May 19, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Politics

Princess of populism

Megawati Soekarnoputri stakes her claim to opposition, but will it be enough to stem her party's decline?

Gus Dur’s 100 days

Abdurrahman Wahid’s life deserves serious and critical reflection

Inside the Laskar Jihad

From the Archives Greg Fealy (ii65: Jan-Mar 2001) interviews the leader of a new, radical and militant sect

Corrupting politics

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

Terror in Tandes

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

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

I'm still here

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

Accomplices in atrocity

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

Dictionary of a disaster

This mini-encyclopedia explains some of the key terms pertaining to the events of 1965-66

Sensitive truths

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

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

Killing for God

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

The killings of 1965-66

Even now, Indonesians find it difficult to face the traumatic events of the past

The Papua dilemma

Personal reflections on an ongoing challenge

Negotiating the past and looking to the future

Meaningful dialogue about the future of Papua requires that Indonesians and Papuans honestly address the past

West Papua 40 years on

Reflecting on the Act of Free Choice and the integration of West Papua into Indonesia

A violation of international law

Indonesia’s claim to sovereignty over West Papua rests upon an unsound legal basis

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

Fauzi Abdullah (1949-2009)

Indonesian labour activists are mourning the passing of a great man

Gerindra and 'Greater Indonesia'

Prabowo’s party has deep roots in Indonesian political mythology

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