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Java Cement Plant Sparks National Environmental Debate

Last year, Indonesia’s biggest cement conglomerate won a final government permit to build a new 900-hectare production plant in a Central Java area south of the town of Rembang, where five villages now sit. ...
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Indonesian Hearings Reveal Forest Ravages

As Indonesia’s national inquiry into land conflicts affecting indigenous peoples draws to a close, it has become clear that police brutality has become a serial feature, that legions of companies are operating ...
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Jokowi’s Tough New Maritime Policy Takes Shape

The news that Indonesian authorities captured three Vietnamese fishing boats in Indonesian waters last week and later sank them puts new teeth into President Joko Widodo’ s vow, enunciated at his Inaugural addr...
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Jokowi Tells International Investors the Door’s Open

Newly installed Indonesian President Joko Widodo has made a sharp turn from his predecessor’s restrictive investment policy, telling business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO summit in Beiji...
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Jokowi Seeks to Reclaim Indonesia’s Maritime Past

Foreigners, like most Indonesians, look at Indonesia almost entirely in terms of its domestic politics, economy and internal cohesion. But that may be changing as its new President looks out towards the world’s...
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WHO Delegates Kick Tobacco Reps out of Moscow Parley

Tobacco industry allies tried their best to shortstop global tobacco treaty negotiations that began in Moscow earlier this week but they failed when their front group was kicked out of the meeting. “In a bra...
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Jokowi’s Sea of Troubles

A month and a half before Indonesia’s president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo takes office, he already faces considerable headwinds and is not getting much cooperation from outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoy...
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Indonesia Wins Gamble Over Ore Export Ban

Indonesia appears to have won its gamble to force multinationals to raise the domestic value of their operations after a complete ban on raw mineral ore exports until the multinationals agreed to process their ...
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China Feels Pinch of Indonesian Ore Ban

Four months after Indonesia cut off nickel exports in an effort to drive domestic investment in downstream processing, distribution pipelines to China have begun to break down, with prices surging and both supp...
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Climate Change: Does Southeast Asia Care?

At a time when a major United Nations body produced a damning report that climate change is real and that human influence is the cause, in Southeast Asia nobody appears to be paying attention, except for a few ...