Aug 17, 2019 Last Updated 5:27 AM, Aug 7, 2019

Election politics

Election politics

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

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Chaos and consolidation

Chaos and consolidation

The April 2009 legislative polls exposed weaknesses in Indonesia’s electoral management, but the results will help to strengthen the democratic polity

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Down but not out

Down but not out

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

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Dominant but weak

Dominant but weak

Signs of underlying fragility in nationalist parties may benefit Islamic parties in future elections

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Symbols and signs

Symbols and signs

Photo-essay: PKS is often depicted as radical Islamist, but its members show evidence of ideological diversity

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Not just an elite game

Not just an elite game

In Bali, it’s neither policy, parties nor entrenched elites, but image-savvy politicians and an all-powerful media that are dominating the new electoral landscape

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Competing Papuan identities

Aug 07, 2019 - PETRUS K FARNEUBUN

Jayapura, West Papua / Alex Drainville @Flickr Creative Commons

A battle is looming between an emboldened pro-independence movement and Papuans who are pro-Indonesia

Alternative tourism in Bali

Jul 22, 2019 - HANNAH SUTTON

Student volunteers and the local community collected rubbish and turned it into an ogoh-ogoh for local Balinese festivities. Source/ Sea Communities

Community programs in northern Bali are aiming to avoid negative impacts of tourism so evident in the south

Untreated trauma in Nduga

Jul 01, 2019 - HIPOLITUS YOLISANDRY RINGGI WANGGE

A teacher formerly posted in Nduga, holds her infant while instructing the children in the emergency school / Sorang Saragih

The plight of Papua’s internally displaced persons is not being recognised by the Indonesian government

The waste emergency

Jun 11, 2019 - ROLF HAJEK

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Government, producers and the public must all cooperate to tackle Indonesia’s waste problems

Bogus redemption

Jun 02, 2019 - MUHTAR HABIBI

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Mudik forms a bogus redemption for many precarious workers amid a lack of decent jobs in both rural and urban areas

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