11:20 pm April 17, 2015 | No Comment
The days of Premium, the 88-octane gasoline marketed by state oil and gas firm Pertamina, are numbered. By 2017, Indonesia will no longer have this low-grade fuel, and for that, we say, “About time.”
10:03 pm April 16, 2015 | 6 Comments
The House of Representatives on Thursday agreed in acclamation with President Joko Widodo’s nomination for Comr. Gen. Badrodin Haiti to become Indonesia’s new National Police chief.
9:22 pm April 15, 2015 | 5 Comments
No one seemed to know, or care, very much about Siti Zaenab when she was still alive. But when this Indonesian migrant worker was put to death on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia, the government in Jakarta suddenly grew a quasi-conscience.
10:29 pm April 14, 2015 | 4 Comments
A good education is arguably the most important service that a government can provide to its citizens. An informed, curious and knowledgeable populace is the bedrock on which great nations are founded, and it is a tragedy of epic proportions that Indonesia seems to be moving away from that ideal even as our peers — and economic rivals — in the region make great strides forward.
12:02 am April 14, 2015 | 1 Comment
Indonesia is hosting two big events next week: the World Economic Forum, or WEF, for which more than 700 chief executives of the world’s biggest companies will gather, and Asia-Africa Conference, or AAC, at which representatives of more than half the world’s nations will attend.
10:03 pm April 12, 2015 | 3 Comments
Indonesia cannot develop further without the railways, roads, dams and adequate electrification.
11:33 pm April 10, 2015 | 13 Comments
When the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, broke Golkar’s political dominance for the first time in the 1999 elections, there was a sense of hope, of positive changes to come. Instead, what we saw was a horde of politicians who had been kept away from the trough for so long now stuffing themselves to bursting.
12:32 am April 10, 2015 | 6 Comments
As Indonesia continues its reliance on non-renewable sources of energy, small villages in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, have shown the way for the nation going forward.
11:48 pm April 8, 2015 | No Comment
The South Jakarta District Court’s decision to reject former Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali’s pretrial motion that sought to invalidate the Corruption Eradication Commission’s, or KPK, designation of him as a graft suspect on Wednesday show that there’s still some hope for our nation’s judges.
9:52 pm April 7, 2015 | 4 Comments
The global conflict between Shiites and Sunnis is being felt here in Indonesia.
10:18 pm April 6, 2015 | 10 Comments
A new president is supposed to be popular so that if necessary he can make unpopular policies that he believes will greatly benefit the people over the long term.
4:00 am April 6, 2015 | No Comment
Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti should be lauded for her swift response to an Associated Press investigation about the use of slave labor by a fishing company based in Benjina, in Maluku’s Aru Islands.
12:17 am April 4, 2015 | 48 Comments
The Indonesian judiciary has a poor reputation for delivering justice, and Thursday’s verdict in a travesty of a trial was further proof of just how far from a fair and transparent ideal we stand today.
10:17 pm April 1, 2015 | No Comment
The government’s move to block several websites accused of spreading radicalism and hatred received condemnation from many — not only from those identified as fundamental and militant, but also from moderate Muslim groups.
4:00 am April 1, 2015 | 6 Comments
It happened just as we predicted months ago. Since the police declared the chairman and a deputy of the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, as suspects and followed with a favorable ruling by the court for graft suspect police general Budi Gunawan, the antigraft body has been paralyzed while the nation’s spirit and energy to fight corruption is getting weaker every day.
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