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August 1, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Tempo - August 1, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – House of Representatives (DPR) deputy speaker Fahri Hamzah felt inclined to remind people that the National Armed Forces (TNI) newly formed Special Operations Command (Koopssus) does not act as law enforcers, but rather stay true to military's role as the nation's defense.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 1, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said that their latest satellite observation on Thursday morning today shows 264 hot spots indicating forest and land fires in Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Detik News - August 1, 2019

Danu Damarjati, Jakarta – TNI (Indonesian military) commander Air Martial Hadi Tjahjanto conveyed his hope for closer military ties with Australia at the annual 2019 Australia-Indonesia High Level Committee (Ausindo HLC) forum in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - August 1, 2019

Jakarta – The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) commended the authorities' policy response in the face of strong external headwinds in 2018, which supported positive economic performance.

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

Jakarta – National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has signed an assignment order for members of the police's technical team tasked with investigating the acid on against Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) top investigator Novel Baswedan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Anadolu Agency - August 1, 2019

Surya Fachrizal, Iqbal Musyaffa, Jepara, Indonesia – Farmers look forward to the harvest season as a time to reap the rewards from a year of hard work, but unfortunately this does not apply to Indonesia's salt farmers.

They cannot enjoy the fruits of their labor because the price of the commodity has plummeted this season.

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

Jakarta – Indonesia's annual inflation rate rose slightly to 3.32 percent in July, as raw food prices maintained an upward trend due to the dry season, the national statistics agency said on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Associated Press - August 1, 2019

Byniniek karmini, Jakarta – Forest fires burning throughout Indonesia have prompted six provinces to declare a state of emergency and deploy thousands of security forces, a disaster official said Thursday

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

Jakarta – Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri may retain her position as the longest-serving party leader in the country, as party officials are likely to endorse her continued leadership during the upcoming PDI-P national congress.

News ›› Aceh ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - August 1, 2019

In mid-July, the male head of a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in the ultraconservative province of Aceh, as well as one of the school's male teachers, were arrested by police for allegedly sexually assaulting 15 of the school's male students.

News ›› Aceh ›› Human Rights & Justice
JusticeInfo.net - August 1, 2019

Galuh Wandita – An older woman spoke haltingly into a microphone, her hands trembling from the memory: "They beat my whole body, my eyes and hands were tied. They hit me with a big plank of wood. There were four of them. They hit me on the head, and whipped me with a belt."

July 31, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Jakarta Globe - July 31, 2019

Emanuel Kure & Muhamad Al Azhari, Jakarta – YouTuber Kimberly Khloe, or Kimi Hime as she is known online – her channel profile describes her as a "Multi-talent Gaming and Tech Influencer" – was briefly engaged in a tug-of-war this week with the country's Communication and Information Technology Ministry, who blocked some of her videos for fear they were "not appropriate to Indo

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Tempo - July 31, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Mohammad Nasir spoke about giving college students leniency to discuss contended ideals such as Marxism and the concept of a caliphate within the campus environment.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - July 31, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The city of Pekanbaru in Riau is enveloped in thick smoke coming from the land and forest fires. Students and teachers are forced to wear masks to schools as precautionary measure due to the poor air quality.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - July 31, 2019

Stefi Thenu & Yustinus Paatk, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's sons, Gibran Rakabuming Raka and Kaesang Pangarep, have found themselves leading in opinion polls to be nominated as the mayor of Solo in Central Java – a post that launched their father's political career.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Jakarta Post - July 31, 2019

Jakarta – The South Jakarta District Court dismissed on Tuesday the lawsuit of four former buskers seeking financial compensation for wrongful arrest and false accusation in connection with a murder case in 2013.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - July 31, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – Bangladesh is seeking more cooperation with Indonesia in the energy sector, especially for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to support its growing industrial sector, Bangladeshi State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Conversation - July 31, 2019

