• Terrorist Label for Papuan Armed Group
  • Many Roads Lead to Home

    Many Roads Lead to Home

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • A Hard Time Quitting the Debt Addiction
  • Farewell to Terawan's Vaccine

    Farewell to Terawan's Vaccine

    There is no longer any need for the government to be responsible for research into the Nusantara vaccine being promoted by former Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto. None of the claims about it have been tested clinically.

  • Squeezed by Digital Giants

    Squeezed by Digital Giants

    The merger of Gojek and Tokopedia will begin a major disruption to the Indonesian economy. The government must anticipate the consequences for tax revenues and the quality of the workforce.

  • Lesson Learned from India

    Lesson Learned from India

    The number of deaths from Covid-19 in India has soared following a religious celebration. Unfortunate result of populist decisions taken based on electoral interests.

  • The Halfhearted Tax Investigation

    The Halfhearted Tax Investigation

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) seems to lack seriousness in its investigation of the Angin Prayitno Aji tax case. Reform of taxation stands at the edge of an abyss.

  • Hand-in-hand Seeking Public Support
    Special Report

    Hand-in-hand Seeking Public Support

    Women activists widen their network and rally support to ratify the Sexual Violence  Eradication Bill. A number of women ulema made a breakthrough by organizing the first Indonesian Ulema Women’s Congress in 2017 to support the elimination of sexual violence, promotion of gender equality, and prevention of child marriage. Intensifying its online campaign, the women activists seek support from influential mass organizations, some of whom are still at odds with the activists.

  • The Arduous Road Toward Ending Sexual Violence
    Special Report

    The Arduous Road Toward Ending Sexual Violence

    THE Sexual Violence Eradication Bill returned to the national legislation limelight on 23 March. This is the fruit of the labor of women’s rights activists who have been tireless in realizing legislation to protect women from sexual violence. But the struggle is far from over. Since it was first proposed by the National Commission on Violence against Women in 2012, the draft regulation has been in limbo. After entering the national legislation program in 2016, the bill remained unpassed. Women’s rights activists have gone through a winding road to convince the House of Representatives and the government so that the draft regulation can be immediately discussed and passed.

  • Lobbying the Champions
    Special Report

    Lobbying the Champions

    Supporters of Sexual Violence Eradication Bill are tirelessly lobbying political party leaders and parliament members. They mapped the legislators who could help accelerate the deliberation and passing of the bill into law. The activists switched their approach from hard-line to political lobbies. The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) is still standing in their way.


  • Guardians of the Missing Articles
    Special Report

    Guardians of the Missing Articles

    Deliberations regarding the Sexual Violence Eradication Bill encountered problems while at the government level because 102 crucial articles disappeared. Women activists are trying to convince the government to put these articles back in, as in the original draft they formed the core of the bill.

  • Pledge of Alliance

    Pledge of Alliance

    Gojek and Tokopedia are preparing for a merge, to create a new company to serve as a parent for the two Indonesian giant startups. There is pressure from investors who have been thirsty for profit.

  • A Second Wave after Celebrations
    Asean & Beyond

    A Second Wave after Celebrations

    The Covid-19 pandemic in India is getting worse. Lax health protocols skyrockets infection rates. Health facilities are overwhelmed.

  • The Torturers in Batik Shirts

    The Torturers in Batik Shirts

    Although the case has entered the stage of inquiry, the East Java Regional Police have not yet named suspects in the case of torture undergone by Tempo journalist Nur Hadi. There was the involvement of a middle ranking police officer.


  • Angin at Menoreh Hill

    Angin at Menoreh Hill

    The Corruption Eradication Commission KPK is looking into a resort owned by the former director of the Directorate General for Tax Audit and Collection, Angin Prayitno Aji. There is suspicion the money came from tax bribery. Many of the assets are under other people’s names.

  • Two Doctors Riddled with Problems
    Cover Story

    Two Doctors Riddled with Problems

    Robert O. Dillman, Head of Aivita Biomedical, is suspected of violating a number of US research protocols. This is similar to Terawan Agus Putranto’s ‘brain washing’ method.

  • Vaccine Disapproval Repercussions
    Cover Story

    Vaccine Disapproval Repercussions

    Support for the Drug and Food Monitoring Agency came from many parties. Others want to reduce the agency’s authority.

  • Dubious Research from California
    Cover Story

    Dubious Research from California

    After failing to pass the Phase 1 clinical trial, researchers continue to work on the Nusantara vaccine pioneered by Terawan Agus Putranto, but under a new arrangement. The Indonesian Military is said to be divided in its stance on the polemic over the vaccine. In the United States, this research is also said to be problematic. Tempo investigation found that some of the claims made by Aivita, the company that developed the dendritic cell method, did not match reality.

  • Debt that Becomes a Drag on Growth
  • This Is Not About Power

    This Is Not About Power

    Mukti Fajar Nur Dewata was elected as Judicial Commission Chairman amid its declining image and questions about its existence. He must clear the backlog he inherited including the agency’s sour relation with the Supreme Court. Intersecting supervisory jurisdiction of the Commission and the Supreme Court’s supervisory agency has rendered the Judicial Commission unable to perform its duties optimally. The Commission is currently in the process of reviewing the plan to revise the Judicial Commission Law to delineate the boundaries of its jurisdiction.

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