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November 28, 2023

CNN Indonesia - November 28, 2023

Jakarta – Human rights activist and defendant in a defamation case, Fatia Maulidiyanti, claims she never insulted Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan personally in the "Lord Luhut" case.

Jakarta Globe - November 28, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – An expert said Tuesday that Indonesia could leverage the diaspora's potential to supercharge bilateral trade with their country of residence rather than urging them to return home.

November 27, 2023

Tabloid Jubi - November 27, 2023

Jayapura, Jubi – Three construction workers in a health center in Jambul Village, West Beoga District, Puncak Regency, Central Papua Province lost their lives due to an assault allegedly carried out by a faction associated with the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) on Friday (24/11/2022). Two other workers were also injured during the attack.

Jakarta Post - November 27, 2023

Divya Karyza, Jakarta – Indonesia must reconsider its coal price cap policy to expedite renewable energy development in the country, according to analysts.

Tabloid Jubi - November 27, 2023

Jayapura, Jubi – The Cartenz Peace Operation Task Force Head Adj. Sr. Comr. Bayu Suseno revealed the identities of five individuals attacked in Jambul Village, West Beoga District, Puncak Regency, Central Papua Province.

Jakarta Globe - November 27, 2023

Ilham Oktafian, Theressia Silalahi, Jakarta – All three presidential candidates and their running mates convened at a Jakarta hotel on Monday to endorse an "integrity pact" that stands as a joint commitment aimed at ensuring order and peace during the electoral campaigning phase, which commences tomorrow.

Jakarta Post - November 27, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has relaunched its electoral candidate profile platform, Rekamjejak.net, in preparation for the 2024 legislative election.

The watchdog's website was launched on Sunday, two days before the official start of the campaign season.

Tempo - November 27, 2023

Tempo.Co, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto promised that he would stop importing fuel oil (BBM) if he was elected president in the upcoming 2024 elections. The director of the Center of Economic and Law Studies (Celios), Bhima Yudhistira, said that it is a difficult promise to keep considering Indonesia's huge fuel imports volume.

Antara News - November 27, 2023

Fath Putra Mulya, Resinta Sulistiyandari, Jakarta – National Police (Polri) Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo and Commander of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI), General Agus Subiyanto, signed a Declaration of TNI-Polri Neutrality Commitment in the 2024 General Election in Jakarta on Monday.

Kompas.com - November 27, 2023

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – The politics doing the rounds these days can be referred to as "hating" the past and lacking a sufficient historical awareness, thus giving rise to the politics of "gemoy", "selepet" and the "Hunger Games".

Tempo - November 27, 2023

Dicky Kurniawan, Antara, Jakarta – According to the data provided by Pertamina Patra Niaga, there are currently 7,898,648 vehicles registered to the MyPertamina app. The registration was intended to ensure target precision for subsidized fuel oil (BBM) distribution such as Pertalite and Solar.

Jakarta Post - November 27, 2023

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The campaign teams of the presidential and vice presidential candidate pairs are confident they can win the Feb. 14, 2024 race in only one round.

Jakarta Globe - November 27, 2023

Vinnilya Huanggrio, Jakarta – The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has recorded a noteworthy increase in individual investors, reaching 11.9 million in the current year as opposed to 10.3 million in 2022.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 27, 2023

Jakarta – When Indonesia's Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) Secretariat officially released its delayed Comprehensive Investment and Policy Plan (CIPP) last Tuesday, nobody was surprised by the shortcomings written into the 300-plus-page document.

Reuters - November 27, 2023

Melbourne – Nickel Industries is inviting electric vehicle and battery makers including Tesla to its Indonesian facilities as it seeks potential investors to the plant, the Australian company's chief executive said on Monday.

CNN Indonesia - November 27, 2023

Jakarta – Human rights activist and defendant in a defamation case, Haris Azhar, says that the public prosecutor is representing the ruling elite in the trial against him.

Jakarta Globe - November 27, 2023

Theressia Silalahi & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The start of the presidential campaign season is set for Tuesday, allowing the three contenders a span of two months and 10 days to engage and persuade voters.

