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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

With Haze Contained, Attention Turns To Peatlands

AT the recent Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) annual conference on haze, South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin declared, "I promise you no more haze will come from my province." Those were brave words given recent history, but since the devastating haze of 2015, Indonesia has indeed taken drastic measures to mitigate forest fires and haze recurrences. Last year, only 100 hotspots were sighted, compared to thousands prior to the…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Religion in the Runoff

Rebranding Basuki

The BasukiDjarot campaign team is working on Muslim voters who casted their ballots for Agus Harimurti in East and South Jakarta. Religious pilgrimages are being offered to attract them.

Speaking to about 200 residents of Cipinang, Tubagus Ace Hasan Syadzily joked about voter fears of giving their voice for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok), the incumbent Jakarta governor who happens to be a Christian.