Tempo English Weekly
Edition: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Minister from Texas

With his citizenship in question, Arcandra Tahar was removed as energy and mineral resources minister. Reports indicate there was a debate at the Palace when President Jokowi insisted on retaining…




The Dual Passport Debacle

Big Fines for Big Polluters

The court decision favoring the government over the company National Sago Prima is commendable. The environment seems to be the priority.

Word Watch





MARKET PULSEDampen those High Expectations!

Angling for Advantage

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan is exploring the possibility of opening up the capture fisheries industry to foreign investment. Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has rejected…


Indonesian Gold

Indonesia at long last claimed Olympic gold in badminton. Intense preparation and mental strength were the key to success for the Tontowi-Liliyana mixed team.


Noor Huda IsmailGlobe-Trotting Social Activist

Based in Melbourne, Australia, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate, Noor Huda makes time to travel around the world to speak on radicalism and terrorism. In Indonesia, he helps…

Science & Technology

Traces of Hobbits

Researchers have unearthed teeth smaller than those of the Homo erectus in Java and the Homo floresiensis found in Flores. The connection between the two is still a mystery.


The Marshal's Consent

The repeat tender for the procurement of Air Force radars worth Rp2.2 trillion is confusing. There were attempts to fix specifications to favor a certain brand.


Big Win for Forests

The government has been granted compensation of Rp1.08 trillion from a Sampoerna Agro subsidiary for damage stemming from fires. The company argued the fires originated on community-owned land.

A Record Fine for Sago Prima


Local Games in the Global Market

The first Indonesian Games Day was held on August 8, established at a time when the games industry is growing rapidly in the country. Newzoo, a global market research agency,…

A Game-Developing Porter

A porter in Makassar moonlights as a successful game developer. The company he established now produces hundreds of Android-based games.