Senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan sues activists for IDR100 billion over claims of ties to Papua gold mine

Top Indonesian minister Luhut Pandjaitan is on course to go head-to-head in court with two renowned human rights activists, after they alleged the politician to have direct involvement in a lucrative mining business in Papua.

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Officers wounded in clash with Rizieq Shihab supporters outside courthouse

Officers wounded in clash with Rizieq Shihab supporters outside courthouse

Police clashed with supporters of Rizieq Shihab outside of the Jakarta High Court in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta today, as the firebrand cleric saw his four-year sentence...

Indonesian regent rewards himself IDR100K for every COVID-19 funeral, then returns money out of shame

Indonesian regent rewards himself IDR100K for every COVID-19 funeral, then returns money out of shame

A regent in Indonesia is facing massive scrutiny — and possibly legal repercussions — for essentially awarding himself and his subordinates taxpayers’ money for every death...

Top Indonesian officials let slip that they got their booster shot in livestream video

Top Indonesian officials let slip that they got their booster shot in livestream video

In what is being seen as a huge oopsie moment by the Indonesian government, several high-ranked officials in Indonesia may have inadvertently let the whole country know they have...

Roads fixed in no time ahead of President Jokowi’s visit to Samarinda

Roads fixed in no time ahead of President Jokowi’s visit to Samarinda

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you can bet your Samarinda yellow rice that all the potholes can be filled up in no time whenever the president comes to town.

12 years for former Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara in COVID-19 aid embezzlement case

12 years for former Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara in COVID-19 aid embezzlement case

Former Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for embezzling funds from the government’s COVID-19 relief program. As harsh as it may...

Amid crackdown on satire, President Jokowi’s son free to parody politics

Amid crackdown on satire, President Jokowi’s son free to parody politics

Indonesia is seeing a disturbing trend of authorities cracking down on political satire, and the fact that a member of the First Family is doing just that ⁠— to promote his...

Authorities on the hunt for artist behind ‘Jokowi: 404 Not Found’ graffiti in Tangerang

Authorities on the hunt for artist behind ‘Jokowi: 404 Not Found’ graffiti in Tangerang

Police in Tangerang city, Banten have questioned witnesses regarding a graffiti, which, depending on your outlook, painted President Joko Widodo in either a satirical or a...

Tensions grow as Nigerian diplomat allegedly assaulted by immigration officers in Jakarta

Tensions grow as Nigerian diplomat allegedly assaulted by immigration officers in Jakarta

An incident involving a Nigerian diplomat and immigration officers in Indonesia is triggering unease in relations between the two nations.

Asylum seekers must get vaccinated, Governor Anies Baswedan writes to Health Ministry

Asylum seekers must get vaccinated, Governor Anies Baswedan writes to Health Ministry

Refugees and asylum seekers must get their COVID-19 jabs for the greater good, argued Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, who has written a letter to the Health Ministry urging for...


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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.