Sep 28, 2022 Last Updated 2:22 AM, Sep 25, 2022

Law

Inside Yudhoyono'€™s anti-corruption machine

Despite attempts to re-engineer Indonesia’s governance mechanisms, corruption remains a chronic problem

A sibling rivalry

Since their institutional separation, the relationship between the police and the military has been troubled

Brutal lessons

A culture of violence in schools makes life tough for kids

Ten years of hoping and waiting

A photo essay about families of the disappeared

A different kind of party

PKS gets serious about recruitment in Malang

Trouble in Paradise

A land conflict on the tourist island of Gili Trawangan dates back decades

Corruption Inc

Controlling local corruption is one thing; tackling the big guys in Jakarta is quite another

Policy drift

Ten years after Suharto, the economy is not recovering fast enough

Stable but unpopular

Indonesians have a love-hate relationship with their political parties.

Miracle solution or imminent disaster?

Jatropha biofuel production in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara

Deals and denial

Who is really responsible for Indonesia's drug epidemic?

Modelling syariah in Aceh

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

Postcards from a wasteland

Despite being a scene of destruction and heartache, there is a strange beauty in the new landscape created in the wake of the Sidoarjo mud disaster.

Glass ceiling in government

Women in the Ministry of Finance face significant obstacles to advancement

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

Starting early

New programs of compulsory religious education for Muslim children in West Sumatra have received little publicity outside that province. Is this a new phase in the Islamisation of Indonesia?

Airport rats

On a visit to her home country, a disconcerting experience at Jakarta Airport leads Agustini Putranto to ask: 'Is this what Indonesia has become?'

A veneer of tradition

How strong is local tradition in the face of the modern state?ARIANNE VAN DER MEER attends a ceremony in Sumatra's Minangkabau area, famous for its matrilineal culture. She finds that the cultural symbols do survive. But they are now also tools in the hands of the central government.

Courting corruption

Indonesians in search of justice can go no higher than the Supreme Court. But whistle blowers have exposed deep-seated corruption within. Worse, the main whistle blower is now threatened with the sack.

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