Aug 13, 2022 Last Updated 8:00 AM, Aug 9, 2022

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Back with a vengeance

Former migrant workers are finding new empowerment in the bureaucratic jungle of legal aid

The paradox of virtual youth politics

Social media promotes political engagement among youth, but at the expense of accurate information and real-world political effects

KITLV Reading Room gone, collection remains

The Institute will continue to operate without its famous reading room

Faultlines and fractures

HIV/AIDS is spreading rapidly because of the profound inequalities that afflict Papua

My eyes may be blue, but I am Indonesian

The different and difficult experiences of Eurasian Indonesians

Chinese whispers: The art of reflection

Essays and Fiction is a new series of writing in Inside Indonesia that aims to give voice to more personal stories about Indonesia. We welcome submissions in the form of reflective pieces, fiction, artwork, or essays about travel and fieldwork experiences.

Famine and fraud

A story of mass starvation tells us much about media coverage and local government in Papua

Challenging times for big tobacco

Can the industry’s political and financial resources continue to stall important regulatory change?

Balancing business

Indonesia’s unions are engaging in electoral politics in unprecedented ways in an attempt to balance the influence of business

Review: Surabaya-style football fandom

Junaedi gives a rare insight into Indonesia's football culture

Jokowi for President? No!

Riverbank settlers love Jokowi, but they don’t want him to become president

Wasted talent

Returned migrant workers have much to offer, but have trouble achieving recognition for the skills they’ve developed abroad

Dancing against violence

Not even Mount Kelud erupting could stop Yogyakarta's activists from standing up against violence to women as part of One Billion Rising

Running in style

A new bug for running points toward a new politics of lifestyle

Platitudes of Papua

It’s easy to blame the central government for all of Papua’s problems, but it’s also inaccurate

Dying for nothing

Special Autonomy has crippled health services in the Papuan Highlands

Sex, lies and politicians

Indonesian politicians quite often star inadvertently in porn films, but it doesn’t seem to hurt them much

Cosmopolitan Indonesia

Cosmopolitanism is a magnificent ideal for a world torn by divisions and it exists in Indonesia in some surprising places. But how deep does and can it go? Gerry van Klinken

Subaltern cosmopolitans

Riau Islanders prove you don’t have to be rich, or even mobile, to be a citizen of the world

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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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