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

Sumatra

Community engagement

Don’t ignore REDD’s impacts on communities!

Who owns the carbon?

Indonesia’s carbon stores spark international attention

On death row

Dozens of Acehnese drug offenders face the death penalty in Malaysia

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.

The trouble with oil palm

Conflicts between villagers and plantation companies in Sumatra are still unresolved

The Aceh Party

The elections were tense in Aceh but in the end helped to consolidate the peace process

Gestures of power and grace

As Minang dance shows, the guiding rules of culture are often unspoken

Surviving conflict

Aceh’s performing arts have blossomed despite the conflict and the tsunami

Patrolling sexuality

The authorities and the media promote vigilantism in Aceh

Aceh on a knife's edge

There are big dangers in declaring success too soon

Hubs and wires

Internet use in Indonesian NGOs is strengthening civil society

Against the grain

Two Chinese-Indonesian women are role models for the younger generation

Through a building darkly

The story of the Teochiu Huikuan building in Medan provides insights into Chinese Indonesians’ history of dispossession

We miss you wali nanggroe

Hasan di Tiro returns to an Aceh in transition

The end of fasting

Evolving performances at Hari Raya celebrations are a window into deeper cultural change

Jungle Schools

Volunteers bring alternative education to marginalised communities

The peace dividend

With no internal wars to fight, Yudhoyono can afford to reform the military.

Basket case to showcase

How Indonesia’s democratic transition transformed Aceh.

Modelling syariah in Aceh

A conference in Banda Aceh reveals divergent opinions about what model of Islamic law Aceh should adopt

Politics of symbolism

Unionists express their disgust at local government’s failure to look after the interests of workers

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