Campaigners compare Prabowo to ‘Winter Soldier’ and Jokowi to ‘Captain Marvel’ and its all nerdy and weird

Yes, Indonesian politics has somehow become this incredibly nerdy. We can’t really explain it, but if the alternative is political attacks based on racism, religious intolerance or xenophobia, we’ll happily take weird superhero and pop culture metaphors any day of the week.

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Corruption Eradication Commission searches Lippo boss James Riady’s house as part of Meikarta investigation

Corruption Eradication Commission searches Lippo boss James Riady’s house as part of Meikarta investigation

The KPK's investigation into alleged bribery related to the Lippo Group’s US$20 billion Meikarta property development has taken an even more worrying turn for the Indonesian...

W. Java regency government asks all mosques to preach about dangers of LGBT and HIV this Friday

W. Java regency government asks all mosques to preach about dangers of LGBT and HIV this Friday

The Cianjur Regency administration confirmed the circular was real and said the request was made because there were reports that the number of gay men in the regency was...

No honor in politicizing children: Boy scouts led to anti-Jokowi chant in viral video

No honor in politicizing children: Boy scouts led to anti-Jokowi chant in viral video

They may be knot-tying experts, but most members of the Indonesian Scout Movement (Pramuka) are nowhere near old enough to vote.

Governor Anies Baswedan’s administration still carries out forced evictions: Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation

Governor Anies Baswedan’s administration still carries out forced evictions: Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation

It seems somebody has not been keeping to his promise.

Prabowo promises to investigate and resolve Novel Baswedan acid attack case in 3 months if elected

Prabowo promises to investigate and resolve Novel Baswedan acid attack case in 3 months if elected

The failure of police to solve the case of Novel's attackers is one of the biggest black marks on Jokowi's anti-corruption record.

President Jokowi signs law rewarding corruption whistleblowers with up to IDR 200 million

President Jokowi signs law rewarding corruption whistleblowers with up to IDR 200 million

Will the promise of a cash reward help reluctant whistleblowers come forward and put an end to Indonesia's culture of corruption?

New polling shows increased lead for Jokowi, 60.2%-28.7% against Prabowo

New polling shows increased lead for Jokowi, 60.2%-28.7% against Prabowo

It's still a long ways until April, but things are really not looking good for Prabowo...

Let them eat chips & water: Prabowo camp protests ‘luxury’ IMF meeting expenses after disaster

Let them eat chips & water: Prabowo camp protests ‘luxury’ IMF meeting expenses after disaster

Because of the disasters in Sulawesi, campaigners for presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto said the government should cut back on costs for this week's IMF-World Bank meeting...

Police arrest Ratna Sarumpaet at Soekarno-Hatta Airport before she could board flight to Chile

Police arrest Ratna Sarumpaet at Soekarno-Hatta Airport before she could board flight to Chile

Indonesia’s infamous woman of the hour, Ratna Sarumpaet, was arrested by the Jakarta Metro Police Thursday evening just as she was about to leave the country.


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Coconuts Jakarta Politics

Politics in Jakarta has sadly become an extremely sensitive topic due to its being muddled by religion. Most political talk in Jakarta over the past couple of years has been about Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama – but not about all of the things he’s done for the city, about the fact that he’s a Protestant Christian of Chinese descent, a minority in Indonesia. This particular topic has divided Jakartans, with one group arguing that a Muslim should lead in a Muslim-majority country, and another group arguing that anyone can lead as long as they are capable, regardless of their race and religion. Aside from city-scale politics, Jakarta is, of course, Indonesia’s capital city. As such, it’s where most of Indonesia’s political action and decision making takes place.