Dec 02, 2022 Last Updated 6:29 AM, Nov 29, 2022

Politics

Clicktivism and the real world

Social media tools are only effective if they can engage people off-line

Facebooking for reform?

Social media campaigns highlight the need for criminal law reform in Indonesia

Time bomb in Bali

A culture that suppresses conflict disguises decades-long tensions in Balinese communities

For the good of the people?

The challenges of governing ‘societal organisations’ pose difficult questions for Indonesian democracy

Convenient thugs

FPI thrives when mainstream Muslim groups remain silent

High stakes

ASRIANA KEBON speaks to Indonesian underage minors who were returned to Indonesia following age determination hearings in Darwin

‘You’re crazy. Don’t make up things!’

Celebrity gossip shows denigrate homosexuality, but at least they talk about it

They are just Papuans

Recent violence shows the authorities share a disturbing mindset about the residents of Papua

A house for all Muslims?

The United Development Party is determined to survive as a political force

Angels and demons

While a famous ‘reformer’ tries to undermine Indonesia’s local democratic institutions, the predators come to the rescue

Public works and ethnic conflict

Tarakan’s riots illustrate the risks of collusive public contracting and the continued weakness of local security responses

Some people call me Robin Hood

ELISABETH KRAMER speaks to independent anti-corruption activist Arifin Wardiyanto about his ‘extremist’ approach to fighting corruption

Stars and stereotypes

The big business of Indo celebrities creates illusory expectations but things may be changing

Who owns the carbon?

Indonesia’s carbon stores spark international attention

Front stage with the PKS

At its upmarket congress, Indonesia’s biggest Islamic party tried but failed to convince it has become an open and inclusive party

On death row

Dozens of Acehnese drug offenders face the death penalty in Malaysia

Praying across borders

Doctrinal borders that divide traditionalist and modernist Muslims in Banjarmasin are breaking down, but slowly

Supporting syariah, advancing women

The life and work of an Islamic teacher in Aceh shows that the struggle for gender equality is about much more than syariah.

The spirit of Sudirman

A mural competition in Yogyakarta sees Indonesians reinterpreting their revolutionary past in the light of present concerns

Transcending personality politics

The election of Anas Urbaningrum suggests Partai Demokrat can survive without its founder, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

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