Increased flooding in Indonesia linked to deforestation

By Robert Campion, 26 January 2021

Environmental scientists and advocates have pointed to the devastating effects of deforestation from palm oil and mining operations that have contributed to flooding and landslides.

Boeing 737-500 crashes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia

By Bryan Dyne, 11 January 2021

The tragedy coincides with a $2.5 billion legal settlement between Boeing and the US Department of Justice ending a federal criminal investigation stemming from two crashes of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 aircraft.

Indonesia: Soaring COVID-19 cases as government scrambles to roll out vaccine

By Robert Campion, 9 January 2021

Contact tracing has been minimal and disorderly, while lockdowns have been resisted throughout, placing the full burden of the virus on the working class.

999 Indonesia COVID-19 update

7 January 2021

Surge in COVID-19 cases in Indonesia

By Robert Campion, 25 November 2020

Conscious of the growing opposition to his policies, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been pinning hopes on an early vaccination program.

Indonesian workers continue to protest pro-big business “omnibus law”

By Ben McGrath, 14 October 2020

Protesters against the new legislation have faced police repression while the unions work to divert workers’ anger into political dead-ends.

Indonesian workers strike against new, pro-business legislation

By Ben McGrath, 9 October 2020

The bill, pushed through parliament on Monday, is a significant attack on workers’ conditions and livelihoods.

Government reopening campaign leads to COVID-19 surge in Indonesia

By Owen Howell, 2 September 2020

As has been the case internationally, schools and workplaces in the crowded archipelago have emerged as centres of infection.

Indonesian economy contracts for first time in over two decades

By Owen Howell, 11 August 2020

As the economic crisis in Indonesia escalates, threatening social upheavals, the government’s efforts to reopen the country are growing more desperate.

Indonesia passes 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

By Owen Howell, 30 July 2020

While case numbers and fatalities surge, the Widodo administration is nevertheless pushing on with an increasingly aggressive economic reopening.

Indonesia passes 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

By Owen Howell, 27 June 2020

Indonesia’s coronavirus crisis is accelerating disastrously, even as the government pursues its criminal plans to reopen businesses and risk workers’ lives for profit.

Indonesia experiences major surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases

By Owen Howell, 27 May 2020

The Indonesian government is blaming the sharp rise in confirmed cases on ordinary workers and peasants for not adhering to social distancing measures.

Even as death toll climbs, Indonesian government urges workers under 45 to resume work

By Owen Howell, 18 May 2020

Indonesian epidemiologists have warned that a return to work will dramatically increase transmission of the virus and put the entire population, regardless of age, at extreme risk.

Coronavirus deaths go unrecorded in Indonesia

By Owen Howell, 30 April 2020

A review of the data from 16 Indonesian provinces shows more than 2,200 people died with symptoms of COVID-19, but were not counted in the official death toll.

Indonesian authorities announce limited restrictions, despite the alarming spread of COVID-19

By Owen Howell, 14 April 2020

On Sunday Indonesia reported its largest daily jump in coronavirus cases and fatalities, with 399 new infections and 46 more deaths.

Warnings that hundreds of thousands of Indonesians may already have COVID-19

By Owen Howell and Oscar Grenfell, 26 March 2020

There are fears that the archipelago may become “the Italy of south-east Asia,” with experts warning that 135 million may be infected by mid-May.

Catastrophic floods hit Indonesian capital

By Owen Howell, 14 January 2020

The floods, which have killed 67 people and displaced hundreds of thousands, demonstrate the government’s utter indifference to the plight of ordinary people.

Killing of two Indonesian journalists points to criminality in palm oil industry

By Owen Howell, 27 December 2019

According to police, the two men were allegedly murdered by hired killers paid by a plantation owner.

Newly-inaugurated Indonesian president appoints notorious ex-general as defence minister

By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2019

Former special forces general Prabowo Subianto has a long history of human rights abuses and was intimately connected to the bloody Suharto dictatorship that ruled Indonesia for three decades.

Illegal forest fires send another lethal haze over parts of Indonesia

By Owen Howell, 23 October 2019

The haze is chiefly affecting Sumatra and Borneo islands, with air pollution in the city of Palembang reaching record levels.

