GNPF-MUI alleges two bloggers to be behind Rizieq’s sex scandal, blames news site for making issue viral

The National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council’s Fatwa (GNPF-MUI) claims that they now know the identity of the people behind the “engineering” of an adulterous sex scandal between Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab and a woman named Firza

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National Commission on Human Rights denounces police’s ‘inhumane’ treatment of those detained at ‘gay party’ in Jakarta

"Komnas HAM regrets the arrest of 144 people by North Jakarta Police at Atlantis Gym and Sauna for allegedly being involved prostitution, which was carried out through raids that...

National Commission on Human Rights denounces police’s ‘inhumane’ treatment of those detained at ‘gay party’ in Jakarta

Ahok’s wife tearfully reads his letter explaining decision not to appeal: ‘… for the good of our nation’

“Let us show that we believe God is sovereign and in control of every nation's history. We show that we are people who believe in God Almighty who loves his people, who will...

Ahok’s wife tearfully reads his letter explaining decision not to appeal: ‘… for the good of our nation’

Vice Governor-elect Sandiaga Uno undergoing questioning by KPK in relation to two corruption case today

The KPK’s head of public relations, Febri Diansyah, said Sandiaga was being questioned as witnesses in two cases of alleged corruption, specifically the construction of Udayana...

Vice Governor-elect Sandiaga Uno undergoing questioning by KPK in relation to two corruption case today

Ahok withdraws appeal against blasphemy sentence to honor Muslims, avoid risk of heavier punishment: lawyer

In another shocking twist to the widely-criticized criminal case against Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, legal representatives of the former Jakarta governor, who was sentenced...

Ahok withdraws appeal against blasphemy sentence to honor Muslims, avoid risk of heavier punishment: lawyer

Ahok’s lawyers file blasphemy conviction appeal, UN steps up pressure to overturn controversial sentence

“We urge the government to overturn Mr. Purnama’s sentence on appeal or to extend to him whatever form of clemency may be available under Indonesian law so that he may be...

Ahok’s lawyers file blasphemy conviction appeal, UN steps up pressure to overturn controversial sentence

FPI leader Rizieq Shihab warns of possible ‘white revolution’ while hiding from Indonesian police in Saudi Arabia

We're not sure what he means by white revolution, but some might say that's clobberin'

FPI leader Rizieq Shihab warns of possible ‘white revolution’ while hiding from Indonesian police in Saudi Arabia

United Nations recommends that Indonesia abolish its blasphemy law

Some Indonesian leaders may not take kindly to it, but since FPI leader Rizieq Shihab says he is seeking help from the UNHCR, he'll definitely support their recommendation,

United Nations recommends that Indonesia abolish its blasphemy law

Jokowi: While others are working on future fantasy cars, we’re wasting our energy on constant demos

"Others have talked about future fantasy cars, SpaceX, we ... We are still caught up in unresolved issues," Jokowi

Jokowi: While others are working on future fantasy cars, we’re wasting our energy on constant demos

Islamic group holds protest outside The Jak newspaper office for using meme of FPI leader Rizieq Shihab

Despite his links to an ongoing pornography scandal and his subsequent flee from local law enforcement to Saudi Arabia, Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab...

Islamic group holds protest outside The Jak newspaper office for using meme of FPI leader Rizieq Shihab

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.