Indonesia's New Deal

Democracy, for all its imperfections, at least offers society's less fortunate the hope that their lives might one day change for the better. This is a perk that Kurnia Riza, one of millions of downwardly mobile Indonesians, does not take lightly. The soft-spoken 28-year-old was until recently a purchasing agent and union representative at a Jakarta factory run by a South Korean company that made backpacks for brands including Adidas and Jansport. But on July 1, management informed the union that the factory was closing and production was being moved to China because the costs of doing business in Indonesia were...

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