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January 3, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - January 3, 2020

Niniek Karmini, Jakarta – The death toll from floods in Indonesia's capital has risen to 43 as rescuers found more bodies amid receding floodwaters, disaster officials say.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - January 3, 2020

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – Indonesians have flooded the social media accounts of Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, or FIA, with pleas to cancel their electric car race in the country's capital in June.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 3, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – More than 740 neighborhoods in Greater Jakarta and 107 in Banten remain without power as of Friday noon after severe flooding since Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Tempo - January 3, 2020

Bisnis, Jakarta – The growing international tourist visits from January to November 2019 did not coincide with the occupancy levels of hotels, which experienced a drop compared to the same period in 2018. This is due to the shifting trend from hotels to virtual home-sharing sites.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 3, 2020

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Police are looking into illegal logging as a possible factor contributing to heavy flooding that killed three people and left two missing in North Sumatra's North Labuhan Batu regency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 3, 2020

Jakarta – A flash food has killed at least three people and injured several others in Lebo village in Manganitu district, Sangihe Islands regency, North Sulawesi.

Sangihe Regent Jabes Gaghana said the flood hit the village at 6 a.m. on Friday. Only one of the three bodies has been recovered so far.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Coconuts Jakarta - January 3, 2020

Now that much of the floods in the Greater Jakarta Area have subsided, the inevitable blame game for the deadly disaster has begun, in which it doesn't appear that the country's leaders can agree on who or what caused the floods.

First, it was President Joko Widodo who gave his assessment on the floods with an obvious conclusion that most people would agree with.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - January 3, 2020

Investor Daily, Jakarta – Capital flow to Indonesia totaled Rp 224,2 trillion, or $16 billion, throughout last year – likely to bring the country's balance of payment into positive territory, the central bank announced on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 3, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesians are no strangers to disaster, both natural and manmade. But in the face of such trials, the people of the archipelago are known to tap into their unique brand of quirky humor to cope and bring light to even the grimmest of circumstances.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 3, 2020

Jakarta – The massive floods that hit Jakarta on Wednesday swept away not only waste but also reusable household appliances, such as TVs and refrigerators. As a result, people were lining up at the Manggarai sluice gate in Central Jakarta to collect such items.

Benjon, a resident of Penggangsaan district, had come to the gate on Thursday to collect items to resell.

News ›› East Timor ›› Balibo Five & 1975 Invasion
Detik News - January 3, 2020

Isal Mawardi, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto invited veterans of the Seroja Operation in East Timor to his private residence in Hambalang on Wednesday. The invitation was to show his respect to the former fighters.

January 2, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 2, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – People are taking to social media to alert their neighbors and ask authorities for help, as the widespread flooding that hit Greater Jakarta on Jan. 1 has left people stranded on the upper floor and even the rooftop of their homes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Mongabay - January 2, 2020

Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Flash floods triggered by the heaviest rains ever recorded in Jakarta wreaked havoc across the Indonesian capital Jakarta and its satellite cities on the first day of the new year. Authorities have attributed much of the damage from the disaster, in which at least 19 people have died, to years of environmental degradation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Globe - January 2, 2020

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Buni Yani, the man who played a key role in the blasphemy allegation that led to the criminal conviction of former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, was put on parole on Thursday after serving 11 months in prison for inciting hatred.

Buni left the Gunung Sindur Penitentiary in Bogor, West Java, at noon after his parole was approved.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Post - January 2, 2020

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomed defense minister and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto as his first guest of 2020 on Wednesday at Gedung Agung state palace in Yogyakarta.

"In the 2020 new year, Pak Prabowo is the first prominent guest that I have received," Jokowi said after the meeting.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - January 2, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded inflation of 2.72 percent in 2019, the lowest level in around two decades, thanks to lower inflationary pressure from government-regulated prices, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
ABC News - January 2, 2020

Erwin Renaldi – Nidya Desianti and her husband had just finished paying off their mortgage and were excited to start the new year living in their new home in Jakarta.

