Indonesia risks bungling the positive social impact that a well-run palm oil industry could have, local NGOs say. Instead of empowering millions of rural smallholders, the Indonesian authorities are cutting them out of the profits by favouring big state-run palm oil production firms and using cheap labour sourced from the hordes of unemployed urban Javanese.
Entries Tagged as 'human rights'
March 7th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Journalism, Rest of Asia
February 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Journalism, Rest of Asia
Observers agree that religious tension is on the rise in Indonesia. I look at what’s happening and why.
January 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment · China, Uncategorized
Last night, police in Beijing shut down a widely-publicised gay pageant, Mr Gay China, an hour before it was due to start. The event was to determine an overall winner from China’s gay community who would then represent the country The winner was to take part in the Mr Gay Worldwide final in Norway next [...]