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

Megawati Presidency

Election politics

This edition of Inside Indonesia examines the role of money, religion and much else in this year’s elections

Moving with the times

An update on dance and music in the reformasi era

A man on a mission

From the highlands of Papua to exile in England, Benny Wenda is a leader of his people

The politics of remembering and forgetting

The people of East Timor are negotiating different conceptions of reconciliation in their daily lives

Getting an education

Links to Indonesian schools and universities remain strong in East Timor

Trapped in the legacy of the past

Conflict between Timorese youth gangs and martial arts groups hark back to the Indonesian occupation

Letting go of Indonesian

The choice of Tetum and Portuguese as national languages presents challenges to the new nation

Children of the enemy

A child abducted during the Indonesian occupation returns to her former home

A problematic division

Managing the border between West and East Timor has been an ongoing challenge

East Timor ten years after the referendum

A decade on, East Timor is still linked to Indonesia

Water woes

Private sector participation in Jakarta’s water supply has left many citizens high and dry

Democracy yes, accountability no?

Voters have done everything they can for democracy. The same cannot be said for elites

Frying the wires, freeing the waves

Grassroots organisations in Indonesia are building communication media from the most basic of utensils

Keeping Bali strong?

Hindu-Muslim tensions have mounted, but not to boiling point

Hubs and wires

Internet use in Indonesian NGOs is strengthening civil society

Editorial dependence

Owners exert their sway in Indonesian newsrooms, but journalists soldier on

Second-class citizens?

Poverty and mobility mark the neglected east

The Indie takeover

Independent record labels give the majors a run for their money

Filming ambiguity

Young Chinese Indonesian filmmakers examine questions of Chineseness

Chinese, Muslim and proud of it

The Chinese Muslim community in Surabaya even has its own mosque

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Book review: Beyond the pale

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

Obit: Hugh O’Neill AO, 1933-2022

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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!

Mar 15, 2022 - TITI KUSUMANDARI

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

Book review: Activists in transition

Feb 01, 2022 - JONATHAN PETER TEHUSIJARANA

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