Aug 09, 2022 Last Updated 8:00 AM, Aug 9, 2022

Politics

Crime and criminality

This edition of Inside Indonesia explores the complex politics of illegality

Personality cults

Foreign news coverage needs to focus on Indonesia’s people, not just its leaders

A different kind of party

PKS gets serious about recruitment in Malang

Music for the fight, movements for the soul

Fight-choreography in West Java is a source of cultural pride

Seeking Soeparno

A man who left his home to work in a plantation half-way around the world

When is a public holiday not a holiday?

The 100 year anniversary of Indonesia’s ‘National Awakening’ fails to inspire

Trouble in Paradise

A land conflict on the tourist island of Gili Trawangan dates back decades

Policy drift

Ten years after Suharto, the economy is not recovering fast enough

Corruption Inc

Controlling local corruption is one thing; tackling the big guys in Jakarta is quite another

An evening with Abu Bakar Ba’asyir

Firebrand preacher’s audience doesn’t burn with enthusiasm

Teaching and remembering

The legacy of the Suharto era lingers in school history books

Political fashions

Timur Angin photo gallery

How far to meaningful democracy? - 2

Democracy is feasible, but only if Indonesia’s democrats take on the elite.

Basket case to showcase

How Indonesia’s democratic transition transformed Aceh.

The peace dividend

With no internal wars to fight, Yudhoyono can afford to reform the military.

Roots of democracy

Political parties have stronger social roots in Indonesia than elsewhere in the region.

Stable but unpopular

Indonesians have a love-hate relationship with their political parties.

How far to meaningful democracy? - 1

What you see is what you get.

Ten years of democratisation

Our new edition shows how far Indonesia has come, and how much remains to be done.

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