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March 7, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
The Guardian - March 7, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – An Amnesty board member has been arrested by Indonesian police after a video of him singing a protest song critical of the country's military was circulated online.

Robertus Robet, a human rights activist and sociology professor at Jakarta's State University, was arrested late on Wednesday evening for alleged criminal defamation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 7, 2019

Arya Dipa and Ganug Nugroho Adi, Bandung, Surakarta and Jakarta – More than 22,000 families in 10 districts of Bandung, West Java, have been affected by water from the Citarum River that flooded the area on Thursday, killing one.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Akurat.co - March 7, 2019

Kosim Rahman – Former members of the recently banned Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) group, which had previously campaigned for radical Islamic ideas, is believed to be supporting the 02 presidential campaign ticket (Paslon) of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno in the 2019 elections.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - March 7, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – Weeks ahead of the presidential election in April, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo surprised passengers of Jakarta's commuter line (KRL) by boarding one of its trains during rush hour on Wednesday afternoon.

March 6, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Asia Pacific Report - March 6, 2019

Benny Mawel, Jayapura – A radical Muslim cleric faces being kicked out of Papua after more than 2000 Christians in Indonesia's Christian-majority eastern province demanded his expulsion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 6, 2019

Markus Makur, Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara – The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration undertook a massive trash clean-up drive in popular national parks on Monday to leverage momentum for National Trash Awareness Day as well as enhancing its efforts toward greater economic empowerment through tourism.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - March 6, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung – Prosecutors demanded on Wednesday that the Bandung Corruption Court sentence the former head of Sukamiskin Penitentiary, Wahid Husen, to nine years in prison and fine him Rp 400 million (US$28,275) for allegedly taking bribes from prisoners.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 6, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Arya Dipa, Nedi Putra AW and Apriadi Gunawan, Jakarta, Bandung, Malang, and Medan – The government set an ambitious target to reduce household waste in 2017 following pressure from inside and outside the country to take more serious steps in addressing the growing problem of waste.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - March 6, 2019

Jakarta – Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto has welcomed growth in the manufacturing sector in January after stagnation in the previous month.

The growth was indicated by an increase in the purchasing managers' index (PMI) in February to 50.1 from 49.9 in the previous month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Post - March 6, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – A number of civil society organizations and communities are set to hold the third annual Women's March Jakarta on April 27 to commemorate Kartini Day, which falls on the heroine's birthday of April 21.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Social Security & Welfare
Coconuts Jakarta - March 6, 2019

The problem of deciding who is really poor and who really deserves government assistance is a tough one anywhere but especially in countries like Indonesia where a large percentage of the population lives at the low end of the economic scale.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
France 24 - March 6, 2019

Liselotte Mas – Residents of Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia, have been fighting for decades to defend their rights and preserve their homeland against business interests, which seek to exploit the terrain for minerals and transform it into vast palm oil plantations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Tempo - March 6, 2019

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Pertamina Unit Manager Communication & CSR MOR I, Roby Hervindo predicts Indonesia will run out of oil reserve by the year 2030 based on the country's current 3.3 billion barrels reserve.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - March 6, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian Sugarcane Farmers Association (APTRI) representatives met with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in Jakarta on Tuesday to seek price certainty for sugar produced by farmers, which usually declined during the harvest and milling seasons.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Post - March 6, 2019

Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – A study by Singapore-based research company ValueChampion has found that Indonesia is the second-most dangerous country for women in the Asia Pacific region. Out of 14 countries, India, Indonesia and the Philippines are considered to be the least safe for women.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
The Conversation - March 6, 2019

Pat Ranald – Australia's trade minister Simon Birmingham and his Indonesian counterpart Enggartiasto Lukita signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement on Monday. Only afterwards (as is often the case) did we get to see what was in it.

