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Catriona Croft-Cusworth

Catriona Croft-Cusworth has worked in media and communications in Jakarta since 2010. She holds degrees in Arts and Asian Studies (with a specialisation in Indonesian studies) from the Australian National University, and is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia. She is currently completing a Master's degree in Urban Planning at Deakin University.

Articles by Catriona Croft-Cusworth (125)

  • This week in Jakarta: Death penalty, Kartini and 1965

    Indonesia is preparing for a third round of executions under President Jokowi, almost one year since the death penalty was last enforced. As the President defended his stance during a tour of Europe this week, historic talks began in Jakarta on the 1965 anti-communist killings, and the role of women in Indonesia came into focus as the nation celebrated Kartini Day. Statue of Raden Adjeng Kartini, pioneer of Indonesian women's rights, in Jakarta. (Wikipedia.)
  • This week in Jakarta: Panama Papers, protests and traffic jockeys

    Jakarta this week joined the rest of the world in bracing for the impact of the 'Panama Papers' which were revealed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The names of around 800 Indonesian businesspeople and politicians were uncovered among the clients of Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca, including some well-known billionaires.
  • Australia's biggest embassy

    In conjunction with this month's launch of the Lowy Institute's Global Diplomacy Index, we present a series of pieces on the role and continued relevance of embassies.     Foreign minister Julie Bishop on Monday opened Australia's biggest, most expensive embassy — in Jakarta, Indonesia. The $415-million complex set on five hectares of land in central Jakarta is designed to host around 500 staff members from 14 agencies, a five-storey chancery, staff accommodation, recreation facilities and a m
  • Obama and Indonesia: It's complicated

    There's plenty to think about in Jeffrey Goldberg's wide-ranging article on the Obama Doctrine in the latest issue of The Atlantic. Sam Roggeveen has already given his take on Goldberg's interpretation of President Obama's comments about China.
  • This week in Jakarta: Ping-pong, censorship and emojis

    Indonesia's President Jokowi looked every bit the progressive leader on his visit to Silicon Valley in the US this week as he encouraged the use of social media to spread messages of peace and democracy, and even played a round of virtual ping-pong with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. But back home in Jakarta, the usual arguments were being had over censorship, pornography, and LGBT issues.