May 16, 2021 Last Updated 9:17 AM, May 10, 2021

Law

A sibling rivalry

A sibling rivalry

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

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Corruption Inc

Corruption Inc

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

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Policy drift

Policy drift

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

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Postcards from a wasteland

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.

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Aa Gym

Aa Gym

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

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Starting early

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?

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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?'

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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.

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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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Privatising social justice

As riots erupt across the country, Suharto is forcing rich companies to contribute to a private anti-poverty foundation. But, for DAVID BOURCHIER and IAN CHALMERS, the move smacks of personal greed.

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