Jan 22, 2021 Last Updated 1:30 AM, Jan 22, 2021

Megawati: 'Why not a woman President?'

Amidst great enthusiasm, Megawati Sukarnoputri was elected chairperson of the small political party PDI in December 1993. But last June she was ejected from the leadership by military-backed rivals. Many now look to her to lead a democratising movement wider than the PDI. To find out how she felt about this wider role, SAILENDRI recorded this exclusive interview with Megawati in her home.
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A day with Indonesia's radical student organisation

Authorities blame the recent Jakarta riots on the coalition PRD. It has hundreds of members, but military leaders liken it to the PKI of the 1960s, which had millions. Who are these 1990s activists? VANNESSA HEARMAN visited with one of the coalition partners earlier this year, and filed this inside story.
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The student movement

Students are few in number but loom large on the political stage. The PRD affair demonstrated this once more. In this reflective essay, ARIEL HERYANTO asks why this should be so.
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How might the Suharto era conclude?

The events of 27 July have led many to speculate about a more democratic order after the end of Suharto's powerful rule. MICHAEL VAN LANGENBERG warns such speculation may be misplaced.

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Essay: Liberating learning in Indonesian higher education

Jan 10, 2021 - DELITA SARTIKA

Workers of the future will need soft skills to keep up / Flickr Creative Commons - Lau Rey

A new higher education policy is expected to bring about reform that will strengthen its role in connecting knowledge and science to society’s needs

Far-sighted approach to migrant rights

Dec 21, 2020 - WHISNU SETIAWAN

Photo by Antara

The Indonesian government is much more interested in its own citizens abroad than Filipino migrant workers under its nose

Pertarungan untuk penghapusan kekerasan seksual

Dec 14, 2020 - RICARDA GERLACH

‘Lindungi Kami dari Kekerasan Seksual. Sahkan RUU PKS’ / ANTARA FOTO/Hafidz Mubarak A

Penundaan pengesahaan Rancangan Undang-Undang Penghapusan Kekerasan Seksual (RUU PKS) berbarengan dengan peningkatan kekerasan terhadap perempuan

Protests and petitions

Dec 09, 2020 - DOMINIQUE TASEVSKI

1 May 1966 members of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) marching in a May Day rally in Sydney/ ASIO Record, NAA: A9626, 150.

The Australian Communist Party’s response to the anti-leftist violence in Indonesia

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