Edition 23 August 2021

  • Jokowi-Approved Presidential Hopefuls
    Cover Story

    Jokowi-Approved Presidential Hopefuls

    Presidential hopefuls are already campaigning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have the Palace’s blessing.

  • Close Friends in the Election
    Cover Story

    Close Friends in the Election

    Several potential presidential candidates have long had close relationships with Jokowi. The President helped improved their electability.

  • More Time for the President
    Cover Story

    More Time for the President

    Scenarios to extend the president’s tenure are in play. Various groups are approached for support.

  • Sumsel 1 on the Second Page
    Law

    Sumsel 1 on the Second Page

    Former governor of South Sumatra, Alex Noerdin, is implicated in the Sriwijaya Grand Mosque construction graft case. A record held by the project management shows that billions of rupiah were given to “Sumsel 1,” a code suspected to refer to the number one person in the province.

  •  I Did Not Receive Rp2.4 Billion
    Law

    I Did Not Receive Rp2.4 Billion

    Former governor of South Sumatra Alex Noerdin answers questions on corruption allegations in the construction of the Sriwijaya Grand Mosque in Palembang.

  • Freedom of Expression Ends with Repression
    National

    Freedom of Expression Ends with Repression

    Civil liberties are felt increasingly threatened. Murals in the form of criticism are expressions and aspirations conveyed through art.  

  • PLN’s Problems in the Pandemic
    Economy

    PLN’s Problems in the Pandemic

    PLN is trying everything to stay out of the financial crisis. It is caught between ambitious government projects, electricity purchase arrangements, and the impact of the pandemic. This report on the dilemma of the electricity and coal businesses was done with the support of the Judith Neilson Institute.

  • The Enticement of Coal Prices
    Economy

    The Enticement of Coal Prices

    Coal mining industry is not concerned with the government’s plan to shut down steam power plants. High demand and high prices for coal are the driving factors. This report on the dilemma of the electricity and coal businesses was done with the support of the Judith Neilson Institute.

  • Steam Power Plants Running on Fumes
    Economy

    Steam Power Plants Running on Fumes

    The shortage of coal supplies to PLN electricity generators leads to export bans for 34 companies. Accusations fly as coal prices rise. This report on the dilemma of the electricity and coal businesses was done with the support of the Judith Neilson Institute.

  • Some Investors Turn to Crypto
    Economy

    Some Investors Turn to Crypto

    In the midst of turmoil from the Covid-19 pandemic, cryptocurrencies are being recognized as commodity subjects. Futures exchanges are also preparing a physical market for digital gold. An interview with the Jakarta Futures Exchange Chief Executive Officer Stephanus Paulus Lumintang.

  • Interview

    Interview

    Herd Immunity Is No Longer Relevant

    Epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia’s Public Heath Faculty Iwan Ariawan says that the Level 1-4 public activity restrictions (PPKM) have been proven effective in slowing down the speed of Covid-19 transmission. Iwan who follows weekly virtual meetings with Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin and Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan says that with increased testing and contact tracing ratios coupled with the second phase vaccination, the government hopes to rein in the pandemic in October or November.

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  • International

    Taliban Offers Amnesty

    Taliban Offers Amnesty

    Taliban offers amnesty to former government officials and those who worked for the United States government. They also promise press freedom and protection of women’s rights within the framework of Islamic law.

  • Market Pulse

    Discipline to Keep the Bond Market Save

    Discipline to Keep the Bond Market Save

    The resolution of the government to put the brakes on 2022’s budget deficit brings relief to the market.

  • Outreach

    Flores Sings from Eight Points

    Flores Sings from Eight Points

    The virtual festival titled Flores, the Singing Island initiated by local musician Ivan Nestorman highlighted the unique vocal skills of Flores from the eight points of the island.

  • Environment

    Reducing Emissions Through Taxation

    Government’s plan to apply a carbon tax next year triggers reactions. Academics and environmental activists say this is merely one way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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    Photo

    Nationalism Anywhere

    ENVIRONMENTAL activists from the Aer Republic community unfurled the red-and-white flag at the Cianggir Landfill (TPAS) in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Sunday, August 15. The action at the garbage landfill was carried out to commemorate the 76th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, as well as a campaign for environmental awareness during the Covid-19 pandemic while fostering a sense of nationalism./Antara/Adeng Bustomi

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    Photo

    Up In Smoke

    SMOKE billowing from the burning passenger ship KM Bukit Sumber Poleang in the waters of Dusun Tanjung in Mapila village, Bombana Regency, Southeast Sulawesi, Monday, August 16. KM Bukit Sumber Poleang caught fire at around 12:15 pm local time while departing from the Sikeli Port on its way to the Kassipute Harbor. Thirty-four passengers and crew members were rescued by fishermen who happened to be in the vicinity. Until now the cause of the fire is still unknown./Antara/Humas SAR Kendari

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  • Richard Lee’s Case
    Letters

    Richard Lee’s Case

    On the non-detention of beauty specialist doctor Richard Lee.

  • Out of Reach, Still
    Cartoon

    Out of Reach, Still

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • The Trap of Electoral Political Games
    Opinion

    The Trap of Electoral Political Games

    Every candidate with the potential to become president must be given the opportunity. Transparency of political funding is a key factor.

  • Three-term Horse Trading
    Opinion

    Three-term Horse Trading

    Constitutional amendments could open the door to changing the article limiting the number of presidential terms. These are dirty games by the political cartel.

  • After the Fall of Afghanistan
    Opinion

    After the Fall of Afghanistan

    The fall of Afghanistan into the hands of the Taliban could trigger the revival of terrorist networks around the world. Indonesia must not stand idly by.

  • Cleaning Up Our Electricity Chaos
    Opinion

    Cleaning Up Our Electricity Chaos

    PLN is experiencing a surplus of electricity supplies, most of which are purchased from private generators. This is worsening its financial situation.

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