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"The potential human cost of the death penalty in a country with an imperfect and corruptible judicial system, and whether the committing of any crime can ever justify forfeiting their right to life."

Messages from the condemned prisoners on the back of one of Sukumaran’s final paintings. One of Sukumaran’s final requests was that he be allowed to continue to paint until the very end. Despite immense pressure from the international community, the Indonesian government executed eight death row prisoners in the early hours of 29 April morning on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java. This second wave of killings followed the execution of six drug convicts earlier this year. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines was spared at the very last minute after a woman who allegedly recruited her

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Jokowi Widodo was sworn in as president of the world’s third-largest democracy, Indonesia, on October 20 amid an atmosphere of high hopes amongst supporters, winning a narrow victory over former Military Prabowo in July. The Jokowi Presidency marks the first time a member outside of the political and military elite has been elected as President and his campaign promised a government who would represent hope and change. Jokowi announced his Cabinet line-up on Sunday October 26. After delaying the announcement for three days, speculation arose that Jokowi was wrangling with leaders in his coalition who were insisting on nominating problematic

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Menolak Lupa – refuse to forget, slogan behind the Munir movement for justice for Indonesia’s “disappeared.” Photo courtesy ‘Anti Tank’ Indonesia. This week marked the ten year anniversary of the assassination of leading Indonesian Human Rights defender Munir Said Thalid, activists as well as ordinary citizens commemorated his death at events across the country, renewing calls for the Indonesian government to hold those responsible for his death to account. Munir was an outspoken critic of Indonesia’s armed forces during Suharto’s authoritarian regime (1965-1998), at risk to his own personal safety he brought to light human rights violations committed across the

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When Australian musician Rachel Kim travelled to Jogjakarta Indonesia in late 2012 to study at Indonesia’s Institute for the Arts (ISI) she was introduced to the sounds of 1960s Indonesian garage band Dara Puspita. An all-girl rock n roll band in 1960s Indonesia, Dara Puspita stood out to Rachel as one of Asia’s original girl power acts, and inspired her to start the band Empat Lima, drawing influence from the garage sounds of the 60’s Asian/Western explosion. During Rachel’s four months in Jogjakarta she also attended numerous exhibition openings, gigs, parties and art events. But every-time she arrived at these

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Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo was declared Indonesia’s president elect on July 22, winning almost 71 million votes and 53 per cent of the count. He represents the country’s first President from an ordinary background without elite political lineage and the first genuinely post-Suharo political figure. For many observers, a Jokowi-led government represents an Indonesia whose time has finally come. Jokowi grew up near a slum area in the central Javanese city of Solo where he would later become mayor at the beginning of his meteoric political career. His rise from humble beginnings has been his greatest political achievement

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Prabowo Subianto Indonesia’s General Election Commission (KPU) held its’ final meeting today to finalise votes in the Presidential Election counted at the level of districts and provinces, with the final official count as of 5pm today showing Prabowo-Hatta with 43.83% and Jokowi-JK with 53.17%. However, Prabowo Subianto, leader of Indonesia’s Gerindra Party, withdrew from the Indonesian presidential election just hours before the KPU’s official count announcement, attacking the institution and accusing the KPU of not properly investigating alleged cheating at the polls. The former military general made the announcement during a press conference in Jakarta this afternoon, stating the party

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Jokowi with hundreds of thousands of supporters during the last campaign at Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta. Photograph by tribunnews.com Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy with 187 million voters including 67 million first-time voters, voted last Wednesday July 12 for their next President. By the time the exit-polls had been counted, it felt like the nation exhaled momentarily. But that relief has been short-lived. Although the official results of Indonesia’s presidential election yesterday will not be known until July 22, both candidates, Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, now have claimed victory based on exit polling and quick counts. As a result,

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Construction is beautiful, from planning till completion, the combination of different materials, the process of binding these materials, the location, engineering and the purpose of a building are all part of this wonderful process. The question, why do we build the way we do? And do we need to change the way we build to be more sustainable? The past decade sustainable construction, eco-friendly buildings and corporate social responsibility have become a large part of the construction industry. The increase in the human population and the development in the world to shelter the population, plus a decrease in materials and

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In October this year, a former contractor at the US National Security Agency,  Edward Snowden, leaked documents to Britain’s Guardian newspaper. Among several leaks, one was showing Australian intelligence phone taping and spying on top government officials in Indonesia in 2009 including the President Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The gathering of intelligence by project “Reveal their secrets –protect our own” was by the Australian Electronic Intelligence Agency and the Defence Signals Directorate Agency (now known as the Australian Signals Directorate). The leaked documents showed that the targets were President Yudhoyono, vice president Boediono, the security minister, the information minister, the

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