FIONNA WIJAYA WRITES – The worst floods since 2013 swept through Jakarta this January. Jakarta, the political and economic capital of Indonesia, houses the most significant industrial sectors in the country, compelling most of the population to migrate there for economic opportunities. These early 2020 floods claimed over sixty lives…Full Article SINKING FEELING IN JAKARTA: WILL THE CAPITOL DISAPPEAR BY 2050?
NATASHA VASS WRITES – What happens to your trash once you throw it in the bin? It’s no longer in front of you, so why think about it? For Indonesians, this set of circumstances could not be further from the truth. 85% of the trash produced by Indonesians is…Full Article INDONESIA: CAN A COUNTRY WASTE ITSELF AWAY? WITH THE HYPOCRITICAL WEST (TRASHER-IN-CHIEF) PILING ON?
GREGORY de GERSDORFF WRITES- All life on planet Earth requires water. Given the risks that come with climate change, one would expect all countries to preserve the world’s increasingly dwindling supply of fresh water. This is not the case with Indonesia, but this should come as no surprise. The country has…Full Article INDONESIA: CATCHING WAVE AFTER WAVE OF POLLUTION
NATASHA VASS WRITES – Time and time again, we witness the same occurrence: the world’s most pristine environments go up in flames. Indonesian forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan have spread toxic haze to countries across Southeast Asia. Malaysia’s air pollution index (API) reached a gruesome 101-200, forcing the…Full Article INDONESIA: PALMING OFF TRUE GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY
NICOLE ALAVERDIAN WRITES–Asia is starting to focus on its own environmental problems, rather than taking on the West’s metaphorical and literal trash. In recent months, many countries, including Singapore and China, have refused to take more trash imports from the West. China, the biggest consumer of discarded plastics, has now…Full Article ASIA’S NEW TRASH TALK: STOP DUMPING ON US, WASTEFUL WEST!
TUNGGA BASUKI WRITES– The 2019 Indonesian Presidential elections came to a close on April 17 with a split in opinion within the nation as to who should be the next president, but with incumbent President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) winning by a 6% margin. The two candidates running to become president,…Full Article INDONESIA: BREAKING DOWN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2019
PATRICK POLESHUK WRITES– It’s hard to believe: Yet in times of government-oriented mass murders, targeting of political opponents, and the overall suppression of free speech, lies a miraculously happy country, according to so-called scientific opinion polls. So, amid much human-rights criticism from western allies and the global community alike, why…Full Article Philippines: Anti-Drug Dragon Duterte as Happiness-Maker
OLIVIA AMEZCUA WRITES– Fisheries, or rather the poor management of fisheries, has generated a multitude of problems, ranging from environmental to economic to health. For Indonesia, a coastal country heavily reliant on the fishing industry, this issue must be addressed with urgency. Among the adverse effects of poorly managed fisheries:…Full Article Indonesia: Fisheries Regulation and Sustainability Urgently Needed
EMILY CAPOUYA WRITES– This year, the Bali Spirit Festival was to take place March 29- April 5 (2020) in Ubud, the uplands of Bali, Indonesia in stunning lush green rice fields with a river flowing down below. Every year at this time, crowds of people come all around the world…Full Article BALI, INDONESIA: A GLOBAL CELEBRATION FOR WELLBEING
OLIVIA AMEZCUA WRITES– When one thinks of Indonesia, palm oil might not be the first thought that comes to mind. Many folks remain vastly unaware of both the country’s near-existential ties with the product— and the self-destructive dangers the palm oil industry imposes on this sprawling nation’s environment. Palm oil…Full Article Indonesia: THE SLIPPERY BUSINESS OF ‘DIRTY’ PALM OIL
MILES KENT WRITES– 189 lives were lost Monday when a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed shortly after takeoff outside Jakarta. This tragedy comes amid a string of recent Asian air disasters and is especially painful in light of Indonesia’s history of air disasters. In June of this year, the…Full Article DEVELOPING: Lion Air Crash— Indonesian Airline Negligence?
ASIA MEDIA WRITES – We found this advertisement, for some reason, intriguing. But we’re not exactly sure why. It has just appeared appeared in The Jakarta Post, that wonderful English language newspaper of Indonesia. We leave it to you to figure us out. You may know us better than we…Full Article JAKARTA POST: ANY CHANCE YOU’LL BE IN OUR TOWN IN EARLY SEPTEMBER?
TOM PLATE WRITES – Exquisite food was only the half of it, but what a fabulous half it was. A multi-course lunch at Hermitage in Jakarta (www.hermitagejakarta.com/dining) set the table for Asia Media International’s first mini-reunion in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Loyola Marymount University has a lively and loyal alumni contingent…Full Article JAKARTA: ‘ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL’ CELEBRATING IN HIGH STYLE
ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES – Featuring an in-depth presentation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (see above), regarding his new book ‘Yo-Yo Diplomacy’, Prof Tom Plate will be on tour in Singapore and Jakarta 21-26 May. Loyola Marymount’s Distinguished Scholar of Asian and…Full Article ASIA MEDIA FOUNDER’S SOUTHEAST ASIA BOOK TOUR
ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES FROM INDONESIA – This sprawling country, the world’s fourth most populous, is no stranger to internet censorship. However, the consequences of Indonesia’s recent censorship tactics are not only felt by the individual users but also by the community around them. First, there is the censorship of homosexuality…Full Article INDONESIA: GOVERNMENT BLOCKAGE TO END ALL LGBT AND PORNOGRAPHY ON INTERNET TUMBLES INTO IRRATIONALITY AND OVERKILL