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November 15, 2022

CNN Indonesia - November 15, 2022

Jakarta – Environment organisation Greenpeace says that the G20 Summit in Bali must take responsibility for accelerating the energy transition in order to prevent the impacts of the climate crisis which are already too big.

Associated Press - November 15, 2022

Niniek Karmini And Sibi Arasu, Nusa Dua, Indonesia – Indonesia signed deals with international lenders and major nations on Tuesday that will bring billions of dollars in funding to help the country increase its use of renewable energy and reduce its reliance on coal.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – China has signed a US$2.6 billion worth of commitment to purchase crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative products from Indonesia, allowing the archipelagic country to secure a trade boost from its number-one trading partner amid global recession.

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The West Jakarta City Government is evaluating the leaders of neighborhood and community units (RT and RW) in Kalideres, after a family of four was found dead in their home at Citra Garden housing complex, West Jakarta on Thursday night.

Mongabay - November 15, 2022

Justin Jin Soong Liew and Chun Sheng Goh – Since proclaiming independence in 1945, Indonesia's leaders have not been shy about their ambitions to transform the county into an economic powerhouse.

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – PAM JAYA president director Arief Nasrudin said that the cause of drinking water in Jakarta being contaminated with E. coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria, which comes from feces, is excessive groundwater exploitation.

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri (Majalah Tempo), Jakarta – Indonesia's Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto highlighted food security issues in Global Food Security Forum, held on the sidelines of this week's Group of Twenty (G20) Summit, in Nusa Dua, Bali.

New Mandala - November 15, 2022

Aulia Hadi – On Oct 1st, 2022, 33 years after the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield a stadium tragedy reoccurred. This time, one of the world's worst stadium disasters happened in Kanjuruhan Stadium, Indonesia, with at least 125 supporters killed at a match between Arema FC and Persebaya FC. After losing the game 2-3, upset Arema supporters reportedly invaded the pitch.

Jakarta Globe - November 15, 2022

Jakarta – The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a global non-profit organization, has pledged $36 million for investment in sustainable projects or solutions to help Indonesia reduce ocean plastic pollution by 70 percent by 2025 and reach near zero leakage by 2040, it said in a statement on Monday.

November 14, 2022

Jakarta Globe - November 14, 2022

Heru Andriyanto, Bali – US President Joe Biden on Monday approved an initiative to support the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency, or Bakamla, in the maritime surveillance drone program.

Jakarta Post - November 14, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – Indonesian mutual funds are down some 10 percent this year, as global rate hikes and new domestic regulations push money elsewhere.

Reuters - November 14, 2022

David Lawder, Nusa Dua, Bali – Indonesia, the Asian Development Bank and a private power firm are teaming up to refinance and retire early the first coal-fired power plant under a groundbreaking new carbon emissions reduction project that moves from concept to reality on Monday.

Jakarta Post - November 14, 2022

Jakarta – A series of deadly or potentially disastrous mass crowd events at home and abroad is a clear reminder that we need to have a robust crowd control strategy to save lives, particularly when pandemic-weary Indonesians are set to go out for revenge travel.

Jakarta Post - November 14, 2022

Yerica Lai, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan inaugurated on Monday the Sheikh Zayed Solo Grand Mosque in the former's hometown of Surakarta, Central Java.

Tempo - November 14, 2022

Dinda Nataya Begjani, Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) chairperson Muhammad Isnur stated that activists joining the meeting in Sanur which was besieged by dozens of pecalang (Bali's traditional security officers) are now safe.

Fulcrum - November 14, 2022

Julia Lau – While domestic concerns remain topmost on Indonesians' minds and will still drive diplomacy, results from a survey in July 2022 hint at a more complex worldview.

Kompas.com - November 14, 2022

Syakirun Niam, Jakarta – A Kompas research and development (Litbang) survey has revealed that the public hopes that the political elite do not resort to identity politics as political campaign material during the 2024 legislative and presidential elections.

