Joe Cochrane

Joe Cochrane

Joe Cochrane is an award-winning Jakarta-based foreign correspondent, editor and former war correspondent.

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Pompeo’s Indonesia visit to focus on Muslim youth group and engaging with ‘humanitarian Islam’

Secretary of state will speak with youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulama on freedom of religion as US seeks to ‘stimulate a conversation across nations’.

Secretary of state will speak with youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulama on freedom of religion as US seeks to ‘stimulate a conversation across nations’.

27 Oct 2020 - 9:03AM
Analysis | Under the Jokowi government, corruption still haunts Indonesia

The establishment of an anti-graft agency in 2003 brought hope that endemic corruption in Indonesia could be addressed.

The establishment of an anti-graft agency in 2003 brought hope that endemic corruption in Indonesia could be addressed.

14 Jul 2020 - 10:00AM
Indonesia wants firms relocating from China. Why are so few coming?

While seven companies this week announced a move there, analysts say red tape, systemic corruption and a lack of infrastructure are obstacles Indonesia must overcome.

While seven companies this week announced a move there, analysts say red tape, systemic corruption and a lack of infrastructure are obstacles Indonesia must overcome.

3 Jul 2020 - 10:09PM
Indonesia sours on democracy as coronavirus ravages economy, survey finds

Public satisfaction with democracy has plummeted from 75.6 per cent in February to just 49.5 per cent in mid-May, a new survey found.

Public satisfaction with democracy has plummeted from 75.6 per cent in February to just 49.5 per cent in mid-May, a new survey found.

11 Jun 2020 - 10:07PM
No silence please: is this open-air park in Indonesia the world’s most quirky library?

The Kolong Community Reading Park is on a mission to raise literacy levels in a land where stories have traditionally been passed on orally rather than written down.

The Kolong Community Reading Park is on a mission to raise literacy levels in a land where stories have traditionally been passed on orally rather than written down.

4 May 2020 - 9:44AM
Indonesia’s melancholy Ramadan echoed in Singapore, Malaysia amid coronavirus lockdowns

In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, hundreds of millions are unable to congregate during the holy month of Ramadan.

In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, hundreds of millions are unable to congregate during the holy month of Ramadan.

30 Apr 2020 - 6:29PM
Coronavirus: in Indonesia, fears over Bali’s laid-back approach

While other areas of Indonesia have brought in large-scale social restrictions, the holiday island seems a little too relaxed for comfort.

While other areas of Indonesia have brought in large-scale social restrictions, the holiday island seems a little too relaxed for comfort.

18 Apr 2020 - 10:17PM
Coronavirus: poor Indonesian families most at risk of sudden spike in infections

As fears spread that Indonesia has more infections than confirmed, activists are most concerned for those too poor to afford masks or treatment.

As fears spread that Indonesia has more infections than confirmed, activists are most concerned for those too poor to afford masks or treatment.

15 Mar 2020 - 10:51PM
Coronavirus: Indonesia scrambles to find first patients’ close contacts as Widodo urges calm

Authorities are still tracking about 50 members of a dance community that was frequented by one of the patients, says country’s disease prevention head.

Authorities are still tracking about 50 members of a dance community that was frequented by one of the patients, says country’s disease prevention head.

3 Mar 2020 - 11:19PM
Indonesians stranded after Saudi Arabia suspends umrah pilgrimage over coronavirus fears

Every year, more than one million Muslims from Indonesia travel to the holy city of Mecca for umrah, a minor pilgrimage.

Every year, more than one million Muslims from Indonesia travel to the holy city of Mecca for umrah, a minor pilgrimage.

1 Mar 2020 - 9:25AM
Analysis | Indonesia’s ‘family resilience’ push by lawmakers ridiculed by women and activists

Islamic-based parties have initiated a bill that would force married women to not work, ‘rehabilitate’ LGBT individuals, and jail sperm and egg donors.

Islamic-based parties have initiated a bill that would force married women to not work, ‘rehabilitate’ LGBT individuals, and jail sperm and egg donors.

3 Mar 2020 - 10:55AM
‘We owe it to God’: as Indonesia prays, how is it keeping the coronavirus at bay?

Concerns have been raised, especially after the country’s response to the bird flu virus a decade ago, which required World Health Organisation intervention.

Concerns have been raised, especially after the country’s response to the bird flu virus a decade ago, which required World Health Organisation intervention.

2 Mar 2020 - 1:03PM
Coronavirus: first Hong Kong and Singapore, now ‘virus-free’ Indonesia hit by panic buying

The country hasn’t officially confirmed a single case of the deadly new coronavirus, yet shoppers are still stocking up on everything they can lay their hands on. The only question is why?

The country hasn’t officially confirmed a single case of the deadly new coronavirus, yet shoppers are still stocking up on everything they can lay their hands on. The only question is why?

