Edition 08 November 2021

  • Deforestation by Design in Papua 
    Cover Story

    Deforestation by Design in Papua 

    Deforestation in the commercial management of forest conservation in Papua is marked by numerous violations. This is at odds with the claim of President Joko Widodo at the COP26 in Glasgow regarding the lowest rate of deforestation in the past 20 years.

  • Green Certificate Fails to Stop Deforestation
    Cover Story

    Green Certificate Fails to Stop Deforestation

    Indonesia has the timber legality verification system (SVLK). Why has it failed to prevent deforestation violations in Papua?

  • The Angry Communities
    Cover Story

    The Angry Communities

    Conflicts around the forest concession areas in Papua do not only occur between companies and customary land owners. Company policies also spark clashes within community groups.

  • From Papua to All over the World
    Cover Story

    From Papua to All over the World

    Papuan timber harvested through violating and bypassing all manner of regulations managed to be sold on the world market. The timber legality verification system did not detect these violations.

  • From Security Detail to Commander

    From Security Detail to Commander

    President Joko Widodo has chosen Army Chief of Staff Gen. Andika Perkasa as the sole candidate for Indonesian TNI Commander. His decision was supported by Defense Minister of Prabowo Subianto and PDI-P Chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri.

  • Cleaning up the Fast-Train Project Mess

    Cleaning up the Fast-Train Project Mess

    The government prepares a state budget to rescue the Jakarta-Bandung fast-train project, which is in danger of stalling. There are allegations of poor project planning and inflated construction costs.

  • I Don’t Know Whether It’s Feasible or Not

    I Don’t Know Whether It’s Feasible or Not

    Kereta Api Indonesia has been appointed as the lead of the state-owned companies consortium for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train project replacing Wijaya Karya. KAI CEO explains to Tempo about the problems plaguing the project which seems to be teetering on the edge of collapse.

  • Burdened by State Projects

    Burdened by State Projects

    A number of ambitious government projects are burdening PT KAI finances, risking the quality of its services.

  • Inconsistencies in PCR Testing Regulations
  • The Lucky Ones in the Time of Turmoil
    Market Pulse

    The Lucky Ones in the Time of Turmoil

    But just because the market remained calm, even in Indonesia, it does not mean the storm has passed. The Fed’s policy change for liquidity is certain to have effects on the composition of foreign-owned portfolio investment funds in Indonesia.    

  • Interview


    We Are Bound to Face Conflict-of-Interest Situations

    Genomik Solidaritas Indonesia’s founder Mohammad Arsjad Rasjid breaks silence about the public polemic surrounding the PCR test business. The chair of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry acknowledges that he is the brains behind the establishment of the swap test service business that he founded with several partners, and sheds light on how Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan became one of the company’s shareholders.


  • Letters

    The Nobel Prize and Maria Ressa

    The Nobel Prize and Maria Ressa

    Letters on border settlement, Nobel for Maria Ressa, and a political coup.

  • Opinion

    Empty Words on Deforestation

    Empty Words on Deforestation

    In sharp contrast to the situation on the ground, President Jokowi claimed deforestation in Indonesia has slowed down. Meanwhile, the environment minister embarrassed the nation before the international community.

  • Science & Technology

    Bogor Botanical Gardens’ Night Lights

    There are protests against Glow’s night lights at the Bogor Botanical Gardens due to the absence of assessment on their impacts. The National Research and Innovation Agency insists on performing a study on the impacts of Glow’s artificial lights on site.



    A Dark Day

    DARK clouds hanging over Jakarta’s skyline on Thursday, November 4. The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued an early warning of the potential high rainfall and hydrometeorological disasters in a number of areas due to the La Nina phenomenon which is predicted to last from the end of the year until February 2022.
    Antara/Galih Pradipta



    A Race By The Sea

    AN aerial photo of the Pertamina Mandalika International Circuit at the Mandalika Special Economic Zone, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, November 3.
    Antara/Ahmad Subaidi


  • Military Commander Compromise

    Military Commander Compromise

    President Jokowi proposed General Andika Perkasa as the new TNI commander despite the fact he will only serve 13 months. There is a strong aroma of politics.

  • Democracy Dies in ‘Buzzers’

    Democracy Dies in ‘Buzzers’

    During the Jokowi administration, ‘buzzers’ continue to play a role as manipulators of public opinion. Their actions are increasingly a threat to democracy.

  • Fast-Train’s Risky Business

    Fast-Train’s Risky Business

    The government approves the use of state budget funds to cover the cost of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train project. This policy carries with it risks of abuse.

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