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The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism

Despite a long run of journalistic tough times, the loss of advertising dollars and the challenge of the Internet, there’s been a blossoming of investigative journalism across the globe from Honduras to Myanmar, New Zealand to Indonesia.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



Forest Peoples Urge Land Rights Action

People who dwell in forests and campaigners who support them say the world’s governments need to act to make a reality of their right to land instead of simply talking about it.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE



Honoring the ‘Accomplices’ to Truth Who Caught Clapper in a Lie

Yesterday’s traitor is today’s hero, and the brave journalists who helped Edward Snowden get the word out are at last being honored for their public service. Or so one hopes.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



John Kerry Slams Climate-Change Deniers for ‘Burying Their Heads in the Sand’

Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot across the bow at climate-change skeptics and deniers during a diplomatic visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE



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You’ve Heard of BRIC, but What About MINT?

A new acronym has arisen in the world of economics for up-and-coming countries: MINT. Can you guess what each letter stands for?

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE


Meet the People ‘Being the Change’

In search of communities striving to build viable alternatives to scorched earth capitalism, a documentary team profiled people in Spain, Estonia and Indonesia who are creating underground economies that serve them, rather than waiting for political parties and corporate institutions to engender humane social change.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary about Indonesia’s 1965-66 bloodbath is a brilliant exploration of the twisted psychology of that nation’s mass murderers and their ongoing glorification.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Samsung Comes Clean About Blood Metal

The world’s best-selling smartphone manufacturer has acknowledged using tin sourced from Indonesia’s controversial Bangka Island, where an investigation last year found that unregulated mining employs child laborers and kills an estimated 150 miners every year while destroying the local environment.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE



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1,200 New Coal Power Plants Planned Worldwide

Despite warnings from scientists and environmental groups that global warming will be unstoppable if carbon emissions do not peak within a few years, 59 countries, led by China and India, are planning to expand their coal-powered energy sources.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Indonesian School Has Second Thoughts on Expelling Rape Victim

A private school in Depok City, Indonesia, reportedly has reversed a decision to expel a 14-year-old girl the school said had “tarnished the institution’s image” by being kidnapped and raped by members of a human trafficking syndicate.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


Indonesian Atheist Sentenced to Two and a Half Years in Prison

An Indonesian civil servant was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on charges of blaspheming and violating Indonesian Internet laws when he professed his atheism on Facebook.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Russian Jetliner Disappears in Indonesia

Ground control lost contact with a demonstration model of a new Russian passenger jet as the plane flew over a mountainous area of Indonesia on Wednesday. The 50 people aboard, many of them prospective buyers, are missing.

Posted on May 9, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Why Does Obama Suddenly Want a War With China?

One might think that a bitter Central Asian war in Afghanistan and an ambiguous commitment to Iraq would be enough for President Barack Obama to cope with.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Irwin Fedriansyah

Indonesia Frees ‘Playboy’ Editor

We’ve been tracking the fate of Erwin Arnada since 2006, when the editor launched a PG version of Playboy in the world’s most populous Muslim country. After all these years, the Indonesian high court has invalidated the indecency charges on which Arnada was convicted. It’s a big day for swimsuits in Bali.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



Obama’s ‘Singular’ Mother

The key to understanding the disciplined and often impassive 44th president is his mother, as Janny Scott, a reporter for The New York Times, decisively demonstrates in her new biography, “A Singular Woman.”

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Global Food Supplier to Profit Enormously While Food Prices Soar

Switzerland-based Glencore—one of the world’s largest suppliers of food and other commodities—could make as much as $11 billion by going public this year. The sale of its shares will add hundreds of people to the international roster of millionaires and billionaires while rising food prices continue to gouge the world’s poor.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Fear Not the Muslim Brotherhood Boogeyman

The hysteria in American media about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is not only ignorant and demagogic, it is hypocritical.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


Obama in the Company of Killers

If a volcano kills civilians in Indonesia, it’s news. When the government does the killing, sadly, it’s just business as usual, especially if an American president tacitly endorses the killing, as President Barack Obama just did with his visit to Indonesia.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama Reaches Out to Muslims on Indonesian Trip

Listen closely and you’ll hear the sound of Glenn Beck frothing at the mouth. What’s today’s reason? Well, on Tuesday, President Obama was in Indonesia(!), where he expressed the need to “build trust” with Muslim societies(!!).

