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

National Politics

Transcending personality politics

The election of Anas Urbaningrum suggests Partai Demokrat can survive without its founder, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Resistance through memory

The victims of the Lapindo mudflow disaster continue to assert their rights to compensation

Stopping the flow

Lapindo Brantas’ involvement in the Surabaya Post has restricted the way journalists report on the mudflow

A terrible legacy

Indonesian doctors have been persecuted for providing safe abortions for almost a century

A storm in a bank vault

The much publicised ‘Bank Century’ case is unlikely to do any lasting damage to SBY

Snatching victory

When Indonesia’ s National Police took on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over the Bank Century case, the KPK won

Costly inducements

Pocket money given to intending migrant domestic workers comes at a price

Passports optional

Indonesian migrant workers without visas - or sometimes even passports - rely on the help of middlemen to get past immigration checkpoints into East Malaysia

A matter of luck

Migrant domestic workers aspire to more than their home communities can offer and are willing to take risks to change their lives

Token gestures

Despite recent government negotiations, Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia remain disempowered

Leaving Indonesia

As this edition shows, the choices faced by those who leave Indonesia for work are anything but simple

Princess of populism

Megawati Soekarnoputri stakes her claim to opposition, but will it be enough to stem her party's decline?

Gus Dur’s 100 days

Abdurrahman Wahid’s life deserves serious and critical reflection

The killings of 1965-66

Even now, Indonesians find it difficult to face the traumatic events of the past

Killing for God

When Nahdlatul Ulama members killed communists, they believed they were doing it for God

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

Dictionary of a disaster

This mini-encyclopedia explains some of the key terms pertaining to the events of 1965-66

I'm still here

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

Survival through slavery

Suspected communists who survived the killings of 1965-66 in South Sulawesi spent the next 20 years working for the military in an isolated jungle camp

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