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  • The Root Cause of Forest Burning

    The Root Cause of Forest Burning

    THE repeated burning of the forests in recent years is proof that the state is powerless in the face of the corporations thought to be behind the fires.

  • The Complex Knot of Joko Tjandra’s Bribery

    The Complex Knot of Joko Tjandra’s Bribery

    Following involvement of police officers, prosecutors and attorneys, the Joko Tjandra scandal has now spread to the Supreme Court. This shows the never-ending decay of our judicial system.

  • Polluted Bengawan Solo

    Polluted Bengawan Solo

    The pollution of the Bengawan Solo River continues without any satisfactory solution. Serious measures are needed against the companies that dispose waste.

  • Chaotic Response to the Pandemic

    Chaotic Response to the Pandemic

    Relying on a vaccine as the only solution, the government has lost its way in its handling of the pandemic. This is a reflection of Jokowi’s poor leadership.

  • Overwhelmed


    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Constitutional Court Law Revision
  • Dangerous Pandemic Policies

    Dangerous Pandemic Policies

    THE government’s poor handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has played a significant role in the high number of deaths of healthcare workers in Indonesia.

  • Siti’s way of Protecting Birds

    Siti’s way of Protecting Birds

    The hunting of rare birds is on the increase. Removing them from the list of protected species is a crime against the planet.

  • Don’t Mess with the Central Bank

    Don’t Mess with the Central Bank

    The plan by the government and the House of Representatives to reduce the independence of Bank Indonesia is very dangerous. It would damage the markets and is against the Constitution.

  • A New Hope for Clean Energy

    A New Hope for Clean Energy

    The presidential regulation on tariffs for electricity has many incentives. Transparency is the key to avoiding moral hazard.

  • It Won't Fly, Firli

    It Won't Fly, Firli

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Why ‘Buzzers’ are a Problem

    Why ‘Buzzers’ are a Problem

    NOT every netizen who openly supports government policy is a ‘buzzer’—social media propagandists.

  • The Backers of Illegal Textiles

    The Backers of Illegal Textiles

    Two members of the House of Representatives intervene in an investigation into the smuggling of textiles being carried out by the Attorney General’s Office. This is the ugly face of our legislators.

  • Silencing Environmental Activists

    Silencing Environmental Activists

    The safety of environmental defenders and indigenous communities are increasingly under threat. It is not enough to show concern merely by wearing traditional costumes.

  • Dangerous Expansion

    Dangerous Expansion

    A number of state-owned companies have moved into the app-based logistics business. This is at odds with the Business Competition Law.

  • Student Cadets

    Student Cadets

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Finding The Mastermind

    Finding The Mastermind

    THE endeavor to uncover the real mastermind behind Joko Soegiarto Tjandra’s escape is far from complete, even though the police has declared a number of people who was involved in protecting the corruption case fugitive, as suspects.

  • Politicized Medicine

    Politicized Medicine

    The Army and the intelligence agency must not involve themselves in research to find a treatment for Covid-19. Soldiers and spies cannot produce a miracle cure.

  • Narrow Nationalism

    Narrow Nationalism

    The government plans to provide military education for university students. It is claimed this will increase their love for the country.

  • Questionable Optimism

    Questionable Optimism

    The government forecast economic growth of 4.5 to 5.5 percent in 2021. To achieve it, Indonesia needs a significant booster.

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