Feb 23, 2024 Last Updated 12:52 AM, Feb 22, 2024

Law

Costly inducements

Pocket money given to intending migrant domestic workers comes at a price

Token gestures

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

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

Inside the Laskar Jihad

From the Archives Greg Fealy (ii65: Jan-Mar 2001) interviews the leader of a new, radical and militant sect

Corrupting politics

Corruption continues to shape the political landscape in Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia’s richest district

Land, ethnicity and politics

Direct local elections have led to new developments in the struggle for land rights in East Kalimantan

Fighting over the land and forest

Century-old conflicts persist in the vast tracts of Indonesia that are designated as state forest

Land and social justice

Communities struggle for access while reforms run aground

The trouble with oil palm

Conflicts between villagers and plantation companies in Sumatra are still unresolved

A city without social justice

Jakarta needs more green space, but not at the expense of the poor

When money rules over voice

Regional autonomy and spatial planning in Bandung benefits the elite

Social justice by design

Architect Antonio Ismael Risianto promotes planning for the urban poor

Land titles do not equal agrarian reform

Activists split with Indonesia’s government over whether land registration helps the rural poor

Too precious to mine

Central Java farmers refuse to get stuck in cement

Development for the rich

Gated communities are built with little concern for their social and environmental impacts

The right to choose

Indonesian activists keep fighting to have abortion decriminalised

Not just a piece of paper

The state’s requirements for marriage registration disadvantage poor rural women

Purchasing power

Weak rules and weak implementation meant that influence could still be bought in the 2009 elections

Winning the villages

Grassroots political operators hold the key to many candidates’ success

D-day for anti-corruption reform

Draft legislation is a prescription potentially worse than the ailment

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