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Updated on December 4, 2018

1696: Death of Empress Meisho (1629-1643), born on January 9, 1624
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Meish%C5%8D

1829: Britain abolishes “suttee” in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband’s funeral pyre)
http://www.wordnik.com/words/suttee

1884: Gapsin Revolution in Korea by progressive elites, quickly  repressed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gapsin_Coup

1892: Birth of Liu Bocheng, Chinese Communist military  commander and Marshal of the People’s Liberation Army, who died on October 7, 1986
http://www.paulnoll.com/China/Long-March/Long-March-Liu-Bocheng.html

1894: Birth of T.V. Soong, Chinese banker,  brother-in-law of Chiang Kai-shek, who died on 24 April 1971
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._V._Soong

1895: Birth of Fung Yu-lan (Feng Youlan), Chinese  philosopher who died in 1990
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Feng_Youlan
http://users.ox.ac.uk/~worc0337/authors/feng.youlan.html

1910: Birth of Ramaswamy Venkatararam, president of  India (1987-1992) who died on January 27, 2009
http://presidentvenkataraman.in/
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/r-venkataraman.html
http://www.asian-affairs.com/biographies/venkataramancv.html

1918: Birth of Gong Qiuxia, Chinese actress who died  in September 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gong_Qiuxia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mX1KUP5OF0

1919: Birth of I. K. Gujral, Indian politician, 12th Prime Minister of India who died on November 30, 2012
http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/former_pm/shri-inder-kumar-gujral/
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/i-k-gujral.html

1932: Birth of Roh Tae-woo, president of South Korea  (1988-1993)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roh_Tae-woo

1939: Death of Chinese powerful warlord Wu Peifu, born on April 22, 1974
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Peifu
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Wu_Peifu.aspx
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11400.html

1941: Jawaharl Nehru is realeased from Dehra Dun jail

1942: World War II: Carlson’s patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ends
http://12tfw.org/longpatrol.pdf
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Carlson%27s_Patrol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q97f6so6Wa4

1946: Birth of Yo Inoue, Japanese actress who died on  February 28, 2003
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=3408

1946: Birth of Cheng Pei-pei, Chinese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheng_Pei-pei
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/gallery.asp?fid=&pid=300&type=0&id=13295

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-R74vHffRo&feature=related

1948: Ship Kiangya transporting Chinese civil war refugees hits mine in Whangpoo River, China, sinks killing 2,750
http://world.time.com/2012/01/20/unsafe-at-sea-asias-history-of-deadly-ferry-disasters/slide/ss-kiangya-china-1948/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Kiangya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs5qWLRC8h0

1949: Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby
http://roslidhobi.yolasite.com/biography-of-rosli-dhobi—english.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosli_Dhobi

1951: Mirwaiz Maulvi Muhammad Yusuf is appointed president of Azaz  Kashmir (Free Kashmir) government
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/mirwaiz-mohammad-yusuf-shah/story-tWhoyJ5Qlsayihkftxk5XK.html

1951: Birth of Chang Yi, Chinese film director and  scripwriter
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=636


1966: Viet Cong attack Tan Son Nhut airport
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/viet-cong-attack-tan-son-nhut-airport

1966: Former mayor of Beijing, Peng Zhen, is arrested by Red Guards
http://www.chinavitae.org/biography/Peng_Zhen/career
http://www.marxists.org/glossary/people/p/e.htm#peng-zhen

1967: During Vietnam War, US and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong  troops in the Mekong Delta
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/riverine-force-surrounds-viet-cong-battalion

1971: Attack on Pakistan Navy and Karachi by the Indian Navy (Operation  Trident)
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Trident_(Indo-Pakistani_War)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/When-surprise-attack-from-Okha-sank-Pak-navy-ships/articleshow/17632505.cms
http://defence.pk/threads/karachi-on-fire-operation-trident.222815/

1971: Beginning of the The Battle of Basantar or the Battle of Barapind  (up to December 16), one of the vital battles fought as part of the  Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/threads/battle-of-basantar-or-battle-of-barapind.49785/
http://gunsinstamps.blogspot.fr/2015/03/16-independent-armoured-brigade-battle.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Basantar

1971-12-04 Battle

1971: Death of Shunryu Suzuki, Japanese-American monk and educator, founded the San Francisco Zen Center, orn on May 18, 1904
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunryu_Suzuki

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNyCAJXUXE

1971: UN Security Council calls emergency session to consider  deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan

1973: Birth of Atsushi Tamura, Japanese comedian,  musician (jealkb)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atsushi_Tamura

1977: Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjong Kupang, Johor, killing 100
https://thedevilsbutterfly.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/mas-mh-653-crash-strange-sighting-and-chilling-stories-from-tanjung-kupang/

1977-12-04 Malaysia-Airlines-Flight-653

1978: Birth of Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaclyn_Victor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bMkGC25R7M&feature=related

1982: After two years on work, the People Republic of China new constitution  is adopted
http://english.people.com.cn/constitution/constitution.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11374.html

1984 : During the Sri Lankan Civil War, Sri Lankan Army soldiers kill 107–150 civilians in Mannar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_Mannar_massacre

2002: Second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan

2005: Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and  call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_2005_protest_for_democracy_in_Hong_Kong

2007: A new bishop, supported by Vatican, is ordained in China. He is  Joseph Gan Junqiu, ordained in the Sacred Heart cathedral in Guangzhou
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=10945

2007: In Malaysia, 29 Ethnic Indians are arrested on charge of killing  attempt in the 25 November demonstration

2008: Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, address Europe’s  lawmakers, restating that he was seeking autonomy within China – not independence
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7764533.stm

2008: Thailand’s influential King Bhumibol Adulyadej fails  to deliver his annual birthday-eve speech, a stunning turn of events coming as  Thais looked to him for a way out of the country’s political turmoil

2008: The body of first Afghan President Mohammad Daud  Khan has been identified three decades after he was killed in a Communist coup, 
officials say
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7764852.stm

2015 : Malaysia’s Parliament approves a security law that will give sweeping security powers to a council led by the prime minister, in a move slammed by rights groups and critics as a step toward a dictatorship

2017: Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor dies at 79
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/shashi-kapoor-b-towns-ultimate-charmer-takes-final-bow/article21261699.ece?homepage=true
http://gulfnews.com/life-style/celebrity/desi-news/bollywood/veteran-indian-actor-shashi-kapoor-dies-1.2135198


Holidays and observances

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Main news on Indonesia

11 DECEMBER 2018

Rise and fall of a political rebel in Indonesia

Irwandi Yusuf led the way from rebellion to democracy in Aceh but his indictment on corruption charges has exposed the poor province’s ugly political underbelly
http://www.atimes.com/article/rise-and-fall-of-a-political-rebel-in-indonesia/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=e85829e656-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_11_12_25&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-e85829e656-31591405

4 DECEMBER 2018

Separatist gunmen kill 31 workers in restive Papua region, Indonesian authorities say

Indonesian authorities say independence supporters in the restive province of Papua have slaughtered up to 31 people who were working at a state-owned construction company
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-04/west-papua-separatists-allegedly-kill-workers-indonesia/10582480?section=world
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2176371/they-surrender-or-we-finish-them-indonesia-issues-ultimatum
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/04/rising-political-violence-overshadows-jokowis-populist-policies-in-papua.html

1 DECEMBER 2018

Papuan students stage protest for Papua’s independence

Around 300 members of the Papuan Students Alliance in Surabaya, East Java, staged a protest on Saturday, nearly clashing with a separate group that appeared to be staging a counterprotest
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/01/papuan-students-stage-protest-for-papuas-independence.html
https://www.foxnews.com/world/west-papuans-demand-independence-at-indonesia-rally

30 NOVEMBER 2018

The change to come to Indonesian democracy

In a country where political parties are already held in low regard, Indonesia’s democratic landscape may be about to undergo a significant transformation because of the unforeseen consequences of holding the legislative and presidential elections on the same day next April
http://www.atimes.com/article/the-change-to-come-to-indonesian-democracy/

6 OCTOBER 2018

Jakarta governor scraps huge island reclamation project

The Jakarta administration says it has finally pulled the plug on a $40-billion land reclamation project pushed by the Indonesian government off the national capital
http://www.atimes.com/article/jakarta-governor-scraps-huge-isl

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Indonesian district in Aceh bans men and women from dining together

 A district in Indonesia’s deeply Islamic Aceh province has banned men and women from dining together unless they are married or related, an official said Wednesday (Sep 5), saying it would help women be « more well behaved »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-district-in-aceh-bans-men-and-women-from-dining-10687044

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Rising Islamic tide threatens Indonesia’s Jokowi

28 AUGUST 2018

Indonesia offers $13.2b infrastructure projects to China

The Indonesian government offered various infrastructure projects to China worth US$13.2 billion during a recent market sounding event attended by 90 potential investors in Guangzhou, China
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/08/28/indonesia-offers-13-2b-infrastructure-projects-to-china.html

