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August 7, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - August 7, 2018

Jakarta (Antara) – Aceh Acting Governor Nova Iriansyah instructed the establishment of Measles-Rubella or MR Vaccines to be postponed upon waiting for its halal certification.

"We have ordered the Health Agency to forward it to the city/regency to postpone the immunization," said Nova Iriansyah at Banda Aceh, Tuesday, August 7.

August 6, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Coconuts Jakarta - August 6, 2018

One of the most remarkable changes to daily life in Jakarta and many other cities in Indonesia is the recent rise of ride-hailing services like Go-Jek and Grab that have hugely increased the number of convenient transportation and delivery options.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
ABC News - August 6, 2018

Kerrin Thomas – An Australian dentist and a small group of volunteers have managed to check more than 1,200 mouths in just two weeks on Timor Leste.

That amounted to 527 extractions and 406 fillings for Charmaine White, from Narooma on the New South Wales south coast, and her volunteers.

News ›› East Timor ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Dili Weekly - August 6, 2018

Paulina Quintao – The general director for Tourism Jose Quintas appealed to all citizens to be responsible for keeping the capital, Dili, clean and beautiful because doing so will attract more tourists to Timor-Leste which will also raise the country's national revenue.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Book & Film Reviews
Book Review by Joe Collins (AWPA) - August 6, 2018

In Maire Leadbeater's new book, "See No Evil: New Zealand's betrayal of the people of West Papua", the theme of the title is also relevant for Australia. Both countries were involved in the tragic betrayal of West Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - August 6, 2018

Jakarta – The National Police's Detachment 88 counterterrorism unit arrested on Saturday a suspected terrorist identified only by his initials TDW, 28, in a housing complex in Rawa Kalong, Bogor, West Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - August 6, 2018

James Massola, Amilia Rosa & Karuni Rompies, Lombok – Indonesian authorities expect the death toll from a magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the Indonesian tourist islands of Lombok and Bali will keep rising, after a first frantic day of rescue efforts got underway.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Bloomberg - August 6, 2018

Viriya Singgih and Tassia Sipahutar, Jakarta – The Indonesian economy is offering little cheer for President Joko Widodo as he gears up to run for a second term.

Gross domestic product rose 5.3 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said in Jakarta on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tempo - August 6, 2018

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) is reluctant to take part in the integrated team to investigate past gross human rights violations which is being touted by Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs (Menkopolhukam) Wiranto.

News ›› West Papua ›› Immigration & Border Security
Asia Pacific Report - August 6, 2018

An Australian doctoral researcher whose honeymoon plans in Indonesia included a cultural festival in the insecure Papua region has been deported after Indonesian officials accused her of being a journalist, a news agency reports.

Belinda Lopez, a Bahasa speaker, is back in Australia with a week left of her holiday but her plans ruined.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - August 6, 2018

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The Indonesian economy expanded by 5.27 percent year-on-year (yoy) during the second quarter of 2018 thanks to strong growth in consumption, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Kompas.com - August 6, 2018

Andi Hartik, Malang – Genoneva Misiati (76) is now resting in peace. Her long wait to find her beloved son, Petrus Bima Anugrah or Bimo is over but without success.

August 5, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - August 5, 2018

Friski Riana, Jakarta – The Communication Agency member of the Gerindra Party Central Board (DPP) Andre Rosiade deplored the statement by the President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to his volunteers at Jokowi's volunteer general meeting.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Wawasan - August 5, 2018

Joko Santoso, Purbalingga – A short film by a student whose family were victims of the 1965 anti-communist purge has won best fictional film at the 2018 Purbalingga Film Festival (FFP).

The awards were conferred on Saturday evening, August 4, at the Purbalingga Square.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - August 5, 2018

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Zulkifli Hasan, said his party has not determined its support for Joko Widodo or Prabowo Subianto.

"Wait for the National Working Meeting, on Monday and Tuesday," he said in Jakarta, Saturday, August 4.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Tempo - August 5, 2018

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo received a visit from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Sunday, August 5.

