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About Arpan
Arpan Rachman is a journalist based in Central Jakarta, Indonesia. I am working freely for international outlets as the winner of the Indonesia Stock Exchange writing contest and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance's fellow. My works appear publishing at Ant Daily (Kualalumpur), Prachatai (Bangkok), Torture Magazine-AHRC (Hong Kong), Free Press Kashmir (India), Global Voices (Amsterdam), China Dialogue (London), Kulturaustausch (Berlin), and Global Ground Media (Tallinn). I was an alumna of the English for Journalism by the University of Pennsylvania-Coursera and International Reporting: The Essential Toolkit by Thomson Foundation.
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Penetrasi 14 klub elit Eropa sumbang 17 bintang ke Piala Asia 2023

21 Jun 2024  |  www.alinea.id
The 2023 Asian Cup, held in Qatar from January 12 to February 10, will feature 17 players from 14 elite European clubs. Despite coinciding with the winter break in some European leagues, Premier League clubs will face several weeks without key players. Indonesia is proud to contribute one player, Wolves defender Justin Hubner. Managers like Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham's Ange Postecoglou acknowledge the importance of the tournament. Teams from Australia, Iraq, Malaysia, and South Korea have announced their final squads, while other countries have named provisional squads. Players from clubs like Arsenal, Brentford, Brighton, Liverpool, Tottenham, Wolves, and several Serie A and Ligue 1 teams are expected to participate. The final squads must be registered by January 2, 2024.

Dramatic Victory of Garuda Muda over South Korea in the Eyes of World Media

26 Apr 2024  |  www.alinea.id
Garuda Muda, under coach Shin Tae-yong, secured a dramatic 11-10 penalty shootout victory over South Korea U-23 in the quarterfinals of the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup in Qatar. The match, which ended 2-2 after extra time, saw Indonesia advance closer to their dream of qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics. International media, including ESPN, Channel News Asia, VN Express, and Bernama, highlighted Indonesia's surprising win and the emotional journey of coach Shin Tae-yong. The victory was celebrated by Indonesian Football Association President Erick Thohir, who praised the team's bravery and discipline.

Similarities between the 2023 Asian Cup and the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Ideal non-STY national team formation

20 Dec 2023  |  https://www.alinea.id/
The article discusses the Indonesian national football team's preparation for the 2023 Asian Cup and the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers, criticizing coach Shin Tae-yong for not changing the player lineup despite poor results in previous matches. It highlights the exclusion of Nadeo Argawinata, who has performed well for Borneo FC, and suggests an ideal team formation without Shin Tae-yong's current selections, featuring players who have been performing well in the domestic league.

Andre Onana's Smile Annoys Van Dijk

17 Dec 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Andre Onana's smile during a post-match interview annoyed Virgil van Dijk after a 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Manchester United. Van Dijk accused Onana of time-wasting, while Onana remained unfazed. The match saw Onana make eight crucial saves, helping United end Liverpool's home winning streak. Liverpool, now second in the league, were frustrated with the draw, while United, seventh, saw it as a positive outcome. Erik ten Hag emphasized the need for consistency, despite the team's struggles and injuries.

Looking at the map of Asian football, where ASEAN teams have not yet progressed

12 Dec 2023  |  alinea.id
Southeast Asian football's position within the Asian football landscape is exemplified by Buriram United's performance in the AFC Champions League 2023–2024. The Thai club, despite being a top team in the Thai Premier League, became the bottom of Group H after losing 3-2 at home to Japan's second-tier team Ventforet Kofu, which secured the top spot in the group. The defeat reflects a broader issue of underperformance by Southeast Asian teams in the competition, with other ASEAN clubs like Lion City Sailors, Kaya–Iloilo, Johor Darul Ta'zim, BG Pathum United, and Hanoi FC also failing to advance.

Strengthen relations, German Chancellor meets 3 ASEAN leaders

12 Dec 2023  |  www.alinea.id
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz aims to deepen economic ties with Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines to diversify trade relations in Asia and reduce dependence on China. Scholz's meetings with Southeast Asian leaders focus on economic cooperation, military training, and climate action. Discussions also touch on the Israel-Palestine conflict, with differing views on Hamas. Scholz emphasizes the importance of the Indo-Pacific region for Germany and the EU, advocating for intensified political and economic cooperation.

