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November 30, 2021

Coconuts Jakarta - November 30, 2021

An Afghan refugee set himself on fire in the North Sumatra capital of Medan this morning, in what is reportedly an attempt to bring attention to the plight of asylum seekers in limbo in Indonesia.

Jakarta Globe - November 30, 2021

Jakarta – The government has tightened the restrictions level in Greater Jakarta, and Bali in the latest move to anticipate the arrival of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, after observing the public have begun neglecting health protocols.

Tempo - November 30, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – The government Covid-19 spokesperson and new normal ambassador Reisa Broto Asmoro on Monday said two thirds of Indonesia's population have been inoculated with the minimum first dose of vaccination.

Jakarta Globe - November 30, 2021

Grace Natalia Chandra, Jakarta – Indonesia's effort to manage its plastic waste has been hampered with a basic problem for years now: all of its garbage remains unsorted.

"I think that's our biggest challenge, how can we sort our waste," Rofi Alhanif, the assistant deputy for waste management under the ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment, said on Monday.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 30, 2021

The Jakarta Metro Police has confirmed that one of its officers was involved in a shooting in Bintaro, which killed one person and injured another.

Tempo - November 30, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Upstream oil and gas company Pertamina Hulu Energy through its subsidiary Pertamina Hulu Energi Offshore Southeast Sumatera (PHE OSES) on Tuesday announced the finding of a new oil reserve located in Jakarta's Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu).

The Diplomat - November 30, 2021

Uday Bakhshi – The Papuan provinces, or West Papua, the easternmost part of Indonesia's territory, have been wracked with conflict for decades. Indonesia annexed them through controversial means, including but not limited to the 1962 New York Agreement, and the ironically named "Act of Free Choice" of 1969.

Indonesia at Melbourne - November 30, 2021

Zainal Abidin Bagir and Husni Mubarok – Religious tension is a near constant part of life in Indonesia. In just the past couple of months, for example, there was an attack on an Ahmadiyah mosque in Sintang, West Kalimantan, and Christian preacher Muhammad Kace and Muslim imam Yahya Waloni were charged with blasphemy.

Tempo - November 30, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – A third wave of COVID-19 during the year-end holidays could see the number of cases reaching 70,000 in a moderate scenario and 400,000 in the worst-case scenario.

Tempo - November 30, 2021

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said Indonesia is facing the fact that oil and gas production continues to decrease every year. The production decline is affecting the macroeconomic sector because it will affect the trade balance.

November 29, 2021

Tempo - November 29, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Papua Police Chief gen. Marthinus D. Fakhiri on Monday said the clash between members of the police institution and Armed Forces (TNI) in Tembagapura, Timika, which circulated in a viral social media video was an isolated incident and was not a riot between the two institutions.

Jakarta Globe - November 29, 2021

Jakarta – Communications and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate announced over the weekend that Indonesia is among the five countries with the largest decline in Covid-19 cases, and has managed to keep up the trend for a long period of time.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 29, 2021

Going against WHO's appeal, Indonesia has officially jumped on the travel restriction bandwagon in its bid to prevent the Omicron COVID-19 variant from reaching its shores.

Tabloid JUBI - November 29, 2021

Timoteus Marten, Jayapura, Jubi – A total of 3,121 people in the Maybrat Regency, West Papua, have been displaced following the attack on the Indonesian Military (TNI) post in Kisor by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) on September 2.

CNN Indonesia - November 29, 2021

Jakarta – Six representatives from labour, student and civil society groups which are part of the Labour Movement with the People (Gebrak) held an audience with a Presidential Staff Office (KSP) representative to discuss wages.

Mongabay - November 29, 2021

Luh De Suriyani, Penyaringan, Indonesia – Stretching across Bali's southwest coast and up into the mountainous hinterland is Jembrana, one of the least populated of the Indonesian island's nine administrative districts.

AsiaOne - November 29, 2021

Johannes NugrohoSouth – Bullied for not being "masculine enough", Bambang Priawan is feeling wretched.

Priawan, a transgender man, rues his lot in life as part of a sexual minority in Indonesia, destined for prejudice by both society and government alike.