9 AUGUST 2018

Indonesian president Joko Widodo picks cleric as running mate for election

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen 75-year-old cleric Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate in next year’s presidential election, he said on Thursday (Aug 9), in a sign he wants to bolster his Islamic credentials
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-picks-cleric-as-running-mate-10603156
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-joko-picks-cleric-maruf-as-his-running-mate-in-next-years-presidential-polls
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2158990/former-indonesian-general-prabowo-subianto-poised-name

The death toll from the 6.9 magnitude earthquake on the island of Lombok has climbed to 319, Indonesia’s top security minister says

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes reached 319
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/lombok-quake-toll-hits-319

6 AUGUST 2018

At least 98 dead after quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok island

A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, as authorities said Monday rescuers still hadn’t reached some hard-hit areas and the death toll could climb
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-98-dead-after-quake-hits-indonesia-s-lombok-island-19384
http://www.thejakartapost.com/multimedia/2018/08/06/indonesia-quake-kills-82-leaves-hundreds-wounded.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/06/asia/lombok-earthquake-intl/index.html

31 JULY 2018

Indonesia Bans Islamic State-Linked Group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah

An Indonesian court has disbanded Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), the country’s largest ISIL-linked group for « conducting terrorism » and affiliating itself with the foreign organisation
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2018/07/indonesian-court-bans-isil-linked-group-deadly-attacks-180731055025110.html
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-bans-islamic-state-linked-group-jamaah-ansharut-daulah/

11 JULY 2018

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

This is an edited extract from Tim Lindsey’s essay ‘Retreat from Democracy’, which appears in Australian Foreign Affairs #3, published 9 July
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/07/is-indonesia-retreating-from-democracy/#9HgvMeSycKdbPxDB.97

5 JULY 2018

Indonesia arrests ex-rebel turned governor in Aceh over graft

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has arrested the governor of Aceh province over accusations that he took illegal fees for projects funded from more than $500 million of state funds, the latest high-profile target in a battle on graft
https://en.antaranews.com/news/116485/kpk-arrests-aceh-governor-on-charge-of-corruption
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-arrests-ex-rebel-turned-governor-aceh-over-graft
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/07/05/why-aceh-governor-wont-be-charged-under-sharia-for-his-alleged-crime.html

4 JULY 2018

Indonesian Islamic State leader in Syria killed in drone strike: Security source

An Indonesian Islamic State (IS) leader in Syria and influential online recruiter and bomb-making instructor, Bahrum Naim, 34, has been killed in a drone strike in Syria, according to security sources
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-islamic-state-leader-in-syria-killed-in-drone-strike-10499142
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35316915

2 JULY 2018

Amnesty: Indonesian forces behind unlawful killings in Papua

Indonesia’s police and military are responsible for at least 95 unlawful killings in the easternmost Papua region since 2010, including targeted slayings of activists, Amnesty International said Monday, condemning a near-total absence of justice for the mainly indigenous victims
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/amnesty-indonesian-forces-behind-unlawful-killings-in-papua/
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/killings-security-forces-rife-papua-amnesty-international/

22 JUNE 2018

Indonesian terrorist Aman Abdurrahman sentenced to death over 2016 Starbucks attack

Radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman, blamed for a 2016 terrorist attack on a Jakarta Starbucks cafe, has been sentenced to death
https://www.theepochtimes.com/isis-linked-cleric-behind-indonesia-terrorist-attacks-receives-death-sentence_2570897.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-22/indonesia-starbucks-attack-terrorist-sentenced-to-death/9899298?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2151976/indonesian-court-sentences-cleric-death-ordering-attacks

9 JUNE 2018

Indonesia wins UN Security Council seat

Indonesia defeated the Maldives on Friday in the only contested election for a seat on the Security Council starting January 1 and will join the UN’s most powerful body along with Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2150034/indonesia-south-africa-and-dominican-republic-win-un
https://en.antaranews.com/news/116105/govt-gets-plaudits-for-unsc-seat-win

30 MAY 2018

Indonesia, India agree to strategic partnership, declare shared vision on maritime cooperation

Indonesia and India have agreed to form a comprehensive strategic partnership based on their shared vision on maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-india-agree-to-strategic-partnership-declare-shared-vision-on-maritime-cooperation/
https://en.antaranews.com/news/115927/indonesia-india-step-up-bilateral-ties

25 MAY 2018

Indonesia toughens anti-terror laws after Surabaya attacks

Indonesia’s parliament approved on Friday tougher anti-terrorism laws as it seeks to combat a surge in homegrown Islamist militancy, days after suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya.
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/9/14/43/1527230153273.html
https://en.antaranews.com/news/115864/house-of-representatives-passes-into-law-the-bill-on-terrorism
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-passes-controversial-anti-terror-laws-fight-isil-180525055635674.html

21 MAY 2018

Indonesia: 20 years on from downfall of General Muhammad Soeharto

The shadow of former leader General Muhammad Soeharto still looms over Indonesia, 20 years after he left office
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/indonesia-20-years-downfall-general-muhammad-suharto-180519141225082.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-corruption-rampant-20-years-soehartos-fall-180521131342962.html

18 MAY 2018

Surabaya bombings: Indonesian prosecutors seek death penalty for alleged spiritual leader Aman Abdurrahman

Indonesian prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for the alleged spiritual leader of the group said to be responsible for the Surabaya bombings
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-18/prosecutors-seek-death-for-alleged-bomb-attack-spiritual-leader/9776686
https://www.voanews.com/a/indonesia-seeks-death-penalty-for-is-linked-cleric/4399563.html

16 MAY 2018

Indonesia : Four terrorists killed after machete attack on Pekanbaru policemen

The terrorists killed one policeman and wounded another. The commando driver arrested. After the Christian minority, victim of a series of attacks in Surabaya, the Indonesian security forces are once again targeted by terrorists
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Four-terrorists-killed-after-machete-attack-on-Pekanbaru-policemen-(Photo-Video)-43892.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/16/asia/indonesia-samurai-sword-terror-suspects-killed-intl/index.html
http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/16/militants-armed-with-swords-attack-indonesian-police-station

13 MAY 2018

At least 13 killed as suicide bombers hit Indonesian churches

Suicide bombers on motorcycles and including a woman with children targeted Sunday Mass congregations in three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in one of the worst attacks on the Christian minority
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-13-killed-as-suicide-bombers-hit-indonesian-churches-17424
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-links-church-attacks-local-isil-inspired-group-180513045333808.html
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-deadly-surabaya-church-attacks-committed-by-family/a-43761007

3 MAY 2018

In Indonesia, Interfaith Marriage is Legal – But With Many Obstacles

In Indonesia, interfaith marriage is legal but culturally discouraged and some religious figures have made it their mission to help couples of different religious backgrounds get married despite societal obstacles
https://www.voanews.com/a/in-indonesia-interfaith-marriage-is-legal—but-with-many-obstacles-/4373874.html

24 APRIL 2018

Setya Novanto, Indonesia’s former speaker of parliament, jailed for 15 years over corruption charges

A senior Indonesian politician has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for his role in the theft of $170 million of public money, a victory for police fighting corruption in Indonesia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-24/indonesias-former-speaker-of-parliament-jailed-for-corruption/9693818?section=world

18 APRIL 2018

The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?

12 APRIL 2018

Prabowo Subianto named as Gerindra’s candidate in Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election

Controversial former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto has accepted his party’s nomination to run for president in next year’s Indonesian elections
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-12/jokowi-rival-prabowo-to-stand-for-indonesian-president/9645650?section=world
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-set-repeat-contest-2019-presidential-poll/

9 APRIL 2018

Ahok: The rise and fall of Jakarta’s first ethnic Chinese governor

The businessman-turned-politician’s rise and fall made headlines around the world, raising questions about religious tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim nation
https://asianews.network/2018/04/09/ahok-the-rise-and-fall-of-jakartas-first-ethnic-chinese-governor/

31 MARCH 2018

Russia raises its head in Indonesia

Moscow aims to deepen strategic ties with Jakarta through arms sales, joint exercises and vocal diplomacy
http://www.atimes.com/article/russia-raises-head-indonesia/

27 MARCH 2018

Indonesia’s Supreme Court rejects Ahok’s blasphemy appeal

Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected former Jakarta governor Basuki « Ahok » Tjahaja Purnama’s case review petition against his blasphemy conviction, an official with the court has said
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesias-supreme-court-rejects-ahoks-blasphemy-appeal
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/supreme-court-rejects-ahoks-case-review-petition/

13 MARCH 2018

Muslim Cyber Army: a ‘fake news’ operation designed to derail Indonesia’s leader

Police in Indonesia believe they have uncovered a clandestine fake news operation designed to corrupt the political process and destabilise the government
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/13/muslim-cyber-army-a-fake-news-operation-designed-to-bring-down-indonesias-leader

7 MARCH 2018

Indonesian Islamic university bans students who wear burqas from graduating

An Islamic university in Indonesia has been criticised after announcing it will not allow female students who continue to wear face veils on campus to graduate
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/indonesia-islamic-university-burqa-ban-female-students-graduation-java-yogyakarta-city-a8243726.html

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesian Parliament passes controversial law targeting its critics, anti-corruption commission

