Who might succeed Suharto (Toronto Globe & Mail)

Toronto Globe & Mail, May 16, 1998 Megawati Sukarno:  Daughter of Indonesia’s only other president, Sukarno, is labeled “opposition leader” by the Western media, but she lacks charisma or political savvy. Any serious role she might have played was undercut when the government stage-managed an internal coup within her party that left several dead last […]

Troops take to streets as riots rage in Indonesian capital; Generals hem and haw over Suharto’s future (Washington Times)

Washington Times, May 15, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Widespread rioting and looting gripped the Indonesian capital for a third day yesterday as power brokers maneuvered behind the scenes to pave the way for the end of President Suharto’s 32-year reign. With 20 reported killed, the military ordered its troops to take over the streets. “Jakarta […]

Middle Class Indonesians Keep Quiet Amid Growing Unrest (Washington Times)

Washington Times, May 7, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Police used rubber bullets and live ammunition to quell riots that left at least six persons dead yesterday, aggravating a crisis that has begun to undermine the principles that sustain President Suharto in power. It was the third straight day of riots sparked by increases in food, […]

Communications Gap Feeds a Revolution (San Francisco Chronicle)

May 1998  (JAKARTA) – It all came down to body language. “Things were going fine until he saw that picture,” reports a senior source close to the Indonesian presidential palace. “Then his attitude changed completely.” “That picture” was a photo showing IMF Managing Director Michel Camdessus standing — arms crossed — looking down at President […]

Indonesian textile industry shackled by currency crisis Unemployment mounts rapidly (Washington Times)

Washingotn Times, April 9, 1998 TAMBUN BEKASI, Indonesia – With a quick and practiced hand, the young girl snips stray threads from the red, white and blue Tommy Hilfiger shirt stretched out on the board in front of her, keeping up a running conversation with the girls to either side, all doing the same. A […]

Suharto promises reform – again critics skeptical of follow-through (Washington Times)

Washington Times, April 9, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – President Suharto’s government bowed for the third time in six months yesterday to demands for economic reform, telling a skeptical International Monetary Fund there will be none of the backsliding that ruined previous agreements. “This time there is a very strong, not only commitment, but instruction from […]

Military calls shots after Suharto goes It `is the strongest, most disciplined, most well-organized entity’ in Indonesia (Washington Times)

Washington Times, March 24, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Cronyism and nepotism may appear to be running Indonesia, but in the political chess game to determine what comes after President Suharto, it is the military that casts the longest shadow. The 450,000-strong force, known by its Indonesian initials ABRI, holds a critical role in Indonesian politics […]

World leaders boost pressure on Suharto Japan makes appeal in `Asian’ manner (Washington Times)

Washington Times, March 16, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Japanese and Western leaders yesterday opened a new campaign to wring concessions from President Suharto, who a day earlier bucked world opinion by naming his daughter and his closest friend to key Cabinet posts. But Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto gave no sign after a surprise meeting […]

Lippo Group sues Wal-Mart over Indonesia pullout (Washington Times)

Washington Times, March 12, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Indonesia connection that cost President Clinton political capital could cost Wal-Mart millions in hard cash. The retail giant is being sued for $100 million by its Indonesian partner, James Riady’s Lippo Group, which charges Wal-Mart with “collusion,” “manipulation of data” and general incompetence in the operation […]

Forest fires add to Jakarta’s ills for second year Green groups worry about wildlife (Washington Times)

Washington Times, March 6, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Widespread forest fires on the island of Borneo are threatening Southeast Asia with a repeat of last year’s disastrous haze shroud, which a new study estimates cost the region nearly $1.4 billion. The fires are concentrated in the Indonesian section of the island, known as Kalimantan. Similar […]