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July 15, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesia Toll Road Authority (BPJT) announced that the country aims to open 400 kilometers of new toll roads this year to have a total of 2,000 km of toll roads in operation by the end of 2019.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019

Jakarta – The rupiah strengthened 0.54 percent to 13,932 per US dollar at 12: 15 p.m. on Monday from 14,008 on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019

Jon Afrizal, Jambi – The number of children with stunted growth in East Tanjung Jabung regency, Jambi, has reached a concerning level as at least 10 out of the regency's 93 subdistricts have seen a high prevalence of stunting.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Asia Pacific Report - July 15, 2019

The Oxford City Council is to award West Papuan activist Benny Wenda the Honorary Freedom of the City accolade for his tireless fight for West Papuan self-determination.

Wenda, whom the United Kingdom granted political asylum in 2002, lives in Oxford with his family and it serves as the headquarters of his campaign to liberate the people of West Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
CNN Indonesia - July 15, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's first speech as president elect for the period 2019-2024 contained several words which were seen as tough. The potential for authoritarianism in the next administration was also apparent in his speech titled "Indonesia Vision".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - July 15, 2019

Although the result of this year's presidential election was only recently settled, one survey group has already come out with a list of potential presidential frontrunners for 2024.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Governance & Public Policy
Tempo - July 15, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Institute Criminal of Justice Reform (ICJR) Executive Director Anggara criticized the speech delivered by president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo entitled "Visi Indonesia" on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has pledged to continue his infrastructure programs in his second and final five-year term, with a focus on connecting the existing infrastructure to optimize their use.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia secured a monthly trade balance surplus of US$200 million in June, the fourth surplus recorded after February, March and May, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has reported.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019

Jakarta – The vice-presidential candidate in the recent election, Sandiaga Uno, has expressed his intention to remain outside the ruling coalition of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, saying he planned to continue to assist ally Prabowo Subianto in working for the nation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019
Jakarta – Indonesia's foreign debt grew 7.4 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May to US$386.1 billion, a slowdown from the 8.8 percent yoy growth recorded in April, according to Bank Indonesia (BI).

The government and BI accounted for $189.3 billion of the debt, while the private sectors and state-owned companies (SOE) were responsible for $196.9 billion, the central bank announced on Mo

News ›› Aceh ›› Marriage & The Family
South China Morning Post - July 15, 2019

Amy Chew – Women in Indonesia's ultraconservative province of Aceh have opposed efforts to legalise polygamous marriages through a special by-law being debated in the local legislature.

Acehnese women fear the law would lead to polygamy becoming a "tradition" and part of the lifestyle in their society, affecting on their rights and their children's.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia posted a trade surplus in June amid declines in both the country's import and export, the Central Statistics Agency announced on Monday.

The $200 million surplus last month came from exporting $11.8 billion and importing $11.6 billion worth of goods, the agency's data showed.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Radio New Zealand - July 15, 2019

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, says Indonesia is making progress in West Papua with the welcoming of a press pack.

Mr Peters was responding to questions on Friday on human rights concerns in the troubled region, where rebels are waging war on the state.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
CNN Indonesia - July 15, 2019

Jakarta – President elect President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo appeared dashing and bold as he addressed the issue of investment in his "Indonesia Vision" speech in Sentul, West Java, on Sunday July 14. He said he would "stand by and defend" investors and claimed he will pursue and soundly thrash anyone who obstructs investment.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 15, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Gerindra Party's deputy secretary Andre Rosiade irately responds to people accusing the Party's chairman Prabowo Subianto of being tempted to offers within Jokowi's cabinet – which some people allege as the driving reason behind the meeting of the two men on Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2019

Yudha Baskoro – The Indonesian Navy's Armada Jaya XXXVII naval training session took place in the Java Sea just north of Surabaya in East Java from Wednesday to Friday.

