Edition 04 July 2021

  • Worm Drug Hype
    Cover Story

    Worm Drug Hype

    The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency raided a factory that had been manufacturing poor quality ivermectin. To garner support for the use of the anti-parasite drug, Harsen lobbied several government officials. Wishing to keep up, the state-owned enterprises ministry is pushing Indofarma to produce a similar medicine. It seems businesses have been taking advantage of Covid-19.

  • Conflicts over the Magic Pill
    Cover Story

    Conflicts over the Magic Pill

    Indian doctors disagree on the use of ivermectin to treat Covid-19 patients. The decline in Covid cases has also been due to regional lockdowns and vaccination.

  • Smuggling an Old Drug
    Cover Story

    Smuggling an Old Drug

    Patients are taking ivermectin to treat Covid-19. The drug has been used at state-owned hospitals since the end of 2020.

  • Sweet Dreams of Sugar Factories
    Economy

    Sweet Dreams of Sugar Factories

    Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) will divest the assets of its subsidiaries engaged in the sugar business. A new company is being prepared to attract jumbo investors.

  • Questionable Profits
    Economy

    Questionable Profits

    Perkebunan Nusantara III claims to have reaped profits. Was it because of improved operating performances, or was it the result of debt restructuring?

  • Tourism Program on Hold
    Economy

    Tourism Program on Hold

    The Indonesian government postponed programs related to tourism during the implementation of the emergency public activity restrictions (PPKM). Travel agents are diversifying their services as the PPKM continues.

  • Large Gold, Small Island
    Law

    Large Gold, Small Island

    The gold mining license issued to Tambang Mas Sangihe for the Sangihe Islands Regency did not obtain the authorization of the ministry of marine affairs and fisheries. The mining endangers the small island ecosystem. Is it true a presidential campaign volunteer is involved?

  • Repression against BEM UI Condemned
  • Emergency Brake to Stop Grandiose Dreams
  • This Is Not About Money
    Interview

    This Is Not About Money

    The explosion of new Covid-19 cases in the past month will see the increase in health care expenditure, mainly to purchase 400 million doses of vaccines and for patient treatment. The emergency has compelled Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati to recalculate the budget as the health ministry increased its budget from Rp172 trillion to around Rp185 trillion. Having experienced in dealing with the 1997-1998 and 2008 financial crises, Sri Mulyani says the Covid-19 presents challenges that are starkly different from those of the previous economic calamities.

  • Environment

    Environment

    Historic Momentum of the Ecocide Initiative

    A panel of legal experts from various counties creates a legal definition for ecocide, which hopefully would be adopted as the fifth form of crime in the Rome Statute. It presents a momentum to push for similar awareness in Indonesia.

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  • Interlude

    The History of Underground Music in Sports Arenas

    The History of Underground Music in Sports Arenas

    In the period between the 1970s to 1990s, aside from being places for sport events, sports arenas in many cities were locations for music concerts. These places gave birth to many talented musicians. The Saparua Sports Arena in Bandung, for instance, was the place for underground music communities to see bands emerge in the 1990s. These included Burgerkill, Puppen, Jasad, Koil, PAS Band, Pure Saturday, and Dajjal, who later became big and were the pioneers for other bands which came after.

    Sports stadiums in other cities also provided space for the glory of local bands. There is the Manahan Sports Arena in Solo, Bulungan in Jakarta, also Pulosari in Malang. Unfortunately, several of these sports centers have been pulled down. Some are still standing, but they no longer service the performing arts. A slice of memory surrounding the glory of these sports centers for musicians has been recorded in a documentary about the Saparua Sports Arena, broadcast on several live streaming channels in June. The documentary by director Alvin Yunata raised the query whether sports centers could go back to being creative spaces for young people in an era when everything is digital.

  • Arts

    Indonesian Hero in Dutch Slavery Exhibition

    Indonesian Hero in Dutch Slavery Exhibition

    Indonesian anti-colonial hero Untung Surapati is prominently present at the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ national museum, in its first major exhibition highlighting the country’s dark slavery history.

  • Cartoon

    Accidental Protector

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

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    Photo

    Dead Quiet

    AN ambulance passing an empty street during the implementation of the emergency Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM) in the Sudirman area, Jakarta, Saturday, July 3. Only vehicles operating in essential sectors are prohibited to operate and enter the 63 blocking points in the Jakarta, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi areas from July 3 to 20. The emergency PPKM is the government’s effort to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus which recently saw a spike hike in the number of positive cases. ANTARA/M Risyal Hidayat

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    Photo

    Natural Splendor

    AN aerial photo of the Tumpak Sewu waterfall in Pronojiwo, Lumajang, East Java, June 27. The semicircular waterfall at the foot of Mount Semeru is one of the leading natural attractions in Lumajang. ANTARA/Budi Candra Setya

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  • Hopes and Fears for Ivermectin
    Opinion

    Hopes and Fears for Ivermectin

    Ivermectin is being promoted by a number of politicians and businesspeople as an effective treatment against the coronavirus. The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency must be independent from pressure.

  • Silencing Students Voice
    Opinion

    Silencing Students Voice

    No matter how impolite it is, criticism of the government from students must not be muzzled. Allowing rectors to hold a position in state-owned companies weakens the independence of campuses.

  • A New Hope for the Environment
    Opinion

    A New Hope for the Environment

    Soon environmental destruction is on the same level as genocide and will come under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. This is an opportunity to take action against those in Indonesia who are damaging the environment.

  • Save Our Sugar
    Opinion

    Save Our Sugar

    The government is to set up a sugar industry holding company to achieve self-sufficiency. Assets must not fall into the hands of rent seekers.

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