Final Curtain for Cyprus Money-Launderer

The Tanzania-based FBME Bank, which has been described as one of the most notorious money-laundering operations in the world, has lost its final fight for access to the US electronic money transfer system, effectively putting its Cyprus unit out of business af...

Indonesia’s Fractured Programs for the Disabled

For Indonesia’s disabled poor, the aspirations of a salaried job, attendance at a university, of having a home or a car or savings are far off. We would like to open the dark veil over health care for them. Our...

Rogue Bank May Have Lost Fight to Stay Open

Ayoub-Farid, Fadi and Michael Norbert Saab, the beneficial owners of the Tanzania-based FBME Bank, whose Cyprus unit has been described as one of the most notorious money-laundering operations in the world, app...

US Mining Giant Takes on Indonesian Government over Mine Divestiture

Freeport-McMoRan Inc, the US-based mining giant, has come out swinging publicly against plans by the Indonesian government to take over a controlling interest in its Grasberg Mine, the world’s largest gold mine and the second largest copper mine, located on hi...

Indonesia’s Plastic Trash Crisis

Indonesia, the second-largest contributor of plastic waste to the world’s waters after China, has pledged US$1 billion per year to attempt to reduce the junk in its waters by 70 percent by 2025, according to Lu...

Indonesia Crosses the Nine-Dash Line

On July 14, Indonesia took a major step forward in confronting China’s South China Sea claims with an announcement that it was renaming a part of the sea in its territory the “North Natuna Sea,” becoming in a s...

Indonesia Can’t Get its Tourism Act Together

Millions of television viewers in multiple countries often see advertisements encouraging them to come to “Wonderful Indonesia.” The nation does indeed have an amazing number of actual or potential tourist attractions – historic sites, natural wonders, beautif...

Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom

Given the generally subservient position of women in most Muslim societies, unsurprisingly it is barely known that there have been occasions when women have been rulers in their own right, and effective ones at...