May 19, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

New Order

Human rights for kids

It’s difficult to get human rights education into Indonesian schools

Reformasi gangsters

Preman have had to change in order to stay in business

Wild West TV

Televangelism comes to regional Indonesia

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

Mochtar Lubis

Always controversial, Mochtar Lubis was one of Indonesia’s most respected journalists and best-known authors for over four decades.

Urban poetry

Subversive ‘underground’ voices in Indonesian rap Michael Bodden It’s Jakarta, June 2004 and the boom box is playing a hip-hop beat. It’s a far cry from the meditative gamelan music, saccharine love songs or even the sensual dangdut one expects to hear in Java. The rapper is Xaqhala and he spins a gritty, rhythmic poem of everyday youth experience.

Partnership or pretence

Who should call the shots – international donors or local NGOs?

A free lunch?

Much aid comes with strings attached – crippling loan repayments, exploitation of resources and vulnerability to unfriendly international markets

Aid with strings attached

Foreign policy not poverty reduction drives the Australian aid program

From poverty to social justice

Aid works best when it seeks to confront social injustice

Youth heroin use

How effective is the war on drugs?

We can do anything

Workers with soul take their message to the kampung

The fight for women's rights

It’s been a long struggle trying to get unions to listen to women

Beyond the factory

Fauzi Abdullah reflects on more than a quarter of a century of organising

Brother killing brother

The East Timorese resistance movement also committed crimes.

Facing the past

Overwhelming data makes the East Timor report rock solid

Coming of age

Indonesia’s environment network faces dilemmas as it turns 25.

Justice for women?

New anti-domestic violence law brings hope for women.

Fighting words

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

Teacher and Friend

A younger writer remembers Pramoedya’s influence on his own life and work.

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