Dec 09, 2022 Last Updated 6:29 AM, Nov 29, 2022

National Politics

Terror in Tandes

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

Gerindra and 'Greater Indonesia'

Prabowo’s party has deep roots in Indonesian political mythology

More educated, more ruthless

From the Archive David Bourchier (ii53: Jan-Mar 1998) looks at the new generation of military leaders, after a big shakeup between July and October 1997

Land titles do not equal agrarian reform

Activists split with Indonesia’s government over whether land registration helps the rural poor

Down but not out

Islamic political parties did not do well, but Islamic politics are going mainstream

The eagle has crash-landed

Despite an unprecedented media campaign, Prabowo Subianto’s political comeback has fallen flat – for now

Dominant but weak

Signs of underlying fragility in nationalist parties may benefit Islamic parties in future elections

Chaos and consolidation

The April 2009 legislative polls exposed weaknesses in Indonesia’s electoral management, but the results will help to strengthen the democratic polity

Purchasing power

Weak rules and weak implementation meant that influence could still be bought in the 2009 elections

Election politics

This edition of Inside Indonesia examines the role of money, religion and much else in this year’s elections

Democracy yes, accountability no?

Voters have done everything they can for democracy. The same cannot be said for elites

Beyond terrorism and martyrdom

People in West Java hold diverse memories of the Darul Islam rebellion and its leader Kartosuwiryo

The one that got away?

Muchdi’s murder trial starts falling apart

Demonstrating diversity

Photo-essay: Yogya’s community protests against the Pornography Bill

Hot debates

A law on pornography still divides the community

We miss you wali nanggroe

Hasan di Tiro returns to an Aceh in transition

Giving up partisan politics?

Indonesia's biggest Muslim organizations are having second thoughts about partisan politics

Torture in Papua

Human rights groups report on abuses

Freedom of expression

Whether Papuans support autonomy or independence, they should be allowed to speak freely

Papua road map

Conflict resolution should move from a security to a justice approach

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