Indonesia Hopes to Flex Diplomatic Muscle With Security Council Seat
Indonesia has been chosen as one of five non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council after a competitive bidding process, inaugurating what is likely to be a period of greater diplomatic and geopolitical activity for the world’s fourth largest country.
— Voice of America
Why is Indonesia considering joining the TPP?
The possibility of Indonesia joining the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) is back under the spotlight.
— Asean Today
Indonesia takes a bite out of food waste one wedding at a time
In the slums of Jakarta, Indonesia’s poor are getting a taste of how the other half live thanks to a new programme that aims to take a bite out of its mammoth food-waste problem.
— Channel NewsAsia
Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights
The Indonesian government should seek to amend provisions in the newly enacted counterterrorism law (“CT Law”) that threaten human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent on June 11, 2018, to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and other officials.
— Human Rights Watch
Crowdsourcing terror in Indonesia
The term ‘crowdsourced terrorism’, whereby IS outsources the conduct of attacks to its followers and attempts to attract them to Syria, first emerged in 2014.
— East Asia Forum
Prabowo Claims Financial Muscle Decides Future President
Chairman of Indonesia’s opposition party Gerindra, Prabowo Subianto, recently said the current government’s political power was critical.
Asian biofuel policies produce a volatile political cocktail
Offsetting high oil prices. Cutting fossil fuel consumption. Winning the votes of farmers. If these are the questions, governments across Asia have settled on the same answer: biofuels.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)
Vape Subject to 57-percent Excise Beginning July 1
Vape will now be subject to a 57 percent excise by the Customs Directorate General of the Finance Ministry beginning July 1 2018.
— Netral News
There’s Tremendous Human Suffering Behind Our Food. It’s Time to End It.
Melati,* a worker in an Indonesian factory, was trained to peel 600 shrimp in one hour—one every six seconds. But she could never meet this target.
— Civil Eats
Jakarta Police Set New Requirement for Driver’s License Issuance
People willing to create or renew their driver’s licenses (SIM) in the capital will be required to submit the results of a psychology test to the police.
More than 181,000 tourists visit Gunung Kidul during Idul Fitri holiday
Over 181,000 tourists flocked to Gunung Kidul regency in Yogyakarta during the Idul Fitri holiday from June 16 to 18.
— The Jakarta Post
Indonesia to compete at 2018 World Barista Championship in Amsterdam
Being the fourth largest coffee producer in the world, Indonesia is proud to compete at the 2018 World Barista Championship taking place in the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Center, the Netherlands, from June 20 to 23.
— The Jakarta Post
Distraught relatives slam Indonesia’s government over ferry safety measures as 190 presumed drowned
istraught relatives slammed Indonesia’s government for not enforcing basic safety measures on passenger boats and pleaded Wednesday for a bigger search effort for more than 190 people presumed drowned after a ferry sank on a picturesque Sumatran lake early this week.
— The Telegraph
A PROPOSED GOLD MINE IN INDONESIA COULD HAVE A CATASTROPHIC ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Environmental officials have warned of the potentially catastrophic impact of a planned gold mine in a conservation zone in eastern Indonesia, amid mixed signals from the district chief responsible for approving the project.
— Pacific Standard
Indonesia ‘Regrets’ US Decision to Withdraw From Human Rights Council
Indonesia said it regrets the United States’ decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council, or UNHRC.
— Jakarta Globe
Police sweep snake habitat to prevent further attacks by man-eating pythons
Muna Police in Southeast Sulawesi have teamed up with locals to prevent another python attack in Muna regency, after a resident’s body was found inside the belly of a 7-meter python last week.
— The Jakarta Post
Free Entry To Ancol On June 25 To Commemorate Jakarta’s Anniversary
In a bid to enliven Jakarta’s 491st anniversary on June 22, the management of Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland Park) in North Jakarta will allow visitors to enter the premises for free on June 25.
— Indonesia Expat
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