Hong Kong Residents Reject 'Patriots-Only' Election, Voter Turnout Plummets to 27.5%

10 Dec 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Hong Kong's district council elections on Sunday saw a sharp decline in voter turnout to 27.54%, a significant drop from the 71.23% in 2019. This follows Beijing's imposition of a national security law and electoral system changes ensuring only 'patriots' could participate, effectively barring pro-democracy candidates. The government's efforts to boost voter participation were unsuccessful, with many residents expressing apathy and dissatisfaction. Arrests were made for alleged election offenses, and prominent companies sponsored ads urging voter participation. The low turnout is seen as indicative of political apathy and discontent with the government.

Asian Cup 2023: Perhaps the Samurai Blue are more wary of Garuda

08 Dec 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Japan's national football team, led by coach Hajime Moriyasu, is preparing for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, aiming for a record fifth title. They are in a group with Vietnam, Indonesia, and Iraq, and despite being favorites, Moriyasu is cautious of the Southeast Asian teams. Japan has chosen Thailand for a friendly match to adapt to the Southeast Asian playing style. The team will feature players from various international clubs, excluding those from England, Italy, or Spain. Japan has a successful history in the Asian Cup, winning in 1992, 2000, 2004, and 2011, and has consistently performed well in World Cup qualifications and the Asian Cup finals.

Hanoi FC tumbangkan Urawa Red: Tanda Vietnam akan repotkan Jepang makin nyata?

06 Dec 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Hanoi FC's unexpected 2-1 victory over Urawa Red Diamonds in the AFC Champions League has raised questions about Vietnam's potential to challenge Japan in the upcoming Asian Cup. The match, held at My Dinh National Stadium, saw key performances from several Vietnamese national team players. The defeat led to Urawa Red's elimination from the competition, despite being the defending champions. The article also highlights the strategic coordination between the national teams and their respective clubs, emphasizing the potential strength of both Vietnam and Japan in the Asian Cup 2023, set to take place in Qatar.

Will Ekanit Panya compete for the FIFA Club World Cup trophy?

06 Dec 2023  |  alinea.id
Urawa Red Diamonds, the 2022 AFC Champions League winners, have been eliminated from the 2023-2024 season but will compete in the FIFA Club World Cup 2023. They defeated Club Leon and will face Manchester City in the semifinals. Ekanit Panya, a Thai international on loan from Muangthong United, has yet to play for Urawa but may debut in the Club World Cup. Manchester City, potentially featuring Erling Haaland who is recovering from injury, is favored to reach the final against Fluminense. The Club World Cup has a long history, originating from the Intercontinental Cup first held in 1960 between Real Madrid and Peñarol.

14 Middle Eastern referees in the 2023 Asian Cup, what can PSSI do?

04 Dec 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya's narrow victory over AGMK Uzbekistan in the AFC Champions League was insufficient for progression, highlighting Iraq's football struggles in Asia. The Indonesian national team faces challenges in the upcoming 2023 Asian Cup, particularly against Iraq, exacerbated by perceived biased refereeing from Middle Eastern officials. Criticism is directed at PSSI for its lack of influence in the AFC and failure to secure neutral referees, raising concerns about fair play and the potential impact on Indonesia's performance.

U-17 World Cup: Germany's Unyielding Mentality, France Locked in the Final?

02 Dec 2023  |  alinea.id
The U-17 World Cup final in Indonesia will feature a European duel between Germany and France. Germany seeks its first U-17 world title, having shown a strong offensive throughout the tournament, except for a 1-0 victory over Spain. France, with a solid defense, aims to avenge their Euro U-17 penalty shootout loss to Germany. Both teams have impressive track records, with Germany undefeated in their last 15 matches and France having won 11 of their last 13 U-17 World Cup games. Key players include Paris Brunner of Germany and Ismail Bouneb of France, both of whom have been instrumental in their teams' paths to the final.

From Hamas hostage, 17 Thai nationals return to Thailand

30 Nov 2023  |  alinea.id
Seventeen Thai nationals who were held hostage by Hamas in Gaza have safely returned to Bangkok. They were among 23 Thai hostages released so far. Khomkrit Chombua, one of the returnees, expressed relief and gratitude for his release. Thailand has been significantly affected by the conflict between Israel and Hamas, with at least 39 Thai nationals killed in an October 7 attack by Hamas and 32 taken hostage. Nine Thai citizens remain in Gaza, and the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs is committed to their return. The released hostages had been working in agriculture in Israel, benefiting from a labor agreement that provided better wages than in Thailand.

