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The Rhythm of People Power

An environmental movement against the planned reclamation of water and mangroves for large-scale development in Benoa Bay is uniting conservationists, musicians and...

Concerns Loom over Bali’s Readiness Following Visa-Free Travel Policy

Stakeholders are sceptical about whether Bali can accommodate the high number of foreign arrivals that will be caused by the new visa-free policy. Despite concerns about...

Trans-Sulawesi Railway to Boost Local Economy Without Private Investment

The Government will fund the Trans-Sulawesi railway project entirely, without private investors, in hopes that it will pull foreign money to the region later. The...

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...

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?  ...

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...

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...

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...

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The Immigration Inquisition

Carrying a photocopy of your passport, KITAS or KITAP in Indonesia may no longer be good enough if you don’t want to be treated like a criminal by overzealous...

East Nusa Tenggara to Support $20B Industry by Transforming into Industrial Salt Producer

Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province holds great potential to produce salt needed for many industries, including those of glass, paper, rubber, and textiles. As the...

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The Teacher Exodus: Why are International School Teachers Leaving?

Teachers come to Indonesia to teach at international schools for a variety of reasons: the opportunity to grow as an educator with many new experiences coupled with a...

Indonesia Looks Toward Palm Oil Sustainability in Kalimantan

Palm oil plays an important economic role in Indonesia, but also destroys ancient forests and wildlife habitats via deforestation. The Government hopes to make it more...

Illegal gold mining operations in Kalimantan threaten lives and the environment

Illegal gold mining is ubiquitous in Kalimantan. It poses threats to the environment and health risks to indigenous people. It also costs the nation millions. On...

Indonesian Coffee is Heating Up: Is Now the Time to Get in on the Java Trade?

At the end of 2014, Indonesia experienced a sharp drop in coffee exports partly due to unfavourable weather conditions. Will the commodity fare better this year?...