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May 14, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 14, 2022

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has a certain fascination with tech tycoons. In 2016, on the sidelines of a two-day US-ASEAN Summit, he made a stopover in Silicon Valley, meeting with then CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey and playing zero-gravity ping pong on a virtual-reality Oculus Rift headset with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

May 13, 2022

Jakarta Globe - May 13, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo together with other Asean leaders on Thursday had dinner with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington DC.

Jokowi is currently visiting Washington DC for the Asean-US Special Summit. The forum also marks 45 years of US ties with the Southeast Asian bloc.

Coconuts Jakarta - May 13, 2022

It's not that the Indonesian government has ever been a bastion of LGBTQIA+ rights, but the fiasco surrounding Deddy Corbuzier's podcast has become a reminder of just how homophobic some of the people running the country are.

Pembebasan - May 13, 2022

Sahabandi – On Friday May 13, the Greater Jakarta Papua People's Petition Joint Secretariat (PRP Sekber Jabodetabek) and the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) held a protest action with the theme "Expel the Indonesian occupation through the DOB and Otsus in West Papua", referring to the plan to create new autonomous regions in Papua (DOB) and the revisions the Specia

Tempo - May 13, 2022

Tempo Magazine, Tempo.Co, Jakarta – After the discovery of microplastic contamination in water wells and pipe water, followed by traces of it in bottled water, another new study eventually found microscopic plastic debris tainting gallon water jugs.

Tempo - May 13, 2022

Jamal A. Nashr, Jakarta – Central Java governor Ganjar Pranowo on Thursday announced that the local animal husbandry department detected cases of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in four regions in the province. However, he called for people to avert panicking in response to this news.

UCA News - May 13, 2022

Ryan Dagur – Catholic-majority Timor-Leste will be the first country in the world to adopt a papal-endorsed document promoting peace and harmony between Christians and Muslims.

Jakarta Globe - May 13, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo recently promoted Indonesia's enormous potential in industrial raw materials, green energy, and digital economy to American business leaders in hopes that they would make investment in the country.

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 13, 2022

Jakarta – Home Minister Tito Karnavian installed five acting governors on Thursday, marking the beginning of the mass replacement of 271 regional heads this year and next year as a consequence of electoral reforms that Indonesia will experiment with in 2024.

Reuters - May 13, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia has impounded at least 81,000 litres of cooking oil bound for Timor Leste, the trade ministry said, as the country seeks to enforce a ban on exports of crude palm oil and its derivatives including cooking oil.

Jakarta Post - May 13, 2022

Jakarta – The Directorate General of Immigration, through the Directorate of Immigration Stay Permits (Ditintalkim), held the virtual Immigration Stay Permit Services Publicization event on Tuesday (10/05/2022).

Channel News Asia - May 13, 2022

Johannes Nugroho, Surabaya, Indonesia – The global vegetable oils industry was stunned after Indonesia's President Joko Widodo announced late last month that his country, the world's largest producer of palm oil, would impose a ban on exports.

Channel News Asia - May 13, 2022

Noor Huda Ismail, Singapore – Early this year, Indonesia's National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) revealed that 68 Islamic boarding schools, locally known as "pesantren", are affiliated with Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). Will these pro-JI pesantrens advocate a version of Islam that jeopardises Indonesia's security and social cohesion?

Reuters - May 13, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia likely registered a smaller trade surplus in April compared with March, as the value of exports was squeezed by a dip in commodity prices and due to higher imports over the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a Reuters poll showed.

May 12, 2022

Jakarta Post - May 12, 2022

Jakarta – Signaling the revival of Indonesian tourism, the government has expanded the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for the Visa on Arrival for Tourism (VKSKKW) to 60, up from 43.

AsiaOne - May 12, 2022

Candice Cai – A video making its rounds online showed the terrifying moment people spilled to the ground from a 10-metre height as a water slide at an amusement park in Indonesia collapsed.

The incident happened last Saturday (May 7) at the Kenjeran Park, popularly known as Kenpark, located in Surabaya.