North Korea moves heavy weapons to the border, its satellites begin to spy on the US

27 Nov 2023  |  alinea.id
South Korea's Ministry of Defense revealed that North Korea is rebuilding guard posts and deploying heavy weapons along their border following the withdrawal from a military agreement designed to prevent war. This development comes after increased tensions due to North Korea's satellite launch, which contradicts UN sanctions. South Korea has suspended parts of the agreement and resumed air surveillance, while North Korea threatens to deploy more heavy weapons and satellites, violating UN Security Council sanctions. The satellite is said to monitor US and South Korean military movements, with state media KCNA reporting that Kim Jong-un received images of key US locations. South Korean officials confirmed the satellite's orbit but need more time to determine its functionality, amid speculations of Russian technological assistance in exchange for North Korean ammunition for the war in Ukraine.

Jakarta Weather and JIS Grass Favor Germany, Will Spain Fall?

24 Nov 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Germany and Spain are set to face off in the quarterfinals at Jakarta International Stadium, with Germany potentially having an advantage due to their familiarity with the field and weather conditions. Key players to watch include Germany's Noah Darvich and Spain's Pau Cubarsí, both of whom are expected to significantly influence the match's outcome. The article highlights Germany's strong tournament performance and strategic play, while also noting Spain's challenges and playing style.

Behind the scenes of the Hamas-Israel ceasefire mediation

22 Nov 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Qatar has been praised for its proactive mediation efforts in brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The negotiations, led by key Qatari diplomats including Abdullah Al Sulaiti and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, involved intensive discussions and shuttle diplomacy. The ceasefire agreement, which included terms for prisoner exchanges and the positioning of Israeli tanks, was reached after extensive negotiations involving multiple parties, including Mossad and Egyptian intelligence. The agreement was implemented on November 24, with Qatar playing a crucial role in bridging the gap between the conflicting demands of Israel and Hamas.

Israel kills journalists: Killing does not eliminate the truth

21 Nov 2023  |  alinea.id
An escalation in cross-border clashes between Israel and the armed group Hizbullah resulted in the deaths of three people, including two journalists from Al-Mayadeen, following an Israeli attack in southern Lebanon. Lebanese officials blamed Israel, while the Israeli military stated it was reviewing the incident. The attack occurred near the Israeli border, and Lebanon's interim Prime Minister Najib Mikati accused Israel of limitless crimes. Hizbullah retaliated by targeting Israeli soldiers and a military base. The violence has increased since a Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, with concerns of a broader regional conflict. At least 50 journalists have been killed in the Israel-Hamas war, with various media and organizations condemning Israel's actions and calling for international accountability.

Houthi hijack ship linked to Israeli company, 25 crew members held hostage: What is the ransom?

20 Nov 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Houthi militants hijacked a British-owned, Japanese-operated cargo ship in the southern Red Sea, holding 25 crew members hostage. The incident, described by Israeli officials as 'Iranian terrorism,' has international security implications. The Japanese government confirmed the hijacking and is seeking assistance from Saudi, Omani, and Iranian authorities for the ship's release. The ship, Galaxy Leader, is linked to Ray Car Carriers, founded by Israeli billionaire Abraham 'Rama' Ungar. The Houthi, supported by Iran, are using the hijacking to pressure Israel amid ongoing conflicts involving Hamas. The US military condemned the act, demanding the immediate release of the ship and its crew.

Japan is the True Blue Samurai

18 Nov 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Japan's national football team, known as the Samurai Blue, has shown impressive performance in recent matches, including historic victories over Germany and Spain in the 2022 World Cup group stage. Despite a puzzling loss to Costa Rica and an exit in the round of 16 against Croatia, Japan's team has demonstrated technical skill and tactical versatility. With a strong showing in friendly matches and numerous Japanese players excelling at the club level, Japan's prospects for the 2026 World Cup appear promising. Players like Ayase Ueda, Takefusa Kubo, Kaoru Mitoma, and Takumi Minamino have been highlighted for their contributions to the team's success.

Is Garuda Safe from the Claws of the Mesopotamian Lion?