Then, the floods hit.

Heavy rains inundated Southeast Asia's biggest capital city on Wednesday, displacing 30,000 people and leaving at least 21 dead.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Political Prisoners & Wrongful Imprisonment
FRI-WP/AMP Statement - January 2, 2020

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News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 2, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – By 7:00 a.m. on Jan. 2, a day after heavy flooding blacked out parts of Greater Jakarta and Banten province, state-owned electricity company PLN was operating 21,214 out of 23,700 substations in Greater Jakarta and 13,686 out of 14,000 substations in Banten.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - January 2, 2020

Faisal Maliki Baskoro, Jakarta – Inflation in Indonesia cooled to an eight-month low in December as the cost of transportation, telecommunication and financial services stagnated, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, said on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - January 2, 2020

Jessica Damiana, Jakarta – The death toll from flash floods and landslides in and around Indonesia's capital Jakarta reached at least 19 on Thursday, with more heavy rain forecast, authorities said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - January 2, 2020

Novy Lumanauw, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo called the Indonesian capital market authorities to toughen measures against market manipulations on Thursday, in his first comment of the year on the financial market after it emerged that the country's largest state-owned insurer has run into a brink of collapse due to reckless investment in the stock market.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - January 2, 2020

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The advocacy team of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan criticized the criminal charges used by police against the two men responsible for the acid attack against the KPK investigator.

They argue there is a tendency to localizing the terror act into a single suspect scenario driven by a personal vendetta.

January 1, 2020

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
WA Today - January 1, 2020

Nick Bonyhady – The Howard government refused to offer safe haven to a group of about 1500 pro-independence East Timorese the United Nations believed were at risk in Indonesia.

News ›› West Papua ›› Militarism & Security Approach
Tempo - January 1, 2020

Jakarta – The government should prioritize dialog instead of using a security approach in seeking solution to the Papuan problem. Deployment of soldiers and police in the past year has proven ineffective. Security apparatus have not been able to quell armed groups from disrupting the peace. Meanwhile, the number of civilian victims continues to climb.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 1, 2020

Jakarta – The government is working to mitigate and prevent flooding in regions across the country, especially in Jakarta, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said in response to the severe floods in the capital city that followed heavy rains from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 1, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Severe flooding in Jakarta has claimed at least three lives and forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes after heavy rains from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning inundated both residential and commercial areas across the capital.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 1, 2020

Hengky Ola Sura, Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara – Dozens of buildings in Egon village in Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara, were left submerged in floodwater following heavy rainfall from Sunday to Monday.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Australian Associated Press - January 1, 2020

By mid-1999, Australian military involvement in East Timor was looking increasingly possible.

It appeared so likely that the government used it as a justification for rejecting a UN request for a military contribution for its operations in war-ravaged Kosovo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 1, 2020

Jakarta – Massive floods marked the first day of 2020 in Greater Jakarta on Wednesday after heavy rains pounded the the capital and its peripheral areas since New Year's Eve.

The rain that has soaked the capital city since Tuesday has caused floods in housing areas, at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta and disrupted train networks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - January 1, 2020

Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has appointed five retired generals to be the ministry's special assistants, including the former commander of the infamous Tim Mawar (Rose Team) of the Army's elite Special Forces (Kopassus).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Jakarta Post Editorial - January 1, 2020

Jakarta – When the clock struck midnight yesterday night, we waved goodbye not only to 2019, but also to the 2010s, a tumultuous decade so emotionally taxing that many would certainly prefer to opt out if they could.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 1, 2020

Dedek Hendry, Seluma, Bengkulu – Heavy downpours starting on Tuesday afternoon have caused the Air Ngalam River to breach its banks, flooding eight villages in Seluma regency, Bengkulu.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 1, 2020

Arya Dipa and Kharishar Kahfi, Bandung and Jakarta – Greater Jakarta is not the only region in the country flooded during the new year's celebrations, as some regions in West Java and Bengkulu were inundated by heavy rains that fell throughout Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 1, 2020

Arya Dipa, Bandung – Heavy rainfall caused flooding as deep as 2 meters at the Padalarang underpass in West Bandung regency, West Java, which Regent Aa Umbara Sutisna blamed on the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway construction project.

