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August 9, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - August 9, 2019

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The national antigraft agency has named lawmaker I Nyoman Dhamantra of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, a suspect in a case of bribery involving a garlic import permit.

This is the latest in a string of corruption cases involving food import quotas at the Ministry of Trade.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - August 9, 2019

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named six people suspects, including Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker I Nyoman Dhamantra, in a case of alleged bribery related to garlic import permits.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - August 9, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia posted a balance of payments deficit in the second quarter of this year amid heightened demand for foreign exchange as a result of dividend repatriations and lower-than-expected gross domestic product (GDP) growth.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Book & Film Reviews
Asia Pacific Report - August 9, 2019

Review by Margaret Scott – Many years ago during Suharto's dictatorship, when the mass killings of 1965-66 were a taboo subject, I interviewed Pramoedya Ananta Toer, one of Indonesia's greatest writers, who was living under house arrest in Jakarta after his release from a decade of brutal existence as a political prisoner on Buru island.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - August 9, 2019

Jakarta – The Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of senator-elect Evi Apita Maya from West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), rejecting a legal challenge filed by her rival who accused Evi of excessively editing her ballot photo to attract more voters in April's legislative election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Tempo - August 9, 2019

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Asylum seekers living in the former building of the West Jakarta Military Command (Kodim) in Daan Mogot, Kalideres, are now depending on the public help to provide them aids after Jakarta administration stopped the assistance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - August 9, 2019

Jakarta – Pertamina Hulu Energi Offshore Northwest Java, an oil-drilling subsidiary of the state energy company, has started drilling a relief well to plug the oil leak that has been polluting the north coast of West Java in the past few weeks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - August 9, 2019

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad took time to drive Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in a Proton Persona during the latter's visit to Putrajaya, Malaysia on Friday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - August 9, 2019

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – In a bid to give foreign media access to reporting about Papua, the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) has planned to bring several foreign journalists to the province, which has been marred by violence for years.

With a full support of the government, the PWI is to show the foreign journalists that "nothing wrong is happening in Papua".

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - August 9, 2019

The governor of Papua New Guinea's capital district wants Indonesia to allow West Papua to undertake an independence referendum.

In a statement, Powes Parkop also backed a call from Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers to raise the issue of human rights abuses in Papua at next week's Forum leaders summit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Jakarta Globe - August 9, 2019

Mikael Johani – The wait is, finally, almost over. The film adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer's classic novel "Bumi Manusia," or This Earth of Mankind, gets its red carpet premiere in Surabaya today.

The choice of the premiere location was dictated by the fact that most of the novel is set in Wonokromo on the outskirts of the East Java capital in the late 19th century.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tempo - August 9, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono expressed the organization's disappointment to President Jokowi on the human rights situation in Indonesia. Their concerns were articulated in a letter sent to the president on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - August 9, 2019

Jakarta – The opening of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) fifth national congress on Thursday was another moment that might have been unthinkable for many Indonesians just months ago, during the politically divisive 2019 presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - August 9, 2019

Jakarta – One of the candidates for leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Insp. Gen. Dharma Pongrekun, is criticizing the vitriolic attitude toward candidates who have yet to submit their wealth reports to the commission.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Eurasia Review - August 9, 2019

James Guild and Jonathan Chen – In April 2019, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo cruised to a comfortable re-election victory against his challenger, Prabowo Subianto.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
The Guardian - August 9, 2019

Christopher Knaus – Peter Galbraith was playing a high-stakes game. It was 2004 and, in the Dili heat, the distinguished US diplomat sat opposite Australian officials, bartering over a nation's future.

August 8, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Okezone - August 8, 2019

Fakhrizal Fakhri, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) opposes the Draft Presidential Regulation (Perpres) on the Indonesian Military's (TNI) role in Overcoming Terrorism which will soon be signed by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - August 8, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – People in 88 cities across the country will need to fork out more for hailing ojek (motorbike taxis) through their smartphones starting on Friday, as a policy to secure drivers' income is expanded beyond the country's main urban centers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Asia Times - August 8, 2019

John Mcbeth, Jakarta – Under consideration for over four years, the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) is finally moving ahead with the formation of an American-style Special Operations Command (KOPASSUS) tasked with mounting operations against terrorist networks at home and abroad.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Tempo - August 8, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The major blackout that paralyzed Jakarta, West Java, and Banten on Sunday, August 4, resulted in a class-action lawsuit submitted by the Indonesian Young Advocates Forum (FAMI) at the South Jakarta District Court on Wednesday, August 7.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 8, 2019

Jakarta (Bisnis) – The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan) releases on its website today, August 8 that there are 608 hotspots across Indonesia, which could become an early indication of wildfire.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - August 8, 2019

Erwin C. Sihombing, Jakarta – The Jakarta provincial government has decided to expand its odd-even traffic rationing policy to more roads and longer hours as part of a multi-pronged effort to combat air pollution in the capital.

The new policy will take effect on Sept. 9, as the city deems one month long enough to inform motorists.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - August 8, 2019

Jakarta – The Constitutional Court has rejected a legal challenge filed by Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo, the niece of Gerindra Party patron Prabowo Subianto, against a legislative election result that declared she had lost.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Sydney Morning Herald - August 8, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – The Indonesian president will pursue bold economic reforms to open the country to much needed foreign direct investment, and pursue economic reform as a key priority in his second term, his foreign investment chief has insisted.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - August 8, 2019

Yudha Baskoro – Around 50 refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan, most of whom were single with no family of their own, protested in front of the UN Refugee Agency headquarters on Jalan Kebon Sirih in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 8, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – A number of fishermen in Muara Gembong, north coast of Bekasi Regency, West Java, asked for compensation for the oil spill at around PT Pertamina Hulu Energi's Offshore North West Java or ONWJ block in Karawang waters.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 8, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Jakarta Environment Agency has imposed sanctions for two companies in East Jakarta today, August 8, on charges of polluting the capital city through their factory chimneys.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - August 8, 2019

Novy Lumanauw, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signed into effect a presidential regulation that will accelerate the development of electric cars in Indonesia.

