Jun 14, 2024 Last Updated 8:34 AM, May 27, 2024

Society

Living like kings

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

Food for the future

Organic farming takes root in post-bomb Bali

Tourism in question

In our new edition, Inside Indonesia explores different perspectives on 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.

Eight years after 1999

Displaced East Timorese children go hungry in Indonesian West Timor

Sartono Kartodirdjo, 1921-2007

Indonesia’s premier historian

Glass ceiling in government

Women in the Ministry of Finance face significant obstacles to advancement

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

Festival Mata Air

A community takes a fresh look at water

An audacious project

Inside Indonesia’s founder looks back

We refuse to become victims

Indonesian, Australian and Timor Leste artists collaborate

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?

Shifting faultlines

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

Fight for survival

Ring deaths leave Indonesian boxing on the ropes.

Behind the jamboree

Direct local elections give Jakartans a say in their city’s future

Myth of the effective little NGO

Making idealism work is very hard. NORI ANDRIYANI, with extraordinary honesty, tells why.

Gay identities

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

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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