Aug 13, 2022 Last Updated 8:00 AM, Aug 9, 2022

Local Politics

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

Genocide and demographic transformation in Papua

A response to Jim Elmslie and Stuart Upton

The Aceh Party

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

Not just an elite game

In Bali, it’s neither policy, parties nor entrenched elites, but image-savvy politicians and an all-powerful media that are dominating the new electoral landscape

Seeking representation

Activists in Palu remain confined to the political margins

Suicide and progress in modern Nusantara

While it’s tragic that some candidates kill themselves after Indonesian elections, at least they aren’t killing each other

Winning the villages

Grassroots political operators hold the key to many candidates’ success

The election as a Karya Agung ritual

Listening to the grassroots explain the 2009 general election in Bali

The politics of remembering and forgetting

The people of East Timor are negotiating different conceptions of reconciliation in their daily lives

Aceh on a knife's edge

There are big dangers in declaring success too soon

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

Papuan romance

New norms about love and marriage alter the rules for the young

Brothers in arms

Papuan footballers score goals against HIV.

Inventing Papua

Migrants from South Sulawesi have played an important role in manufacturing a Papuan identity

An unholy alliance

Political thugs and political Islam work together in Banten

Trouble in Paradise

A land conflict on the tourist island of Gili Trawangan dates back decades

Angel sparks controversy

Journalists strike after West Java’s most famous newspaper ‘withdraws’ poem.

Voices from the muddy void

Living with the Lapindo disaster

Singapore, not sawit

Tourism campaigns in East Kalimantan fall short of provincial middle class aspirations.

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