Student protests in Indonesian Papua suppressed by police violence

By Owen Howell, 9 October 2019

As social tensions in the West Papua region continue to escalate, authorities are trying to conceal the true nature of the state violence used to quell protests.

Indonesia: Student unrest continues as tens of thousands of workers set to strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 October 2019

Police have responded to the largest student demonstrations since the movement that toppled the Suharto dictatorship in 1998 with violent repression and mass arrests.

Protests in Indonesia against new criminal code met with “mass police violence”

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 September 2019

Tens of thousands of students and youth have taken to the streets, in some of the largest student protests since the mass movement that toppled the Suharto dictatorship in 1998.

Widodo plans to move Indonesian capital to Borneo

By Owen Howell, 17 September 2019

The government’s move to relocate the country’s administrative centre is aimed at removing itself from the social disaster of Jakarta, but will potentially create an environmental disaster on Borneo.

Eight-hour power blackout hits Indonesian capital

By Owen Howell, 12 August 2019

The Indonesian government has failed to meet the basic infrastructure demands of the rapidly growing Greater Jakarta, a megacity of 30 million people.

Indonesian court backs Widodo’s election

By John Roberts, 23 July 2019

With the presidency and parliamentary numbers settled for now, sordid deals are being made among the different sections of the ruling elite.

Plastic waste from foreign nations dumped in East Java village

By Owen Howell, 20 July 2019

With China blocking imports of recyclable waste, developed countries have now resorted to illegally smuggling plastic into Indonesia and other parts of South East Asia.

Indonesian factory fire claims lives of 30 women and children

By Owen Howell, 6 July 2019

The tragic deaths of factory employees is yet another example of the national government showing its indifference for the working poor.

Widodo predicted to be re-elected as Indonesian president

By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2019

Tomorrow’s election involves carefully vetted candidates backed by rival factions of the Indonesian ruling class, none of whom represents the interests of workers and the rural poor.

Death toll rises from Indonesian tsunami

By Richard Phillips, 27 December 2018

Heavy monsoonal rains have made some roads impassable, holding up the delivery of heavy machinery and desperately needed relief supplies to isolated areas.

At least 280 dead as tsunami hits Indonesian settlements

By Richard Phillips, 24 December 2018

The devastation caused by what are termed natural disasters is compounded by inadequate warning systems and infrastructure, and by the poverty that is rife in the region.

Anti-stall feature in new Boeing planes may have contributed to Indonesian aviation disaster

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2018

Boeing allegedly did not inform pilots or airlines of an automated mechanism, on its latest 737 model, that can potentially trigger a catastrophic nosedive.

Safety questions emerge after 189 people die in Indonesian plane crash

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 November 2018

Indonesian authorities said the plane had suffered mechanical issues on the four flights before it crashed in the Java Sea.

Indonesia’s earthquake catastrophe

By Tom Peters, 6 October 2018

The disaster has been made immeasurably worse by poverty, social inequality and the refusal of the Indonesian and international ruling elites to ensure the protection of the population.

Anger grows as Indonesian tsunami disaster worsens

By Mike Head, 4 October 2018

Because of the lack of government and international assistance, desperate residents have been reduced to scavenging for food in wrecked houses, shops, farms and orchards.

Indonesian tsunami relief grossly inadequate as death toll tops 1,200

By Tom Peters, 2 October 2018

Among survivors, there is growing outrage over the lack of assistance and the absence of a functioning tsunami warning system.

More than eight hundred dead after earthquakes and tsunami strike Indonesia

By John Braddock, 1 October 2018

Fourteen years after the 2004 tsunami killed up to 230,000 people, governments throughout the region and internationally have done nothing to prevent a similar mass tragedy.

Death toll rises to almost 400 after another Indonesian earthquake

By John Harris, 13 August 2018

Residents of Lombok have expressed mounting frustration over the inadequate government response to a series of deadly quakes.

Almost 100 confirmed dead after Indonesian earthquake

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 August 2018

Many of the flattened structures on Lombok were not earthquake resistant, and the rescue effort has been hampered by a lack of equipment.

