Jan 17, 2022 Last Updated 5:48 AM, Jan 10, 2022

Corruption

Courting corruption

Indonesians in search of justice can go no higher than the Supreme Court. But whistle blowers have exposed deep-seated corruption within. Worse, the main whistle blower is now threatened with the sack.

Privatising social justice

As riots erupt across the country, Suharto is forcing rich companies to contribute to a private anti-poverty foundation. But, for DAVID BOURCHIER and IAN CHALMERS, the move smacks of personal greed.

Lippogate? Not really

Allegations of influence peddling by Indonesia's Lippo financial group may be unproven, but opened a bigger trail that led elsewhere. JAY LOSHER reports from America.

What the elite do when their banks are in trouble

Many private banks set up by Indonesia's super-wealthy in the 1980s are reeling under the weight of mismanagement. But connections sometimes allow them to evade the laws of financial gravity, as SUARA INDEPENDEN shows in these two reports.

Death of a journalist

'I write the truth and if I have to die for it, well so be it' wrote Udin shortly before he died. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL investigates.

Political gangsters

The riot that engulfed Jakarta on 27 July 1996 started after army-backed gangsters invaded Megawati's PDI headquarters. JESSE RANDALL traces the strange relationship between government and criminality.

Taking on the timber tycoons

It's lonely in the Forestry Minister's office, says GERRY VAN KLINKEN.

Expelled from my home by thugs!

HERTJE SURIPATTY tells how developers used soldiers and thugs to try to force her out.

How to love a country in a time of crisis

Indonesia has been brought to its knees by a small club of crony capitalists, says GOENAWAN MOHAMAD. The IMF deal offers hope because it will weaken their grip on the economy of 200 million other Indonesians.

Whose tourism? Balinese fight back

CAROL WARREN reports on developments at Padanggalak, where outside money and graft encounter strong opposition.

I always throw the envelope away

ANGELA ROMANO explores the 'envelope culture' among journalists

Rotten politicians

Rotten politicians

Land, church and state

Forestry business packaged in ecological concerns in Flores

Jepara's election

Money politics still reigns supreme

Money politics

An election official resists massive bribery in last year’s election

Election sale

A new parliamentarian discovers shocking truths

Blood money

Links between corruption and violence in Poso

Fighting words

In his last interview, Pramoedya kept up his attack on elitism and corruption.

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