The large-scale training involved 8,493 Navy personnel, 18 warships, nine airplanes and featured the Navy's complete arsenal of armory.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019

Jakarta – For the past three months, SMP 21 state junior high school in Tangerang on Jl. Halim Perdana Kusuma, Belendung, Benda, Tangerang, Banten has been surrounded by mounds of dirt around 3 meters high used for the construction of the Kunciran – Soekarno Hatta Airport Toll Road project.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019

Ni Komang Erviani, Denpasar – Bali is on track to reduce plastic waste on the resort island after the Supreme Court rejected a judicial review that challenged the local administration's limit on single-use plastic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Governance & Public Policy
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave his first political speech since his reelection in front of his supporters at the Sentul International Sentul International Convention Center in Bogor, West Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019

Jakarta – Many renewable energy projects approved by the government are still facing uncertainty as many have so far failed to attract investors.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's diversified energy director, Harris, said from the 75 projects that had power purchase agreements (PPAs), only eight had started commercial operations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Coconuts Bali - July 15, 2019

A trip to Bali is never just about the sights and attractions, it's also about learning the history of the island, its people, and its stories. When a tour guide who takes you around doesn't seem to know much about the place, one ought to question whether or not they're actually equipped to do the job.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo sent a letter on Monday to the House of Representatives' speaker Bambang Soesatyo to ask for a parliamentary response on his plan to grant an amnesty to Baiq Nuril Maknun, who was sentenced to six months in jail after she documented sexual harassment by her employer.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Coconuts Jakarta - July 15, 2019

After spending weeks living on the streets in front of the offices of the United Nations High Council in Jakarta, a group consisting of around 300 refugees were finally removed from the street and given assistance in the form of temporary housing in West Jakarta. But now those refugees face yet another challenge – neighbors who don't want them in their neighborhood.

News ›› West Papua ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Tempo - July 15, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – An anthropology lecturer at the University of Cendrawasih in Jayapura, Hari Suroto expressed his concern over the diminishing users of the local traditional 'koteka' (traditional penis gourd) in the area of Wamena which is the capital of one of Papua's Provinces, Jayawijaya District.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - July 15, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Police said political hoaxes were still massive in the public following the meeting of Jokowi and Prabowo on July 13.

Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo mentioned posts containing provocative issues were still circulating on Twitter.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – A 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit North Maluku on Sunday afternoon has claimed the lives of two people on Halmahera Island, who were crushed to death when their houses collapsed, an official told BeritaSatu TV on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2019

Jakarta – In an attempt to protect the environment from air pollution, the government plans to oblige all vehicles to undergo an emissions test before extending their vehicle registration certificate (STNK).

July 14, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Detik News - July 14, 2019

Jakarta – The 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212) says that it no longer affiliated Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Chairperson Prabowo Subianto and will continue with its own struggle.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Jakarta Post - July 14, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Members of the 212 movement have expressed their disappointment over the reconciliation of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto over the weekend, saying that Prabowo seemed to be following in the steps of his "treacherous allies" to support the incumbent.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - July 14, 2019

Frans S. Imung, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's long-awaited "reconciliation meeting" with his rival Prabowo Subianto on Saturday has given a strong signal to the business community that political stability and the rule of law will remain strong in Indonesia. These are the two key ingredients for stronger economic growth in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - July 14, 2019

Jakarta – Depok residents have asked their city administration to come up with a concrete solution for worsening traffic congestion instead of just playing music at traffic lights to cheer up drivers stuck in traffic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 14, 2019

Jakarta – Political parties, either in coalition or opposition camps, have expressed their appreciation for the reconciliation of former presidential contenders Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto on Saturday. They hoped that the people would follow suit and end the polarization that emerged during the election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 14, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – A joint team comprising the Environment and Forestry Ministry and Nunukan Police investigators apprehended three individuals in a case pertaining to illegal timber trade in Nunukan regency, North Kalimantan.According to a statement on Saturday, Kalimantan Environment and Forestry Law Enforcement Center Quick Response Forest Rangers Unit (SPORC) investigat

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
CNN Indonesia - July 14, 2019

Jakarta – the chairperson of the National Movement to Safeguard the Fatwa (GNPF) Ulama, Yusuf Muhammad Martak, has declared that they are no longer aligned with supporters of Prabowo Subianto.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - July 14, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The Indonesian Press Council (IPC) has ruled that Tempo weekly's headline of an investigative report violated had the Press Code of Ethics by mentioning the infamous Tim Mawar (Rose Team) of the Army's elite Special Forces (Kopassus) and linking its former member to the May post-election riots in Jakarta.

