|Sent down: An unfair trial leaves Chinese-Indonesians feeling vulnerable|
Kamis, 11 Mei 2017 21:53
Print section Print Rubric: An unfair trial leaves Chinese Indonesians feeling vulnerable Print Headline: Sent down Print Fly Title: Pluralism in Indonesia UK Only Article: standard article Issue: The policy designed to make America great again Fly Title: Sent down Location: JAKARTA Main image: They’re not as keen on the lantern-makers They’re not as keen on the lantern-makers OUTSIDE the courthouse there were cries of “Allahu akbar”. Inside, a panel of five judges had just handed Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the governor of Jakarta, a two-year prison sentence for blasphemy. The verdict delighted the Muslim activists who have rallied against Mr Basuki for months, derailing his campaign for another term. But for his fellow Indonesians of Chinese descent, it is an all too predictable injustice. ...
|The rise of intolerance: Indonesia has been mercifully resistant to extremism—until now|
Kamis, 20 April 2017 21:49
Print section Print Rubric: The world’s biggest Muslim country has been mercifully resistant to extremism—until now Print Headline: The rise of intolerance Print Fly Title: Islam in Indonesia UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Why an election offers the chance of a better Brexit Fly Title: The rise of intolerance Main image: 20170422_LDP001_0.jpg FIRST came the fake news: a doctored video, making it look as if the governor of Jakarta, an ethnic-Chinese Christian, was disparaging the Koran. Next, mass protests flooding the city centre with outraged Muslims. Then came blasphemy charges that the police, under public pressure, eventually lodged against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, usually known as Ahok. Before long a seemingly pedestrian election became a referendum on the role of Islam in Indonesian politics. Was it permissible for a Christian to hold the ...
|Division in diversity: A tense election threatens Indonesia’s religious tolerance|
Kamis, 20 April 2017 16:03
Print section Print Rubric: A tense election leaves many worried about the future of pluralism Print Headline: Division in diversity Print Fly Title: The race for governor of Jakarta UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Why an election offers the chance of a better Brexit Fly Title: Division in diversity Location: JAKARTA Main image: How would God vote? How would God vote? THE mood in Jakarta was jittery in the days leading up to its gubernatorial election on April 19th. Around 64,000 police, soldiers and other security personnel were deployed to keep the peace. At least one policeman guarded every one of the 13,000-odd polling stations. Islamist agitators implied the incumbent governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, was planning to steal the election, and threatened to flood ...
|Daily chart: A global decline in smoking masks regional variations between the sexes|
Jumat, 07 April 2017 00:25
Main image: THE scientific evidence that smoking kills was first made public in the 1960s. Yet people continue to light up—even if fewer do so than before. According to new estimates in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study published in the Lancet, the global prevalence of men who smoke daily fell from 35% in 1990 to 25% in 2015; the prevalence among women dropped from 8.2% to 5.4%. Men tend to puff more for cultural reasons. Cigarette adverts are more likely to target them and in some countries female smoking is considered a taboo.However, this global decline masks wide regional variations in smoking between the sexes. Smoking rates among women increased in 43 countries compared with 35 for men. The biggest falls for both sexes are mainly in rich countries, which have introduced tobacco controls such as smoking bans and high taxation on cigarettes. Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland have all seen a reduction in the overall smoking rate by ten percentage points since 1990. But in much of Europe—unlike most of the world—around the same share of women smoke as men. Elsewhere, men in Asia and women in eastern Europe in particular are failing to stub out the habit. The highest rates of smoking are in Asia: around half of all men smoke daily in Indonesia and Laos, and their rates have ...
|A small price to pay: Indonesia’s tax amnesty passes its deadline|
Kamis, 30 Maret 2017 21:48
Print section Print Rubric: Tax dodgers are lured into the daylight Print Headline: A small price to pay Print Fly Title: Indonesia’s tax amnesty UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Britain’s brutal encounter with reality Fly Title: A small price to pay Location: JAKARTA Main image: 20170401_FNP002_0.jpg LAST year Indonesia’s finance minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, invited chief executives, directors and shareholders from the country’s leading industries to banquets at her ministry. As they munched, she would give presentations setting out who among them had—and, by omission, who had not—signed up to the government’s tax amnesty. “This may be the most expensive dinner in your lifetime,” the 54-year-old economist recalls telling them. Indonesia’s tax amnesty, which began in July ...
