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August 16, 2019

Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Nikkei Asian Review - August 16, 2019

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo formally proposed to parliament on Friday a plan to relocate Indonesia's capital from Jakarta to…

Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Reuters - August 16, 2019

Maikel Jefriando, Tabita Diela, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday proposed a 2,528.8 trillion rupiah ($177.56 billion) budget…

West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
The Guardian - August 16, 2019

Kate Lyons in Funafuti and Ben Doherty – The United Nations high commissioner for human rights should investigate the deteriorating human rights…

West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Islands Business - August 16, 2019

Nic Maclellan in Funafuti, Tuvalu – Members of the Pacific Islands Forum have urged Indonesia to take action on human rights violations in West…

Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - August 16, 2019

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will continue with his human capital development focus in the first year of his second…

West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
Tabloid JUBI - August 16, 2019

David Sobolim, Jayapura – Papuan students from the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Semarang and Salatiga Papuan Student…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 16, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Police Headquarters has named 87 suspects in forest and land fires in six provinces, Central…

Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Straits Times - August 16, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo appealed on Friday (Aug 16) to all the branches of government – executive, legislative and…

East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Interpreter - August 16, 2019

Mica Barreto Soares – This month, Timor-Leste is in a festive mood, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its independence referendum. On 30 August…

Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Coconuts Jakarta - August 16, 2019

Four police officers in Cianjur, West Java have been hospitalized due to burn injuries they sustained while securing a student protest in the…

Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Globe - August 16, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo targets a narrower deficit in his 2020 state budget, staying true to his original vision of…

Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - August 16, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Being known for pushing his administration to become more efficient in using the state budget, President Joko "Jokowi…

West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
CNN Indonesia - August 16, 2019

Jakarta – The Papuan student dormitory in the Kalasan area of the East Java city of Surabaya was besieged by hundreds of people from various…

Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tempo - August 16, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) speaker Bambang Soesatyo touched on the incompletion of severe human rights…

Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Globe - August 16, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has renewed his call to accelerate the development of palm oil-derived biodiesel in his State of the…

Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Australian Associated Press - August 16, 2019

Jakarta – Time is running out for Jakarta. One of the fastest-sinking cities on earth, environmental experts warn that one third of it could be…

Indonesia ›› Urban Poor & Informal Sector
Business Times - August 16, 2019

Marvie Chorawan-Basilan – Indonesia recently stopped foreign waste from entering the country but some villagers Bangun noted that "cash for trash…

West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - August 16, 2019

Leaders of Pacific Islands Forum countries and territories want Indonesia to allow a team from the UN Human Rights Commissioner's office to visit…

Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
CNN Indonesia - August 16, 2019

Jakarta – A number of workers planning to hold a protest action were arrested by police in the vicinity of the House of Representatives (DPR) and…

Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Post - August 16, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The government is optimistic that it can reduce inequality and poverty rates next year by continuing current socio-…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Melbourne Age - August 16, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Imagine, for a moment, that three of Scott Morrison's ministers were caught up in corruption…

Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - August 16, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi and Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – In his annual state of the nation address, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo highlighted his vision to…

August 15, 2019

West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Radio New Zealand - August 15, 2019

An Indonesian lawyer says police have arrested dozens of West Papuan independence activists in Jayapura.

Demonstrators took to…

Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tempo - August 15, 2019

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The investigation on the alleged rape case experienced by a former employee of the Workers Social Security Agency…

Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has indicated his opposition to a discourse on restoring authority to the People's Consultative Assembly…

Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Jakarta – Four siblings with a brother-in-law have been officiated as council members in Hulu Sungai Selatan regency in South Kalimantan. They…

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

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – Indonesia has recorded a trade deficit of US$63 million in July on the back of weak commodity prices that has…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - August 15, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Indonesian Institute of Sciences has recommended that the government employ more measures to protect biodiversity in…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Straits Times - August 15, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Large billboards bearing photos of Golkar member Bambang Soesatyo have been popping up at numerous street…

Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Reuters - August 15, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia will unveil plans for increasing how much foreign investors can own of businesses in some sectors by year-end, the head of…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Indonesia at Melbourne - August 15, 2019

On 9 August, the Constitutional Court resolved the final dispute over the 2019 election results. Although the Court has ordered recounts in some…

Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Tempo - August 15, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) said that President Joko Widodo's…

Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Vela Andapita, Jakarta – The city administration of Bogor in West Java has vowed to resolve a dispute over a church that has been refused a…

Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia's external debt level was up about 10 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter due to a…

Indonesia ›› Colonial Period & World War II
Channel News Asia - August 15, 2019

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Sitting in a white plastic chair in his home, Mr Soewarso Warsosoewito tried to remember what exactly he did when he…

Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Al Jazeera - August 15, 2019

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – A trial pitting student journalists and the top official of a government-run university official in this…

Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Tempo - August 15, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – University of Andalas Constitutional Law Expert, Feri Amsari, argues that the People's Consultative Assembly's (…

Indonesia ›› National Security & Intelligence
Tempo - August 15, 2019

Dewi Nurita L & Koran Tempo, Jakarta – Criticism is being voiced in response to the involvement of State Intelligence Agency (BIN) Head Budi…

Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - August 15, 2019

Thresa Sandra Desfika, Jakarta – Gojek Indonesia and Grab, the top two ride-hailing companies in Indonesia, are facing a regulatory hurdle that…

Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Aman Rochman, Malang, East Java – Amid rising fears of radicalism in academia in recent years, several universities in the country have taken…

West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
Merdeka - August 15, 2019

Darmadi Sasongko – A protest action on Thursday August 15 by the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (…

Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Jakarta – The Maluku Police are investigating a bomb threat at Pattimura University's School of Economics in Ambon amid rising fears of…

Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta High Court has ruled upon appeal to increase Irwandi Yusuf's sentence by one year, a ruling that comes three months after…

West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
Jakarta Globe - August 15, 2019

Yudha Baskoro – Papuan activists marched in Central Jakarta on Thursday to mark the 56th commemoration of the United Nations-brokered…

Indonesia ›› Health & Education
The Conversation - August 15, 2019

Luthfi T. Dzulfikar, Iwan Pranoto and Satryo Soemantri Brodjonegoro – Indonesian schools have failed to recognise students' interest and talents…

August 14, 2019

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - August 14, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Democrat Party Deputy Chief Syarief Hasan stated that his political party has yet to determine whether the…

Indonesia ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Jakarta Post - August 14, 2019

Jakarta – The government is set to discuss and review discriminatory and intolerant bylaws issued by regional administrations, the…

Indonesia ›› Immigration & Border Security
Jakarta Globe - August 14, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has promised to make it quicker and easier for overseas investors and foreign workers to obtain…

Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Nikkei Asian Review - August 14, 2019

Shotaro Tani and Ismi Damayanti, Jakarta – Indonesia is struggling to fill a massive hole in the finances of its compulsory national health…

Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - August 14, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Medan Administrative Court (PTUN) on Wednesday held the first hearing over a lawsuit against the North Sumatra…