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Oldest Figurative Art Discovered In Indonesia Cave

Archeologists discovered a series of 40,000-year-old cave paintings, oldest known figurative art, in the Indonesian island of Borneo.
The paintings were found in the Lubang Jeriji Saleh cave hidden behind the cluster of secluded karst mountains located in the East Kalimantan province at Sangkulirang-Mangkalihat Peninsula.
The region -- located precisely in Borneo -- was the eastern part of the Eurasian Continent in the ice age on an area of 13,000 square kilometers (5,000 square miles).

Indonesia wins Moody’s rating upgrade

Indonesia won a credit rating upgrade from Moody’s on Friday, with the agency lauding central bank and government policies for boosting confidence in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
The upgrade — after similar moves by other ratings agencies — comes at a good time for Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo. Boosting growth is at the center of what could be a tough re-election bid in next year’s presidential ballot.

Indonesia records fastest 2013 Travel & Tourism growth of G20 countries

Source : WTTC / 03 Apr 2014

Indonesia grew its economic contribution from Travel & Tourism by 8.4% in 2013, the largest growth of any G20 country. That is according to the latest research from The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the global authority on the Travel & Tourism Industry.


Fires create a hazy future for Indonesia's carbon emissions targets

Source : / 11 Feb 2014

Forest fires that ravaged parts of Indonesia in mid-2013 and caused regional tensions have made it harder for the government to meet its goals for reducing carbon emissions, according to a report by climate scientists – and experts and activists are warning that further fires are likely without better government regulation of land clearance in forest and peatland areas.


Saudi Arabia, Indonesia vow to push industrial investments

By Abdul Ghafour / 6 Feb 2013

A joint Saudi-Indonesian oil refinery and petrochemical project in Tuban, East Java involves a capital investment of $ 30 billion, Indonesian Ambassador Gatot Abdullah Mansyur said yesterday.

He estimated the total Saudi investment in his country at $ 8.65 billion. There is a new joint mineral project and a health water project in South Sulawesi at a cost of $ 10 billion and $ 200 million respectively, he added.


“Sharia tourism” growing stronger

Source : The Jakarta post / 8 Jan 2013

The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry of Indonesia is set to leverage the country’s potential of sharia tourism this year in a bid to capture the expanding number of global Muslim travelers, especially tourists from the Middle East.

Sharia tourism is leisure and travel that complies with Islamic law, such as the provision of cuisine and beverages that contain no pork or alcohol, and the separation of men and women at tourist events and sites.


Resiliency Reigns for Russian Muslims, Indonesian Diplomat Finds

By Sylviana Hamdani | Jakarta Globe | 24 Aug 2012

“ For most of us in Indonesia, Russia is a dark and dreary country,” Indonesian diplomat M. Aji Surya said. “In our minds, the country seems to be enclosed with hopelessness and darkness due to its past.”


The Arab Spring and the model of Islam in SE Asia

Southeast Asia is referred to in Sanskrit as Suvarnabhumi, as Nanyang in Chinese, as Serambi Mekah - verandah of Mecca - in Malay, and as Zirbadat - "lands below the winds" - by the Arabs and Persians.

By Imtiyaz Yusuf | The Nation | 17 Jan 2012


Indonesia's president: 'We can be model for Islam and democracy'

Source | CNN
Jakarta | 15 Jun 2011

Indonesia's transition from an autocracy to a vibrant democracy can be an example to those countries in the Middle East experiencing political upheaval, says the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

"Indonesia can be a model where Islam and democracy exist hand in hand, with no contradiction between the two," he told CNN.


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