Members of Indonesia’s House of Representatives have come under fire for passing a law giving themselves powers to obstruct corruption investigations and even press charges against their critics
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-28/indonesian-politicians-pass-law-targeting-their-critics/9489336?section=world
http://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/another-threat-to-the-kpk-constitutional-court-sides-with-the-dpr/

17 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesia inks deal to buy 11 Sukhoi Su-35 jets from Russia

According to Indonesian Defense Ministry spokesman Totok Sugiharto on Saturday, the contract, worth a total of $1.14 billion, was finalized by representatives from both countries in Jakarta
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/18/552745/russia-indonesia-sukhoi-billion-dollar

15 FEBRUARY 2018

Jokowi cements ties with Indonesia military in political shift  

Standing before thousands of soldiers, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto delivered a blunt message intended to resonate far beyond the army’s strategic command headquarters in East Java
http://www.todayonline.com/world/jokowi-cements-ties-indonesia-military-political-shift

6 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesian terrorist gets 10 years’ jail for buying guns in Philippines

An Indonesian court has sentenced hardened terrorist Suryadi Mas’ud to 10 years in jail for procuring firearms in the Philippines and for his involvement in funding terrorism
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/veteran-indonesian-terrorist-gets-10-years-jail-for-buying-guns-in-philippines

29 JANUARY 2018

US Explores Ties With Controversial Indonesian Army Unit

Human rights supporters are concerned by the potential relationship between the American military and an Indonesian special forces unit that has been linked to human rights abuses in East Timor, Aceh, and Papua
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-explores-ties-with-controversial-indonesian-army-unit/4229468.html

2 DECEMBER 2017

Why does Indonesia seem to prefer foreign aid from China?

China’s concessional loans help to explain why Indonesia’s foreign debt increased during 2015 and 2016, despite the government’s intention to reduce its dependence on foreign aid. What makes China’s foreign aid preferable to foreign aid from DAC countries?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/02/why-does-indonesia-seem-to-prefer-foreign-aid-from-china/

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Indonesian Speaker Setya Novanto arrested on second attempt by anti-corruption agency

Indonesia’s parliamentary Speaker has been taken into custody by the country’s anti-corruption agency, after he was arrested over his alleged role in causing state losses of $225 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-11-20/indonesian-speaker-setya-novanto-arrested-on-second-attempt-by-anticorruption-agency/1718364

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Indonesia court recognises indigenous religions in landmark ruling

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday affirmed the rights of devotees of faiths outside the country’s officially recognised religions, in a move activists welcomed as a « new chapter for religious freedom. »
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-court-recognises-indigenous-religions-in-landmark-ruling-12032
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/11/07/rights-group-welcomes-landmark-court-ruling-on-native-faiths.html

4 NOVEMBER 2017

In Indonesia, one in five students for the caliphate, one in four ready to fight

Islamic groups are making inroads in Indonesia’s public and political life. Authorities warn against radical infiltrations in student organisations and campuses. Intolerance grows among middle-income Indonesian suburbanites
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-in-five-students-for-the-caliphate,-one-in-four-ready-to-fight-42233.html

24 OCTOBER 2017

Indonesia passes law to ban organisations deemed against secular Pancasila ideology

Around 1,000 Indonesians, led by hardline Islamist groups, protested outside parliament on Tuesday (Oct 24) as lawmakers approved a presidential decree banning any civil organisations deemed to go against the country’s secular state ideology
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-passes-law-to-ban-organisations-deemed-against-its-ideology-9340170

17 OCTOBER 2017

Declassified US files reveal new details of Indonesia’s mid-60s mass killings

Declassified files have revealed new details of US government knowledge of and support for an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/indonesia-anti-communist-killings-us-declassified-files

16 OCTOBER 2017

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan sworn in amid calls from hardliners for « Islamic lifestyle »

Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in former education minister Anies Baswedan as Jakarta’s governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/jakarta-governor-sworn-in-amid-calls-from-hardliners-for–islamic-lifestyle–9316138
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/113087/president-jokowi-inaugurates-baswedan-uno-as-jakarta-governor-vice-governor
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/10/16/profile-anies-baswedan.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mob justice on the rise in Indonesia

Many perceive the police to be ineffective in responding to petty crime and decide to take the law into their own hands. But the violence is not just reserved for criminals. Some members of Indonesia’s religious and ethnic minorities have been victimized by the country’s Sunni Muslim majority, with the authorities often siding in favour of the mob
http://www.france24.com/en/20170928-focus-indonesia-mob-justice-rise-vigilante-violence-ethnic-religious-minorities

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Dozens arrested after anti-communist mob attacks Indonesia meeting on 1965 massacre

A mob opposed to public discussion of Indonesia’s 1965 massacre of communists tried to force its way into a Jakarta building where they believed communists were meeting, injuring five police officers
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2111725/dozens-arrested-after-anti-communist-mob-attacks-indonesia
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/18/lawmakers-want-discussion-on-1965-purge-banned.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Indonesia’s maritime strategy: what’s been achieved?

In 2016, the Indonesian government released a white paper outlining the parameters for a future ‘global maritime fulcrum (GMF) strategy. The document reflects the significance of the littoral environment to the country’s national psyche and is indicative of a seafaring tradition that goes back to the 2nd century
https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/indonesias-maritime-strategy-whats-achieved/

6 AUGUST 2917

Indonesia, Russia sign MoU to trade palm, coffee for Sukhoi jets

 Indonesian state trading company PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia and Russian state conglomerate Rostec have signed a preliminary deal to trade Sukhoi SU-35 jets for commodities like palm oil and coffee, the Indonesian trade ministry said
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/173635-indonesia-russia-sign-mou-to-trade-palm-coffee-for-sukhoi-jets
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/04/indonesia-to-barter-coffee-cpo-for-russian-jet-fighters.html

22 JULY 2017

Indonesian President tells police to shoot foreign drug dealers who resist arrest

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to impose the sternest sanctions on drug dealers operating in Indonesia, including gunning them down if necessary
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/07/22/jokowi-orders-police-to-gun-down-foreign-drug-traffickers.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/joko-widodo-police-shoot-suspected-drug-dealers-170722104559016.html

19 JULY 2017

Indonesia bans local branch of Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which calls for sharia and wants to unify all Muslims into a caliphate, has been operating for decades in Indonesia and has tens of thousands of followers
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/indonesia-bans-local-branch-of-islamic-group-hizb-ut-tahrir-1.610313
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/07/indonesia-govt-officially-disbands-islamist-group-hizbut-tahrir/#JdRIGiYPexSLeow6.97

18 JULY 2017

Indonesia parliament Speaker Setya Novanto formally named suspect in major graft case

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has named the country’s speaker of parliament as a suspect in a major graft scandal which is estimated to have siphoned around US$170 million out of government coffers
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-parliament-speaker-setya-novanto-named-suspect-in-major-graft-case
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/house-speaker-denies-wrongdoing-e-ktp-project/

15 JULY 2017

South China Sea: Indonesia renames part of maritime economic zone in defiance of Beijing

In an act of defiance against Beijing’s territorial ambitions in the region, Indonesia will now call the northern areas of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, the ‘North Natuna Sea
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/15/asia/indonesia-south-china-sea-territorial-claims/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-07-15/south-china-sea-indonesia-renames-part-of-maritime-economic-zone-in-defiance-of-beijing/1686180

12 JULY 2017

Indonesia president inks decree to ban radical groups

Indonesia has issued a decree allowing it to ban groups that oppose its official state ideology, in a move seen to target radical Islamists in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/indonesia-signs-decree-ban-extremist-groups-170712064633968.html
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/govt-issues-perppu-expedite-disbanding-anti-pancasila-organizations-including-hti/
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-president-inks-decree-ban-radical-groups

7 JULY 2017

‘Indonesia among the best economies in the G20’

In an interview with DW, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati emphasized that compared to Europe, Indonesia’s economy is benefitting from a combination of a young population and effective fiscal policies
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-among-the-best-economies-in-the-g20/a-39598526

3 JULY 2017

Indonesia’s reputation as a model of moderate Islam intact: President

Indonesia’s president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesias-reputation-as-model-of-moderate-islam-intact-jokowi/

29 JUNE 2017

Birthday wishes flow in for Jakarta’s jailed ex-governor Ahok

Thousands of well-wishers sent messages to Ahok, who was given two years’ imprisonment in May for blasphemy against Islam, for his 51st birthday. He is serving his sentence in the Rutan Mako Brimob detention centre in Depok
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/birthday-wishes-flow-jakartas-jailed-ex-governor-ahok/#ZmHxSl8O7C8hOkPD.97

17 JUNE 2017

As religious tensions rise, foreign investment in Indonesia slows

The growth of foreign direct investment in Indonesia is slowing. The latest data shows that it expanded 0.9% on the year in the January-March quarter. What is weighing down the figure? Religious and ethnic tensions
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/As-religious-tensions-rise-foreign-investment-in-Indonesia-slows

22 MAY 2017

Former Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws blasphemy conviction appeal

