Tough justice: new Jakarta governor to settle on controversial minimum wage

By Wed, Oct 29, 2014 11:06AM UTC Vendors sort spices at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia. Pic: AP.

At a time when much of Indonesia’s media remains fixated on president Joko Widodo’s cabinet selection, a separate drama of much more immediate import to Jakarta’s poor has been quietly unfolding elsewhere in the capital. Last week a tripartite forum of trade union leaders, employers’ associations and bureaucrats from the Jakarta city administration gathered to negotiate a new provincial minimum wage for 2015. The talks proved to be a baptism of fire for the newly empowered, straight-talking governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama who angrily rejected workers’ demands for a 22.9% wage hike from Rp 2.4m ($197) to Rp 3m ($247) per month.

US: Indonesia defense chief not involved in abuses

By Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:00AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says Indonesia’s army committed abuses when it was commanded by the former general newly appointed as defense minister but he was not personally implicated.

Indonesia’s new president unveils his Cabinet

By Sun, Oct 26, 2014 7:39PM UTC New Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s new president has unveiled his Cabinet, a lineup heavy on members of the political party that supported him, but with technocrats in key economic roles.

French journalists jailed in Papua, Indonesia

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 7:06PM UTC Papuans display "Morning Star" separatist flags during a protest commemorating the 50th year since Indonesia took over West Papua. Pic: AP.

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesia court has sentenced two French television journalists to two and a half months in jail for illegal reporting in the easternmost province of Papua.

Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia’s president

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:01AM UTC Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s new president says he wants to be called his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer.

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