Tempo - November 29, 2021

Lani Diana, Antara, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said before a group of protesters at the City Hall on Monday that he already sent a request for a review to the Manpower Minister against the 2022 provincial minimum wage (UMP). He believed the formula was not compatible with the situation in the capital.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 29, 2021

Jakarta – For sure, the Constitutional Court's order on Thursday for the government to amend the controversial Job Creation Law in two years, or else it will be declared unconstitutional, marks a setback for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration's bid to cut red tape and bring in investments that would create jobs.

Channel 24 - November 29, 2021

Graye Morkel – Indonesia has withdrawn participation from the 70th edition of Miss Universe in Israel on 12 December.

The annual beauty pageant has been marred with controversy, since it was announced that this year's competition would be hosted in Israel – which is accused of committing atrocities against Palestinians.

UCA News - November 29, 2021

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – The sex abuse trial of Richard Daschbach, a former priest and missionary from the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in Timor-Leste, has entered the final stage after a series of hearings ended last week.

Prosecutor Matias Soares confirmed to UCA News that the verdict will be read on Dec. 21 after the trial ended on Nov. 25.

Tempo - November 29, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir planted and donated trees at the launching of Make Indonesia Green campaign (#BUMNHijaukanIndonesia) on Sunday, to commemorate the National Tree Planting Day celebrated every November 28.

Tempo - November 29, 2021

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said Monday the government will work together with the House of Representatives (DPR) to revise the Job Creation Law (UU Cipta Kerja) following the latest judicial review from the Constitutional Court (MK).

Reuters - November 29, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesia's President Joko Widodo on Monday said his government would ensure legal certainty for investors, offering continuity guarantees amid jitters and confusion over last week's court ruling against a controversial job creation law.

UCA News - November 29, 2021

Konradus Epa, Jakarta – Tano Batak indigenous people in North Sumatra will continue protests in Jakarta after several protesters were arrested at a demonstration outside Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Ministry.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 29, 2021

The organizers of an annual rally by Islamist groups is adamant that this year's edition will go ahead in Jakarta, even if authorities don't issue a permit for mass gathering required for the event.

Mongabay - November 29, 2021

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia has no effective mechanism for resolving its epidemic of land conflicts between rural communities and palm oil companies, according to a new study.

Indonesia is the world's top producer of palm oil, but the industry's rapid expansion has fueled deforestation and allegations of land grabbing throughout the archipelago nation.

November 28, 2021

Channel News Asia - November 28, 2021

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Tucked away in a small, dark alley of Jakarta's Glodok area lies a hidden gem that can be easily overlooked by anyone passing through. This is due to its rundown structure concealed by many wooden stalls around it.

Bloomberg News - November 28, 2021

When Indonesia unveiled a plan to turn 2.5 million millennials into farmers within five years, it was a big ask. Success would mean reversing a global trend where tech-savvy youngsters were being lured away from rural areas to exciting startups and city jobs. So far, the results are encouraging.

Sydney Morning Herald - November 28, 2021

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – It is dawn in Jakarta and the sound of the adzan, the Islamic call to prayer, is blaring from the loudspeakers of mosques around the metropolis.

Antara News - November 28, 2021

Livia Kristianti, Suharto, Jakarta – Indonesia is now among the five countries with the largest decline in COVID-19 cases, Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate has said.

Reuters - November 28, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesia will ban the arrival of travellers who have been in eight African countries to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, an official document showed on Sunday (Nov 28).

November 27, 2021

CNN Indonesia - November 27, 2021

Jakarta – Although it has received appreciation in accepting a formal test of a law for the first time in its history, the Constitutional Court (MK) has still been criticised over ruling Number 91/PUU-XVIII/2020 on a judicial review of Law Number 11/2020 on Job Creation (UU Ciptaker).

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 27, 2021

Jakarta – Green analysts and campaigners have lauded Indonesia's ambitious goals of carbon-emission reduction and medium and long-term programs for transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy but lamented that lack of emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation in the energy policies.

Antara News - November 27, 2021

Tri Meilani A, Fadhli Ruhman, Jakarta – Secretary to the Head of the Pancasila Ideology Development Agency (BPIP) Achmad Uzair Fauzan urged citizens, especially those from the younger generation, to be cautious while navigating religious content on the Internet.

