We at AIYA hope all our Muslim friends and their families have been enjoying a safe and happy Idul Fitri celebration, whether in Australia or Indonesia.
In the news
- President Yudhoyono raised the issue of a leaked Australian court order banning the mention of senior Indonesian figures in relation to a corruption trial in a statement yesterday.
- The President and First Lady also held their last annual Idul Fitri open house at the State Palace in Jakarta.
- Indonesia has some of the best consumer confidence figures in the world, says new Nielsen research.
- ABC’s Helen Brown (@HBrown10) reports on how investors are seeing a Jokowi presidency.
- Gerry van Klinken writes at New Mandala on how Jokowi won’t be the ‘activist president’ some are hoping for.
- Tim Lindsey and Simon Butt have great analysis of what the Prabowo side’s court challenge means.
- @YohanesSulaiman and Brad Nelson say it’s time Jokowi started talking about a foreign policy vision.
Odds and ends
- At the AIYA Blog, Tim Flicker chats with Robbie Gaspar, an Australian soccer player signed to Persib Bandung.
- Aip Saifullah’s photo essay at Inside Indonesia looks at the work that goes into providing free meals during Ramadhan at Jakarta’s famous Masjid Istiqlal.
- @ElizabethPisani‘s new book Indonesia Etc is reviewed in the New Yorker by Pankaj Mishra.
Events and opportunities
- Tonight, Melbourne: if you feel like trying your luck, there might still be some last-minute seats available at the sold-out Australian premiere of @DanielZiv‘s acclaimed doco Jalanan. See the Melbourne International Film Festival for details.
- 12 August, Perth: Murdoch University scholars Vedi Hadiz and Richard Robison will join AIBC’s Ross Taylor in a public forum on Indonesia’s political future. See here for details.
- 15 August, Canberra: tickets are on sale for Balai Bahasa Indonesia ACT’s annual dinner, which has the theme ‘Women and Poetry in Indonesia’. See details here.