The family of Jakarta’s jailed Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama unexpectedly withdrew an appeal against his conviction and two-year jail term for blasphemy on Monday (May 22), after it was submitted by his lawyers just hours earlier
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-jakarta-governor-ahok-withdraws-blasphemy-conviction-8872026
http://www.dw.com/en/un-calls-on-indonesia-to-free-christian-governor-jailed-on-blasphemy-charges/a-38940788

9 MAY 2017

Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok found guilty in Islam blasphemy trial

Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, is found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to a two-year jail term, in a tense trial widely seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2093544/jail-jakarta-governor-ahok-over-blasphemy-against-islam
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/09/christian-governor-of-jakarta-imprisoned-for-blasphemy
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170509_27/

8 MAY 2017

Indonesia to disband radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir

The government said on Monday (08/05) it will pursue the disbandment of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, or HTI, on the basis that the organization’s activities contradict values enshrined in state ideology Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/government-disband-hizbut-tahrir-denouncement-extremist-ideologies/
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/05/indonesia-disband-hardline-group-hizbut-tahrir-170508163145116.html

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

Indonesia’s Parliament on Thursday (April 27) ratified a landmark sea border agreement with the Philippines, which sets the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries between the two countries in the Mindanao and Celebes seas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-philippines-sea-border-pact-ratified

21 APRIL 2017

After Jakarta showdown, hardliners say Bandung mayor is ‘the next Ahok

Ridwan Kamil mayor of Indonesia’s second largest city Bandung, says Islamic hardliners have told him “you are the next Ahok”, following the just-concluded Jakarta poll that saw incumbent Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama lose his coveted post as governor
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/jakarta-showdown-hardliners-say-bandung-mayor-next-ahok/

19 APRIL 2017

Jakarta election: Christian governor concedes to Muslim rival

Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname Ahok, has conceded defeat to rival candidate Anies Baswedan in a runoff election after a polarising and fraught campaign that exposed religious and ethnic divisions in Indonesia’s capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39636974
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/19/content_15601841.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/04/19/anies-beats-ahok-in-runoff-vote-quick-counts.html

11 APRIL 2017

Indonesia delays blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok until after April 19 election

An Indonesian court on Tuesday (April 11) adjourned the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor until after the city’s April 19 election, a contest pitting him against a Muslim rival that has divided the city and fanned religious tension
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-delays-blasphemy-trial-of-jakartas-christian-governor-ahok
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-11/blasphemy-trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-delayed/8434290?section=w

30 MARCH 2017

Australia West Papua worries

History shows that the province has been a perennial problem for the Australia-Indonesia relationship, writes Olivia Tasevski.
http://www.newmandala.org/west-papua-constant-worry/

22 MARCH 2017

Jakarta governor Ahok’s speech not blasphemous: Expert

A language expert has said that Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s speech during his working visit in Thousand Islands regency last September, in which he referred to a Quranic verse, was not blasphemous
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/21/ahoks-speech-not-blasphemous-expert.html

18 MARCH 2017

Saudi King learns lessons from Indonesia

The recent visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, invites the question: what does his visit mean?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/18/saudi-king-learns-lessons-from-indonesia/

14 MARCH 2017

Indonesia to probe graft allegations implicating dozens of politicians

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency said it will look into allegations that dozens of politicians siphoned off money causing state losses of up to US$170 million in what could be one of the Southeast Asian country’s biggest graft scandals
http://www.atimes.com/article/corruption-scandal-rocks-indonesias-establishment/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/14/content_15585784.html

7 MARCH 2017

Julie Bishop slaps down reports of joint patrols with Indonesia in South China Sea

The prospect that Australia and Indonesia would jointly patrol the South China Sea near Natuna Islands is slapped down by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who denies reports the Indonesian President had ever suggested ithttp://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-03-07/julie-bishop-slaps-down-reports-of-joint-patrols-with-indonesia-in-south-china-sea/1655792
http://jakartaglobe.id/international/australia-says-no-plan-joint-south-china-sea-patrols-indonesia/

2 MARCH 2017

Pacific nations call for UN investigations into alleged Indonesian rights abuses in West Papua

A group of seven Pacific island nations is calling on the United Nations to investigate allegations of widespread human rights abuses in Indonesia’s Papua region, also known as West Papua
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-02/pacific-nations-call-for-un-investigations-into-west-papua/8320194?section=world

1 MARCH 2017

Saudi king visits Indonesia and Southeast countries

Saudi Arabia’s king is visiting Indonesia for the first time in 47 years. And while his official business in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation is receiving a lot of attention, so is the holiday to Bali and the luxury goods going with him
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39099988
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/king-salman-signs-range-of-deals-at-start-of-indonesia-visit/
http://www.dw.com/en/saudi-king-salmans-southeast-asia-trip-affirms-muslim-friendship/a-37768173

26 FEBRUARY 2017

Australia-Indonesia restore full military ties after row over special forces training material

Australia and Indonesia announced the full restoration of military ties Sunday as the countries’ leaders held talks following a brief spat over teaching material deemed offensive to Jakarta
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2074136/australia-indonesia-restore-full-military-ties-after-row-over
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-26/indonesia-and-australia-restore-military-cooperation-after-talks/8304514?section=world

25 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in Australia for two-day visit

Indonesian President Joko Widodo makes his first bilateral visit to Australia this weekend — a sign a military spat early this year has been resolved and relations between the two nations are stable
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-arrives-in-australia-for-two-day-visit
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-25/jokowi-trade-islamic-extremism-talks-to-dominate-widodo-visit/8302854?section=world

13 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesia is on the brink of disaster’

Indonesia’s upcoming regional elections have been overshadowed by Muslim mass protests against the candidacy of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok. The country is on a dangerous course, says Berthold Damshäuser
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-is-on-the-brink-of-disaster/a-37528124

15 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defence ties amid China challenge

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on maritime security and deepen defence ties, as both nations feud with China over sea territory
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062367/indonesia-japan-deepen-defence-ties-amid-china-challenge?spm=0.0.0.0.ezaHmY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/15/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WHusPIWcE2w
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/japan/indonesia-japan-affirm-deeper-ties-during-abe-s-asian-tour-1.1962403

9 JANUARY 2017

Indonesian military commander sacked for training Islamic hardliners with soldiers

An Indonesian military commander has been replaced after photos emerged of members of the hardline Islamic defenders group training with soldiers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/indonesian-military-commander-sacked-for-training-hardliners/8171268?section=world
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/01/09/pdi-p-questions-military-training-for-fpi-members.html

5 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia backs down on suspension of military cooperation with Australia

Indonesia appears to have backed down over its suspension of all military cooperation with Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-05/indonesia-softens-military-suspension-with-australia/8164440?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2059499/australia-denies-trying-recruit-indonesian-soldiers-after

4 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia halts military cooperation with Australia over ‘insulting’ West Papua posters at training base

« Offensive » material about West Papua displayed at an Australian Special Forces base has prompted Indonesia’s defence chief to cut military cooperation, throwing future joint exercises into doubt
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-04/insulting-training-material-was-in-relation-to-west-papua/8162284?section=world
http://www.news.com.au/national/offensive-training-materials-behind-indonesias-decision-to-suspend-military-cooperation-with-australia/news-story/1c2ae1a5e94c4043dcb9e2a931abfc83
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-military-acted-alone-to-suspend-cooperation-with/3413006.html

13 DECEMBER 2016

Trial of Jakarta governor Ahok begins as hundreds of Islamic hardliners protest

The much anticipated blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has opened amid tight security and mobs of Islamic hardliners chanting for his arrest
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/13/trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-begins-as-hundreds-of-islamic-hardliners-protest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_24/

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tearful-jakarta-governor-denies-insulting-quran-in-blasphemy/3363250.html

12 DECEMBER 2016

India, Indonesia to promote maritime security cooperation

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to strengthen their countries’ maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_01/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indonesia-india-pledge-closer-maritime-ties

6 DECEMBER 2016

Institutional challenges in Indonesia’s state-driven development

Jokowi-nomics is ‘state-driven’, especially in the area of infrastructure expansion. The Jokowi government has emphasised that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are ‘agents of development
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/06/institutional-challenges-in-indonesias-state-driven-development/

4 DECEMBER 2016

Indonesians rally for unity after blasphemy protests

Tens of thousands of Indonesians have rallied in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests were held against the city’s Christian governor
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/indonesians-rally-unity-blasphemy-161204042203314.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-rally-in-indonesia-to-celebrate-diversity
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/indonesia/

2 DECEMBER 2016

Crowd swells to 200,000 as Indonesian Muslims protest against Jakarta’s Christian governor

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2051058/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-jakartas-christian
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-christian-governor
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/daughter-indonesias-first-president-sukarno-arrested-along-7-others-alleged-treason

27 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s violent identity crisis: behind the vilification of Chinese-Indonesians

Economic success of the group’s small elite has led to repeated bouts of resentment, discrimination and even violent assaults
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2049258/jakartas-violent-identity-crisis-behind-vilification

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s Christian governor to face blasphemy trial over Islam insult claim

