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

Yudhoyono Presidency

Resistance through memory

The victims of the Lapindo mudflow disaster continue to assert their rights to compensation

A terrible legacy

Indonesian doctors have been persecuted for providing safe abortions for almost a century

The triumph of jamu

European interest in Indonesian traditional healing has had its ups and downs, but in Java jamu reigns supreme, as it has for a long, long time

New leadership, new policies?

The Nahdlatul Ulama congress in Makassar arrests the slide away from liberal views but shows the organisation's vulnerability to outside political interference

Homophobia on the rise

Recent attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender meetings reveal the growing influence of Islamist groups and highlight unequal protection of citizenship rights

Prosperity denied

Mining is booming in East Nusa Tenggara, but where is the wealth going?

Sympathy for the Devil

Pining for the certainty of the Suharto era

Religious Bandung

Bandung’s government opts for a religious program that matches the city’s character

God and democracy

A Christian church is asserting its democratic rights by suing the mayor of Depok

Eager to work

The value of children’s paid work on Lombok’s tobacco plantations presents a challenge to emotive arguments for the wholesale banning of child labour

A storm in a bank vault

The much publicised ‘Bank Century’ case is unlikely to do any lasting damage to SBY

Snatching victory

When Indonesia’ s National Police took on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over the Bank Century case, the KPK won

Costly inducements

Pocket money given to intending migrant domestic workers comes at a price

Passports optional

Indonesian migrant workers without visas - or sometimes even passports - rely on the help of middlemen to get past immigration checkpoints into East Malaysia

A matter of luck

Migrant domestic workers aspire to more than their home communities can offer and are willing to take risks to change their lives

American dreams

Undocumented Indonesian migrant labourers - known locally as kuli dollar - work long hours in difficult conditions in search of prosperity in Philadelphia

Token gestures

Despite recent government negotiations, Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia remain disempowered

Oppressed and they know it

Indonesian fishers in Taiwan are beginning to fight back

Leaving Indonesia

As this edition shows, the choices faced by those who leave Indonesia for work are anything but simple

Princess of populism

Megawati Soekarnoputri stakes her claim to opposition, but will it be enough to stem her party's decline?

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Contesting the religious soundscape

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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!

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

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