Oct 15, 2021 Last Updated 1:13 AM, Oct 14, 2021

Politics

Corrupting politics

Corrupting politics

Corruption continues to shape the political landscape in Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia’s richest district

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Terror in Tandes

Terror in Tandes

Two villagers from the rural fringe of Surabaya recall the most frightening night of their lives

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Survival through slavery

Survival through slavery

Suspected communists who survived the killings of 1965-66 in South Sulawesi spent the next 20 years working for the military in an isolated jungle camp

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I'm still here

I'm still here

Forty-five years later, survivors are telling their stories about their suffering in detention 

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Accomplices in atrocity

Accomplices in atrocity

The mass killings of 1965-66 in Indonesia were international, not just local, events - and the US played an important role

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Sensitive truths

Sensitive truths

The exhumation of mass graves from 1965-66 is a fraught and dangerous business

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Hunted communists

Hunted communists

Many of those accused of being communists fled to South Blitar after the Surabaya crackdown, only to become the target of the Trisula Operation in 1968

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Killing for God

Killing for God

When Nahdlatul Ulama members killed communists, they believed they were doing it for God

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Watching Balibo in Jakarta

Watching Balibo in Jakarta

Packed screenings of the controversial film about the deaths of five Australian journalists in East Timor continue, despite an official ban

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More educated, more ruthless

More educated, more ruthless

From the Archive

David Bourchier (ii53: Jan-Mar 1998) looks at the new generation of military leaders, after a big shakeup between July and October 1997

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The isolation poems by Putu Oka Sukanta

Oct 09, 2021 - PUTU OKA SUKANTA, VANNESSA HEARMAN & KIERNAN BOX

Supplied by Putu Oka Sukanta. Photograph by Lara Norgaard.

Poems by Putu Oka Sukanta were translated by Vannessa Hearman and Kiernan Box with commentary written by Vannessa Hearman based on her interview with the poet.

Reshaping masculine cultures of terrorism

Sep 20, 2021 - NOOR HUDA ISMAIL

Young men gather at Monas, Jakarta / Francisco Anzola @Flickr creative commons

Former members of terror networks are focussing on masculinity’s role in encouraging violent extremism in Indonesia

A lost generation

Sep 01, 2021 - ANTON LUCANUS

'Where we used to be', Central Jakarta, 2020 / ATH

Thousands of children have been orphaned and ostracised as the pandemic crisis continues to spiral

Film review: Kinipan

Aug 31, 2021 - ARFAN AZIZ

How forest restoration and food estate policies affect local communities

Photo essay: Banyutowo harmony

Aug 28, 2021 - HUTAMA LIMARTA

Locally bought fishermen’s catch at Banyutowo Fish Auction House

A fishing village on the northern tip of Java stays true to its roots

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