Category: Top Reads

The Terrible Truth behind Your Cup of Cat Poo Coffee

In Bali, the high demand for luwak coffee has created a ruthless industry built on immense animal suffering and an inferior product. Kopi luwak, or coffee produced from...

Scams in the City: Fashion Police

Indonesian police are seeking to improve their image by wearing navy blue shirts emblazoned with the slogan Turn Back Crime. Criminals are donning the same apparel to...

Scams in the City: Don’t Lose Your Goat

Sometimes it’s just not worth reporting a crime in Indonesia. A few weeks ago, I was robbed on a Jakarta bus. A pickpocket deftly removed my Samsung smartphone from my...

Jakarta Applies New Odd-Even Traffic Restrictions

The Department of Transportation in the capital is set to apply a new odd-even license plate traffic rule which will come into effect on August 30.  In an attempt to...

In Spite of Injustice, Hope Still Shines from Cipinang

Cecillia Bae talks to Tracy Bantleman, wife of incarcerated Neil Bantleman, who has just spent his second birthday behind bars, and discovers that support for the...

Hobbit Relatives Discovered in Indonesia

Hobbits may be more than just fictional characters after all, as new fossil discoveries suggest the existence of pre-humans living on an Indonesian island 700,000 years...

Immigration Targets Expats Again

“Carry original documents with you.” At 3am on the Sunday morning of June 5, the South Jakarta Immigration Office held another raid on the popular entertainment...

Singapore Committed to Helping Indonesia Counter Haze

Despite reports last month that the Indonesian government was reviewing all matters regarding bilateral cooperation in environment and forestry with Singapore, the...

Indonesia Sees Spike in British Tourists

Following the introduction of the visa-free policy, Indonesia is seeing a surge in British visitors. The number of British tourists visiting Indonesia has increased by...

Indonesia’s First Modern and Contemporary Art Museum Reveals Design for 2017

Set to open in 2017, The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, or Museum MACAN, finally unveils its design to the public. MACAN will be the first modern...

Although April Sees Fewer Tourists than March, Indonesia Notices a Surge in Visitors Compared to Previous Year

Indonesia is facing a decline in the number of foreign tourists in April from the previous month by 1,52 percent, as reported by Badan Pusat Statisik (BPS) or the...

The 2016 UEFA European Championship

Roga takes a look at predictions for the winning team and the top-scorer of the upcoming Euro 2016. The 2016 UEFA European Championship (Euro 2016) is held every four...

The Influence of Javanese Music on Early Jazz

“Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.” – Herbie Hancock Previously I wrote about the arrival...

The Mapping of Java

The islands of Java and Bali located 8 degrees south of the Equator in the Indian Ocean are two of the 17,000 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia, the...

Education Guide 2017

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