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Jakarta Post - August 8, 2019

Jakarta – The TNI member, identified only as DAT, was arrested in Sorong, West Papua, on Aug. 4 after being named on the most-wanted list for two weeks. DAT is being detained at the Cenderawasih Military Police headquarter in Jayapura.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - August 8, 2019

Jakarta – A panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced six former members of the North Sumatra Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) to four years in prison after they were found guilty of receiving bribes from the province's former governor, Gatot Pujo Nugroho.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - August 8, 2019

Markus Junianto Sihaloho & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Megawati Sukarnoputri has shown just why she is considered one of the most powerful politicians in Indonesia today.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
CNN Indonesia - August 8, 2019

Jakarta – Raids on leftist books discussing communism and the banned Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) have started again. Shortly after the police and military seized leftist books from a book stall in Probolinggo on July 27, a similar incident occurred in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - August 8, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) leader, Megawati Soekarnoputri, has ordered her cadres to respect the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party's General Chairman, Prabowo Subianto, who would attend the opening ceremony of the PDIP's congress.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - August 8, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) deputy speaker, Triwisaksana, expressed his doubt over the effectiveness of the extended odd-even policy which aims to curb congestion and air pollution in the city. Triwisaksana or Sani considered the policy merely as a temporary solution.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - August 8, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Investigators of Indonesia's antigraft agency have arrested 11 individuals in a two-day operation on Wednesday and Thursday in Jakarta in connection with a bribery case involving a House of Representatives lawmaker and a garlic import business.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - August 8, 2019

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – The poor air quality of Indonesia's capital city is back in the spotlight as air quality monitor Airvisual determined that Jakarta ranks as the city with worst air pollution in the world on Thursday afternoon.

August 7, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cultural & Religious Events
Tempo - August 7, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Jakarta-owned market operator PD Pasar Jaya is selling an environmentally friendly packaging made from bamboo ahead of Eid al-Adha or Idul Adha. This eco-packaging provision is expected to reduce the use of a single-use plastic bag to wrap Qurbani meat.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - August 7, 2019

Pangkalan Kerinci – April Group has ramped up its community engagement activities in response to the increasing number of fire hotspots in Riau during the current fire danger period.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Post - August 7, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) is set to formulate rules expected to become a legal umbrella for monitoring content on digital media outlets such as YouTube, streaming service Netflix and social media.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
South China Morning Post - August 7, 2019

Amanda Siddharta – Every Friday night at a house in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, a church group meets to discuss issues surrounding gender and sexuality. There are usually 12 to 15 people, but only a handful attend regularly.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
SBS News - August 7, 2019

Nick Baker – Human Rights Watch has implored Indonesian President Joko Widodo to tackle an "upsurge in discrimination against religious and sexual minorities" in the Southeast Asian nation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - August 7, 2019

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detained Emirsyah Satar, the former president director of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, on Wednesday for alleged money laundering and bribery relating to the procurement of aircraft parts.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
UCA News - August 7, 2019

Keith Loveard, Jakarta – Construction workers building a bridge as part of the Trans-Papua Highway late last year knew there was a separatist group in the area. Indeed, from later accounts, the construction crew was close enough to the separatists' camp to be able to watch them celebrate the Dec. 1 founding of the Free Papua Organization (OPM).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - August 7, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Jakarta Food, Marine, and Agriculture Security Agency (KPKP) determined to build urban farming, which is being initiated in the City Hall, in every mayor's office building. The agency head Darjamuni said the city administration had promoted the concept through the Balkot Farm.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
East Asia Forum - August 7, 2019

Simon Butt – Until July 2019, Indonesia's Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK or Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi) had not, since its establishment in 2003, lost any of the hundreds of cases it brought to full trial. This was a remarkable achievement in a country renowned for entrenched and widespread corruption at the highest levels.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Coconuts Jakarta - August 7, 2019

Some people have the misconception that, because the vast majority of Indonesians are Muslim, that Islam is the state religion of Indonesia or that the Indonesian government prioritizes Islam over other religions.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
The Interpreter - August 7, 2019

Johnny Blades – One of the criticisms of the Pacific Islands Forum over the years relates to the regional grouping's limited ability to advance its agenda in the face of the interests of Australia and New Zealand. The power imbalance hasn't always made for a cohesive regionalism.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Tempo - August 7, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – A representative of the 212 brotherhood organization (PA 212) Novel Bamukmin explained the results of the fourth ulema consensus or the Ijtima Ulama IV that recommended the Unitary States of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) as a sharia country based on Pancasila, the state's ideology.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - August 7, 2019

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Following the major power outage, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is eyeing to install solar panels in all the city administration buildings as an alternate electricity source by 2022.

"[We have set a target that] all buildings of the provincial administration will have a solar power panel in 2022," said Anies in Monas Field, Wednesday, August 7.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - August 7, 2019

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – The wholesale purchase of domestically produced salt for manufacturing purposes is expected to remain stagnant this year even though demand has actually increased, with the quality of salt produced by local farmers failing to meet industry standards.