November 26, 2023

Tempo - November 26, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – The utilization of the Wolbachia method to control dengue is running into challenges, especially in terms of disseminating information about the method to the community.

Kompas.com - November 26, 2023

Fabian Januarius Kuwado, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has re-launched the Track Record (RekamJejak.net) website to expose information and the curriculum vitae of the hundreds of legislative candidates running in the 2024 elections.

Agence-France Presse - November 26, 2023

Lhokseumawe, Aceh – Indonesian police and fishermen said Saturday they have begun patrolling parts of the country's westernmost province to prevent Rohingya refugees from landing on its shores, after nearly 1,100 members of the persecuted Myanmar minority arrived this month.

Tempo - November 26, 2023

Ricky Juliansyah, Jakarta – The Pro-Palestine rally are still ongoing in a number of areas in Indonesia. This morning, for example, Depok residents took to the streets to hold a rally in support of Gaza residents in Palestine.

Tempo - November 26, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has asked the Greek government to support Indonesian palm oil-based products to prevent them from receiving discriminatory treatment by the European Union (EU).

Tempo - November 26, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Agriculture Ministry has strengthened cooperation in the agriculture sector with Timor Leste's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Forestry (MALFF).

November 25, 2023

Jakarta Post - November 25, 2023

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has suspended Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chief Firli Bahuri, his aide said on Saturday, following an accusation of extortion in an investigation that has ensnared a former minister.

The Messenger - November 25, 2023

Marina Welker – Netflix's new series Cigarette Girl romanticizes an industry that kills around 290,000 Indonesians each year.

Inspired by Ratih Kumala's novel, Gadis Kretek, which blends business and romantic intrigue with mythology and historical events, the series paints an appealing portrait of Indonesia's cigarette market, which is the world's second largest.

Tempo - November 25, 2023

Adinda Jasmine Prasetyo, Jakarta – The running presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto promised energy self-sufficiency for Indonesia and to halt fuel import if he's elected as president in the upcoming general elections.

Jakarta Globe - November 25, 2023

Ilham Oktafian, Jakarta – The Indonesian Army remains without a commander following the promotion of Chief of Staff General Agus Subiyanto to the Armed Forces commander on Wednesday.

Agus, who held the position of Army's chief of staff for less than a month, vacated the role upon his promotion.

Jakarta Globe - November 25, 2023

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo conveyed heartfelt gratitude to all educators across Indonesia, saying on Saturday that his government is committed to ensuring they receive the deserved recognition.

Jakarta Globe - November 25, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia's exports of goods, including palm oil, to the United Arab Emirates are set to skyrocket with a bilateral trade pact now in place.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 25, 2023

Jakarta – Justice seems to have been served as the Supreme Court upheld last week the punishments handed down to the central government and Jakarta government for failing to cope with the air pollution that has been plaguing the city for years. However, justice will be denied if the government refuses to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling, which is final and binding.

November 24, 2023

Jakarta Post - November 24, 2023

Jakarta – As the Group of 20 Summit in New Delhi came to a close in September, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked leaders from each member state to gather again virtually toward the end of India's presidency to follow up on the implementation of the summit's results.

Tabloid Jubi - November 24, 2023

Jayapura, Jubi – The Indonesian Supreme Court dismissed the appeal made by four Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers accused of the murder and mutilation of four Nduga residents in Mimika Regency. The court's decision is detailed in Ruling Number 291 K/Mil/2023 of the Indonesian Supreme Court.

Gulf Times - November 24, 2023

The Israeli occupation army stormed Friday morning the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, executed a wounded Palestinian woman in cold blood, and wounded and arrested six others.

Meanwhile, it intensified its violent raids on various areas of the Gaza Strip, less than an hour before a temporary humanitarian pause agreement came into force.

Tempo - November 24, 2023

Sultan Abdurrahman, M. Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) coordinator Agus Sunaryanto called on President Joko Widodo alias Jokowi to take responsibility for the destruction of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) during his term of office.

Tempo - November 24, 2023

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – The Indonesian government launched 51 One-Price Fuel policy distribution stations today, Friday, November 24, 2023. The inauguration was led directly by Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) Arifin Tasrif.