16 Nov 2023  |  www.alinea.id
The Indonesian national football team is set to begin their second-round campaign in the Asian zone for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Iraq. Despite being the underdog in Group F, the team hopes to leverage the strategies of coach Shin Tae-yong. The match will be held at Basra International Stadium, where Iraq enjoys strong home support. Key players like Marc Klok and Sandy Walsh are crucial in countering Iraq's technical and mental advantages. The article highlights the importance of effective counter-attacks for Indonesia and predicts a significant possession advantage for Iraq.

U-17 World Cup: Brazil unstable in the eyes of Phelipe Leal

11 Nov 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Brazil's U-17 team, coached by Phelipe Leal, suffered a surprising 3-2 defeat to Iran in their opening match of the U-17 World Cup in Indonesia. Despite leading 2-0 at halftime, Brazil's emotional instability and inability to manage pressure led to their downfall. Leal emphasized the need for mental resilience as they prepare for their next matches against New Caledonia and England. The defeat is a significant blow to Brazil's reputation as the defending champions and record titleholders in the U-17 World Cup.

London Police Chief and UK Prime Minister Argue Over Pro-Palestine Demonstration

09 Nov 2023  |  alinea.id
A planned pro-Palestine demonstration in London has led to a tense political debate between UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the country's senior police officer, Mark Rowley, over whether the protest should be allowed to coincide with Remembrance Day. Sunak has described the timing as provocative and disrespectful, calling for a ban, while Rowley, head of the Metropolitan Police, has stated that there is no absolute power to ban protests and is committed to ensuring the demonstration proceeds without disruption. Home Secretary Suella Braverman has criticized the Metropolitan Police's handling of the protests, leading to widespread criticism, including from Labour's shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Despite over 160 arrests related to previous protests, the police believe the threshold for banning the upcoming demonstration has not been met.

Indonesia U-17 National Team Aims to Inspire Supporters

08 Nov 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Indonesia, with a population of over 270 million, is leveraging its passion for football to achieve sporting success. The senior national team has won gold at the SEA Games 2023 and qualified for the next Asian Cup in Qatar, while the U-23 team has also qualified for the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup. The U-17 team, coached by former international player Bima Sakti, has automatically qualified for the U-17 World Cup as the host. Sakti highlights the improved development of young players, citing the contributions of diaspora players like Welber Jardim and Amar Brkic. Iqbal Gwijangge, a product of the Liga TopSkor and captain of the U-16 team, has trained at Puskas Akademia FC in Hungary. The U-17 team is in Group A with Panama, Morocco, and Ecuador, and Sakti emphasizes the need to respect all opponents without overburdening the players.

Pulisic leaves AC Milan's victory due to injury, US national team also suffers

07 Nov 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Christian Pulisic's injury during AC Milan's 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League poses a significant concern for both his club and the US national team. Pulisic, a key player for the USMNT, was substituted after sustaining a muscle injury. This comes at a critical time as the USMNT prepares for important Concacaf Nations League matches against Trinidad and Tobago, with a spot in the Copa America at stake. The US team is already dealing with injuries to other key players, including Tyler Adams and Tim Weah.

Burkina Faso U-17 Coach Excited to Return to Bandung

03 Nov 2023  |  alinea.id
Brahima Traore, coach of the Burkina Faso U-17 national team, is excited to return to Bandung, Indonesia, for the U-17 World Cup, bringing with him high ambitions and the star striker quality of Alio. Traore, who played professionally in Indonesia, reminisces positively about his time in the country. Burkina Faso U-17's performance has been commendable, eliminating former world champions Nigeria to qualify for the U-17 World Cup in Indonesia. The team, known for its strong mentality and solidarity, will face France, South Korea, and the United States in Group E. The team's success is attributed to the individual talents of players like Souleymane Alio, who was named the Best Player of the African U-17 Cup 2023, and the tactical formation implemented by Traore.

There is a worrying trend of declining sperm quality

02 Nov 2023  |  alinea.id
Recent research highlights a concerning trend showing a decline in sperm count and semen quality over the years. A study by the University of Geneva investigated the potential impact of mobile phone use on these parameters. Over the past fifty years, there has been a significant decrease in sperm count, with environmental factors and lifestyle choices being contributing factors. The Geneva study, which included a large sample size and detailed data collection, suggests a correlation between frequent mobile phone use and reduced sperm concentration. However, limitations exist due to self-reported data, and a new study funded by the Federal Office for the Environment aims to measure electromagnetic wave exposure directly. The exact mechanisms of how mobile phone use affects semen quality are still to be revealed.

