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November 11, 2023

Tabloid Jubi - November 11, 2023

Manokwari, Jubi – Hundreds of local fishermen protested at the West Papua Marine and Fisheries Office on Thursday (9/11/2023). They called on the Fisheries Office to prevent fishing vessels from outside West Papua from operating in the local waters.

Tempo - November 11, 2023

Dicky Kurniawan, Defara Dhanya Paramitha, Jakarta – Chairman of the Indonesian Electric Motorcycle Industry Association (Aismoli) Budi Setiyadi said that currently, there are three companies that stating their plan to build electric vehicle or EV battery plants in Indonesia. He said that the battery production could be started next year.

Tempo - November 11, 2023

Savero Ariestio Wienanto, Jakarta – A number of people gathered in front of the British Embassy in Jakarta to protest Coldplay's arrival in Indonesia. These people claimed Coldplay is a symbol of LGBTQ+ propaganda.

Reuters - November 11, 2023

Kate Lamb and Ananda Teresia, Jakarta – Indonesia's president is facing discontent within his administration over perceived meddling in next year's elections, with some cabinet ministers personally expressing outrage to colleagues, two sources with direct knowledge said.

Tabloid Jubi - November 11, 2023

Jakarta, Jubi – Several prominent figures in Indonesia issued a collective plea for a humanitarian ceasefire to stop the ongoing armed conflict in Papua.

Tempo - November 11, 2023

Riani Sanusi Putri, Amelia Rahima Sari, Jakarta – Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman stated that the government readied the development of a sugar factory in Merauke, Papua. Minister Amran claimed to have discussed the matter with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2023

Kornelius Purba, Jakarta – As soon as the emergency summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Riyadh this Sunday finishes, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will rush to Washington, DC to meet United States President Joe Biden at the White House on Monday in his capacity as the messenger of the Islamic world.

Tempo - November 11, 2023

Development, Jakarta – For R. William Liddle, Joko Widodo at the beginning offered much hope for Indonesia which was still struggling to get back on its feet following the 1998 Reformasi revolution. Bill Liddle – as he is familiarly known – has studied Indonesia since the 60s.

Agence France-Presse - November 11, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body issued a fatwa on Friday calling for a boycott of goods and services from companies that support Israel in a show of solidarity with the Palestinians.

November 10, 2023

Tempo - November 10, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – The director of the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza, Atef al-Kahlout, on Thursday, Nov. 9, expressed his concern that the hospital could shut down completely on Friday, Nov. 10, because it has run out of fuel.

Detik News - November 10, 2023

Tina Susilawati – Protesters from the Anti-LGBT National Movement (Geranati LGBT) went to the British Embassy in Jakarta on Friday November 10 to convey their opposition to a concert by British band Coldplay.

Reuters - November 10, 2023

William James, London – Scientists have rediscovered a long-lost species of mammal described as having the spines of a hedgehog, the snout of an anteater and the feet of a mole, in Indonesia's Cyclops Mountains more than 60 years after it was last recorded.

Tempo - November 10, 2023

Yohanes Maharso, Riani Sanusi Putri, Defara Dhanya, Jakarta – Arief Prasetyo Adi, head of the National Food Agency (Bapanas) blatantly revealed the reason behind the recent sugar price hike to more than Rp16,000 per kilogram. He said that the cause was the low realization of sugar imports by importers, below the import permit quota issued by the government.

Mongabay - November 10, 2023

Mongabay Haze Beat – Ely Marlina's 2-year-old child began to cough as the wildfires enveloped Indonesia's Ketapang district in the summer of 2019. The little one soon fell ill with an acute respiratory tract infection and was later diagnosed with pneumonia.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 10, 2023

Jakarta – Economic growth in the third quarter was lower than many had expected, dropping below the 5 percent mark for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The projections of several major banks had pointed to gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 5.1 percent, which would have been broadly in line with the performance seen in the first half of the year.

Vietnam Plus - November 10, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia's Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sakti Wahyu Trenggono on November 9 said, for the first time, the country has exported 243 tonnes of fishery products to China.

