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Indonesia’s Neighborhood Disputes

  Nationalist passions are rising in Jakarta over a series of diplomatic spats with close neighbors Singapore and Malaysia. Lawmakers have forced Jakarta and Singapore to shelve two crucial treat...
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Playing with Time

In a series of maneuvers that strain the sense of irony, the Indonesian government is finally going after former president Suharto through the civil courts to get back US$1.8 billion — a portio...
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No Car Day in Jakarta Means Lots of Cars

Photo by Jonathan McIntosh They’re celebrating International ‘No Car Day’ in Jakarta and you are Sutiyoso, outgoing governor of the mega-city  you’ve dubbed Hijau Jakarta — Green Jakarta — more in hope th...
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Indonesia’s Unending Mud Mess

For nearly 18 months, a pillar of thick white smoke has been escaping from the bowels of the earth 20 kilometers south of Indonesia's second-largest city, Surabaya, signaling the location of what...
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Time Takes a Hit in Indonesia

  The Indonesian Supreme Court’s stunning 1 trillion rupiah (US$129 million) libel award against Time Magazine in favor of ailing 86-year-old former strongman Suharto contains elements of bo...
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Yudhoyono in Command

Indonesia's first directly elected leader, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has just over two years left before he needs to go to the polls, and some analysts say that with no serious political challengers on the horizon the retired ge...
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Flying in Indonesia May Be Hazardous to Your Health

In more than just crash deaths, Indonesia is reaping the price of the 2000 deregulation of its skies without paying adequate attention to the safety of its airlines. An all-time low in confiden...
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Singapore and Indonesia Squabble over Defense Pact

    The joint defense pact that Indonesia wrung out of Singapore earlier this year after a stare-down over sand barges destined for reclamation projects in the city state appears to be in trouble, with Indonesian lawmakers seeing ...
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Indonesia’s Religious Frontline

At 8 am each Sunday morning for two years at the Indramayu State Prison in West Java prison, the jailhouse doors were opened to allow Christians in the surrounding community to attend religious s...