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

Habibie Presidency

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

Where did we go wrong?

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

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

Writing back

Local theatre in Makassar reveals a backlash against Java-centrism

Film revolution?

Women are now on both sides of the camera

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.

Comic heyday!

Indonesia’s comic scene is in a golden age but the industry remains marginal and plagued by self-doubt

More voices

Women and marginalised groups seize new opportunities in the arts

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

IMF aid helping the poor?

Economists propose an alternative strategy to the prevailing neo-liberal ideology for reducing poverty

From poverty to social justice

Aid works best when it seeks to confront social injustice

From migrant worker to union organiser

A farmer’s daughter takes control and makes a difference

Union conflict

Greater freedom to organise also means more opportunity for division

Workers in politics

Why is organised labour missing from the democracy movement?

United we stand?

Indonesia’s labour movement needs to consolidate the gains of 1998

Political business

Entrepreneurs are transforming political parties.

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