Corruption and the high cost politics in Indonesia

Indonesia has entered a highly volatile political period, beginning with regional elections this year through to national legislative and presidential elections in 2019. As more than 150 million Indonesians prepared…

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Terrorism shifting gears in Indonesia, hiring children

The ability to carry out a series of attacks in a shorter period of time — with better explosives and a higher number of casualties — indicates that terrorist groups…

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Indonesians tire of oligarchy

When Indonesians finally ousted a military-backed authoritarian regime 20 years ago through a bloody coup, it marked the dawn of new era known as Reformasi. There were promises of a…

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No fury like Indonesia’s blasphemy law

Human rights groups have appealed to Indonesian authorities to revise or abolish the country’s blasphemy laws, stepping up calls they have made repeatedly over the past decade. Amnesty International Indonesia made…

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Liberating youngsters from toxic religious fanaticism

A large number of Indonesian secondary and tertiary students have been poisoned by Islamic fundamentalism. This constitutes a threat to the future pluralism and social fabric of the world’s most…

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Second match of Joko Widodo vs Prabowo Subianto

After months of rumors over who Gerindra (the Great Indonesia Movement Party) would choose to run on its ticket for next year’s presidential election, party chairman Prabowo Subianto has been named….

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The great Widodo conspiracy

A Muslim woman in her late 60s cracked a joke while serving customers at a small food stall she owns in Jakarta.  “These people are foolish, they think they can…

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