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Tsunami Kills at Least 282 in Indonesia

On Wednesday, two days after an earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the shores of Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands, local officials reported problems with an alert system that should have warned islanders of the incoming tidal wave.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Irwin Fedriansyah

Ex-Editor of Playboy Indonesia Jailed

The former editor of Playboy Indonesia has begun a two-year prison stint for publishing images of scantily clad women. Playboy Indonesia began circulation in 2006, but Islamic hard-liners found issue with the magazine’s ethos and started legal proceedings against its editor.

Posted on Oct 9, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Bad Prescription for Indonesia

The White House is engaged in fierce behind-the-scenes negotiations with Congress on whether to restore aid to the Indonesian military, which has a habit of committing atrocities.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Reschedules Pacific Trip, Citing Health Care, Manners

The White House already postponed the president’s trip to Indonesia (with a stopover Down Under) once in order to get health care done. With lobbying still to do and fears of having to cancel at the last minute, the trip has been pushed to June and could be combined with a visit to India.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


Sumatra survivors

Giant Earthquake Rocks Indonesian Town

A whopping 7.6 earthquake hit the coastal town of Pedang, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, full force on Wednesday, causing survivors to flee in fear of a possible tsunami in its aftermath and leaving thousands more trapped under collapsed buildings.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


Indonesia Ritz
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Deadly Explosions Hit Two Indonesian Hotels

The Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta were the targets of two explosions on Friday in the first such attacks in four years. Nine people were killed and 50 injured in blasts that occurred within minutes of each other, according to the Associated Press. “There are indications of suicide bombs,” one official said.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Marcello Casal Jr / ABr

Islamic Banks Presented as an Economic Model

The United States spent much of the 20th century lecturing the world about how to run an economy. Clearly, we’ve lost some credibility in that area. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wants Islamic banks, with their abhorrence of interest and gambling, to fill the void.

Posted on Mar 1, 2009 READ MORE


Obama ‘Madrassa’ Rumor-Monger Wanted to ‘Exterminate Jew Power in America’

So, everyone has a relative, or perhaps a neighbor, who has spread warnings in hushed tones about Barack Obama’s years of secret indoctrination at a Muslim madrassa (gasp!) in Indonesia—as though affiliating with a Muslim community of any description is cause for concern—a rumor that has been disproved many times. Here’s a fun look into the origin of the chain e-mail that started that particular smear.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Vincent Thian

Controversies Live On After Suharto’s Death in Indonesia

On Monday, a day after his death, former Indonesian President Suharto was given a state funeral and buried in Java, sparking mixed reaction as Indonesians recalled both the strong points and the controversial (even despotic) sides of the man who was their nation’s leader for more than 30 years.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo

Landslides Hit Indonesia on Anniversary of Tsunami

A combination of rainfall and rising tides, as well as the possible effects of deforestation, sparked landslides that buried homes and killed at least 80 people in central Indonesia on Wednesday.  Thousands were forced to evacuate the Java region, and officials say the death toll may still rise.

Posted on Dec 26, 2007 READ MORE


Salma dolls

She’s Just Like Barbie, With a Muslim Makeover

Does playing with Barbie dolls encourage young girls to adopt Barbie’s (Western, secular, shopping-obsessed) values?  An enterprising Indonesian woman concerned about that possibility took the basic Barbie formula and added some elements she believes will make the “Salma” doll a healthy alternative for Muslim girls.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


Indonesian Earthquake Kills 70

The Indonesian island of Sumatra was slammed by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, followed shortly by a 6.0 aftershock. The event was felt in Malaysia and Singapore, hundreds of miles away. Authorities were scrambling to cope with downed communication lines, overwhelmed hospitals and shattered buildings. A government official put the death toll at 70 so far.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Jakarta Is Drowning

Much of the capital of Indonesia is under 10 feet of muddy water after days of torrential rain caused devastating floods. Hundreds of thousands of people already have been displaced, and experts warn that the situation may worsen, with another week of heavy rain on the way.

Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


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seasite.niu.edu

Playboy on Trial in Indonesia

The editor of the Indonesian version of Playboy magazine is on trial for indecency in the world’s most populous Muslim state. The magazine contains no nudity, but the prosecution cited the “inviting expressions” of the underwear-clad models as one of the reasons it is asking for the maximum penalty of 32 months.

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


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AP / Irwin Fedriansyah

Tame Version of Playboy Hits Jakarta Stands

Islamic hard-liners called the magazine a form of moral terrorism, despite the fact that there are no nude photos in it.
This is reminiscent of what happened in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain when titillating material quickly appeared and then spread like kudzu.
Liberties will always rush to fill a vacuum, just not necessarily in the way favored by religious fundamentalists.

Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE


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