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  • New Indonesia president must prioritize Papua: HRW – Jakarta Post. October 22, 2014. President Joko Widodo should use his first official visit to Papua and West Papua on Thursday to endorse specific measures to address serious human rights problems on the country's easternmost island, according to a New York-based rights watchdog.
  • New minimum wage to be set next week – Jakarta Post. October 22, 2014. Tripartite discussions on the minimum wage for 2015 have gotten underway as the Jakarta wage committee has finished conducting surveys on the basic cost of living (KHL) in the capital.
  • Hong Kong protesters confront government officials in TV debate – Sydney Morning Herald. October 22, 2014. Hong Kong's political crisis shifted from its city streets to an austere university lecture theatre as student protest leaders faced off with government officials in a much-anticipated televised debate.
  • Hong Kong protesters plan march after fruitless talks with government – Reuters. October 22, 2014. Hong Kong protesters planned to march to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.
  • No witnesses against French journalists – Jakarta Post. October 22, 2014. The Jayapura District Court resumed on Tuesday a trial of two French journalists, hearing from three witnesses from the prosecution who were not able to confirm that the defendants undertook journalistic activities.
  • Son pushes for Timor case to be re-examined' – Australian Associated Press. October 22, 2014. The son of New Zealander Gary Cunningham, who was killed with four other newsmen in the Timorese town of Balibo almost 40 years ago, wants the case re-examined.
  • Burma's president seeks less EU scrutiny amid 'backsliding' concerns – Irrawaddy. October 21, 2014. President Thein Sein last week urged the European Union to stop submitting annual reports on human rights in Burma, even as a UN report was released noting with concern "possible signs of backsliding" on reforms implemented by his government.
  • French journalists tried for violating visas in Papua – Jakarta Post. October 21, 2014. The Jayapura District Court in Papua commenced a trial on Monday involving two French television journalists, Thomas Charles Dandois and Marie Valentine Louise Bourrat, who stand accused of misusing their visas.
  • Ministerial candidates' track records raise red flags – Jakarta Post. October 21, 2014. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) revealed Monday that a probe had found that some of the 43 ministerial candidates proposed by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo could be implicated in future graft cases investigated by the antigraft body.
  • Balibo Five: Investigation into deaths of five journalists dropped by AFP – ABC News. October 21, 2014. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has abandoned a war crimes investigation into the killing of five Australian newsmen at Balibo in East Timor in 1975.
  • Balibo Five Gough's 'dark secret' – Australian Associated Press. October 21, 2014. Gough Whitlam was a good leader who made one "terrible" mistake: never acknowledging the Indonesian military's invasion of East Timor.
  • Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying says there's room for 'more democratic' elections as talks begin – ABC Radio Australia. October 21, 2014. The panel chosen to pick candidates for Hong Kong's 2017 election could be made "more democratic", the territory's chief executive Leung Chun-ying says.
  • Despite costly US effort, Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high – Reuters. October 21, 2014. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013 despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the United States $7.6 billion, the US government watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction spending said on Tuesday.
  • Jailed journos in West Papua front court on day of president's inauguration – New Matilda. October 20, 2014. Two French journalists imprisoned for more than two months in the Indonesian province of West Papua with no charge are facing court today, on the same day of the inauguration of the incoming President Joko Widodo.
  • Joko Widodo's first speech as President focuses on maritime power – Sydney Morning Herald. October 20, 2014. Joko Widodo has used his first speech as Indonesian president to call his people to "work together, and work and work and work" to make a stronger nation, with a particular emphasis on maritime power.
  • Jakarta street party as Jokowi fever hits city – Sydney Morning Herald. October 20, 2014. The iconic Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle – usually aptly named – in central Jakarta, became the country's Party Circle on Monday afternoon as Joko Widodo fever hit the city.
  • Worrying picture emerges about Jokowi's cabinet – Jakarta Globe. October 20, 2014. Politicians, businessmen, graft fighters, academics, former officials and generals are some of the names rumored to be among President Joko Widodo's cabinet members, garnering mixed reactions from activists and analysts.
  • Dawn of the Joko era brings opportunities for Australia – The Australian. October 20, 2014. Indonesia's incoming president presents a promising opportunity for Australia to recast both its military and human rights relationship with our northern neighbour.
  • Australia needs to talk human rights issues with Indonesia – Brisbane Times. October 20, 2014. Prime Minister Tony Abbott had the opportunity to restart his "more Jakarta, less Geneva" foreign policy when he attended the inauguration of Indonesia's new president yesterday. Abbott now also has a rare and vital opening to engage on human rights issues.
  • Hope for end to Hong Kong protests rests on talks set for Tuesday – Reuters. October 20, 2014. Hopes of easing the worst political crisis in Hong Kong since Britain handed the city back to China in 1997 rest on talks scheduled for Tuesday between the government and student protest leaders that will be broadcast live.
  • Timor Leste atrocities not forgotten – Jakarta Post. October 20, 2014. The human rights violations that occurred in Timor Leste, formerly known as East Timor, during the period of 1974 to 1999, when the country was still a part of Indonesia, may no longer be in the spotlight, but the memories remain.
  • Indonesia's Joko Widodo focused on solving West Papua problems – Sydney Morning Herald. October 19, 2014. Joko Widodo, who on Monday will be inaugurated as Indonesia's second directly elected president, will quickly move to salve the festering grievances of West Papua.
  • Yudhoyono's legacy: the great democratic leader who became a follower – Sydney Morning Herald. October 18, 2014. Just a month ago, on the cusp of the end of his long term as Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono trended globally for several days on his beloved social media platform, Twitter.
  • PPP joins Jokowi's coalition, still mired in conflict – Jakarta Post. October 18, 2014. Despite the United Development Party (PPP) declaring allegiance to the coalition of president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, it might mean nothing as the party's internal conflicts remain unresolved.
  • Hong Kong protesters reclaim city streets in fresh clashes with police – Sydney Morning Herald. October 18, 2014. In fresh clashes, signalling that the deadlock between pro-democracy demonstrators and authorities threatens to deepen rather than subside, thousands of protesters reclaimed city streets that police had cleared by force just hours earlier.
  • Thai intellectual faces anti-monarchy charge – Associated Press. October 18, 2014. One of Thailand's most prominent intellectuals is the target of a criminal complaint for comments he made about a Thai king who died more than 400 years ago.
  • The 'tradition' of Thai kingship – Red Thai Socialist. October 18, 2014. It should come as no surprise that Thai Kingship is an "invented tradition", just as Eric Hobsbawm described the British monarchy as an invented tradition.

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