PHOTOS: ‘Hijabs beautiful’ Indonesians tell NY Fashion Week

Friday, 8 September 2017

The hijab and abaya dazzled center stage on the New York runway Thursday as up-and-coming Indonesian designers kicked off an increasingly diverse fashion week, hoping to change prejudices in the West. “We’re not oppressed and we just want to show the world that we still can be beautiful, stylish with our hijab on,” said designer Dian Pelangi, 26, who has 4.8 million followers on Instagram. She was one of five Indonesian luxury ready-to-wear designers, joined by an accessories ...

Indonesian envoy to urge Myanmar to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has sent his foreign minister to Myanmar to urge its government to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims, he said on Sunday after a petrol bomb was thrown at the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta. Jakarta police are investigating the incident, said spokesman Argo Yuwono. A group of activists had held a protest at the embassy on Saturday, calling for the Nobel Prize Committee to withdraw the Nobel Peace Prize from Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, state news agency ...

Indonesians uncover syndicate spreading hate speech online - police

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Indonesian authorities have uncovered a group spreading hate speech and fake news online, one of many that they fear could undermine national unity. Indonesia has an ethnically diverse population of 250 million people, most of them Muslim but with significant minorities from other religions, and unity across the archipelago has been a priority of governments for generations. Three people were arrested this week on suspicion of being part of a syndicate being paid to spread incendiary material ...

Hijab cosplay takes off as Indonesian Muslim women embrace fan culture

Friday, 21 July 2017

After donning a blue Cinderella dress, Sind Yanti carefully arranges her pale yellow “hijab”, or traditional headscarf, into folds that resemble hair. “Wearing a hijab should not be a barrier for anything. We are free to be creative,” said the 24-year-old Indonesian designer after posting selfies of her latest “cosplay” outfit. She is among a growing number of young Muslim women in Southeast Asia who are taking part in “hijab” costume play, finding ...

Indonesia restricts Telegram app over ‘terrorism’ content

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Indonesia has blocked web-based access to a popular messaging service and threatened a full ban on the app due to its “terrorism” content, the government said.The communications ministry said in a statement that “so many channels in the (Telegram) service contain radicalism and terrorism... encouragement and tips to assemble bombs or launch attacks” that it needed to block it.The partial ban came as the country suffered from a string of attacks, including one carried out ...

Saudi Aramco reaffirms commitment to Pertamina JV as CEOs meet

Friday, 7 July 2017

Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser met Pertamina boss Elia Massa Manik in Jakarta on Friday to reaffirm its commitment to their Cilacap Refinery joint development. The meeting was held “to reaffirm Aramco’s commitment to Indonesia joint venture project development”, Aramco said on its official Twitter account, without providing further details. Manik, formerly head of state-owned agriculture holding company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) III, was appointed boss of Pertamina in ...

Australia welcomes charges against alleged Bali bombing mastermind

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Australia on Saturday welcomed charges against a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of masterminding the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, including 88 Australians. Indonesian-born militant Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, is accused of overseeing the 2002 Bali bombings and an attack on the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta in 2003 that killed 12 people. “I hope that should this prosecution succeed, it will bring closure to those devastated by the loss of loved ones, ...

Obama kicks off tropical holiday in Indonesia

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Barack Obama kicked off a 10-day family holiday in Indonesia that will take in Bali and Jakarta, the city where he spent part of his childhood, officials said Saturday.The casually dressed former president arrived in the resort island of Bali with his wife Michelle and their two daughters, a local military commander said.“They arrived late last night and went straight to the hotel in Ubud,” a local military commander, I Gede Widiyana, told AFP.Obama woke up early and did some ...

Dog meat being sold as chicken to tourists in Bali

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Visitors of the Indonesian island of Bali are reportedly eating dog meat unknowingly. Animal protection organization Animals Australia found out that dogs are killed and sold to tourists in Bali, who think they are eating chicken. Around 70 restaurants across the island, along with Bali street food vendors were responsible for selling dog meat. The dogs are often neglected and “dumped in bamboo crates or plastic rice sacks,” said Animals Australia on their official website. ...

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