Tempo English Weekly

Monday, January 08, 2018

Burying the Ghost of Communism

The seven-year sentence demanded for Heri Budiawan alias Budi Pego, an environmental activist in Banyuwangi, is truly unjust. This resident of Sumber Agung village in the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java was only exercising his right to protest and reject the development of a gold mine owned by Damai Suksesindo on Tumpang Pitu Mount in April 2017, when he was arrested on charges of spreading communism.

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Java Holds the Key

HASTO Kristiyanto stopped for a moment as he was about to take a sip from his mineral water in Tempo’s editorial meeting room last Friday. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general apologized for his petai, or stinky bean, breath. "Last night I was served stinky-bean fried rice by the President.