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

Politics

Angel sparks controversy

Journalists strike after West Java’s most famous newspaper ‘withdraws’ poem.

Voices from the muddy void

Living with the Lapindo disaster

Classroom culture shock

An Australian teacher trainer learns a lesson (or two) in East Java

Miracle solution or imminent disaster?

Jatropha biofuel production in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara

Obituary - Mohammad Jusuf Ronodipuro

30 September 1919 – 27 January 2008

How will Indonesians remember Suharto?

Newspaper obituaries, from Sabang to Merauke

Modelling syariah in Aceh

A conference in Banda Aceh reveals divergent opinions about what model of Islamic law Aceh should adopt

The passing of a dictator

Arief Budiman reflects on Suharto and his legacy.

Disabled megalopolitan

Jakarta’s disabled are striving for a better deal.

Politics of symbolism

Unionists express their disgust at local government’s failure to look after the interests of workers

Mohammad Sadli, 1923 -“ 2008

The passing of the technocrats

Un-natural disaster

An unstoppable flow of mud from an explosion in a gas well in Sidoarjo, East Java, has unleashed a plethora of political issues.

Postcards from a wasteland

Despite being a scene of destruction and heartache, there is a strange beauty in the new landscape created in the wake of the Sidoarjo mud disaster.

Suharto'€™s last erection

Nationalism and every-day tourism.

Post-bomb lessons

Strategic planning for disaster remains a low priority for the central government, despite the lessons learned in the aftermath of the Bali bombings.

Living like kings

Working-class Singaporeans travel to Indonesia’s Riau Islands in search of a fantasy built around sex.

Singapore, not sawit

Tourism campaigns in East Kalimantan fall short of provincial middle class aspirations.

Rise of the clans

Direct elections in South Sulawesi show that a new breed of political godfathers is coming to power in Indonesia’s regions. Parties are increasingly irrelevant, but electoral competition is real.

Sartono Kartodirdjo, 1921-2007

Indonesia’s premier historian

Making democracy work, Islamically

Indonesia’s Muslim educators support democracy, but grapple with how to make that commitment consistent with Islamic law.

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