Edition 16 November 2020

  • BIN’s Intervention in Mecca
    Cover Story

    BIN’s Intervention in Mecca

    Rizieq Shihab finally returned to Indonesia after living in Saudi Arabia for three and a half years. He lobbied the Saudi government to allow him to return. The Indonesian intelligence and police appear to have lobbied the cleric repeatedly to negotiate his plan to return home and run-in with the law. Rizieq claims he signed an agreement with the intelligence agency.

  • Signal from Overseas
    Cover Story

    Signal from Overseas

    Rizieq Shihab has been involved in several political events in the country. He was disappointed when Prabowo joined the government.

  • The Flight of the Suitcase
    Cover Story

    The Flight of the Suitcase

    Rizieq Shihab received political guests while in Saudi Arabia. He often convened large numbers of people.

  • Polemics Surrounding Merit Awards
    News Capsule

    Polemics Surrounding Merit Awards

    THE conferring of honors of merit and orders of distinction to certain persons in celebration of National Heroes Day 2020 garnered polemic.

  • Bittersweet Regulations

    Bittersweet Regulations

    The government will restructure regulations of refined sugar imports. However, the ministry of industry’s draft regulation is deemed not in line with the cabinet meeting, which had aimed to give direct import licenses to industry users. There are regulations which can potentially make this sector increasingly oligopolistic.

  • Food and Beverage Industry’s Worries

    Food and Beverage Industry’s Worries

    The food and beverage industry is pushing the government to issue import permits on refined sugar due to uncertain supplies for early 2021.

  • Illegal Animals Trade in Aceh

    Illegal Animals Trade in Aceh

    Aceh becomes a red zone for wildlife trading. Hong Kong and China are its biggest markets.

  • Suu Kyi’s Tainted Victory
    Asean & Beyond

    Suu Kyi’s Tainted Victory

    The National League for Democracy Party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, wins another landsilde in Myanmar’s general elections. Meanwhile activists for democracy were being detained and people were denied the right to vote in Rakhine.

  • Taruna Ikrar, Chairman, Medical Council:  No Need to be Afraid of Foreign Doctors

    Taruna Ikrar, Chairman, Medical Council: No Need to be Afraid of Foreign Doctors

    It is only a matter of time for foreign doctors to start work in Indonesia. According to Chairman of the Medical Council of the Indonesian Medical Council (KKI), Taruna Ikrar, sooner or later, Indonesian doctors across the archipelago must prepare themselves for tough competition.

  • An Expedition to Revive a Tradition

    An Expedition to Revive a Tradition

    For over three decades, the tradition of planting upland rice had disappeared in the villages of Samo, Posi-Posi, and Gumira, all located on the outer edges of Halmahera Island in North Maluku. The people of those three villages prefer to buy rice to be consumed as a variation rather than take the effort to grow it themselves. Some left this practice after going to work for a lumber company which cut down forests in their area, and they began using their daily wages to purchase rice. Others initially stopped farming rice to raise funds to rebuild a mosque which had collapsed in their community. The PakaTiva Association, with the support of the EcoNusa Foundation, has been working to revive this tradition, not only for local food self-sufficiency, but also for the purpose of maintaining the forest. Tempo joined the Maluku Expedition, an activity organized by the EcoNusa Foundation, which among other things visited those three areas.

  • Letters


    Ahmad Ali’s Clarification

    AFTER reading the cover story of Tempo, November 9, 2020 edition, concerning The Forbidden Fruits, I need to clarify several matters.


  • Cartoon



    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Opinion

    Missteps in Confronting Rizieq

    Missteps in Confronting Rizieq

    SCUPPERING away from Indonesia as a criminal suspect, Muhammad Rizieq bin Hussein Shihab returned on Tuesday, November 10, lauded like a homecoming hero.

  • Opinion

    Welcome Foreign Doctors

    Welcome Foreign Doctors

    As long as they are carefully regulated, the presence of foreign doctors could bring benefits for the public. Local doctors and professional medical organizations must put their houses in order.

  • Opinion

    Rooting Out the Rent Seekers

    Government’s plan to transfer licenses for the import of refined sugar directly to the industries that use it has been held up at the ministerial level, even though it could reduce rent-seeking.



    Deep Clean

    A diver from the Tunas Bahari Maluku community holds plastic garbage in the Haruku Island waters, Maluku, Tuesday, November 10. The sea-cleaning movement is carried out to commemorate the National Heroes Day./ANTARA/Muhammad Adimaja/pras.


  • Facing of Recession

    Facing of Recession

    There must be no attempts to cover up the economic crisis. It is time to accelerate the direct cash assistance program.

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