Aug 09, 2022 Last Updated 8:00 AM, Aug 9, 2022

Society

The rise and fall of a gangster

Ethics and politics don’t mix in the world of Jakarta’s preman

Marginal and tattooed

A group of Jakarta punks challenges the criminal stigma attached to tattoos

Prison cum hostel?

A political economy of drugs thrives inside one of Indonesia’s most notorious prisons

Inside Yudhoyono'€™s anti-corruption machine

Despite attempts to re-engineer Indonesia’s governance mechanisms, corruption remains a chronic problem

Brutal lessons

A culture of violence in schools makes life tough for kids

Personality cults

Foreign news coverage needs to focus on Indonesia’s people, not just its leaders

Ten years of hoping and waiting

A photo essay about families of the disappeared

Global fashion, remixed

Indie designers rework commercial iconography – and the business of clothing production

Music for the fight, movements for the soul

Fight-choreography in West Java is a source of cultural pride

Seeking Soeparno

A man who left his home to work in a plantation half-way around the world

When is a public holiday not a holiday?

The 100 year anniversary of Indonesia’s ‘National Awakening’ fails to inspire

Policy drift

Ten years after Suharto, the economy is not recovering fast enough

An evening with Abu Bakar Ba’asyir

Firebrand preacher’s audience doesn’t burn with enthusiasm

A world of reading

Local writers help combat illiteracy in rural Banten

Teaching and remembering

The legacy of the Suharto era lingers in school history books

Jungle Schools

Volunteers bring alternative education to marginalised communities

How far to meaningful democracy? - 1

What you see is what you get.

Stable but unpopular

Indonesians have a love-hate relationship with their political parties.

Political fashions

Timur Angin photo gallery

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