UCA News - May 12, 2022

Ryan Dagur – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in collaboration with Timor-Leste's Ministry of Health is providing nutritional assistance for hundreds of thousands of malnourished pregnant and lactating women in the Catholic-majority country.

Coconuts Jakarta - May 12, 2022

Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Ministry has quashed the notion that President Joko Widodo was disrespected upon his arrival in Washington D.C.

Jokowi arrived in the US capital on May 10, 2022 at 9:40pm local time. The president is set to attend the ASEAN-US Special Summit on May 12-13.

Coconuts Jakarta - May 12, 2022

Indonesian netizens are outraged and mortified, with many of them calling for the prosecution of politician Ruhut Sitompul over what they say was a racist meme featuring Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.

Kompas.com - May 12, 2022

Reza Agustian, Jakarta – Trisakti University students held a commemoration of 24 years since the Trisakti tragedy on May 12, 1998, which was held near the Arjuna Wijaya or Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Thursday May 12.

Jakarta Globe - May 12, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – More than half of all Indonesian provinces including Jakarta will be led by interim governors appointed by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo until the historic elections in 2024.

The House of Representatives and the government have passed a law ordering all legislative and government elections to be held in the same year.

Tempo - May 12, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) on Thursday strongly condemned what they believe to be police violence acted against demonstrators protesting against the Papua new autonomous region (DOB) on May 10.

Jakarta Globe - May 12, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Hypertension, a condition in which one's blood pressure reading consistently exceeds 140/90 mm Hg, remains a worrying health problem in Indonesia. Hypertension prevalence is on the rise, and many patients are not taking their medications regularly, according to the Health Ministry.

ULMWP Statement - May 12, 2022

A new network of MPs in support of West Papua was launched today (May 12, 2022) at the European Parliament in Brussels. At a meeting and press conference, the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) announced the formation of its new EU branch.

May 11, 2022

CNN Indonesia - May 11, 2022

Jakarta – The National Alliance for Criminal Code Reform is demanding transparency from the government and the House of Representatives (DPR) on articles in the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) which regulate offences related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) practices.

Tabloid JUBI - May 11, 2022

Manokwari, Jubi – Filep Wamafma, a lawmaker of the Regional Representatives Council from West Papua, regrets the increasingly closed democratic space in Papua, as seen by police action blocking protesters who rallied in various cities in Papua and West Papua provinces on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Tempo - May 11, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The Indonesian Covid-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito in a virtual press conference on Tuesday claims cases remained under control for the past week following the Eid al-Fitr prolonged collective holidays.

Tempo - May 11, 2022

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has filed a request for a 30-day extension to its suspension of debt payment obligation (PKPU) at the Jakarta District Court. Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra on Tuesday evening said that it is meant to reach a mutual agreement between the company and all creditors, including lessors.

Jakarta Post - May 11, 2022

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – North Sumatra's Medan Health Agency has reported the suspected hepatitis-linked death of a 2-year-old child as cases of an unidentified type of childhood hepatitis have emerged across the country.

The agency also reported a suspected case in an 8-month-old baby who was receiving treatment for the disease.

Reuters - May 11, 2022

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Indonesia's "unpredictable" palm oil export policies may help Malaysia emerge as the dominant supplier to India, the world's top buyer of the edible oil, industry sources said.

UCA News - May 11, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – A human rights organization in Indonesia's restive Papua province came under attack from an unknown assailant who threw what was thought to be Molotov cocktails at its offices.

Joint Statement - May 11, 2022

There has never been any democracy for the Papuan people! We continue to be shown the very tangible distain for the democratic rights of the Papuan people. With every day that passes the space for free expression for the Papuan people continues to shrink.

Jakarta Post - May 11, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – Activists have condemned alleged terror and intimidation against Papuan human rights activists and called the police to thoroughly investigate an alleged arson attack at Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) on Monday.

Asia Pacific Report - May 11, 2022

Jordan Fennell of ABC Pacific Beat talks to Laurens Ikinia

Living in New Zealand as a student Laurens Ikinia wanted to create a space for the West Papuan diaspora to gather.

