Tag: Indonesia

Should Indonesia’s Sex Workers Be Protected?

Should Indonesia’s Sex Workers Be Protected?

By June, the economic impact of the pandemic had been felt by the most marginalized in Indonesia, particularly sex workers. Restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 meant fewer people paid for sex, resulting in a loss of earnings. Protecting sex workers and ensuring they have access to health...

How Indonesia Can Prevent Forest Fires

How Indonesia Can Prevent Forest Fires

In recent weeks, Indonesia has been in the headlines due to forest fires. Having spread throughout the country in Southeast Asia, the regions of Jambi, South Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi have been severely affected while Riau Province has been the worst hit. According to the National...

Indonesia Needs to Negotiate with China

Indonesia Needs to Negotiate with China

The outcome of the election may be unclear, but the next president of Indonesia should take notes on how to do business with China. On April 17, Indonesians went to the polls to vote for a new president. Although the official result will be announced in May, “quick counts” by polling...

Indonesia Is Spending Big on Infrastructure

Indonesia Is Spending Big on Infrastructure

With an election on the horizon, President Jokowi needs to justify his spending on Indonesia’s infrastructure. On April 17, Indonesians will head to the polls for a presidential election. To help choose the best person for the job, election debates have been held between the two candidates,...

The Hidden Histories of Homosexuality in Asia

The Hidden Histories of Homosexuality in Asia

Despite the commonplace homophobia in Asian societies today, no nation can deny a presence of LGBT practices in its history. A few years ago, most Indonesians probably didn’t know what the acronym LGBT—lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender—stood for. And yet for the past few months, it...

Why Indonesia is a Blood-Thirsty Nation

Why Indonesia is a Blood-Thirsty Nation

Jakarta’s support for the death penalty shows the lack of trust Indonesians have in law enforcement. The usual stereotype that tourists have of Indonesians is that they are approachable, welcoming and accepting. Anyone who reads Elizabeth Pisani’s Indonesia, etc. might think that we are a...

OIC Summit in Jakarta: What to Expect

OIC Summit in Jakarta: What to Expect

The summit provides Indonesia with an opportunity to become a major global player. In a meeting scheduled for March 6-7 in Indonesia, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will discuss concrete steps to solve the Palestinian crisis. A total of 57 member states aim to produce a Jakarta...

The Rape of East Timor

The Rape of East Timor

East Timor won its independence in 1999 with the blood and courage of its people. But the tiny democracy was then bullied by Australia, says John Pilger. Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was...

Indonesian Tycoons Find Tax Haven in Singapore

Indonesian Tycoons Find Tax Haven in Singapore

Indonesia must craft a long-term policy to clamp down on tax evasion. As the largest Southeast Asian country with abundant natural resources, Indonesia still encounters difficulties in strengthening its economic base. Even though it started to show signs of recovery following the reformation era...

An Open Letter From Indonesia to Daesh

An Open Letter From Indonesia to Daesh

Muslims and non-Muslims in Indonesia will not be divided. Today, Indonesians are mourning. Our people were taken away from us, and dozens of others were injured as a result of horrendous acts of terrorism in Jakarta that you claimed responsibility for. Several hours later, Indonesian authorities...

The World This Week: Genocide, Cannibalism and Forest Fires

The World This Week: Genocide, Cannibalism and Forest Fires

Genocide in Myanmar and cannibalism in South Sudan are mere trifles compared to the catastrophic forest fires in Indonesia. The brown and yellow races mingle where the borders of Bangladesh, Myanmar and India meet. Less than seven decades ago, these lands were part of the British Empire. Largely...

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