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September 8, 1996
The chief assumption underlying James Flanigan's Aug. 4 column ("Garment Industry Awaits Welfare Recipients") is fundamentally flawed. He argues that sweatshops flourish in Third World countries because U.S. retailers want to offer American consumers low-priced goods. Nike is but one giant corporation shopping around the world for cheap labor. This Oregon-headquartered firm doesn't produce a single shoe in the U.S. Instead its payroll for 12,000 workers in Indonesia was $5 million in 1994.
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WORLD
February 16, 2014 | By Paul Richter
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday called on Indonesians to mobilize against climate change, part of a broader effort to enlist help from developing nations that have resisted pressure to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking to a young audience at an urban shopping mall, Kerry made an impassioned argument that the archipelago's economy and physical survival is threatened as temperatures and water levels rise. He urged ordinary Indonesians to apply political pressure on leaders who, by overwhelming margins, still doubt the threat will affect their interests.
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January 6, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO BOROBUDUR, INDONESIA From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Yogyakarta is offered on Singapore, Thai, Air China, China Southern, Korean, Qantas, Philippine, Asiana and All Nippon, connecting to Garuda. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,299, excluding taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 62 (country code for Indonesia) and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Manohara Center for Borobudur Study, Jalan Badrawati, Borobudur, Magelang 56553; 293-788-680, http://www.borobudurpark.co.id . A small, charming guest house originally built for archaeologists and researchers on the grounds of Borobudur with a good restaurant, introductory video and sunrise tours; doubles start around $76, including temple admission, breakfast and tea. Amanjiwo, 293-788-333, http://www.amanresorts.com/amanjiwo/home.aspx . A luxurious Aman resort hidden above Borobudur with a silver leaf-covered ceiling in the restaurant, graceful limestone pool and other-worldly suite; rates start around $750 a night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Christopher Koch, one of Australia's most acclaimed novelists, whose 1978 thriller "The Year of Living Dangerously" illuminated the political and cultural turmoil in Indonesia after World War II, died of cancer Monday in Hobart, Australia. He was 81. His death was confirmed to Australian news media by his agent, Margaret Connolly. During a 55-year career, Koch wrote at least eight novels, which often explored Australians' engagement with their near-neighbors in Asia. "Highways to War" (1995)
TRAVEL
March 10, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO THE MALUKU ISLANDS, INDONESIA From LAX, Cathay Pacific, Singapore, Virgin AustraIia, Malaysia Airlines, China Airlines and EVA offer connecting service (change of planes) to Denpasar International Airport on Bali. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $950, including fees and taxes. I recommend going a few days early to explore Bali before the official trip begins. The Seven Seas will arrange domestic flights from Bali to Flores to meet the ship, as well as the return, and will include hotel layovers at an additional cost.
WORLD
November 2, 2009 | John M. Glionna
The monkey, shackled to an iron stake, paced a narrow strip of dirt filled with its own excrement. As people laughed and pointed, the creature bared its teeth and lunged at the end of its line. "He gets angry," said one trader at the teeming animal market here. "Like a little person." Irma Hermawati gets angry too. The 31-year-old Javanese native is an investigator for the nonprofit group ProFauna, which lobbies on behalf of what she believes is Indonesia's most precious resource: its indigenous wildlife.
WORLD
July 10, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
For four long years, Reni Sualeha has lived in the shadow of a monster, a menacing chemical flow of fetid gray mud that belches unchecked from the bowels of the earth near her home. Known as the Lusi mud volcano, its spread is so relentless — burping noxious gas, swallowing communities, killing 14 people and forcing the evacuations of 60,000 — that some say it could star in its own sci-fi thriller. Those in the United States who are wondering just how long the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico could possibly keep gushing should listen to Sualeha's cautionary tale.
NEWS
November 19, 2011
Do primates eat, pray, love? This monkey, photographed by Stephanie Huynh, seems to think so. Huynh, who recently moved to Yokohama, Japan, from San Diego, was in Bali earlier this month celebrating her fifth wedding anniversary. While she was visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest, this character and bowl caught her attention. "I really liked the essence of this shot …as the monkey appears to be much more human-like," she said. Huynh used a Canon EOS Rebel T1i. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
WORLD
September 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Powerful earthquakes struck Indonesia and Japan, triggering tsunami alerts, but no wave was reported in Indonesia and Japan's measured just 4 inches. No damage or injuries were reported immediately. Indonesia's preliminary magnitude was 6.6 and Japan's was 7.
NATIONAL
June 4, 2010 | By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau
President Obama is putting off his June trip to Indonesia and Australia, postponing the visit for a second time this year as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues unabated. President Obama is putting off his June trip to Indonesia and Australia, postponing the visit for a second time this year as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues unabated. Obama called the leaders of both countries Thursday night to convey his regrets, according to a senior administration official.
