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Back with a vengeance

Back with a vengeance

Former migrant workers are finding new empowerment in the bureaucratic jungle of legal aid

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Wasted talent

Wasted talent

Returned migrant workers have much to offer, but have trouble achieving recognition for the skills they’ve developed abroad

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Leaving Indonesia

Leaving Indonesia

As this edition shows, the choices faced by those who leave Indonesia for work are anything but simple

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Costly inducements

Costly inducements

Pocket money given to intending migrant domestic workers comes at a price

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Passports optional

Passports optional

Indonesian migrant workers without visas - or sometimes even passports - rely on the help of middlemen to get past immigration checkpoints into East Malaysia

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Token gestures

Token gestures

Despite recent government negotiations, Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia remain disempowered

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American dreams

American dreams

Undocumented Indonesian migrant labourers - known locally as kuli dollar - work long hours in difficult conditions in search of prosperity in Philadelphia

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A matter of luck

A matter of luck

Migrant domestic workers aspire to more than their home communities can offer and are willing to take risks to change their lives

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Oppressed and they know it

Oppressed and they know it

Indonesian fishers in Taiwan are beginning to fight back

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Learning to lead

Learning to lead

Against the odds, Indonesian domestic workers have achieved real change in Hong Kong

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Rulers in their own country?

Rulers in their own country?

Special autonomy and Papuan aspirations have been thwarted by Jakarta and hampered by the administrative fragmentation sponsored by local politicians

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Brothers in arms

Brothers in arms

Papuan footballers score goals against HIV.

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Tangguh goes onstream

Tangguh goes onstream

BP’s massive LNG project is due to begin operations in late 2008, despite social and environmental costs

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Inventing Papua

Inventing Papua

Migrants from South Sulawesi have played an important role in manufacturing a Papuan identity

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Seeking Soeparno

Seeking Soeparno

A man who left his home to work in a plantation half-way around the world

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Colonial legacy

It may be true that Java rules Indonesia. But Javanese labourers in Sumatra, writes BUDI AGUSTONO, have been at the bottom of the heap for generations.

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Aceh homebound?

Aceh homebound?

In the wake of peace, Acehnese living in Malaysia are thinking about return. But it can be tough leaving a new life to start afresh back home.

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Shifting faultlines

Shifting faultlines

In the aftermath of religious conflict, ethnic difference is becoming more prominent in Ambon

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Living in peace

Living in peace

The village of Oelua proves that Indonesians can live with difference.

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A cultural carnival?

Observing social change in Papua

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