Panama U-17 World Cup: Panama's Youth Motivated by Their Seniors

31 Oct 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Panama's football scene is rapidly improving, with the senior men's team competing in their first World Cup in 2018 and the senior women's team debuting in the global finals in 2023. The U-17 team, motivated by their senior counterparts, is returning to the U-17 World Cup for the first time in a decade. Under the guidance of coach Mike Stump, who has been coaching in Panama since his twenties, the team secured their spot in the tournament after a hard-fought victory over Honduras in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Key player Kevin Walder, who scored four goals in the championship, stands out for his dribbling, ball control, and finishing skills. The team aims to make a significant impact in the upcoming World Cup in Indonesia.

Houthi Attack on Israel, Sign of Iran Being Drawn into Hamas-Israel War

31 Oct 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed missile and drone attacks targeting Israel, indicating Iran's deeper involvement in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in Gaza. The attacks, intercepted by Israel's Arrow missile defense system, mark a significant escalation, with implications for regional stability. The U.S. Navy and other regional actors are monitoring the situation closely, as Iran's support for Houthi and other militant groups like Hezbollah and Hamas continues to fuel tensions. The conflict risks overwhelming Israel's defense systems and expanding into a broader regional war.

Hurricane Otis like a bomb, ravages beautiful Acapulco

29 Oct 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Hurricane Otis, a Category 5 storm, devastated Acapulco, causing extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure, and resulting in significant loss of life and property. The storm's rapid intensification left little time for warnings, leading to a slow recovery process hampered by disrupted telecommunications. The Mexican government and military have mobilized to provide aid, but have faced criticism for their response. The storm has caused billions in damages, with thousands of homes, hotels, and hospitals affected. Efforts to restore the city are ongoing, with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador leading the recovery initiatives.

Police hunt for mass shooting suspect in Lewiston

26 Oct 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Hundreds of police officers are deployed across Maine to hunt for Robert R. Card, a 40-year-old man identified in connection with a mass shooting at a bar and bowling alley in Lewiston. The incident resulted in 16 to 22 deaths and dozens of injuries. Card, who has a history of mental health issues and is a trained firearms instructor and US Army reservist, was last seen driving a white SUV towards Lisbon. Authorities have urged residents in Lewiston and Lisbon to stay indoors as the search continues.

Malaysia stands with Palestine: Thousands of protesters in Kuala Lumpur support Gaza

24 Oct 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Thousands of protesters gathered in Kuala Lumpur to show Malaysia's solidarity with Palestinians amid deadly Israeli attacks in Gaza. The largest protest to date took place at Axiata Arena, with Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim addressing the crowd. Casualties in Gaza have exceeded 5,000 since October 7, with women and children making up 60% of the dead. Anwar condemned the violence and called for humanitarian treatment of Gazans. Protesters criticized Israel's self-defense claims and the intensifying airstrikes on civilian structures. Malaysia, a multicultural Southeast Asian country with historical ties to Palestine, does not have diplomatic relations with Israel but has a longstanding support for Palestinian sovereignty and rights.

U-17 World Cup: Canada's thirst for a first victory

10 Oct 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Canada is preparing for the U-17 World Cup in Indonesia, aiming for their first victory in the tournament. They will face Spain, Uzbekistan, and Mali in Group B. This marks their eighth participation, with their best hope being to secure a win. Key players include Kyler Vojvodic from Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who played a crucial role in their qualification. The team, coached by Andrew Olivieri, is currently in pre-tournament training in Indonesia, with the final squad to be selected soon.

Malaysia arrests 31 people related to illegal rare earth mining

04 Oct 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Malaysian authorities have arrested 31 individuals, including 21 foreigners, for alleged illegal rare earth mining in Perak. The arrests come as Malaysia seeks to ban the export of raw rare earth materials to prevent exploitation and resource loss. The detainees, including Chinese, Myanmar, and Vietnamese nationals, are accused of illegal mining in the Bintang Hijau Forest Reserve and face charges under Malaysian forestry laws. The article highlights the environmental and health impacts of rare earth mining, citing expert opinions and data on global reserves.

