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October 24, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 24, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Coordinating ministers of the Indonesia Onward Cabinet have been given the power to veto regulations issued by ministries or institutions under their domain that contravene President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin's vision and mission.

October 23, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
ABC News - October 23, 2019

Erwin Renaldi and Wires – Indonesians have expressed disappointment after Indonesian President Joko Widodo has selected Opposition Leader Prabowo Subianto to serve in his new Cabinet as Defence Minister.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Globe - October 23, 2019

Hotman Siregar & Farouk Arnaz, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Wednesday that Comr. Gen. Idham Azis, head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, or Bareskrim, had been proposed as the sole candidate to become the National Police chief.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Sydney Morning Herald - October 23, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has cut the number of women in his cabinet, appointed a bitter political rival and appointed several new ministers that signal a willingness to take on political Islamists.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Media Release - October 23, 2019

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) has awarded the Sir Ronald Wilson Human Rights Award to Indonesian lawyer and human rights defender Veronica Koman for her courageous work in exposing human rights violations in the Indonesian Provinces of Papua and West Papua (referred to collectively as West Papua).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Indonesia at Melbourne - October 23, 2019

After two highly charged electoral contests between political rivals Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, relations between their respective supporters have grown tense, even devolving into name-calling.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - October 23, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has asked the government to involve small and medium-scale contractors and local construction workers in the development of the new capital city in the regencies of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Suara.com - October 23, 2019

Reza Gunadha, Eleonora Padmasta Ekaristi Wijana – Lawyer and human rights activist Veronica Koman has been awarded the Sir Ronald Wilson Human Rights Award by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID).

The ACFID presented the award to Koman at its annual conference in Sydney on the evening of Wednesday October 23.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 23, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has officially tapped his erstwhile opponent and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto to take the helm of the Defense Ministry as he inaugurated his Indonesia Onward Cabinet to assist him in his second and final term on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Treason & Subversion
UCA News - October 23, 2019

Konradus Epa, Jakarta – Human rights lawyers have called for the immediate release of six detained activists from Indonesia's restive Papua province who were arrested and charged with treason almost two months ago during a protest in Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Straits Times - October 23, 2019

Singapore – Three Indonesian maids were charged in court on Wednesday (Oct 23) with financing terrorism, after being detained under the Internal Security Act last month.

They are Anindia Afiyantari, 33, Retno Hernayani, 36, and Turmini, 31.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Mongabay - October 23, 2019

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Fires in Indonesia have razed an area the size of Puerto Rico, following a sharp spike in burning in September.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
The Guardian - October 23, 2019

Jamie Fullerton – The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, has appointed as his defence minister his former bitter election rival Prabowo Subianto – an ex-army general accused of human rights abuses.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - October 23, 2019

Fana Suparman & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Newly appointed Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin denied links with any political parties on Wednesday, despite his older brother, Tubagus Hasanuddin, being an executive of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Agence France Presse - October 23, 2019

Mechanical and design problems with a Boeing flight control system were key factors in the crash of a Lion Air plane last year, Indonesian investigators told victims' families in a briefing Wednesday on their findings.

All 189 passengers and crew were killed when the Boeing 737 MAX slammed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta last October.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - October 23, 2019

M Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – Three environmental activists for Greenpeace Indonesia, who installed giant banners at Pancoran's Dirgantara Monument in South Jakarta, was told to get down from the 27-meter-high statue by firefighters at the scene.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 23, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Three days after he took his oath to serve for his second and final term, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced on Wednesday the 38 members of his new Indonesia Maju (Indonesia Onward) Cabinet, who are set to help him spearhead his administration until 2024.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - October 23, 2019

Ivany Atina Arbi and Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has proposed the National Police's criminal investigation department (Bareskrim) head Comr. Gen. Idham Aziz to replace former police chief Tito Karnavian, who was inaugurated as the new Home Minister on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Nikkei Asian Review - October 23, 2019

Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo brought key opposition leaders into his new look cabinet on Wednesday, as he seeks political stability to push through difficult reforms and relocate the capital.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
New York Times - October 23, 2019

Richard C. Paddock, Jakarta, Indonesia – The president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, named a longtime political rival to his cabinet on Wednesday, appointing a once-disgraced former general accused of human rights violations to the post of defense minister.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
The Conversation - October 23, 2019

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin have announced Indonesia's cabinet ministers for the 2019-2024 administration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Sydney Morning Herald - October 23, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is pressing ahead with plans to launch an overseas aid program for the first time, with plans to set aside $1 billion in an endowment fund by 2021 and distribute about $60 million annually to needy nations in the Pacific.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - October 23, 2019

Gisela Swaragita, Jakarta – Environment activists of Greenpeace Indonesia are determined not to leave the newly sworn Cabinet unchecked and are revisiting the #ReformasiDikorupsi (reform being corrupted) campaign, referring to the hashtag of the student protests against the government last month.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
ABC News - October 23, 2019

Tasha Wibawa – An outspoken lawyer wanted by Indonesian police has won a prestigious Australian human rights award for her work in exposing alleged human rights violations in West Papua at "great personal cost".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - October 23, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Greenpeace Indonesia installed two giant banners at the Dirgantara Monument in Pancoran, and at Hotel Indonesia Roundabout's "Selamat Datang Monument."

The banners they placed at two of Jakarta's strategic locations today has somewhat grabbed some attention away from President Jokowi's State Ministers' inauguration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 23, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – After keeping the public guessing with two days of visits from ministerial candidates at the State Palace, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced on Wednesday the lineup of his second-term Cabinet, a mixture of old and new faces, professionals and politicians – including Jokowi's erstwhile rival in April's presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Suara.com - October 23, 2019

Reza Gunadha and Novian Ardiansyah – The 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212) is calling on Prabowo Subianto to repatriate Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Muhammad Rizieq Shihab within 100 days after being inaugurated as the new Defense Minister (Menhan) by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 23, 2019

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – The appointment of Gojek founder Nadiem Makarim as the new education and culture minister has been met with mixed public opinion, with a number of people using memes relating his new office to the app-based business.

