9:44 am May 25, 2015 | No Comment
The arrest of a Banceuy penitentiary guard caught red-handed with more than 16 kilograms of methamphetamine and several hundred ecstasy pills in Bandung has highlighted once again the core problem of Indonesia’s war against drugs. It’s the corrupt officials, rotten penitentiary system and of course the judiciary system as a whole rather than just foreigners smuggling drugs into the country.
10:41 pm May 22, 2015 | 6 Comments
Why should the army-backed militiamen who slaughtered up to half a million alleged communist sympathizers in the 1965-66 purge not be subject to the same unrelenting course of justice as Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran?
10:26 pm May 21, 2015 | 12 Comments
The president has come under harsh criticism, and rightfully so, for allowing the graft-tainted police force to severely undermine the KPK. He now has a chance to make amends by picking the people who will be responsible for deciding who leads the KPK once the current commissioners’ terms end this December.
8:54 am May 21, 2015 | No Comment
If fully realized, the ports, roads, power plants and various other much-needed infrastructure facilities should propel Indonesia into an era of strong economic growth and turn it into the world power it has always strived to be: one that punches above its weight.
9:21 am May 20, 2015 | 1 Comment
SBY’s administration may have been flawed, but he never looked the other way when it came to cracking down on graft — something we never saw during the administration of Joko’s patron, Megawati, despite the allegations of “legendary corruption” swirling around her presidency.
8:33 pm May 18, 2015 | 2 Comments
A much-ballyhooed “moratorium” on issuing new permits to clear peat and primary forests for oil palm planters, loggers and miners has proven remarkably flimsy at slowing the pace of destruction.
9:38 pm May 17, 2015 | 16 Comments
Non-interference in fellow member states’ domestic affairs is a bedrock of the Asean charter. But when such problems affect other states, it is time for all involved to take meaningful action with an eye to a long-term solution.
9:30 pm May 12, 2015 | 2 Comments
Joko has vowed to lift economic growth to 7 percent a year on average over his five-year term, but critics and even some of his own advisers say the economy has in fact gone in reverse because of incompetent ministers and bungling bureaucrats.
9:23 pm May 11, 2015 | 12 Comments
Indonesia is losing its forests at a rate of 600,000 to 800,000 hectares every year, even with the moratorium in place. In 2012, a year after the ban was imposed, Indonesia surpassed Brazil’s rate of deforestation, becoming the fastest forest-clearing nation in the world.
9:06 pm May 10, 2015 | 1 Comment
President Joko Widodo made a historic decision when he publicly announced in front of the nation’s security chiefs on Sunday that foreign journalists now can freely enter Papua.
11:06 pm May 8, 2015 | 4 Comments
The new plan to cozy up to the TNI sees the KPK harking to the old adage of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
9:55 pm May 7, 2015 | 27 Comments
The Australian government is set to significantly slash its development aid to Indonesia, likely pushing the strained relationship between the two neighbors to a new low.