Former Minister of Youth and Sports is delighted to see the energy and mentality of the Young Garuda

26 Apr 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Former Minister of Youth and Sports Andi Alifian Mallarangeng expressed his joy over the Indonesian U-23 national team's victory against South Korea U-23 in the quarterfinals of the U-23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024. The match ended in a 2-2 draw, with Indonesia winning 11-10 on penalties. Andi praised the team's modern football skills, energy, and mentality, as well as the support from Indonesian fans in Qatar. He also highlighted the team's statistical dominance during the match and emphasized the importance of combining domestic and diaspora players for the future strength of Indonesian football.

Putin sets record in Russian presidential election victory

17 Mar 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Vladimir Putin is set to win the Russian presidential election with a record 87.4% of the vote, despite significant opposition and allegations of an unfair election process. The Kremlin claims this as a strong public endorsement, while opposition figures and international observers, including the White House, criticize the election's legitimacy. The election occurs amid ongoing conflict in Ukraine, with significant voter turnout and protests against Putin's rule. The results will extend Putin's tenure, making him the longest-serving Russian leader in over 200 years.

AFC Champions League 2023-2024: 28 consecutive wins, Al Hilal's world record

12 Mar 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Al Hilal defeated Al Ittihad in the AFC Champions League, setting a world record with their 28th consecutive win. The 2-0 victory secured their place in the semifinals with a 4-0 aggregate score. Coach Jorge Jesus praised the team's achievement but emphasized the importance of winning trophies. Al Hilal leads the Saudi Pro League by 12 points despite Neymar's injury. The club, along with Al Nassr, Al Ahli, and Al Ittihad, was taken over by Saudi's PIF in June 2023. Aleksandar Mitrovic has been instrumental, scoring 29 goals in 28 matches.

Singapore tightens rules for hiring foreign professionals

04 Mar 2023  |  www.alinea.id
Companies hiring foreign professionals in Singapore will need to offer higher minimum salaries to qualify for work visas starting next year, potentially affecting global businesses planning to send expatriates to the regional economic hub. The minimum monthly salary for new applicants will increase to SG$5,600 from SG$5,000, with higher thresholds for older workers and specific sectors like financial services. The Ministry of Manpower aims to ensure local job opportunities and maintain workforce quality. The new COMPASS framework will evaluate EP applicants based on salary, qualifications, company diversity, and local staff ratio.

King Harald V of Norway Hospitalized with Infection During Vacation in Malaysia

27 Feb 2023  |  www.alinea.id
King Harald V of Norway has been hospitalized in Malaysia due to an infection while on a private trip to the Southeast Asian country. The Norwegian Royal Family announced his condition on Tuesday, February 27. The 87-year-old king, who has been Norway's ceremonial head of state since 1991, has been hospitalized for infections several times in recent years and has undergone heart surgery. Crown Prince Haakon is leading the kingdom during his father's absence. Despite recent health concerns, officials have indicated that Crown Prince Haakon will continue with his domestic engagement plans. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre expressed his sadness and wished for the king's quick recovery.

Mystery of thousands of tons of dead fish: Impact of Fukushima nuclear?

08 Feb 2023  |  https://www.alinea.id/
Thousands of tons of dead fish, including sardines and mackerel, washed up on the shores of Hakodate in Hokkaido, northern Japan, sparking speculation that the release of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant has caused a disaster in the local ecosystem. Officials have not provided an explanation for the phenomenon, but Takashi Fujioka of the Hakodate Fisheries Research Institute suggested theories such as predator avoidance or ocean temperature changes. Residents were warned not to collect or consume the fish, which could lower oxygen levels in the water and affect the marine environment.

China feels provoked by the Philippines in the South China Sea

25 Dec 2022  |  www.alinea.id
The Chinese state media, People's Daily, accuses the Philippines of repeatedly violating China's territory in the South China Sea and colluding with extraterritorial forces, specifically the United States, to create trouble. Tensions between Beijing and Manila have escalated with mutual accusations, including an incident where a Chinese vessel allegedly collided with a ship carrying the Philippine military chief. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned of a strong response to any miscalculations in the dispute. The Philippines, under President Ferdinand Marcos Jr, is shifting away from its predecessor's pro-China stance and strengthening military ties with Japan and the US. Despite the heated rhetoric, both nations reaffirm their commitment to dialogue. Trade between China and the Philippines remains significant, but the Philippines is renegotiating loans with China for infrastructure projects. The US is leveraging its defense treaty with the Philippines to counter China's influence in the Indo-Pacific. Analysts suggest that while the recent exchanges are unlikely to lead to military conflict, the risk of small-scale clashes remains.