Another Indonesian ferry disaster, 34 confirmed dead

By John Harris, 9 July 2018

The tragedy is the third in a month, highlighting the woefully inadequate maritime infrastructure and regulatory apparatus that is the responsibility of successive governments.

Over 193 feared dead in another Indonesian ferry disaster

By John Harris, 23 June 2018

The wooden ferry was reportedly carrying over five times its legal capacity of 43 passengers and there were only 45 life jackets on-board.

US judges issue temporary stays of deportations for Christian Indonesians

By Tim Avery, 17 February 2018

Federal courts temporarily stayed deportations for ethnic Chinese Christians who face discrimination and persecution in Indonesia.

Surat terbuka untuk Google: Berhentikan penyensoran Internet! Berhentikan blacklisting politik terhadap World Socialist Web Site!

15 January 2018

Google memanipulasi mesin pencariannya untuk membatasi kesadaran umum dan akses ke situs internet sosialis, anti-perang dan golongan-golongan kiri.

“Hostage” incident highlights political tensions in Indonesian Papua

By John Roberts, 4 December 2017

Conflict in Indonesian Papua is being driven by Jakarta’s push for development, which is exacerbating social inequality and class tensions.

Indonesia: At least 47 dead in Jakarta factory fire

By John Roberts, 1 November 2017

The deadly blaze at a fireworks plant in Tangerang was the product of sweat shop conditions imposed by the company and Indonesian authorities.

Documents show US participation in 1965-66 massacres in Indonesia

By Mike Head, 25 October 2017

Up to one million workers, peasants and supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party were murdered, in one of the greatest imperialist crimes of the 20th century.

Australian government snubs Indonesian lawsuit over teenagers jailed as “people smugglers”

By Max Newman, 13 October 2017

A legal class action has been brought against Australian authorities on behalf of 115 young Indonesians who were imprisoned as adults.

Indonesian government bans Hizbut Tahrir

By John Roberts, 1 August 2017

The Widodo government fears that growing political instability will generate a social movement from below and is adopting draconian anti-democratic measures.

Indonesian president supports military role in new “anti-terror” law

By John Roberts, 17 June 2017

The legislation will significantly reverse limitations placed on the military’s internal security role following the fall of the Suharto dictatorship.

Thousands of workers on strike at Freeport mine in Papua

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 May 2017

The industrial action at the second-largest copper mine in the world reflects mounting social unrest in Indonesia.

Political tensions in Indonesia after jailing of Jakarta governor

By John Roberts, 27 May 2017

Basuki has withdrawn an appeal over his jail sentence in line with ruling elite concerns about possible unrest generated by intense social divisions.

Incumbent Jakarta governor defeated in bitter electoral contest

By John Roberts, 20 April 2017

A virulent chauvinist campaign against Governor Basuki was a means of diverting the rising unrest generated by the pro-business program that he shares with President Widodo.

Australia, Indonesia discuss closer economic, security ties

By John Roberts and James Cogan, 15 March 2017

The flurry of diplomatic activity between the two countries is largely in response to the Trump administration.

The Look of Silence: Important documentary on the aftermath of the 1965 Indonesia massacres

By Clara Weiss, 6 March 2017

In a profoundly moving, intimate and disturbing way, Joshua Oppenheimer’s film deals with the long-lasting and devastating impact of the mass murder of up to one million Communists and suspected Communists.

Jakarta election points to social unrest in Indonesia

By John Roberts, 22 February 2017

A chauvinist Islamist campaign against the incumbent governor is seeking to capitalise on the mass discontent of some of the poorest sections of the population.

Trial of Jakarta governor signals wider political turmoil in Indonesia

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 9 January 2017

The campaign against Basuki is a sign of sharpening rivalry among Indonesia’s political elites, amid growing economic uncertainty and a widening social gulf between rich and poor.

Indonesian military suspends “cooperation” with Australia

By James Cogan, 6 January 2017

The incident sheds light on the deep concerns in the Indonesian military over the prospect of the country becoming embroiled in a confrontation between China and the US.

