Australia, Indonesia restore full military ties, see progress on trade

By Harry Pearl Australia and Indonesia said on Sunday that full military ties between the two countries had been restored, after Indonesia’s military suspended cooperation in January because of "insulting" teaching material found at an Australian base Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who arrived in Australia on Saturday for his first visit as...

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President Joko Widodo to visit Australia this weekend

Indonesian President Joko Widodo will head to Australia this weekend for his first visit as head of state to a key ally whose relationship with Jakarta has been repeatedly...

President Joko Widodo to visit Australia this weekend

Israeli PM’s plane took a 2-hour detour on Singapore-Sydney flight just to dodge Indonesian airspace

Ask any Indonesian which country they hate the most and many (particularly Muslims) would probably say Israel (And that’s not just our conjecture - a BBC World Service Poll...

Israeli PM’s plane took a 2-hour detour on Singapore-Sydney flight just to dodge Indonesian airspace

President Jokowi: “Our democracy has gone too far”

The last few months have been a particularly tense time for Indonesia, with political battles fueling displays of religious intolerance and vice-versa, mostly centered around the...

President Jokowi: “Our democracy has gone too far”

Saudi king to visit Indonesia in March with entourage of 1,500: Indonesian officials

By Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman will visit Jakarta and Bali on the Indonesian leg of his Asian tour next month, bringing 1,500 people in his...

Saudi king to visit Indonesia in March with entourage of 1,500: Indonesian officials

Ahok must go on legally mandated leave during runoff campaign: Election commission

Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama must be fantastically frustrated at the moment, especially after learning that he will be legally required to temporarily leave...

Ahok must go on legally mandated leave during runoff campaign: Election commission

Anies Baswedan denies pandering to Islamists: ‘I interact with all residents of Jakarta’

By Eveline Danubrata Former education minister Anies Baswedan, who is facing a run-off vote against Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama to become the governor of Jakarta in April, on...

Anies Baswedan denies pandering to Islamists: ‘I interact with all residents of Jakarta’

Election commission decides Jakarta runoff between Ahok and Anies will have a campaign period after all

As close as the first round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election was, most would agree that the campaign period leading up to it got ugly on way too many occasions Many,...

Election commission decides Jakarta runoff between Ahok and Anies will have a campaign period after all

Governor Ahok and rival Anies spar over the best solution to Jakarta’s floods

Today is the first time in just over two years that Jakarta has faced major, widespread flooding While it’s long been a huge problem affecting the capital, flooding has taken a...

Governor Ahok and rival Anies spar over the best solution to Jakarta’s floods

PHOTOS: Despite heavy rain and withdrawn support from FPI & GNPF-MUI, ‘hundreds’ still come out for 212 anti-Ahok protest

  Even if you disagree with their cause, you can at least admire the determination of the protesters who still came out for today’s second so-called “212” (or, as...

PHOTOS: Despite heavy rain and withdrawn support from FPI & GNPF-MUI, ‘hundreds’ still come out for 212 anti-Ahok protest

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.