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Despite Islamophobia, Donald Trump Has Several Business Plays in Indonesia

US presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump is in bed with MNC Group. What could happen to Indonesian relations if he slithers into the oval office?   We’d...

Local Content Rule for 4G Smartphones to Drive Black Market for Gadgets

Indonesia’s local content rule for 4G devices may cause import permits to stall in 2017, prompting the growth of black markets as demand for new tech increases....

US Cooperates with National Police to Arrest Terrorist Leader in Sulawesi

Indonesia’s military has been fighting a guerrilla war with Muslim radicals in Sulawesi for years. Officials claim to be closing in on the group’s leader. What...

Indonesia Just Made it Easier to Invest in Property, No More Double Taxation on REIT Trading

The government has removed double taxation on Real Estate Investment Trust securities in a bid to attract more investors to the local property game. The Indonesian...

Indonesia’s Anti-LGBT Sentiments are Diverting Attention from the Problems at Hand

Indonesia’s sudden uproar of anti-LGBT sentiment could be a tactic used by the government to divert public attention away from the nation’s real problems.   ...

Indonesia’s Bans on Netflix and Tumblr: Is it the Porn or the Taxes?

Following recent bans of digital content services Netflix and Tumblr in Indonesia, entrepreneurs and netizens speak out about the government’s motivations. In recent...

Government Hopes More Foreign Students Will Study at Indonesian Universities

While education quality remains a problem in Indonesia, the government just made it easier for foreign students to enrol in local universities. In January, the...

Dengue is Common in Indonesia; Zika is Carried by Same Mosquito

Zika causes only mild flu-like symptoms, but can lead to serious neurological disorders in unborn babies. Pregnant women in Indonesia should take precautions. Earlier...

Indonesia Remains Confident the Economy Will Grow by More than 5 Percent This Year

The Indonesian government aims to bolster its slowing economy by encouraging domestic consumption, increasing government spending, and drumming up investment. With a...

Amidst Slowing Economy, Indonesia’s Tourism Sector Prepares to Take on Foreign Investment

Facing an economic slowdown, the Indonesian government is set to revamp laws on foreign ownership in certain sectors, starting with tourism investments. To many...

Polygamy is Still Tolerated in Indonesia, Advocates and Activists Speak Out

The guiding principle of Indonesia’s marriage law is monogamy – one man with one wife – but polygamy is still tolerated under certain circumstances. A man, who...

China’s Economic Slowdown Stifles Local Trade and the Rupiah

China’s economic slowdown has affected trade in Indonesia and the value of the rupiah. The archipelago could be set for another tough year. China’s economic turmoil...

Fishermen in Indonesia Undaunted by Declining Shark Fin Demand in China

Demand for shark fin is in decline, particularly in China, but shark fishing is still rampant in Indonesia. A lack of regulation to protect sharks persists. Decreased...

Saudara Dalam Sejarah: Exposing the Story of Indonesia’s Forgotten Exiles

In the 1960s, Sukarno sent thousands of students to study abroad, including in China. After the 1965 anti-communist massacre, in which over 500,000 Indonesians were...