Rizieq Shihab, Back in Indonesia, Calls for ‘Moral Revolution’

Rizieq Shihab and his vigilante movement have spent decades calling for harsh Islamic rule. Now he’s back from self-imposed exile and promising a “moral revolution.”

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Indonesian President Quietly Signs Divisive Bill Into Law Overnight

President Joko Widodo sold the law as necessary to make the world’s fourth most populous country a better place to do business. But activists say it eliminates critical protections for workers and the environment.

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Indonesia’s Covid Stimulus Plan Is Criticized by Environmentalists and Unions

Critics say the sweeping measure near passage in Parliament would lead to greater deforestation and the loss of worker protections.

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In Indonesia, False Virus Cures Pushed by Those Who Should Know Better

In the absence of a unified message from the national government, local officials and opportunists have filled the gap with misinformation and quack remedies.

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Police Officers Found Guilty in Acid Attack. But Doubts Remain.

The target of the 2017 attack, a corruption investigator in Indonesia who lost most of his sight, and supporters say officials have shown little interest in finding who was really behind it.

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‘It’s Too Late’: In Sprawling Indonesia, Coronavirus Surges

A random sampling of thousands found that one in 10 had antibodies for the coronavirus, an alarming glimpse at what could be runaway transmission.

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Where Bats Are Still on the Menu, if No Longer the Best Seller

Indonesia’s wildlife markets are “like a cafeteria for animal pathogens,” but they have resisted efforts to close even as China has shut its own markets over coronavirus fears.

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Coronavirus Puts Captive Orangutans’ Return to the Wild on Hold

If one ape in the forest is infected, a whole population could be wiped out, experts say. So orangutans in Indonesia’s rehabilitation centers are staying where they are.

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Bought for a Song: An Indonesian Craze Puts Wild Birds at Risk

Songbirds are being entered into high-stakes singing competitions across the country, and conservationists say protected species are in danger.

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