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E-Democracy as Indonesia’s new democratic face
On the sidelines of the recent APEC Summit in Beijing, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo conveyed to his US counterpart President Barack Obama that Indonesia showed that Islam and democracy could
Business as usual to protect forests
Being a country endowed with rich biodiversity in the form of the second-largest tropical forest in the world after Brazil, Indonesia has unfortunately shown irresponsibility given its fast defores
Lima climate meet and where Indonesia stands
Scientists call for zero emissions. Al Gore said in a 2013 book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, a 90 percent carbon emissions cut was required to curb global warming.
View Point: Policing vaginas, virginity and the elusive hymen
Jamie McCartney is obsessed with vaginas. At least that is the impression given by his Great Wall of Vaginas (GWoV). Great Wall of whaaat!? Yep, you read right: vaginas.
Another health reform: What do we really need?
Early this month, Indonesia’s new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo launched a new health services card, Indonesia Health Card (KIS).
Your letters: Impacts of fuel-price hike
Your letters: Foreign ownership in real estate
Allowing foreign direct purchases in the property market has been a common practice for quite a while in many countries.
Your letters: BPJS may end like fuel subsidy
I refer to an article titled “Buying time on BPJS health”, (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 25). The US health care system began long time ago and saw a miserable decline in the 1960s with Lyndon B.
Your letters: Learning arts to keep minds open
I am a Surabaya-born pianist, currently in the final year of my doctoral studies in music at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London.
Text your say: Newly appointed attorney general
Your comments on the appointment of Muhammad Prasetyo, a member of the NasDem party, as attorney general, which many said to be a setback for law-enforcement efforts:
Issue of the day: Middle class shifting to non-subsidized fuels
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Editorial: Golkar at the crossroad
he Golkar Party is clearly moving to the brink of division after two factions announced their separate plans to hold a congress to elect their own party chairman.
Editorial: Guard at the investment gate
resident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s appointment of Franky Sibarani, a businessman, as the new chief of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), only reiterates the President’s overriding conce
Editorial: Harassing Jokowi
As expected, a number of lawmakers have moved to file a petition to request the House of Representatives to exercise its interpellation right to demand an explanation from the government on last we
Editorial: Fiscal-monetary coordination
The perpetual critics of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo may lambaste him for his surprising attendance of the annual Bankers’ Dinner hosted by Bank Indonesia (BI) on Thursday as an attempt to
The week in review: The oily politics of fuel
The massive street protests that were promised by angry student activists after the government raised subsidized-fuel prices did not materialize, thanks largely to the commendable public familiariz
Commentary: TNI-Police clashes: A question on policy fairness and reforms
Wednesday’s armed clash between members of an Army infantry battalion and officers of the police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) in Batam, Riau Islands, came as no surprise after the tension that gripped
Commentary: Governance under Jokowi: So far so good
Going into his second month in office, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has done quite a lot to allay concerns that his weak political position, particularly against a determined and bitter oppos
Commentary: How good or how bad is the gasoline we burn?
Now that the government has raised the prices of the two main fuels for transportation, gasoline and diesel, the time is ripe for Indonesia to shift the debate about the fuel that we burn, from
The Jokowi Axis: Insecurity, doctrinal change and development
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo picked an auspicious time to unveil his boldest foreign policy statement on Indonesia’s doctrinal vision for the future.
Commentary: Cutting red tape will reduce business risks, bolster investment
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s surprise inspection of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) on Tuesday, only one day after he installed his Working Cabinet, will not immediately solve th
News Analysis: Jokowi’s fresh take on an erstwhile foreign policy
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has repeatedly proven his detractors wrong in his rise to power. With an unimposing style, too many had written him off as a simpleton.
News Analysis: The politics of transitions and transactions in the new govt
As losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s Constitutional Court case becomes a national sideshow, and with president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo refocusing himself on gubernatorial du
News Analysis: Wanton rhetoric heating up East Asia rivalry
News Analysis: The peacock and the squid in a week of mating rituals
With the General Elections Commission (KPU) confirming on Friday the results of the April 9 legislative election, and the deadline for the presidential/vice presidential nominations just a week awa
News Analysis: Coalitions and transactional politics for a House divided
There were no tangible winners in Wednesday’s election. Ironically, the one that finished at the top should be the most disappointed.
Discourse: RI now has firm foreign policy standpoint, says Retno
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has wrapped up his nine-day overseas trip, attending the APEC Summit in Beijing, the ASEAN and East Asia summits in Naypyitaw and the G20 Summit in Brisbane,
Mental revolution unveiled: Ending ‘priyayi’-minded bureaucrats
Besides tackling poverty, one of the priorities of the new government is streamlining the country’s sprawling bureaucracy.
Building the foundation for maritime ambition
As a completely new portfolio in Indonesia’s Cabinet history, the office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister was established by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as a platform
New energy, mining minister vows to ensure certainty
The administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is expected to provide new policies on how to end the protracted uncertainty plaguing the oil and gas as well as the mining sectors.
Discourse: Time for RI to shift growth away from natural resources: Stiglitz
Nobel laureate and former World Bank chief economist Joseph Eugene Stiglitz may come from America, a country known for its free market and liberal economic system, but
RI urgently needs tobacco control
Despite international pressure, Indonesia is among the few countries in the world that have neither signed nor ratified the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored Framework Convention on Tob
To bolster rule of law, pay RI judges decent salaries
As the reform era enters its 12th year, government institutions are increasingly expected to carry out extensive changes needed to advance Indonesia’s progress towards democracy.
Integrate biodiversity values into 2015 development goals
Endang Sukara, deputy chairman for life and sciences at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), spoke to The Jakarta Post recently on the state o
Extraordinary measures to stop poll offenses
The current local elections have been marred with power abuse by incumbent candidates, money politics, negative campaigns and “cheap tricks”, which are against the spirit of democracy,
Golkar accuses political opponents of hypocrisy
The Golkar Party’s alleged “pork barrel” program, which proposes that each legislator receive Rp 15 billion per year to be distributed in their electoral districts, has been opposed stron
Executive Column: BlackBerry to renew focus on enterprise market
Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has been struggling to turn its cash flow to neutral or positive and aims to regain its market share, which has been eroded by rivals iOS and Android-based
Executive column: ‘Govt should lead by example’
It is projected that consumers worldwide would have to spend US$22 billion on identifying, repairing and recovering from the impact of malicious software (malware) and global enterprises spend
Executive Column: Better pricing structure needed for geothermal development: Chevron
Executive Column: Discretionary spending to drive insurance purchase: Manulife
Indonesia continues to lag behind its Southeast-Asian peers in terms of insurance coverage, with gross domestic product (GDP) penetration of only 1.77 percent being markedly lower than Malaysia
Executive Column: ICDX to enhance trade system
Established in 2010, the Indonesia Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (ICDX) has increasingly gained a reputation in commodity trading in Southeast Asia, particularly with its contracts of palm
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