We might never see an independent assessment of its costs and benefits.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Social Security & Welfare
Reuters - March 6, 2019

Tabita Diela, Jakarta – Indonesian economists and opposition officials have questioned the feasibility of President Joko Widodo's plan for cash handouts to the unemployed, citing an already strained national budget and ballooning debt at state enterprises.

News ›› West Papua ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Jakarta Globe - March 6, 2019

Primus Dorimulu, Jakarta – Papua looks blue from up above. Its shorelines and mountains are covered with verdant forest. The river that runs across its land resembles a thin brush of white paint drawn on a canvas of blue. Abundant minerals, notably copper and gold, lie beneath its fertile grounds.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 6, 2019

Jakarta – Up to 143 neighborhood units (RT) were flooded after heavy rains lashed the capital on Tuesday, the Jakarta administration said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
CNN Indonesia - March 6, 2019

Jakarta – The results of the latest LSI Denny JA survey show that support for the number 02 ticket in the 2019 presidential elections – Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno – has increased among voters who want Indonesia to become like the Middle East or Saudi Arabia.

News ›› East Timor ›› Mining & Energy
The Diplomat - March 6, 2019

Joao da Cruz Cardoso – Timor-Leste successfully held its first early election on May 12, 2018 demonstrating its growing maturity as a democratic state.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Social Security & Welfare
Jakarta Post - March 6, 2019

Jakarta – The campaign team of presidential candidate pair Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Ma'ruf Amin has asserted that the pre-employment card, which is one of the incumbent's campaign promises, will not be valid forever.

March 5, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› 1998 Fall of Suharto & Reformasi
Akurat.co - March 5, 2019

Oktaviani – The "sumpah pocong" challenge thrown up by Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Wiranto to former Army Strategic Reserves Command (Green Berets) commander Major General Kivlan Zein is inappropriate.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Mongabay - March 5, 2019

James Fair – Environmentalists in Indonesia have vowed to "never stop" in their fight to halt the construction of a hydroelectric project they say threatens the world's rarest great ape species with extinction, following a legal setback.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Tempo - March 5, 2019

Syafiul Hadi, Jakarta – Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Lieutenant Gen. M. Herindra said that there are new State Ministries and institutions that will be filled by active military personnel in pursuing TNI's restructure.

The Ministries consist of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Presidential Staff Office, and the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
CNN Indonesia - March 5, 2019

Jakarta – The Agrarian Reform Consortium (KAP) is asking the government to establish a special body to implement the agrarian reform program. KPA Secretary General Dewi Kartika says that the body should be temporary (ad hoc) and must be personally headed up by the president.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Coconuts Jakarta - March 5, 2019

One illustration of the creeping Islamization in Indonesia that some observers have warned about is the number of local and regional governments that have made prayers a work obligation for Muslim civil servants. Such policies have been implemented, to varying degrees, in the South Sumatran capital of Palembang and the West Sumatran capital Padang.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Jakarta Globe - March 5, 2019

Theodora Sarah Abigail – Many foreigners hold a mental image of a primitive Indonesia that is full of slums and dirty rivers and piles of garbage. They imagine, at best, the bamboo huts, the rice paddies and pastoral scenes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
The Guardian - March 5, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Hopes are fading for up to 100 Indonesian miners trapped inside an illegal gold mine that collapsed on the island of Sulawesi last Tuesday, with dozens of body bags sent to the site and pleas for help from the rubble now falling silent.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Agence France Presse - March 5, 2019

Facebook has banned political advertisements from outside Indonesia ahead of the country's presidential poll, just weeks after being heavily criticised by the European Union for not doing enough to counter election meddling.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Tempo - March 5, 2019

Dias Prasongko, Jakarta – Chicken farmers from various regions in Indonesia held a demonstration in front of the State Palace on Tuesday, March 5. The farmers protested about the price of chicken at the level of smallholders and independent farmers, which they believe is too cheap.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Associated Press - March 5, 2019

Environmentalists in Indonesia have lost a court challenge to a Chinese-backed dam project in Indonesia that will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan species.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Coconuts Jakarta - March 5, 2019

Since Netflix became available in Indonesia in 2016, the video streaming platform has remained unavailable to a large number of Indonesians – specifically, customers of state-owned telco Telkom who subscribe to its home internet service Indihome, mobile internet service Telkomsel, or its public Wi-Fi service Wifi.id.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - March 5, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – A group of top executives of foreign and local mining firms gathered at a forum held in a five-star hotel at the heart of Jakarta recently, expressing their wishes that the government should do more to help their industry as several problems were left unsolved.

