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Bureaucratic murder

... Myuran Sukumaran have been moved to Nusa Kambangan, where Indonesia's prisoners are executed. They are killed by firing squad. Their ... wheels are now moving more quickly. I understand that Indonesia wants to stop the drug trade, for good reason, even though the drugs ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 12/02/2015 - 8:52pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Death row: a tragic reminder for Australian travellers

The execution in Indonesia of six death row prisoners early last Sunday, including five ... to be a human rights agenda. Human rights advocates in Indonesia have been dismayed by his refusal to grant clemency in death row ... and opposition to interference in the judicial process. Indonesia's judiciary has long been regarded as compromised by special ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 21/01/2015 - 10:56am - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Don't expect Indonesian support for towbacks

... policy that has angered Australia's large near neighbour, Indonesia. The appointment of a career diplomat, Retno Marsudi, as Indonesia's new foreign minister is only likely to formalise Indonesia's ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 27/10/2014 - 4:28pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

2004 Indian Ocean tsunami: how Aceh recovered, and Sri Lanka declined

... on two wars being fought in the region. In Aceh, Indonesia, it contributed to the end of three decades of bloody conflict; in ... of political and economic autonomy if it remained within Indonesia. Indonesia’s own democratisation was hugely important to this, with ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 29/12/2014 - 6:32pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Jokowi, democracy winners in Indonesia’s tightening presidential race

There has been a growing sense that Indonesia’s presidential elections on 9 July will be much closer than ... be expected to fundamentally re-shape the orientation of Indonesia’s post-Suharto era. This shift towards Prabowo follows many ... for the presidency was enhanced when the chairman of Indonesia’s largest political party, Golkar, billionaire businessman Aburizal ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 19/06/2014 - 11:26am - 0 comments - 0 attachments

My life on the black list: Indonesia's tight grip on visas continues

... now reach an arbitrary but quite substantial decade on Indonesia’s "black" list. It has been widely assumed that Indonesia’s practice of black-listing people disappeared when president ... despite its era of "reform" and relative democratisation, Indonesia’s draconian black list remains. The black ban was placed on my ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 23/04/2014 - 4:27pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

We talk with Indonesia every day -- but is anyone listening?

... Bishop "insists" that Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is "very positive". But Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa is equally insistent that there ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 17/02/2014 - 12:26pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Osama bin Laden: What Indonesia told the US but the US did not tell Indonesia, or anyone else

... the raid with any of their allies; not Australia, not Indonesia and especially not Pakistan. While the US knew where bin Laden was, ... on the Afghanistan border, to meet with Al Qaeda leaders. Indonesia’s Defence Minister, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, said that Indonesia ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 05/05/2011 - 12:38pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

With Indonesia, the relationship is going from bad to worse

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is at one of its historic low points, despite claims to the contrary ... What is unusual about this most recent contretemps with Indonesia, with which Australia has previously had several difficulties, is ... of Australian policy. Australia’s alleged spying on Indonesia is both bipartisan and largely necessary. But Foreign Minister Julie ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 11/11/2013 - 12:14pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Anti-reform actors hover over Indonesia’s coming elections

Indonesia’s democracy is being increasingly tested by the triple challenges ... electoral process. Prabowo Subianto accepts the Great Indonesia Movement Party nomination for the 2014 presidential election (Photo: ... (TNI) to reassert itself into the political debate. Indonesia is heading into legislative elections in April and presidential ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 17/01/2014 - 12:29pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments