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Wet markets selling wildlife – birds, monkeys, bats and more – go quiet in Indonesia amid coronavirus pandemic

Birds, snakes, monkeys, pangolin and bats – the latter associated with the global coronavirus pandemic – all are sold at wild animal markets across Indonesia. Business has recently fallen, a trend activists opposed to the wildlife trade continues.

Birds, snakes, monkeys, pangolin and bats – the latter associated with the global coronavirus pandemic – all are sold at wild animal markets across Indonesia. Business has recently fallen, a trend activists opposed to the wildlife trade continues.

Wet markets selling wildlife – birds, monkeys, bats and more – go quiet in Indonesia amid coronavirus pandemic
14 Apr 2020 - 8:52AM
Indonesia cave adventure: 60 metres down a rope is an ancient mini forest, and underground passage to see the ‘light of heaven’

Caves in the karst hills of Gunung Sewu geopark, southern Java, hide vegetation found nowhere else. Shafts of sunlight beam through a hole in the roof to illuminate a 60-metre-deep grotto if you go at the right time of day.

Caves in the karst hills of Gunung Sewu geopark, southern Java, hide vegetation found nowhere else. Shafts of sunlight beam through a hole in the roof to illuminate a 60-metre-deep grotto if you go at the right time of day.

Indonesia cave adventure: 60 metres down a rope is an ancient mini forest, and underground passage to see the ‘light of heaven’
29 Jan 2020 - 5:30PM
Hand-made batik artisans in Indonesia preserve tradition and teach tourists their cloth-making secrets

Hand-made batik artisans in Indonesia preserve tradition and teach tourists their cloth-making secrets. It’s mainly women’s work, but they’re not complaining.

Hand-made batik artisans in Indonesia preserve tradition and teach tourists their cloth-making secrets. It’s mainly women’s work, but they’re not complaining.

Hand-made batik artisans in Indonesia preserve tradition and teach tourists their cloth-making secrets
8 Dec 2019 - 5:23PM
Animal cruelty still plagues Indonesia’s zoos despite outrage voiced on social media, and government’s pledges to do better

Animal activists say animals are underfed, kept in poor conditions and exploited for entertainment by performing circus acts for money. Government attempts at regulation and supervision have also fallen short so far.

Animal activists say animals are underfed, kept in poor conditions and exploited for entertainment by performing circus acts for money. Government attempts at regulation and supervision have also fallen short so far.

Animal cruelty still plagues Indonesia’s zoos despite outrage voiced on social media, and government’s pledges to do better
5 Nov 2019 - 11:35AM
Climate change tourism: Indonesian village that sank offers grim lesson in the dangers of coastal erosion

On the northern coast of Java island in Indonesia, large parts of a village have sunk since the 1990s. The drowned homes have become an eco-tourism destination, offering visitors a grim learning experience.

On the northern coast of Java island in Indonesia, large parts of a village have sunk since the 1990s. The drowned homes have become an eco-tourism destination, offering visitors a grim learning experience.

Climate change tourism: Indonesian village that sank offers grim lesson in the dangers of coastal erosion
20 Aug 2019 - 7:21PM
How a village pond became a quirky tourist attraction in Indonesia in the social media age

Visitors flock to Umbul Ponggok in Central Java to take tongue-in-cheek underwater selfies, feed its fish, and buy food and souvenirs. The transformation of a once-murky pond has enriched villagers and made Ponggok a model village.

Visitors flock to Umbul Ponggok in Central Java to take tongue-in-cheek underwater selfies, feed its fish, and buy food and souvenirs. The transformation of a once-murky pond has enriched villagers and made Ponggok a model village.

How a village pond became a quirky tourist attraction in Indonesia in the social media age
6 Aug 2019 - 6:33PM
Dark tourism: volcano villages in Indonesia destroyed by eruption offer grim testament to its power

Coins, bottles, glasses and bicycles all melted, a clock that stopped when Mount Merapi in Indonesia erupted in 2010 and gas clouds, lava, and a torrent of rocks killed 350 people; unable to farm, villagers serve growing ranks of disaster tourists.

Coins, bottles, glasses and bicycles all melted, a clock that stopped when Mount Merapi in Indonesia erupted in 2010 and gas clouds, lava, and a torrent of rocks killed 350 people; unable to farm, villagers serve growing ranks of disaster tourists.

Dark tourism: volcano villages in Indonesia destroyed by eruption offer grim testament to its power
14 Jun 2019 - 3:44PM
How moderate Islam in Indonesia counters the religious intolerance of Islamist extremists

With Islamist extremists calling for violent revenge for the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, moderates renewed their calls for tolerance in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country and one founded on inclusion.

With Islamist extremists calling for violent revenge for the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, moderates renewed their calls for tolerance in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country and one founded on inclusion.

How moderate Islam in Indonesia counters the religious intolerance of Islamist extremists
12 Apr 2019 - 9:22AM
How social media helps spread extremist content in Indonesia, and what’s being done about it

Extremists and internet companies in Indonesia are playing a cat-and-mouse game to stop radical content spreading on social media, but such content is still easy to find in a country with an estimated 130 million Facebook users.

Extremists and internet companies in Indonesia are playing a cat-and-mouse game to stop radical content spreading on social media, but such content is still easy to find in a country with an estimated 130 million Facebook users.

How social media helps spread extremist content in Indonesia, and what’s being done about it
20 Jan 2019 - 7:48PM