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LGBT people face uphill battle for rights
National
LGBT people face uphill battle for rights

Indonesia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has been subjected to prejudice, hatred and physical attacks. Adding insult to injury, public officials and religious leaders have further exacerbated the situation with their politically charged anti-LGBT rhetoric. The latest challenge is the insistence by lawmakers on criminalizing same-sex relations. The Jakarta Post’s writer Safrin La Batu reports on how the marginalized group is putting up a fight for its rights.

Refashioned stadium rekindles spirit
National
Refashioned stadium rekindles spirit

The world-class Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, a legacy of Indonesia’s founding father Sukarno, has been renovated for the upcoming Asian Games, which will be cohosted by Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra. The Jakarta Post sports correspondent Ramadani Saputra has taken a look at the history of the sports complex, from its inauguration to what it looks like today after having gone through a US$205 million renovation.

Few know why children are stunted
National
Few know why children are stunted

Despite its reputation as a resource-rich country, Indonesia still bears the shame of a problem with stunting, globally having the fifth highest number of cases. The Jakarta Post journalist Moses Ompusunggu examines why Indonesia remains struggling with the issue and what it is doing to address it.

Mahakam dolphins at brink of extinction
National
Mahakam dolphins at brink of extinction

The Mahakam, one of Indonesia’s mightiest rivers, is home to endangered freshwater dolphins in Kalimantan. Conservation group Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia (RASI) estimates their number at 80. Pollution from the mining industry and logging has been largely blamed for their endangerment. The Jakarta Post correspondent in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Nurni Sulaiman, recently joined researchers and activists on a three-week trip along the Mahakam River to monitor the animals’ degrading habitat and conservation efforts.

GMO in times of shrinking land
National
GMO in times of shrinking land

The challenge to feed the world’s 7.6 billion people has never been more daunting. Scientists, governments and farmers have come together to promote biotechnology and boost agricultural products in the face of shrinking arable land and global warming. During a recent ASEAN Plant Science Primer event organized by agriculture companies association CropLife Asia in Manila recently, The Jakarta Post’s writer Corry Elyda had the opportunity to observe how some ASEAN countries are making the most of biotechnology.

Ray of hope for adherents  of native faiths
National
Ray of hope for adherents of native faiths

The recent Constitutional Court ruling that allows millions of adherents of indigenous faiths to state their beliefs on their ID card has raised expectations of an end to state-sponsored discrimination. The Jakarta Post writers Margareth S. Aritonang and Corry Elyda review the landmark ruling and its pitfalls. Our correspondents Bambang Muryanto in Yogyakarta and Apriadi Gunawan in Medan take a closer look at local native faiths.

Workers feel digital pinch
National
Workers feel digital pinch

Indonesia may not yet have an unmanned establishment like Jack Ma’s Tao Café in Hangzhou, China, or driverless buses like those in France and Switzerland, but the impact of digitalization on employment in the country is becoming increasingly obvious. The Jakarta Post journalist Stefani Ribka examines how the digital revolution will continue robbing people of jobs but considerably improve business efficiency at the same time.

Unmasking the hypocrisy of casual marriage
National
Unmasking the hypocrisy of casual marriage

The recent bust of a prostitution service disguised as an online dating platform has put the controversy over nikah siri (informal unregistered marriage) back into the spotlight. The Jakarta Post’s Corry Elyda and Ika Krismantari discuss why people still love to embrace this bald-faced hypocrisy.  

Uncovering China’s cashless society
World
Uncovering China’s cashless society

The prevalence of China’s mobile payments is hard to overlook. Not only is everyone talking about the e-payment platforms, but also people are using them in their daily lives to the point where it seems they can’t live without them.

Indonesia looks to Japan for social security
National
Indonesia looks to Japan for social security

After three years of fully fledged operations, the social security system continues to struggle with low participant acquisition and poor premium compliance.

Natural Born TV Killers
Science & Tech
Natural Born TV Killers

They turn down television deals and, with their own quantifiable online audience and self-produced videos, these are people who do not have the slightest worry about ratings or “getting axed.”

State clueless as e-waste keeps piling up
National
State clueless as e-waste keeps piling up

As a developing country with a burgeoning middle class population, Indonesia has become one of the world’s largest markets for electronics. According to the latest survey from the Indonesian Internet Providers Association (APJII), almost 133 million Indonesians had access to the internet last year through their smartphones and computers.

