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Hindu Denpasar Named Most Islamic City

<b>Jakarta.</b> Hindu-majority Denpasar has been named one of Indonesia's "most Islamic cities," along with Yogyakarta and Bandung, in an Islamic City Index …

Indonesian Fishermen Stage Protests Against New Regulations | Jakarta Globe

The regulation details that only lobsters more than eight centimeters in length, crabs measuring more than 15 centimeters and flower crabs longer …

Editorial: What Is Going On With Human Rights? | Jakarta Globe

Just last Sunday, the National Police said it would take a tough stance against people targeting the country’s many minority groups. But a day later, …

Stunning photos of Iran's mosques | CNN Travel

Jokowi's Case for Indonesia's Ocean Future | Jakarta Globe

<b>Jakarta</b>. Despite taking on the job of president of Indonesia with minimal foreign policy experience and exposure to the maritime sector, President …

Asia

Pertamina Launches Subsidized Fuel Card for Fishermen | Jakarta Globe

The subsidized fuel scheme has been tried out in Cilincing, North Jakarta, since June. (Antara Photo/Saiful Bahri)<p><b>Jakarta.</b> State-owned energy company …

Desi Anwar: A Mental Revolution | Jakarta Globe

It is, after all, an important moment in Indonesia’s democratic journey. It is also a sign of evolving pragmatism based on the desire to practice …

Japan Investors Move Into Rupiah-Linked Debt as Yen Drops on BOJ | Jakarta Globe

“Even though the rupiah is volatile, right now, it makes sense to back the yen to weaken against anything and everything,” Michael Every, the head of …

Editorial: A Clean Attorney General's Office Is Now Just a Pipe Dream | Jakarta Globe

While there is nothing illegal in President Joko Widodo’s appointment of National Democratic Party politician H.M. Prasetyo as the country’s attorney …

Editorial: Misguided Hope in SBY Administration | Jakarta Globe

It should have been much better. Instead, we can’t even say that we are better off today than 10 years ago. Some economists say that we are actually …

Debate on Interfaith Marriage Highlights Indonesia’s (Permeable) Separation of Religion and State | Jakarta Globe

The recent filing of a judicial review to the Constitutional Court, arguing that interfaith marriage should be allowed in Indonesia, has re-triggered …

Desi Anwar: Indonesia's Growing Pains | Jakarta Globe

Workers of a shoe factory in Tangerang, Banten, heading home in this Aug. 14, 2014, file photo. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)<p>A decade ago when President …

Joseph Stiglitz

Constitutional Court Rejects Judicial Review of MD3 Law | Jakarta Globe

The MD3 law had garnered widespread criticism since its passage by the House on July 8 — when Indonesia was focusing on the next day’s landmark …

Aceh Lawmaker: Activists Shouldn't Make Fuss About Shariah for Non-Muslims | Jakarta Globe

“They have to understand that compared with God's laws, it's very light. When drafting the Qanun [Qanun Jinayat, the local criminal code], we took …

Coming Soon in Aceh: Shariah Law for Non-Muslims | Jakarta Globe

Female officers of the Aceh Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), who are also involved in enforcing Shariah-based laws. (Antara Photo/Irwansyah</i> …

Asia

Measure Backward, Not Forward

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>We often measure our progress by looking forward. We set goals. We plan …

Indonesia’s Democratic Transition: The View From Papua | Jakarta Globe

(JG Graphics/Josep Tri Ronggo)<p>Two yardsticks exist by which we can measure Indonesia’s democratic transition.<p>The first is the this year’s …

Yudhoyono Backs Direct Election of District Leaders | Jakarta Globe

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono leading a limited cabinet meeting on Sept. 14, 2014. (Antara Photo/Andika Wahyu)<p><b>Jakarta</b>. Indonesia’s outgoing …

Asia

Editorial: Don't Bet on Easy Monetary Policy Anytime Soon | Jakarta Globe

Inflation at a 29-month low. Trade turning to surplus from deficit.<p>Such headline numbers should point to an improving economy. But there’s no …

Economy

What’s in a Name? Islamic State Not as Foreign to Indonesia as Acronym Suggests | Jakarta Globe

A hymn to Isis in ancient Egyptian that was popular during the height of her cult in the ancient Roman world refers to her as Lady of Peace and …

Taming the ‘Wild Horse’ of FDI in Indonesia | Jakarta Globe

Trade deficit becomes a consequence. The US government and private sector closed the gap by issuing bonds, a temporary solution, resulting in US debt …

Educators Quiz Jokowi’s Call for ‘Mental Revolution’ | Jakarta Globe

The popular political figure emphasized the need to prioritize character-building in Indonesia’s schools, a sentiment which triggered mixed reactions …

Foreign Investors Unhappy With Some of Indonesia's New Investment Rules | Jakarta Globe

"On balance, the revised negative investment list is a cold shower for investors," said Andrew White, managing director of American Chamber of …

Indonesia Restricts Foreign Investment in Oil Services Industry | Jakarta Globe

But it also introduced limits for foreign ownership of oil platforms, pipelines, maintenance companies, drilling firms and storage.<p>"It is a priority …

Editorial: Admirable Growth, but Mind the Gap | Jakarta Globe

However, we have to guard against too much euphoria as all these figures are average figures and hide many worrying facts. They have excluded the …

Mirroring West Papua | Jakarta Globe

Human rights records speak of atrocities, with disappearances and tortures happening on a daily basis. What is even more troubling is that some …

Joko Widodo Lays Out Agricultural Manifesto for Indonesia | Jakarta Globe

Productive agricultural lands, Joko said, should not be converted into other use, such as residential or industrial areas, and should instead be …

Editorial: Strong, Democratic Leadership Needed | Jakarta Globe

During the 1970s and early 1980s, Indonesia was an example for Malaysia to copy. While both countries were still settling the foundations for their …

Asia

Nasdem Announces PDI-P Support, Golkar and PKB Refuse | Jakarta Globe

<b>Jakarta.</b> Media mogul Surya Paloh's National Democratic Party (Nasdem) has announced that it has thrown its support behind Joko Widodo and the …

Asia

Indonesia Poll Outcome Dims Economic Reform Hopes: Analysts | Jakarta Globe

The party had been buoyed by the popularity of its presidential candidate, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, frontrunner to be the country's next leader, …