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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Misery Around the Mines

The saying "a dead mouse in a barn full of rice" could be applied to Sumirah. In order to meet her daily needs, this resident of Lubuk Sawah village in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, must go into debt. This mother of four lost her main source of livelihood, which was farming, ever since her land was taken over by a coal mining company.

For the past 10 years, Sumirah has…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Plundering Parliamentarians

I swear to God, swear to God," said Setya Novanto when he was asked if it was true there was Rp150 billion for the Golkar Party's coffers from money embezzled out of the e-KTP (electronic ID cards) in 2011. Without denying or confirming it, he held up his index and middle fingers to form a 'victory' sign.

Setya Novanto demonstrated this oath to Tempo editors when he visited this magazine's office on Wednesday last week, a day before the prosecution read the criminal charges filed in the massive corruption case surrounding the e-KTP project at the Jakarta Corruption Court.