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...

Jakarta activists denied Singapore access

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, second left, has eccentric taste in shirts. Source: Wikimedia The Singaporean Embassy in Jakarta has rejected claims that two Indonesian activists were...

Widodo approves death penalty for paedophiles

Joko Widodo: Source: Kremlin Media   Indonesian President Joko Widodo has approved tough new punishments for child sex offenders, including the death penalty and chemical castration,...

Jokowi moves to boost Korean trade

South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Source: Wikimedia South Korea pledged to help accelerate industrial growth in Indonesia during a bilateral meeting with South Korean President...

Indonesia braced for forest fires

Deforestation in Riau province, Sumatra, to make way for an oil-palm plantation in 2007. Source: Wikimedia The dry season across much of Indonesia brings the renewed threat of...

Jakarta calls for joint sea patrols

An Abu Sayyaf video. Source: YouTube Jakarta is calling for naval patrols to be stepped up after Abu Sayyaf released 10 sailors from two Indonesian...

Landmark talks held on Indonesia massacres

A still from the recent film, the Act of Killing, about the 1965-66 massacres. Source: Vimeo Indonesia's leaders have taken part in an unprecedented meeting...

HRW calls for 1965-66 massacre reconciliation

Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch. Source: Wikimedia Increasing demands are being made for Indonesia to hold truth and reconciliation hearings to...

Jakarta to cut corporate tax

Bambang Brodjonegoro. Source: Flickr   The Indonesian government plans to cut corporate taxation to 20 per cent this year, down from 25 per cent, as it tries...

Indonesia to demand taxes from US tech giants

Jakarta. Indonesia’s vast population is hugely attractive to tech companies. Source: Wikimedia Jakarta's finance minister has said his office would examine the tax reports of...

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