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November 6, 2023

Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The mass pro-Palestine rally in Jakarta over the weekend collected approximately Rp 2 billion (around $128,584) in donations, according to the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).

Jakarta Post - November 6, 2023

Jakarta – A weaker rupiah may impose a burden on the state budget since it will increase the amount of fuel subsidies that the government has to pay to secure domestic fuel supplies, an analyst has warned.

Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2023

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), announced on Monday that it has requested Bobby Nasution, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's son-in-law, to relinquish his party membership. This decision came after Bobby publicly declared his support for the rival presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto.

Tempo - November 6, 2023

Moh. Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) responded to trending footage of water leaking from the ceiling of Whoosh's Halim Station during heavy rain on Saturday evening, November 4, 2023.

Tempo - November 6, 2023

Riri Rahayu, Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian government planned to send the second batch of humanitarian aid worth Rp31.9 billion or US$2 million to Palestine next week through the Indonesian Agency for International Development (Indonesian AID).

Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia has officially become a member of the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Borneo Bulletin - November 6, 2023

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on Monday received in audience Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste who is here on a four-day state visit.

Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2023

Hendro D Situmorang & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on Monday unveiled his extensive campaign team, a star-studded lineup that includes prominent figures from various backgrounds.

Tempo - November 6, 2023

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The construction of Bank Indonesia's (BI) office building has begun in the new capital city Nusantara or IKN. IKN Authority chief Bambang Susantono and President Joko Widodo laid the first stone of the building in a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, November 2, 2023.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 6, 2023

Jakarta – Emerging economies can rest easy, at least for now, after the Federal Reserve decided at its Nov. 1 meeting to keep interest rates at their current level, even though the United States central bank said it was unclear whether overall financial conditions were restrictive enough to properly tame inflation.

Kompas.com - November 6, 2023

Krisiandi, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition is concerned that there is a politicisation of the TNI (Indonesian military) occurring in the lead up to the 2024 elections.

Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2023

Jakarta – The Indonesian economy expanded by 4.94 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of this year, marking the first time it failed to reach the 5 percent mark in the past nine quarters.

The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) attributes this weaker growth to the global economic slowdown and a decline in exports of Indonesia's primary commodities.

November 5, 2023

Sydney Morning Herald - November 5, 2023

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies – Just weeks out from their wedding, Jakarta couple Maya and Aji are deep in planning mode for the big day.

In their mid-30s, the pair, who both work for foreign companies in the Indonesian capital, are taking the plunge next month after a lengthy courtship.

Tempo - November 5, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Puan Maharani, and a number of other state officials attended the Pro-Palestine Rally in the National Monument (Monas) area, Jakarta, Sunday, November 5, 2023. This rally is held to provide support for the Palestinian people who are still continue to be assaulted by the Israeli military.

ABC News - November 5, 2023

Hellena Souisa, Kai Feng, and Sally Brooks – Chinese electrician Mr Ding says he saw co-workers die, a crane catch fire and worked for "175 days straight" during an 18-month stint at two nickel refining sites in Indonesia.

His experiences left him with a critical view of the Chinese companies he worked for.

Straits Times - November 5, 2023

Jakarta – Thousands of people were at the National Monument on Sunday to express solidarity with the Palestinians amid an ongoing conflict in Gaza, the largest public gathering in Indonesia since the Israel-Hamas war broke out.

Straits Times - November 5, 2023

Hariz Baharudin, Jakarta – Election fever is just heating up in Indonesia but fake news on the polls has begun to spread, leading the government to release multiple clarifications and request that Facebook take down more than 450 pieces of disinformation.

Tempo - November 5, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is ready to send its naval hospital ship to the waters near Gaza, Palestine, to provide medical treatments to the victims of Israeli assaults, stated Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto.

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) - November 5, 2023

Dear Pacific Islands Forum leaders,

On behalf of the Australia West Papua Association (Sydney), I am writing to you concerning the issue of West Papua.

There has been no improvement in the human rights situation in West Papua since the last Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) was held in Suva, Fiji in July 2022.

Jacobin Magazine - November 5, 2023

Douglas Gerrard –- A recent military escalation in West Papua is the latest episode in a long history of repression and dispossession since the island came under Indonesian control. But the authorities in Jakarta still haven't been able to stabilize their rule over West Papua.

Channel News Asia - November 5, 2023

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta: "Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, yes!" – this is the greeting yelped through the loudspeakers aboard the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail (HSR), touted as the first in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, at the start of the journey and intermittently throughout.

Viva - November 5, 2023

Bayu Nugraha, Jakarta – Thousands of protesters took part in a rally organised by the Indonesian People's Alliance to Defend Palestine at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Sunday November 5. During the action they conveyed six demands.

November 4, 2023

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2023

Kornelius Purba, Jakarta – There are always mixed feelings between pride, sadness, anxiety and frustration when international news agencies, such as Reuters and AFP, and television networks, such as the BBC and Al-Jazeera, mention the privately funded Indonesian Hospital in the Gaza Strip because the Israeli military has continued bombarding the hospital and oth

Kompas.com - November 4, 2023

Dani Prabowo, Jakarta – Human Rights activist Usman Hamid says that the statement by Defense Minister and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto, who said that the riots in Rempang, Riau Islands, were a result of foreign interference, belittles the Rempang community's struggle.

Tempo - November 4, 2023

Jakarta – Arranging for his son to run for the vice presidency is a manifestation of Jokowi's paranoia and lack of self-belief. Something that is personal has wrecked democracy.

Agence-France Presse - November 4, 2023

Jakarta – An Indigenous tribe in Indonesia is at risk of losing vast swathes of ancestral forest after a court threw out its lawsuit against a palm oil firm, rights groups say.

