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Indonesia in Focus



Published: Thu, 22 May 2008 07:10:27 +0000

 



Potato has Dim Future in Indonesia

Thu, 22 May 2008 07:10:27 +0000

With its high rate of growth, high yield and low water consumption, the potato has become the world’s fourth major food crop in the world, but its prospects in Indonesia face many challenges, a representative for Indonesia’s chapter of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says. While speaking at a seminar help by the UN’s [...]



Sea Change Possible

Fri, 16 May 2008 11:08:12 +0000

There’s a war being waged in the oceans of Indonesia with death and destruction to be found along the vast coastline of this country. Cyanide and explosives are being used by unscrupulous fisherman to extract sea life for commercial gain. Trawlers from Taiwan, China and other foreign parts are stealing the nation’s fish. Some of [...]



Palm Oil Firms Vow to Stop using Forests

Fri, 16 May 2008 11:04:04 +0000

Palm oil companies operating in Indonesia pledged to stop expanding plantations into forests in response to growing global criticism about deforestation and to promote more sustainable products. Executive director of the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI), Didiek Hadjar Goenadi, said here Monday palm oil companies would focus on utilizing idle land, including former forest concession [...]



Indonesian Forests More than Just Carbon Sinks

Tue, 13 May 2008 12:02:33 +0000

In the last five decades, environmental awareness among people has increased worldwide, but the focus of attention has shifted from time to time. In the 1960s and 1970s, pollution got the most attention from the public, especially in Western countries. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, published in 1962, which depicts the effects of pollution on animals [...]



Orangutans May be Extinct in 3 Years

Tue, 13 May 2008 12:00:20 +0000

Conservationists say protected wild orangutans in Central Kalimantan may be extinct in three years unless the government acts to stop the expansion of oil palm plantations. Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) research shows the orangutan population is falling fast as forests are cleared to make way for oil palm plantations. “We don’t need to wait [...]



Ten Years after May 1998 Tragedy

Thu, 08 May 2008 12:07:34 +0000

This May we are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the May 1998 tragedy, which is better known as the May 1998 riots. This historic incident is an important life-changing milestone in many people’s lives, whoever they are. I lost my innocence in May 1998, politically and spiritually. In a few fast-paced heart-racing days, I [...]



Indonesian Democracy: Advances, Setbacks, Options

Thu, 08 May 2008 11:59:55 +0000

Ten years ago, Soeharto’s New Order began to be replaced by the world’s largest New Democracy. It is time for an evaluation. By 2003, Demos (The Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies), with the University of Oslo, developed and applied a framework for comprehensive democracy assessment by senior activists around the country. Four years later, [...]



Foreign Flights Increase Could Benefit Tourism

Mon, 05 May 2008 13:17:20 +0000

To garner more visitors for Indonesia’s tourist program dubbed Visit Indonesia Year 2008, the government should grant more foreign airlines increased flight frequencies into Bali and other tourist destinations, an industry leader said. “If the government wants to be totally committed to making (the program) a success, it should start wooing other foreign airlines [...]



Constructing Dams vs. Global Warming

Mon, 05 May 2008 13:15:26 +0000

The Public Works Ministry has announced a government plan to construct 17 large dams, including the Nipah and Bajulmati, East Java; Ponreponre in South Sulawesi; Peusangan 1, 2 and Keuliling in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam; Lebak Karian in Banten; Asahan 3, 4 and 5 in North Sumatra; Lore Rindu and Sulewana in Central Sulawesi; Mamberamo in [...]



The Media Dilemma in the 2009 Elections

Mon, 05 May 2008 13:12:49 +0000

A year before the 2009 election, the Indonesian media community faces a stifling prospect. A clause in the 2008 law on legislative elections states “print mass media (must) provide fair and balanced space and time for election coverage, interviews and campaign ads for election candidates”. The law further states that the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) or [...]