At least 23 dead, 17 missing in Indonesian ferry disaster

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 January 2017

The tragic toll from the accident appears to have been caused by overcrowding, a lack of life jackets and other lax safety practices.

Human toll rises after Indonesian earthquake

By John Braddock, 13 December 2016

A hundred people are dead and nearly 84,000 displaced in the worst disaster to hit Aceh since the 2004 tsunami.

Indonesia and Australia discuss joint naval patrols in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 2 November 2016

The naval operations would be anything but routine, given that the Indonesian navy has already clashed with Chinese fishing trawlers in the South China Sea.

Toxic smog over South East Asia killed over 100,000 in 2015

By John Harris, 10 October 2016

The estimate, which is yet to be verified by an analysis of official mortality data, far exceeds the Indonesian government’s death toll.

Indonesian naval vessels clash with Chinese fishing boats

By John Roberts, 24 June 2016

Indonesia’s aggressive fisheries enforcement regime has been encouraged by Washington as it prepares to step up military and diplomatic pressure on China.

055 Indonesia fires on Chinese boat

23 June 2016

Autopsy indicates Indonesian police unit tortured and killed prisoner

By John Roberts, 20 April 2016

The Densus 88 unit works closely with, and receives training from, the American FBI and the Australian Federal Police.

Indonesia accuses China of encroaching on its territory

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 23 March 2016

Last weekend’s incident involving Chinese and Indonesian vessels is a sign of the acute tensions being generated by Washington’s intervention in South China Sea disputes.

Indonesian authorities seize on Jakarta attack to strengthen detention powers

By John Roberts, 26 January 2016

Beneath the cloak of combatting terrorism, Suharto-era measures are being revived in response to developing social tensions.

“Paris-style” terror attacks in Jakarta

By Thomas Gaist, 15 January 2016

The largest terror attacks in Indonesia since 2009 have produced a flurry of media propaganda geared to legitimize a further escalation of the US “War on Terror” throughout the region.

Indonesian foreign policy tilts towards the US and its allies

By John Roberts, 31 December 2015

Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, Indonesia has adopted a tougher approach to China, while at the same time seeking to avoid open confrontation.

Indonesian government discusses offering Australia an island to detain refugees

By Max Newman, 11 December 2015

As a result of Australia’s “turn back” policy, more than 13,000 asylum seekers are now living in some of Indonesia’s most impoverished provinces.

Indonesian authorities ban discussion of 1965 coup at Bali writers festival

By John Roberts, 3 November 2015

Police forced the organisers to cancel film showings and discussion panels referring to the massacre of over 500,000 people in the CIA-backed coup.

Deadly haze from forest fires engulfs South East Asia

By John Roberts, 19 October 2015

The levels of air pollution this year will equal or exceed those of 1997, the worst fire season on record.

Fifty years since the Indonesian coup

By Peter Symonds, 1 October 2015

The 1965 CIA-backed military coup, which resulted in the slaughter of at least 500,000 people, was one of the great imperialist crimes of the 20th Century.

Indonesian President Widodo under pressure as economy slides

By John Roberts, 29 July 2015

International finance capital and local business interests have stepped up their demands for a new Indonesian cabinet.

Conditions worsen for refugees trapped on boats in South East Asia

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 19 May 2015

Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have closed their borders to thousands of asylum seekers adrift at sea in atrocious conditions.

Australian government hypocrisy over Indonesia’s executions

By Peter Symonds, 29 April 2015

Australia’s political establishment and media have latched onto the state killing of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to posture as opponents of the death penalty.

Australia: Official campaign against Indonesian executions steeped in hypocrisy and cynicism

By Peter Symonds, 10 March 2015

Examples of the glaring double standards of Australian governments on the death penalty could be multiplied endlessly.

Political crisis in Jakarta over national police chief

By John Roberts, 13 February 2015

Widodo’s appointee was accused of corruption provoking a public confrontation between the president and his party, as well as between the police and the anti-corruption watchdog.

Indonesian government pushes ahead with planned executions

By John Roberts, 12 February 2015

The decision by President Joko Widodo to accelerate the carrying out of death sentences is based on cynical political calculations.

