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November 12, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - November 12, 2019

Jakarta – A resident of Garut, West Java, was detained by the police on Saturday in relation to a mobile game application that contained insults to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - November 12, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo warned during a speech at the NasDem Party's anniversary celebration on Monday that he would "bite" anyone who stood in his way of addressing the country's problems.

"Don't try to stop me from resolving the problems I mentioned earlier. I will definitely bite [you] in my own way," Jokowi said as reported by tempo.co.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Bloomberg - November 12, 2019

In the Central Java province of Indonesia, amid a patchwork of rice fields and farms where sugar and indigo crops once dominated, garment factories are now bustling.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 12, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD said that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ordered him to further strengthen the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Mahfud added that the President expected the anti-graft body to reveal major corruption cases as well.

November 11, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - November 11, 2019

Jakarta – Amid ongoing efforts to secure electricity transmission lines around the country, state electricity giant PLN has employed a rather unorthodox strategy in Aceh.

The company is using tamed elephants to keep fellow members of their species, as well as other wild animals, from damaging transmission towers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Conversation - November 11, 2019

Jonathan D Smith – Young environmental activist Greta Thunberg's famous quote "listen to the scientists", during her meeting with the US Congress is a clarion call for policy-makers to take steps to save the planet.

The scientific consensus on the climate crisis and the need to take immediate action is clear. New reports are being released regularly.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – There were at least 2,400 recorded cases of religious freedom violations in Indonesia in the past 12 years, a new study from the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace has revealed.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Antara News - November 11, 2019

Laily R and Genta Tenri Mawangi, Jakarta – The first pretrial hearing of the suspects accused of treason, including the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua) spokesperson Surya Anta, was delayed by two weeks by the South Jakarta city court, Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Beritasatu, Jakarta – The General Elections Commission, or KPU, says there has been an increase in the number of women representatives in the national legislatures after the April 2019 election.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
CNN Indonesia - November 11, 2019

Jakarta – Scores of students from the United Student Front (FMB) held an action at the South Jakarta District Court on Monday November 11.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The National Awakening Party (PKB) deputy secretary-general Dita Indahsari considered President Joko Widodo or Jokowi's plan to add more seats for deputy ministers a political accommodation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Following a visit to the headquarters of state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto said the country's defense industry still lacked in many aspects.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Robertus Wardi, Jakarta – Golkar Party Chairman Airlangga Hartarto said on Sunday that during nearly two years of his leadership he had brought the party to a commanding position at the national legislatures with the second-highest number of seats in the House of Representatives.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Jakarta Post - November 11, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed his ministers to slash regulations for every new rule issuance, inspired by a story shared with him by US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross about President Donald Trump's deregulation agenda.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Reuters - November 11, 2019

Stanley Widianto and Jessica Damiana, Jakarta – The murder of two Indonesian activists, allegedly ordered by a palm oil businessman, highlights the threats faced by environmentalists, campaigners say.

Martua Parasian Siregar, 55, and Maraden Sianipar, 42, were found dead 10 days ago with multiple stab wounds near a palm plantation in the island of North Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Beritasatu, Jakarta – As many have expected, media magnate Surya Paloh was reelected chairman of the National Democratic Party by acclamation during the last day of its national congress at the Kemayoran Expo building in Central Jakarta on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
KBR - November 11, 2019

Muthia Kusuma, Jakarta – National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) Commissioner Choirul Anam has noted a number of reports related to alleged human rights violations involving the desecration of religion which have still not be resolved.

News ›› West Papua ›› Militarism & Security Approach
CNN Indonesia - November 11, 2019

Jakarta – A representative of the Islamic-based Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS), Jazuli Juwaini, has asked Defense Minister (Menhan) Prabowo Subianto to pay more attention to missionaries or religious leaders in Papua. He is claims to be concerned that these religious figures are actually carrying out a mission other than spreading religion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 11, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) would examine the son of Legal and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, Yamitema Tirtajaya Laoly, in the corruption case incriminating Medan Deputy Mayor Tengku Dzulmi Edin.

He would be examined as a witness for the suspect, Isya Ansyari who was the non-active head of Medan Public Works and Housing Office.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Police (Polri) announced they would put forth dialogue with Papua's religious and public figures ahead of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) anniversary on December 1.

"There will be no special security measure," said National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Mohammad Iqbal at the Polri criminal investigation agency's headquarters on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – Indonesia will start using a single set of data, instead of several compiled from many sources, for its food production and distribution next year to remove the main source of confusions and disagreements that often plagued policies of ministries and institutions in the past.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - November 11, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) supports its East Java branch's advice for Muslims to avoid using greetings from other religions, saying the call was in line with guidelines in the Quran.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Jakarta – North Sumatra Police say they are on a manhunt for three fugitives who are part of a conspiracy linked to a palm oil company to murder two journalists in Labuhan Batu, a district in North Sumatra.

News ›› West Papua ›› Militarism & Security Approach
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Members of the House of Representatives' (DPR) Commission I asked for Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto to seriously handle the issues on Papua and West Papua.

House members from the Gerindra faction, Sugiono, maintained that the problems besetting the two regions not only involved security issues, but also those regarding people's welfare.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Beritasatu.com, Jakarta – The Religious Affairs Ministry says it will revise the current religious studies curriculum and ban textbooks that propagate intolerant views at state-run schools in a move to curb creeping religious extremism in Indonesian society.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Kompas.com - November 11, 2019

Walda Marison, Jakarta – The first pre-trial suit hearing involving Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) spokesperson Surya Anta Ginting and five other Papua activists charged with raising the Morning Star flag in front of the State Palace in late August has been postponed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The Palace balked at commenting the statement conveyed by the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab who said that Indonesian government demanded Saudi Arabia to ban him from returning to Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo officially urged state ministers to emulate the United States' policymaking, which he said involved retracting the previous set of ministerial decrees before introducing new ones.