Indonesia at Melbourne - November 14, 2022

Ahmad Rizky M Umar – Since taking over the G20 presidency from Italy late last year, the Indonesian government has worked hard to ensure its tenure is a success. The government has held various meetings ahead of this week's Bali Summit, and has supported preliminary dialogues through various working and engagement groups of experts and key stakeholders.

Radio New Zealand - November 14, 2022

A United Nations human rights review has raised serious concerns about the ongoing political violence in West Papua.

November 13, 2022

Reuters - November 13, 2022

Nusa Dua, Indonesia – Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Sunday at the launch of a Group of 20 (G-20) pandemic fund that the amount of money raised so far to improve preparedness for future pandemics was not yet sufficient.

Tabloid Jubi - November 13, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Police dispersed the 22nd commemoration of the assassination of Papua Presidium Council leader Theys Hiyo Eluay held by students at the Jayapura University of Science and Technology (USTJ) in Jayapura City on Thursday, November 10, 2022.

Tempo - November 13, 2022

Kukuh S. Wibowo, Jakarta – Moh. Sholeh, Head of the Division of Research Development and Cooperation of the Surabaya Legal Aid Institute, confirmed that the coordination meeting of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) in Sanur, Bali, was intimidated by dozens of pecalang (Bali's traditional security officers).

Bloomberg News - November 13, 2022

Eko Listiyorini – Indonesia's state-owned electric vehicle company is focusing on the more than 115 million motorcycles roaming the country's roads as it presses ahead with efforts to reduce emissions.

Tempo - November 13, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia's chief security minister Mahfud MD is upbeat about Papuans' security and welfare continuing to get better following the inauguration of new autonomous provinces of South Papua, Papua Pegunungan, and Central Papua on Friday.

CNN Indonesia - November 13, 2022

Jakarta – An internal meeting and gathering of Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) and 18 Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) office administrators in Sanur, Bali, was forcibly broken up by police on Saturday November 12.

Reuters - November 13, 2022

Phnom Penh – It was as a budding diplomat in the 1970s that Mr Jose Ramos-Horta, a man who would go on to win the Nobel Prize for his fight for East Timor's independence, first raised the idea of his country joining South-east Asia's economic and political bloc.

Jakarta Globe - November 13, 2022

Bali – Chief Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan claimed on Sunday that the current government has brought major achievements that make the country very different from what it was eight years ago – the era prior to the Joko Widodo presidency.

Agence France-Presse - November 13, 2022

Nusa Dua, Bali – Indonesia on Tuesday will host the G20 leaders' summit, gathering the globe's most powerful figures together in Bali instead of the traffic-clogged capital Jakarta.

Nineteen leaders – bar Russian President Vladimir Putin – will seek solutions to myriad global crises on the Muslim-majority country's mostly Hindu "Island of Gods".

The Conversation - November 13, 2022

Annie Wu – The venue is brimming with cheers of excitement from the chicken owners. Despite bets being placed before the game started, the value of a bet can build up as the stronger chicken continues to win.

The atmosphere gets intense.

November 11, 2022

Tempo - November 11, 2022

Greenpeace, Jakarta – Greenpeace Indonesia on Thursday lamented the Indonesian government's climate stance mentioned by Vice President Ma'ruf Amin in his opening speech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP27, at the Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2022

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Four members of a family aged between 42 and 71 were found dead inside their locked home in Citra Garden housing complex, West Jakarta on Thursday night, with police suspecting that they might have starved.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2022

Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – Nearing the end of the year, employers and workers have yet to reach an agreement on the 2023 minimum wage increase as both sides differ on the factors used to reach the final figure.

Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2022

Hendro Situmorang, Jakarta – Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said on Friday the government has no authority to resume top-flight football competition Liga 1, which has been suspended since the tragic incident that killed more than 130 people of mostly football fans in a stadium crush in Malang on October 1.

