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Indonesia

Surviving Four Disasters in Sumba

This is not a series of incidental disasters, but the result of structural problems related to capitalist expansion, climate change and recurring global epidemics

Indonesia’s open-door lockdown

Along with the ineffectual lockdown the widely reported graft has fomented outrage and eroded trust in the government’s ability to handle the pandemic and keep its people safe.

Kaum perempuan di garis depan: Peran kepemimpinan yang tak dihitung dalam penanganan COVID-19

Pengakuan pentingnya peran ini bisa memperkuatkan strategi baru.

Storytelling, subversion and satire in Tita Salina’s 1001st Island

A utopian vision with glimpses of a dystopian future.

Frontline women: unrecognised leadership in Indonesia’s COVID-19 response

Incorporating women's experiences and skills would improve pandemic responses.

Uneven accountability reform: insights from parliament and bureaucracy in Indonesia

A dysfunctional accountability mechanism inhibits progress.

The politics of banning FPI

Survey data points to a certain fragility in FPI’s support, but the longer-term consequences of banning of FPI may be a greater cause for concern. 

Politics of Halal certification: the collapse of the MUI’s long-held monopoly

In the wake of increased government oversight, questions nonetheless remain over the MUI’s accountability.

What is behind vaccine hesitancy in Indonesia?

Perceived religious prohibition, vaccine coercion, anti-Chinese sentiment and reliance on alternative health and hygiene practices are contributing to low vaccination acceptance.

Why politics matters: an insight from Indonesia’s flood management

Patronage politics, like those predominant in South Kalimantan, are a crucial factor exacerbating climate disasters, and governments rely heavily on inadequate technological solutions to mitigate floods.

Indonesian gig workers: the quest for labour-protection

Legislative change and consumer consciousness are key to protecting gig-workers from digital exploitation.

Art and artists in society in Indonesia: future tense

After two decades of enormous social change on global and local scales, what role will art and artists play in Indonesia’s future?

Quad and the Test for Indonesia’s Leadership in ASEAN

Will the initiative complement or sideline the existing regional architecture built by ASEAN?

COVID-19, food insecurity and the resilience of indigenous women in Indonesia

Protecting rural indigenous people’s control over food resources is linked to the wellbeing of migrant workers in the cities.

Part 2: The missing new Indonesian Left—leftist amnesia

Just as the Renaissance from the 14th to the 17th centuries overcame the dark Middle Ages by reappraising classical insights, critical history is now imperative.

Part 1: The missing new Indonesian Left

Just as it was particularly difficult for the progressives to withstand repression and killings, reviving the Left after 1965 was equally formidable.

The Malady of Ignorance? Indonesian Parliament During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Losing these key Parliamentary functions has exacerbated the lack of “checks and balances”

At what cost: The impact of Indonesia’s Omnibus law on underwater cultural heritage

Why, after such a long hiatus, is underwater cultural heritage is once again being considered as an economic, not an archaeological or historical, resource?

Invisible victims of the Papua conflict: the Nduga Regency refugees

The Indonesian government could regain trust by enhancing cooperation with those in the local community already involved in assisting IDPs

Indonesia in 2020: Looking back at a year of crisis

How were Indonesians’ enjoyment of political, economic, and social rights have been affected by the multiple crises of 2020?

Fictional forest koperasi: a new pattern of land grabs in Indonesia

Fake cooperatives acting as representatives of farmers can seek land concessions and conveniently serve as an extension of corporations.

De-industrialisation and returning to the land in Indonesia

Returning workers from failed industrial hubs such as Batam live on the edge between two different worlds: town and village.

Paying bribes in Indonesia

A new survey looks beyond aggregated corruption indexes at how experiences of bribery and extortion in Indonesia differ from sector to sector.

Indonesia is no saviour: against normalisation with Israel

Beyond future statehood, supporting the Palestinian right of self-determination should acknowledge they are best placed to shape their future.