Dec 07, 2021 Last Updated 12:15 AM, Dec 1, 2021

Gangsters

Indonesia’s new anarchists

Insurrectionary anarchists, with international connections, nihilist values and a penchant for arson, are moving to fill the vacuum on the left

Review: When perpetrators speak

Joshua Oppenheimer’s groundbreaking new film raises disturbing questions about why perpetrators of the 1965-66 mass killings still enjoy impunity for their actions

An interview with Joshua Oppenheimer

The filmmaker explains that The Act of Killing exposes the imagination of terror

Review: An act of manipulation?

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing is a bold, disturbing and ultimately unsatisfactory exploration of the place of violence in modern Indonesia

The biggest cock

In Jakarta’s crowded neighbourhoods, beliefs in supernatural power and invulnerability still surround the figure of the jago tough man

For the good of the people?

The challenges of governing ‘societal organisations’ pose difficult questions for Indonesian democracy

Trapped in the legacy of the past

Conflict between Timorese youth gangs and martial arts groups hark back to the Indonesian occupation

Crime and criminality

This edition of Inside Indonesia explores the complex politics of illegality

The rise and fall of a gangster

Ethics and politics don’t mix in the world of Jakarta’s preman

Political gangsters

The riot that engulfed Jakarta on 27 July 1996 started after army-backed gangsters invaded Megawati's PDI headquarters. JESSE RANDALL traces the strange relationship between government and criminality.

Expelled from my home by thugs!

HERTJE SURIPATTY tells how developers used soldiers and thugs to try to force her out.

On the Waterfront

The Military Fleeces and Polices Port Workers

Reformasi gangsters

Preman have had to change in order to stay in business

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'Spilling the tea' on sexual violence

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Reinforcing gendered roles in lockdown abroad

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The isolation poems by Putu Oka Sukanta

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Poems by Putu Oka Sukanta were translated by Vannessa Hearman and Kiernan Box with commentary written by Vannessa Hearman based on her interview with the poet.

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