Tempo - November 11, 2022

Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia criticized the report from the Indonesian government delegation at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 9. In the report, the human rights watchdog lamented the government's call to distinguish between acts of human rights violations and law enforcement.

Sydney Morning Herald - November 11, 2022

Chris Barrett – In Bali late last month Hindu religious leaders led thousands in a coordinated, simultaneous mass prayer.

Their objective, as Russia's war on Ukraine rages on and tensions have risen between the United States and China, was to ensure a successful G20 summit on the Indonesian island next week.

Fulcrum - November 11, 2022

Siwage Dharma Negara and Leo Suryadinata – China's trade and investment in Indonesia have grown substantially since the early 2000s but the Indonesian public does not share Jakarta's desire to wholeheartedly embrace Beijing.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2022

Yohana Belinda, Jakarta – Families, friends and survivors are still experiencing psychological trauma from losing their loved ones and witnessing people suffer from tear gas.

It's been a month since the horrific stampede at Malang's Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang, East Java, which caused at least 135 deaths.

Tempo - November 11, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi met with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Sofitel Hotel in Phnom Penh on Thursday night, November 10. The bilateral meeting was held on the sidelines of the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits or Summits in Cambodia.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 11, 2022

The Ministry of Home Affairs today inaugurated three new autonomous regions that formerly formed part of Papua province, raising the number of Indonesian provinces to 37.

Central Papua (Papua Tengah), Highland Papua (Papua Pegunungan), and South Papua (Papua Selatan) now join Papua and West Papua as the five provinces occupying the Indonesian half of New Guinea island.

UCA News - November 11, 2022

Rights activists have criticized the Indonesian government for what they call baseless claims on rights issues at the UN Human Rights Council, including those related to the handling of the conflict in the Papua region.

Straits Times - November 11, 2022

Hariz Baharudin, Phnom Penh – Timor-Leste will be admitted in principle as the 11th member state of regional grouping Asean, said leaders of its member states on Friday.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – Companies in many sectors have begun to lay off workers to stay afloat, a stark reminder that being one of the bright spots in the world for GDP growth this year does not make Indonesia immune to global economic turmoil.

Tempo - November 11, 2022

M Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy said that there has been a significant uptrend in the number of foreign tourist arrivals. From January to September, 2.27 million foreign travelers visited Indonesia, an increase of more than 2,500 percent.

November 10, 2022

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2022

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Veronika Lindawati, a commissioner of Panin Investment, stood trial on Wednesday on charges of paying tax officials 500,000 Singapore dollars ($356,000) to get a huge tax discount for sister company Bank Panin.

Tempo - November 10, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The Bali Regional Police stated that they will not prohibit the public from holding demonstrations during G20 Summit which will be held on November 15-16, 2022. However, the public is asked to reconsider their plans.

Fulcrum - November 10, 2022

Burhanuddin Muhtadi – The race for Indonesia's 2024 presidency might be narrowing in the wake of a bold move by a small party.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2022

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, named a Supreme Court justice a suspect on Wednesday for allegedly taking bribes in an ongoing graft investigation which also implicates another justice, according to sources.

The new suspect is identified by the initials GS, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Indo Pos - November 10, 2022

Jakarta – Greenpeace says that the Defense Department's food estate project will clear some 3 million hectares of forest in Central Kalimantan and that the government has already exploited large areas of forest and peatland for the project.

Tempo - November 10, 2022

Bisnis.Com, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan spoke in response to reports of Russian President Vladimir Putin who will not attend the Bali G20 Summit on November 15- November 16.

Detik Jatim - November 10, 2022

M Bagus Ibrahim, Malang – As many as 135 biers were carried in a procession from the Gajayana Stadium to the Malang City Hall or the Malang city monument traffic circle in East Java. The solidarity action was held to commemorate 40 days since the Kanjuruhan Football Stadium tragedy.