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

Wahid Presidency

Trees or people?

The interests of local people aren’t served by keeping them out of national parks

Mining in a state forest? This is Indonesia!

The Forestry Law has not stopped mining in Indonesia's state forests

Labour loses - again

The elections show that Indonesian workers are not yet a major political presence

Where did we go wrong?

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

Not a romantic movement

Those who support the Acehnese should not support GAM

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

Peace market

Building trust through trade in Ambon

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

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