Edition 18 October 2021

  • Lost Oil Palm Taxes
    Cover Story

    Lost Oil Palm Taxes

    Touted as the national economy’s locomotive, the oil palm industry is instead believed to be reason behind the lost potential for tax revenue in the amount of over Rp20 trillion annually. The problem lies with weak database and non-compliant businesses.  

  • From the Woods to Market Goods
    Cover Story

    From the Woods to Market Goods

    Millions of hectares of forest areas are turned into oil palm plantations. Who gets the fruits and sap?

  • Many Plantations are Not Registered as Such
    Cover Story

    Many Plantations are Not Registered as Such

    The oil palm industry continues to grow, but taxes paid the sector have been stagnant, and have even tended to decline. A member of Finance Minister’s Expert Staff in the Tax Compliance Division spoke about this problem.

  • This Problem is Complex
    Cover Story

    This Problem is Complex

    Illegal and unregistered oil palm plantations, many of which lie in forest areas, have been the problem for the government in pursuing tax revenue from this sector. RSPO aware of the problem but cannot take action if the perpetrators are not their member.

  • Reserve Forces Worry

    Reserve Forces Worry

    Prabowo Subianto moved quickly to form his reserve forces, although the current threat is not a physical war.

  • Soldiers Awaiting Duty Call

    Soldiers Awaiting Duty Call

    Members of the military reserve program came from various backgrounds. The DPR is concerned Prabowo Subianto would use them to mobilize the masses for the 2024 General Election.

  • New Evidence, Old Examination

    New Evidence, Old Examination

    The police reopened the investigation into a suspected children molestation case possibly committed by their father in Luwu Timur, South Sulawesi. The police have not taken a legal perspective when handling that sexual violence case.

  • We Don’t Know Where the Victims Are

    We Don’t Know Where the Victims Are

    The South Sulawesi Regional Police assigns the Luwu Timur District Police to investigate the suspected sexual violence against three children. There is new evidence in the case.  

  • Child Case Investigations Must Be Kept Confidential

    Child Case Investigations Must Be Kept Confidential

    A commissioner at the Indonesian Child Protection Commission, Retno Listyarti, considers a serious violation was committed in the handling of a sexual violence case in Luwu Timur. Police ignore victims’ testimonies.

  • A Frightful Reminiscence of Stagflation
    Market Pulse

    A Frightful Reminiscence of Stagflation

    Bad memories from the 1970s are resurfacing. Then, the world economy fell into the chasm of stagflation: a decline in growth accompanied by high inflation. The current situation looks similar.  

  • Interview


    We Battle for Facts

    For her relentless fight for press freedom and human rights in the Philippines, Rappler’s senior journalist Maria Ressa has been awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. She continues to challenge President Rodrigo Duterte’s repressive regime.


  • Arts

    Violence in Papua at Biennale Jogja

    Violence in Papua at Biennale Jogja

    The Biennale Jogja is once again underway. This time the fine arts exhibition provided more space for artists from eastern Indonesia.

  • Cartoon

    Police Reality Show

    Police Reality Show

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman


  • Outreach

    Constitutional Innovation at Pasie Laweh

    The Constitutional Court anointed Pasie Laweh a constitutional nagari. This is the result of innovative actions towards respecting people’s health and economic rights, and the right of application of customary law.



    Authentic Support


    SPECTATORS in traditional costumes watch the Papua 20th National Games Women’s Soccer final match between the teams from Papua and West Java at the Katalpal Stadium, Merauke Regency, Papua, Monday, October 11. The Papuan team won the gold medal after beating West Java with a score of 1-0./Antara/Galih Pradipta



    Lost in The Fire

    RESIDENTS of the Baduy community examine the condition of their homes which were burned to the ground in Cihuni village, Lebak, Banten, Thursday, October 14. The fire, which occurred in the afternoon the day before, destroyed 16 houses belonging to the Baduy people and one leuit or rice barn and displaced 84 people. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire. Antara/Muhammad Bagus Khoirunas


  • Oil Palm’s Tax Deficit

    Oil Palm’s Tax Deficit

    There is something amiss with the tax remittances from the oil palm industry. At a time when the area of plantations is increasing, state revenues from the sector are stagnant, and are even in decline. This is an old problem long unresolved.

  • A Time Bomb for Our Democracy

    A Time Bomb for Our Democracy

    There is no pressing reason to establish a TNI Reserve Component. It has the potential to endanger civil democracy.

  • The Shambolic Handling of Rape Cases

    The Shambolic Handling of Rape Cases

    The police ignore victim’s perspective when handling the case of alleged sexual violence in Luwu Timur. It would be difficult to catch the perpetrator.

  • Nobel Prize for the Watchdogs

    Nobel Prize for the Watchdogs

    The Nobel Peace Prize this year underlines the importance of journalism in uncovering truths about those in power. It now has to deal with the influence of social media.

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