Indonesia

Jakarta Globe Says Goodnight Indonesia

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, one of Asia’s most ambitious experiments in English-language journalism effectively came to an end with the decision to shut down the print version of the seven-year-old Jakarta Globe.  The...

Gauging the ISIS Threat in Indonesia

Concern is rising in Jakarta that Indonesia could be the first Southeast Asian nation hit by an Islamic State-style attack from the 100-odd Islamic fighters who have returned from the Middle East in recent mo...
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Indonesia’s Forgotten Genocide

With each passing year, the memories of violent death dim the way that old photographs lose their color. It has now been 50 long years since that night in Jakarta on 30 September when seven Indonesian army offi...
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Indonesia’s Next Target: Condoms

Just days after President Joko Widodo halted highly restrictive and embarrassing regulations to curb foreign journalists in Indonesia, another puzzling rule has surfaced as some lawmakers are pushing to make th...
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Jakarta’s Slum-Dwellers Resist Attempts to Clean Rivers

Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, has kicked off a firestorm with his attempts to clean up slums along the notoriously polluted Ciliwung River, with more than 2,200 National Police officers and the In...
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Jakarta Educators Finally Freed in Sex Abuse Case

Two Jakarta-based educators who were found guilty in April in a bizarre case charging them with repeatedly abusing kindergarten students sexually were freed on appeal Friday, August 14, by the Jakarta high cour...
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Religious Tolerance Makes a Comeback in Indonesia

Indonesia seems to be making welcome moves to rein in Islamic radicals, with President Joko Widodo calling on the country's largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, to promote “moderate Islamic values” t...
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Indonesia Peatland Emissions Highly Understated

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is drastically undercounting carbon emissions from the draining of peatlands in Southeast Asia to make way for oil palm plantations, according to a n...