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Review: Coming to terms with 1965

Review: Coming to terms with 1965

Can the descendants of both sides of 1965 come together to help the nation achieve reconciliation?

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Election year

Election year

  Edward Aspinall

Indonesia’s legislative elections offer a window into the deep forces shaping the country, and a glimpse of its political future

Indonesia is part way through its election year, having held its legislative elections on 9 April, and with the country now gearing up for the first round of the presidential polls in July. With more than 235,000 candidates running for seats in national, provincial and district legislatures around the country, the April poll was a massive logistical affair. It was also the culmination of years of effort, expense and stress for a huge number of people. Yet in some ways, the actual results of the election were an anti-climax.

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Remembering Munir

Remembering Munir

A museum dedicated to the memory of the famous activist strives to promote human rights awareness among the younger generation

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Seeking identity, seeking Indonesia

Seeking identity, seeking Indonesia

Pulang's author reflects on writing the stories of those unseen and unheard

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Big prison, little prison

Big prison, little prison

Stories from Papua’s political prisoners show life at the edge of freedom

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On the struggle for press freedom

On the struggle for press freedom

Former political prisoner Eko Maryadi speaks to Nikki Edwards about his incarceration during the New Order

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Christmas in a prison camp

The following excerpts are taken from a diary of letters kept by an Australian woman who lived in Java, Kalimantan and Bali for nine years. In this letter, written in January 1978, the author describes her visit to a detention camp for women political prisoners Just after Christmas 1977. The prisoners have since been released.

The letter begins with a description of the long drive from Semarang west to Pelantungan where the camp was located up in the mountains. The visit was arranged by a Dutch pastor, 'Co'. Fenton-Huie was accompanied by the pastor's wife, Phia, and a Dutch nursing sister, Truus. After abandoning their car which could not travel the last stretch of the rough rocky road, the women had to walk the final kilometres to the camp, which also held 40 delinquent boys. The visitors shared a simple Indonesian meal in the house of one of the guards before entering 'a large barracks-type hall' to witness the camp's Christmas concert.

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Review: At the scene of the crime

Review: At the scene of the crime

Essays, reflections and poetry on East Timor, 1999-2010

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Living without a state

Living without a state

People in rural Papua are more interested in basic services than grand political struggles

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Survival through slavery

Survival through slavery

Suspected communists who survived the killings of 1965-66 in South Sulawesi spent the next 20 years working for the military in an isolated jungle camp

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The Papua dilemma

The Papua dilemma

Personal reflections on an ongoing challenge

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Negotiating the past and looking to the future

Negotiating the past and looking to the future

Meaningful dialogue about the future of Papua requires that Indonesians and Papuans honestly address the past

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West Papua 40 years on

West Papua 40 years on

Reflecting on the Act of Free Choice and the integration of West Papua into Indonesia

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A violation of international law

A violation of international law

Indonesia’s claim to sovereignty over West Papua rests upon an unsound legal basis

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Aceh on a knife's edge

Aceh on a knife's edge

There are big dangers in declaring success too soon

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Learning from Malaysia's mistakes

Learning from Malaysia's mistakes

Chinese Indonesians must re-enter politics in order to fully exercise their citizenship

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Through a building darkly

Through a building darkly

The story of the Teochiu Huikuan building in Medan provides insights into Chinese Indonesians’ history of dispossession

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West Papua: Inside Indonesia?

West Papua: Inside Indonesia?

This edition of Inside Indonesia marks an important anniversary, and explores the multiple faces of Indonesian Papua today

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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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Freedom of expression

Freedom of expression

Whether Papuans support autonomy or independence, they should be allowed to speak freely

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