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


Horta bears the torch

East Timor's global crusader sees the finish line before his eyes

Romo Mangun, activist

Even after his death, YB Mangunwijaya speaks still with the voice of Indonesia's democratic independence fighters

From the place of the dead - The epic struggles of Bishop Belo of East Timor

Review: Biographies of even undisputed heroes can be problematic

Semsar Siahaan - Hero into exile

With Suharto gone, Indonesia's most outrageous anti-Suharto artist chooses exile. Why?

George McT Kahin (1918-2000)

America's foremost Indonesia scholar was an activist for peace

'Run my child'

Mukti-Mukti sings protest songs about land

Busy Girl

Chusnul Mar'iyah thrives on controversy

Making Indonesia work for the people

Chusnul Mar'iyah thrives on controversy

Meet Semsar

A well-known artist explains his work, his activism, and why he is in Canada

Tribute to a proud Acehnese

Jafar Siddiq Hamzah died defending dialogue and human rights

Out in front

This energetic cabinet minister wants more power for women, fast

Mama Papua

Beatrix Koibur explains why Christianity is important to Papuan women

Remembering Sam Kapissa

He was a wood carver, musician, and mover and shaker for the arts on Biak

Mama Yosefa wins a Goldman

A Papuan activist wins a prestigious prize for her work on the environment

Romo Mangun

Tribute to a multi-talented, national figure

A syncretistic Jew

Learning from Indonesian religious experience

Ideas man

Herb Feith's search for better mental road maps to a complex Indonesia

Bush, Osama and the planet

Bill Liddle and Herb Feith

The struggle over history

Pramoedya Ananta Toer questions the dominant understanding of Indonesia’s historical path

Surviving the kleptocrazies

Reflections from former Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Roeslan Abdulgani

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A major research project on Dutch extreme violence in the Indonesian war of Independence, 1945–1949

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Contesting the religious soundscape

Mar 23, 2022 - ANDY FULLER

A controversial regulation governing the call to prayer sparks a campaign aimed at taking down the Religious Affairs Minister

Essay: Hey Holland, you’re welcome!


Indonesia’s independence from the Dutch came at a price – Indonesians are still waiting for them to acknowledge it

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