March 4, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) welcomed the signing of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Age & Disability Rights
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2019

Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – Anggiasari Puji Aryatie, 39, carries a remarkable spirit as a triple-minority legislative candidate who has no political leverage or much money for her campaign.

She is a person with a disability, a Catholic and a woman, a minority gender in politics, yet she gets a lot of support from people who believe in her.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Sydney Morning Herald - March 4, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – Two of Australia's most prestigious universities are considering opening new campuses in Indonesia following the signing of a landmark free trade agreement.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Associated Press - March 4, 2019

Medan, Indonesia – Environmentalists lost a court challenge Monday to a Chinese-backed dam in Indonesia that will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan species.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2019

Jakarta – Members of a joint team comprising the Jakarta Military Police, the National Police and Customs and Excise arrested two Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel on Saturday for allegedly possessing drugs, a top military official has said.

The two military personnel are identified only as HJS and H, who are both members of the Indonesian Army.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan and Kharishar Kahfi, Medan and Jakarta – The Medan State Administrative Court in North Sumatra has rejected a lawsuit filed by environmental group the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) against North Sumatra administration's decision to issue permits for a hydropower project in the Batang Toru ecosystem.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
CNN Indonesia - March 4, 2019

Palembang – Around 100 people from the Komering ethnic group "buried themselves" in graves during an action in front of the South Sumatra governor's office on Monday March 4.

The action was held because land they have inhabited for decades along the length of the Komering River was stolen by a company.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Suharto & New Order Regime
Tempo - March 4, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Indonesia's opposition figure and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto gave praise to the authoritarian New Order regime under Soeharto's ruling for 32 years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Tempo - March 4, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) reported its analysis and evaluation results on the agrarian reform program during four years of the Joko Widodo or Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla administration to the Indonesian Ombudsman.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2019

Winny Tang, Jakarta – Mergers and acquisitions in Indonesia's banking industry are projected to flourish this year as foreign investors, mainly from Japan and South Korea, have begun to acquire local banks, while big state-owned and private lenders have also shown interest in acquiring the smaller ones.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Kompas.com - March 4, 2019

Christoforus Ristianto, Jakarta – The coordinator and also a victim of the 1989 Talangsari massacre, Edi Hasadad, is asking the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to ignore a recent peace declaration as a means to resolve the case.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2019

Jakarta – The profits of small banks, which are known as Book I and II banks, have grown slowly since 2015 because they cannot compete with large lenders.

According to Indonesia Banking Statistics, Book I banks only booked profits of Rp 700 billion (US$49.59 million) last year from Rp 116 billion in 2017, Rp 861 trillion in 2016 and Rp 1.57 trillion in 2015.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Reuters - March 4, 2019

Bernadette Christina Munthe, Kanupriya Kapoor, Jakarta – Indonesia and Australia on Monday signed an economic partnership agreement aimed at stepping up trade and investment between them in areas ranging from cattle to education and cars to wheat.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Agence France Presse - March 4, 2019

Six couples were publicly whipped in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province Monday for relations outside marriage, with at least two women unable to walk after the painful punishment.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2019

Jakarta – A total of 2,282 people in Jakarta have been diagnosed with dengue fever in January this year, with one confirmed death, an official has said.

Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti said on Monday that the three areas with the highest prevalence of dengue were West Jakarta, East Jakarta and South Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo maintains a comfortable lead over Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto coming into the final stretch of the 2019 presidential election, recent polls have indicated.