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Barking mad, biting back

Barking mad, biting back

Cultural clashes emerge as Bali struggles to eradicate rabies

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Defending murder

Defending murder

A marriage of convenience lies behind a campaign to defend Kopassus soldiers on trial for murder in Yogyakarta

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Strange bedfellows

Strange bedfellows

An unlikely alliance between former rebels and a former New Order tormentor will test the limits of Partai Aceh loyalty

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Married with children

Married with children

The second round of direct elections for governors and district heads shows that democratisation is allowing powerful families to entrench themselves in local politics

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The middle of nowhere

The middle of nowhere

Highland communities in Papua are demanding access to services, but there is a limit to what can be offered in the most remote settlements

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A healthcare revolution in the regions

A healthcare revolution in the regions

Regional governments around Indonesia are devising new and ambitious free healthcare schemes for their electorates, but to what end?

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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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Tweeting about politics

Tweeting about politics

Indonesian politicians want to raise their public profile but don’t want the criticism

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Angels and demons

Angels and demons

While a famous ‘reformer’ tries to undermine Indonesia’s local democratic institutions, the predators come to the rescue

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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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Supporting syariah, advancing women

Supporting syariah, advancing women

The life and work of an Islamic teacher in Aceh shows that the struggle for gender equality is about much more than syariah.

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Resistance through memory

Resistance through memory

The victims of the Lapindo mudflow disaster continue to assert their rights to compensation

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Stopping the flow

Stopping the flow

Lapindo Brantas’ involvement in the Surabaya Post has restricted the way journalists report on the mudflow

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Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil

Pining for the certainty of the Suharto era

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God and democracy

God and democracy

A Christian church is asserting its democratic rights by suing the mayor of Depok

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Prosperity denied

Prosperity denied

Mining is booming in East Nusa Tenggara, but where is the wealth going?

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Corrupting politics

Corrupting politics

Corruption continues to shape the political landscape in Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia’s richest district

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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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