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January 15, 2020

Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Herman, Jakarta – Indonesia's trade deficit narrowed to $3.2 billion last year as consumers and producers took a punt on a brake on imports, the…

Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - January 15, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – Traffic flow on Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat bound for Istana Merdeka is smooth and orderly, despite the protest held…

Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission, or Komnas HAM, has sent an official letter to the mayor of Depok, one of Jakarta's…

Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Post - January 15, 2020

Jakarta – The Purworejo Police arrested on Tuesday afternoon Totok Santoso Hadiningrat and Fanni Aminadia, residents of Purworejo regency in…

Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Australian Financial Review - January 15, 2020

Emma Connors, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is betting three high-profile figures from the UK, the United Arab Emirates and Japan will help…

Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Jakarta – The United Kingdom has reiterated its commitment to continue defense cooperation with Indonesia, particularly in the maritime sector,…

Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Wednesday he expected the government to complete three much-anticipated omnibus…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - January 15, 2020

Jakarta – It's only fitting we give full respect to the investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) who made a tenacious effort…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Yeremia Sukoyo, Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Attorney General's Office says corruption has left state-owned life insurer Asuransi Jiwasraya on…

Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - January 15, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – A misfired explosion during the drilling of the YYA-1 oil well caused a massive oil spill in West Java in July last…

Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - January 15, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia booked a smaller trade deficit in December as exports of non-oil and gas products picked up while imports…

Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Coconuts Jakarta - January 15, 2020

Indonesia's controversial Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU ITE) is so far-reaching in its application that one ongoing lawsuit is…

Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Indonesia's poverty rate was down to 9.22 percent according to the latest survey in September 2019, the…

Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Tempo - January 15, 2020

Bisnis, Jakarta – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced that Indonesia's poverty rate up to September 2019 reached 9.22…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 15, 2020

Jakarta – Floods triggered by heavy rainfall in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, have submerged three districts and six subdistricts since Tuesday…

Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 15, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) recorded a slower foreign debt growth last November as the government and private sector repaid the…

Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Agence France Presse - January 15, 2020

As Friday prayers wrap up at Suada mosque, worshippers turn their attention outside where Fakhry Affan steers a drone high above, snapping…

January 14, 2020

Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Coconuts Jakarta - January 14, 2020

A supervisor for the Indonesian Scouts Movement (Pramuka) in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta has apologized for allegedly teaching small…

Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Detik News - January 14, 2020

Badung, Bali – A villa in Bali which provides special services for gays located on Drona Lane in Seminyak, Badung, has created an uproar. There…

Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

Jakarta – The widespread flooding that hit Greater Jakarta on the first day of 2020 has led to a shouting match between those protesting Jakarta…

Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Tempo - January 14, 2020

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – In an official bilateral state visit to France's Ministry of Armed Forces, the Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo…

Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Jakarta Globe - January 14, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – New film "Anak Garuda," or "Children of Garuda," produced by the Selamat Pagi Indonesia School in Batu, East Java, has…

Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

Jakarta – Labor and student groups continue to demonstrate against the government's omnibus bill on job creation. They say they have been…

Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Nikkei Asian Review - January 14, 2020

Sarah Yuniarni, Jakarta – The capital market in Indonesia is at an interesting crossroads. On one hand, a host of companies are queuing up to tap…

Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Coconuts Jakarta - January 14, 2020

An online campaign aiming to sway public opinion against Netflix in Indonesia has not yielded its desired outcome, as netizens in the country…

Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Reuters - January 14, 2020

Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia's human rights commission on Tuesday condemned plans by a mayor to launch raids targeting the LGBT…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - January 14, 2020

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Ali Fikri strongly denies allegations stating that its…

Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to continue with its dovish monetary policy this year to encourage Gross…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - January 14, 2020

Rina Chandran, Bangkok – More than 200 Jakarta residents have filed a lawsuit against the governor of Indonesia's capital as they seek to hold…

Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Globe - January 14, 2020

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission, or Komnas HAM, has thrown their support behind Sudarto, a rights activist from…

Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
The Guardian - January 14, 2020

Krithika Varagur, Jakarta – The mayor in the home city of an Indonesian man described as Britain's "most prolific rapist" has ordered raids to…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Jakarta is a concrete jungle with almost 90 percent of its area built over, leaving only 10 percent for green space…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - January 14, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – Minister of Environment and Forestry (LHK) Siti Nurbaya has stated that a rehabilitation of around 800,000 hectares (ha) of…

Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

Jakarta – Newly appointed Financial Services Authority (OJK) ex-officio commissioner Suahasil Nazara says he aims to strengthen the agency's…

Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

Jakarta – Totok Santosa Hadiningrat, a resident of Purworejo in Central Java, has declared himself king of Keraton Agung Sejagat (The World…

January 13, 2020

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - January 13, 2020

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The 2020 simultaneous regional head election (Pilkada) is set to be amped up by candidates from President Joko Widodo's (…

Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - January 13, 2020

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – A volunteer activist for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo Kris Cantra, has announced that President Jokowi's…

Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Indonesia Inside - January 13, 2020

Muhajir, Jakarta – Hundreds of workers from the Indonesian Trade Union Congress Alliance Confederation (KASBI) held a protest action in front of…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 13, 2020

Andi Hajramurni, Makassar – Heavy rain over the weekend has caused flooding in four regencies and one municipality in South Sulawesi, with at…

Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Conversation - January 13, 2020

Yohanes Sulaiman – Indonesia has been sending mixed signals in responding to China's breach of its exclusive economic zone around the Natuna…

West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Griffith Asia Institute - January 13, 2020

Tarcisius Kabutaulaka – In July 2019, at the inaugural Indonesian Exposition held in Auckland, New Zealand, Indonesia launched its 'Pacific…

Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - January 13, 2020

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Indonesian National Police (Polri) arrested the hacker who managed to alter the website of the Central Jakarta…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - January 13, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – State-owned insurance company Asuransi Sosial Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (Asabri) has been implicated in a…

Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Alinea.id - January 13, 2020

Akbar Ridwan – Demonstrators from the Workers Movement with the People (Gebrak) held a protest action in front of the parliamentary complex in…

Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - January 13, 2020

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has asked Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed to join the steering committee of Indonesia's…

Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - January 13, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo took his huge vision for Indonesia's new capital to the stage in Abu Dhabi on Monday as…

West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Antara News - January 13, 2020

Evarianus S, Rahmad Nasution, Timika, Papua – Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw warned his men against getting involved in…

West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
CNN Indonesia - January 13, 2020

Jakarta – The panel of judges at the Central Jakarta District Court has postponed a hearing scheduled to hear a rebottle by the prosecution…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - January 13, 2020

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Abraham Samad, former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman, said that investigators only had a few hours…

Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Jakarta Post - January 13, 2020

Jakarta – People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has called on the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) to conduct a large-scale…