Police officer under internal investigation for allegedly giving vodka to pro-Papua protesters in Bandung

As thousands of Indonesians take part in protests throughout the country condemning racist abuse against Papuan citizens, an incident in the West Java capital of Bandung has drawn outrage for highlighting a particularly ugly stereotype about the ethnic group.

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Indonesia shuts internet in Papua over unrest fears

Indonesia shuts internet in Papua over unrest fears

Indonesia has blocked internet access in unrest-hit Papua over fears that a stream of offensive and racists posts online will spark more violent protests in the region, the...

Refugees protest in Indonesia over Australia border policy

Refugees protest in Indonesia over Australia border policy

Thousands of refugees protested in Indonesia Tuesday, saying they had been stranded in the Southeast Asian nation for years because of Australia's tighter border policies.

Police fire tear gas as anti-racism protests continue in West Papua’s Sorong

Police fire tear gas as anti-racism protests continue in West Papua’s Sorong

Protests resumed in parts of Papua and West Papua today following yesterday’s riots in the two easternmost Indonesian provinces that were sparked by alleged racist abuse against...

Cashier at Indonesian restaurant resigns after allegedly writing ‘Chinese’ to describe customer on takeout bill

Cashier at Indonesian restaurant resigns after allegedly writing ‘Chinese’ to describe customer on takeout bill

A restaurant in the West Java capital of Bandung was embroiled in a racism controversy after its cashier allegedly used a discriminatory term to describe a customer.

Parliament building torched, city ‘paralyzed’ as thousands riot in Papua

Parliament building torched, city ‘paralyzed’ as thousands riot in Papua

Riots broke out and a local parliament building was torched in Indonesia’s Papua on Monday, as thousands protested against the weekend detention of pro-independence student...

President Joko Widodo pledges capital move, economic boost in state-of-the-nation address

President Joko Widodo pledges capital move, economic boost in state-of-the-nation address

Indonesian leader Joko Widodo said Friday he would press on with plans to move the nation's capital and roll out measures to kickstart Southeast Asia's biggest economy as it feels...

Indonesian Ulema Council attempts to take back halal certification authority with lawsuit in Constitutional Court

Indonesian Ulema Council attempts to take back halal certification authority with lawsuit in Constitutional Court

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the country’s highest clerical body that also long held sole authority in providing halal certifications in Indonesia, is taking legal action...

Remote PNS: Indonesian gov’t considering allowing civil servants to work from home 

Remote PNS: Indonesian gov’t considering allowing civil servants to work from home 

These days, an increasing amount of the global workforce works remotely from an office, often at home. The practice has numerous benefits, including cutting down on office costs...

Megawati Soekarnoputri set to remain PDI-P chairwoman in party’s congress, invites Prabowo Subianto

Megawati Soekarnoputri set to remain PDI-P chairwoman in party’s congress, invites Prabowo Subianto

If their political discussion over bakwan (a vegetable fritter snack) wasn’t strong enough of a signal of a potential reconciliation between PDI-P chairwoman Megawati...


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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.