2 Mar 2020 - 1:08PM
Former UFC star Ben Askren doesn’t want MMA in ‘corrupt’ Olympics

‘The world would be better off not having the IOC,’ says former UFC star and Olympic wrestler Ben Askren – ‘MMA is in a great place without it’.

‘The world would be better off not having the IOC,’ says former UFC star and Olympic wrestler Ben Askren – ‘MMA is in a great place without it’.

14 Feb 2020 - 12:50PM
Coronavirus: Indonesia has 0 infections so far, and it’s making people fearful

Scarred by the memory of the deadly H5N1 bird flu, Indonesians have been wary of the government’s insistence there are yet no cases of coronavirus infections.

Scarred by the memory of the deadly H5N1 bird flu, Indonesians have been wary of the government’s insistence there are yet no cases of coronavirus infections.

12 Feb 2020 - 3:42PM
Opinion | Indonesia’s arrest of US journalist reflects trend of xenophobia against Westerners

The case is the latest instance of a Westerner being imprisoned or blacklisted on charges ranging from ‘visa violations’ to ‘espionage’.

The case is the latest instance of a Westerner being imprisoned or blacklisted on charges ranging from ‘visa violations’ to ‘espionage’.

30 Jan 2020 - 10:24AM
Analysis | What if Myanmar refuses to comply with ICJ ruling on Rohingya Muslims?

The International Court of Justice has ordered Myanmar to protect its Rohingya Muslims and take part in a genocide inquiry, but there are fears of Myanmar covering up atrocities.

The International Court of Justice has ordered Myanmar to protect its Rohingya Muslims and take part in a genocide inquiry, but there are fears of Myanmar covering up atrocities.

24 Jan 2020 - 7:05PM
Will Arab, Japanese cash help Indonesia’s Joko Widodo realise his capital dream?

Past Indonesian presidents have considered relocating the capital, but with foreign investments on his side, Joko Widodo’s effort could well succeed.

Past Indonesian presidents have considered relocating the capital, but with foreign investments on his side, Joko Widodo’s effort could well succeed.

19 Jan 2020 - 9:37PM
Indonesian unionists threaten to paralyse Jakarta over Omnibus jobs law they say will cut minimum wage

Joko Widodo’s government says the Omnibus Bill on Job Creation is needed to attract investment and boost job growth. Workers fear it will take away their rights.

Joko Widodo’s government says the Omnibus Bill on Job Creation is needed to attract investment and boost job growth. Workers fear it will take away their rights.

14 Jan 2020 - 4:00PM
Chinese fishing vessels in spat with Indonesia leave Natunas. Friends again?

Jakarta and Beijing say escalating maritime tensions will not affect Chinese investment in the Southeast Asian nation.

Jakarta and Beijing say escalating maritime tensions will not affect Chinese investment in the Southeast Asian nation.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:15PM
Indonesia unveils new military drone as feud over South China Sea incursions escalates

The unveiling of a new domestic missile-capable military drone came as Indonesia lodged a protest against Beijing over continued illegal fishing and the presence of China’s coastguard off its Natuna Islands.

The unveiling of a new domestic missile-capable military drone came as Indonesia lodged a protest against Beijing over continued illegal fishing and the presence of China’s coastguard off its Natuna Islands.

7 Jan 2020 - 2:04PM
Trump, traffic, trash: why Bali is losing its shine for Chinese tourists

Chinese tourists are increasingly skipping the Indonesian island paradise. If it wants to win them back, it must tackle zero-pricing tours and increasingly polluted beaches.

Chinese tourists are increasingly skipping the Indonesian island paradise. If it wants to win them back, it must tackle zero-pricing tours and increasingly polluted beaches.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:44PM
UFC: Ben Askren talks ‘challenges’ of MMA fighter retirement; delays hip surgery until August

Ben Askren says he already has a lot going on after hanging up his MMA gloves for the second time – so much so he’s putting his hip replacement back to August

Ben Askren says he already has a lot going on after hanging up his MMA gloves for the second time – so much so he’s putting his hip replacement back to August

24 Dec 2019 - 3:38PM
The ghost of Indonesia’s Christmas past, religious intolerance, is raised with a tweet about cake

A claim that a Jakarta bakery was abandoning festive cakes may be fake, but it has raised the ghost of Christmas past in a land where Islamic extremism has left many on edge.

A claim that a Jakarta bakery was abandoning festive cakes may be fake, but it has raised the ghost of Christmas past in a land where Islamic extremism has left many on edge.

2 Dec 2019 - 10:22AM
One Championship: John Lineker plans to give a show to the fans – ‘that’s how I know to fight’

Former UFC star John Lineker says he’s going to ‘fight the way I always fight’ on One debut in Jakarta against Muin Gafurov – ‘my plan is to go up there and knock him out’.

Former UFC star John Lineker says he’s going to ‘fight the way I always fight’ on One debut in Jakarta against Muin Gafurov – ‘my plan is to go up there and knock him out’.

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