Rini Astuti, Helena Varkkey and Zu Dienle Tan – Early in Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's first term, Indonesia experienced some of the worst forest fires and haze in decades. Jokowi visited South Kalimantan in 2015, walking through charred peatlands to witness first-hand the fire damage. He then released a series of policies related to forests and peatland fires.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Coconuts Jakarta - July 31, 2019

Due to the highly ambiguous nature of Indonesia's Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU ITE), any legitimate criticism against the government or those in power could potentially lead to criminal sanctions against the criticizer.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Post - July 31, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Social Affairs Agency will soon stop logistical aid to refugees from the Middle East currently housed at the former building of the West Jakarta military command (Kodim) in Kalideres, West Jakarta, starting on Thursday.The agency's social safety unit head Tarmijo Damanik said that starting on Thursday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Kompas.com - July 31, 2019
Ghinan Salman, Surabaya – The Kraksaan sectoral police in Probolinggo, East Java, have reportedly returned four books with communist themes to literacy activists that are part of the Vespa Literacy community.

But the books were not in fact given straight back to Vespa Literacy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Tempo - July 31, 2019

Shinta Maharani, Jakarta – Human rights group Komnas HAM (The National Commission on Human Rights) argues that the decision taken by Bantul Regent Suharsono to revoke the permit of a church, Gereja Pantekosta di Indonesia (GPdI) Immanuel, is legally ungrounded.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - July 31, 2019

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The head of the Indonesian Lung Doctors Association (PDPI), Agus Dwi Susanto, said that air pollution emitted from motorized vehicles is as dangerous as cigarette smoke. Both could cause cancer.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - July 31, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – The Indonesian Solar Energy Association (AESI) has criticized the issuance of four ministerial regulations that it claims do not support the government's clean energy development program.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - July 31, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – To offset the limited state budget allocation for infrastructure development, the government is inviting the private sector to participate in building transportation facilities across the nation under a public private partnership (PPP).

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Guardian - July 31, 2019

Jose Ramos-Horta – As Timorese and Australians work round the clock preparing to celebrate two milestones in Timor-Leste's recent history – the independence vote on 30 August and the arrival of peacekeeping troops on 20 September 1999, intimately connecting the two countries like an umbilical chord – two brave Australians are on trial for exposing a perfidy unworthy of a great coun

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Coconuts Jakarta - July 31, 2019

Indonesia's presidential election took place in April and was finally legally settled in June when the Constitutional Court rejected Prabowo Subianto's election fraud lawsuit, cementing President Joko Widodo's reelection win.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - July 31, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – While the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has expressed its firm stance as an opposition party, it has expressed its readiness to open talks with the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) on the compositional makeup of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Republika - July 31, 2019

Ichsan Emrald Alamsyah, Jakarta – Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir says that it is acceptable to discuss ideas such as Marxism and an Islamic caliphate on campus as long as it is limited to academic study and under the guidance of a lecturer.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Tempo - July 31, 2019

Iil Askar Monza, Jakarta – A semi-permanent home owned by Asnawi Liwi, a journalist of Serambi Indonesia in Southeast Aceh suddenly went up in flames on Tuesday morning, July 30th. Asnawi suspects that it is an act of arson in response to news coverage on corruption issues.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - July 31, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – An oil spill from state energy company Pertamina's Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) in Karawang has reached the Thousand Islands since Thursday, July 25.

The regent of Thousand Islands, Husein Murad, said that several islands are affected including Rambut Island, Untung Jawa, and Ayer.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
Jakarta Post - July 31, 2019

Jakarta – The Legal Aid Institute (LBH) in Surabaya, East Java, has lambasted the Kraksaan Police and the Indonesian Military for seizing books believed to contain communist teachings, saying the move was arbitrary and unlawful.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 31, 2019

Jakarta – Plastic and paper trash believed to have originated from abroad has been found near the Burangkeng landfill in Bekasi, West Java.

Kompas.com reported on Wednesday that the waste consisted mostly of food packages such as dried fruit packaging from New Zealand, snack packaging from Canada and seaweed snack packaging from South Korea.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
South China Morning Post - July 31, 2019

Amy Chew – Indonesian opposition leader Prabowo Subianto will play a "mediatory role" between the government and the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) if authorities refuse to renew the operating licence of the hardline group, which campaigns for a caliphate in the secular Muslim nation.

