Category Archive: People

Order an End to Church Demolitions

Since Yudhoyono took office in December 2004, there has been an increase in violence targeting Ahmadiyah, Christians, Shia, and other religious minorities. More than 430 churches have been attacked, closed down, or burned… Continue reading

We each owe a death – there are no exceptions – but, oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long…

Indonesia is set to execute some convicts on death row for murder and drugs offences in 2013 after not carrying out an execution for several years, a senior official said yesterday. There are… Continue reading

Jakarta under the water, SBY caught pants down

            The death toll from floods in Indonesia’s capital has climbed to 14 after searchers pulled three more bodies from the waters.   Indonesia’s national disaster management agency… Continue reading

Going sidesaddle in Lhokseumawe

The central government may step in to stop a city in Aceh province from prohibiting women from wearing pants and “straddling” motorbikes or bicycles, requiring women to instead ride two-wheel vehicles “sidesaddle.” The… Continue reading

Heavy Rain

A woman carrying her baby inside a bucket as they wade through the floods in Dayeuhkolot subdistrict in Bandung, West Java, on Sunday. Heavy rains caused the Citarum river to overflow which led… Continue reading

A healthy partnership

The KeBAL street food concept is an innovative way of reaching young children with affordable and aspirational nutritious meals that help reduce malnutrition. Operating in urban Jakarta, the program is piloting its business… Continue reading

Operation Candle

When millions of Christians gather for Christmas Eve church services across Indonesia on Monday night, they will do so under the watchful eyes of more than 100,000 security personnel—a jarring reminder that while… Continue reading

Indonesian workers migration set to decline

The number of Indonesians working abroad could decline in the coming years as minimum wages in various regions of the country rise, some labour activists and workers say. The Jakarta administration last month… Continue reading

Borneotology (Indonesia arrests fake Islamic prophet for ‘sex cult’)

A man who allegedly claimed to be an Islamic prophet and tricked his male followers into allowing him to have sex with their wives and daughters has been arrested, Indonesian police said Friday.… Continue reading

Bird flu kills 300,000 ducks amid fear of more human fatalities

Indonesia has identified the bird flu virus that killed hundreds of thousands of ducks in recent weeks as a more virulent type which is new to the country, according to a letter seen… Continue reading

The Face of Childhood Nutrition in Eastern Indonesia

Recently, I read yet another article in the Indonesian press about child malnutrition. Or rather, it was less an article about malnutrition per se and more a presentation of the standard format: a… Continue reading

Workers march on foreign embassies against Indonesia’s outsourcing system

Thousands of workers marched on foreign embassies in Jakarta on Wednesday in the latest labor protest demanding the end of Indonesia’s controversial contract worker laws. The demonstrators massed at the Hotel Indonesia traffic… Continue reading