Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

May 1, 2016

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year’s haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry’s expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy — though green groups are skeptical. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in April ...

Pimp my rickshaw: Indonesian karaoke goes mobile

Apr 21, 2016

Pimp my rickshaw: Indonesian karaoke goes mobile

An Indonesian rickshaw fitted with a karaoke machine blasts out music next to a row of food stalls as revelers sing and dance enthusiastically nearby. The musical pedicab is among a wave of innovations helping Indonesians indulge their love of singing wherever they can, ...

Indonesia takes step toward reckoning with 1965-1966 atrocities

Apr 18, 2016

Indonesia takes step toward reckoning with 1965-1966 atrocities

Indonesia on Monday convened an unprecedented discussion of anti-communist massacres from 1965 to 1966 that brought together survivors and representatives of the military that orchestrated the atrocities. Protesters who say the two-day conference will help revive communism scuffled with police outside the tightly guarded ...

Global tiger tally up for first time in century

Apr 11, 2016

Global tiger tally up for first time in century

The world’s count of wild tigers roaming forests from Russia to Vietnam has gone up for the first time in more than a century, with some 3,890 counted by conservation groups and national governments in the latest global census, wildlife conservation groups said Monday. ...

Apr 7, 2016

M-6 temblor hits off Java but tsunami threat ruled out

A strong earthquake struck Wednesday evening off the southern coast of Java, Indonesia’s main island, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6 quake was located 35.4 km (22 miles) under the seabed. It was ...

Apr 5, 2016

Japan considers underwriting construction of Indonesian port

The government may provide low-interest yen loans to Indonesia to help it build a major new port in Patimban, 120 kilometers east of Jakarta, sources said. As the Indonesian side has estimated construction will cost ¥300 billion, this is likely to be one of ...