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

Politics

The wives of Noordin Top

The media portrays women who marry terrorists as victims, but the reality is far more complex

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

'Selamat Berbuka Puasa'

In South Kalimantan local politicians target TV screens with strategically-placed messages for Ramadan

Land and social justice

Communities struggle for access while reforms run aground

Land titles do not equal agrarian reform

Activists split with Indonesia’s government over whether land registration helps the rural poor

A city without social justice

Jakarta needs more green space, but not at the expense of the poor

Fighting over the land and forest

Century-old conflicts persist in the vast tracts of Indonesia that are designated as state forest

Too precious to mine

Central Java farmers refuse to get stuck in cement

Land, ethnicity and politics

Direct local elections have led to new developments in the struggle for land rights in East Kalimantan

When money rules over voice

Regional autonomy and spatial planning in Bandung benefits the elite

Social justice by design

Architect Antonio Ismael Risianto promotes planning for the urban poor

The right to choose

Indonesian activists keep fighting to have abortion decriminalised

Genocide and demographic transformation in Papua

A response to Jim Elmslie and Stuart Upton

The Aceh Party

The elections were tense in Aceh but in the end helped to consolidate the peace process

Election politics

This edition of Inside Indonesia examines the role of money, religion and much else in this year’s elections

Purchasing power

Weak rules and weak implementation meant that influence could still be bought in the 2009 elections

Chaos and consolidation

The April 2009 legislative polls exposed weaknesses in Indonesia’s electoral management, but the results will help to strengthen the democratic polity

Winning the villages

Grassroots political operators hold the key to many candidates’ success

Suicide and progress in modern Nusantara

While it’s tragic that some candidates kill themselves after Indonesian elections, at least they aren’t killing each other

Dominant but weak

Signs of underlying fragility in nationalist parties may benefit Islamic parties in future elections

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