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July 1, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - July 1, 2019

Beritasatu TV & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is considering a meeting with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in a reconciliatory move widely seen as crucial to repairing the rift that formed during this year's presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - July 1, 2019

Jakarta – The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) summoned on Monday flag carrier Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara for questioning on a report that he had positions in airlines under the Garuda Indonesia Group's management.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Inside Indonesia - July 1, 2019

Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge – Just like any 12-year-old boy, Daniel appeared happy and carefree as he played soccer with his friends in the churchyard of Kingmi Weneroma.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 1, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Former Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno talked about reports that he would be appointed as a minister in Joko Widodo's 2019-2024 cabinet. Sandiaga, who ran for vice president opposed Jokowi, said he is not interested.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - July 1, 2019

Leonard A.L. Cahyoputra, Jakarta – Hyundai Motor Company has affirmed its Rp 40 trillion ($2.8 billion) investment in Indonesia as part of the South Korean automotive giant's plans to make Indonesia one of its car export hubs and develop electric vehicles in Southeast Asia, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in a statement on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 1, 2019

Jakarta – Vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno uploaded a video congratulating Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin for winning the 2019 presidential election through his Instagram account @sandiuno on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Straits Times - July 1, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja – A man believed to be the emir, or top leader, of the South-east Asia terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) has been arrested after a 16-year-long hunt.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - July 1, 2019

Farouk Arnaz & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – The National Police's elite anti-terrorism squad arrested five militants, including Para Wijayanto, leader of the terrorist group Jamaah Islamiyah, in various locations in West Java and East Java over the weekend, a spokesman said on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - July 1, 2019

Sandiaga Uno, running mate to defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, has seemingly been forced to shift his views several times following the April 17 election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Globe - July 1, 2019

Maria Fatima Bona & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Religious teaching in Indonesian state universities could be amplifying fundamentalist tendencies among their students, making them more accepting of extremist ideas, a recent survey has shown.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - July 1, 2019

Jakarta – Local residents of Rawa Rengas village in Tangerang have returned to the streets to demand compensation from airport authorities for their land, which will be replaced by Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's third runway.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Coconuts Jakarta - July 1, 2019

While some conservative Indonesian culture warriors are concerned about the increasing "westernization" of Indonesian culture and social norms, those on the other end of the political spectrum often object to what they call the "Arabization" of Indonesia, particularly the implementation of government regulations based on strict interpretations of Islamic sharia law, similar to what

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Tempo - July 1, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Commissioner of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Choirul Anam urges the police to publically announce its investigation report on the May 22 riots, without having to wait for the reports from his commission or the Indonesian Ombudsman or Ombudsman RI.

June 30, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - June 30, 2019

Yustinus Paat & Dion Bisara & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, officially re-elected after the Constitutional Court threw out Prabowo Subianto's election challenge this week, on Sunday called on his defeated rival and his running mate Sandiaga Uno to work together to build the country.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
The ASEAN Post - June 30, 2019

Sheith Khidhir – Last Tuesday, an Indonesian military spokesman was reported as saying that any use of child soldiers by Papuan independence fighters would be a violation of human rights. The spokesman said this violation would implicate both, the rebels as well as state institutions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 30, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and running mate Ma'ruf Amin once again reiterated their call for national unity after they were declared president- and vice president-elect by the General Elections Commission (KPU).

June 29, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Bloomberg - June 29, 2019

Linda Yulisman and Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh, Jakarta – All eyes are on Indonesia's defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his allies after he lost his bid to overturn the April election results and claim the presidency in the world's third largest democracy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
New York Times - June 29, 2019

Hannah Beech, Bunga Tanjung, Indonesia – The men came at Hope and her baby with spears and guns. But she would not leave. There was no place for her to go.

When the air-gun pellets pierced Hope's eyes, blinding her, she felt her way up the tree trunks, auburn-furred fingers searching out tropical fruit for sustenance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Kompas.com - June 29, 2019

Christoforus Ristianto, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid says that Presidential Regulation Number 37/2019 on Indonesian Military (TNI) Functional Posts will increase the number of active TNI officers holding functional posts in government institutions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - June 29, 2019

Jakarta – A plan to operate electric buses in the capital, lauded by many as a means of reducing pollution, is facing legal hurdles.

Transjakarta's electric buses are unable to hit the streets because they have yet to obtain vehicle registration certificates (STNK).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Channel News Asia - June 29, 2019

Jack Board, Samarinda, Indonesia – In the late 1970s, it is told, Indonesian president Suharto embarked on a journey along the coast of East Kalimantan, a lush flank of land stretching up the island of Borneo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
The Conversation - June 29, 2019

Josua Satria Collins – Indonesia's Constitutional Court Thursday rejected defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's lawsuit against incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's victory in the 2019 April presidential election.

Prabowo's lawyers brought at least 16 voting fraud allegations claims Jokowi's National Campaign Team (TKN).

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Jakarta Post - June 29, 2019

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – Silas Papare Air Force base in Sentani, Jayapura, has reported that an Mi-17 helicopter belonging to the Indonesian Army lost contact after departing from Oksibil airport in Pegunungan Bintang regency, Papua, on Friday afternoon.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Channel News Asia - June 29, 2019

Stania Puspa, Jakarta – For those living in North Jakarta, regular coastal flooding is a fact of life.

Entire communities are inundated, usually in the middle of the month, as the sea level rises around the full moon period. Residents of Kaliadem in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, simply refer to coastal flooding using the Javanese word "rob".

