Tempo English Weekly
Edition: Monday, April 23, 2018

A Half-Hearted Presidential Bid

Prabowo Subianto told his party cadres that he is ready to become a presidential candidate. The Gerindra Party is divided: some want to support other candidates. The Presidential Palace has…



I AM a student at the Sunan Ampel State Islamic University, Surabaya, East Java, currently working on my thesis on Ahmad Wahib.


Jokowi Must Commit to Resolving the Novel Baswedan Attack

THE Civil Society Coalition has worked with Change.org to launch a petition demanding President Joko Widodo to form a joint fact-finding team (TGPF) to investigate the attack using acid against…


Strange Bedfellows

Prabowo Subiantos announcement that he will run as Gerindras presidential candidate in 2019 can be seen from two points of view.

Tougher on Facebook

Facebook is yet to reveal the results of its audit into the data leak of the social media platform's Indonesian users. A Personal Data Protection Act is urgently needed.


Market Pulse: Indonesian Markets Ignore Moody’s Boost

Indonesia's financial markets have been anything but upbeat.

The Montara Oil Spill Case

A Thai-based company wants the Montara oil spill case to be over soon, despite pending lawsuits still outstanding. Luhut Pandjaitan helps to make it happens.


Still Up in the Air

Ten years later, the BLBI corruption scandal will finally go to court, though with only one defendant.


Community Welfare for the Forest

Indonesia is known for its vast forest areas-an important element for the continuity of life on our planet.

Enlisting Local Wisdom

Communities living around the Sesaot Forest, West Nusa Tenggara, are using customary law in managing the forest. Not everyone in the community is in support.


Nahum Situmorang: The Forgotten Lapo Tuak Songwriter

VERY few people know of Nahum Situmorang (1908-1969). A dire lack of scholarly research and literature on the songwriter is one of the reasons. Yet Nahum Situmorang is a legendary…


Dapunta Hyang, Transmission of Knowledge

Zai Kuning’s work has been returned to Singapore from Venice and is now on display at the country’s TheatreWorks. Zai’s imagined ship is a metaphor for the world at that…

Word Watch


Often, when I tell people that I translate from Indonesian into English, they ask, "Why? Can't people just use Google Translate?" I usually just change the subject.


Communication and Information Technology Minster Rudiantara: I won't hesitate to block Facebook

Last month Indonesia, like the rest of the world, was rocked by the latest data breach by Facebook.



Danarto died the night of April 11, 2018, a few hours after he was hit by a motorbike in heavy traffic at south Tangerang, as he was walking.



CUBA has entered a new era after the National Assembly decided to divert power from Raul Castro to Miguel Diaz-Canel.