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

Yudhoyono Presidency

Land, ethnicity and politics

Direct local elections have led to new developments in the struggle for land rights in East Kalimantan

Too precious to mine

Central Java farmers refuse to get stuck in cement

Fighting over the land and forest

Century-old conflicts persist in the vast tracts of Indonesia that are designated as state forest

A city without social justice

Jakarta needs more green space, but not at the expense of the poor

Land titles do not equal agrarian reform

Activists split with Indonesia’s government over whether land registration helps the rural poor

Land and social justice

Communities struggle for access while reforms run aground

The trouble with oil palm

Conflicts between villagers and plantation companies in Sumatra are still unresolved

The right to choose

Indonesian activists keep fighting to have abortion decriminalised

Genocide and demographic transformation in Papua

A response to Jim Elmslie and Stuart Upton

Not just another disaster

Papuan claims of genocide deserve to be taken seriously

A disaster, but not genocide

Migration has caused many problems in Papua, but it is not part of a genocidal master plan

Heritage and paradox

Wayang Golek is proclaimed a masterpiece, but what is its future?

Not just a piece of paper

The state’s requirements for marriage registration disadvantage poor rural women

W.S.Rendra (1935-2009)

The peacock is no more

'When Love Glorifies God'

Islamic film is emerging as a new genre in the Indonesian film world

Decorated for success

Photo essay: Competition leads to artistry and danger on the streets of Kupang

Equal access?

Indonesia’s premier university needs to take action to improve facilities for disabled students

Ponari and the sorcerer's stone

A little boy’s miracle-working throws light on the workings of the Indonesian state and the hunger for salvation amongst ordinary people

The Aceh Party

The elections were tense in Aceh but in the end helped to consolidate the peace process

Down but not out

Islamic political parties did not do well, but Islamic politics are going mainstream

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