Dec 05, 2022 Last Updated 6:29 AM, Nov 29, 2022

Java

Homophobia on the rise

Recent attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender meetings reveal the growing influence of Islamist groups and highlight unequal protection of citizenship rights

Religious Bandung

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

God and democracy

A Christian church is asserting its democratic rights by suing the mayor of Depok

Driving under the New Order

The tumultuous events of 1965 thwarted Liong Tjie Tjong’s writing aspirations

Celebrating community

A temple procession brings Chinese culture to life in Jakarta’s streets

Hunted communists

Many of those accused of being communists fled to South Blitar after the Surabaya crackdown, only to become the target of the Trisula Operation in 1968

Sensitive truths

The exhumation of mass graves from 1965-66 is a fraught and dangerous business

I'm still here

Forty-five years later, survivors are telling their stories about their suffering in detention 

Terror in Tandes

Two villagers from the rural fringe of Surabaya recall the most frightening night of their lives

Fauzi Abdullah (1949-2009)

Indonesian labour activists are mourning the passing of a great man

The addiction cycle

Photo-essay: Drug users in Jakarta are trapped in a deadly equation

Social justice by design

Architect Antonio Ismael Risianto promotes planning for the urban poor

Development for the rich

Gated communities are built with little concern for their social and environmental impacts

When money rules over voice

Regional autonomy and spatial planning in Bandung benefits the elite

Too precious to mine

Central Java farmers refuse to get stuck in cement

Fighting over the land and forest

Century-old conflicts persist in the vast tracts of Indonesia that are designated as state forest

A city without social justice

Jakarta needs more green space, but not at the expense of the poor

Heritage and paradox

Wayang Golek is proclaimed a masterpiece, but what is its future?

Equal access?

Indonesia’s premier university needs to take action to improve facilities for disabled students

Ponari and the sorcerer's stone

A little boy’s miracle-working throws light on the workings of the Indonesian state and the hunger for salvation amongst ordinary people

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