced to settle Lapindo mudflow – Jakarta Post. September 30, 2014. The House on Monday unanimously passed into law a bill that allows president-elect Joko Widodo to force chairman of the Bakrie Group, Aburizal Bakrie, to fulfill his Rp 781 billion financial obligation to the victims of the Lapindo mudflow disaster.
  • 'Hong Kong people can show Beijing that we will stay strong': protests may last for days – Sydney Morning Herald. September 30, 2014. Pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong continued to sweep up momentum as new supporters joined existing protesters in defying government calls to abandon street blockades across the city, while riot police pulled back in an apparent change of tact.
  • Next threat: Scrapping direct presidential polls – Jakarta Post. September 29, 2014. Indonesia's hard-won democracy, which emerged from the bloody reform movement of 1998 that ended Soeharto's three decades of dictatorship, has never faced a critical challenge – until today.
  • Democratic Party in spotlight over walkout plot – Jakarta Post. September 29, 2014. Despite President Yudhoyono's public statement of regret that the House has put an end to the direct elections of local leaders, the public is growing sceptical of his true intentions as more details emerge that indicate the Democrats may have engineered the move.
  • Public unites against regional elections law – Jakarta Post. September 29, 2014. Anger turned into activism as hundreds of concerned citizens took to the streets on Sunday to stage peaceful protests throughout the country to mobilize support to challenge the newly passed amendment to the Regional Elections Law at the Constitutional Court.
  • Police fire tear-gas as showdown over Hong Kong's democracy heats up – Sydney Morning Herald. September 29, 2014. Confrontations between pro-democracy demonstrators and authorities escalated across the streets of central Hong Kong as riot police fired tear-gas into crowds of thousands in an attempt to disperse a series of surging protests that have beset the city for three days.
  • Hong Kong protest: Schools, banks close amidst unrest, Taiwan joins demonstration – ABC Radio Australia. September 29, 2014. Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators who faced volleys of tear gas and charges by baton-wielding police are continuing their protests in Hong Kong.
  • New Aceh law punishes gay and extramarital sex with 100 lashes – Sydney Morning Herald. September 28, 2014. Gay sex and sex outside marriage in the Indonesian province of Aceh will be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane under new laws passed by the local parliament.
  • Dems scramble to stop walkout fallout – Jakarta Post. September 28, 2014. Amid public pressure, the Democratic Party is launching a probe into the decision made by its lawmakers to walk out during a crucial vote on the Regional Election Law at the House of Representatives.
  • Hong Kong student arrests kick-start plans to blockade city in fight for democracy – Sydney Morning Herald. September 28, 2014. A swelling student demonstration in Hong Kong has galvanised tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters to launch a long-planned civil disobedience movement to lock down the heart of the Asian financial hub in defiance of the Chinese central government.
  • Q&A with journalist John Pilger: 'What the US did to Cambodia was an epic crime' – Phnom Penh Post. September 27, 2014. Since his early days as a correspondent covering the wars in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and 1970s, documentary filmmaker and journalist John Pilger has been an ardent critic of Western foreign policy.
  • Australia Network set to go off the air in the Asia and Pacific region – ABC Radio Australia. September 27, 2014. The Australia Network goes off the air from today after the Federal Government withdrew funding for the broadcaster earlier this year.
  • The disappointment of Seri Thai – Red Thai Socialist. September 27, 2014. When the Seri Thai (Free Thai) Movement was launched in late June this year, it raised the hopes of many pro-democracy Thais, both inside the country and outside. It raised my own hopes.
  • Aceh approves lashes for homosexual sex – Agence France Presse. September 27, 2014. Indonesia's conservative Aceh province passed a law on Saturday making gay sex punishable by 100 lashes of the cane, in a decision described by rights activists as "an enormous step backwards".
  • Political parties seize control – Jakarta Post. September 27, 2014. Political parties appeared to have secured a lock on regional administrations following the passage of the regional elections (Pilkada) law, which will vest Regional Legislative Councils (DPRDs) with the power to appoint local leaders.
  • House, SBY face public wrath – Jakarta Post. September 27, 2014. The House of Representatives' decision to scrap direct elections of regional heads has sparked widespread public outrage, with civil rights groups and members of the public saying that the move was a rollback to Soeharto's New Order era.
  • Dems keep options open with walkout – Jakarta Post. September 27, 2014. Critics have suggested that the irresolute stance of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party in the deliberation of the controversial regional law reflects the party's moves to secure its position in the future House of Representatives.
  • Indonesian women wear Islamic head covering but show curves, so jilbab becomes jilboob – Sydney Morning Herald. September 27, 2014. France bans it; Australia has occasional attacks of hysteria about it but in Muslim-majority Indonesia, the wearing of Islamic head covering has grown rapidly in recent years.
  • Hong Kong police use pepper spray to remove students from government headquarters – Reuters. September 27, 2014. Riot police used pepper spray on Saturday to disperse dozens of students who had stormed Hong Kong's government headquarters, but an equal number held their ground in ongoing protests against Beijing's tightening grip on the city.

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