Aug 09, 2022 Last Updated 8:00 AM, Aug 9, 2022

Human Rights

Torture in Papua

Human rights groups report on abuses

Freedom of expression

Whether Papuans support autonomy or independence, they should be allowed to speak freely

Papua road map

Conflict resolution should move from a security to a justice approach

West Papua: Inside Indonesia?

This edition of Inside Indonesia marks an important anniversary, and explores the multiple faces of Indonesian Papua today

A new artistic order?

The arts scene has changed radically since 1998, but some of the old uncertainties remain

Blaming the messenger

Indonesia’s tangled public information laws are keeping the press in check

Ten years of hoping and waiting

A photo essay about families of the disappeared

Jungle Schools

Volunteers bring alternative education to marginalised communities

The peace dividend

With no internal wars to fight, Yudhoyono can afford to reform the military.

Angel sparks controversy

Journalists strike after West Java’s most famous newspaper ‘withdraws’ poem.

Radio Pikonane

Connecting Papua’s Central Highlands

Modelling syariah in Aceh

A conference in Banda Aceh reveals divergent opinions about what model of Islamic law Aceh should adopt

Politics of symbolism

Unionists express their disgust at local government’s failure to look after the interests of workers

Eight years after 1999

Displaced East Timorese children go hungry in Indonesian West Timor

This woman wants polygamy

But her husband won’t come to the party.

Aa Gym

The rise, fall, and re-branding of a celebrity preacher

Strong women, strong unions

Women are challenging the stereotypes that have long defined Indonesian unionists.

Remembering Ong

About cooking, studying Java, and other serious pleasures

Ong Hok Ham, 1933-2007

Intellectual, Chinese, atheist, gay - and wholly Indonesian

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Essay: Divine rejeki! What a wonderful windfall

Aug 09, 2022 - NICHOLAS HERRIMAN, GREG ACCIAIOLI, MONIKA WINARNITA

How can you get rejeki? Like everything else about rejeki, the answer is something of a mystery.

Dorce Gamalama's burial and Indonesia's transgender traditions

Aug 02, 2022 - SASKIA WIERINGA

In contrast to the national motto ‘Unity in Diversity’ and its history of tolerance, Indonesian sexual  minorities are not respected

Fiction: The Turning Wheel

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Book review: A life told in three parts

Jul 11, 2022 - RON WITTON

Translations of Putu Oka Sukanta’s trilogy of novels, bring his stories of struggle, oppression and resilience spanning over sixty years of Indonesian history, to an English-speaking audience

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