July 30, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Xinhua - July 30, 2019

Shi Yinglun, Jakarta – Indonesian military launched on Tuesday a new elite unit designated to carry out special military missions, particularly in addressing terrorism issue.

The launching ceremony of the super elite unit called Special Operation Command, or Koopssus, was held in Indonesian military headquarters located in Cilangkap, East Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Tempo - July 30, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Commander Hadi Tjahjanto says that the Koopssus TNI (special operations command) is specially formed to tackle terrorism, either domestic or international.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Suara Jatim - July 30, 2019

Bangun Santoso – The seizure of books allegedly containing communist ideas belonging to the Vespa Literacy community by the Kraksaan sectoral police and Probolinggo regency TNI (Indonesian Military) on July 27 was an abuse of power and violated the law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 30, 2019

Jon Afrizal, Jambi – An environmental NGO is warning authorities of a potential increase of forest fires in Jambi during the dry season, as satellites detected dozens of hot spots – identified as land fires – spreading across the province over the past week.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 30, 2019

Jakarta – Residents of Bahagia (happy) subdistrict in North Bekasi, West Java, joined on Tuesday workers and other stakeholders to remove solid waste, mostly plastics, from the Bahagia River, located close to their homes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› People & Places
Indonesia at Melbourne - July 30, 2019

Revered journalist and writer Arswendo Atmowiloto died on 19 July aged 70 after a short illness. I came to know Arswendo through my research on blasphemy and human rights in Indonesia. While about 90 people have been convicted of blasphemy since Soeharto's demise on 21 May 1998, only nine people were convicted during the dictator's nearly 32-year rule. Arswendo was one of them.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Dispute
Associated Press - July 30, 2019

Australia's Parliament has approved the ratification of a maritime boundary treaty signed with East Timor 16 months ago and the government is now under pressure to return tens of millions of dollars in royalties from a seabed gas field that it concedes solely belongs to the poor half-island nation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - July 30, 2019

Another week, another highly disturbing report about extreme domestic violence in Indonesia, this time involving a man who allegedly set his wife on fire over suspected infidelity.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Tempo - July 30, 2019

M Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – Head of the Indonesian Child Protection Agency (LPAI) Seto Mulyadi sees the issue regarding child pornography in Indonesia fits the iceberg phenomenon analogy and considers there are plenty of cases that have yet been exposed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Post - July 30, 2019

Ruslan Sangadji, Palu – Police in Palu, Central Sulawesi, have arrested a 14-year-old student, identified only as AP, and Sofyan, 43, for stealing an earthquake detector owned by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 30, 2019

Fadli, Batam, Riau Islands – The Batam Customs Office in Riau Islands has sent seven containers containing hazardous and toxic waste owned by importing company PT Arya Wiraraja Plastinindo on their way back to France and Hong Kong.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - July 30, 2019

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – The chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board, Thomas Trikasih Lembong, is optimistic investments would record a double-digit growth this year after a 7.4 increase in the first half. (The Jakarta Post/Donny Fernando)

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - July 30, 2019

Jakarta – Singapore remained the largest foreign investor in Indonesia during the first half, with investments of US$3.4 billion comprising 5,348 projects, according to the latest investment data issued by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - July 30, 2019

After successfully getting Youtube to suspend videos by gaming influencer Kimi Hime over "immoral" content, it appears that Indonesia's Information and Communications Ministry (Kominfo) is continuing its crusade against questionable content online.

Kominfo is now calling on citizens to help them find and block more "negative" content online.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 30, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Political expert Dewi Fortuna Anwar predicts that there is a strong possibility for Democrat Party to join forces with the government in power to pave way for their executive member Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY) into the 2024 presidential race.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Globe - July 30, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia plans to start paying a monthly allowance for its two million unemployed next year and provide training to teach them new skills.