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Monday, October 09, 2017

Muhadjir Effendy, Education and Culture Minister: The PKI Film May Incite Hatred

Amid rising anti-communist sentiments, Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy's recent directive is the antithesis of the prevailing mood. Four days before Pancasila Day on September 30, he banned elementary and middle school students from watching Pengkhianatan G 30 S PKI, the anti-communist film produced by the Suharto regime.

Muhadjir, 62, has attempted to mitigate Indonesian Military Commander Gatot Nurmantyo’s call for mass public screenings of Arifin C.…

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Monday, November 06, 2017

Infrastructure for All

In contrast with his usually modest demeanor, President Joko Widodo touted the success of his administration in building infrastructure projects. While officially launching the Mandalika Special Economic Zone for Tourism in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on October 20, he said that the project was able to go forward thanks to a breakthrough of his doing. "Mandalika has been incomplete for 29 years due to the matter of securing the needed land," said Jokowi.