Jokowi’s Christmas in Papua

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The government will hold a joint national Christmas celebration in Papua for the very first time. But some Papuans reject the idea altogether, referring to the December 8 incident in Enarotali of the district of Paniai, which caused the death of five Papuans. [continue reading]

Business Side of Hendropriyono

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Abdulla Macmud Hendropriyono is a controversial figure in Indonesia. He’s known primarily for his military prowess, and his work as the chief of Indonesia’s State Intelligence Agency (BIN) under Megawati Soekarnoputri’s administration. But as with most retired Army generals, Hendropriyono became director/chairman in a number of private companies in Indonesia, including PT Mahagaya Perdana, PT. Carrefour Indonesia of Chairul Tanjung’s Trans Corp, and Blitzmegaplex of PT. Graha Layar Prima. In addition to that, the retired four-star general also has his own business empire called Hendropriyono Corporation. [continue reading]

Jokowi’s Commitment for Papua

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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo tried hard to show his commitment to the social welfare of Papuans. As a presidential candidate Jokowi kicked off his election campaign in Papua on Jun. 5, 2014. And later, on the day of his inauguration, the President gave the ceremonial cutting of tumpeng (tumeric infused rice cone), which symbolizes blessing for the future, to three Papuan women. And then, the President also appointed Yohana Susana Yembise as the first female Papuan Minister in Indonesian history. But now that societal conflict has once again appeared in the frontier province, what will Jokowi do beyond the symbolism?[continue reading]

Jokowi’s Human Rights Commitment Questioned

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The December 10 international human rights day is just around the corner. But last week, Indonesian human right activists were surprised by the granting of parole for Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, the convicted murderer of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib. This raised many to doubt President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo commitment to bringing closure on human rights violations in the past. [continue reading]

New Indonesian Slang: Jonru

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A member of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) filed a police report against activists of the Liberal Islam Network, Ahmad Sahal, and a university student based in Malang, Rifan Herriyadi, to the Jakarta Metro Police earlier this week. The complaint? His name has been made into a new slang, with negative connotation. [continue reading]

Jokowi Film Withdrawn from Screening

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Indonesian media outlets have been abuzzed with the film about President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. The biopic “Jokowi Adalah Kita” (Jokowi Is Us) is 80 minutes long. It was produced by PT K2K Production of KK Dheeraj, and was scheduled to hit the cinema screen by Nov. 20. But the film was withdrawn just one day after it was released. [continue reading]

Jokoways & the Challenge of Tackling Illegal Fishing in Indonesia

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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued his strongest warning yet to those illegally fishing in Indonesian waters. The President told journalists that he would have the authorities sink foreign vessels fishing illegally in Indonesian waters. The government recorded approximately 5,400 vessels of such vessels stealing in Indonesian waters and over 300 trillion rupiah in losses as a consequence . And apparently enough is enough. [continue reading]

The Mystery of the Unknown Grave Slowly Unravelling

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On July, we published several articles regarding an unmarked grave in the “Pahlawan 77” section of the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery. The Pahlawan 77 section is the final resting place for those who died in the 1977 Seroja Operation in Dili, Timor Leste. Based on our conversation with a number of sources, we were told that the unmarked grave is the final resting place of Nicolau dos Reis Lobato, the founder of the Revolutionary Front of Independent East Timor (FRETILIN). [continue reading]

Film, Politics, Rob Allyn, and Hashim Djojohadikusumo

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According to the movie archive of 21 Cineplex Group, the Trilogi Merdeka (the Freedom Trilogy) produced by Rob Allyn’s Margate House and Hashim Djojohadikusumo’s Media Desa Indonesia was directed by Yadi Gudandi and Conor Allyn. Conor Allyn is Rob Allyn’s son. The cooperation between Rob Allyn and Hashim Djojohadikusumo led many to question the motive of their partnership.[continue reading]