News ›› East Timor ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
The Strategist - October 23, 2019

Mark Dodd – While relations with Timor-Leste remain strained over Australia's 2004 bugging of its cabinet office, the young nation, on half an island just 720 kilometres from Darwin, has asked China to help train its navy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
World Socialist Website - October 23, 2019

Owen Howell – After three weeks of improved air quality, the thick haze of smoke from deliberately lit forest fires, which began to spread across Indonesia in July, has returned to the province of South Sumatra. On October 14, the haze descended on the provincial capital of Palembang, causing the city's Air Pollutant Index (API) to soar to an all-time high of 921.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Reuters - October 23, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo took what appeared to be his biggest political gamble on Wednesday by including controversial former general Prabowo Subianto in the cabinet, his main rival who has long harboured ambitions for the presidency.

October 22, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tempo - October 22, 2019

Halida Bunga, Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) executive director, Asfinawati, said that the government will truly be insensitive toward human rights violations if Prabowo Subianto eventually gets appointed as President Jokowi's defense minister.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - October 22, 2019

Herman, Jakarta – A new book by senior economists Faisal Basri and Haris Munandar repeats an old warning that Indonesia risks falling into the so-called middle-income trap, reminding readers of many missed opportunities in the past that have kept the country from unleashing its full potential.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Tempo - October 22, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reportedly summoned his first-term minister for the environment and forestry Siti Nurbaya to State Palace, Tuesday, October 22. The NasDem politician arrived at the palace, donning a white shirt and black pants.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Treason & Subversion
Jakarta Post - October 22, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Police have revealed plans to fire bombs from slingshots and release monkeys to disrupt Sunday's inauguration of President "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin at the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - October 22, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has decided to make changes in his cabinet portfolios that will affect at least four ministries, House of Representatives, or DPR, Speaker Puan Maharani said on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - October 22, 2019

Kuala Lumpur – Local leaders in Indonesia must get involved with young people to tackle the trash problem that blights the nation's islands and surrounding seas, a leading Asian youth environmental activist said on Monday.

The archipelago of 17,000 islands is the world's second biggest contributor of plastic pollutants in the oceans, according to government officials.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Coconuts Jakarta - October 22, 2019

Mobile phone addiction, more commonly referred to as "gadget addiction" in Indonesia, has become a legitimate concern for many parents whose kids just can't take their eyes off of the screen (though it must be said that many parents suffer from this affliction too).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Tempo - October 22, 2019

Julio Achmadi, Jakarta – The deceased Golfrid Siregar was a human rights defender in North Sumatra who fought for the right to a good and healthy environment. Civil society mourns as he took his last breath on 6th October 2019 in Haji Adam Malik Central General Hospital, Medan. His death posed a great prejudice whether it's due to killing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - October 22, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung, West Java – A man, believed to be a foreign worker, was killed in a major fire at an oil pipeline owned by state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina in South Cimahi, West Java, on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - October 22, 2019

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Human rights activists have lambasted President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for failing to address human rights issues in his inauguration speech on Sunday, pointing out that he instead focused on the country's economic development.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Reuters - October 22, 2019

Sydney – Veronica Koman, a human rights lawyer sought by Indonesian police over Twitter posts authorities blame for fanning unrest in the Papua region, has a tattoo on each wrist.

The first, inked when she was in her late teens and a fervent nationalist, reads simply "Indonesia" and, she says, meant that "Indonesia is running through my veins".

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Kompas.com - October 22, 2019

Walda Marison, Jakarta – On Tuesday October 22 a lawyer from the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta) submitted a pre-trail suit against the Metro Jaya regional police over the arrest of six Papua activists who were charged with treason for flying the Morning Star independence flag in August.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Coconuts Jakarta - October 22, 2019

At times, during the presidential election campaign earlier this year, it appeared that Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab's unwavering support for Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto was eternal. Fast forward several months, the two are about to find themselves on opposite sides of the political divide in Indonesia.

News ›› West Papua ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Antara News - October 22, 2019

Alfian Rumagit, Rahmad Nasutio, Jayapura, Papua – The Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) in Jayapura, Papua's capital city, expressed rejection to calls for jihad or fighting in the name of religion in connection with the recent Wamena rioting case that killed 33 innocent civilians.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - October 22, 2019

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Indonesia's crude palm oil production rose by 14 percent to 34.7 million metric tons in the first eight months of 2019, from the same period last year, while exports of the commodity increased by 3.8 percent to 22.7 million tons, according to data provided by an industry group.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Tempo - October 22, 2019

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – Six Papuan activists who had been named suspects in the alleged treason by Jakarta Metro Police filed a pretrial lawsuit to South Jakarta Court today, October 22.

Their advocate team member Okky Wiratama explained there were violations of the legal procedure during the arrest, search, seizure of evidence, and the suspect naming.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - October 22, 2019

Jakarta – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$100 million intermediary loan to the government to help kickstart private sector investments in infrastructure projects as several state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in charge of infrastructure development struggle to secure funds for their projects.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Treason & Subversion
Jakarta Globe - October 22, 2019

Bayu Marhaenjati, Jakarta – Jakarta Police say they were interrogating lawyer Eggi Sudjana early on Sunday morning, just hours before President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's inauguration, over an alleged plot to incite riots in the capital.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - October 22, 2019

Jakarta – The rupiah continued to gain ground against the US dollar on Tuesday following news reports that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has picked a number of professional figures for the new Cabinet in his second term of office.