Dec 06, 2022 Last Updated 6:29 AM, Nov 29, 2022

Politics

Essay: Redefining Indonesia

Almost twenty years after reformasi, journalist and novelist Leila S. Chudori ponders on the successes and failures of this historic period for Indonesia

Review: Troubled transit

Asylum seekers stuck in Indonesia 

Staging local identity in West Java

Performance groups negotiate between Islam and Sundanese tradition

OzAsia and beyond

OzAsia festival illuminates the world of Indonesian performance and its social concerns 

Rengat, 1949 (Part 2)

The people of Rengat, the Dutch archives and Dutch authorities have always known about the massacre of January 1949. Why then is the Dutch public not aware?  

Rengat, 1949 (Bagian 2)

Orang-orang di Rengat dan arsip-arsip di Belanda, kedua-duanya tahu adanya pembantaian di bulan Januari 1949. Lalu, mengapa masyarakat umum Belanda tidak tahu itu?

Rengat, 1949 (Part 1)

Dutch paratroopers massacred hundreds, perhaps thousands, in a Sumatran town during the Indonesian Revolution, yet nobody outside Rengat seems to know.

Rengat, 1949 (Bagian 1)

Pasukan payung Belanda membunuhratusan, bahkan mungkin ribuan orang di Rengat, sebuah kota Sumatra, pada masa Revolusi Nasional Indonesia, tapi kelihatannya orang-orang di luar Rengat tidak tahu itu. 

Review: A life beyond boundaries

Benedict Anderson’s memoir showcases a broad-minded approach to the world and Indonesia

The forgotten killings

The slaughter of Indonesians by young nationalists has been hidden by romantic narratives of the independence struggle

Islamic cyber-activism

Yogyakartan Salafi youth are turning to social media to promote their faith 

Book Review: Inventing Imam Samudra

Book Review: Imam Samudra’s Revenge, by Angus McIntyre

Justice denied?

The Indonesian way of confronting the past underestimates the importance of truth and justice

Interview with an activist: Soe Tjen Marching

Standing up in the name of truth and justice

Reading for pleasure, 15 minutes a day

Indonesia’s struggle to create a culture of reading

The pattern of a batik revival

How UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage program transformed the batik neighbourhood of Laweyan

Cultural heritage: The politics of pictures of Indonesia

When visitors take pictures of Indonesia, they tend to photograph Indonesia’s cultural heritage.  These pictures share certain qualities. They seem harmonious and to be of activities or places that have remained the same for generations or centuries. They also often exclude people or represent them as bound by history and relics of a past era

Samarinda’s deadly mining pits

The end of the boom has not meant an end to the perilous impact of coal mining in East Kalimantan

A dispensable threat

LGBT rights and recognition have been under attack in the Indonesian media, for various reasons

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Acehnese fishermen and Rohingya rescue at sea

Nov 16, 2022 - BILAL DEWANSYAH

The criminalisation of people smuggling has created complex moral and legal difficulties for those who assist refugees in peril

Review: Bali, 50 years of changes

Sep 25, 2022 - MARY ZURBUCHEN

Chasing a cure for beriberi

Sep 15, 2022 - NIA DELIANA

A long search for a cure for beriberi in Southeast Asia in the late nineteenth century was led by trial and a lot of error

Review: The candidate’s dilemma

Aug 23, 2022 - BURHANUDDIN MUHTADI

Review: 25 years of music activism

Aug 19, 2022 - JULIA WINTERFLOOD

For two decades Bali-based rock band Navicula’s mission has been to tackle some of the country’s biggest social and environmental ills

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