Tempo English Weekly

Monday, January 08, 2018

To Hammer An Activist

WITH his head bowed, Heri Budiawan left the courtroom of the Banyuwangi District Court in East Java on Thursday last week. Guarded by at least 10 armed police officers, the 37-year-old man was rushed to a prisoner transport vehicle taking him back to the Banyuwangi Correctional Facility. "I’m very disappointed," he said before entering the vehicle.

The man, who is often addressed as Budi Pego, had just attended an…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

A Dark Debacle in the Bay

Two weeks have passed, and the cargo ship MV Ever Judger has not left the waters of Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan. This ship, which sails under the flag of Panama, should have set sail on March 30, leaving Balikpapan with a cargo of 74,000 tons of coal, headed for Lumut, Perak, Malaysia. The captain had been authorized to leave by the port authority.