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Dec 22, 2014

In Jakarta, that sinking feeling is all too real

JAKARTA (Reuters) – The Ciliwung River flows from a volcano south of the Indonesian capital, through the heart of one of the world’s most densely populated cities and almost into Jakarta Bay. Almost, because for the final mile or so of its course, the river would have to flow uphill to reach the bay.

The same is true for the rest of the half-dozen sewage-choked rivers that wind though central Jakarta. Unable to defy gravity, they’ve been redirected to canals that drain into the sea.

Dec 22, 2014

Special Report: In Jakarta, that sinking feeling is all too real

JAKARTA (Reuters) – The Ciliwung River flows from a volcano south of the Indonesian capital, through the heart of one of the world’s most densely populated cities and almost into Jakarta Bay. Almost, because for the final mile or so of its course, the river would have to flow uphill to reach the bay.

The same is true for the rest of the half-dozen sewage-choked rivers that wind though central Jakarta. Unable to defy gravity, they’ve been redirected to canals that drain into the sea.

Dec 22, 2014

The Great Wall of Jakarta

By Bill Tarrant

JAKARTA(Reuters) – Two weeks after his narrow win in Indonesia’s presidential election in July, Joko Widodo, though still months away from taking office, jump-started an effort to save Jakarta from drowning.

Minutes of a July 25 meeting with city officials and ministers from the outgoing administration show that Widodo endorsed the most ambitious feature of a plan that had been on the drawing boards for nearly two years: a “Great Sea Wall” in the shape of Indonesia’s national symbol, the Garuda bird of Hindu mythology.

Nov 20, 2014

Book Talk: Elizabeth Pisani on traveling rough in Indonesia

UBUD Bali (Reuters) – Elizabeth Pisani produced her remarkable book “Indonesia, Etc. Exploring the Improbable Nation” after a 13-month journey around the archipelago during which she followed one rule: Just say yes to any invitation.

For instance, on her way to a boxing match in Sumba, an island closer to Australia than to Java, she asked for directions from a guy who decided to show the way himself.

Nov 20, 2014

Book Talk: Elizabeth Pisani on travelling rough in Indonesia

UBUD, Bali, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Elizabeth Pisani produced her
remarkable book “Indonesia, Etc. Exploring the Improbable
Nation” after a 13-month journey around the archipelago during
which she followed one rule: Just say yes to any invitation.

For instance, on her way to a boxing match in Sumba, an
island closer to Australia than to Java, she asked for
directions from a guy who decided to show the way himself.

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    • About Bill

      "I am the Reuters Enterprise Editor for Asia, which means I oversee investigative, narrative, and other types of "long-form" journalism projects. I've been a correspondent, bureau chief and editor for Reuters in Asia for the past 24 years. I am the author of "Reporting Indonesia", a book published in 2008 about modern Indonesian history."
      Joined Reuters:
      1986
      Languages:
      Bahasa Indonesa, Melayu, Hindi
      Awards:
      Award of excellence, new book on media in asia, Asia publishers convention 2009
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