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July 16, 2021

Bloomberg News - July 16, 2021

Jinshan Hong – Indonesia's daily Covid-19 case count has passed Brazil's to become the worst in the world, hitting a record 56,757 on Thursday as…

Radio New Zealand - July 16, 2021

Johnny Blades – Indonesia's House of Representatives has passed a bill that is expected to reshape the future administration of West Papua.

Jakarta Post - July 16, 2021

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – The government has banned public celebrations of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), which is set to fall on Tuesday, in…

Tabloid JUBI - July 16, 2021

Jayapura, Jubi – The Indonesia House of Representatives has passed the revised Special Autonomy (Otsus) Bill into law despite continuous protests…

Tempo - July 16, 2021

Syailendra Persada, Koran Tempo, Jakarta – An epidemiologist from Griffith University, Dicky Budiman, asked the government to extend the…

BBC News - July 16, 2021

Valdya Baraputri – A firefighter hauling the dead from their homes, a lack of access to oxygen and a community banding together during a time of…

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2021

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Natasia Christy Wahyuni, Herman, Kezia Kho, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has provided 600,000 packages of free…

Jakarta Post - July 16, 2021

Nur Janti, Jakarta – The government started on Thursday the distribution of free medicine packages to support self-isolating COVID-19 patients…

CNN Indonesia - July 16, 2021

Jakarta – Lawyer and Papua advocate Veronica Koman has criticised the House of Representatives (DPR) and the government for ratifying the Special…

The Guardian - July 16, 2021

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – Every day, before 7am, volunteers gather in front of a house in Yogyakarta. Wearing masks and maintaining distance…

Straits Times - July 16, 2021

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Indonesia on Friday (July 16) began giving booster shots to its medical workers inoculated with Sinovac's Covid-19…

Tabloid JUBI - July 16, 2021

Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papuan Council of Church (WPCC) has spoken in an online forum organized by the International Coalition for Papua (ICP)…

Tempo - July 16, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesian health system failed to stem the spread of the pandemic. Stop politicizing the pandemic and entrust the handling of it to the…

UCA News - July 16, 2021

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – Many primary and secondary schools forced to close for months in Catholic-majority Timor-Leste's worst-hit Covid-19 areas…

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2021

Grace Nadia Chandra, Jakarta – AstraZeneca has begun delivering its Covid-19 vaccine to Indonesia, shipping more than one million doses on Friday…

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Novy Lumanauw, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has dropped the plan to allow citizens to pay for vaccination against…

World Socialist Website - July 16, 2021

Robert Campion – Following months of skyrocketing daily cases and deaths, Indonesia overtook all other countries this week to become the new…

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2021

Jakarta – The Ministry of Health has reached an agreement with Pfizer Indonesia and BioNTech to procure 50 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine…

July 15, 2021

Coconuts Jakarta - July 15, 2021

Indonesia has added another weapon to assist it in its struggle against COVID-19, and it's a vaccine that has proved to be successful in slowing…

Jakarta Post - July 15, 2021

Jakarta (Agencies) – Former maritime affairs and fisheries minister Edhy Prabowo was sentenced by a court on Thursday to five years in prison for…

Suara Papua - July 15, 2021

Agus Pabika, Jayapura – As many as 40 protesters opposing the extension of Papua special autonomy at the House of Representatives (DPR) building…

Tempo - July 15, 2021

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The civil coalition for proper healthcare access suspected that the government was more concerned about the…

Tempo - July 15, 2021

Fajar Pebrianto, Maudey K. Setyakusuma, Jakarta – Deputy Head of the Covid-19 Handling Committee, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, compared the spread of…

UCA News - July 15, 2021

Konradus Epa, Jakarta – Indonesian police have arrested at least 23 students staging a peaceful protest in Papua province, church and rights group…

Radio New Zealand - July 15, 2021

Fresh demonstrations by West Papuans have again been stopped by armed Indonesian police who arrested dozens of people.

