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December 8, 2019

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - December 8, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo introduces a unique anti-corruption campaign targeting his own…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - December 8, 2019

Jakarta – State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has issued a circular meant to end the notorious practices of distributing souvenirs…

Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Straits Times - December 8, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Indonesia's Health Minister has caused a stir by proposing that the country promote traditional Indonesian…

West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Internationalist Notebook - December 8, 2019

James Balowski – Surya Anta Ginting, the national spokesperson for the pro-independence Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) – who…

Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jawa Pos - December 8, 2019

Muhammad Ridwan – Becoming an activist, especially a human rights defender, often means confronting the law. Human rights defenders are not…

Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - December 8, 2019

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – In its previous term, the House of Representatives failed to pass a bill on the elimination of sexual violence…

Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
South China Morning Post - December 8, 2019

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat – News about the 165,000 Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong dominates coverage of the relationship between the…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - December 8, 2019

Yustinus Paat, Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The smuggling fiasco at Garuda Indonesia continues with the flag carrier's board of commissioners taking…

Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Tempo - December 8, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – A joint team of the police and the Environment and Forestry Ministry has arrested five people over alleged illegal hunting of…

Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - December 8, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian Child Protection Agency (LPAI) head Seto Mulyadi has suggested that the government cut down the school week to three days…

Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
South China Morning Post - December 8, 2019

Ainur Rohmah – It is early morning in Giriloyo, Yogyakarta, and a group of women are busy drawing motifs on white cloth in an open gazebo. Next…

December 7, 2019

Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Sydney Morning Herald - December 7, 2019

Fergus Hunter – Australia and Indonesia have jointly declared "serious concerns" about the state of the South China Sea, issuing a warning about…

Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Tempo - December 7, 2019

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Minister of State-owned Enterprises (SOE), Erick Thohir, said his office would deactivate four other…

Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Jakarta Post - December 7, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD played down on Friday recent reports from…

Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Strategist - December 7, 2019

Donald Greenlees – Joko Widodo begins his second term contemplating the legacy he will bequeath as Indonesia's seventh president and with…

Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
South China Morning Post - December 7, 2019

Amy Chew – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has fuelled speculation that he plans a tilt at the presidency by speaking at a rally held by the…

West Papua ›› Literature & The Arts
Jakarta Post - December 7, 2019

Jakarta – An exhibition at Darmawangsa Residence in South Jakarta brings the art of Papua's Kamoro tribe to the capital and lets visitors place…

Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tempo - December 7, 2019

Purwani Diyah Prabandari, Jakarta – A number of regional administrations are striving hard to make human rights the basis of their policies. They…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - December 7, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung – Heavy rains in Greater Bandung since Friday afternoon have caused the Cisangkuy River, part of West Java's longest river,…

Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Straits Times - December 7, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia has been named the third-most spammed country in the world by Swedish-based smartphone application Truecaller, a significant…

Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
New Mandala - December 7, 2019

Edward Aspinall and Marcus Mietzner – Indonesia's 2019 elections confirmed both the country's status as a competitive electoral democracy and the…

Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
South China Morning Post - December 7, 2019

Kathleen Magramo – An Indonesian domestic helper and citizen journalist deported from Hong Kong for overstaying her visa said on Saturday she was…

Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Tempo - December 7, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – A landslide hit railway in the area of Cicewol Village, Sukabumi, West Java, on Saturday, December 7, canceling…

Indonesia ›› Money Politics & Elite Conflicts
Jakarta Post - December 7, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle has addressed President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's disapproval of the…

December 6, 2019

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo believed the perpetrator of the acid attack against Novel Baswedan, a senior…

Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Coconuts Jakarta - December 6, 2019

We can now put knee-high concrete barriers among the list of things ineffective at controlling the oftentimes out-of-control Jakarta motorists.…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – The KPK should investigate those who gave orders for the bribe to be paid to a number of Bekasi Regency officials. A permit system…

Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – A member of the Jakarta Legislative Council's (DPRD) Commission C from the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) faction,…

Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia and Japan have agreed on a local currency settlement deal that will allow both countries to use the rupiah and the yen to…

West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
CNN Indonesia - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – On Thursday December 5 the South Jakarta District Court accepted material evidence during a pretrial suit challenging treason charges…

Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – New skills are crucial to prepare Indonesia's workforce for the rise of the digital economy, as more and more…

Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Gojek vice president of data science Syafri Bahar has called on Indonesians overseas to return to the country,…

Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – The outbreak of hepatitis A affecting hundreds of residents of Depok in West Java may have spread to other areas, according to the…

Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – The State Palace has warned critics of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to be careful when throwing criticism at the President, saying…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Reuters - December 6, 2019

Stanley Widianto, Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – An Indonesian anti-corruption investigator, who was partially blinded in an acid attack in…

Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Coconuts Jakarta - December 6, 2019

Indonesia may have some of the harshest drug laws in the world, but new data showed that millions still consume illegal narcotics in the country…

Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Max Melit – "There is no such thing as a buzzer in politics," insisted Dede Budiyarto, former head coordinator of President Joko Widowo campaign'…

Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – Bank Indonesia announced Friday the country's foreign reserves were down slightly to $126.6 billion in November from $126.7…

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – In two separate cases, a woman and a man in Aceh passed out on Thursday after being publicly caned as a punishment for violating the…

Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – Local residents have found another dead sea turtle washed up on a beach near Baai Island Port in the city of Bengkulu, on Thursday,…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani has welcomed the dismissal of flag…

Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Tax and Levy Agency (BPRD) and the Jakarta Police are conducting joint raids on the homes of luxury car owners as part of…

Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration plans to conduct various events next year at Rawabadung Lake in Cakung, East Jakarta, in an attempt to get…

East Timor ›› Tourism & Hospitality
The Diplomat - December 6, 2019

Sakib Awan – Bali is expected to have a total of more than 6.7 million foreign visitors in 2019. Such enormous numbers are achieved by reputation…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, South Tangerang – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has thrown his weight behind State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Associated Press - December 6, 2019

Indonesia's state-owned enterprises minister said Thursday he will fire and seek the prosecution of the head of the national airline after he was…

West Papua ›› Health & Education
Antara News - December 6, 2019

Muhsidin, Rahmad Nasution, Biak, Papua – The Papuan provincial government has ordered all district and city administrations to ban sales of…

Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Indonesia's tourism market was recorded at US$6 billion (Rp84.6 trillion), according to Goldman Sachs' data. As quoted by…

Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Globe - December 6, 2019

Triyan Pangastuti, Jakarta – Indonesian consumers were more optimistic last month, showing positive expectations of higher future income, job…

Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Ombudsman has submitted a report alleging maladministration in a "peace declaration" that sought resolve the 1989…