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April 16, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
The Independent - April 16, 2019

A man and a woman have been publicly whipped in Indonesia in an archaic punishment for reportedly having sex outside of marriage.

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Channel News Asia - April 16, 2019

Jayapura, Indonesia – From sending ballot boxes by elephant in Sumatra to keeping voters safe in Papua's rebel territory, Indonesia is pulling…

East Timor ›› Mining & Energy
West Australian - April 16, 2019

Peter Milne – East Timor is now the majority owner of the Woodside-operated Sunrise gas field after it completed the purchase of equity from…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Sydney Morning Herald - April 16, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – More than 190 million Indonesians will be able to vote in the largest single-day election exercise in the world on…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - April 16, 2019

Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is famous for many things besides politics, such as his marriage to Suharto's second daughter, his…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 16, 2019

Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has formed a team to monitor Wednesday's general election.

The commission…

Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - April 16, 2019

Jakarta – National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro attended an Indonesia-International Monetary Fund (IMF) bilateral meeting…

Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Post - April 16, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Shopping Center Tenants Association (Hippindo) has projected that the retail sector will grow 5 to 10 percent this year…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Channel News Asia - April 16, 2019

Leonard C Sebastian, Singapore – The current political mood in Indonesia is deeply polarised.

I have been travelling to Indonesia to…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Reuters - April 16, 2019

Fanny Potkin, Jakarta – More than 10,000 people have volunteered to crowd-source election results posted at polling stations across Indonesia on…

West Papua ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Asia Pacific Report - April 16, 2019

David Robie – A human rights defender and researcher has warned in a new book published on the eve of the Indonesian national elections tomorrow…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - April 16, 2019

Those hoping to follow real-time election results tomorrow can do so starting 3pm Western Indonesia Time (WIB) and no earlier, as the…

Indonesia ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Jakarta Post - April 16, 2019

Asip Hasani, Blitar, East Java – At least 240 Shia adherents in Sidoarjo, East Java, will be able to vote in a shelter, an East Java General…

Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Tempo - April 16, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The country's 2019 presidential election is still strongly marred by religious polarization according to…

Indonesia ›› Cultural & Religious Events
Jakarta Post - April 16, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Transportation Agency is preparing 16,578 free trips using 307 buses for people traveling home on Idul Fitri this year. The…

Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - April 16, 2019

Jakarta – The Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) has projected 20-30 percent growth in the number of start-ups in Indonesia as they are supported…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 16, 2019

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – On the eve of Wednesday's presidential election, undecided voters may want to participate in a quiz designed to…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
The Conversation - April 16, 2019

Hadrian Geri Djajadikerta and Ella S. Prihatini – The Indonesian presidential election on Wednesday will be a re-run of the 2014 poll, pitting…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Conversation - April 16, 2019

Bill Laurance and Penny van Oosterzee – This week, Indonesia will hold a presidential election that will make or break incumbent Joko "Jokowi"…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
ABC News - April 16, 2019

David Fettling – Haris Azhar thinks both Indonesia's presidential candidates are incompetent, that the issues they debate are nonsense, that both…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
New Mandala - April 16, 2019

Eve Warburton – There are plenty of reasons to view this year's presidential elections in Indonesia as less polarising than the last.

Back…

Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Coconuts Jakarta - April 16, 2019

Tomorrow is finally the big day – nearly 193 million Indonesian voters will have their chance to go to the polls and choose the country's next…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - April 16, 2019

Nur Yasmin and Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Indonesia's Election Supervisory Agency announced on Tuesday (16/04) they had discovered 25 cases of "…

Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Post - April 16, 2019

Sri Wahyuni, Yogyakarta – Gadjah Mada University (UGM) has been listed among the world's top 50 in gender equality according to the recently…

Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - April 16, 2019

Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has recorded that crude palm oil (CPO) exports to Europe saw a significant decrease in March as a result of…

Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - April 16, 2019

Gisela Swaragita, Jakarta – Local authorities halted the April 11 screening of "Sexy Killers" in Mekarsari, Indramayu, saying the coal industry…

April 15, 2019

Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Coconuts Jakarta - April 15, 2019

Just like President Joko Widodo, vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno – running mate to Prabowo Subianto – flew to Saudi Arabia yesterday to…

Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Tempo - April 15, 2019

Dias Prasongko, Jakarta – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded that the country's Human Development Index (IPM) in 2018…

Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
CNN Indonesia - April 15, 2019

Jakarta – The deputy chairperson of Prabowo Subianto's Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Arief Poyuono, will report US independent…

Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Globe - April 15, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Indonesia's human development index – a composite measurement for a long and healthy life, good education and decent…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 15, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Ghina Ghaliya, Agnes Anya and Tertiani ZB, Simanjuntak, Jakarta – A bigger than expected turnout by unregistered voters…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Cannel News Asia - April 15, 2019

Liam Gammon, Sydney – When Joko Widodo was first a candidate for Indonesia's presidency five years ago, one might have looked to his successful…

West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Detik News - April 15, 2019

Aditya Mardiastuti, Denpasar – The Papua Student Alliance (AMP) is protesting the arrest of student demonstrators at Renon Park in the Balinese…

West Papua ›› People & Places
Asia Pacific Report - April 15, 2019

RNZ Pacific – A leading West Papuan peace campaigner, Neles Tebay, has died in Jakarta after being hospitalised with leukemia.

A Catholic…

Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Coconuts Jakarta - April 15, 2019

While the running mate of his rival plans to visit a self-exiled former pornography suspect for guidance and prayers in Saudi, President Joko…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - April 15, 2019

Indonesia's general elections are this Wednesday but millions of Indonesians living overseas had their chance to vote over the weekend at polling…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 15, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan and Suherdjoko, Medan – Over the weekend, only days before the elections, some of the country's youth staged rallies to encourage…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
The Conversation - April 15, 2019

Jonathan Chen – Various minority groups in Indonesia face an inconvenient truth: whoever wins the election, they will end up losing, as…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Nikkei Asian Review - April 15, 2019

Endy M. Bayuni – From the start, the April 17 Indonesian presidential election was going to be an unequal race. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo,…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - April 15, 2019

Before he was released from prison in January, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the former Jakarta governor formerly known as Ahok, requested that people…

East Timor ›› Timor Sea Dispute
The Guardian - April 15, 2019

Helen Davidson – Australia has been accused of "siphoning" millions of dollars a month in oil revenue that should belong to Timor-Leste, because…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - April 15, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – West Sumatra's Solok City Police Chief Grand Adj. Commissioner Dony Setiawan promised to reward people with an Rp1…

Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - April 15, 2019

Christian Lee, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have agreed during a bilateral meeting in Riyadh on…

Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Jakarta Post - April 15, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung, West Java – The Defense Ministry signed contract agreements worth Rp 2.1 trillion (US$149.01 million) and $1.4 billion with…

Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - April 15, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded a trade balance surplus of US$540 million in March, marking the second straight month that…

Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
SBS News - April 15, 2019

Rena Sarumpaet – From her home in Jakarta, Permaswari Wardani proudly holds up an intricate hand-drawn comic. It's her humorous take on what she…

West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Kumparan - April 15, 2019

Kanal Bali, Denpasar – Scores of Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) protesters from the AMP Bali City Committee (AMP KK Bali) were arrested by the…

Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
New York Times - April 15, 2019

Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono, Jakarta, Indonesia – Joko Widodo, the Muslim president of Indonesia, is into heavy metal and saving…

April 14, 2019

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Sydney Morning Herald - April 14, 2019

Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – For more than a year now, politics has dominated the real and virtual conversations of Indonesian journalists.

In…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - April 14, 2019

N. Adri, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan – Excessive sedimentation and deforestation are endangering three great lakes in East Kalimantan, namely…