Feb 28, 2021 Last Updated 4:08 AM, Feb 22, 2021

Politics

Politics of symbolism

Politics of symbolism

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

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Un-natural disaster

Un-natural disaster

An unstoppable flow of mud from an explosion in a gas well in Sidoarjo, East Java, has unleashed a plethora of political issues.

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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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Post-bomb lessons

Post-bomb lessons

Strategic planning for disaster remains a low priority for the central government, despite the lessons learned in the aftermath of the Bali bombings.

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Living like kings

Living like kings

Working-class Singaporeans travel to Indonesia’s Riau Islands in search of a fantasy built around sex.

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Rise of the clans

Rise of the clans

Direct elections in South Sulawesi show that a new breed of political godfathers is coming to power in Indonesia’s regions. Parties are increasingly irrelevant, but electoral competition is real.

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Aa Gym

Aa Gym

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

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Sex and tea in Semarang

Sex and tea in Semarang

The peculiar relationship between sex and jasmine tea in downtown Semarang keeps both police and prostitutes in a game of cat and mouse.

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Shifting faultlines

Shifting faultlines

In the aftermath of religious conflict, ethnic difference is becoming more prominent in Ambon

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An unlikely unionist

An unlikely unionist

Inspired by television and Muchtar Pakpahan, a traditional fisherman decides it’s time to act.

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