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

Social Movements

Myth of the effective little NGO

Making idealism work is very hard. NORI ANDRIYANI, with extraordinary honesty, tells why.

A day with Indonesia's radical student organisation

Authorities blame the recent Jakarta riots on the coalition PRD. It has hundreds of members, but military leaders liken it to the PKI of the 1960s, which had millions. Who are these 1990s activists? VANNESSA HEARMAN visited with one of the coalition partners earlier this year, and filed this inside story.

The student movement

Students are few in number but loom large on the political stage. The PRD affair demonstrated this once more. In this reflective essay, ARIEL HERYANTO asks why this should be so.

Help us clean up!

The World Bank has joined the IMF in a huge rescue package. Indonesian non-government organisations (NGOs) presented this memo to World Bank president James Wolfensohn in Jakarta.

Markets, morals and leadership after the boom

Authoritarian Southeast Asian governments have been dealt a blow by market forces, says MICHAEL VATIKIOTIS, but democracy will not flourish until people begin to organise locally.

Thinking through a new tomorrow

What should democracy activists do in these last days of the New Order? DANIEL LEV offers some pointers.

Peaceful change, now!

We, more than one hundred Indonesian and non-Indonesian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) participating in the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (Infid), are deeply concerned about the ongoing economic turmoil in Indonesia which many fear may lead to political turmoil as well.

Women's voices in the arts

Women’s movement activists and artists unite

What is the TNI's Aceh agenda?

The TNI wants more than just the defeat of GAM

Solidarity in suffering

Victims of the May 1998 riots seek justice and healing

A fair go for all

Taking a legal approach to fighting discrimination

Watching the vote

140,000 progressive Muslim volunteers monitored Indonesia’s April elections

Zakir's demise

Protest poetry lives on in post-Suharto Indonesia

Munir (1965 -2004)

Munir’s death robbed Indonesia not only of a unique intellectual and activist, but of one of its brightest hopes for the future

The distraction is over

Elections do nothing to eliminate sources of social tension

In Indonesian eyes

Military-inspired nationalism hurts those who defend the Acehnese

Where did we go wrong?

A voice from Aceh’s civil society movement says it’s time for self-criticism

Building solidarity

Why is solidarity for Aceh so much weaker than for Timor?

Polluting Bali

Environmental groups protest a power plant at Lovina

Semsar Siahaan (1952-2005)

An outsider to all establishments, even artistic ones, Semsar Siahaan is yet to be accorded his rightful place among the ranks of great Indonesian artists

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