Papua excluded from island group

Baliem Valley in Papua, Indonesia. Source: Wikimedia     The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), a grouping of Pacific island nations, has denied full membership to the United...

18 die in Javan traffic chaos

Java has disastrous traffic problems. Source: Flickr Around 18 people died while waiting in Indonesian traffic in a 20km queue ahead of the Eid al-Fitr...

NZ calls for Papua rights

Papua has a distinct culture within diverse Indonesia. Source: Wikimedia The Indonesian authorities have been given until next year to address media freedom violations in...

Jokowi’s mixed messages

Jakarta International School. Indonesia’s expat institutions are feeling the pinch. Source: Wikimedia As ever, Indonesia is sending out mixed messages. It wants foreign investment but...

Manila told to break Abu Sayyaf

Malaysia’s Sabah province has proved vulnerable to raids. Source: Flickr Malaysia and Indonesia are pushing for Manila to take action to increase security in the...

Jakarta defiant over Natunas

An Indonesian frigate on patrol. Source: Wikimedia Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has rejected China's claim that it had competing claims in the South China...

Indonesia holds Chinese fishing crew

Indonesia’s Natuna islands. Source: Wikimedia Jakarta is holding a Chinese fishing crew it says was fishing illegally last week in the South China Sea. It...

1,000 West Papua arrests: activists

The banned West Papuan flag. Source: Flickr The Indonesian authorities have been accused of arresting more than 1,000 people at West Papuan demonstrations that were demanding an...

Jakarta cuts rates for fourth time

An Indonesia vessel after taking exports across the Pacific. Source: Wikimedia The Indonesian central bank has cut its benchmark interest rate for the fourth time...

Widodo energy policy flounders

Coal provides the bulk of Indonesia’s energy. Source: Wikimedia After taking office, Indonesia President Joko Widodo pledged to boost electricity capacity by two-thirds by 2019...

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