Jakarta

The six labours of Jokowi

Michael Bachelard President-elect Joko Widodo has a Herculean task ahead of him to stamp his authority on Indonesia.

Jokowi's hope and change begins an optimistic chapter for Indonesia's young democracy

President-elect Joko Widodo in Jakarta this week.

Michael Bachelard Jakarta: The day after Indonesian voters produced a tight and heavily contested presidential election result, two distinct views emerged about what would happen next.

Teachers investigated for rape at prestigious Jakarta school

Jakarta International School.

Michael Bachelard Sexual abuse allegations at a prestigious international school in Jakarta have now embroiled three teachers, two of whom were interviewed late on Monday by police as suspects, and faced the...

Australian embassy 'concerned' by detention of Jakarta teachers

Jakarta International School.

Michael Bachelard The Australian embassy has weighed into a murky case of alleged sexual assault at the Jakarta International School, saying it is “deeply concerned” that two teachers have been detained in...

Silence of the polls as Prabowo pulls ahead in Jakarta race

Joko  Widodo, left, with his opponent  in the presidential election Prabowo Subianto.

Michael Bachelard Former military strongman Prabowo Subianto has for the first time pulled level or even slightly ahead of the previous favourite, Joko Widodo, in the Indonesian presidential race, credible polling...

Indonesian authorities pressure Jakarta International School amid rape allegations

Police have urged parents of other students at the school to check the behaviour of their children and report anything suspicious, after the shocking child rape claim at Jakarta International School.

Michael Bachelard Indonesian authorities are giving full rein to their anti-Western sentiments in the wake of child rape allegations at the Jakarta International School, introducing new requirements that would all-but...

Jakarta International School child rape claim shocks expat community

Michael Bachelard Jakarta: The rape of a five-year old boy in the toilets of the prestigious Jakarta International School has shocked the expatriate community and prompted a discussion in Indonesia about the...

Jakarta predicts Australian relations will be frosty until October

Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (L) chats to Julie Bishop (R) after the opening of the Bali Democracy Forum in Nusa Dua in November last year.

Aubrey Belford Indonesia expects ties with Australia to remain on ice for at least six months given the time it will take to negotiate a code of conduct to govern intelligence gathering in the wake of reports...

Papuan children taken to Jakarta to be converted to Islam

Demianus and Seth Gobay.

Michael Bachelard When the parents of Demianus and Seth Gobay died in their small West Papua village in Nabire perhaps five years ago, not all their six children could afford to stay at school.

'Terrorists' planned US embassy raid in Jakarta: police

A member of Indonesian Police bomb squad.

Six suspected terrorists killed in a New Year’s Eve police raid near Jakarta had planned a string of attacks targeting the US embassy, a church and Buddhist temples, police say.

Indonesia demands Australian ambassador explain reports of spying from embassy in Jakarta

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa

Michael Bachelard Indonesia's foreign ministry has called in Australia’s ambassador and issued a “strong demand” that he immediately explain the news that the Australian embassy in Jakarta was used as a post to spy on...

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Dynamite goes missing in Jakarta on eve of Rudd visit

Kevin Rudd.

Michael Bachelard Indonesian authorities have been forced to strengthen security around the presidential palace that Kevin Rudd is due to visit next week after two boxes of dynamite went missing.

Drag queens of Jakarta

?Samantha Fox?, real name Samuel Samuel Sanderkan, prepares for a drag 
show at the Musro nightclub in Jakarta, Indonesia. Pic taken May 4 2013, by 
Michael Bachelard


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Miss Apollo 2013 drag show at the Apollo nightclub in Jakarta, Indonesia. April 21, 2013.

Violence erupts at US embassy in Jakarta

Men throw rocks as Indonesian police release tear gas at anti-American protests.

Michael Bachelard A mob of Indonesian Islamists waving jihad flags attacks the US embassy in Jakarta, throwing rocks and bricks, but they were repelled by tear gas and riot police.

Jakarta’s grand old city crumbles

A couple sit on the bank of the Dutch colonial built Kali Besar canal, the main canal in the old quarter in Kota area of Jakarta that used to be called Batavia when under Dutch colonial rule.

Jakarta’s old city has 284 old buildings, about half of which are abandoned or neglected. The centrepiece of this sad legacy is Fatahillah Square, Kota, once the commercial and administrative hub of...

Maid's execution prompts Jakarta ban

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Jakarta Indonesia will stop sending domestic helpers to Saudi Arabia because a maid was beheaded for the murder of her Saudi employer.

Hardline cleric begins Jakarta trial

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Hardline Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir arrives in court to hear terror charges against him.

Jakarta accused over Papua

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Philip Dorling, Nick McKenzie The United States fears that Indonesian government neglect, rampant corruption and human rights abuses are stoking unrest in its troubled province of West Papua.

West Papua warns of intifada against Jakarta

Ben Bohane WEST PAPUAN leaders are warning of a "total intifada" in their Indonesian-ruled homeland, saying the failure of the Pacific Islands Forum to discuss their independence may mean the end of its...

Lady Gaga cancels Jakarta concert

Michael Bachelard Religious fundamentalists threatening chaos force pop diva to pull out.