Chinese ships swarm in disputed South China Sea territory

14 Dec 2021  |  alinea.id
New satellite photos show a gathering of China's maritime militia ships around disputed territories in the South China Sea, a week after the Philippines reported about 135 ships swarming the area. Both China and the Philippines claim the uninhabited Whitsun Reef, which lies within the Philippines' internationally recognized exclusive economic zone. The United States Department of State has accused the fleet of unsafe and aggressive actions. The Philippine Coast Guard has observed the buildup for years, noting that the Chinese vessels ignore radio calls from patrol ships documenting their 'illegal presence.' China condemns Canada's support for the Philippines, stating that the South China Sea should not be a hunting ground for geopolitical interests. Tensions have escalated with confrontations centered around Second Thomas Shoal, with the U.S. voicing support for the Philippines.

Arpan Rachman · Contributor profile · Global Voices

19 May 2021  |  Global Voices
The Supreme Court of Indonesia has delivered a verdict against the foundation established by the country's late President Suharto, finding it responsible for the misappropriation of state funds over a period spanning from 1976 to 1998. The court has ordered Suharto's family to repay a substantial sum of 315 million US dollars to the Indonesian state. Suharto's tenure as the leader of Indonesia, which lasted from 1967 until 1998, has been scrutinized for corruption and the embezzlement of state assets. This ruling marks a significant development in the ongoing efforts to address past corruption and recover embezzled funds in Indonesia.

Coach Petar Segrt was resigned from PSM Makassar football club on June 11, 2013. This is our last time in the Lounge of Aryaduta Hotel, Makassar, before he left for Germany.

Indonesian Children Excel in Virtual Football Clinic Amid Pandemic

17 Jan 2021  |  Global Voices
The Biskuat Academy Championship, an annual children's football competition in Indonesia, was transformed into a virtual event called the 'Online Football School' due to the pandemic. From October to December 2020, around 1,900 Indonesian children participated in the online clinic, which was organized by Biscuit Mondelez Indonesia. The curriculum followed UEFA standards, and participants received training from professionals and mentorship from top Indonesian football teams. The event culminated in the selection of the top 20 finalists, with Ghazy Adindra Kaysan winning second place. The success of the event and Ghazy's story highlight the importance of continuing to nurture young talent during challenging times.

Contested Sand Mining and Corruption in South Sulawesi

31 Dec 2020  |  Global Ground Media
The article discusses the controversy surrounding sand mining on Kodingareng Island, South Sulawesi, for the construction of the Makassar New Port. Former governor Nurdin Abdullah has been detained on corruption charges related to infrastructure projects, with calls for further investigation into the Makassar New Port project. Companies with no prior experience in sand mining, led by individuals associated with Abdullah's campaign, were granted permits shortly after their establishment. The sand mining has had a detrimental impact on local fishermen's livelihoods, leading to protests and demands for compensation. The United Nations Environment Program has warned about the unsustainable scale of sand extraction globally. Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. won the tender for the port but did not consult with local villagers before starting the mining, and has not responded to requests for comment.

Delays and Environmental Damage: Indonesia’s High-Speed Rail Project Under Scrutiny

28 Jul 2020  |  China Dialogue
The construction of Indonesia's first high-speed rail line from Jakarta to Bandung has faced numerous setbacks, including environmental damage, poor management, and safety issues. The project, a joint venture between Indonesian state enterprises and a Chinese consortium led by Beijing Yawan HSR Co. Ltd., has been delayed multiple times since its inception in 2015. Issues such as floods, landslides, and an explosion have plagued the project, leading to a temporary halt ordered by the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing. Environmental NGOs have criticized the project for inadequate environmental impact assessments and public consultation. The rail line is intended to alleviate traffic and pollution, but has been linked to increased environmental problems, including exacerbated flooding due to poor water management. The Japanese International Cooperation Agency has been invited to re-join the project, which is now expected to be operational by 2022.

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