Muslim groups claim Basuki Tjahaja Purnama insulted the Koran in a speech in September, when he accused his opponents of using a verse from the holy book to encourage people not to vote for him
http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/16/jakarta-s-christian-governor-faces-blasphemy-probe
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/11/16/ahok-named-suspect-in-blasphemy-case.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/16/jakarta-christian-governor-to-face-blasphemy-trial-over-islam-insult-claim

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Reviving the India-Indonesia Relationship

Ties with Indonesia are an under-appreciated part of India’s “Act East” Policy
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/reviving-the-india-indonesia-relationship/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

Thousands of Islamists demand the arrest of Jakarta governor

Thousands of Islamists have marched in the heart of Jakarta to demand the arrest of the governor. Religious leaders accuse the minority-Christian administrator of blasphemy over jesting remarks he made about the Koran
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37856476
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/never-intended-commit-blasphemy-sincerely-apologize-muslims-ahok/

1 NOVEMBER 2016

South China Sea: Australian Government considers joint patrols with Indonesian Navy

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed Australia is considering joint patrols with Indonesia in the contested South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-01/south-china-sea-bishop-considers-joint-patrols-with-indonesia/7982600?section=world

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Human trafficking: NGO calls for Indonesia, Malaysia ‘modern slavery’ investigation

An Indonesian NGO says 11,000 people have been trafficked from an eastern province since 2009
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-12/calls-for-indonesia-human-trafficking-probe/7785654?section=world

7 SEPTEMBER 2016

Indonesia: A policy without a strategy

With maritime tensions in the region remaining high, and likely to escalate further, Indonesia must reassess its Indo-Pacific strategy, Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto writes
http://www.newmandala.org/policy-without-strategy/

16 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia to defend ‘every inch’ of terrority, ‘actively involved’ in resolving South China Sea disputes: Jokowi

Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged on Tuesday (Aug 16) to defend « every inch » of Indonesia’s land and maritime territory, following clashes with Chinese vessels around Indonesian islands in the South China Sea.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-actively-involved-in-resolving-south-china-sea-disputes-says-president-joko

2 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia says no dispute with Beijing in South China Sea

At a forum on Tuesday (Aug 2), an Indonesian senior government official denied the country had any dispute with Beijing. Jakarta is also upholding its position as a non-claimant state in the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-no-dispute/3007476.html

30 JULY 2016

Angry mob burns down monasteries, temples in North Sumatra

Hundreds of people plundered and burned down several Buddhist temples or vihara in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra, on Friday evening. No fatalities or injuries occurred in the anarchic acts, which took place until early Saturday
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/07/30/vihara-pagodas-burned-down-plundered-in-n-sumatra.html
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/105997/situation-in-tanjungbalai-safe-under-control-following-riot-police

27 JULY 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo reshuffles Cabinet to position country for strong economic growth

President Joko Widodo on Wednesday (July 27) named a new Cabinet in a bid to tackle Indonesia’s income inequality as well as to position the country for strong economic growth
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-to-announce-cabinet-reshuffle
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/breaking-sri-mulyani-wiranto-return-cabinet-president-eager-establish-solid-team/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/indonesia/2016/07/28/473609/Indonesia-names.htm

19 JULY 2016

Santoso, Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant ‘killed in shootout’

Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant was killed in a shootout with security forces, according to a senior government minister who hailed a victory for the government’s counterterrorism campaign against a dwindling band of extremists in the jungles of Sulawesi island
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/19/indonesian-police-most-wanted-islamic-radical-santoso-may-have-died-in-shootout
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-most-wanted-terrorist-santoso-dead-minister
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-most-wanted-islamist-militant-killed-police

28 JUNE 2016

A new-age Muslim movement in Indonesia, Gafatar, sparks a government crackdown

The group, which was founded in 2012 and claims about 50,000 followers, is a back-to-the-land movement based on the idea that materialism and cities corrupt spiritual life. It does not call itself a religion
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/a-new-age-muslim-movement-in-indonesia-sparks-a-government-crackdown/2016/06/27/6fe65f82-388e-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html

23 JUNE 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip to South China Sea island of Natuna, a message to Beijing, says minister

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip on a navy warship to the waters off Indonesia’s Natuna islands on Thursday (June 23) is to send a clear signal that Indonesia is serious about defending its sovereignty, Coordinating Political and Security Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-sails-to-south-china-sea-islands-in-message-to-beijing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160623_38/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/23/jokowi-off-to-flashpoint-island-to-send-strong-message-to-china.html

17 JUNE 2016

Indonesia accused of arresting more than 1,000 in West Papua

Indonesian police have been accused of arresting more than 1,000 people at rallies in West Papua demanding an independence referendum
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/indonesia-accused-of-arresting-more-than-1000-in-west-papua

7 JUNE 2016

Indonesian sect leaders detained for blasphemy, draws condemnation from activists

Three leaders of a banned Indonesian sect have been arrested for blasphemy and treason, police said, drawing condemnation from activists who accuse authorities of persecuting the men for their beliefs.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-07/indonesian-sect-leaders-det

30 MAY 2016

China protests seizure of of fishing boat by Indonesia

Beijing insisted on Monday (May 30) a Chinese boat detained close to Indonesian islands had been fishing legally, in a fresh flare-up of tensions between the countries in the South China Sea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-protests-seizure-of/2829660.html

26 MAY 2016

Indonesia approves death penalty, chemical castration for child sex offenders

Indonesia’s President approves tough new punishments for child sex offenders, including a maximum penalty of death and chemical castration, after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a schoolgirl
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-introduces-death-penalty-chemical-castration-child-rapists
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-26/indonesia-approves-death-penalty-chemical-castration-for-child-sex-offenders/1584494
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/26/castration-for-rapists-of-kids.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

19 APRIL 2016

Indonesia holds dialogue on 1960s communist purge

The killings of at least half a million Indonesians who were accused of being communists is being publicly discussed for the first time in 50 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/indonesia-holds-dialogue-1960s-communist-purge-160417095551300.html

18 APRIL 2016

Indonesia’s President Widodo begins landmark European tour

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has arrived in Germany at the start of a week-long visit to Europe, with strengthening trade ties and intelligence-sharing on his agenda
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-s-president/2707544.html

18 APRIL 2016

16 APRIL 2016

Indonesia moves jailed radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir after charges of inhumane treatment

The Indonesian government moved the notorious radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir from a prison island after lawyers demanded an end to his “inhumane” treatment. Bashir is known as the spiritual leader of the 2002 Bali bombers, who killed over 200 in the Indonesian tourist haven.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/indonesia-moves-jailed-radical-cleric-bashir-after-charges-of-inhumane-treament/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/04/16/baasyir-moved-to-gunung-sindur-prison.html

5 APRIL 2016

Indonesia sinks 23 foreign fishing boats

Indonesian authorities sank 23 foreign fishing boats on Tuesday (Apr 5), saying they were « operating illegally in the archipelago’s vast waters in continuation efforts for anti-poaching », China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-sinks-23/2668428.html

21 MARCH 2016

Is Indonesia Ready to Be a Major Player in the South China Sea?

Indonesia may not be a claimant to the disputed Spratly Islands, but the March 20 incident is the first real test of President Joko Widodo’s ambition of turning the country into a maritime power, a policy that necessarily means asserting sovereignty over its vast sea boundaries.
http://162.242.234.155/blog/the-buzz/indonesia-ready-be-major-player-the-south-china-sea-15556

20 MARCH 2016

Indonesia to summon Chinese envoy after boat confrontation

Indonesia will summon the Chinese envoy in Jakarta after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries in the South China Sea, a minister said Sunday.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/indonesia-summon-chinese-envoy-boat-confrontation-163804729.html?nhp=1
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-summon-chinese-ambassador-standoff-natuna-islands/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

ASEAN Economic Community: Has Indonesia Done Its Homework? – Analysis

ASEAN has entered a new era with the commencement of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While Indonesian officials regard the AEC with optimism, there are concerns whether Indonesia can meet its obligations under the AEC.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/11022016-asean-economic-community-has-indonesia-done-its-homework-analysis/

4 FEBRUARY 2016

‘Old guard’ blocking human rights reform in Indonesia

One area where it was expected Jokowi would enact change was in civil and political rights. Promised reforms in Nawa Cita, the nine-point priority agenda put forward by Jokowi and his running mate Jusuf Kalla, included combating the narcotics trade as well as ending impunity for those involved in past human rights violations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/04/old-guard-blocking-human-rights-reform-in-indonesia/

14 JANUARY 2016

Deadly blasts, shootout in Indonesia capital; ISIS claims credit

Attackers struck midday Thursday at a busy commercial hub in Jakarta, killing at least two, wounding 24 and raising alarm about terrorism in the world’s most populous Muslim country
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/14/asia/jakarta-gunfire-explosions/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35312794 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/isil-claims-responsibility-jakarta-attacks-indonesia-160114104322617.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/14/indonesian-president-let-s-not-be-cowed-by-attacks/

