Apr 27, 2017 Last Updated 12:31 PM, Apr 25, 2017

Decentralisation

A parliamentary free-for-all

The DPR/MPR building

Indonesia’s political parties have lost control over the national budgeting process, as members of parliament prioritise their constituencies – and themselves.

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Cultural heritage: The politics of pictures of Indonesia

When visitors take pictures of Indonesia, they tend to photograph Indonesia’s cultural heritage.  These pictures share certain qualities. They seem harmonious and to be of activities or places that have remained the same for generations or centuries. They also often exclude people or represent them as bound by history and relics of a past era

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Famine and fraud

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A story of mass starvation tells us much about media coverage and local government in Papua

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Married with children

It runs in the family: the Limpo clan on display, Michael Buehler

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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Land of ghosts

Bauzi women in a health class for new and expectant mothers  Bobby Anderson

Papua’s rural lowlands are being transformed by an encroaching global economy, but what happens to the people there is an open question

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Religious Bandung

Religious Bandung

Bandung’s government opts for a religious program that matches the city’s character

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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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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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Corruption Inc

Corruption Inc

Controlling local corruption is one thing; tackling the big guys in Jakarta is quite another

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Latest Articles

A lottery love affair

Apr 25, 2017 - THIJS SCHUT

Discussing the lottery at the end of the day. (Thijs Schut)

In Flores, a Singaporean lottery based on the Chinese zodiac is a popular pastime

Online dating apps blocked

Apr 18, 2017 - DINA LISTIORINI AND SHARYN GRAHAM DAVIES

Screenshot: A young man looks over the Grindr app interface. (Brondongmanis Channel via Youtube)

A government crackdown on dating apps is depriving LGBT Indonesians of a crucial resource

Iswadi Pratama, an auteur of Indonesian theatre

Apr 11, 2017 - CARANISSA DJATMIKO

Pratama's production of The Age of Bones. '...theatre is the perfect medium for representing real and powerful stories.' (Teater Satu)

Indonesia’s foremost theatre director, the internationally acclaimed Iswadi Pratama, staged an extraordinary eight productions in 2016

Book extract: Sarongge

Apr 04, 2017 - TOSCA SANTOSO

(Agus Andrianto for CIFOR, via Flickr)

Lontar Modern Indonesia: ‘But that is, after all, the relationship between land and power... Whoever holds power will impose their view.’

Petikan buku: Sarongge

Apr 04, 2017 - TOSCA SANTOSO

(Agus Andrianto for CIFOR, via Flickr)

Lontar Modern Indonesia: ‘Siapa yang pegang kuasa, akan paksakan pandangannya tentang bagaimana cara mengatur aset alam itu.’

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