May 29, 2022 Last Updated 7:57 AM, May 27, 2022

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Forbidden smoke

Banda Aceh’s anti-tobacco efforts are unfairly focused on women smokers

Roadside medicine men

Bootleg medicine sales are part of Indonesia’s healthcare infrastructure

Transport policy in gridlock

Attractive public transport and well-considered traffic policies are what Jakarta needs

Digital citizenship

Online corruption talk in Banten can be vitriolic

Online dating apps blocked

A government crackdown on dating apps is depriving LGBT Indonesians of a crucial resource

Commodifying conservation in Borneo

Does the social marketing approach answer the big questions of conservation in Indonesia?

Safe water at a premium

The UN’s claim that 87 per cent of Indonesians have access to safe drinking water seems exaggerated

Something's cooking

Biogas reduces the burden of fossil fuel subsidies

The Go-Jek effect

Has this phenomenally successful app-based transport service improved the lives of the motorcycle workers it employs?

Challenging times for big tobacco

Can the industry’s political and financial resources continue to stall important regulatory change?

Running in style

A new bug for running points toward a new politics of lifestyle

Cosmopolitan Indonesia

Cosmopolitanism is a magnificent ideal for a world torn by divisions and it exists in Indonesia in some surprising places. But how deep does and can it go? Gerry van Klinken

Rethinking Indonesia’s beef self-sufficiency agenda

The government’s latest approach is not the most effective or efficient way to promote food security

More than a fatal attraction

Outsiders see arak consumption as a highly dangerous activity, but arak plays an important role in Balinese society

Selling nationalism

Indonesian television advertisements are constructing images of Indonesia by appropriating well-known nationalist themes

Love the mall, love the earth

Eco-friendly malls make environmentalism sleek and chic, but they might do more harm than good

On death row

Dozens of Acehnese drug offenders face the death penalty in Malaysia

The triumph of jamu

European interest in Indonesian traditional healing has had its ups and downs, but in Java jamu reigns supreme, as it has for a long, long time

Papua webs

Web-based resources related to Indonesian Papua and West Papua

Beyond the Museum

Asmat bisj-poles gain new meaning in a Papuan refugee protest in Melbourne

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