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

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Gus Dur’s 100 days

Abdurrahman Wahid’s life deserves serious and critical reflection

Driving under the New Order

The tumultuous events of 1965 thwarted Liong Tjie Tjong’s writing aspirations

The eagle has crash-landed

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

A man on a mission

From the highlands of Papua to exile in England, Benny Wenda is a leader of his people

Beyond terrorism and martyrdom

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

Against the grain

Two Chinese-Indonesian women are role models for the younger generation

We miss you wali nanggroe

Hasan di Tiro returns to an Aceh in transition

The name game

Or, the years of living with no one to blame

The rise and fall of a gangster

Ethics and politics don’t mix in the world of Jakarta’s preman

An evening with Abu Bakar Ba’asyir

Firebrand preacher’s audience doesn’t burn with enthusiasm

Aa Gym

The rise, fall, and re-branding of a celebrity preacher

An unlikely unionist

Inspired by television and Muchtar Pakpahan, a traditional fisherman decides it’s time to act.

Diany Sinung: from poverty to painting

GLORIA FRYDMAN talks with successful artist Diany Sinung about her favourite subject, other women.

'All a pretence' - Interview with parliamentarian Aberson

Parliament, Aberson Marle Sihaloho explains to SHARON TICKLE over lunch, can never do a good job under Suharto.

Agung Kurniawan: 'My main theme is violence'

TOM PLUMMER talks with a graphic artist in Yogyakarta whose work is drawing international praise.

Portrait of a female preacher

NELLY VAN DOORN discovers a woman preacher revered for her faith and drive, who questions the image of a male-centred Islam.

A local hero

To Jakarta, he is an enigma. To the Madurese, he holds out hope for a better society. GERRY VAN KLINKEN goes to the grass-roots.

Flower in the grass

Amid the beauty, and the sensuality, that is Javanese music, this famous female singer wants to recreate her role

In the tiger's den

Marwan Yatim's story of torture

Islamic conversations

Islam is more important today than ever before. Four leading individuals state their case.

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