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Romancing the Koran in Indonesia

Indonesians have been flocking to a wildly popular novel by a young Indonesian named Habiburrahman El-Shiraz, and now an equally popular new movie, “Ayat-Ayat Cinta,” (translated as Love Verses)...
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Indonesia’s Commodities Curse

“Indonesia’s fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product numbers paint a picture of sustainable investment-led growth. Discuss.” The “sustainable” part of that pic...
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Indonesia’s Digital Divide

 An ambitious plan to roll out “cheap and meaningful” broadband to 20 percent of the Indonesian population by 2012 is gearing up in Jakarta, with strong support from the government and corporate sectors. Investor Group Again...
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Pandora’s Box: Shariah Law in Indonesia

In November 2007, Indonesia won the prestigious Democracy Award from the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) for its peaceful transition into democracy over the last nine years. I...
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They’re Paving Paradise, Again

The high-pitched whine of a power saw cutting through wood never seems to stop in Bali, with the island caught in a full-swing villa craze for investment or vacation homes, to the point where it is start...
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Death won’t End Suharto’s Malign Influence

It seems almost quaint now, but Indonesia’s longtime president Suharto, who now lies dying, was once praised by the Washington for his strong anti-Communism, backed by a muscular, US-supplied military. That praise translated into billions...
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The December of Indonesia’s Patriarch

The théâtre de mort of Suharto’s last throes now being performed in Jakarta’s Pertamina Hospital has been pregnant with farce and hypocrisy. There was farce when Indone...
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High Stakes on a Greenhouse Gas Conference in Bali

The 12-day United Nations conference that got underway today on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali is the world’s largest global warming conference ever. According to UN secretary ge...
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Indonesia Comes Alive

Mannequin in Jakarta by Jonathan McIntosh This could well be a case of the hare and the tortoise. So much noise is made about the rapid growth of India and China that Asia’s third most populous country is often overlooked. For sure, Indon...
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Show Me the Green

With its rampant forest fires to clear land for plantation agriculture, Indonesia, has become one of the world's top carbon dioxide emitters, according to a World Bank study. Now it is asking ri...