Indonesia in the news

Considering Indonesia is about as far away from the United States as a country can be, Americans know (understandably) little about the country. However, as the world and its politics are changing rapidly with technology and social media, so too Indonesia is ever-evolving in fascinating ways.

On this page, I will do my best to add articles I find about Indonesia.*

2017:

May 10 (Former governor of Jakarta, Ahok, sentenced to jail for two years for blasphemy): https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/world/asia/indonesia-governor-ahok-basuki-tjahaja-purnama-blasphemy-islam.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

**May 6 (on the implications of Ahok’s loss): https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/06/world/asia/indonesia-islam-jakarta.html

May 3 (World Press Day in Indonesia): http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/05/03/no-talk-of-papua-at-press-freedom-day.html

April 17 (the potential uses of komodo dragon blood): https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/health/komodo-dragon-blood-antibiotics.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

**April 7 (Former First Lady supports moderate Islam and women’s’ rights): https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/world/asia/indonesia-transgender-islam-sinta-nuriyah.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fasia&action=click&contentCollection=asia&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront

March 3 (Saudi Arabia’s king visits Bali): https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/03/saudi-arabia-salman-visit-indonesia/518310/

February 26 (all about Indonesian coffee!!): http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/26/517035587/indonesia-wakes-and-up-and-smells-its-own-coffee-then-drinks-it

**February 6 (Do teachers promote tolerance in Indonesia?): http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/02/06/teachers-struggle-to-promote-tolerance.html

February 6 (Regarding Indonesian economic growth in the past year): http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/02/06/indonesian-economic-growth-accelerates-to-5-02.html

January 26 (my city!! A bit about Malang’s culture and past traditions): http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2017/01/26/rekindling-malangs-ang-hien-hoo-wayang-orang.html

Jan 18 (Mark Zuckerberg plans to address “fake news” in Indonesia): http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2017/01/18/reports-mark-zuckerberg-to-visit-indonesia-to-discuss-fake-news.html

2016:

Dec 31 (new Trump resorts in Indonesia raising questions over conflicts of interest and the future Trump administration’s relationship with Indonesia): https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/31/world/asia/indonesia-donald-trump-resort.html

Dec 22 (the social media phenomenon that has spread across the world!): http://www.wsj.com/articles/honk-it-up-uncle-indonesias-bus-horns-capture-global-attention-1482399670?mod=e2fb

Dec 20 (an interesting punishment for tourists on the “party” island of Gili T): http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38325452?ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=facebook

Dec 7 (deadly earthquake off the coast of Sumatra): http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38232611 and http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/06/asia/indonesia-earthquake/

(related to protests and Governor Ahok trial): http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-06/indonesia-justice-system-and-jakarta-governor-ahok-trial/8098182

**Dec 3 (how Indonesia’s precious environment and resources intersect in complicated and problematic ways with public and private interests internationally): https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/business/energy-environment/how-big-banks-are-putting-rain-forests-in-peril.html

Dec 2 (a description of a lifestyle so different from my own on Java- this article helps illustrate the vast diversity of life in Indonesia): http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/world/asia/modern-world-tugs-at-an-indonesian-tribe-clinging-to-its-ancient-ways.html?_r=1

**November 25 (an opinion piece about the role of teachers in Indonesia’s education system): http://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2016/11/25/teachers-day-questioning-role-of-teachers-in-indonesia.html

November 16 (related to protests and the Governor Ahok trial): http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/11/16/indonesia-police-jakarta-governor-blasphemy-suspect/93949180/ 

November 4 (related to protests and the Governor Ahok trial): http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/05/world/asia/jakarta-protest-blasphemy-ahok-indonesia.html?ref=world 

September 25: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/09/indonesia-isis-islamic-terrorism/500951/

*Please note: my attempt here is not to convey any particular political views, but rather to share resources and information

**I found these articles especially interesting and worth reading

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