Jan 23, 2019 Last Updated 6:32 AM, Jan 20, 2019

Politics

Design and architecture in Indonesia

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  Alexandra Crosby

The role of design in social change has received increasing public attention in the last decade. User-centred, iterative, participatory flexible approaches to the design of objects, spaces, communications, services and experiences are valued by policy makers and firms all over the world to address issues of social justice, sustainability and urban development. Simultaneously the territory within which design operates has been changing. Design is sometimes used synonymously with consumerism, urban tastes, and globalisation, such as ‘designer handbags’, but what design is and what it does is much more complex, and many of these new definitions of design are emerging in Indonesia.

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Famine and fraud

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A story of mass starvation tells us much about media coverage and local government in Papua

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Balancing business

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Indonesia’s unions are engaging in electoral politics in unprecedented ways in an attempt to balance the influence of business

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Business and politics in Indonesia

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   Eve Warburton

The worlds of private business and public office are deeply enmeshed in contemporary Indonesia.

At the national level and down into the districts, democratic institutions are brimming with opportunities to extort money. From elections, to party leadership ballots, to budget processes in the parliament, it can seem like Indonesia’s entire democratic system works on a foundation of business transactions. These same transactions lubricate the world of business, providing companies with access to government contracts, licenses and sometimes even regulatory reprieve. A patronage system of incessant backscratching between state officials and business elites appears to undergird Indonesia’s political economy.

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Mining paradise

Mining paradise

Local communities resist mining development on Sulawesi’s Bangka Island

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Creative campaigners

Creative campaigners

While material inducements to voters have been prevalent in 2014, candidates also employ innovative campaign strategies to attract support

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Money politics

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The distribution of money, goods and other benefits is an integral part of electioneering in Indonesia

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Photo essay: A protest for fair land reform

Jan 20, 2019 - FRANS ARI PRASETYO

Source/ Frans Ari Prasetyo

Blasphemy on the rise

Jan 20, 2019 - RAFIQA QURRATA A’YUN

Thousands of Muslims protested on 2 December 2016 over Ahok’s alleged blasphemy  Source/Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir

As blasphemy convictions increase in this democratic era, election campaigning indicates little will change

Radical theatre of the difabled

Nov 27, 2018 - IRFAN KORTSCHAK

The group during a rehearsal / Irfan Kortschak

Drawing upon the Theatre of the Oppressed, villagers with disabilities have an opportunity to express themselves

Essay: Contesting urban beauty in Jakarta

Nov 15, 2018 - JORGEN DOYLE & HANNAH EKIN

Source/ Doyle & Ekin  Wish images

Walking Jakarta’s northern coastline reveals communities experiencing disruptive and rapid change

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