Jakarta Globe - November 4, 2023

Helmut Timothy, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Saturday oversaw the dispatch of 51.5 tons of aid worth Rp 24.1 billion ($1.5 million) from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta for the people of Palestine.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 4, 2023

Jakarta – For a city like Jakarta that has millions of commuters traveling in and out every workday, the importance of a public transit system connecting it and its satellite cities cannot be overstated.

Antara News - November 4, 2023

Nur SW, Rahmad Nasution, Makassar, S Sulawesi – Several hundred students of Islamic boarding schools under the ownership of Pesantren Wahdah Islamiyah Foundation (YPWI) in Makassar City, South Sulawesi, have joined the world's solidarity for Palestine.

November 3, 2023

Jakarta Post - November 3, 2023

Divya Karyza, Jakarta – The Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) Secretariat, tasked with implementing a US$20 billion global effort to reduce carbon emissions in Indonesia, has made its investment plan available for public review.

Jakarta Globe - November 3, 2023

Muhammad Fakhruddin, Jakarta – A legal expert said on Friday that the controversial Constitutional Court ruling, which amended the minimum age limit for presidential and vice-presidential candidates, cannot be challenged.

Tempo - November 3, 2023

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Indonesian Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman expressed his optimism that the country will become the world's food barn by 2028. He was determined to convert swamp lands into agricultural land to achieve this goal.

Jakarta Post - November 3, 2023

Jakarta – Members of the Hongana Manyawa tribe, the indigenous people of East Halmahera, North Maluku, have reportedly blocked heavy equipment from entering the Aki Sangaji River in a bid to prevent logging ahead of nickel-mining activities in the forests of Mount Topu Blewen.

Jakarta Post - November 3, 2023

Jakarta – The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned of potential drought and pest attacks on crops as a result of the El Nino and Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) climate phenomena.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 3, 2023

Jakarta – Few observers would disagree that the meteoric rise of Gen. Agus Subiyanto, a 1989 graduate of the Military Academy, is linked to his proximity to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Agus' nomination for the post of Indonesian Military (TNI) chief just six days after his inauguration as the Army chief, however, has raised many eyebrows.

Jakarta Post - November 3, 2023

Jakarta – The National Police Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim) has blocked 144 accounts affiliated with the leader of the Al Zaytun Islamic Boarding School, Panji Gumilang.

Jakarta Post - November 3, 2023

Jakarta – A magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked Timor island on Thursday, damaging houses and government offices in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.

Reuters - November 3, 2023

Jakarta – The chief justice of Indonesia's Constitutional Court is set to be found guilty of ethical violations for his role in a decision that paved the way for the president's son to contest the 2024 elections, the head of a judicial ethics panel said on Friday.

Mongabay - November 3, 2023

Lusia Arumingtyas, Jakarta – Indonesian environmental activist Gita Syahrani, who has worked for years to push local governments to adopt sustainable economic policies, has been named a recipient of this year's multimillion-dollar Climate Breakthrough Award.

Jakarta Globe - November 3, 2023

Andrea Arshirena Hosana, Jakarta – Prosecutors on Friday detained a high-ranking state auditor who also owns a football club as a suspect in the ongoing corruption investigation involving an internet infrastructure project, which implicates former Communication Minister Johnny Plate as a key defendant.

Mongabay - November 3, 2023

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – An independent initiative in Indonesia has ramped up its efforts in mapping Indigenous lands, with 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres) mapped in the past year alone.

November 2, 2023

Jakarta Post - November 2, 2023

Novan, Jakarta – Rempang Island residents in Riau Islands continue to voice their resistance to the creation of the Rempang Eco-City national strategic project (PSN) on the island, according to the National Solidarity Advocacy Team for Rempang.

Tempo - November 2, 2023

Daniel A. Fajri, Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo or Jokowi shared that he had formed a team in secret nine years ago or in 2014 to delve into the possibility of relocating the capital city.

Reuters - November 2, 2023

Nusa Dua, Indonesia – Indonesia will continue its domestic market obligation (DMO) for palm oil into 2024 to maintain the price stability of cooking oil, Trade Ministry official Isy Karim said on Thursday.

Jakarta Post - November 2, 2023

Jakarta – Surakarta city in Central Java successfully joined UNESCO's Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the Craft and Folk Art category on Tuesday, after having failed multiple times to join the network.

Jakarta Globe - November 2, 2023

Stevani Wijaya & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The National Police on Thursday charged controversial Muslim cleric Panji Gumilang under the anti-money laundering law over allegations of raising funds using many aliases on behalf of his foundations.

Jakarta Post - November 2, 2023

Theresia Sufa, Jakarta – Indonesia's production of natural silk is on the decline as producers find it difficult to get local supplies of silkworm cocoons.

Zoologist Lincah Andadari, a researcher from the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), said on Friday that producers are increasingly relying on silkworm cocoons from mainland China.

Jakarta Post - November 2, 2023

Jakarta – The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) Composite closed up on Thursday, gaining 108.97 points or 1.64 percent to 6,751.39.

Tempo - November 2, 2023

Yohanes Maharso Joharsoyo, Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia or BPS reported that 1.07 million foreign tourists entered Indonesia as of September 2023, a 5.51% decrease compared to August 2023. According to the agency, the decline is caused by the end of the European summer holiday and a sharp decline in Malaysian tourists.

Channel News Asia - November 2, 2023

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – The two-storey house in one of Jakarta's most upscale neighbourhoods, Senopati, appeared deserted when CNA visited recently.

Its three-metre tall metal gates were padlocked while the blinds of its windows tightly shut. Aside from the rustling trees shading the minimalist-style house, there were hardly any signs of life.