13 JANUARY 2016

French journalist banned from Indonesia for documentary on human rights abuses

The documentary, called “The Forgotten War in Papua”, looks into the human rights abuses allegedly carried out by the government over the past 25 years in the country’s conflict-ridden eastern Papuan provinces.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/french-journalist-banned-from-indonesia-for-documentary-on-human-rights-abuses/

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

30 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia opts out of Saudi-led military coalition

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo refrained from openly rejecting the idea of joining the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of 34 countries to fight terrorism, but his chief security czar announced the government’s decision to distance itself from the anti-terrorist coalition.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-opts-out-saudi-led-military-coalition

21 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia warns other countries to respect its sovereignty over Papua

The Indonesian defence minister has warned other countries to respect his country’s sovereignty over the troubled region of Papua, as meetings with Australian ministers ended in mutual agreement about the strength of the bilateral relationship
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/21/indonesia-warns-other-countries-to-respect-its-sovereignty-over-papua

19 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia releases prominent West Papuan pro-independence leader Filep Karma from jail

High-profile West Papuan separatist leader Filep Karma is released from prison after more than a decade behind bars, in a fresh sign that Indonesia may be easing its tight grip on the restive eastern region
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-19/indonesia-releases-prominent-west-papuan-proindependence-leader-filep-karma-from-jail/1516578

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/19/pro-independence-papua-convict-released-after-11-years.html

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

Indonesia is persisting in its stand against the idea of other ASEAN members to transform the grouping into a more integrated union within 10 years, citing economic differences as the main reason, according to a government official on Wednesday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-against-idea-forming-asean-union

16 NOVEMBER 2015

Bali bombing spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir applies for judicial review of 2011 terror conviction

His lawyers are expected to argue that he was wrongfully arrested over the funding of a terrorist training camp in Aceh
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-17/bali-bombing-spiritual-leader-abu-bakar-bashir-applies-for-judicial-review-of-2011-terror-conviction/1515074

12 NOVEMBER 2015

Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and Joko Widodo of Indonesia Seek to Mend Ties

The new Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, made a half-day visit to Indonesia on Thursday to hold talks with President Joko Widodo, a meeting intended to help mend diplomatic relations that plummeted this year over issues including human smuggling, refugee boats and the executions of Australian drug offenders
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/world/asia/australia-indonesia-diplomacy-refugees.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/australia-pm-says-indonesia-welcome-tpp-frictions-ease/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/12/jokowi-takes-australian-pm-tanah-abang-display-affection.html

6 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia second biggest marine pollutant, after China

Indonesia produced 3.2 million tons of plastic waste in 2010, with around 1.29 million tons of that ending up in the ocean, according to a study published in the journal Science. The figure places Indonesia second only to China, with its 8.8 million tons of waste, or 27 percent of global plastic waste
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/06/indonesia-second-biggest-marine-pollutant-after-china.html

Indonesia Unemployment Rises Amid Sluggish Economy

The unemployment rate in Indonesia to 6.18 percent in August amid layoffs by businesses hit with a slowdown in consumer demand brought on by the slowest pace of economic growth in six years
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/govt-announces-6th-policy-package/

19 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesian authorities demolish churches in Aceh

Several Christian churches are due to be shut down in Indonesia’s Aceh province, local authorities have said, following a mob attack that left a church burned, a person killed, and several others injured
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-aceh-demolishes-churches-after-deadly-unrest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34570570

16 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesia grants a Chinese-led consortium the right to build the country’s first high-speed railway line, angering Japan which had launched a rival bid.

Senior officials of Chinese and Indonesian consortiums signed an agreement on Friday to launch a joint venture for a railway linking national capital Jakarta with the West Java provincial capital of Bandung
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/16/china-to-build-indonesia-s-first-high-speed-railway/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-10/16/content_15330784.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2015

China in line to build Indonesia high speed rail after Jakarta rejects Japan bid

China and Japan had been competing to construct the high-speed rail system, each offering low-interest loans and other perks as they vied to secure the estimated $5.3 billion high-profile railway contract
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135928/china-in-line-to-build-indonesia-high-speed-rail-line-after-jakarta-rejects-japan-bid/
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/eca4af84-67fa-11e5-97d0-1456a776a4f5.html#axzz3nNsCy9UO

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indonesia Defends its Foreign Policy Record under Jokowi

Indonesia’s foreign minister staunchly defended the country’s foreign policy outlook Monday in a key speech in Washington, D.C., rejecting criticism of its narrow nationalism and stressing its important contributions regionally and globally.

http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/indonesia-defends-its-foreign-policy-record-under-jokowi/

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indonesia unveils stimulus to bolster economy, currency

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday unveiled a series of stimulus measures to lift slowing growth in Southeast Asia’s top economy and shore up the country’s plunging currency
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/686892/indonesia-unveils-stimulus-to-bolster-economy-currency
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/joko-announces-first-policy-package-propel-economy/

27 AUGUST 2015

Indonesia, Timor Leste agree to resolve border problems, boost ties

Indonesia and Timor Leste agreed on Wednesday to begin negotiating unresolved land and maritime border issues and enhance bilateral ties, particularly on trade and investment.The commitment was made during a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Timor Leste Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo at the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday 26
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/27/ri-timor-leste-agree-resolve-border-problems-boost-ties.html

15 AUGUST 2015

Aceh celebrates 10th anniversary of peace deal

Aceh province on Saturday (Aug 15) kicked off a 3-month long commemoration of the Helsinki Memorandum of Understanding signed 10 years ago ending three decades of conflict in the Indonesian province
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/aceh-celebrates-10th/2052610.html

11 AUGUST 2015

Suharto Family Ordered to Pay Back $324m in Embezzled Funds

The Supreme Court has ordered the family of former president Suharto to pay back to the state Rp. 4.4 trillion ($324 million) in funds misappropriated during the late strongman’s lengthy reign.
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/suharto-family-ordered-pay-back-324m-embezzled-funds/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1848617/ex-indonesian-leader-suhartos-family-ordered-pay-back

6 AUGUST 2015

 Said Agil reelected as NahdlatulUlama chairman

 Said Agil Siradj has been reelected to lead the country’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), until 2020 http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/06/said-agil-reelected-nu-chairman.html#sthash.tlYBJGXu.dpuf

 3 AUGUST 2015

 Indonesian foundation defends awarding Kim Jong-Un peace prize

A daughter of Indonesia’s founding president has defended honouring North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with an award for statesmanship, dismissing criticisms of his human rights record as « Western propaganda »
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/03/indonesian-foundation-defends-awarding-kim-jong-un-peace-prize.html#sthash.lmP7RSnG.dpuf

28 JULY 2015

Indonesia, Singapore to boost security, economic, and people-to-people ties

Singapore and Indonesia today vowed to step up cooperation between both countries in a range of areas. These include building upon already-strong business and economic ties, and will extend to partnerships in e-government, youth and sports development, technical and vocational education as well as tourism
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indonesia-Spore-to-boost-security-economic-and-peo-78731.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-indonesia/2012424.html

27 JULY 2015

David Cameron: Measures to counter IS agreed with Indonesia

The UK and Indonesia have agreed measures to counter the « shared enemy » of Islamic State (IS) extremism, PM David Cameron has said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33670367
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2015/07/28/441778/Cameron-in.htm

13 JULY 2015

Indonesia Jails 3 Chinese Uighurs for Trying to Join Islamist Militants

An Indonesian court sentenced three men from China’s Uighur Muslim minority on Monday to six years in prison for conspiring with militant Islamists in Indonesia, a police spokesman said
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-jails-3-chinese-uighurs-trying-join-islamist-militants/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/07/13/3-chinese-uighurs-get-6-years-over-terrorism-indonesia.html

24 JUNE 2015

House deals severe blow to Indonesia president Joko Widodo

 The ruling coalition of President Joko « Jokowi » Widodo suffered a severe blow on Tuesday after it failed to stop two controversial initiatives in the House of Representatives
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/house-deals-severe-blow-jokowi
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-bill-allows-mps-hundreds-millions-setback-war-graft

13 JUNE 2015

The Battle over Indonesia’s first Female Sultan

When Indonesia’s Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, governor of Yogyakarta, made an announcement paving the way for his eldest daughter, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Pembayun, to succeed him on the throne, he dismantled a 400-year-old gender barrier in the nation’s only kingdom that still retains political power
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/indonesia/2015-06-09/watch-throne?cid=nlc-twofa-20150611&sp_mid=48858218&sp_rid=Z29sZGZpZW1AZ21haWwuY29tS0

10 JUNE 2015

Indonesian president breaks tradition in picking new military chief

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has picked the army chief of staff to lead the military, a presidential palace spokesman said on Wednesday, breaking with a reform-era tradition of rotating the position between the branches of the armed forces
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-president-breaks-tradition-picking-new-military-chief

5 JUNE 2015

Book Review: Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century

Hamish McDonald, a prize-winning former foreign correspondent whose career started in Indonesia with the Far Eastern Economic Review and who is now a Fellow of International Affairs based at the Australian National University in Canberra, has set out to chronicle the events of the 21st century that got the country where it is today
http://www.asiasentinel.com/book-review/demokrasi-indonesia-21st-century/

