Politics

Human Rights Commission says banning corruption convicts from elections not human rights violation

Human Rights Commission says banning corruption convicts from elections not human rights violation

It shouldn't take a human rights expert to explain that, right?

National Police say Rizieq Shihab’s pornography case may be dropped

National Police say Rizieq Shihab’s pornography case may be dropped

Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) founder Rizieq Shihab’s days as a fugitive in Saudi Arabia might be coming to an end soon.

Vice Governor Sandiaga Uno says 40 mosques in Jakarta infiltrated by radicalism

Vice Governor Sandiaga Uno says 40 mosques in Jakarta infiltrated by radicalism

Following last month’s deadly terrorist attacks in Surabaya and Riau, alarms have been raised about the growing religious extremism throughout Indonesia and officials warn that...

State Palace responds to Jokowi infidelity accusations after photo of woman hugging his wax figure goes viral

State Palace responds to Jokowi infidelity accusations after photo of woman hugging his wax figure goes viral

To be fair, Jokowi's wax figure is creepily lifelike.

Jakarta Gov’t defends purchase of IDR 3.6 million garbage bins from Germany

Jakarta Gov’t defends purchase of IDR 3.6 million garbage bins from Germany

The Jakarta Government has been under fire recently for some questionable budget decisions. Following the plastic tree debacle, now the administration is working to justify...

FPI leader Rizieq says he’ll sue Instagram in international court for removing his photos with Prabowo, Amien Rais

FPI leader Rizieq says he’ll sue Instagram in international court for removing his photos with Prabowo, Amien Rais

Rizieq Shihab's next crusade will be against... Instagram?

Papuan university students proudly wear traditional ‘koteka’ (penis sheaths) to school to show cultural pride

Papuan university students proudly wear traditional ‘koteka’ (penis sheaths) to school to show cultural pride

That's a lot of pride.

Court rejects lawsuit against Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan over ‘pribumi’ inauguration speech

Court rejects lawsuit against Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan over ‘pribumi’ inauguration speech

One of the earliest controversies surrounding Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan was his inauguration speech in October, during which he said that it’s time for the pribumi (a term...

FPI leader Rizieq visited by Prabowo in Mecca, asks Islam-based parties to join his coalition

FPI leader Rizieq visited by Prabowo in Mecca, asks Islam-based parties to join his coalition

2019 is shaping up to be... not good.


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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.