June 28, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - June 28, 2019

Yeremia Sukoyo & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto officially disbanded his "Adil Makmur" coalition on Friday after losing a legal battle at the Constitutional Court to overturn the result of the presidential election in April.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Sydney Morning Herald - June 28, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – It has been nearly a year since Indonesia's President, Joko Widodo, formally put his name forward as a candidate for a second term in office.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Tempo - June 28, 2019

Joniansyah, Tangerang – Hundreds of Rawarengas residents, Tangerang Regency, who were victims of the land eviction for Soekarno-Hatta Airport Runway 3 project continued staging protests by blocking roads, burning tires, and flying kites on Friday, June 28.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - June 28, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo should take immediate action to boost the economy after the Constitutional Court rejected Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno's legal challenge to his reelection, says the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 28, 2019

Jakarta – With the official end to the presidential election dispute, the opposition Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) called for the coalition supporting presidential election challenger Prabowo Subianto to play a role in providing "constructive criticism" to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 28, 2019

Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) is set to name President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate, Ma'ruf Amin, president-elect and vice president-elect in a plenary meeting on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Straits Times - June 28, 2019

Jakarta (Bloomberg) – For Indonesian opposition leader Prabowo Subianto, a second straight presidential election loss has done little to dent his ambitions, and is unlikely to mark the end of his checkered political career.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - June 28, 2019

A West Papuan human rights defender has called for more Pacific islands countries to speak up internationally about human rights abuses in her homeland.

Rosa Moiwend, who has been visiting New Zealand this week, said it was important that Pacific Islands Forum countries advanced this issue to reflect widespread, grassroots concern for West Papua in the region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - June 28, 2019

Jakarta – In commemorating its sixth anniversary, the Southeast Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) once again highlighted the Indonesian government's move of curbing people's access to internet information.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 28, 2019

Jakarta – The Constitutional Court's rejection of losing ticket Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno's legal challenge to the presidential election result marked the end of the coalition supporting the pair's candidacy, National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman Zulkifli Hasan said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Post - June 28, 2019

Jakarta – The consumer confidence index (CCI) fell for the second straight month in June to 100.7 from 103.1 the previous month as consumers gave more negative assessments of current economic and employment conditions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Sydney Morning Herald - June 28, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Indonesia's Joko Widodo will serve a second five-year term as president after the Constitutional Court confirmed his April election win and comprehensively rejected defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto's multiple claims of electoral malfeasance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - June 28, 2019

After two successive presidential election defeats – the latest of which was legally cemented by the Constitutional Court's rejection of his election fraud lawsuit yesterday evening – Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto appears to be resigned to the possibility that the opposition coalition, which his party leads, is crumbling hard.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - June 28, 2019

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – An observer from the Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI), Djoko Setijowarno, opined the achievement of Jakarta in the transportation sector is the result of the previous administration's works.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - June 28, 2019

Dion Bisara & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on all Indonesians to reconcile and put any disagreements related to this year's election behind them, after the Constitutional Court rejected claims of massive and systematic fraud made by his rival, Prabowo Subianto.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Governance & Public Policy
Jakarta Post - June 28, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signed a regulation on Satu Data Indonesia an integrated data-management service, in accordance with a recent presidential regulation (Perpres).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - June 28, 2019

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The stock market and the rupiah showed no significant reaction on Friday morning to the Constitutional Court's ruling approving the reelection of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 28, 2019

Agnes Anya, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received abundant congratulatory messages from state leaders during the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on Friday – a day after the President was officially declared reelected.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Al Jezeera - June 28, 2019

Aisyah Llewellyn, Banda Aceh, Indonesia – Hendra, an academic in Indonesia's semi-autonomous region of Aceh, vaguely remembers the first time he saw a public caning take place in his 20s. It was years ago and it didn't faze him much.

June 27, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
CNN Indonesia - June 27, 2019

Jakarta – Thousands of people "safeguarding" a challenge to the 2019 presidential election result at the Constructional Court by the loosing presidential ticket of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno converged on Jl Medan Merdeka Barat in Central Jakarta on Thursday June 27.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - June 27, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara recorded an increasing number of URL spreading hoax nearing the Constitutional Court's verdict trial on election dispute, Thursday, June 27. The number was doubled compared to previous days.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Jakarta – Foreign investors have started investing in Indonesia's capital market thanks to the more stable condition of the country's economy.

This month, foreign investor net purchases in the regular market have totaled Rp 2.72 trillion (US$192.02 million), compared to Rp 4.52 trillion over the last three months.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Jakarta – Reports that SMP 44 state junior high school in East Jakarta is separating its stairways based on gender have gone viral on social media.

Signs placed on the gates in front of the stairways read "girls' stairs" and "boys' stairs." A picture of the stairs was uploaded by Twitter user @bukandigembok.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Environment and Forestry Ministry has reported a drop in the number of hot spots across the country during this year's first half from the equivalent period last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Housing & Property
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Jakarta – Unoccupied office space in Jakarta remains plentiful, with 23.8 percent of office space in the Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD) empty and 23.9 percent empty outside the district, a situation one property consultant does not believe is likely to change.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru – The Indonesian Military (TNI) have arrested two Pekanbaru residents for allegedly trading illegal wildlife in Dumai, Riau.

Dumai Customs and Excise Office head Fuad Fauzi said he had received a report from residents regarding the illegal selling of protected animals in the area.