30 MAY 2015

FIFA suspends Indonesia over long-running row

FIFA’s decision “resulted from the effective ‘take over’ of the activities of PSSI (the Indonesian football association) by the Indonesian authorities,” a spokesman for the world governing body said
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/sports/2015/05/30/fifa-suspends-indonesia-over-long-running-row/

22 MAY 2015

Armed group declares ‘all-out war’ against Indonesians in Papua

Armed separatists in Indonesia’s Papua province have declared open war on the military and non-Papuan civilians, insisting that their decades-long struggle for independence is not over and denouncing as a lie President Joko Widodo’s reassurances that the region is peaceful
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/opm-declares-open-war-security-forces-non-papuan-civilians/

21  MAY 2015

Indonesia sinks 41 illegal fishing boats

Indonesia has sunk 41 foreign boats across the archipelago, reports said Thursday, as part of an ongoing push to stop illegal fishing in its waters.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/568891/indonesia-sinks-41-illegal-fishing-boats
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2015/05/21/beijing-voices-concern-after-indonesia-sinks-chinese-boat/

18 MAY 2015

Court confirms Bakrie as Indonesia’s opposition leader

An Indonesian court on Monday ruled that tycoon Aburizal Bakrie was leader of Golkar, the country’s largest opposition party, dashing rivals’ hopes the party would defect to the ruling coalition under a different leader.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/564979/court-confirms-bakrie-as-indonesia-opposition-leader

15 MAY 2015

700 Migrants rescued from sinking boat off Indonesia’s Aceh but Indonesia says to halt migrant boats at sea to avoid ‘social issues’
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32747616
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-says-halt-migrant-boats-sea-avoid-social-issues

12 MAY 2015

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono re-elected Indonesia’s Democratic Party chairman

Former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was unanimously re-elected as chairman of the Democratic Party late on Tuesday (May 12), hours after its three-day congress opened.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/susilo-bambang-yudhoyono/1845318.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/05/13/sby-give-direct-command-new-leadership-term.htm

9 MAY 2015

Indonesia President Jokowi signals reconciliation with restive Papua province

President Joko Widodo announced on Saturday he was lifting restrictions on foreign journalists in Papua immediately, after signing off pardons for five political detainees held for over a decade in a prison in the restive eastern province
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jokowi-signals-reconciliation-with-restive-Papua-p-74910.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32677259
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/world/asia/indonesia-president-pardons-prisoners-in-papua-province.html?ref=asia&_r=0

28 APRIL 2015

Eight drug convicts executed by Indonesian firing squad

Indonesia on Wednesday executed seven foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad despite a storm of international anger, reports said, but a Filipina was spared at the 11th hour
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/eight-drug-convicts/1813474.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150428-indonesia-executes-eight-drug-convicts-filipina-not-among-them

22 APRIL 2015

Indonesia’s Joko Loses the Economic Plot

Against the symbolic backdrop of a week-long international summit marking the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Asia-Africa Conference, one of the landmarks of developing world nationalism, Indonesia has taken a series of measures  that could isolate the country from investors, alienate long-term trading partners and drive growth rates down
http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/indonesia-jokowi-loses-economic-plot/

21 FEBRUARY 2015

Indonesia Recalls Ambassador to Brazil Over Death Penalty Spat

Indonesia has recalled its new ambassador to Brazil after the South American country postponed a ceremony sealing his appointment, Jakarta said on Saturday, amid a row over the execution of a Brazilian national for drugs trafficking.
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-recalls-ambassador-brazil-death-penalty-spat/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/02/21/brazil-s-overreaction-puts-diplomatic-ties-risk.html

13 FEBRUARY 2015

Indonesia Falls in Global Press Freedom Ranking

Press freedom in Indonesia fell six places in the latest ranking from Reporters Without Borders, which places Southeast Asia’s largest economy below Afghanistan and Brunei in its 2015 World Press Freedom Index
http://blogs.wsj.com/indonesiarealtime/2015/02/13/indonesia-falls-in-global-press-freedom-ranking/?mod=WSJBlog&mod=WSJ_SEA_Blog

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Malaysia, Indonesia to solve sea spats

The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia on Friday pledged renewed efforts to resolve stubborn disputes over maritime borders that have long nagged at one of Southeast Asia’s most important bilateral relationships.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/468306/malaysia-indonesia-to-seek-resolution-of-maritime-disputes

24 JANUARY 2015

Joko Widodo’s 100 days as Indonesia President: Tough, decisive and lucky

Today marks Joko Widodo’s 100th day as Indonesian president. Despite criticism that he is an inexperienced lightweight, he has been tougher, more decisive and luckier than anyone expected..He has shown that he is extremely energetic and has done more in the last three months than what the previous administration did in its last three years, » said Jakarta-based political analyst Paul Rowland
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Joko-Widodos-100-days-as-Indonesia-President-Tough-70825.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/26/asia/indonesia-president-joko-widodo-interview/index.html

20 JANUARY 2015

Indonesia reverses local-election ban

Indonesia’s parliament backed direct elections for local leaders on Tuesday, formally reversing an earlier decision to scrap a key reform of the democratic era and giving a boost to President Joko Widodo
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/458455/indonesia-reverses-local-election-ban
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/direct-elections-bring-democracy-back-indonesia/

18 JANUARY 2015

Indonesia executes five foreigners despite protest

In a deepening diplomatic row, Indonesia has gone ahead and executed six prisoners for drug offences, including five foreigners. Brazil and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors in protest, as their pleas for clemency were ignored
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/18/indonesia-goes-ahead-with-executions-of-foreigners-despite-protest/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30866752
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/457630/fury-as-indonesia-executes-foreigners-by-firing-squad

Yudhoyono term ends with a whimper, survey shows

A public opinion survey has shown that the public deemed the second term of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono a failure, with more than 85 per cent of the respondents saying that they were dissatisfied with the current situation

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Yudhoyono-term-ends-with-a-whimper-survey-shows-55355.html

15 DECEMBER 2013

Australia PM says Jakarta actions ‘unhelpful’

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has criticised Indonesia for suspending cooperation to solve the people-smuggling problem between both nations over a phone-tapping spat.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/australia-pm-says-jakarta-actions-unhelpful-2013121572156701709.html

13 DECEMBER 2013

Many Indonesians think vote-buying ‘acceptable’: Poll

More than 40 percent of Indonesian voters consider politicians seeking to buy support at elections acceptable, a survey showed Friday, months before national polls in the graft-ridden country.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/many-indonesians-think-vote-buying-acceptable-poll

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384677/many-indonesians-think-vote-buying-acceptable-poll-finds

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Jakarta protesters attack Australian embassy over spying revelations

Protests against the Australian embassy in Jakarta have intensified as scores descended on the mission building calling for diplomats to be expelled following allegations that Australia’s spies attempted to bug the phone of the Indonesian president.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/22/jakarta-protesters-attack-australian-embassy-spying

18 NOVEMBER 2013

Indonesia recalls ambassador to Australia over spy claims

Secret documents published jointly by Guardian Australia and the ABC, have revealed that Australian intelligence services have attempted to listen in on personal phone calls of the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and have targeted the mobile phones of his wife, senior ministers and confidants
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/18/australia-indonesia-spying-revelations-live
http://asiancorrespondent.com/116003/indonesia-recalls-ambassador-from-australia/

4 NOVEMBER 2013

View from above in Indonesia

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-041113.html

31 OCTOBER 2013

Three million Indonesian workers strike for higher wages

Inflation, caused on purpose to enhance exports to strengthen the local economy is destroying the lives of workers. Who ask why, after contributing to the growth of the common welfare, they are forced to live in sewers.

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1344425/indonesian-workers-stage-nationwide-strike-over-pay

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Three-million-Indonesian-workers-strike-for-higher-wages-29421.html

28 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesian women peace activists receive 2013 N-Peace Awards

Two Indonesian women peace activists have won the 2013 N-Peace Awards for their efforts to promote women’s equality and protection of women against discrimination.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/28/ri-s-women-peace-activists-receive-2013-n-peace-awards.html

The Mindanao Peace Process: Can Indonesia Advance It?

