HUM Contemporary


Powerful Earthquake kills Thousands in Java

27 May 2006

The 2006 earthquake, also known as Bantul earthquake, occurred on 5:54 local time on 27 May. It was calculated to be a magnitude of 6.2, with an estimate of 5700 killed, thousand injured and an estimate of $3.1 billion financial loss.

Terrorist Attack on Indonesian Hotels

Approx. 17 July 2009

The attack happened in July, several days after the presidential election. Two suicide bombers went to the JW Marriot and Ritz-Carlton hotels and caused destruction. Many were injured and killed. This event caused Indonesia to refocus their resources to fight against terrorism.

Foreigners Executed by Indonesian Police

29 April 2015

7 foreigners were executed on Nusa Kambangan prison after being convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to the death penalty. Pleas for clemency from the foreigners' home countries were ignored by newly elected president Joko Widodo, who justified his verdict in his belief that Indonesia was in a drug emergency. The executions were carried out on April 29, and costed Indonesia's relations and reputation among the international community.

Indonesia Investigates Missing WW2 Shipwrecks

November 2016

Indonesia agreed to work with the Netherlands to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several WW2 shipwrecks – considered war graves – from the bottom of the Java Sea. The discovery that at least six Dutch and British warships sunk in 1942 had miraculously vanished from the seabed – to have been believed salvaged for scrap – caused shock and dismay in Europe.


Crimea Annexed

Feb 2014 - March 2014

After the sudden disappearance of the Ukrainian president in February, Russia used the military to take over Crimea in the morning of March 14. Russia took over, with 80% of Crimea agreeing that Russia was better than Ukraine. Putin's decision was fueled by his belief that the land of Soviet Union belongs to Russia. This event made Russia an unpredictable and possibly dangerous country.

North America

Hurricane Katrina Strikes America

23 August 2005 - 31 August 2005

Hurricane Katrina was an extremely destructive and deadly tropical cyclone that was the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. The storm originated over the Bahamas on August 23 from the interaction between a tropical wave and the remnants of Tropical Depression Ten.


South African Gold Miners go on Strike

August 2013 - September 2013

The strike was led by the National Union of Mineworkers and demanded an increase of wages of 60%. Eventually, the mining companies settled a final offer of around 6%. The strike economically halted South Africa, and the government had to get involved. But the frequency of strikes so far has struck doubt into the citizens as to whether or not the reigning African National Congress could and would solve the issue.


Australia Accused of Bribing Smugglers

May 2015 - June 2015

Evidence suggests a police officer on an Australian custom's ship has paid the crew of a ship of asylum seekers a total of $31,000 USD in order for them to turn around and head back to Indonesia. The Indonesian government interrogated the ship's crew and its passengers and searched the ship, and all of the evidence supported the accusation. The Australian government has denied the accusations, but their replies were weak and prime minister Tony Abbott even released that he was proud of Australians who did whatever they could to stop refugees from entering Australia.

Australia's Worst Drought in More than a Century

February 2016

Reservoir levels in Australia dropped, crop forecasts were slashed, and much of the continent entered what scientists called a "one in a thousand years drought". The Murray-Darling river system, the source for three-quarters of the nation's water, reached a terrifying 54% below the previous record minimum.