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 TODAY'S HEADLINES

Atut Sentenced to Four Years in Jail for Bribing Top Judge
The Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court on Monday sentenced suspended Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah to four years in prison for bribing disgraced Constitutional Court Chief Justice Akil Mochtar to sway the results of an election dispute... (The Jakarta Globe)

Indonesia posts small trade surplus on weak economic activity
Indonesia's trade balance returned to a small surplus in July due to a sharp fall in imports as economic activity slowed during the Muslim fasting month in Southeast Asia's largest economy...(Reuters)

Indonesia's inflation in August slows at 3.99 pct
Indonesia's consumer index accelerated at slower pace at 3.99 percent in August from 4.53 percent in July, giving more rooms to the central bank to keep its benchmark interest rate steady at its upcoming meeting earlier this month, the national statistic bureau announced here on Monday...(Shanghai Daily)

Muhaimin Re-elected as PKB Chair 
Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar has been re-elected as the National Awakening Party (PKB) chair in the party’s recent Muktamar (national assembly) this year... (Tempo Interctive)

PPP the only hope for Jokowi-led coalition
President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s hopes of securing support from major political factions in the House of Representatives may be heading for a stumbling block after the Golkar Party and the Democratic Party looked to be backing away from plans to join the ruling coalition... (The Jakarta Post)

DPR Not Allowed to Revise State Budget Draft
The request had been agreed during a faction leaders meeting yesterday. The House considered that the 2015 State Budget Draft should be handed over to the new government...(Tempo Interactive)

 
 NATIONAL, POLITICS

Indonesian President Yudhoyono to be conferred Order of Temasek (First Class) (Channel NewsAsia)

Atut Sentenced to Four Years in Jail for Bribing Top Judge (The Jakarta Globe)

Muhaimin Re-elected as PKB Chair (Tempo Interactive)

PPP the only hope for Jokowi-led coalition (The Jakarta Post)

PDI-P Promises Not to Disturb Jokowi on Cabinet (Tempo Interactive)

Jokowi Urges Clerics to Stand Up to Specter of Islamic State (The Jakarta Globe)

Prabowo to decide new chairman (The Jakarta Post)

Golkar Nods to Fuel Subsidy Cut (Tempo Interactive)

PDI-P may rue stance on subsidy (The Jakarta Post)

Jokowi not to become PDIP general chairman (Antara News)

Tycoon released on parole (The Jakarta Post)

Two Indonesian Police Officers Arrested In Malaysia Over Narcotics (Bisnis Indonesia)

Amnesty: End Attacks on Freedom of Expression (The Jakarta Globe)

Jusuf Kalla to Stay On as Mosque Chief, but Leave Red Cross (The Jakarta Globe)

New Indonesian government seeks to reform spy agency (Asia News Network)

Indonesia offers to train Saudis in naval operations (World Tribune)

Kazakh FM meets with Indonesian President and Foreign Minister for bilateral talks (AKI Press)

Malaysia Deports 20,000 Indonesian Migrant Workers Every Year (Tempo Interactive)

Tempers flare before Bali suitcase murder trial (USA Today)

Former Calgary teacher Neil Bantleman entering his 50th day in an Indonesian prison (Calgary Sun)

Bali Nine clemency bids still 'in process (The West Australian)

Schapelle Corby: Reported arrest of Australian's boyfriend on drug charges in Bali won't affect parole, says officer (ABC News)

Film on 1960s Indonesia massacre causes sensation (Gulf News)

More news...

 

 ECONOMY, BUSINESS

Indonesian thermal coal: Some miners defer shipments ahead of export license rule (Platts)

Indonesia July Trade Surplus $0.13 Billion (Nasdaq.com)

Indonesia posts small trade surplus on weak economic activity (Reuters)

Inflation In August Reaches 0.47% (Bisnis Indonesia)

Indonesia's inflation in August slows at 3.99 pct (Shanghai Daily)

Indonesia Aug Manufacturing PMI At 12-Month Low (RTTNews)

Indonesian Bonds Advance as Inflation Eases to 19-Month Low (Bloomberg)

Morgan Stanley: Raise Fuel Price Before US Fed Increases Rates (The Jakarta Globe)

Courts eyes as many as 12 stores in Indonesia (AsiaOne)

DPR Not Allowed to Revise State Budget Draft (Tempo Interactive)

President Yudhoyono reaffirms subsidized oil fuel prices would not be raised (Antara News)

RI sees declining risk despite weak economic fundamentals (The Jakarta Post)

Sources of third-party funds to be more limited: Top banker (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesian Consumers Remain Optimistic and Ready To Shop (President Post)

US firms prefer Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, survey shows (Asia News Network)

StanChart’s net profit grows 32.25% in H1 (The Jakarta Post)

PGN’s Net Profit Slumps 20.8% (Bisnis Indonesia)

INDONESIA PRESS-Pakuwon Jati plans to commence work on 'superblock' in 2015 -Kontan (Reuters)

INDONESIA PRESS-Telkom to sell 20 pct stake in Metra TV -Investor Daily (Reuters)

Sime Darby has contingency plan prepared for Indonesian cap on foreign ownership (The Sun Daily)

Arc Exploration raises funds for Australian exploration, Indonesian projects (Proactive Investors)

Revising Regulations to Enhance Indonesia’s Foreign Exchange Trading (Indonesia Investments)

Little Movement Expected For Indonesia Stocks

Indonesia's Pertamina to Cooperate With Timor Leste for Oil, Gas Exploration (Natural Gas Asia)

Vietnam second only to Indonesia in attracting US business (Thanh Nien News)

ASEAN Business Outlook Survey 2015 (AmCHam Indonesia)

CIMB’s Quarterly Profit Declines 10% on Tough Indonesian Market (Bloomberg)

More news...