This is since not all content available on the Internet is true, and some contain elements of radicalism.

Kompas.com - November 27, 2021

Rakhmat Nur Hakim, Jakarta – The mass organisation Pancasila Youth (Pemuda Pancasila, PP) is currently the subject of lively discussion after several members set upon and assaulted a police officer during a demonstration in front of the parliamentary building in Jakarta on Thursday November 25.

November 26, 2021

Coconuts Jakarta - November 26, 2021

The whistleblower who exposed alleged match-fixing in lower-tier soccer matches in East Java was injured in a hit-and-run incident yesterday evening.

Zha Eka Wulandari, the treasurer of Gresik Putra Paranane football club, and her husband Awaluddin were heading home from a minimarket near their home in Dau district, East Java's Malang regency, when the incident occurred.

Tempo - November 26, 2021

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Constitutional law expert Bivitri Susanti on Thursday argues that the Constitutional Court (MK) took a compromise in its latest verdict on the Job Creation Law (UU Cipta Kerja). Susanti's suspicion is based on the existence of 4 judges with contrasting opinions.

"This verdict is indeed a middle ground," she said in a statement on November 25.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 26, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesia and the European Union are normally close partners on many fronts, but this time around they are suing each other for "unfair trade practices" at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Indonesia is demanding the EU scrap its plan to ban palm oil imports from Indonesia, while the latter insists that Indonesia cancel its decision to bar nickel ore exports.

AsiaOne - November 26, 2021

Resty Woro Yuniar – Indonesia is to boost development in the resource-rich Natuna Islands in a bid to underline its sovereignty following visits by Chinese vessels to nearby waters.

UCA News - November 26, 2021

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – Religious and civic leaders in Indonesia have united to launch a 16-day campaign against gender-based violence and to push lawmakers to immediately pass an anti-sexual violence bill.

New Mandala - November 26, 2021

Ivo Mateus Goncalves – On 12 November, 1991 the Indonesian military, fully equipped with automatic rifles, shot demonstrators randomly at close range in the public cemetery of Santa Cruz. This later became known as the Santa Cruz Massacre, which drew international attention after the video footage produced by the late Max Stahl was broadcast abroad.

Tabloid JUBI - November 26, 2021

Benny Mawel, Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan Church Council conveyed on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, some of its findings related to the escalated armed conflict in six regencies in Papua and West Papua, namely Intan Jaya, Bintang Mountains, Nduga, Yahukimo, Puncak, and Maybrat.

Mongabay - November 26, 2021

Hans Nicholas Jong, Natalia Laurensia Carmelia Yewen, Sorong, Indonesia – An Indigenous clan in Indonesia's easternmost region of Papua has had its rights to its ancestral lands and forests recognized by the local government, a key step toward acknowledgment at the national level.

Tempo - November 26, 2021

Bangkit Adhi Wiguna, Graven (Intern), Jakarta – The existance of Law Number 11/2008 on information and electronic transaction, or ITE Law, failed to solve problems in the digital realm, such as hoaxes, cybercrimes, etc. In the implementation, it is often used to criminalize certain groups.

Tempo - November 26, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin in a written statement on Friday announced that the Attorney General's Office (AGO) will commence a general investigation against a wide array of severe human rights violation cases to round out the investigation report by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).

Reuters - November 26, 2021

Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – The National Police counterterrorism squad has arrested 24 people on suspicion of fundraising for Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the Al-Qaeda linked extremist group accused of carrying out some of the country's biggest militant attacks.

CNN Indonesia - November 26, 2021

Jakarta – The Papua Council of Churches says that the Indonesian government is still choosing the path of violence in dealing with the armed conflict in Papua.

Bloomberg News - November 26, 2021

Anuchit Nguyen and Ishika Mookerjee – Rising commodity prices and easing border restrictions will probably fuel economic growth that helps Indonesia's key stock index extend its record to lead regional gains next year, analysts predict.

Washington Post - November 26, 2021

David Rising and Edna Tarigan?(AP), Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia has recovered significantly from a mid-year spike in coronavirus cases and deaths that was one of the worst in the region, but with its vaccination drive stalling due to logistical challenges and other issues, and with holidays approaching, experts and officials warn it could soon face another surge.