Edition 18 January 2021

  • Rushing for a New Vaccine
    Cover Story

    Rushing for a New Vaccine

    The government is attempting to expedite mass vaccinations to alleviate the pandemic’s great economic burden. Vice President Ma’ruf Amin asks the Indonesian Ulemas Council to quickly issue an edict for the vaccine. But mass vaccinations are being held back by technical issues and inadequate cold chain facilities. Rejection toward the vaccine is emerging in various regions.

  • The Vaccine Race
    Cover Story

    The Vaccine Race

    The government went to several countries in search of a Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccine procurement was held back by former Health Minister Agus Putranto’s decision.

  • The Efficacy Roller Coaster
    Cover Story

    The Efficacy Roller Coaster

    The temporary results of the Sinovac vaccine’s clinical trials only contain data from 33 percent of participants. There is concern over transparency.  

  • After the Shot
    Cover Story

    After the Shot

    Over 35 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to people in 49 countries. Health problems and a number of deaths among vaccine recipients have become great concerns.

  • The Mystery of SJ-182 Flight

    The Mystery of SJ-182 Flight

    The aviation authorities discussed a number of factors related to the crash of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ-182. The pilot was profiled and new information about suspected damage to the plane was examined. 

  • Jokowi's Adjutant for the Top Cop Spot

    Jokowi's Adjutant for the Top Cop Spot

    President Joko Widodo named Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo as the sole candidate for National Police chief. Their closeness is considered as being a determining factor.

  • Awaiting Cure for Sriwijaya

    Awaiting Cure for Sriwijaya

    The crash of flight SJ-182 is expected to put Sriwijaya Air under immense pressure and the shadows of heaping old debts. 

  • Future Swimming Queens

    Future Swimming Queens

    Indonesia counts on young athletes to return as the swimming queens in Southeast Asia, as the country have none for the last decade. They are studying and training in the world’s swimming Mecca.

  • Claimed by the Sea

    Claimed by the Sea

    The rising sea is turning the lives of Bendono village residents in Central Java upside down. Fertile rice fields and productive fishponds are now under water.

  • The Generals at Trunojoyo

    The Generals at Trunojoyo

    Different camps within the Police marred the selection of the next National Police chief. Commissioner Gen. Listyo Sigit needs to prove that he is not chosen only because of his closeness to President Joko Widodo.

  • Interview


    Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Health Minister: Vaccine is Not a Political Commodity

    Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin


  • Law

    SIM Swap Scam

    SIM Swap Scam

    Cases of illegal SIM card swaps ending in bank account theft have increased in the past year. Allegedly bank employees are involved.

  • Letters

    The Pandemic and Job Creation Law

    The Pandemic and Job Creation Law

    A reader views that the Job Creation Law should have involved a comprehensive study and discussing all clusters.

  • Environment

    Lack of Ambition for Emission Reduction

    The Climate Ambition Summit was organized to help push for a renewed commitment on emission reduction, in order to achieve the target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius by 2030. Indonesia is seen as lacking ambition to meet its emission reduction target.



    Marine Mammals

    Uchuy, a female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) calf, seen swimming together with her mother at Prigen Safari Park in Pasuruan, East Java, January 15. Uchuy is the first of its kind to have been born at the zoo, in October 2020. Prigen Safari Park currently has five bottlenose dolphins. ANTARA/Zabur Karuru



    State of Emergency

    INJURED people lay on hospital beds outside the emergency ward following an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, January 15, in this picture obtained from social media. A 6.2-magnitute earthquake shook West Sulawesi on Friday, January 15. Until Monday, January 18, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency records a death toll of 81 with more than 740 people injured and over 27,800 had to leave their homes to take refuge in safe locations. 

    Indonesian Red Cross/via Reuters


  • Lost at Sea

    Lost at Sea

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • High-stakes of Covid-19 Vaccine

    High-stakes of Covid-19 Vaccine

    Celebrity participation and threats of prosecution are not effective ways to encourage public participation in the Covid-19 vaccination program. This will only lead to more opposition.

  • Jokowi's Favorite for Police Chief

    Jokowi's Favorite for Police Chief

    The President has chosen Listyo Sigit Prabowo as his candidate for National Police chief.  It is clear this was influenced by his close relationship and by political interests.

  • A New Danger from Digital Thieves

    A New Danger from Digital Thieves

    A new method of stealing money from bank accounts by hijacking customers' telephone numbers is on the rise. Banks cannot avoid responsibility.

  • Revaluate Aviation Safety

    Revaluate Aviation Safety

    The Sriwijaya Air crash must lead to improvements in aviation safety. There must be no relaxation of regulations that could put safety at risk.

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