Category: News

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 Grants Visa-Free Entry for Australian Tourists

The Indonesian government has officially granted free entry to Australian tourists, bringing a total of 169 countries to the visa-free list. The new rule, which came...

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.   ...

Public’s response to new paid plastic bag policy

In a bid to reduce the production of plastic waste, as many as 22 cities in Indonesia have simultaneously witnessed the implementation of a paid plastic bags policy,...

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...

Scams in the City: The Punisher

It is often said the Indonesian judiciary is rotten to the core. But there is one Supreme Court judge who always upholds or extends the sentences of corruption felons,...

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...

Bantleman and Tjiong’s Acquittal Overturned

Indonesia’s Supreme Court today overturned the acquittal of Canadian Neil Bantleman and Indonesian teaching assistant Ferdinand Tjiong. The former JIS teachers were...

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...

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...

Tourism: Discrepancies between Central Bureau of Statistics and the Government

Despite the Central Bureau of Statistics’ (Badan Pusat Statistik – BPS) latest report suggesting a decline in the number of visits by foreign tourists to...

Op-Ed: Despite Fear Mongering Media, Indonesia Responds Healthily to Terrorism

During violent attacks on 14 January in Jakarta, the media grossly misreported the facts. It was sloppy and irresponsible, as fear mongering is the definition of...

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...

Manpower Minister Dhakiri Remains Positive on the Coming ASEAN Economic Community Despite Growing Concerns Amongst Indonesians

As per 1 January 2016, the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations join forces in the coming economic integration, ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)....