AIYA Links: 2 February
We are so excited to be bringing you AIYA Annual 2017 in the next few days! AIYA Annual is our annual wrap-up of our achievements and activities that feature you, our wonderful members. Stay tuned next week for the release!
In the news
- A year on from the Jakarta elections, Mark Woodward asks what was behind the anti-Ahok movement and its implications, concluding that an emerging conservative Muslim coalition is a force to be reckoned with in Indonesian politics.
- The corruption scandal surrounding Indonesia’s e-ID card scheme threatens to further derail the archipelago’s democracy. Matthew Woolgar thinks that the scandal is a warning about the vulnerability of Indonesia’s democracy.
- The long-discussed reforms to the Criminal Code (KUHP) to criminalise same-sex relations has been making headlines. Read Naila Rizqi Zakiah’s opinion on such push for criminal policy is not only dangerous but also represents a major setback to human rights in Indonesia.
- Indonesia has announced that it will open its doors to foreign universities looking to operate in the country, a move that may unlock new opportunities for Australian higher education providers.
- Tourism Australia is organizing halal package tours with Indonesian travel agents and flag carrier Garuda Indonesia to encourage Indonesian tourists to explore more cities in Australia.
- Did you manage to catch Super Blue Blood Moon on Wednesday? In Bali, the lunar eclipse phenomenon is related to the saga of the mythological demon Kala Rau.
On the blog
- Sydney and Melbourne, 6 – 12 February – Check out series of Making Connections: the Bundengan of Wonosobo events filled with music exploration, instrument-building, and cross-cultural communities.
- Jakarta, 7 February – Cepet Kaya is back! Join AIYA Jakarta with friends from AIYEP, ACICIS, and International Internships for a fun evening while you avoid city’s traffic jams.
- Brisbane, 12 February – If you want to become more involved or just want the chance to have your say on our direction in the year to come, then come along to this year’s AIYA QLD’s AGM.
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Disty is AIYA National’s Director of Communications. Loves kopi Makassar, tempe, and angkot stickers.