November 10, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - November 10, 2019

Jakarta – The East Java branch of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued a letter advising Muslims against using greetings from other religions, calling the practice a form of bid'ah (heresy).

In a letter dated Nov. 8, East Java MUI chairman Abdusshomad Buchori recommended that Muslims, especially policymakers, only use greetings of their own religion.

News ›› East Timor ›› UN Peacekeeping & Support Mission
Sydney Morning Herald - November 10, 2019

Michael Koziol – A legacy project of former prime minister Tony Abbott – an exhaustive official history of Australia's military operations in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq – is in danger of collapse amid claims that bureaucrats are trying to censor its first volume.

News ›› Indonesia ›› People & Places
Jakarta Post - November 10, 2019

Jakarta – Ever wondered how President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo got his now-ubiquitous nickname? The unlikely answer: from a French businessman.

November 9, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Straits Times - November 9, 2019

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Indonesia's new administration is seeking to roll out a set of measures to boost its exports in a bid to revive economic growth amid pressure from the ongoing trade war between the US and China.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Agence France Presse - November 9, 2019

An Indonesian palm oil executive has been arrested for allegedly ordering the killing two activist journalists who were mediating a land dispute between his company and local residents, police said Saturday.

Maraden Sianipar's body was found last week in a ditch near a palm plantation in Labuhan Batu in North Sumatra province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Tempo - November 9, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi said that Prophet Muhammad is a role model because he was able to change society for the better.

"[He] changed the people from prioritizing self-interest into common interests," Widodo said on his Instagram post in the commemoration of Prophet Mohammad's birthday, Saturday, November 9.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
The Independent - November 9, 2019

Andy Gregory – Household brands such as Nestle, Unilever and P&G are buying palm oil from suppliers deemed partly responsible for forest fires currently ravaging Indonesia and blanketing swathes of southeast Asia in noxious haze, according to new research from Greenpeace.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - November 9, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – North Sumatra Police have arrested an oil palm plantation owner believed to be the mastermind behind the murder of two journalists-cum-activists, Maraden Sianipar and Maratua P. Siregar.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Post - November 9, 2019

Jakarta – The Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in West Java has officially appointed its first female rector since the first-tier state university was founded almost a century ago.

November 8, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Tempo - November 8, 2019

Karana Ww, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Commission IV Deputy Dedi Mulyadi strongly urges the government, in this case, the Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK), to guarantee customary forests in Indonesia with legal assurance.

He sees that corporates are able to easily obtain land areas while at the same time evicting the land of native people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Tempo - November 8, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Attorney General ST Burhanuddin said he would study all regional regulations that were considered hindering investment.

"This is the president's order. We will review regional regulations that are deemed to obstruct [investment]," said the Attorney General in his office, South Jakarta, Friday, November 8.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - November 8, 2019

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – The Indonesian capital should consider canceling its Formula E Championship next year as the city is still running a budget deficit and many of its residents still lack access to basic necessities, politicians from the Indonesian Solidarity Party, or PSI, said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 8, 2019

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – After more than two years hoping for the resolution of his assault case, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan faces another hurdle. He has been accused of faking the acid attack against him.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - November 8, 2019

Jakarta – Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has announced that projects funded by the state budget will be obliged to purchase and use only locally made hoes in an attempt to boost the local industry.

"The quality of locally produced [hoes] is good, and they are ready to use," Agus said on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Jakarta Post - November 8, 2019

Jakarta – Hundreds of high school students staged a rally at a soccer field on Jl. Muhammad Toha in Parung Panjang, Bogor regency, West Java, on Wednesday.

Students from SMA 1 Parung Panjang state senior high school, along with their teachers, demanded authorities take real action to address the reckless behavior of truck drivers that use the road.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Bloomberg - November 8, 2019

Karlis Salna – Indonesia is Southeast Asia's biggest economy, with one of the biggest labor pools in the world. But it punches beneath its weight when it comes to attracting foreign investment.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Globe - November 8, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The East Java High Court has commuted musician Ahmad Dhani Prasetyo's prison sentence for violating Indonesia's draconian internet law to a six-month probation in a verdict published earlier this week.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
South China Morning Post - November 8, 2019

Ibnu Nadzir, Sari Seftiani and Yogi Setya Permana – Hoaxes and misinformation have been widely blamed for Indonesia's violent unrest this year in the wake of its presidential elections. Indonesian politicians made reference to a "fire hose of falsehoods" in explaining the riots that broke out in September.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - November 8, 2019

Jakarta – The government plans to provide subsidies for the third class service of national health insurance (JKN) following widespread criticism the recently announced premium hikes would disproportionately affect low-income participants.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Asia Pacific Report - November 8, 2019

Moale James, Pacific Media Watch – "West Papuans are being denied their basic human rights... Human beings have a right to freedom. Freedom to be treated fairly like a human being. Freedom to be respected. To have your own dignity and pride. This is being taken away from West Papuans."

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 8, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) said the police cannot follow up on PDIP politician Dewi Tanjung's report. Dewi reported Novel Baswedan to the Jakarta Police, accusing the KPK investigator of fabricating the attack against him.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - November 8, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has deemed it 'haram' for seven state-run hospitals in his province to reject patients who seek medical care.