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  • Top-secret documents reveal Australia targeting Indonesia, South Pacific mobile phone networks – Sydney Morning Herald. March 5, 2015. Australian spies are targeting Indonesia's largest mobile phone network as well as the telecommunications systems of Australia's small Pacific Island neighbours, according to documents obtained from the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
  • Execution as spectacle: Why the Bali nine duo were treated like the world's most dangerous men – Sydney Morning Herald. March 5, 2015. The absurd display of military muscle during the transfer of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan to the site of their execution was as much about whipping up the nationalist fervour of Indonesians as sending any message to Australia.
  • Staff join hands to admonish Ruki's surrender – Jakarta Post. March 5, 2015. Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) officials, including directors and investigators, have pledged to continue demonstrating against KPK leaders until they voided Monday's decision to hand over Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan's investigation to the AGO.
  • Addressing the Papua issue in the Pacific – Jakarta Post. March 5, 2015. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi visited three Pacific countries this week, namely Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Solomon Islands and Fiji, to strengthen relations between Indonesia and Pacific nations.
  • Indonesian soldiers ordered to watch 'The Look of Silence' – Jakarta Globe. March 4, 2015. Hundreds of members of the military command in Central Java's capital, Semarang, attended the screening of "Senyap" ("The Look of Silence") last week by award-winning American director Joshua Oppenheimer.
  • PNG media watchdog queries 'gagging' order over West Papua issue during Indonesian minister's visit – ABC Radio Australia. March 4, 2015. Papua New Guinea's media watchdog has demanded an explanation for why local journalists were blocked from asking questions about West Papua during an official visit by Indonesia's foreign minister, Retno Marsudi.
  • Blasphemy Law sows radicalization: Experts – Jakarta Post. March 4, 2015. Experts have warned that implementation of the Blasphemy Law could lead to the radicalization of Muslims.
  • Police target 'Tempo' for Budi story – Jakarta Post. March 4, 2015. In what appears to be a threat to future press freedom, the National Police are following up on a report against Tempo magazine for publishing a story on the suspicious bank accounts of a politically wired police general.
  • NZ MP slams government as Indonesian minister visits – Radio New Zealand International. March 3, 2015. The Indonesian Foreign Minister is visiting New Zealand today and meeting her counterpart Murray McCully, amid calls in Parliament for them to discuss human rights abuses in Papua.
  • Soldiers on trial for supporting armed groups – Jakarta Post. March 3, 2015. Three Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers at Cenderawasih Military Command are on trial charged with providing ammunition to armed civilian groups in remote Papua.
  • KPK throws in towel against cop – Jakarta Post. March 3, 2015. Graft suspect Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan may walk free as the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) "admitted defeat" in its attempt to proceed with the prosecution of the general known for his close ties to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's party patron.
  • KPK staff walk out in protest at Budi case handover – Jakarta Post. March 3, 2015. Hundreds of employees of the Corruption Eradication Commission staged a walkout for a quarter of an hour and in protest at the commission's decision to hand over the case on former National Police chief candidate Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan to AGO.
  • Police seeking to drop Abraham, Bambang cases – Jakarta Post. March 3, 2015. Acting National Police chief Comr. Gen. Badrodin Haiti said police were still approaching those who have filed reports against suspended KPK leaders, Abraham Samad and Bambang Widjojanto, for their consent to drop the legal cases.
  • For Indonesia's foreign minister, Melanesian shuttle diplomacy – Jakarta Globe. March 2, 2015. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi is rushing to put out diplomatic fires across the Pacific with back-to-back visits to three members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group that have threatened to recognize West Papua as an occupied member state.
  • In overture to AGO, a sign of the KPK's submission in Budi Gunawan case – Jakarta Globe. March 2, 2015. Indonesia's antigraft commission on Monday handed over its investigation into would-be police chief Budi Gunawan to the Attorney General's Office, an institution with far less success in prosecuting graft cases.
  • AGO to hand over Budi Gunawan case to police – Jakarta Post. March 2, 2015. The AGO will hand over the Budi Gunawan case to the National Police. "To be more effective, I, in my capacity as attorney general, will hand over Budi's dossier to the National Police to be dealt with in accordance with the law," he said in a press conference Monday.
  • Probe Megawati's role in BLBI case: NGO – Jakarta Post. March 2, 2015. The Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (FITRA) has urged President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to investigate the controversial decision of former president Megawati Soekarnoputri in the 2002 Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) case.
  • MPR speaker elected new PAN chief – Jakarta Post. March 2, 2015. National Mandate Party (PAN) cofounder and senior politician Amien Rais has illustrated his strong grip on the party, with a successful attempt to sway support for his in-law, Zulkifli Hasan, ensuring the latter is the new chairman of the party.
  • Japan's high child poverty rate driven by an increasing number of single-parent families – ABC Radio Australia. March 1, 2015. Japan is one of the world's richest countries but one in six Japanese children now live in poverty – one of the worst rates in the industrialised world.
  • Australian spy at centre of East Timor bugging scandal still under investigation – WA Today. March 1, 2015. A former Australian spy remains under police investigation more than 14 months after ASIO controversially raided his home and triggered international legal action by East Timor that humiliated the Australian government.
  • Tolerance touted for local Muslims, again – Jakarta Post. March 1, 2015. Religious leaders are urging Muslims nationwide to take the lead in promoting religious tolerance in multicultural Indonesia.
  • KPK to focus on Century, sidelines BLBI – Jakarta Post. February 27, 2015. The Corruption Eradication Commission leadership has said that for the remainder of its 10-month tenure, it will sideline the probe into the Bank Indonesia liquidity support case, which could have implicated former president Megawati Soerkarnoputri.
  • Besieged, beaten, KPK punching below its weight – Jakarta Post. February 27, 2015. Since its inception in 2003, the Corruption Eradication Commission has endured a series of attempts to erode its power and deter future graft crackdowns following its successful prosecution of corrupt officials, judges, generals, businessmen and politicians.
  • Loophole for crooks is Pandora's Box for graft-busters – Jakarta Globe. February 26, 2015. The Supreme Court must order all judges not to accept pretrial motions challenging a person's suspect status, a legal expert has said, following a controversial ruling that has opened an avenue for corruption suspects looking to charges against them dropped before they are even indicted in a court.
  • KPK chief cedes ground in the wake of top cop crisis – Jakarta Post. February 26, 2015. Acting Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Taufiqurrahman Ruki has vowed to pursue corruption cases less aggressively "to help government programs keep running" in the wake of the crisis between the antigraft body and the National Police.
  • Amnesty International presents Jokowi with lengthy to-do list – Jakarta Globe. February 25, 2015. President Joko Widodo, already under increasingly heavy fire over the imminent execution of 11 drug convicts, on Wednesday was presented with a lengthy to-do list courtesy of Amnesty International.

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