Edition 10 January 2022

  • An Unhappy New Year for Coal Businesses
    Cover Story

    An Unhappy New Year for Coal Businesses

    The government is imposing a coal export ban due to a supply crisis at several state-owned and private power plants. The business chain is in disarray.

  • Two Actors behind the Crisis
    Cover Story

    Two Actors behind the Crisis

    Coal businesses are suffering from the export ban caused by a supply crisis at power plants. But state electricity company PLN is also at the root of the problem.

  • Soldiers' Softer Approach

    Soldiers' Softer Approach

    General Andika Perkasa is calling for a non-military approach to resolve conflicts in Papua. It is considered not effective unless troops are withdrawn.

  • Five Case Termination Letters

    Five Case Termination Letters

    General Andika Perkasa orders his subordinates to look into a suspected corruption case involving the purchase of AW101 helicopters. The KPK is having trouble going forward with this case.

  • The Separate Ways

    The Separate Ways

    Yahya Cholil Staquf decides to stop favoring the PKB. It could hurt the party’s vote outcome.

  • Pandemic Relief Corruption

    Pandemic Relief Corruption

    The Corruption Eradication Commission is investigating an alleged bribery in the regional PEN funds. The case involves an official from the home affairs ministry, whose name also popped up in the special allocation fund bribery.

  • Russian Ambassador to Indonesia, Lyudmila Vorobieva: We Don’t Want War

    Russian Ambassador to Indonesia, Lyudmila Vorobieva: We Don’t Want War

    Russian Ambassador to Indonesia, Lyudmila Vorobieva, sees Indonesia as an unofficial leader of ASEAN and an influential Islamic country. She talks about Russia’s offer for nuclear technology, strengthening trade, ASEAN, and the tension with NATO over Ukraine.

  • Keeping the Literary Spirit Alive

    Keeping the Literary Spirit Alive

    Literature communities in a number of cities continue their activities online during the Covid-19 pandemic. They expand their memberships as physical gatherings and discussions are limited.

  • Costly Show of Force on Coal Policy
    Market Pulse

    Costly Show of Force on Coal Policy

    The government bans coal export for the whole month of January after coal miners fail to fulfill their DMO to supply coal for PLN. This show of force is clearly not the right way to solve the coal crisis.

  • The Bogor Town Square

    The Bogor Town Square

    Topi Park becomes the Bogor Town Square. But the road is congested.

  • Interview


    Let’s Heal the Polarization

    Yahya Cholil Staquf is the new chief of NU Central Board. He explains why he wants NU to stay out of practical politics and responds to the notion that he has government backing.


  • Cartoon



    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman


  • Opinion

    Mismanagement of Coal

    Mismanagement of Coal

    The shortage of coal for domestic power plants is the result of poor management from PLN and the government. An export ban will not solve the problem.

  • Opinion

    Green Investment in Climate Change

    Green Investment in Climate Change

    The government needs to change the way it views climate change mitigation funds from a cost to an investment.

  • Environment

    Business in Crisis

    In the effort to mitigate the climate crisis by 2030, Indonesia needs Rp3,779 trillion to reduce its carbon emission. It opens business opportunities.



    Papua's Plight

    THE inundated Youtefa Market in Abepura, Jayapura, Papua, Friday, January 7. Based on data from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, heavy rains and landslides in a number of areas in Jayapura have resulted in the death of six people. ANTARA FOTO/Freddy Fakdawer



    Support from Afar

    PROTESTERS from the Save Uyghur Coalition Indonesia wear masks during a solidarity action for the Uighur Muslims at Dukuh Atas Park, Jakarta, Tuesday, January 4. They called on the Indonesian government to stand against the genocide that has happened to the Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, China, boycott the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, and stop the deportation of Uighur asylum seekers back to China/ANTARA FOTO/Indrianto Eko Suwarso


  • Prospect of Peace in Papua

    Prospect of Peace in Papua

    The plan by the TNI commander to resolve the conflict in Papua peacefully should go beyond words. It could begin with a ceasefire.

  • Another Corruption During Pandemic

    Another Corruption During Pandemic

    Embezzlement of national economic recovery assistance funds continues. The ramshackle budgeting system provides opportunities for corruption.

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