Dec 09, 2022 Last Updated 6:29 AM, Nov 29, 2022

Society

The spirit of Sudirman

A mural competition in Yogyakarta sees Indonesians reinterpreting their revolutionary past in the light of present concerns

Theatre of life

A new generation of Indonesian theatre activists is staging performances based on the everyday experiences of local communities

Stopping the flow

Lapindo Brantas’ involvement in the Surabaya Post has restricted the way journalists report on the mudflow

Resistance through memory

The victims of the Lapindo mudflow disaster continue to assert their rights to compensation

The triumph of jamu

European interest in Indonesian traditional healing has had its ups and downs, but in Java jamu reigns supreme, as it has for a long, long time

A terrible legacy

Indonesian doctors have been persecuted for providing safe abortions for almost a century

Homophobia on the rise

Recent attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender meetings reveal the growing influence of Islamist groups and highlight unequal protection of citizenship rights

Prosperity denied

Mining is booming in East Nusa Tenggara, but where is the wealth going?

Sympathy for the Devil

Pining for the certainty of the Suharto era

Religious Bandung

Bandung’s government opts for a religious program that matches the city’s character

Eager to work

The value of children’s paid work on Lombok’s tobacco plantations presents a challenge to emotive arguments for the wholesale banning of child labour

A storm in a bank vault

The much publicised ‘Bank Century’ case is unlikely to do any lasting damage to SBY

Learning to lead

Against the odds, Indonesian domestic workers have achieved real change in Hong Kong

Leaving Indonesia

As this edition shows, the choices faced by those who leave Indonesia for work are anything but simple

Organising for migrant worker rights

Non-governmental organisations continue to fill the gap in the absence of viable alternatives

Oppressed and they know it

Indonesian fishers in Taiwan are beginning to fight back

Token gestures

Despite recent government negotiations, Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia remain disempowered

American dreams

Undocumented Indonesian migrant labourers - known locally as kuli dollar - work long hours in difficult conditions in search of prosperity in Philadelphia

A matter of luck

Migrant domestic workers aspire to more than their home communities can offer and are willing to take risks to change their lives

Passports optional

Indonesian migrant workers without visas - or sometimes even passports - rely on the help of middlemen to get past immigration checkpoints into East Malaysia

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