Tabloid Jubi - November 24, 2023

Jayapura, Jubi – A firefight occurred between the Cartenz Peace Operation Task Force and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) in Titigi District, Intan Jaya Regency, Central Papua Province, on Wednesday (22/11/2023). Two mobile brigade (brimob) personnel were shot, one of them passed away.

Radio New Zealand - November 24, 2023

West Papua independence campaigner Benny Wenda has been elected as president of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP).

This week, the ULMWP held its first ever congress in Jayapura, which was attended by 5,000 indigenous West Papuans from all seven region.

Tempo - November 24, 2023

Daniel A. Fajri, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi allowed mayors and ministers running in the 2024 presidential election to remain in their current positions. This is stipulated in Government Regulation (PP) No. 53 of 2023 dated November 21, which takes effect on the same date.

Reuters - November 24, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia's President Joko Widodo on Friday launched construction of a carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) project in West Papua province operated by BP Plc (BP.L), the country's first carbon storage project.

The CCUS project has the potential to store up to 1.8 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide, energy minister Arifin Tasrif said in a statement on Friday.

Jakarta Globe - November 24, 2023

Ahmad Shoim, Surabaya – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto unveiled a pivotal program on Friday, promising free lunches and milk for pregnant mothers, children, and teenagers in a bid to address stunting, a critical issue affecting the nation's health.

This initiative is anticipated to encompass nearly 83 million individuals nationwide.

Tempo - November 24, 2023

Bagus Pribadi, Jakarta – The Enforcement Team of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) conducted a sting operation in East Kalimantan. The commission confiscated hundreds of millions of rupiah from the National Center for Implementation of National Roads (BBPJN) East Kalimantan and several private entities.

Tempo - November 24, 2023

Yohanes Maharso, Antara, Jakarta – The Ministry of Communication and Information or Kominfo introduced a new policy on digital identity, which is part of the second amendment of Law No. 11 of 2008 on Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE). The new policy will later require all citizens to have a digital ID.

Tabloid Jubi - November 24, 2023

Nabire, Jubi – The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) battalion commander of Ndulamo region, Aibon Kogoya, admitted to being involved in the shooting at Mbamogo Base in Intan Jaya Regency, Central Papua Province, on Wednesday (22/11/2023).

Jakarta Globe - November 24, 2023

Ilham Oktafian, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman Firli Bahuri has been barred from traveling abroad after being named a suspect in an extortion case investigated by the Jakarta Police, a lead investigator said on Friday.

Jakarta Globe - November 24, 2023

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Anwar Usman, a Constitutional Court Judge ousted from his position as chief justice due to a controversial ruling favoring the president's son, initiated legal action against his successor, Chief Justice Suhartoyo, on Friday.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 24, 2023

Jakarta – The integrity of next year's general election has been blatantly undermined by the Constitutional Court's willingness to accommodate the wishes of the powerful over the needs of democracy, though it is heartening to see that none of the presidential candidates, or political parties supporting them, are pulling out of the crucial electoral process, despite their entirely ju

November 23, 2023

Sydney Morning Herald - November 23, 2023

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore/Jakarta – Seated on a bench at a badminton centre in Jakarta, two senior Indonesian officials are pictured in conversation.

On the left is Firli Bahuri, the head of Indonesia's much-vaunted Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK; on his right is Syahrul Yasin Limpo, until recently the country's agriculture minister.

Jakarta Globe - November 23, 2023

Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman Firli Bahuri will soon be suspended after police named him a suspect for allegedly blackmailing a graft suspect.

Syamsuddin Haris, a member of the KPK oversight body, said on Thursday his team has sent a letter to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo asking for Firli's removal.

Jakarta Globe - November 23, 2023

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo marked a significant milestone on Thursday with the inauguration of two new airports, Douw Aturure Airport in Nabire, Central Papua Province, and Siboru Airport in Fakfak, West Papua Province.

The move aims to bolster accessibility to the eastern provinces of Papua.

Mongabay - November 23, 2023

One of the world's largest palm oil companies appears to have overseen a network of companies responsible for deforestation of tens of thousands of hectares, according to a new investigation published by The Gecko Project, a London-based investigative journalism organization.