|Daily chart: A new study tries to unpick what makes people happy and sad|
Selasa, 21 Maret 2017 02:34
Main image: KEEPING voters happy is the lifeblood of any ambitious politician’s career. So they may want to pay attention to a report, released to mark “World Happiness Day” on March 20th, from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a UN body, and the Ernesto Illy Foundation, a non-profit. In addition to the usual rankings of countries from the happiest (Norway, for the usual reasons) to the least (Central African Republic, close to a failed state), the study also tries to unpick what makes people gleeful and—more unusually—what makes them miserable.Reducing suffering, the authors argue, may be more important than boosting pleasure, because improving the life of an already-happy person probably yields a smaller gain in total welfare than freeing someone from misery does. They analysed large-scale surveys from four countries—Britain, Australia, America, Indonesia—to identify which factors are most closely associated with the population of the least happy decile of the sample.The authors found that in the three rich countries mental illness was the strongest predictor of misery. With all other variables held constant, people who had visited a doctor recently with emotional-health problems were 10.7 percentage points more likely to be extremely unhappy than those who were not—roughly twice the ...
|Daily chart: Asian countries are eating more wheat|
Senin, 13 Maret 2017 22:09
Main image: SO CENTRAL is rice to life in Asia that in many countries, rather than asking “how are you?” people ask, “have you eaten rice yet?” Around 90% of the world’s rice is consumed in Asia—60% of it in China, India and Indonesia alone. In every large country except Pakistan, Asians eat more rice than the global average. Between the early 1960s and the early 1990s, rice consumption per head rose steadily, from an average of 85 kilograms per year to 103. As Asia scraped its way out of poverty people began to consume more food, and rice was available and affordable. But rice consumption is now more-or-less flat in Asia as a whole. In better-off countries rice is going out of fashion. Figures from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggest that rice consumption per head has fallen since 2000 in China, Indonesia and South Korea, and has crashed in Singapore. Asians are following a rule known as Bennett’s law, which states that as people become wealthier they get more of their calories from vegetables, fruit, meat, fish and dairy products. And many of them are starting to replace the rice in their diets with wheat.Wheat consumption is rising quickly in countries like Thailand and Vietnam. South-East Asian countries will consume 23.4m tonnes of wheat in 2016-17, estimates ...
|Of rice and men: A circular tale of changing food preferences|
Kamis, 09 Maret 2017 23:30
Print section Print Rubric: West Africans are eating more like Asians. Asians are eating more like Americans. And the richest Americans… Print Headline: Of rice and men Print Fly Title: Grain consumption UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Quantum leaps Fly Title: Of rice and men Location: LOS ANGELES, SINGAPORE AND TIASSALÉ Main image: 20170311_IRP001_0.jpg IF YOU think of food simply as sustenance, or as a source of pleasure, a trip to the farmer’s market in Pacific Palisades will open your eyes. To the Lycra-clad shoppers in this wealthy district of Los Angeles, eating is an intensely tricky activity. A woman in a felt hat, Julie, says she tries to avoid white flour because it makes her feel bloated—though she makes an exception for tortillas. A mother of a four-year-old eats ...
|Travelling Saudi-class: King Salman travels to Asia|
Kamis, 02 Maret 2017 20:52
Print section UK Only Article: standard article Fly Title: Travelling Saudi-class Main image: 20170304_map502.jpg EVEN by the standards of state visits, this one is especially lavish. On March 1st the king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud, flew into Indonesia with a staggering retinue of 1,500. Twenty-five royal princes and ten government ministers are among those travelling with the 81-year-old ruler on the second leg of his Asian tour. Following three days in Malaysia, he will spend four days in Jakarta, the capital, before kicking back on Bali’s beaches for five days. Preparations for the visit, the first in 47 years by a Saudi monarch to Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, have been months in the making. Airport crews in Jakarta and Bali have taken delivery of 459 tonnes of equipment, including two Mercedes-Benz S600 limousines, flown in aboard four Boeing 747s, two Boeing B777s and two Hercules C-130s. The national parliament has installed a throne-like chair with impressively thick brown leather upholstery for the king to recline upon before he addresses lawmakers. Parliament’s deputy ...
|Shafted: Indonesia and the Philippines hobble the mining industry|
Kamis, 23 Februari 2017 22:44
Print section Print Rubric: Indonesia and the Philippines tell a gift horse to open wide Print Headline: Shafted Print Fly Title: Mining in South-East Asia UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Wind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems Fly Title: Shafted Location: JAKARTA AND MANILA Main image: 20170225_ASP003_0.jpg IN THE more rugged, poor and far-flung areas of the vast archipelagoes of Indonesia and the Philippines, mining is one of the few industries that shows much promise. Last year the Philippines exported nearly $1.7bn of minerals and ore—4% of the country’s exports. Mining employs over 200,000 people. By the same token, the Indonesian unit of Freeport McMoRan, an American firm that operates Grasberg, a vast copper and gold mine high in the mountains of Papua, ...