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

Local Politics

Shifting faultlines

In the aftermath of religious conflict, ethnic difference is becoming more prominent in Ambon

Behind the jamboree

Direct local elections give Jakartans a say in their city’s future

A veneer of tradition

How strong is local tradition in the face of the modern state?ARIANNE VAN DER MEER attends a ceremony in Sumatra's Minangkabau area, famous for its matrilineal culture. She finds that the cultural symbols do survive. But they are now also tools in the hands of the central government.

Guerillas in power

Last December, candidates affiliated to the Free Aceh Movement (GAM ) swept to power in local government elections in Aceh. They now face great challenges in meeting the high expectations of their supporters and dealing with incipient corruption in their own ranks.

Ethnic fascism in Borneo

Old elites in Central Kalimantan discover new and dangerous strategies

Return of the sultans

After the New Order, pomp and ceremony is returning to dusty palaces all over Indonesia

Ethnic stereotyping by politicians

Ethnic stereotyping by local politicians in Lombok fails to please all

Blood or money?

Ethnicity now plays a role in local politics in South Sumatra but money still rules

Running for office

A Christian candidate for a Muslim party in North Maluku

Writing back

Local theatre in Makassar reveals a backlash against Java-centrism

Prospects for peace

New agreement to end conflict in Aceh creates surprising trust and optimism

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