Tag: Indonesia

Boeing Aims to Move Victim Lawsuits Abroad, but C.E.O. Says He Is Unaware

When Boeing’s chief executive was asked by Congress last month if the company was working to get lawsuits related to the deadly crash of Lion Air Flight 610 transferred from the United States to Indonesia, where the accident occurred, he pleaded ignorance. “I can’t comment on that,” Dennis A. Muilenburg, the chief executive, said during […]

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The Hidden Cost of Gold: Birth Defects and Brain Damage

CIDAHU, Indonesia — Thousands of children with crippling birth defects. Half a million people poisoned. A toxic chemical found in the food supply. Accusations of a government cover-up and police officers on the take. This is the legacy of Indonesia’s mercury trade, a business intertwined with the lucrative and illegal production of gold. More than […]

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Indonesia Wants ‘Halal Tourism.’ But Some Want to Wrestle Pigs.

MUARA, Indonesia — Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, seems an unlikely place for a party dedicated to all things pig. But last month on the shores of Sumatra’s Lake Toba, more than 1,000 people gathered for pig races, pig selfies and contests devoted to calling pigs and drawing pigs. They also came to […]

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A Lake With Stingless Jellyfish and Hints of Hotter Seas

KAKABAN ISLAND, Indonesia — Bracing for death, a swimmer takes a breath, slips into the lake and is soon surrounded by hundreds of pulsing, orange jellyfish. He must be very careful: His next move in the water could prove fatal. But it’s not the swimmer whose life is at risk. It’s the jellyfish. A bump […]

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Indonesian Report on Lion Air Crash Finds Numerous Problems

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The first officer told the captain that he had been called at 4 a.m. and told to work the flight, which was not on his original schedule. The captain replied that he had the flu. He coughed 15 times in the hour before takeoff. So began Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed […]

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In Boeing Lion Air Crash, Indonesians Learn What Took Their Loved Ones

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The fatal crash of Lion Air Flight 610 last year was caused by systemic design flaws in the Boeing 737 Max that were compounded by flight crew lapses, Indonesian investigators told the relatives of victims on Wednesday. Investigators from the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee briefed family members on their findings about […]

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Indonesian President Is Sworn In Amid High Security and Protest Ban

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, was sworn in for a second term on Sunday with little public fanfare as security forces were on high alert and protests were prohibited in a sign of mounting public frustration with his government. In his inaugural speech to Parliament, Mr. Joko, a former furniture manufacturer […]

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At a School for Suicide Bombers’ Children, Dancing, Drawing and Deradicalization

MEDAN, Indonesia — Ais likes to dance. She knows the words to “I’m a Little Teapot.” Her dimples are disarming. Her parents didn’t want their daughter to dance. They didn’t want her to sing. They wanted her to die with them for their cause. Last year, when she was 7, Ais squeezed onto a motorcycle […]

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Building for Real With Digital Blocks

In 2011, Jorgen Hallstrom, a project manager at Swedish Building Services, was redesigning public housing complexes around Stockholm. The buildings were rundown and bleak, the public spaces uninviting. Mr. Hallstrom, like any developer, wanted to get residents’ views. But he knew that very few would come to hear about the project, and those that did […]

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The Mystery of the Melanistic Manta Rays

Spanning up to 25 feet from wing to wing, manta rays look like U.F.O.’s from below. If you ever get a chance to dive with them, look up. Lights won’t beam down and abduct you, but something about their bellies may surprise you. Most are white, but some are splattered with unique black blotches. This […]

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A Season of Fire Tests Indonesia’s Efforts to Curb Deforestation

Indonesia is experiencing another bad fire season, with forests and peatlands burning across much of the country. The fires have forced schools to close, caused respiratory problems for an estimated million people and infuriated neighboring governments. They have also cast doubt on the effectiveness of Indonesia’s recent efforts to reduce deforestation. #g-locator-box { max-width:1050px; } […]

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Indonesia Security Chief Stabbed in Attack Linked to ISIS

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A married couple who appear to have been inspired by the Islamic State attacked Indonesia’s chief security minister, Wiranto, as he visited western Java on Thursday, the police said. Mr. Wiranto, 72, a former general who like many Indonesians uses one name, suffered two stab wounds to his stomach, said the national […]

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Thousands in Indonesia Protest Bills to Limit Rights and Ban Extramarital Sex

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Thousands of protesters gathered outside of Parliament and in cities across Indonesia on Monday urging the president, Joko Widodo, to halt legislation aimed at crippling anti-corruption efforts and sharply reducing personal freedom. Efforts by the outgoing Parliament to rush through a series of contested bills with the president’s approval before its five-year […]

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Indonesia Has a Papua Problem

JAKARTA, Indonesia — In an ideal Indonesia, a Papuan man would live in Jakarta and become a civil servant. He would marry a Padang woman from western Indonesia. They would open a small restaurant and hire a young Sundanese woman. Their customers would be a mix of Javanese, Betawi and other ethnic groups. This was […]

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Indonesia’s Leader Faces Protests and Crises Heading Into New Term

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, preparing for his second term, faces a sudden loss of public support amid mounting crises, including student protests, burning forests and deadly violence in distant Papua province. Mr. Joko won re-election handily in April, defeating his main rival by 11 percentage points. But even before his scheduled inauguration […]

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Fires Rage in Indonesia, Turning the Sky Red

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Nearly 2,000 wildfires are burning across Indonesia, turning the sky blood red over central Sumatra and creating dense clouds of smoke that have caused respiratory problems for nearly a million people. Dense white smoke filled the air across Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, the two areas that were hardest hit. […]

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Indonesia’s President Halts Bill That Would Ban Sex Outside Marriage

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Sweeping legislation that would have criminalized sex between unmarried people, including gays and lesbians, was pushed back on Friday by Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, days before it had been expected to pass. The measure, aimed at overhauling Indonesia’s penal code, had appeared likely to win approval next Tuesday from the country’s outgoing […]

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What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?

On Oct., 29, 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 taxied toward the runway at the main airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, carrying 189 people bound for Bangka Island, a short flight away. The airplane was the latest version of the Boeing 737, a gleaming new 737 Max that was delivered merely three months before. The captain was […]

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