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  • If we cannot afford it anymore, we will just shut it down
    Investigation

    If we cannot afford it anymore, we will just shut it down

    Andi Syamsuddin Arsyad, owner of Jhonlin Group

  • I Chased It Down to Regencies
    Investigation

    I Chased It Down to Regencies

    AMRAN SULAIMAN, AGRICULTURE MINISTER:

  • A Bittersweet Family Connection
    Investigation

    A Bittersweet Family Connection

    In the name of national sugar self-sufficiency and to cover the 1.1 million ton shortage in annual demand, the government called on companies to invest in the development of sugar cane plantations and processing plants. Of 10 locations in Java, Sumatra, and Nusa Tenggara, one of the largest of these producers is found in Bombana, Southeast Sulawesi. The concession there is held by Andi Syamsuddin Arsyad, a man in the coal business. He is a cousin of Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman and a former deputy treasurer of the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin election campaign team. Amran was directly involved in taking care of authorization down to the regency level, an action which broke zoning regulations and went against the ministry’s own program.

  • Sustyo Iriyono, Director of Forest Prevention and Security Affairs, Environment and Forestry Ministry: Smuggling Done Through Small Ports
    Investigation

    Sustyo Iriyono, Director of Forest Prevention and Security Affairs, Environment and Forestry Ministry: Smuggling Done Through Small Ports

    Even though a five-year prison sentence awaits anyone who hunts and trades the Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), many still risk breaking the law.

  • Pangolin Supply Chain to China
    Investigation

    Pangolin Supply Chain to China

    The Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) is popular in China. Its meat and scales are used in traditional and psychotropic medicines. In 2007, the Chinese government legalized the use of its scales for medicinal purposes at clinics, based on hospital approval. Since then, 26.6 tons of pangolin scales have legally entered China from a number of countries. A report from Traffic.org, a non-profit organization focused on wildlife trade, mentioned that the total amount of illegal scales—originating from countries where the animal is protected—reached 34.9 tons from 2007-2016, with the most coming from Indonesia.

  • Fickle Fate of the Pangolin
    Investigation

    Fickle Fate of the Pangolin

    The hunting of the Sunda pangolin and its smuggling abroad is on the rise. The police consider it to be transnational crime. Belief in this animal’s healing power—from increasing libido and to being used in the preparation of psychotropic medication—and the legalization of its use in some countries has increased demand. The price of this rare nocturnal creature remains high because it is illegal to hunt. As a kilogram of Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) sells for US$4,200, the value of its smuggling reaches Rp3.6 trillion annually. The illegal trade of this animal ranks second only to wild birds. Those involved in this trade continue to operate freely.

  • Monochromatic Lempad: From Sutasoma to Kekayi In Copulation
    Interlude

    Monochromatic Lempad: From Sutasoma to Kekayi In Copulation

    AN exhibition of works by the late I Gusti Nyoman Lempad is currently on at the Salihara Gallery, South Jakarta. Lempad’s pictures are wide-ranging, with inspiration from mythology, folklore, ancient Balinese script, and the daily life of humble Balinese folk. Lempad’s interpretation of life was singularly unique.

  • Tell Us If We Are Not Doing Good
    Investigation

    Tell Us If We Are Not Doing Good

    Sammy Hamzah, President Commissioner of Aquafarm Nusantara:

  • Fish Waste Polluting Lake Toba
    Investigation

    Fish Waste Polluting Lake Toba

    Lake Toba is being polluted by organic pollutants mixed with feed pellets used in floating fish net cages. A large company which has been operating for two decades is being implicated.

  • Luak Coffee Tracker
    Special Report

    Luak Coffee Tracker

    She is first to discover a formula to identify the authenticity of luak coffee. Her work became an international reference.

  • Inventing in Great Britain
    Special Report

    Inventing in Great Britain

    Dewi Nur Aisyah together with her colleagues invented an automatic detecting device for tuberculosis. She applied the machine learning technology.

  • Ratih Damayanti: Inspired by Wood Anatomy
    Special Report

    Ratih Damayanti: Inspired by Wood Anatomy

    Smitten with the anatomy of plants since her college days, Ratih Damayanti invented an automatic wood identification tool. One app to identify hundreds of varieties.

  • Indri Badria Adilina: The Magic Spell of Catalysts
    Special Report

    Indri Badria Adilina: The Magic Spell of Catalysts

    Indri Badria Adilina finds raw materials for industrial products processed from local natural resources. Her discovery may be an answer to reducing reliance on imported catalysts.

  • Eureka! Female Inventors
    Special Report

    Eureka! Female Inventors

    Young, female, and discoverers. These six women show just how bright is the future for women researchers in science, technology, and innovation which tends to be dominated by men. They have made important breakthroughs in areas ranging from medicine to food technology.

  • A Gene Bringing Hope
    Special Report

    A Gene Bringing Hope

    Despite facing difficulties during her first year doctoral studies, Korri Elvanita El Khobar made an important breakthrough in medical science.

  • Turning Oil Palm Waste Into Cellphone Screens
    Special Report

    Turning Oil Palm Waste Into Cellphone Screens

    Athanasia Amanda Septevani is using empty oil palm tree fruit clusters as material to make screens for electronic devices. It is environmentally friendly and will likely be far less expensive.

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina, 24 Years Later...
    Interlude

    Bosnia-Herzegovina, 24 Years Later...

    Twenty-four years after the civil war, Bosnia and Herzegovina are striving to move forward. Although tourism is developing at a rapid pace, the specter of unemployment still looms over the country. In Sarajevo, former key locations in the civil war have been turned into memorials and sites for tourism.

  • A Love of Literature in Kensington
    Literature

    A Love of Literature in Kensington

    The number of copyright deals made on Indonesia books has been steadily increasing over the past seven years. The Creative Economy Agency has increased copyright sales through the 2019 London Book Fair. The role of literary agents and subsidized translations are still important for entering foreign markets, as Indonesia is still not well-known.

  • The Power Plant Intrusion
    Investigation

    The Power Plant Intrusion

    The discovery of the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo Tapanuliensis) in the Batang Toru Forest was both a joyous and troubling moment.

  • The Pasaribu Brothers at Dharmawangsa
    Investigation

    The Pasaribu Brothers at Dharmawangsa

    The development of the Batang Toru hydro power plant in South Tapanuli, North Sumatra, is partly due to the Pasaribu family. Permit processing went smoothly thanks to the Pasaribu brothers.

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