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  • Reality


    “God tirelessly plays dice under laws which he has himself prescribed.”

  • Bamboo-Powered Plants gone Offline

    Bamboo-Powered Plants gone Offline

    Biomass gas power plants in three villages in Mentawai stopped operating in less than a year after being officially opened. Their engines often broke down and residents were reluctant to supply bamboo as fuel because of how little they were paid. This report was done with the support of the Rainforest Journalism Fund in cooperation with the Pulitzer Center.

  • Safer in the Virus’ Home Turf
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    Safer in the Virus’ Home Turf

    A total 59 countries closed their doors to Indonesian citizens. The government is doing hectic lobbying in the interests of business.

  • Not Enough Contact Tracing
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    Not Enough Contact Tracing

    The whereabouts of thousands of Covid-19-positive patients are unknown. Contract tracing and isolation ratio is still low.

  • Health Workers Risking Their Lives
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    Health Workers Risking Their Lives

    Over 100 doctors died from Covid-19. Meanwhile, the number of patients arriving at hospitals in poor conditions continue to rise.

  • The Responsibilty Is Mine
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    The Responsibilty Is Mine

    Chief of the Health Crisis Center at the Health Ministry Budi Sylvana:

  • Project Awarded to Newcomer
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    Project Awarded to Newcomer

    ON September 3, Johan Agung’s office could not be found along Jalan Sam Ratulangi V, Oesapa Barat administrative village, in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. Locals Tempo met did not know the whereabouts of the company that won a project at the Kupang Health Polytechnic run by the health ministry.

  • A Tragic End of Poor Procurement
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    A Tragic End of Poor Procurement

    The procurement process for protective equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be riddled with issues. The health ministry’s chief of health crisis center, as the commitment-making official, appointed a company with no experience in manufacturing personal protective equipment or PPE. The move resulted in the scarcity of protective equipment, which may have caused health workers to be infected with Covid-19. This report was made possible through the collaboration between Tempo, Tempo Institute, and Free Press Unlimited.

  • Constitutional Court Law Revision
  • A Middle Way for Green Energy

    A Middle Way for Green Energy

    A new price regulation for electricity from new and renewable energy sources will be issued coming soon. Full of incentives to pursue the 2025 target.

  • Dangerous Pandemic Policies

    Dangerous Pandemic Policies

    THE government’s poor handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has played a significant role in the high number of deaths of healthcare workers in Indonesia.

  • Siti’s way of Protecting Birds

    Siti’s way of Protecting Birds

    The hunting of rare birds is on the increase. Removing them from the list of protected species is a crime against the planet.

  • Don’t Mess with the Central Bank

    Don’t Mess with the Central Bank

    The plan by the government and the House of Representatives to reduce the independence of Bank Indonesia is very dangerous. It would damage the markets and is against the Constitution.

  • A New Hope for Clean Energy

    A New Hope for Clean Energy

    The presidential regulation on tariffs for electricity has many incentives. Transparency is the key to avoiding moral hazard.

  • Turkey



  • New Ambitions for Dieng-Patuha

    New Ambitions for Dieng-Patuha

    Geo Dipa is getting ready to continue developing power plants in Dieng and Patuha, after more than two decades of stagnation due to disputes and lack of funding.

  • Two Drafts, One Head

    Two Drafts, One Head

    Parliament is coming out with plan to discuss revising law on the Bank Indonesia, which many fear will erode the central bank’s independence. It seems to be heavily favoring the government.

  • Toying with Pillars of Credibility
  • Songbirds in Boxes

    Songbirds in Boxes

    It is estimated that about a million songbirds from Sumatra, including some protected species, have been smuggled off the island over the past year. The lucrative nature of this business threatens the populations of a number of bird species as well as the balance of the ecosystem. It is suspected that this smuggling involves authorities from a number of institutions. Tempo made this report in cooperation with Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.

  • I Pay officers

    I Pay officers

    Songbird Smuggler, Diah Bayu

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