 

 ANALYSIS, OPINION, REPORTING

Social Media Backlash Ebbs into Support for Indonesian Student (WSJ Blogs)

Indonesia plays winning hand with global miners (Reuters)

Fuel subsidy storm clouds gather before Indonesia power handover (AFP/Yahoo)

Indonesia: A messy democracy that somehow works (Daily Maverick)

Rise of Islamic State in Southeast Asia (Al Jazeera)

RI remains big market despite growing local firms: Merck (The Jakarta Post)

Q&A: Cautious Optimism for Jokowi’s Indonesia (WSJ Blogs)

SBY Declines but Joko Widodo Set to Curb Indonesia’s Fuel Subsidies? (Indonesia Investments)

New Hakka museum in Jakarta recognises Indonesian Chinese pioneers (The Straits Times)

Twitter Inc (TWTR)’s Has Big Plans in Indonesia (Tech Insider)

More analysis...

 

 REPORTS


2015 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Aug 27, 2014 - The 2015 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey polled 588 senior executives from US companies working in all 10 ASEAN countries.




Indonesia: Beyond 2014
DBS Bank ,Aug 2014 - While 2014 is shaping up to be another challenging year for Indonesia, growth is expected to accelerate next year




International Religious Freedom Report for 2013
U.S. Department of State, 2014



A Jokowi Presidency
APCO Forum, July 2014 - Analysis of the election results, the political pitfalls Jokowi will need to navigate during the transition period, and his priorities


Indonesia Economic Quarterly 2014: Hard Choices
World Bank, July 2014


Asian Development Outlook 2014 Supplement: Stable Growth Outlook for Developing Asia
Asian Development Bank, July 2014



Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia: Need for a Rethink
Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, June 2014
  More reports...
   
 FEATURES

Yogyakarta Police grant detention delay to Florence Sihombing (The Jakarta Post)

New Hakka museum in Jakarta recognises Indonesian Chinese pioneers (The Straits Times)

Activists condemn arrest of student who insulted Yogyakarta (The Jakarta Post)

For One Hothead, a Social Media Minefield (The Jakarta Globe)

RI sees second-fastest IP growth globally (The Jakarta Post)

Japanese Consulate General launches story writing contest (Antara News)

Five Indonesian Kids Get New Lease of Life (New India Express)

Police confiscate drag-racing Lamborghini (The Jakarta Post)

Two More Lamborghinis Found With Fake Papers (The Jakarta Globe)

Indonesian food chains setting up shop in Singapore (The Straits Times)

Old shops of Jatinegara demolished, leaving locals angry, anxious (The Jakarta Post)

Alleged motorbike thief burned alive in Indonesia (AsiaOne)

More stories...

 

 HOSPITALITY, TRAVEL

Expect the unexpected in Indonesia (The Seattle Times)

Indonesia’s Tourist Arrivals Rise 8.28% in July (The Jakarta Glob)

Paradise with a conscience: Nihiwatu on Indonesia's Sumba island (CNN)

Coming bubble for condotels in Bali? (eTurboNews)

Gotrasawala Cirebon Expected to Attract 4,000 Visitors (President Post)

Indonesia sets high tourism target as Australia loses the plot (Crikey)

JR/DutyFree Rings in Spring with a Bali Fling (#JRDutyFreePin2Win Pinterest Contest) (Webwire)

More news...

 

 ENVIRONMENT

More Than 1,000 in Aceh Protest Ban on Illegal Gold Mining (The Jakarta Globe)

Indonesian teacher Saur Marlina Manurung turns forest into ‘school for life’ (Inquirer)

Environmentalists Urge Bandung Mayor to Stop PLTSa Project (Tempo Interactive)

On the Ciliwung, an ecotourism project gains wide support (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia's national airline to start using palm oil biofuel (Mongabay)

More news....

 

 OUR PICKS

‘The fallacy of decreasing global poverty' according to Lehmann (Today's Zaman)

Saudi King warns of possible terrorist attacks against EU, US (Republika)

Hello Kitty is not a cat (L.A. Times)

California lawmakers pass first U.S. plastic bag ban (USA Today)

Gaza truce: Is there a winner? (Al Jazeera)

1.3 million Muslims from abroad to perform Haj (ArabNews)

Online identity: how safe are you on the internet? (The Guardian)

After Dominating Apple in China, Can Xiaomi Conquer the U.S.? (Nasdaq.com)

Health dangers of eating instant noodles (Yahoo Health)

Dr Mahathir: There will never be a true Malaysian (The Star Online)

 

 AUDIO/VIDEO 

Australia and Indonesia sign anti-spy agreement

  Indonesia's sweet tooth proving unhealthy fix (Al Jazeera)

  Breakingviews: Mood in Indonesia reflects hope for reforms (Reuters)

  Can Kaskus Become the eBay of Indonesia? (Bloomberg)

What next for Indonesia? (CNBC)

  Indonesia – not so fragile now (Financial Times)

Constitutional Court to deliver verdict in the appeal case filed by Prabowo Subianto. (Al Jazeera)

Family firms boost Indonesian wealth (BBC News)

  Indonesian province turns up Sharia law after devastating tsunami (PBS NewsHour)

More video...

 

 
 

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