The Lion Air crash dings Indonesia’s aviation record, but the region is not the Bermuda Triangle for air travel everyone is making it out to be

Antara Foto/Hadi Sutrisno via REUTERS Following the loss of a Lion Air flight in waters off Java on Monday, Indonesia is grappling with a fresh chapter in its troubled aviation history. While some have been quick to condemn Indonesian aviation, this latest tragedy is more out-of-character for an industry that has worked hard at reform […]

How Indonesia’s notorious special forces train by drinking snake blood and breaking bricks with their heads

US Department of Defense US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis visited Indonesia on Tuesday to repair ties with the country’s special forces, which committed gross human-rights violations under former Indonesian President Muhammad Suharto.  Mattis was expecting to watch the Indonesian special forces, known as Kopassus, perform a hostage rescue drill — but instead saw them […]

Mike Pence is trying to heal divisions with the Muslim world by praising Indonesia’s moderate Islam

© POOL/AFP BEAWIHARTA Jakarta (AFP) – US Vice President Mike Pence Thursday praised Indonesia’s moderate form of Islam as “an inspiration” at the start of a visit to the Muslim-majority country seen as a bid by his administration to heal divisions with the Islamic world. It came ahead of a visit by Pence to the […]

Indonesia’s tax amnesty passes its deadline

LAST year Indonesia’s finance minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, invited chief executives, directors and shareholders from the country’s leading industries to banquets at her ministry. As they munched, she would give presentations setting out who among them had—and, by omission, who had not—signed up to the government’s tax amnesty. “This may be the most expensive dinner […]

WATCH: Mysterious figure thought to be a member of Indonesia’s LOST pygmy tribe spotted

A group of bikers riding down a dirt track in near Banda Aceh happened to film a small, half-naked man during a ride out. The motorcyclists were travelling down the track when they saw the bald man leap out of the trees. The clip shows one of the bikers falling to the ground as the […]

Garuda Indonesia’s Planning to Launch One-Stop Service to LAX

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