Jul 21, 2019 Last Updated 2:20 AM, Jul 1, 2019

Society

Starting early

Starting early

New programs of compulsory religious education for Muslim children in West Sumatra have received little publicity outside that province. Is this a new phase in the Islamisation of Indonesia?

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Shifting faultlines

Shifting faultlines

In the aftermath of religious conflict, ethnic difference is becoming more prominent in Ambon

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Gay identities

Modern gay men in Indonesia learn to live alongside traditional concepts of homosexuality. DEDE OETOMO explains.

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Satya Wacana University: an expensive lesson

Many foreigners have learned Indonesian on the green campus of Satya Wacana University in Salatiga, Central Java. Since 1993 it has been in the news for a different reason. BUDI KURNIAWAN reports that serious conflicts between the campus community and the university board have reduced the prestigious campus to a shadow of its former self.

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Information revolution

Satellite TV and the Internet are opening Indonesia to the globe. MARK CRAWFORD asks: Will this mean less mind control by the state?

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Big projects, little people

After 20 years, LEA JELLINEK returns to Jakarta's kampungs only to find many demolished for condominiums. The mood of their constantly evicted residents oscillates between resignation and resistance.

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The world's first street university

Street children are not social misfits. They are creative exiles from an oppressive state system, according to LAINE BERMAN and HARRIOTT BEAZLEY.

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Spread the word

MELODY KEMP discovers some quiet achievers in environmental education -- who accept no foreign aid.

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Preventing AIDS

The epidemic is spreading more slowly than once feared, but OCTAVERY KAMIL still wants better resources for prevention work.

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Fading signal

STANLEY fears slashing Radio Australia's Indonesian service will harm Australian diplomacy.

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Gone fishing

AHMAD SOFIAN explores the lives of young people on hundreds of isolated fishing platforms in the Malacca Straits

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Untreated trauma in Nduga

Jul 01, 2019 - HIPOLITUS YOLISANDRY RINGGI WANGGE

A teacher formerly posted in Nduga, holds her infant while instructing the children in the emergency school / Sorang Saragih

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

The waste emergency

Jun 11, 2019 - ROLF HAJEK

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

Bogus redemption

Jun 02, 2019 - MUHTAR HABIBI

Charlie Hartanto / Flickr

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

Review: Bridges of Friendship

May 17, 2019 - ANITA DEWI

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

Aging remarkably

May 16, 2019 - DUNCAN GRAHAM

Tati (Tatik) Soepijarniwati, 86 years, seems too small, too slight and too old to agitate / Author

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

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