News ›› East Timor ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
The Guardian - January 1, 2020

Gay Alcorn – Australia leading an international peacekeeping force in East Timor after the territory voted for independence in 1999 was a turning point in Australia's role in the region, according to former treasurer Peter Costello.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 1, 2020

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Jakarta experienced on Tuesday night its worst rainfall in over a decade, with heavy rain pouring over the city nonstop until Wednesday morning, causing severe flooding in the capital and its satellite cities on the first day of 2020.

December 31, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - December 31, 2019

Asip A. Hasani, Blitar, East Java – A group of farmers in Blitar, East Java, have established a member-owned financial institution. Its main goal is to keep ownership of the land they obtained from a plantation company through redistribution.

News ›› West Papua ›› History & Anthropology
News Room - December 31, 2019

Dr Mark Busse and Sophie Faber – West Papua has been in the media more than usual over the last six months, with stories about indigenous protests against racism and repression, demands for independence, brutal Indonesian police and military crackdowns, and the banning of foreign journalists.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - December 31, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has handled fewer initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2019 as it welcomed 55 newcomers to the bourse, down from 57 firms listing last year.

However, that was still a good achievement compared to other stock exchanges in the Southeast Asian region, IDX president director Inarno Djajadi said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Jakarta Post - December 31, 2019

Jakarta – Personnel of Makassar Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) conducted raids at several convenience stores in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Monday evening to confiscate condoms in a bid to prevent "negative acts" from taking place during New Year's Eve celebrations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Sydney Morning Herald - December 31, 2019

Amilia Rosa, Bali – Indonesian authorities have ordered pigs in Bali no longer be fed airline leftover food to protect them from a rapidly spreading bout of African swine fever.

Local media reports say more than 34,000 pigs have died in the isolated North Sumatra area and authorities are not taking any chances with some 760,000 pigs in Bali.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Reuters - December 31, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia's Supreme Court has struck down a regulation that allowed activities by plantation companies in protected forest areas, a green group said on Tuesday, flagging a decision that could affect the thriving palm oil industry.

News ›› East Timor ›› Occupation & Armed Resistance
Tempo Timor - December 31, 2019

Dili – The body of Timor-Leste's first prime minister, Nicolau dos Reis Lobato has never been found. He was killed by the Indonesian military on 31 December 1978. But after 41 years it is still unclear where his remains are.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - December 31, 2019

Eva Fitriani, Jakarta – Indonesia's furniture manufacturers are confident to reach the elusive $2 billion export target next year, taking advantage from increasing demand from American customers who seek supply replacements for tariff-hit Chinese furniture.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Research & Technology
The Diplomat - December 31, 2019

Prashanth Parameswaran – On December 30, in a notable first, Indonesia unveiled a prototype of an indigenous medium-range strike capable drone. While the development was just one among many in the development of the Southeast Asian state's military capabilities, it nonetheless spotlighted its strategic and operational significance.

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

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) has fixed next year's allocation of subsidized fuels at 26.87 million kiloliters (kL), up 3 percent from last year, following a meeting with House of Representatives members last week

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Post - December 31, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil and Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – The 2010s will end with the closing of 2019, and as we prepare to welcome the 2020s, many of us are reflecting on what has happened in Indonesia over the past 10 years.

The Jakarta Post has rounded up some of the most important events of the past decade as they appeared in our newspaper's headlines.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Jakarta Globe - December 31, 2019

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Islamist vigilante group the Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, has refused to renew permit which already expired in June, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Post - December 31, 2019

Arientha Primanita, Jakarta – The Majalengka District Court has sentenced Irfan Nur Alam, the son of Majalengka regent Karna Sobahi who also served as an official at the administration, to 1.5 months in prison for shooting a contractor in a project fee dispute.