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A Moluccan soldier and his daughter

The story of a senior officer in the Royal Dutch East Indies Army (KNIL), and of his oldest daughter, give voice to Moluccan experiences in colonial history

Book review: 'Merdeka'

Henk Schulte Nordholt and Harry Poeze's new book turns attention to the battle for Indonesian independence and precarious rise of the Republic

Review essay: Constructing Indonesian girlhood on film

Two decades after the cultural shift opened up by Reformasi, hope looks very different in Indonesian cinema

Working together to improve maternal health

In 2015 Indonesia signed up the the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to reduce its high rate of maternal mortality. Little progress has been made.

Diagnosing Indonesia

How has Indonesia’s quest for longer and healthier lives for its people unfolded in the past and present, and what does this mean for the future?

Obstacles to realising the right to health

Why has the government failed to do more to adopt health policies consistent with the right to health?

Back to the future

Treating mental health in Indonesia

Acehnese fishermen and Rohingya rescue at sea

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

Chasing a cure for beriberi

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: 25 years of music activism

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

Essay: Divine rejeki! What a wonderful windfall

How can you get rejeki? Like everything else about rejeki, the answer is something of a mystery.

Dorce Gamalama's burial and Indonesia's transgender traditions

In contrast to the national motto ‘Unity in Diversity’ and its history of tolerance, Indonesian sexual  minorities are not respected

Fiction: The Turning Wheel

Lontar Modern Indonesia Series

Fiction: Threads of Dignity

Lontar Modern Indonesia Series

Book review: A life told in three parts

Translations of Putu Oka Sukanta’s trilogy of novels, bring his stories of struggle, oppression and resilience spanning over sixty years of Indonesian history, to an English-speaking audience

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Essay: Testing out my Bahasa Indonesia

Jul 09, 2024 - PATRICK J MAHONY

We need to learn more about each other. If we do, we will find that in many ways we have much in common

Asbestos danger

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What can be done to prevent suffering in Indonesia?

Obituary: Stop telling, start listening

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Owen Podger’s guide to aid-giving

Essay: What remains of the 1998 tragedy for the post-1998 generation

Jun 26, 2024 - ALVINO KUSUMABRATA

Hearing about my mother's experiences in May 1998 became a pivotal moment that has shaped my life. 

Obit: Bob Muntz, 1947-2024

Jun 24, 2024 - HELEN PAUSACKER

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