Apr 17, 2024 Last Updated 3:10 AM, Apr 15, 2024

Politics

How will Indonesians remember Suharto?

Newspaper obituaries, from Sabang to Merauke

Modelling syariah in Aceh

A conference in Banda Aceh reveals divergent opinions about what model of Islamic law Aceh should adopt

The passing of a dictator

Arief Budiman reflects on Suharto and his legacy.

Disabled megalopolitan

Jakarta’s disabled are striving for a better deal.

Mohammad Sadli, 1923 -“ 2008

The passing of the technocrats

Politics of symbolism

Unionists express their disgust at local government’s failure to look after the interests of workers

Singapore, not sawit

Tourism campaigns in East Kalimantan fall short of provincial middle class aspirations.

Living like kings

Working-class Singaporeans travel to Indonesia’s Riau Islands in search of a fantasy built around sex.

Post-bomb lessons

Strategic planning for disaster remains a low priority for the central government, despite the lessons learned in the aftermath of the Bali bombings.

Suharto'€™s last erection

Nationalism and every-day tourism.

Postcards from a wasteland

Despite being a scene of destruction and heartache, there is a strange beauty in the new landscape created in the wake of the Sidoarjo mud disaster.

Un-natural disaster

An unstoppable flow of mud from an explosion in a gas well in Sidoarjo, East Java, has unleashed a plethora of political issues.

Rise of the clans

Direct elections in South Sulawesi show that a new breed of political godfathers is coming to power in Indonesia’s regions. Parties are increasingly irrelevant, but electoral competition is real.

Sartono Kartodirdjo, 1921-2007

Indonesia’s premier historian

Making democracy work, Islamically

Indonesia’s Muslim educators support democracy, but grapple with how to make that commitment consistent with Islamic law.

Aa Gym

The rise, fall, and re-branding of a celebrity preacher

Illiberal but not intolerant

Understanding the Indonesian Council of Ulamas

Bali'€™s climate conference

Rich countries should pay big bucks to reduce emissions in the developing world

Remembering Ong

About cooking, studying Java, and other serious pleasures

Ong Hok Ham, 1933-2007

Intellectual, Chinese, atheist, gay - and wholly Indonesian

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