Widodo scrambles for Chinese cash

The high-profile Belt and Road summit in Beijing in May saw Indonesian President Joko Widodo trying to persuade his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to...

Asean’s plastic shame

A video of a British diver swimming through plastic waste off Bali has shown the extent of the crisis in Indonesian waters. The film by...

Indonesia reveals huge April deficit

Indonesia has posted one of the widest monthly trade deficits in its history for April as exports have slumped and the expected fall in...

Palm-oil giants attack EU ban

The two dominant palm-oil producers, Indonesia and Malaysia, have criticised the European Union for backing a ban on the product’s use in biofuels. A Malaysian...

Indonesia set to tax imports

Indonesian finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati says she is prepared to increase taxes on imports to keep the rising trade deficit under control and...

HRW slams LGBT legal moves

Gay Muslims in London pride, 2011. Islam has a complex relationship with homosexuality. Source: Wikimedia The Indonesian Constitutional Court will hold its fifth hearing on...

Borneo fires on rise 

Indonesia has detected a growing number of wild fires as dry weather continues. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said satellite pictures showed there were...

As Indonesian fires rage, government turns a blind eye to pulp and paper industries

The government in Jakarta may not exactly be fiddling while Indonesia burns, but a recent report released indicated that it’s certainly not doing enough...

ASEAN-5 growth forecast trimmed as exports slow

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) trimmed its growth forecast for five members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members amid their continued...

Death toll from Indonesia forest fires reaches 19, as crisis worsens

Indonesian firefighters try to contain a blaze in South Kalimantan earlier this month. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The death toll from the heavy haze blanketing parts of...

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