UK Indonesia

Four Seasons - But Not By Vivaldi...

Graham Sheffield | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK
Graham Sheffield

There's a well-worn phrase about London buses: none come for ages, and then several come along at once! I wouldn't say our British Council seasons ru...

Tinder Online Is The Brand-New App That Lets You Swipe From Your Desktop

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Tech

If Tinder isn’t already sucking up far too much of your spare time then we’ve got some bad news, it’s about to take the rest. The company has ju...

If You Cared About Standing Rock, You Need To Know About West Papua

Claudia Hyde | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claudia Hyde

Standing Rock taught us that persistent efforts can succeed- this lesson must not be forgotten, especially when it comes to groups that need protection the most.

On Escaping

Ruby Wax | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

When I heard Trump won the election, I did the only sensible thing I could think of. I picked a destination as far away from anywhere as I could find, which happened to be a far away island in Indonesia called Raja Ampat West Papua.

Bali Boat Explosion: British Tourists Caught Up In Blast That Killed Two

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK

Several Brits are feared to have been injured after an explosion on a tourist ferry killed at least two people in Indonesia. The boat was ferrying the...

When Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: Indonesia and the Freedom from Tobacco

Citta Widagdo | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Citta Widagdo

Six years after the video of an Indonesian baby smoking 40 cigarettes a day went viral, it has now attracted over 30 million views. Research published in Oxford's Health Education Research reported that the prevalence of youth smokers in Indonesia was 38 per cent among boys and 5.3 per cent among girls in 2006.

Ending Child Marriage In Indonesia: Fulfilling The Promise Of The Sustainable Development Goals

Citta Widagdo | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Citta Widagdo

Due to its population size, Indonesia ranks among the ten countries in the world and one of the highest in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region with the highest occurrences of child brides.

A Ray of Jungle Light

Steve Backshall | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK
Steve Backshall

I've grown accustomed over the years to dreading going back. To knowing that the places I first explored in the early days of my career will be horrible sullied reflections of my rosiest memories, that I will end up feeling crushed, and demotivated as a result. What I saw of the Asmat was a beacon of light. It was a sign of quite how dramatically environments bounce back if given a chance.

Building Indonesia for and With Children: The Importance of Prohibiting Corporal Punishment

Citta Widagdo | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Citta Widagdo

In the past week, social media in Indonesia has been buzzing with news of a student who filed a criminal lawsuit against his teacher for pinching him....

Indonesia's War on Drugs: On Capital Punishment and How it Harms Public Health and Human Rights

Citta Widagdo | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Citta Widagdo

If President Jokowi is to fix the drugs problem, he should employ human rights-based legal responses and evidence-based public health policy and measures, consistent with the spirit of health and human rights norms to protect the wellbeing of its citizens.

Brexit, Education and Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

This euphoria should be captured immediately because, if it is not, UK universities will suffer greater losses.

Indonesia To Execute 16 People Next Month And A British Woman Could Be Among Them

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK

Indonesia is set to execute 16 prisoners next month after the Eid holidays, it has been announced. It then plans to kill more than double that number ...

Six Great Places to Set Sail on a Budget Around the World

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

You don't need much to set sail around the world. As long as you've got a boat that floats and some cash in your pocket, sailing is an easy game. But we never said it was going to be cheap. For the majority who charter their own vessel, their pockets run deep and money is no object.

Why EU Membership Leads to a Discriminatory Immigration Policy

Adam Hamdy | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Over the weekend my piece on why the UK government turned away more than 2,700 non-EU nurses was widely circulated on Twitter and Facebook, but after ...

Indonesia-UK Relations: Student Exchange Needed

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

In April this year, the seventh Indonesian president, Joko Widodo (known colloquially as 'Jokowi') travelled to the UK. During his visit, he inked at ...

Thanks to Jeremy Corbyn from the people of West Papua

Benny Wenda | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Benny Wenda

Statement by the National Committee for West Papua, KNPB, a Papuan peoples' organization that campaigns in a non-violent way, for an independence refe...

Why the English Premier League Should Look Towards Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Sport
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

As Indonesians, accessing the official website of the English Premier League (EPL) offers a channel to something interesting. The website has seven la...

Getting the Facts Straight on West Papua

Benny Wenda | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Benny Wenda

Life in West Papua is very hard. We do not enjoy the freedoms that people in many democratic countries get to experience. We cannot raise our national...

Documentary Films, Mass Killing and the Urgent Need to Remember

Julia Wagner | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Julia Wagner

We urgently need documentary films about events that took place in the 1940s, 50s and 60s globally and locally, now because of the threat to living memory. Soon we will only be able to document new information from the sons and daughters of the era. And if I can't even recall my actions or find my notebook from three years ago, what hope do we have on a national or international scale of remembering the past?

An Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn from Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Dear Mr. Corbyn, We are writing on behalf of Indonesian people in the UK. As your admirers, we were surprised to read your statement published in the...

A XXX Gift From The Gods

Nick Abbot | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Nick Abbot

A day after a solar eclipse swept across Southeast Asia, Indonesian villagers thought they had been blessed by an angel fallen from heaven when a beau...

A Positive Approach to Mental Healthcare

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

With increased international awareness on the matter already, let me take a page out of Jokowi's book and focus on potential solutions rather than harping on about the problems.

Lindsay Sandiford Could Be Executed Within Months

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK

A British grandmother sentenced to death in Indonesia could die within months after officials indicated the country is set to continue executions afte...

Forced Evictions in Jakarta: More Than Losing Homes

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

As this article is published, Nasiah, along with many others, are still drifting in the boat house. They have no idea for how long they should stay there. What is certain is that they have now lost not only the places they usually call home, but also long-held memories and the future to which they have been looking forward.

English Language: A Persistent Issue in Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Whenever she is called, Celina says frequently, 'Pardon', to clarify our utterances. With her authentic smile and shy character, she then said; 'I am sorry, my English is not good'. Celina arrived in Manchester with obsequious English skills and a simple dream; to work as a cleaner in a restaurant.