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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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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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Review: Voices from the unheard

Review: Voices from the unheard

Leila S. Chudori’s novel Pulang is an important addition to a growing literature examining the events of 1965-66 and its aftermath

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Not that I don't love

Not that I don't love

This short story, written by an ex-political prisoner, has never been published in its original Indonesian version. We cannot disclose the author's real name or the various pseudonyms under which she has been publishing since her release.

A member of Gerwani, a women's organisation with alleged connections with the Indonesian Communist Party, banned since the so-­called coup of September 1965, the author seems to have started writing fiction only after her detention. The experience colours much of her writing.

Most of her short stories are about the down and out, the women whom poverty has driven to theft, begging and prostitution, the 'criminals' (or were they the victims?) with whom the author shared her prison cells.

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Review: Suharto’s guardians and reluctant reformers

Review:  Suharto’s guardians and reluctant reformers

A new publication tells the story of the first graduates of the joint Indonesian Armed Forces Military Academy

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Review: Lieutenant General Djaja Suparman tells his story

Review: Lieutenant General Djaja Suparman tells his story

Editor’s note: For Indonesia-watchers the activities of the military and its leaders remain largely opaque and perhaps even menacing. In recent years the steady stream of memoirs and biographies by and about military leaders has, in some cases, assuaged some of this mystery and in others, added to the intrigue. As the public and judicial gaze has increasingly turned to the actions of military leaders with connections to the New Order, the memoir has been engaged by some as a form of testimony in an effort to ‘clear their name’. Whatever the motivation, with each new addition to this genre, we are offered new insights into the fractious and often treacherous ‘interior’ world of the Indonesian Armed Forces.

Suparman holds the line but reveals some new insights into the transition of power after the fall of the New Order

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Review: From the dark side

Review: From the dark side

Jusuf Wanandi’s memoir allows glimpses into the mindset of Suharto-era officialdom

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Reviews: Flipping the national story of 1965

Reviews: Flipping the national story of 1965

Recent ground-breaking publications, an internationally award-winning film and a major conference are opening up new truths about Indonesia’s past

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An interview with Joshua Oppenheimer

An interview with Joshua Oppenheimer

The filmmaker explains that The Act of Killing exposes the imagination of terror

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Review: When perpetrators speak

Review: When perpetrators speak

Joshua Oppenheimer’s groundbreaking new film raises disturbing questions about why perpetrators of the 1965-66 mass killings still enjoy impunity for their actions

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Review: An act of manipulation?

Review: An act of manipulation?

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing is a bold, disturbing and ultimately unsatisfactory exploration of the place of violence in modern Indonesia

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'Truth takes a while, justice even longer'

'Truth takes a while, justice even longer'

In 2012 significant new information exposed critical truths about the 1965 massacres in Indonesia, but there remain major obstacles to recovery and reconciliation

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Time bomb in Bali

Time bomb in Bali

A culture that suppresses conflict disguises decades-long tensions in Balinese communities

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The killings of 1965-66

The killings of 1965-66

Even now, Indonesians find it difficult to face the traumatic events of the past

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Accomplices in atrocity

Accomplices in atrocity

The mass killings of 1965-66 in Indonesia were international, not just local, events - and the US played an important role

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Killing for God

Killing for God

When Nahdlatul Ulama members killed communists, they believed they were doing it for God

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Terror in Tandes

Terror in Tandes

Two villagers from the rural fringe of Surabaya recall the most frightening night of their lives

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Hunted communists

Hunted communists

Many of those accused of being communists fled to South Blitar after the Surabaya crackdown, only to become the target of the Trisula Operation in 1968

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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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I'm still here

I'm still here

Forty-five years later, survivors are telling their stories about their suffering in detention 

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