The recent violence in Zamboanga has prompted Indonesia to offer assistance in brokering peace in the southern Philippines, citing its role in the OIC and its experience with mediating peace. In view of the conflict’s complexity, are those credentials enough?

http://www.eurasiareview.com/28102013-mindanao-peace-process-can-indonesia-advance-analysis/

25 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia: Child prostitution rampant in tourist destinations

Child-sex tourism has become more rampant in Bali and several areas in Indonesia, with practices involving tourist-related businesses, as well as the families of the exploited children.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/child-prostitution-rampant-tourist-destinations

24 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia’s forests still dwindle despite reforms

At home and abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the Southeast Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are unconvinced.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114859/indonesias-forests-still-dwindle-despite-reforms/

17 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia’s anti-graft agency detains former minister

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency arrested a former sports and youth minister Thursday in a multimillion-dollar graft case, one of several to rock the president’s party ahead of polls next year.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-anti-graft-agency-detains-former-minister

12 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea inks deals worth $10b with Indonesia

Looking to capitalize on Indonesia’s rising number of middle class consumers, South Korea signed seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on investments worth over US$10 billion The sectors involved comprised transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, information technology, automotive, energy, agriculture and the creative economy
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/12/s-korea-inks-deals-worth-10b.html
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/10/116_144242.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 4 December in Asian history

1971-12-04 Battle

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 4 DECEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 4, 2018

1884: Gapsin Revolution in Korea by progressive elites, quickly  repressed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gapsin_Coup

1942: World War II: Carlson’s patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ends

http://12tfw.org/longpatrol.pdf
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Carlson%27s_Patrol

https://youtu.be/q97f6so6Wa4

1948: Ship Kiangya transporting Chinese civil war refugees hits mine in Whangpoo River, China, sinks killing 2,750
http://world.time.com/2012/01/20/unsafe-at-sea-asias-history-of-deadly-ferry-disasters/slide/ss-kiangya-china-1948/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs5qWLRC8h0

1949: Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby
http://roslidhobi.yolasite.com/biography-of-rosli-dhobi—english.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosli_Dhobi

1966: Viet Cong attack Tan Son Nhut airport
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/viet-cong-attack-tan-son-nhut-airport

1967: During Vietnam War, US and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong  troops in the Mekong Delta
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/riverine-force-surrounds-viet-cong-battalion

1971: Attack on Pakistan Navy and Karachi by the Indian Navy (Operation  Trident)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Trident_(Indo-Pakistani_War)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/When-surprise-attack-from-Okha-sank-Pak-navy-ships/articleshow/17632505.cms
http://defence.pk/threads/karachi-on-fire-operation-trident.222815/

1971: Beginning of the The Battle of Basantar or the Battle of Barapind  (up to December 16), one of the vital battles fought as part of the  Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/threads/battle-of-basantar-or-battle-of-barapind.49785/
http://gunsinstamps.blogspot.fr/2015/03/16-independent-armoured-brigade-battle.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Basanta

1971-12-04 Battle

1971: UN Security Council calls emergency session to consider  deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan

1977: Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjong Kupang, Johor, killing 100
https://thedevilsbutterfly.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/mas-mh-653-crash-strange-sighting-and-chilling-stories-from-tanjung-kupang/

1977-12-04 Malaysia-Airlines-Flight-653

1984 : During the Sri Lankan Civil War, Sri Lankan Army soldiers kill 107–150 civilians in Mannar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_Mannar_massacre

2002: Second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan

2008: Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, address Europe’s  lawmakers, restating that he was seeking autonomy within China – not independence
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7764533.stm

 

Holidays and observances

Navy Day in India

On 4 December in South Asian history

1971-12-04 Battle

On 4 DECEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY


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Updated on December 4, 2018

1829: Britain abolishes “suttee” in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband’s funeral pyre)
http://www.wordnik.com/words/suttee

1910: Birth of Ramaswamy Venkatararam, president of  India (1987-1992) who died on January 27, 2009
http://presidentvenkataraman.in/
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/r-venkataraman.html
http://www.asian-affairs.com/biographies/venkataramancv.html

1919: Birth of I. K. Gujral, Indian politician, 12th Prime Minister of India who died on November 30, 2012
http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/former_pm/shri-inder-kumar-gujral/
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/i-k-gujral.html

1941: Jawaharl Nehru is realeased from Dehra Dun jail

1951: Mirwaiz Maulvi Muhammad Yusuf is appointed president of Azaz  Kashmir (Free Kashmir) government
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/mirwaiz-mohammad-yusuf-shah/story-tWhoyJ5Qlsayihkftxk5XK.html

1971: Attack on Pakistan Navy and Karachi by the Indian Navy (Operation  Trident)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Trident_(Indo-Pakistani_War)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/When-surprise-attack-from-Okha-sank-Pak-navy-ships/articleshow/17632505.cms
http://defence.pk/threads/karachi-on-fire-operation-trident.222815/

1971: Beginning of the The Battle of Basantar or the Battle of Barapind  (up to December 16), one of the vital battles fought as part of the  Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/threads/battle-of-basantar-or-battle-of-barapind.49785/
http://gunsinstamps.blogspot.fr/2015/03/16-independent-armoured-brigade-battle.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Basantar

1971-12-04 Battle

1971: UN Security Council calls emergency session to consider  deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan

1984 : During the Sri Lankan Civil War, Sri Lankan Army soldiers kill 107–150 civilians in Mannar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_Mannar_massacre

2002: Second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan

2008: Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, address Europe’s  lawmakers, restating that he was seeking autonomy within China – not independence
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7764533.stm

2008: The body of first Afghan President Mohammad Daud  Khan has been identified three decades after he was killed in a Communist coup,  officials say
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7764852.stm

2017: Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor dies at 79
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/shashi-kapoor-b-towns-ultimate-charmer-takes-final-bow/article21261699.ece?homepage=true
http://gulfnews.com/life-style/celebrity/desi-news/bollywood/veteran-indian-actor-shashi-kapoor-dies-1.2135198

Holidays and observances

Navy Day in India

On 4 December in Southeast Asian history

ON 4 DECEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 4, 2018

1947: Birth of Sean Lu, Vietnamese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1340503/

1949: Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby
http://roslidhobi.yolasite.com/biography-of-rosli-dhobi—english.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosli_Dhobi

1966: Viet Cong attack Tan Son Nhut airport
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/viet-cong-attack-tan-son-nhut-airport

1967: During Vietnam War, US and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong  troops in the Mekong Delta
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/riverine-force-surrounds-viet-cong-battalion

1977: Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjong Kupang, Johor, killing 100
https://thedevilsbutterfly.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/mas-mh-653-crash-strange-sighting-and-chilling-stories-from-tanjung-kupang/

1977-12-04 Malaysia-Airlines-Flight-653

1978: Birth of Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaclyn_Victor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bMkGC25R7M&feature=related

2007: In Malaysia, 29 Ethnic Indians are arrested on charge of killing  attempt in the 25 November demonstration

2015 : Malaysia’s Parliament approves a security law that will give sweeping security powers to a council led by the prime minister, in a move slammed by rights groups and critics as a step toward a dictatorship


 

On 4 December in Japan’s history

On 4 DECEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in Japan’s history”

Updated on December 4, 2018

1696: Death of Empress Meisho (1629-1643), born on January 9, 1624
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Meish%C5%8D

1942: World War II: Carlson’s patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ends
http://12tfw.org/longpatrol.pdf
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Carlson%27s_Patrol

1946: Birth of Yo Inoue, Japanese actress who died on  February 28, 2003
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=3408

1971: Death of Shunryu Suzuki, Japanese-American monk and educator, founded the San Francisco Zen Center, orn on May 18, 1904
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunryu_Suzuki

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNyCAJXUXE

1973: Birth of Atsushi Tamura, Japanese comedian,  musician (jealkb)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atsushi_Tamura

 

On 4 December in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

On 4 DECEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on December 4, 2018

1892: Birth of Liu Bocheng, Chinese Communist military  commander and Marshal of the People’s Liberation Army, who died on October 7, 1986
http://www.paulnoll.com/China/Long-March/Long-March-Liu-Bocheng.html

1894: Birth of T.V. Soong, Chinese banker,  brother-in-law of Chiang Kai-shek, who died on 24 April 1971
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._V._Soong

1895: Birth of Fung Yu-lan (Feng Youlan), Chinese  philosopher who died in 1990
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Feng_Youlan
http://users.ox.ac.uk/~worc0337/authors/feng.youlan.html

1918: Birth of Gong Qiuxia, Chinese actress who died  in September 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gong_Qiuxia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mX1KUP5OF0

1939: Death of Chinese powerful warlord Wu Peifu, born on April 22, 1974
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Peifu
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Wu_Peifu.aspx
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11400.html

1946: Birth of Cheng Pei-pei, Chinese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheng_Pei-pei
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/gallery.asp?fid=&pid=300&type=0&id=13295

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-R74vHffRo&feature=related

1948: Ship Kiangya transporting Chinese civil war refugees hits mine in Whangpoo River, China, sinks killing 2,750 die
http://world.time.com/2012/01/20/unsafe-at-sea-asias-history-of-deadly-ferry-disasters/slide/ss-kiangya-china-1948/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs5qWLRC8h0

1950: During the Korea War, Pyongyang is retaken by communist forces

1951: Birth of Chang Yi, Chinese film director and  scripwriter
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=636


1966: Former mayor of Beijing, Peng Zhen, is arrested by Red Guards
http://www.chinavitae.org/biography/Peng_Zhen/career
http://www.marxists.org/glossary/people/p/e.htm#peng-zhen

1982: After two years on work, the People Republic of China new constitution  is adopted
http://english.people.com.cn/constitution/constitution.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11374.html

2005: Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and  call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_2005_protest_for_democracy_in_Hong_Kong

2007: A new bishop, supported by Vatican, is ordained in China. He is  Joseph Gan Junqiu, ordained in the Sacred Heart cathedral in Guangzhou
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=10945

2008: Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, address Europe’s  lawmakers, restating that he was seeking autonomy within China – not independence
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7764533.stm