Indonesian authorities prepare for more executions

By John Roberts, 30 January 2015

Eleven more prisoners, including two Australians, face death after President Joko Widodo ruled out clemency for anyone convicted of drug offences.

Indonesian president speeds up executions of prisoners

By John Roberts, 19 January 2015

Widodo’s law-and-order campaign is an appeal to the most reactionary elements in Indonesian society.

Indonesian president abolishes fuel subsidy

By John Roberts, 15 January 2015

The Indonesian and international media quickly endorsed the move as a first step to satisfying the financial markets.

Evidence mounts of safety violations contributing to AirAsia plane crash

By Will Morrow, 7 January 2015

The more information that emerges about the crash, the more it becomes clear that it was not an unforeseeable tragedy.

Wreckage of crashed AirAsia flight found in Java Sea

By Will Morrow, 31 December 2014

The three day search concluded last night with the discovery of debris and the confirmation of the deaths of 162 people on board AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

Search continues for missing AirAsia flight

By Will Morrow, 30 December 2014

While there has been no explanation for what caused the plane to crash, aviation experts have focussed on the severe weather conditions.

AirAsia flight lost over Java Sea

By James Cogan, 29 December 2014

No wreckage of the aircraft has been found and initial searches have been suspended due to stormy conditions.

New Indonesian president raises fuel prices

By John Roberts, 28 November 2014

Widodo’s first major policy decision was a signal to financial markets that he will deliver long-demanded “structural reforms.”

Indonesia’s new cabinet of generals, businessmen and technocrats

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 29 October 2014

Despite his populist claims to be “an outsider,” President Widodo is completely beholden to Jakarta’s political, corporate and military establishment.

Joko Widodo installed as Indonesian president

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 23 October 2014

Sections of the ruling elite backed Widodo, calculating that his image as “a man of the people” would help ram through unpopular pro-market measures.

New Indonesian government faces slowing economy, rising social tensions

By John Roberts, 18 September 2014

Widodo’s election promises will be watered down or ditched, as the new government presses ahead with IMF and World Bank’s demands for austerity.

New Indonesian president pledges to please investors

By John Roberts and Mike Head, 23 July 2014

As soon as Widodo was confirmed as president-elect, he promised to accelerate foreign investment projects and open talks with mining companies.

Indonesian election conflict continues, but financial markets set agenda

By John Roberts, 18 July 2014

Regardless of which candidate is declared the winner next week, the global markets are dictating sweeping restructuring and austerity measures.

Indonesian presidential election produces disputed result

By John Roberts, 11 July 2014

With both Widodo and Prabowo claiming victory, weeks of political uncertainty, court challenges and social unrest could lie ahead.

Financial elites and US envoy back Widodo in Indonesian presidential election

By John Roberts and Mike Head, 7 July 2014

Intensive efforts are being made to prevent a victory by Prabowo Subianto, who is regarded as less free market and less likely to align with Washington in its escalating confrontation with China.

Indonesian presidential election campaign gets underway

By John Roberts, 3 June 2014

The two presidential candidates are backed by competing factions of the Jakarta military/business establishment formed during the Suharto dictatorship.

Two candidates emerge for Indonesian presidential election

By John Roberts, 19 May 2014

Both candidates are backed by parties that are bound up with the military and Suharto dictatorship.

Indonesian election produces fractured parliament

By John Roberts, 14 April 2014

The inconclusive result will mean frantic wheeling and dealing as parties manoeuvre for the presidential poll in July.

Indonesians go to the polls amid growing social tensions

By John Roberts, 9 April 2014

Today’s parliamentary election is the prelude to the poll in July to decide on a replacement for President Yudhoyono.

Mining corporations pressure Indonesian government over mineral export law

By John Roberts, 3 March 2014

Indonesia’s mineral export trade virtually ceased overnight after the 2009 ban on export of unprocessed ores came into effect.

More Snowden documents expose US-Australian spying on Indonesia

By Mike Head, 17 February 2014

The latest leaks underscore the central role that Australian intelligence agencies play in the massive US spying operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Indonesian volcanic eruption displaces tens of thousands

By Oliver Campbell, 17 February 2014

The eruption last Thursday killed at least four people in Java’s densely populated east.