SCIENCE
August 30, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Scientists have discovered the third known species of walking shark in Indonesia. Which means that there are, apparently, other walking shark species. And also, that sharks walk. Time to take a moment to let that sink in. Meanwhile, watch the video above. The new species, called Hemiscyllium halmahera , is a type of epaulette shark described in the journal Aqua: the International Journal of Ichthyology. The shark lives off the coral reefs along the coast of Halmahera, a remote Indonesian island.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan
"The Act of Killing," one of the most remarkable, most talked about documentaries of the year, is expanding its Los Angeles-area run starting Friday. Director Joshua Oppenheimer accurately calls this "a documentary of the imagination," and it takes more than a little getting used to. It's a mind-bending film , devastating and disorienting, that disturbs us in ways we are not used to being disturbed. An examination of a massive anti-Communist slaughter in Indonesia, it raises questions about the nature of documentary, the persistence of evil, and the intertwined ways movies function in our culture and in our minds.
SCIENCE
May 17, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
When the magnitude 9 earthquake struck Japan more than two years ago, there were 1,200 global positioning system stations recording ocean floor movement in real time. None was linked to that nation's tsunami warning system, which underestimated the full impact of the inundation that killed more than 18,000 people, left at least 350,000 homeless and caused meltdowns in three nuclear reactors. Data from those GPS stations could have produced a more accurate warning within three minutes, including a better estimate of wave sizes and tremor magnitude, a team of European researchers has found.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
"Java Heat" is a good-looking thriller made of rickshaws and machine guns, with Mickey Rourke as a French villain and "Twilight" actor Kellan Lutz a hyper-buff art student who isn't everything he seems. But the film's anthropological interest in Indonesia is the smartest thing in an otherwise familiar scramble of kidnapped babes, expensive jewelry and millions of bullets. Indonesia, as the opening credits inform, is home to the largest Muslim population in the world. Writer-director-model Conor Allyn and his co-writer, dad Rob, live part time in Java and their intimacy with the country shows.
SCIENCE
May 7, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
What does a volcano look like from 438 miles above the Earth's surface? Thanks to NASA and its new Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite (LDCM), you can see for yourself. On April 29, the satellite captured two images of the Paluweh volcano spewing a plume of smoke that drifted for miles off the 5-mile wide volcanic island. The volcano, which looks like a wrinkly green blob from space, sits in Indonesia's Flores Sea. The satellite actually sent two images of the volcano using different imaging techniques.
WORLD
April 5, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Eleven members of an elite Indonesian military unit were behind the slayings of four detainees at the Cebongan prison last month, military investigators told reporters this week. Brig. Gen. Unggul K. Yudhoyono said the prison killings were a revenge attack after a member of Kopassus, a military unit that conducts special operations, was fatally stabbed at a cafe, Indonesian media reported. The slain men had been arrested after his death. Masked gunmen stormed into the prison March 23 and fatally shot the four suspects.
WORLD
January 4, 2009 | Associated Press
A series of powerful earthquakes in remote eastern Indonesia killed at least three people today as it cut power lines, flattened a hotel and damaged other buildings, officials and witnesses said. Five people were injured when several floors of the hotel collapsed in Manokwari, the provincial capital of West Papua, and a search was underway for people who might have been trapped in the rubble. An emergency room assistant said the bodies of a man and boy were brought to a hospital.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor in chief was closed to the public Thursday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the Jakarta courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings. Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted. Under Indonesian law, indecency trials are closed when witness testimony is being heard to avoid obscene material or discussions being made public.
TRAVEL
March 10, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO THE MALUKU ISLANDS, INDONESIA From LAX, Cathay Pacific, Singapore, Virgin AustraIia, Malaysia Airlines, China Airlines and EVA offer connecting service (change of planes) to Denpasar International Airport on Bali. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $950, including fees and taxes. I recommend going a few days early to explore Bali before the official trip begins. The Seven Seas will arrange domestic flights from Bali to Flores to meet the ship, as well as the return, and will include hotel layovers at an additional cost.
TRAVEL
March 10, 2013 | By Nancy Baron, Special to the Los Angeles Times
MALUKU ISLANDS, Indonesia - Perched on the edge of a skiff, I felt a trickle of sweat inch down my cheek. A heavy scuba tank pulled at my back as I adjusted my mask, feeling claustrophobic in all this gear and anxious about making this dive. How did I get here? I had come a long way to be sitting on this gunwale under a brilliant sun somewhere in Indonesia's Banda Sea: flights from Los Angeles to Bali and Flores, then motoring on calm seas past volcanic islands and coral atolls, white beaches and palm trees.
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