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Criminal patients

People who use drugs occupy an ambiguous position in Indonesian government rhetoric

Photo essay: Woman to woman

A unique drug rehabilitation centre in Bogor helps women regain their independence

Populism versus justice

Indonesia’s legal system is too flawed to sentence people to death

Cannabis, for starters

The growing support for cannabis decriminalisation in Indonesia could both help and hinder broader drug reform

Essay: Letter from Jakarta

Living in the midst of uncertainty

Mapping the 1965-66 killings in East Java

In the first of a series of articles we present recent work by demographers and genocide scholars at Michigan State University's Asian Studies Centre on the 1965-1966 killings. Their analysis takes the form of a collection of infographics tracing population numbers across East Java at this time.

Untreated trauma in Nduga

The plight of Papua’s internally displaced persons is not being recognised by the Indonesian government

The waste emergency

Government, producers and the public must all cooperate to tackle Indonesia’s waste problems

Bogus redemption

Mudik forms a bogus redemption for many precarious workers amid a lack of decent jobs in both rural and urban areas

Bangun! Banjir!

Seorang antropolog Belanda tinggal di permukiman kumuh di bantaran kali Jakarta untuk memahami bagaimana warga di sana hidup berdampingan dengan banjir

Religious idioms of vulnerability

Years after the tsunami, people in Aceh articulate the fragility of life through religious idioms

The Palu earthquake

Though earthquakes are common in Palu, residents underestimate the threat, and government response efforts are weak

When the deity meditates…

In ancient Indonesian manuscripts, a disaster is sometimes not a disaster, but a message from the deity.

Wake up! Flood!

A Dutch anthropologist lived in a Jakarta riverside slum to learn how residents there cope with constant flooding

Review: Bridges of Friendship

An excellent reminder of the strength and importance of relationships between people of different cultures

Aging remarkably

A lifelong activist and retired midwife is teaching her peers to stay engaged… and not burden their children

Passing it on

On a recent study trip, journalism student Lisa Favazzo met two people giving back to their communities in extraordinary ways

A temple to populist nationalism

Sukarno’s gravesite is very popular but there is much irony in the way his memory is celebrated

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Self-education and lived experience of the impacts of climate change, are driving a grassroots environmental movement

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The Jokowi-Luhut alliance

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A business alliance forged in 2008 between Joko Widodo and Luhut Pandjaitan formed the basis for a major axis in his presidency

Making music together

Mar 19, 2024 - ARYA ADYUTA

At Earhouse Songwriting Club music is not only about the performer or performance, but also about the audience and the act of listening

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