Humble tofu powering Indonesian homes with clean energy

May 13, 2016

Humble tofu powering Indonesian homes with clean energy

In a dark and steamy room in Indonesia’s tofu heartland, three men sweat over bubbling cauldrons, churning creamy bean curd with wooden paddles before draining it by hand and slicing it into silky cubes. Tofu has been cooked this way for generations, but today ...

May 4, 2016

Indonesia erupts in anger over teen's gang rape and murder

Indonesian activists called Wednesday for the government to strengthen laws against sexual violence after the brutal gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. The teenager was on her way home from school in a small village on the main western island of Sumatra ...

A year on, Asia's boat people trapped in limbo

| May 3, 2016

A year on, Asia's boat people trapped in limbo

One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, Sonamia and hundreds of other desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution. Sonamia was among about 400 starving people plucked to safety off Indonesia from ...

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 ...