Jul 19, 2024 Last Updated 5:22 AM, Jul 16, 2024

Society

Guerillas in power

Last December, candidates affiliated to the Free Aceh Movement (GAM ) swept to power in local government elections in Aceh. They now face great challenges in meeting the high expectations of their supporters and dealing with incipient corruption in their own ranks.

Waiting for justice

Victims of human rights abuses in Aceh have not yet seen the legal processes they’ve been promised.

A heroine for humanity

There are dozens of stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for human rights in Aceh. Here is a personal account of one such person.

Aceh homebound?

In the wake of peace, Acehnese living in Malaysia are thinking about return. But it can be tough leaving a new life to start afresh back home.

Transgendered in Malang

The waria community in this East Javanese city are out in the open, but misunderstanding and prejudice are still widespread.

Sulawesi's fifth gender

What if there were not just two genders, but five? In Indonesia, there are

Sex in the city

Between girl power and the mother image, young urban women struggle for identity

Quo vadis, lesbians?

Lesbians want to be themselves

Jakarta women's barefoot bank

Poor kampung women double their income through their own micro-credit scheme

Peace journalism in Poso

When reporting ethnic conflict, journalists can make a difference

Papua on the Net

Not as remote as you might think...

For kicks

The history of football is a history of Indonesia itself

Romo Mangun

Tribute to a multi-talented, national figure

Scunge City. And yet....

What the guide books don't tell you about Surabaya

Penis enhancements

Popular with sailors and miners, but not necessarily with their women

Take the money or die

A flood of 'democratisation' dollars has corrupted the NGO movement

Land for the people

Farmers in East Java are still working land they took three years ago

Whose city?

The street traders who feed and transport Jakarta are also its most unwelcome citizens

Jakarta's poorest

Lea Jellinek

The story of Mimin

Surviving thirty years in Central Jakarta

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