Nov 18, 2018 Last Updated 12:17 PM, Nov 15, 2018

Elections

Politics from below

Picture of Prabowo on a car - Vembri Waluyas

Street vendors have organised successfully at the local level, but effective national organisation has proved more elusive

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The paradox of virtual youth politics

A user-generated computer game developed by Jokowi’s team asks supporters to join Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla on impromptu visits - Generasi Optimis

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

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Balancing business

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

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Creative campaigners

Creative campaigners

While material inducements to voters have been prevalent in 2014, candidates also employ innovative campaign strategies to attract support

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Money politics

4. Aspinall - Money politics - 1

The distribution of money, goods and other benefits is an integral part of electioneering in Indonesia

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Election year

Election year

Edward Aspinall

Indonesia’s legislative elections offer a window into the deep forces shaping the country, and a glimpse of its political future

Indonesia is part way through its election year, having held its legislative elections on 9 April, and with the country now gearing up for the first round of the presidential polls in July. With more than 235,000 candidates running for seats in national, provincial and district legislatures around the country, the April poll was a massive logistical affair. It was also the culmination of years of effort, expense and stress for a huge number of people. Yet in some ways, the actual results of the election were an anti-climax.

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Strange bedfellows

Strange bedfellows

An unlikely alliance between former rebels and a former New Order tormentor will test the limits of Partai Aceh loyalty

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Angels and demons

Angels and demons

While a famous ‘reformer’ tries to undermine Indonesia’s local democratic institutions, the predators come to the rescue

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Front stage with the PKS

Front stage with the PKS

At its upmarket congress, Indonesia’s biggest Islamic party tried but failed to convince it has become an open and inclusive party

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New leadership, new policies?

New leadership, new policies?

The Nahdlatul Ulama congress in Makassar arrests the slide away from liberal views but shows the organisation's vulnerability to outside political interference

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Essay: Contesting urban beauty in Jakarta

Nov 15, 2018 - JORGEN DOYLE & HANNAH EKIN

Source/ Doyle & Ekin  Wish images

Walking Jakarta’s northern coastline reveals communities experiencing disruptive and rapid change

Photo essay: Hope in the face of disaster

Nov 02, 2018 - MELANIE FILLER & TIM BARRETTO

Source/ Melanie Filler & Tim Barretto

Palu after the tsunami

Surviving while seeking asylum

Oct 26, 2018 - GEMIMA HARVEY

Hazara asylum seeker Shiringul first fled Afghanistan to Pakistan and then when the danger spread to Pakistan, she was forced to flee again, this time to Indonesia. She said the streets outside of Kalideres immigration detention centre were her best option. Source/ Gemima Harvey

A change in Australia’s asylum policy has denied refugees in Indonesia vital support

Review: The killing season

Oct 01, 2018 - FRANK BEYER

More than 50 years on, mis-truths about the 1965-66 killings and what motivated them prevail in Indonesia. Geoffrey Robinson's and other books and films on the issue, based on archival research...

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