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Indonesia shares blame for rising seas 

It is customary to blame the developed world for creating climate change after centuries of putting profits before environmental concerns.  The argument goes that western capitalists have amassed wealth through industrialisation, leaving low-lying communities to pay the cost through flash floods and rising sea levels...

Indonesia counters coronavirus with interest rates cuts

Bank Indonesia (BI) has cut its benchmark interest rate to address the economic impact of the coronavirus.  The Indonesian central bank cut its benchmark interest rate, the BI seven-day reverse repo rate, by 25 basis points to 4.75 per cent. “The monetary policy remains accommodative and...

Indonesia eyes taxes on plastic bags, sweet drinks and cars 

Indonesia’s Finance Minister Mulyani Indrawati has submitted a proposal to parliament to impose environmental tariffs. She said the authorities were targeting sugar-filled and artificially sweetened drinks and polluting conventional vehicles.  Indrawati also asked MPs to reconsider her proposal to impose duties on plastic bags to...

Will Southeast Asia become a football superpower?

After decades of languishing in the footballing wilderness, Asia appears to be discovering a taste for the sport at last. In particular, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have seen a rapid rise in the profile of football in the region and a...

Thailand looks to boost food exports to China 

Chinese imports of food from Thailand are set to double in the second quarter as stocks have been depleted by the coronavirus. Visit Limlurcha of the Thai Food Processors Association (TFPA) said Chinese demand for Thai food can be expected to at least double during...

Thailand to probe Chinese surrogate gangs

Thailand says it is probing illegal surrogate births for Chinese customers after a series of raids this week. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered the police to find infants born under the surrogacy operation and probe any involvement of trafficking gangs. “He’s concerned that the...

Vietnam stigmatises LGBT children: HRW

Myths about sexual orientation and gender identity in Vietnam are fuelling violence and discrimination, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released today. The New York-based NGO’s study said young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Vietnamese citizens faced stigma and discrimination...

Coronavirus 1, human rights 0

Last week a Chinese coronavirus “suspect” in Myanmar was hunted down near the border with China.  The news story detailed the hunt for possible carriers of the killer virus with the emphasis being on the three suspects who were still at large. An incidental detail...

Indonesia and Malaysia slam EU palm oil limits 

Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for around 85 per cent of global palm oil production, have accused the European Union of unfairly targeting the controversial product to impose limits on levels of contaminants. The bloc is looking to set harsher limits on food contaminants in...

Calls in Indonesia’s Aceh for cannabis to be legalised

Calls for cannabis legalisation are on the rise in the otherwise repressive Indonesian province of Aceh to boost development in areas where illicit cultivation is already widespread.  Indonesia prohibits the possession and use of cannabis and, under the 2009 Law on Narcotics, the herb is...

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Indonesia shares blame for rising seas 

It is customary to blame the developed world for creating climate change after centuries of putting profits before environmental concerns.  The argument goes that western...

Indonesia counters coronavirus with interest rates cuts

Bank Indonesia (BI) has cut its benchmark interest rate to address the economic impact of the coronavirus.  The Indonesian central bank cut its benchmark interest...