July 13, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - July 13, 2019

Jakarta – The police have detained and named teacher Asteria Fitriani for allegedly spreading hate-induced fake news in her post on Facebook in which she allegedly urged people not to put a photo of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on display.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 13, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and former presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto have expressed hope that their supporters will reconcile after the two leaders met for a chat.

Jokowi and Prabowo met for the first time at an MRT station in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, almost three months after the presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Reuters - July 13, 2019

Jakarta – An Indonesian court has handed down jail sentences to six people, including a former referee and members of the national soccer association, in the country's first trial over match-fixing, according to a statement on the court's website.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Agence France Presse - July 13, 2019

Indonesia's president promised Friday to fight the European Union over plans to restrict the use of palm oil in biofuels.

Brussels wants to limit the materials that can be used in fuel that is counted towards its renewable energy targets.

It has set a 2030 limit for phasing out palm oil, which environmentalists say drives deforestation and climate change.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - July 13, 2019

Telly Natalia, Jakarta – The long-awaited reconciliation meeting between re-elected President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his long-time rival Prabowo Subianto finally happened on Saturday on board Jakarta's brand new MRT train as the two leaders spent nearly 20 minutes traveling together from Lebak Bulus to Senayan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Agence France Presse - July 13, 2019

The winner and runner-up in Indonesia's presidential election which sparked deadly riots in the capital called for reconciliation on Saturday, in their first meeting since the vote.

It comes two weeks after defeated Prabowo Subianto lost a court challenge to overturn President Joko Widodo's victory in the April election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 13, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – During a meeting between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and former challenger Prabowo Subianto on Saturday, both leaders said that there was still a possibility for Prabowo's Gerindra Party to join the ruling coalition.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 13, 2019

Jakarta – A surge of waste imports into cities in East Java has prompted a teenager to write to United States President Donald Trump to protest about the incoming trash.

Aeshnina Azzahra, a 12-year-old from Gresik, East Java, wrote that the river in her neighborhood was "very dirty and smelly" as many factories dispose of their waste carelessly on land and water.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 13, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo met his former challenger Prabowo Subianto on Saturday morning at an MRT station in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, in their first encounter following the bitterly contested presidential election.

July 12, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Coconuts Bali - July 12, 2019

Bali's provincial government is set to designate Benoa Bay as a maritime conservation site soon, but, with several other massive infrastructure projects also planned in the southern part of the island, activists are urging officials to also consider stopping those that might also pose a threat to the environment, just as the Benoa Bay reclamation project did before politicians rece

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
China Dialogue - July 12, 2019

Nithin Coca – Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog has accused the head of the state-owned electricity distribution monopoly of facilitating bribery, linking him to a case that has led to the arrest of nine people, including the ex social affairs minister and another member of parliament.

News ›› West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Radio New Zealand - July 12, 2019

Advocates for West Papua in New Zealand are protesting a major Pacific trade show put on by Indonesia.

About a dozen people including New Zealand MP Marama Davidson have gathered in Auckland to oppose the Pacific Exposition.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
CNN Indonesia - July 12, 2019

Surabaya – A group of people from the Brantas River Coalition to Stop Imported Plastic Trash (Bracsip) held a protest action not far from the US Consulate General in Citra Raya Niaga, Surabaya, on Friday July 12.

They were protesting imported plastic waste which is alleged to have been illegally smuggled into Indonesia from the US.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Dili Weekly - July 12, 2019

Paulina Quintao – The National Commission for Combating HIV/AIDS in Timor-Leste (KNKS-TL) is standing by its decision to not socialize about condom use to the public as a prevention method for HIV transmission despite receiving strong critiques from organizations and groups.