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Edition 03 August 2020

  • Mining Road to Cut Through Sumatran Forest
    Cover Story

    Mining Road to Cut Through Sumatran Forest

    MINISTER of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar gave the subsidiary of Rajawali Corpora, owned by tycoon Peter Sondakh, the permit to build a road for transporting coal in Harapan Forest in Jambi and South Sumatra. Before issuing the permit, Minister Siti even went as far as revising a regulation that would have prohibited building the road. The Harapan Forest restoration area, which is a natural habitat for Sumatra’s endemic animals, will be split by the 26-kilometer-long and 60-meter-wide road. Besides destroying trees in the secondary forest, at a value of over Rp400 billion, the mining road will also threaten biodiversity and indigenous communities, and will open the opportunity for illegal loggers to enter the restored production forest. This report is completed in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center, through the Rainforest Journalism Fund program.

  • A Problematic Shortcut
    Cover Story

    A Problematic Shortcut

    THREE large trucks moved slowly on a road that was still muddy from the previous night’s rain, at the center of an acacia plantation owned by Bumi Persada Permai in Musi Banyuasin Regency, South Sumatra, on June 22.

  • Potential Communal Conflicts
    Cover Story

    Potential Communal Conflicts

    The development of a coal mining road in Harapan Forest widens access for loggers. The forest’s biodiversity is under threat.

  • Permit is in Line with Procedure
    Cover Story

    Permit is in Line with Procedure

    Environment and Forestry ministry secretary-general Bambang Hendroyono:

  • We’re Not Building a Mining Road
    Cover Story

    We’re Not Building a Mining Road

    Golden Eagle Energy secretary Chrismasari Dewi Sudono:

  • The Elephant in the Classroom

    The Elephant in the Classroom

    The Mobilization Organization Program soured the relationship between Nadiem Makarim and the Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah. The program is considered flawed since the initial selection process.

  • End of Joko Tjandra’s flight
    News Capsule

    End of Joko Tjandra’s flight

    Criminal fugitive in the case of the Bank Bali payment rights, Joko Soegiarto Tjandra, was brought back to Indonesia by the police on Thursday, July 30.

  • Empty Coffers, Delayed Promises

    Empty Coffers, Delayed Promises

    The cash flow of state electricity company PLN worsened. It has been hit by subdued sales, high purchase prices, additional debts, and sluggish compensation.

  • Huge Discounts, Going Rural

    Huge Discounts, Going Rural

    PLN’s electricity sales nosedived due to the pandemic. It is now intensifying discounts and expanding its markets.

  • Embrace a Huge August Shock
    Market Pulse

    Embrace a Huge August Shock

    Yopie Hidayat (Contributor)

  • Law


    Family Feuds

    The conflict between John Kei and Nus Kei is allegedly about the security fee of a disputed land for a hospital in Ambon, Maluku. Guarding plots of land is still a favorite job for thugs from the eastern parts of Indonesia.


  • Law

    Nus Kei: I Have Forgiven John Kei

    Nus Kei: I Have Forgiven John Kei

    Around the end of June, Agrapinus Rumatora alias Nus Kei suddenly found his home in the Green Lake Housing Complex, Tangerang, Banten, stormed by dozens of thugs.

  • Interview

    Kusnandi Rusmil, Chief, Covid-19 Vaccine Research & Clinical Trial Team: We Got a Head Start to Develop the Vaccine Faster

    Kusnandi Rusmil, Chief, Covid-19 Vaccine Research & Clinical Trial Team: We Got a Head Start to Develop the Vaccine Faster

    The phase III clinical trial of Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s Covid-19 vaccine has generated a lot of interest from prospective volunteers. Four days after the open registration began, over 1,000 volunteers have signed up for the trial conducted by the research team from the faculty of medicine of the Padjadjaran University in Bandung, West Java.

  • In Memoriam

    He Never Betrayed Poetry

    He Never Betrayed Poetry

    ESTEEMED poet Sapardi Djoko Damono breathed his last on Sunday, July 19. Esthetically speaking, his work achieved a level of its own in the Indonesian literary firmament.

  • Letters

    The Tiger Day

    WE celebrate the International Tiger Day on July 29. Why is it important?



    Higher Learning/

    Students of the Bawang State Middle School are studying on the roof of the public bathroom to get stronger Internet connection in Sigemplong village, Batang Regency, Central Java, Thursday, July 30. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the school’s management implements the in-class learning mode and the remote learning method, where students can study at home. The school sets up free Internet networks in five different locations around the village so that students can access online study at home./ANTARA/Harviyan Perdana Putra


  • My Beloved Reporters

    My Beloved Reporters

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Losing Hope

    Losing Hope

    THE decision by the environment and forestry ministry to grant permission for the construction of a road through the middle of the Hutan Harapan (forest of hope) in Jambi and South Sumatra is a step back in the endeavor to overcome climate change.

  • Learning the Ropes

    Learning the Ropes

    Education Ministry’s project to build the capacity of teachers has led to intense public debate. There were problems with the selection process.

  • Powerful Preman

    Powerful Preman

    Preman are still involved in public safety matters that should be the responsibility of the police. The nation must not be defeated by these thugs.

  • Struggling to Survive

    Struggling to Survive

    The financial situation of PLN continues to worsen. This is due to complications as a result of a bad national electricity policy.

  • Sidelines

    It’s the weekend And we’ve had enough of death

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