Trenggono said his ministry has just launched the first export products of PT Menara Bahari Nusantara company in cooperation with China, the world's second largest market.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2023

Jakarta – BP Batam, the city's development agency, said that they hoped the public would not get easily provoked by rumors about Rempang.

Kompas.com - November 10, 2023

Icha Rastika, Jakarta – The results of a Poltracking survey show that 30 percent of those who voted for Prabowo Subianto in the 2019 presidential elections (Pilpres) will switch to the Coalition for Change presidential ticket of Anies Baswedan and Muhaimin Iskandar (Anies-Muhaimin).

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently told his Indonesian counterpart Joko "Jokowi" Widodo that Ukraine planned on resuming its grain exports to the Southeast Asian country.

Tempo - November 10, 2023

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The House of Representatives (DPR) encouraged the creation of a bill to address the issue of food waste and food loss. Arief Prasetyo Adi, the head of the National Food Agency or Bapanas, said his side is currently in consultation with the Ministry of Law and Human Rights to come up with the appropriate rule.

Suara Papua - November 10, 2023

Jayapura – Victor Yeimo, leader and political figure of the West Papuan independence struggle, has just been awarded the 2023 "Voltaire Empty Chair Award". The international award in the field of human rights was given to Yeimo by the Australian organistion Liberty Victoria on Friday November 10.

Timor-Leste National Alliance for an International Tribunal (ANTI) Statement - November 10, 2023

We have been carefully following with serious concern the political developments and changes that are currently taking place in Indonesia, specifically the presidential candidates who will compete in the upcoming 2024 elections.

CNN Philippines - November 10, 2023

Metro Manila – The Philippines and Timor-Leste on Friday committed to boost bilateral relations, with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. saying he had a "productive and interesting" discussion with his counterpart on issues such as the West Philippine Sea.

Tempo - November 10, 2023

Erwin Prima, Jakarta – Climate Central, a nonprofit science research group, released its latest report stating that the last 12 months on Earth, from November 2022 to October 2023, were the hottest that has ever been recorded.

Modern Diplomacy - November 10, 2023

Ahmad Nurcholis – Three months ago, on August 24, 2023, President Joko Widodo visited South Africa to attend the BRISC summit and in the prior month, in July, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi was present at the virtual session agenda among BRICS members. In that virtual meeting, she praised BRISC by saying "We all have a responsibility to repair an unhealthy global order.

Republika - November 10, 2023

Erdy Nasrul, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid is monitoring a case of alleged intimidation by security forces against University of Indonesia Student Executive Council (BEM UI) Chairperson Melki Sedek Huang.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2023

Jakarta – Motorcycle exports from Indonesia witnessed a decline of 25.2 percent year-on-year in the ten months leading up to October this year, according to data released by the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI).

Vietnam Plus - November 10, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has announced it's likely that domestic tourists make fewer trips to local destinations this year than the government had targeted as the country's smokeless industry does not recover as much as expected.

Antara News - November 10, 2023

Andi Firdaus, Raka Adji, Jakarta – Chief of the Presidential Staff (KSP), Moeldoko, has said that the government is increasingly strengthening its communication with traditional and religious leaders in Papua to free New Zealand Pilot Philip Mark Mehrtens.

Mehrtens has been held hostage by an armed separatist group since February this year.

Reuters - November 10, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia will in stages lower the maximum interest rates charged by financial technology (fintech) firms in the microfinance sector, amid complaints that overly high rates have been hurting borrowers, the country's financial regulator said on Friday.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2023

Divya Karyza, Manila – The three presidential candidates have expressed their intention to reduce Indonesia's reliance on coal and increase the share of renewables as the government strives to secure external funding for its costly energy transition.

November 9, 2023

Tempo - November 9, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – The Jakarta Regional Revenue Agency (Bapenda) planned to introduce a new policy on regional taxes and levies, which would see online shops or marketplaces providing food delivery services to become tax collectors for restaurant taxes.

"I agree that this must be taxed, [but] it needs further discussion.

Jakarta Post - November 9, 2023

Jakarta – The Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced former communications and information minister Johnny G. Plate to 15 years in prison on Wednesday for accepting kickbacks worth billions of rupiah from inflated procurement contracts for a government 4G telephony project.

