Archivio tag: Indonesia

Indonesia farmers fear China free trade fallout

A free trade deal between China and the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) comes into affect this year.

The government Indonesia, which is part of Asean, says removing barriers and ensuring easy cross border trade will help grow the domestic economy.

But many workers are worried they will not be able to compete against a flood of Chinese products and Indonesian farmers, especially, worry that they will soon be out of jobs as consumers choose cheaper Chinese produce.

Thousands of workers have taken to the streets calling for parts of the trade pact to be delayed.

Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Cipanas in West Java.

Indonesians disillusioned with democracy

Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy, is preparing to elect a new parliament on Thursday.

The election is a large and complicated process, but one of the biggest challenges for the candidates is fighting voter apathy.

Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Jakarta.

Tigers and loggers fight to survive in Sumatra

Illegal logging in Indonesia has wiped out up millions of hectares of forest and driven the Sumatran tiger to the brink of extinction.

The recent spate of killings in Sumatra’s Jambi’s province shows that loggers and tigers are now locked in battle over a fast-dwindling area.

Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports.

Indonesia continues to battle corruption


Indonesia is one of the most corrupt countries in the world – ranking 126 out of 180 nations on Transparency International’s corruption index.

Now it is targetting gangsters in an effort to improve its image.

But as Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen found, the police and politicians have a habit of getting on the wrong side of the law themselves.