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Watch: Brave ibu calls out Islamic preacher for his constant belittling of Jokowi during sermon

Watch: Brave ibu calls out Islamic preacher for his constant belittling of Jokowi during sermon

As has become prevalent in Indonesia in recent years, especially in the lead up to major elections, many religious figures have used their influence to push a political agenda,...

President Jokowi denies using hidden earpiece and pen/communicator to cheat in debate

President Jokowi denies using hidden earpiece and pen/communicator to cheat in debate

It’s not an Indonesian presidential debate if every moment is not carefully replayed, analyzed and scrutinized. A couple of those moments from last night’s debate between...

Police questioning witnesses in ‘firecracker’ explosion near presidential debate venue

Police questioning witnesses in ‘firecracker’ explosion near presidential debate venue

The Jakarta Metro Police are questioning witnesses related to a small explosion near the presidential debate venue yesterday evening, which, according to some reports, injured at...

Forests and/or pants on fire?: Fact-checking Jokowi’s ‘no fires for 3 years’ statement

Forests and/or pants on fire?: Fact-checking Jokowi’s ‘no fires for 3 years’ statement

The president's claim has, not-so ironically, come under fire for perhaps being something of an overstatement...

Lies and unicorns: Round up of the second Indonesian presidential debate, in memes

Lies and unicorns: Round up of the second Indonesian presidential debate, in memes

While determining the winner of the debate is an entirely subjective affair, in true Indonesian netizen spirit, both candidate’s supporters quickly got to work by claiming...

No human rights violation in West Sumatra’s LGBT ban: Human rights commission

No human rights violation in West Sumatra’s LGBT ban: Human rights commission

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), says it doesn’t see West Sumatra’s plan to ban LGBT behavior in the province as an infringement on the human rights of...

Bukalapak CEO’s ‘new president’ tweet triggers political hashtags war on social media

Bukalapak CEO’s ‘new president’ tweet triggers political hashtags war on social media

Achmad Zaky, CEO of Indonesian e-commerce site Bukalapak — one of the country’s four startup unicorns — may have unwittingly deepened the political divide in Indonesia in...

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to meet with President Jokowi and VP Jusuf Kalla on Feb 19 visit

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to meet with President Jokowi and VP Jusuf Kalla on Feb 19 visit

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is scheduled to visit Indonesia for bilateral talks on Feb 19, according to Indonesian officials, his first visit to the...

Indonesia’s former first lady Ani Yudhoyono diagnosed with blood cancer, husband SBY confirms

Indonesia’s former first lady Ani Yudhoyono diagnosed with blood cancer, husband SBY confirms

Indonesia’s sixth president and current chairman of the Democratic Party, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), has confirmed the tragic news that his wife, former first lady Ani...


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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.