Topic archives: jakarta

Jakarta elections mark Indonesia’s increasingly conservative turn

April 20, 2017 5

The campaign against "Ahok" based on sectarian arguments shows that Indonesia is moving in a more conservative Muslim direction.

Islamic blasphemy trial threatens Indonesian democracy

December 14, 2016 2

A finding of Ahok being guilty of blasphemy would quell the public protest, end his political career and be a travesty of justice.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 17, 2013 3

What a spineless lot of Labor ministers Nicola Roxon exposed us to. Fancy a group of adults, tough enough to become politicians, being cowered into silent inaction by one man.

In Jakarta with Indonesia’s ambitious ‘Obama’ governor

In Jakarta with Indonesia’s ambitious ‘Obama’ governor

February 21, 2013

There's no question that Jakarta's charismatic new governor, Joko Widodo, is popular. But will his vast appeal and lofty promises translate into an effective government? Kevin Ponniah writes from Jakarta.


November 11, 2010 7

Crikey Media Wrap: Yesterday Indonesia was swept up in Obama fever as the US President returned to the country where he lived for four years as a child.

Screams of panic as the earth moves in Jakarta

September 3, 2009

Journalist Ashlee Betteridge watches while Jakarta trembles with their latest earthquake, which hit 7.0 on the Richter scale.

How the Jakarta bombers did it

July 20, 2009

Jakarta's Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels are reputed to have tight security since the bombings there six years ago. Not tight enough, it turns out. Time looks at how the latest gang of bombers slipped in.

Indonesia heads to the polls

Indonesia heads to the polls

July 8, 2009

Today Indonesia will head to the polls to directly elect its president, for only the second time ever in history, freelance Australian journalist Ashlee Betteridge reports from Jakarta.

The Yogyakarta crash: Garuda, not the pilots, are to blame

October 23, 2007 1

Is the media pursuit of the pilots of the Garuda 737 that crashed at Yogyakarta in March killing 21 people including five Australians a side show? Yes. The official report vividly outlines the hellish situation in the cockpit, writes Ben Sandilands.