Jan 28, 2023 Last Updated 12:03 AM, Jan 26, 2023

Politics

Symbols and signs

Photo-essay: PKS is often depicted as radical Islamist, but its members show evidence of ideological diversity

Dominant but weak

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

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

Winning the villages

Grassroots political operators hold the key to many candidates’ success

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

Purchasing power

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

Election politics

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

Dancing the nation in migration

Indonesian women in Perth perform a ‘uniting’ dance

Surviving conflict

Aceh’s performing arts have blossomed despite the conflict and the tsunami

A man on a mission

From the highlands of Papua to exile in England, Benny Wenda is a leader of his people

D-day for anti-corruption reform

Draft legislation is a prescription potentially worse than the ailment

The election as a Karya Agung ritual

Listening to the grassroots explain the 2009 general election in Bali

The politics of remembering and forgetting

The people of East Timor are negotiating different conceptions of reconciliation in their daily lives

Trapped in the legacy of the past

Conflict between Timorese youth gangs and martial arts groups hark back to the Indonesian occupation

Children of the enemy

A child abducted during the Indonesian occupation returns to her former home

A problematic division

Managing the border between West and East Timor has been an ongoing challenge

East Timor ten years after the referendum

A decade on, East Timor is still linked to Indonesia

Democracy yes, accountability no?

Voters have done everything they can for democracy. The same cannot be said for elites

Struggling to be young

Brotherhood among the poor urban youth of Jakarta

Obama's Indonesia question

Will the US president continue unrestricted aid to Indonesia’s military?

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