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.”
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.
Critics say the sweeping measure near passage in Parliament would lead to greater deforestation and the loss of worker protections.
In the absence of a unified message from the national government, local officials and opportunists have filled the gap with misinformation and quack remedies.
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.
A random sampling of thousands found that one in 10 had antibodies for the coronavirus, an alarming glimpse at what could be runaway transmission.
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.
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.
Songbirds are being entered into high-stakes singing competitions across the country, and conservationists say protected species are in danger.