"On this occasion, it will be used to discuss further on bilateral and international issues. But before I continue, I invite the noble to give the opening speech," said Jokowi.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - August 5, 2018

Arya Dipa, Bandung – The West Java Police have arrested at least 37 suspected terrorists ahead of the 2018 Asian Games, in which several events will be held in the province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - August 5, 2018

Sheany, Jakarta – The Beringin Karya Party, commonly known as Berkarya, is still holding out hope that the Constitutional Court will approve a petition to scrap the current threshold needed to put forward a presidential candidate.

August 4, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Post - August 4, 2018

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has said that it will close 70 schools during the 2018 Asian Games.

Previously, the administration had announced plans to close only 34 schools, but it has since decided to keep more schools closed during the sporting event, which will be held from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tabloid JUBI - August 4, 2018

Hans Arnold Kapisa, Jayapura – Manokwari, Yang Christian Warinussy, the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Study and Research (LP3BH) Manokwari, asserted President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, not to 'sell' the issue of human rights violations in Papua in regards to his candidacy in the Presidential Election 2019.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Agence France Presse - August 4, 2018

Indonesia will deploy tens of thousands of security personnel to prevent street crime and potential terrorist attacks during this month's Asian Games, police said Friday.

Some 40,000 troops and police officers will deployed in the capital Jakarta and Palembang in Sumatra, which are co-hosting the August 18 to September 2 Games.

News ›› West Papua ›› Immigration & Border Security
Reuters - August 4, 2018

Indonesia has denied entry and will deport an Australian graduate student who was travelling via Bali to Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua on holiday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Tempo - August 4, 2018

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Alumni of the 212 Presidium expressed their dissatisfaction over the results of the Ulema Ijtima (Meeting) conducted by the Fatwa Safeguard National Movement (Gerakan Nasional Pengawal Fatwa – GNPF) in relation to the recommendation for president and vice president candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Tempo - August 4, 2018

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Chief of the Joint Task Force Command (Komando Satuan Tugas Bersama – Kogasma) of the Democrat Party Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, also known as AHY, expressed his concerns over the rising issues of identity politics, which can tear the country's unity apart.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - August 4, 2018

Jakarta – Secretary-General of the Berkarya (Working) Party Priyo Budi Santoso, said that the blusukan (field monitoring operation) by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had actually been done by former President Soeharto.

News ›› West Papua ›› Immigration & Border Security
Jakarta Post - August 4, 2018

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – An Australian graduate student studying Indonesia and planning to visit Papua said she was devastated after being barred from entering the Southeast Asian country.

August 3, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - August 3, 2018

Jakarta – The Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) has issued a letter to the Gerindra Party's Jakarta executive board asking it to replace councilor Mohamad Taufik on its list of legislative candidates because of Taufik's background as a former corruption convict.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand International - August 3, 2018

Johnny Blades – Indonesia's influence in the Pacific Islands is growing, but is shadowed by disquiet over its region of Papua, known widely as West Papua.

The West Papuan independence movement has significant traction in the region, where it continues to push for its self-determination aspirations to be addressed by the international community.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - August 3, 2018

Jakarta – Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said investors were in a wait and see position ahead of the presidential and legislative elections in 2019 as they were concerned about the possible impact of the political events on the country's economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Jakarta Post - August 3, 2018

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is expected to appoint a female legal expert to replace the first and only female Constitutional Court (MK) justice, Maria Farida Indrati.

Maria, who has been lauded for her progressive opinions, particularly regarding women's rights, will retire on Aug. 13.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Globe - August 3, 2018

Sheany, Jakarta – Indonesia could add $135 billion, or 9 percent, to its annual gross domestic product, if it advances gender equality, McKinsey & Company said on Wednesday (01/08).

In a report published this week, McKinsey revealed that countries in the Asia-Pacific region could add $4.5 trillion to their collective GDP by 2025 by promoting equality for women.

News ›› East Timor ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Australian Associated Press - August 3, 2018

Australia is trying to reboot its troubled relations with historical friend East Timor, with Julie Bishop the first foreign minister to visit in five years.

Julie Bishop kept to her daily routine of a morning run this week when visiting East Timor's capital Dili.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - August 3, 2018

Jakarta – More than 100 home industries in West Jakarta have been warned to stop polluting the environment, with half of them dumping untreated industrial waste into rivers.

