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Justice for All Indonesia Looks to Modernise Sumatra’s Seaports to Boost Economic Growth Activists Say Sharia Law Perpetuates Violence Against Women In Aceh Concerns Loom Over Feasibility of Papua Mega Agriculture Project No Way Out
 

Justice for All

If you visit the website of Cipinang Penitentiary (http://www.rutancipinang.info/) you’ll most likely be impressed with its flashy, modern presentation, which includes a mission statement and love poetry written by one of its inmates. Famous former detainees at this top security prison in East Jakarta include Indonesia’s best known novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer and the country’s [...]

Indonesia Looks to Modernise Sumatra’s Seaports to Boost Economic Growth

Sumatran seaports are set for an upgrade so Indonesia may capitalise on increased trade traffic in the Malacca Strait. But are Singapore and Malaysia too far ahead?   The Ministry of National Development Planning forecasts Indonesia needs an additional 2,650 kilometres of roads, 3,258 kilometres of railways, and 15 more airports. But perhaps most importantly, it [...]

Activists Say Sharia Law Perpetuates Violence Against Women In Aceh

In light of a growing number of corporal punishment cases and an unruly Sharia ‘police’, activists ask Indonesia’s government to reconsider Aceh’s autonomy. Last November, a young pregnant woman was led onto a platform in Aceh, prepared to be publicly whipped. After some discussion by local officials, she was granted a reprieve from her corporal [...]

Concerns Loom Over Feasibility of Papua Mega Agriculture Project

Experts say Jokowi’s grand rice harvest plan for Papua will fail, as it would require the Government to round up US$2.9 billion and fly in more than 500,000 workers. The controversial revival of a food and energy mega-project in the Papuan province of Merauke, dubbed the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE), is doomed [...]

No Way Out

Papua’s abundant natural resources are a blessing and a curse. As the Indonesian military’s last remaining place to quash rebellion, there is unlikely to be any resolution of human rights abuses, no matter how many “autonomy measures” are introduced. On a Friday night in Jakarta, I meet with a Papuan civil servant to ask him [...]

Justice for All

24 August 2015

If you visit the website of Cipinang Penitentiary (http://www.rutancipinang.info/) you’ll most likely be impressed with its flashy, modern presentation, which includes a mission statement and love poetry written by one of its inmates. Famous former detainees at this top security prison in East Jakarta include Indonesia’s best known novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer and the country’s [...]

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The Greatest Show on Earth

21 August 2015

By the time you read this the biggest and oldest comedy festival in the world will be over (or very nearly over if you live next door to our printer). The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the official name of what everyone refers to as the Edinburgh Comedy Festival) is one of many festivals that take place [...]

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Posted in Comedy, homepage_posts

In the Trail of the Sumatran Tiger

21 August 2015

Chris Slappendel is an advocate for all endangered species and their habitats, whose passion for the Sumatran tiger led him to found the TigerTrail project. The Sumatran Tiger [panther tigris sumatrae] is the smallest of the remaining five tiger subspecies on Earth. It has lived exclusively for the last million years in the once-extensive tropical [...]

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Posted in Conservation, homepage_posts

The Mentawai Islands: Surfing’s Favourite Destination

21 August 2015

Ask any surfer to pick one place for their dream surf trip and the answer will surely be the Mentawai Islands, off West Sumatra. For surfers the Mentawais are a deluxe Disneyland of waves. With close to 70 tropical islands spread just south of the equator, facing directly into the Indian Ocean surf swell window, [...]

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Posted in homepage_posts, Sports/Health

The Justice Scam

21 August 2015

Two teachers wrongly imprisoned on trumped up charges of child sex abuse have been freed, but five cleaners sentenced over the same case are still languishing in jail. Indonesians have long been swindled out of justice by a judiciary that claims to be impartial but often sides with the rich and powerful. “Ini negara hukum!” [...]

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Posted in homepage_posts, Scams in the City

Swapping Shirts with Plato: Kicking the Atlantis Football Around

21 August 2015

In academic circles, the dreaded ‘A’ word (Atlantis) in a book title is guaranteed to deter serious respectable consideration. In contrast, popular publishers love it, as its inclusion in a book title is a powerful selling point. Recently there has been an outpouring of books claiming that the lost Atlantis was here, in Indonesia. Atlantis [...]

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Posted in History/Culture, homepage_posts

Weh Island: The Outer Edge

21 August 2015

A small tropical treasure trove of peace and adventure can be found tucked away in Aceh’s far north, at the north-westernmost edge of the Indonesian archipelago. Weh Island is a small active volcanic island with a fringe of magical beaches, colourful corals, and rich marine life, just 45 minutes by fast boat from the gateway [...]

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Posted in homepage_posts, Travel

The Clandestine Critic | East and More-iental

21 August 2015

Our expert epicure continues an undercover operation to bring you the truth about Jakarta’s dining scene. No spoon is left unturned in the quest for honest, balanced reviews, from long-established favourites to the hottest new tables in town. This month, the inexorably exotic E&O.  What’s in a name? That which we call a restaurant should, [...]

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Posted in Food & Drink, homepage_posts

Indonesia Looks to Modernise Sumatra’s Seaports to Boost Economic Growth

20 August 2015

Sumatran seaports are set for an upgrade so Indonesia may capitalise on increased trade traffic in the Malacca Strait. But are Singapore and Malaysia too far ahead?   The Ministry of National Development Planning forecasts Indonesia needs an additional 2,650 kilometres of roads, 3,258 kilometres of railways, and 15 more airports. But perhaps most importantly, it [...]

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Posted in Business/Property, Featured, homepage_posts

Activists Say Sharia Law Perpetuates Violence Against Women In Aceh

20 August 2015

In light of a growing number of corporal punishment cases and an unruly Sharia ‘police’, activists ask Indonesia’s government to reconsider Aceh’s autonomy. Last November, a young pregnant woman was led onto a platform in Aceh, prepared to be publicly whipped. After some discussion by local officials, she was granted a reprieve from her corporal [...]

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