May 16, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022


Sulawesi's fifth gender

What if there were not just two genders, but five? In Indonesia, there are

Peace journalism in Poso

When reporting ethnic conflict, journalists can make a difference

Waiting for peace in Poso

Why has this Muslim-Christian conflict continued for three years?

Peace for Poso

Highlighting the state's role may help stop the Poso conflict

Who is calling for Islamic Law?

The struggle to implement Islamic Law in South Sulawesi

Plundering the Sea

Regulating trawling companies is difficult when the navy is in business with them

Security Disorders

Sending Troops is not Going to Solve Regional Conflicts

Making peace newsworthy

Indonesian journalists attend a peace journalism training workshop in Manado

AIDS education

The government works with waria in South Sulawesi

Shrinking penis disease

The mysteries of koro puzzle doctors, but dukun come to the rescue

Profiting from displacement

In search of honest, well-designed aid for people displaced by the Poso conflict

We were slaves in a free country

Maid Halim, a communist, wants the state to admit its crimes

Opponents of Islamic Law

Diverse responses to proponents of Islamic law indicate democracy is healthy in South Sulawesi

The occupation of Dongi-Dongi

Do resettlement failures justify deforestation?

Trees or people?

The interests of local people aren’t served by keeping them out of national parks

Re-drawing Sulawesi's map

New provincial borders don’t solve old problems

Missing the boat?

What happens when wandering sea nomads have to settle?

Riding PELNI

Jesus tattoos, karaoke and the bearded cleric — welcome aboard!

Legacy of conflict

Bugis IDPs have travelled as warriors, farmers, fishers and traders

Writing back

Local theatre in Makassar reveals a backlash against Java-centrism

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