Category Archive: People

Criminalising speech in Indonesia

Indonesians will find it difficult to boast of being from a democratic country as long as their compatriots continue to fall victim to the Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE) Law. On Tuesday, the… Continue reading

No Safety for Women in Jakarta’s Public Transport

Plenty of women work and take public transport in Jakarta. Statistically, much of violence towards women happen in the domestic sphere, but apparently many cases also occur in the public sphere. Hundreds are… Continue reading

Wee wee quarantine on Valentine

Dozens of Indonesian couples suspected of doing “the nasty thing” have been detained in Valentine’s Day raids in several major Indonesian cities. Uptight authorities, concerned about residents’ morality, staged raids in Surabaya, Pontianak and Malang on Saturday, barging in… Continue reading

The Act of Joko

There are signs of increasing discomfort about the current wave of executions in Indonesia. Quite apart from the lack of any credible evidence that the death penalty has any impact on crime rates… Continue reading

Australians threaten to smoke pot at home this summer

Australian travellers could boycott Indonesia if Jakarta executes two drug smugglers on death row, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said yesterday as she refused to rule out withdrawing diplomats. Bishop had pleaded for the… Continue reading

When Papua’s misery does not match Java’s living standards

Indonesia’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources has lectured the mining giant PT Freeport Indonesian on how it should view the remote province of Papua. The company has been under pressure to build… Continue reading

Remember the day you tried to look at Mona Lisa? … there was a selfie in the way

A recent survey by marketing research agency Millward Brown found that Indonesians spend an average of nine hours, or 540 minutes, a day staring at their electronic devices, the most out of the… Continue reading

Kingston, Aceh

Aceh might be famous for its brutal application of Islamic sharia law, but it’s also where a certain intoxicating weed has been getting people high for generations. Marijuana sales once helped fund the 30-year… Continue reading

Supporting Children in Indonesia

Child Support Foundation Indonesia is a non-profit organisation which founders are active in Indonesia for 25 years.  The core business is financial adoption of schoolchildren. Thanks to the contributions of hundreds of adoptive parents,… Continue reading

Tree Fall makes six Victims at Kebun Raya

Sebuah pohon besar menimpa puluhan buruh yang tengah melakukan diskusi di Kebun Raya Bogor, akibat pohon tersebut tumbang setidaknya 4 buruh tewas. Menurut kepolisian pohon tersebut berjenis Damar. “pohon damar ini keropos di… Continue reading

Too Early to Say

National Police Gen. Sutarman says it’s too early speculate about the cause of the crash of Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501. “We’re working with the National Committee on Transportation Safety [KNKT] in looking for the… Continue reading

Surabaya vigil held for victims

A vigil has been held in the Indonesian city of Surabaya for the victims of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash. Hundreds of residents and relatives of those on board lit candles and observed… Continue reading