• Radical Islam in Indonesia: Police Arrests 5 Suspected Militants

    Radical Islam in Indonesia: Police Arrests 5 Suspected Militants

    On Tuesday (15/08) Indonesian Police arrested five suspected Islamic State (IS) sympathizers. Meanwhile, various bomb making chemicals were seized in the houses of the five suspected Islamic militants. The arrests and confiscation of materials occurred in the city of Bandung (West Java). The five arrests involve one married couple and three men.

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  • Langham Hospitality Group to Develop Two Hotels in Meikarta

    Langham Hospitality Group to Develop Two Hotels in Meikarta

    Lippo Cikarang, an Indonesian property developer (part of the Lippo Group), managed to get international hotel chain operator Langham Hospitality Group on board for its ambitious Meikarta project. Meikarta is designed to become a full-fledged township some 34 to the east of Jakarta, equipped with high-class and modern residential, commercial, industrial, cultural and educational centers.

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  • Tanjung Priok Strike Ended, No Big Consequences for Trade

    Tanjung Priok Strike Ended, No Big Consequences for Trade

    The strike, organized by more than 600 workers of Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) at Jakarta's Tanjung Priok port, seemingly had a limited negative impact on trade. The strike took place from Thursday (03/08) to Monday (07/08) and was used by the workers to urge the transfer of bonus payments. JICT, which operates the container terminal at Tanjung Priok, is owned by Hong Kong-based Hutchison Port Holding Group (51 percent) and Koperasi Pegawai Maritim (48.9 percent). The latter is part of state-owned port operator Pelindo II.

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  • Opinion Piece: Is Indonesia's Purchasing Power Actually Weak?

    Opinion Piece: What's Behind Indonesia's Weak Purchasing Power?

    Over the past couple of months there have been many reports about Indonesia's weak consumer purchasing power. For example, the Indonesian Retailers Association (Aprindo) said it detected rather weak retail sales during this year's Idul Fitri period (the week-long holiday that marks the end of the Islamic fasting month). Whereas these sales rose 16.3 percent during last year's edition of Idul Fitri, they rose only by an estimated 5-6 percent this year.

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