Indonesia’s Governor Prime Time

Indonesia’s Governor Prime TimeIndonesia's leading national newspaper, Kompas, released a poll Wednesday showing Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's popularity surging in the New Year to a new high of 43.5 percent among all potential presidential candidates. His closest challenger in the respected poll is retired Gen Prabowo Subianto, whose popularity continues to fall and is down to about…

Prabowo Wants to ‘Manage’ Indonesia

Prabowo Wants to ‘Manage’ IndonesiaPrabowo Subianto wants to bring business-style management to Indonesian government and he hopes the idea will lead him to the presidential palace in next year’s election. Railing against corruption and inefficiency, the controversial and hard-charging former general has been tirelessly transforming himself from a symbol of military rule under his former father in law, President…

Oz Gaffes Explode into Indonesian Diplomatic Crisis

Oz Gaffes Explode into Indonesian Diplomatic CrisisAustralia’s stumbling Abbott government has managed to insult two Asian nations over spying allegations, with a key advisor to the prime minister tweeting that Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa resembled a 1970s Filipino porn star. The row over the tweet is just one of an astonishing string of gaffes by a government in Canberra that…

Australia’s Humiliation on the High Seas

Australia’s Humiliation on the High SeasLast week, Australia’s Abbott government was forced into an embarrassing climb-down when a boatload of asylum seekers called for help just 57 nautical miles from the Sunda Strait. An Australian naval craft, HMAS Ballarat went to assist. But when the Ballarat sought permission to drop off the asylum seekers at the nearest Indonesian port, the…

Time of Uncertainty for Indonesia

Time of Uncertainty for IndonesiaThe dynamics of the race to succeed Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as the next president of Indonesia in 2014 have quickly become complex and surprising. The good news is that the elections – legislative polls will be held April 9, 2014 and the presidential election about three months later – are expected to be orderly and…
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