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Film review: From horror and porn stars…to Jokowi

Film review: From horror and porn stars…to Jokowi

KK Dheeraj’s unauthorised biopic is full of tears and belaboured symbolism

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Lampung’s sugar-coated elections

Lampung’s sugar-coated elections

Sugar Group financed the election of Lampung’s new governor to secure the renewal of its land leases

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Balancing business

Balancing business

Indonesia’s unions are engaging in electoral politics in unprecedented ways in an attempt to balance the influence of business

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The business of politics in Indonesia

The business of politics in Indonesia

Democratic institutions are increasingly burdened by the illicit transactions and collusive practices of politico-business elites

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A development policy agenda for a new administration

A development policy agenda for a new administration

Indonesia's economic and political transformation has been remarkable, now the challenge is to deliver rapid, broad-based improvements in living standards

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Jokowi for President? No!

Jokowi for President? No!

Riverbank settlers love Jokowi, but they don’t want him to become president

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Creative campaigners

Creative campaigners

While material inducements to voters have been prevalent in 2014, candidates also employ innovative campaign strategies to attract support

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Money politics

Money politics

The distribution of money, goods and other benefits is an integral part of electioneering in Indonesia

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Jokowi: Rise of a polite populist

Jokowi: Rise of a polite populist

Jokowi’s path to the presidency might not be as smooth as it once seemed, but he is still the front runner

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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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Review: Jokowi: From Solo to Jakarta and beyond?

Review:  Jokowi: From Solo to Jakarta and beyond?

Bob Lowry reviews the memoir of the current Jakarta governor and likely frontrunner for the 2014 presidential elections

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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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Maverick mayor to presidential hopeful

Maverick mayor to presidential hopeful

Jokowi’s record in public office justifies his strong public image

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Overprotection is not the answer

Overprotection is not the answer

Food self-sufficiency in Indonesia is a valid problem but so far the government has only provided counterproductive solutions

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Campaigning for agrarian reform

Campaigning for agrarian reform

Rahmat Ajiguna talks to Eve Warburton about the need to make farmers the centre of food security in Indonesia

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A matter of life or death for the Indonesian nation?

A matter of life or death for the Indonesian nation?

Hunger remains a problem in many Indonesian households

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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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A new tactical toolkit

A new tactical toolkit

The labour movement successfully adopted new tactics in their campaign for social security reform

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High stakes

High stakes

ASRIANA KEBON speaks to Indonesian underage minors who were returned to Indonesia following age determination hearings in Darwin

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