May 19, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

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Princess of populism

Megawati Soekarnoputri stakes her claim to opposition, but will it be enough to stem her party's decline?

Gus Dur’s 100 days

Abdurrahman Wahid’s life deserves serious and critical reflection

Censorship makes a comeback

Recent book bannings mark a return to the repressive practices of the New Order

Expectant fathers

Men should be more involved in maternal and newborn health care

Charting Indonesia's health

Systematic research paves the way for better strategies to improve health outcomes

Doctors in training

  Better assessment could provide the answer to problems caused by the rapid expansion of places available in Indonesian public medical schools

Marketing the Chinese face of Islam

Chinese Muslim preachers are popular, but they don’t always promote greater pluralism

The killings of 1965-66

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

Killing for God

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

Dictionary of a disaster

This mini-encyclopedia explains some of the key terms pertaining to the events of 1965-66

Accomplices in atrocity

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

Gerindra and 'Greater Indonesia'

Prabowo’s party has deep roots in Indonesian political mythology

The wives of Noordin Top

The media portrays women who marry terrorists as victims, but the reality is far more complex

Land titles do not equal agrarian reform

Activists split with Indonesia’s government over whether land registration helps the rural poor

Land and social justice

Communities struggle for access while reforms run aground

The right to choose

Indonesian activists keep fighting to have abortion decriminalised

Not just a piece of paper

The state’s requirements for marriage registration disadvantage poor rural women

W.S.Rendra (1935-2009)

The peacock is no more

'When Love Glorifies God'

Islamic film is emerging as a new genre in the Indonesian film world

Down but not out

Islamic political parties did not do well, but Islamic politics are going mainstream

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