The demonstrations…

Coconuts Jakarta - July 15, 2021

Gibran Rakabuming Raka, President Joko Widodo's eldest son and the mayor of Solo, says that he will continue to carry out his duties remotely…

Jakarta Post - July 15, 2021

Soe Tjen Marching – Perhaps it was about five years ago, I cannot remember. What I still remember clearly is her powerful and determined voice: "…

Tempo - July 15, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – The Social Affairs Ministry explained the controversial remark by Minister Tri Rismaharini, or more known as Risma, about…

Tempo - July 15, 2021

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Thursday had ordered the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) commander Hadi…

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2021

Jakarta – Industri Baterai Indonesia, an electric vehicle battery subsidiary of state-owned largest miners, has estimated that it would need $15.3…

The Interpreter - July 15, 2021

Eduard Lazarus Teguh Maulana – Since mid-May, Indonesia has faced a massive surge in Covid-19 infections with the number of reported positive…

The Conversation - July 15, 2021

Luthfi T. Dzulfikar, Ella S. Prihatini and Muhammad Fajar – Millennials and Gen Z form more than half the population of Indonesia – the world's…

Sydney Morning Herald - July 15, 2021

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore – Indonesia is making a new appeal for oxygen tanks as it enters its "worst case scenario", surpassing…

Coconuts Jakarta - July 15, 2021

More often than not, a negative PCR test result is desired for ease of mind or as an administrative requirement, that the emergence of criminals…

Suara Papua - July 15, 2021

Agus Pabika, Jayapura – Earlier this morning on Thursday July 15 Papuan students from the Papua People's and Student Front held a peaceful rally…

Kompas.com - July 15, 2021

Rakhmat Nur Hakim, Jakarta – World Health Organisation Immunization Program Unit Head Ann Lindstrand has criticised the Gotong Royong paid…

Coconuts Jakarta - July 15, 2021

Footage of Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers hitting a married couple during a raid in South Sulawesi has sparked anger across Indonesia,…

Tempo - July 15, 2021

Tempo.Co, Maudey K. Setyakusuma, Jakarta – In order to maximize the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah,…

Cosmetics Business - July 15, 2021

Becky Bargh – Korean Palm oil giant Korindo has had its trademark license with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stripped after a BBC…

East Asia Forum - July 15, 2021

I Gede Wahyu Wicaksana – On 18 May 2021, Indonesia opposed a new UN General Assembly resolution to formally embrace the Responsibility to Protect…

Straits Times - July 15, 2021

Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia is bracing for its Covid-19 outbreak to get worse after a near vertical climb in cases, a senior minister said on…

Coconuts Jakarta - July 15, 2021

Jakartans traveling throughout the city are more likely to bump into roadblocks starting today as the police step up measures to limit mobility in…

July 14, 2021

Tempo - July 14, 2021

Caesar Akbar, Maudey, Jakarta – The President of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions or KSPI, Said Iqbal, responded to the plan of…

Jakarta Post - July 14, 2021

Yerica Lai, Jakarta – Jakarta and Yogyakarta will be the regions hit hardest by the latest COVID-19 wave if authorities fail to contain the…

ABC News - July 14, 2021

Max Walden – The COVID-19 ward at the Jakarta hospital where resident doctor Amira* works is over capacity, but patients continue to arrive at the…

The Conversation - July 14, 2021

Dicky Budiman – Indonesia is currently experiencing a massive spike in COVID-19 infection and deaths, as experts (including myself) have…

Jakarta Globe - July 14, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Herman, Jakarta – The Indonesian government seeks to become electric vehicle production hub in the region, aiming for an output…

Sydney Morning Herald - July 14, 2021

Chris Barrett, Singapore – A defrocked Catholic priest accused of systematic child abuse in East Timor has been reported to police for allegedly…

CNN Indonesia - July 14, 2021

Jakarta – Around 23 Cendrawasih University (Uncen) students at several different locations were arrested by police when they held a protest action…

UCA News - July 14, 2021

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – A Catholic priest has found himself in hot water with Papuans seeking independence by speaking out in favor of plans that…