Newsful: October 28 – November 3


Joko Widodo, current Jakarta mayor who goes by the name "Jokowi", is the most famous new-generation politician. He is most known for loving metal music, and his populist platforms of tackling corruption and promoting public transportation. (Agent France

Joko Widodo, current mayor of Jakarta and more popularly nicknamed “Jokowi”, is Indonesia’s most famous new-generation politician. He is known for his love of metal music, as well as his populist platform of tackling corruption and promoting public transportation.. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images, from the Wall Street Journal)

Every Friday, we will be posting links to recent news featuring Indonesia. We hope that it will supplement Indonesiaful’s original content by providing a broader perspective on events, trends, and opinions within the country. Please share your take on these important and exciting issues in the comments section – we want to hear your thoughts!

The Indonesian Presidential elections are not until next year, and yet intriguing news stories continue to pop up every day about the largest Southeast Asian country’s politics.

The political landscape is slowly shifting from candidates recycling through the government bureaucracy to populists from humbler beginnings and former businessmen. The three articles highlighted in the Indonesian Politics & Business section demonstrate the rise of a new generation of politically active citizens and its implications on next year’s elections.

Perhaps one of the most contentious issues in the upcoming Presidential election will be the environment. With heightened global sensitivity to preserving nature and using green energy to halt carbon emissions, Indonesia is seen as one of the world’s greatest culprits. The three articles in the Environment section deal with this 21st century puzzle: how to grapple the looming effects of global warming while preserving people’s jobs and day-to-day life.

Indonesian Politics & Business

“In Indonesia, a New Breed of Politician Is on the Rise” by Ben Otto and Andreas Ismar, Wall Street Journal;

“Young Indonesians work towards political change” by Karishma Vaswani, BBC News;

“What Women’s Growing Political Representation Means in Indonesia” by Natalia Warat, Asia Foundation;


“In Indonesia, Environmentalists See a Disaster in the Making” by Sara Schonhardt, New York Times;

“Indonesian miners risk lives in modern-day gold rush” AFP;

“Indonesia’s fuel future” by Paulius Kuncinas, Borneo Post;

Indonesia and the United States

“Indonesians upbeat about Obama and the U.S., despite the president’s cancelled trips” by Aaron Ponce, Pew Research;


“Indonesia Claims Top Spot as Cyber-Attack Source” by Jennifer LeClaire, Top Tech News;

“Report: Indonesia’s last synagogue destroyed” JTA;

What do you think about all this?

Do you think the presidential elections will be shaped by these new political forces? Do you think Indonesia will ultimately sacrifice some sources of energy to preserve the environment? Do you think Indonesians will continue to have high ratings of favoritism towards the United States despite President Barack Obama’s turbulent last month? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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