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From the archive: Staying the executioners' guns?


Inside Indonesia revisits a series of articles from its archive on the theme of the death penalty. We asked the authors of these articles to write an update to accompany their pieces


Politics from below

Picture of Prabowo on a car - Vembri Waluyas

Street vendors have organised successfully at the local level, but effective national organisation has proved more elusive

Regions: National
Politics: Politics Elections Social Movements
Society: NGOs
Human Rights: Political Rights

Back with a vengeance

Indonesian migrant workers hone their activist sensibilities at a protest in Hong Kong - istolethetv at

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

Film review: Bitter Honey

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Robert Lemelson’s latest documentary film takes his audience inside the lives of the women, men and children living in polygamous families in Bali

Article Type: Reviews
Regions: Bali
Arts: FilmCinema
Law: Adat
Society: Gender
Religion: Hinduism

The paradox of virtual youth politics

A user-generated computer game developed by Jokowi’s team asks supporters to join Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla on impromptu visits - Generasi Optimis

Social media promotes political engagement among youth, but at the expense of accurate information and real-world political effects

Article Type: Editorial
Politics: Politics Elections Social Movements
Society: Youth Culture

Film review: Daniel Ziv’s acclaimed 'Jalanan'

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A film that takes the viewer deep into the lives of three people living on Jakarta's margins

Article Type: Reviews
Regions: Java
Politics: Local Politics
Arts: FilmCinema
Society: Marginalised Groups Urban Indonesia
Economy: Poverty

Fifteen years of Sinetron Religi

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The religious influence of prime-time television in Indonesia

Article Type: Editorial
Arts: Television
Religion: Islam

An agrarian reform agenda for Jokowi

Community members in Central Kalimantan attempt to prevent the planting of palm oil on land they claim as their own - Save Our Borneo

Jokowi must accommodate customary rights lest his development agenda spur land conflicts

The case of Gregorius Rato

Gregorius Rato - Irfan Kortschak

The criminalisation of a whistleblower shows how corruption can entangle even participatory development programs