"We have been facing challenges and oppression back home so it is really hard for us to preserve and maintain our culture," he said.

The Guardian - May 11, 2022

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – As millions of Indonesians travelled to their hometowns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, one common struggle was being discussed in most family gatherings: the price of cooking oil.

Coconuts Jakarta - May 11, 2022

One would think that the ability to swim is a non-negotiable requirement to becoming a lifeguard, but not at a public pool in Depok, West Java police said, where a four-year-old tragically drowned recently.

Tabloid JUBI - May 11, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The spokesperson for the Papuan People's Petition, Jefri Wenda, was arrested by the police regarding alleged violations of the Information and Electronic Transactions Law or the ITE Law, regarding his action of calling on people to take to the streets to reject Papua's Special Autonomy and the expansion of Papua, which took place in a number of cities in Papua on Tu

May 10, 2022

Tempo - May 10, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The Presidential Staff Office Deputy V Jaleswari Pramodawardhani in a text message to Tempo on Tuesday said that the office reminds active State Ministers to set aside their personal agenda and focus on assisting President Joko Widodo instead.

Coconuts Bali - May 10, 2022

A video of several women performing a Bollywood dance while donning Balinese traditional clothing in front of a temple in Gianyar went viral recently, prompting backlash from locals.

Tempo - May 10, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Ministry of Manpower has assured of action on reports related to the payment of the Eid allowance (THR) that have been received by its 2022 THR Command Post.

The ministry facilitated consultations and complaints regarding the allowance from April 8 to May 8 through the virtual THR Command Post set up by it.

Reuters - May 10, 2022

Washington, United States – The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on what it said was a network of five Islamic State financial facilitators working across Indonesia, Syria and Turkey in support of members of the extremist jihadist group in Syria.

Jakarta Post - May 10, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and First Lady Iriana Widodo departed on Tuesday for the United States capital to attend several meetings over the next three days until Friday, not the least of which is the ASEAN-US Special Summit.

Antara News - May 10, 2022

Imam B, Mecca Yumna, Jakarta – People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Chairman Bambang Soesatyo lauded the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) for maintaining national sovereignty throughout 76 years of its operation by fulfilling its duties and functions in the intelligence sector.

Independent - May 10, 2022

Liam James – A British grandmother is waiting to be executed in a Bali jail. Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in 2013 by an Indonesian court for trafficking cocaine and faces death by firing squad.

Fulcrum - May 10, 2022

Max Lane – On 12 April 2022, the Indonesian Parliament (DPR) passed a law against sexual violence, representing a major victory for the 'civil society opposition', or the 'social opposition'. The successful passage of the law was helped by a unified campaign and the fact that it did not threaten any entrenched economic interests.

Tabloid JUBI - May 10, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – A member of the Commission for Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights at the Papua Legislative Council (DPRP), Laurenzus Kadepa, urged the Indonesian government to review the plan for the expansion of the Papua Province which is now raising pros and cons among Papuans.

Forbes - May 10, 2022

David Blackmon – One of the more interesting sessions presented at the recent Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston focused on the tiny Indian Ocean nation of Timor-Leste, featuring the President and CEO of Timor Gas & Petroleo (TIMOR GAP), E.P., Mr. Antonio de Sousa.

Agence France-Presse - May 10, 2022

Jayapura (Indonesia) – Indonesian police used water cannon against protesters in the province of Papua on Tuesday, after thousands came out to oppose plans to for a major redistricting in the restive region.

Jakarta announced last year it was considering making six new provinces in the region, home to a decades-old rebel insurgency.

TAPOL Statement - May 10, 2022

TAPOL urges the Indonesian Government to release Jefry Wenda, the spokesperson of the Papuan People's Petition (Petisi Rakyat Papua, PRP) and others arrested today during a peaceful protest in Jayapura. Wenda was arrested along with several members of the West Papuan National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB) including Ones Suhuniap, Omizon Balingga and Imam Kogoya.

Mongabay - May 10, 2022

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – The office of the Indonesian ombudsman says it has found indications of maladministration in the government's decision to revoke hundreds of logging, plantation and mining permits across the country.