The sentence was largely in line with the prosecution's demands.

Tempo - November 9, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – Infiltration wells remain the top choice to prevent flooding in Jakarta. The city government of Central Jakarta, for example, mandates the owners or management of office buildings in the city to install infiltration wells to reduce or prevent flooding.

Tempo - November 9, 2023

Pribadi Wicaksono (Contributor), Yogyakarta – The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has declared Yogyakarta as one of the wellness tourism destinations in 2022, along with Surakarta and Bali.

Tempo - November 9, 2023

Amelia Rahima Sari, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Ganjar Pranowo said he was often discredited because the wage of workers in Central Java is the lowest in Indonesia. He also claimed to have solved the problem.

iConnect Blog - November 9, 2023

Stefanus Hendrianto – In the last three years, a major question of speculation in Indonesian politics has been whether President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will stay in power longer after the end of his second term.

Fiji times - November 9, 2023

Anish Chand – The people of West Papua who are part of Indonesia are our kinsmen, says Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka.

He said his appointment as Melanesian Spearhead Group special envoy to Indonesia wasn't to appease Fijians who were West Papua supporters.

Bloomberg News - November 9, 2023

Chandra Asmara – Indonesia has opened a floating solar plant in West Java, part of a plan to take advantage of its reservoirs to generate more renewable electricity.

Macao News - November 9, 2023

The Timorese government, together with the World Food Program (WFP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), issued an urgent food security alert on Tuesday, according to reports.

Tempo - November 9, 2023

Devy Ernis, Jakarta – The Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry has translated the Quran into many regional languages through the Center for Research and Development of Lectures, Religious Treasures, and Organizational Management (LKKMO).

Fulcrum - November 9, 2023

Julia Lau, Made Supriatma – Indonesians are closer to directly electing their next president. Anies Baswedan and Ganjar Pranowo's campaigns alongside their running-mates, Muhaimin Iskandar and Mahfud MD respectively, were registered on 19 October.

Jakarta Post - November 9, 2023

Jakarta – The police busted illegal fuel storehouses in Pati, Central Java, which had allegedly hoarded subsidized diesel fuel intended for illegal commercial use.

Liputan6 - November 9, 2023

Arief Rahman Hakim, Jakarta – Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) President Said Iqbal has responded to a statement by Onward Indonesia Coalition presidential candidate (capres) and Prabowo Subianto on wage rises.

Iqbal believes that Prabowo's statement asking workers not to demand wage increases because the government guarantees workers' welfare is wrong.

Kompas.com - November 9, 2023

Novianti Setuningsih, Jakarta – Eight national figures representing religious leaders, leaders of community organisations (ormas) and human rights activists have called on the government to create peace in the land of Papua.

Jakarta Globe - November 9, 2023

Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confirmed on Thursday that Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej, who serves as a deputy to the justice minister, is facing corruption charges.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 9, 2023

Jakarta – The Foreign Ministry publicly defended on Monday the Indonesia Hospital in Gaza from Israeli allegations linking the privately funded health facility to Hamas, a group that launched a surprise attack on Israel on Oct. 7. It was the correct decision of the ministry, although a bit too late.

Jakarta Globe - November 9, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Anies Baswedan recently said Indonesia's foreign affairs policy has so far been transactional and the former Jakarta Governor intends to pursue what he calls a "value-based foreign policy" if he becomes Indonesia's next leader.

Jakarta Globe - November 9, 2023

Ichsan Ali, Jakarta – Constitutional Court Judge Suhartoyo was appointed as the chief justice on Thursday in an internal session which was conducted after predecessor Anwar Usman was removed for a serious breach of the ethical code.

November 8, 2023

Jakarta Post - November 8, 2023

Nur Janti and Yerica Lai, Jakarta – The Constitutional Court's ethics council ordered the removal of Chief Justice Anwar Usman from his leadership post on Tuesday and barred him from weighing in on election disputes after it found him guilty of a "serious ethical violation" when he used his position to clear a path for his nephew to run for vice president.