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Lessons learned from the Sydney hostage taking
Shipping is ready for a technological revolution
The ocean is the highway of international trade.
Overcoming problems in new autonomy era
The Home Ministry recently published a circular reminding all provincial, regional and municipal governments of the penalties for regional heads and councilors who fail to meet the deadline for the
Bringing the notion of place into AEC debate
As we approach the inception of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), it is wise to take a step back, observe and listen to various opinions that try to make sense of what the AEC will look like and
The Indian Ocean tsunami’s legacy
The world has come a long way since 227,000 people from scores of countries lost their lives in the Indian Ocean tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004.
View Point: Death penalty not always the best policy
For the umpteenth time the death penalty has sparked controversy in Indonesia.
Issue of the day: Rupiah plunges to 1998 crisis level
Comments: Jokowi gets tougher on maritime issues
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Comments: Jokowi to celebrate Christmas in Papua
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Text your say: Massacre in Pakistan
Your comments on the killing of more than 140 people, mostly children, on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, resulting in the bloodiest
Your letters: Landslides in Indonesia
A leading geologist has explained in the media that the government should pay attention and inform villagers of the dangers of building homes on mountain slopes.
Your letters: Education is every child’s right
“Dear sisters and brothers, the so-called world of adults may understand it, but we children don’t.
Editorial: Auditing regional heads
The revelation last week that the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has been examining the bank accounts of eight incumbent and former governors and regents implicated in suspicious financial trans
The week in review: The rupiah plunge and beyond
Indonesians with disposable income flocked to money changers this week, hoping to reap the windfall of the dollar’s rise against the rupiah.
Editorial: Nowhere to ride
The ban on motorcycles along thoroughfares Jl. MH Thamrin and Jl.
Avoid SBY’s mistake on fuel
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should not fall victim to the political temptation, as then president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono did in December, 2008, to cut the prices of subsidized fuels becaus
No single sane person in the world could understand or tolerate the barbaric acts of the Taliban in Pakistan who butchered at least 141 innocent people, mostly schoolchildren, on Tuesday.
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.
Returning Islamic State extremists pose risk to RI
The extremist Islamic State (IS) organization, already seizing large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has attracted support from Muslims around the world.
One-stop service to boost competitiveness
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first impromptu visit as President was to the office of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), which says a lot about his focus on accelerating investment,
All Indonesian political parties are pragmatic: Sarwono
Former president Soeharto once strongly reprimanded Sarwono Kusumaatmadja for being outspoken in expressing his political stances, both in his capacity as Golkar secretary-general
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.
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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