Indonesian minister calls for probe into 1965 killings

Indonesia says it is looking to establish a "truth and reconciliation" commission to address human rights violations, including the anti-communist massacres of 1965-66.  A commission...

Indonesia activists demand climate action 

Extinction Rebellion (XR) Indonesia is demanding the government in Jakarta steps up action to tackle the climate crisis.  The grassroots movement, established in July 2019,...

Asean’s plastic shame 

Asean’s beaches, seas and waterways continue to choke on plastic waste, with much of it imported from the developed world. Idyllic spots throughout the biodiverse...

Indonesia called to release Papua prisoners

At least 110 political prisoners are being held in Indonesian-controlled Papua after numerous arrests for raising the outlawed Papuan national flag, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).  Police...

Masatsugu Asakawa is new ADB head

Masatsugu Asakawa is the new president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Asakawa, who is currently serving as a special advisor to Japan’s prime minister...

Trade tensions brew between Indonesia, EU over nickel export ban

Trade tensions are heating up between Indonesia and the European Union (EU) after the latter complained to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about the...

Indonesia abandons pretence of tolerance

Indonesia’s abandonment of liberal tolerance has been further exposed as the government appears keen to pander to the vocal, conservative Muslim community.  Several ministries are...

RCEP members lure back India

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are underway with the crafting of measures to resolve the recent exit of India from...

Indonesia reports trade surplus

Indonesia posted a surprise trade surplus last month, beating forecasts of a deficit. Imports fell more sharply than exports amid feeble global and domestic...

Water pollution hampers treatment plants in Indonesia

Operations of two water treatment plants in Indonesia have been hampered following a liquor waste pollution that flowed into the Bengawan Solo River. Bayu Tunggul,...

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