Restoring sandalwood’s glory
National
Restoring sandalwood’s glory

In 1986, then East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) governor Ben Mboi issued a bylaw on the trade in sandalwood that everybody in the impoverished province has been regretting ever since; five years later it was revoked and replaced with a more populist one.

Stand-up comedy: No laughing matter
National
Stand-up comedy: No laughing matter

Until seven years ago, event organizers would rely on music and dance to liven up parties. Things began to change with the rise of stand-up comedy, which quickly gained popularity thanks to its steady stream on TV.

Puritanism imperils vaccination program
National
Puritanism imperils vaccination program

Anti-vaccine movements gaining ground on the back of rising religious conservatism and the thriving internet are threatening to foil Indonesia’s painstaking effort to achieve its goal of 100 percent immunization. This worrying trend has seen the comeback of preventable diseases like diphtheria.

Cut! Regulators at odds with censors
National
Cut! Regulators at odds with censors

The “excessive” censorship of TV programs in the past couple of years and disharmony between the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) and the Film Censorship Board (LSF) is in the spotlight.

Distrust muddles Israel-Palestine conflict
National
Distrust muddles Israel-Palestine conflict

Being a former grassroots activist and an avowed communist, Mustafa Barghouthi did not mince his words when criticizing the Israeli government and a whole host of its policies.

Schools fertile ground for intolerance
National
Schools fertile ground for intolerance

The alarming examples of intolerance, which go along with growing religious conservatism and get a free ride in the burgeoning democracy by weak governments in the wake of the 1998 wave of political reform, have been sounding a death knell for the diversity of Indonesia.

Female ulema speak up for women despite odds
National
Female ulema speak up for women despite odds

Hope and despair fills the first half of 2017 in efforts to protect the rights of women and girls. In late April the first ever Indonesian Women Ulema Congress issued a fatwa on preventing child marriage and ending sexual violence.

When righteous business goes wrong
National
When righteous business goes wrong

A continuously increasing number of Indonesian Muslims performing umrah (minor haj) to the Islamic holy land of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, has led to an increase in travel agencies offering trip packages throughout predominantly Muslim Indonesia.

In search of more empathetic police
National
In search of more empathetic police

In search of more empathetic police

Making money the millennial way
Lifestyle
Making money the millennial way

Barely heard of a decade ago, “media influencer” is becoming a household name and a promising profession among Indonesian millennials. Unlike conventional jobs, making it big in this one requires the new media proficiency of business-minded kids from the smartphone generation.

The 2017 Indonesian startup popular sector forecast
Science & Tech
The 2017 Indonesian startup popular sector forecast

Within the last five years, startups have become a part of our daily lifestyle, alongside the increase in internet access penetration among Indonesians.

Batik: a cultural dilemma of infatuation and appreciation
Art & Culture
Batik: a cultural dilemma of infatuation and appreciation

"I’m wearing batik because I’m comfortable in it. Batik can be worn for casual or formal events, so I’m wearing it because of that," Mela Siagian said.

Collateral damage in war against poachers
National
Collateral damage in war against poachers

Collateral damage in war against poachers

From the screens to the stomach: social media in the culinary world
Lifestyle
From the screens to the stomach: social media in the culinary world

From the screens to the stomach: social media in the culinary world

Ill-equipped rehab centers left staggering
National
Ill-equipped rehab centers left staggering

The ever increasing number of drug addicts has prompted the government to take stringent measures, such as lifting the capital punishment moratorium. However, the government’s plan to treat 200,000 addicts this year might have been too ambitious given poor interdepartmental coordination and poorly equipped and understaffed rehabilitation centers.

Achieving mastery of the seas
National
Achieving mastery of the seas

Indonesian shipbuilder sets sails on journey to revitalize national maritime industry

Intolerance stains Yogya’s melting pot image
National
Intolerance stains Yogya’s melting pot image

Yogyakarta has been famous as the Javanese cultural capital and a center of excellence. It has been a peaceful melting pot where people from around the world enjoy living thanks to its friendliness and affordable costs, but an increasing number of violent incidents has threatened its status as a "city of tolerance".

N-219: Propelling Indonesia's aerospace industry
National
N-219: Propelling Indonesia's aerospace industry

In a busy assembly hangar of PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) stands a new light transport airplane. Dozens of men in blue overalls walk back and forth under the arched roof, carrying out different tasks to restore Indonesia’s aerospace industry to its former glory.