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

Society

Riding PELNI

Jesus tattoos, karaoke and the bearded cleric — welcome aboard!

Legacy of conflict

Bugis IDPs have travelled as warriors, farmers, fishers and traders

Mochtar Lubis

Always controversial, Mochtar Lubis was one of Indonesia’s most respected journalists and best-known authors for over four decades.

Uniform jilbab

The Islamic headscarf is now compulsory in many high schools

Polygamy and chickens

This man’s message is simple — four wives are better for business than one

Film revolution?

Women are now on both sides of the camera

Crossing male boundaries

Confidence crisis for Bali’s women mask dancers

Woman power

In Bali, a new all-female dance-drama troupe is flouting traditional gender roles

More voices

Women and marginalised groups seize new opportunities in the arts

The looming AIDS epidemic

Intravenous drug use is exacerbating the spread of the HIV virus

Lecture me not

Helping to boost English teaching seemed a splendid idea, but then Indonesian realities intervened

A shared vision

Portraits of Islamic women from different centuries and different organisations

Forty years on

With Suharto gone, the anniversary of the 1965 coup attempt is more controversial than ever

Kampung Kamal

Half a century after Herb Feith first lived in Kamal, Nikolas Feith Tan retraces his grandfather’s steps

Partnership or pretence

Who should call the shots – international donors or local NGOs?

The activists' dilemma

Many are ambivalent about international aid

Where it hurts in Papua

An Indonesian NGO finds injustices in unexpected places

Living in peace

The village of Oelua proves that Indonesians can live with difference.

Rebuilding lives

An Australian aid worker reflects on post-tsunami reconstruction.

The price of peace

Reintegration funds have caused problems as well as solving them.

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