"All of them have been given three months to correct their practices," Edy Mulyanto, head of West Jakarta Environment Agency, said on Friday as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - August 3, 2018

Jakarta – Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution has warned that Indonesia relied very much on foreign capital because of the low savings rate among Indonesians. He considered it to be a factor of a weak fundamental economy.

The minister said foreign capital entered Indonesia through portfolio investment such as stocks and government debt papers.

August 2, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - August 2, 2018

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Lisnawati, a resident of Simalungun regency in North Sumatra and the mother of Arnita Rodelina Turnip, has accused the regency administration of cutting her daughter's scholarship because her daughter converted from Christianity to Islam.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Jakarta Post - August 2, 2018

Jakarta – The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has extended PT Freeport Indonesia's (PTFI) temporary special mining permit (IUPK) for another month after it expired on Tuesday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
CNN Indonesia - August 2, 2018

Kustin Ayuwuragil, Jakarta – A group called the NKRI Volunteers (Relawan NKRI) attempted to disrupt an action by the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) in front of the State Palace on Thursday August 2.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - August 2, 2018

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – An updated list of protected flora and fauna has seen a jump in the number of species, from 294 in 1999 to 921 this year.

The new list, issued by the Environment and Forestry Ministry last month, aims to promote sustainability and a proper treatment of the protected animals and plants.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - August 2, 2018

Fadli, Batam – The Riau Islands Health Agency has commenced with the national measles and rubella (MR) vaccination program in the province against the advice of the local Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chapter in Riau Islands.

The national MR vaccination program is to scheduled run from August to September.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - August 2, 2018

Jon Afrizal, Jambi – In a rare decision, the Muara Bulian District Court in Jambi has decided to suspend the six-month prison sentence for a 15-year-old girl who was sent to prison for aborting her pregnancy after being raped by her own brother.

Derman Nababan, who heads the district court, said on Thursday that the decision was made on "humanitarian grounds".

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
The National - August 2, 2018

Junior Ukaha – West Papuan refugees seeking to live in Papua New Guinea have not come to look for land or home but were forced out of their country, according to John Lanta.

News ›› West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
CNN Indonesia - August 2, 2018

Kustin Ayuwuragil & Ramadhan Rizki, Jakarta – Commemorating 49 years since the 'Act of Free Choice' (Pepera), the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) held protest actions in 13 cities across Indonesia including Jakarta, Bandung and Ambon.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
WA Today - August 2, 2018

Jewel Topsfield & Amilia Rosa – The date April 27, 2010 is seared into Colin Singer's mind. Singer, an independent prison visitor, had reported for duty at Hakea, a maximum-security adult prison in Western Australia.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Radio New Zealand International - August 2, 2018

A New Zealand government MP says the issue of West Papuan self-determination should be heard at the United Nations.

Louisa Wall made the comment at the launch of a new book examining New Zealand's position on Indonesia's Papua region, known widely as West Papua.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
CNN Indonesia - August 2, 2018

Ihsan Dalimunthe, Jakarta – Actions commemorating 49 years since the Papuan "Act of Free Choice (Pepera) in 1969 will be held at several different locations, one of which was in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday August 2.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - August 2, 2018

Yesterday, the Indonesian government started a massive month-long nationwide drive to get around 31.9 million children immunized with measles-rubella (MR) vaccines.

August 1, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Reuters - August 1, 2018

Beh Lih Yi, Kuala Lumpur – Calls to decriminalise abortion grew louder in Indonesia on Wednesday after a teenage girl who was raped by her brother was jailed for six months for terminating her pregnancy, sparking anger among activists who demanded her immediate release.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Coconuts Jakarta - August 1, 2018

The Asian Games start in just two-and-a-half weeks, but while Indonesia's athletes may be unified in their quest for glory at the massive sporting competition, the team in charge of Jakarta is arguing in public over the capital's preparations for the high-profile event.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Xinhua News - August 1, 2018

Jakarta – Indonesian police have foiled a plan by separatists in west Papua to establish a transient administration of an independent state, police said here Wednesday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Radio New Zealand International - August 1, 2018

An Indonesian government consultant on Papua issues says political matters in Papua region should be dealt with internally.

Franzalbert Joku said concerns about human rights issues in Papua expressed in Pacific Islands regional forums were welcome.