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Following in his father’s footsteps, Joko Widodo’s son Gibran Rakabuming Raka is one step away from becoming Solo’s mayor. Although he received rejection from the Solo branch of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), that chose to support another candidate, Gibran has the support of PDI-P’s central board. Other parties have given their support after some lobbying from the Palace. Gibran also has the full support of his family.
The Rising Threat of A Second Wave
A people’s housing savings program is ready to launch in the midst of rejections by industrialists. There are concerns regarding authorization to invest the funds.
Sihar Sitorus’ company is suspected of giving out cash and cars as bribes to ease the process of land take-overs. Some of the lands are part of forests area.
Local landowners in Central Maluku claimed that DPR member Sihar Sitorus had broken his agreement over the profit sharing of his palm plantation. They suspect Sihar of making changes to the contract unilaterally. Locals had hoped to get Rp2 million each month for every hectare of land they entrusted to Sihar, but in reality they only get Rp70,000.
Rukka Sombolinggi, Secretary-General, Indonesian Archipelago Indigenous People Alliance: Indigenous People’s Rights Exist Only in Constitution
Life is Sweet
Trucks carrying sugar cane are lining up during the first milling season at Rejoso Manis Indo (RMI) sugar factory in Blitar, East Java, Tuesday, June 9. In the the first milling season of 2020 RMI targets to produce about 900,000 tons of sugar with daily production of 7,500 TCD (tons of cane per day) to help boost national sugar production. The national sugar production is predicted by the Indonesian Sugar Association (AGI) to only reach 2.0 to 2.1 million tons due to the long drought in 2019./ANTARA/Irfan Anshori
Four species of primates endemic to Mentawai Islands are now endangered. Most of their populations are found just outside of Siberut National Park, in what is designated as production forest area. This report is supported by the Rainforest Journalism Fund under partnership with the Pulitzer Center.
Death changed in Florence in the 14th century. Plague plundered the famous Italian city like a foreign army wreaking wrath.