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Two decades of preaching with the pen

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Significant shifts have occurred in the Indonesian literary landscape, particularly the growing popularity of Islamic women writers, reports Meg Downes. This year marks 20 years since the establishment of Indonesian Islamic writers’ organisation Forum Lingkar Pena (FLP, Pen Circle Forum). Founded at Universitas Indonesia (UI) in February 1997 by author Helvy Tiana Rosa, FLP’s mission […]

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Italy’s ‘white raja’: the fabulous life of Celso Cesare Moreno

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Anticolonial campaigner or operatic poseur? Anthony Reid examines the role of a 19th century Italian adventurer in Aceh’s anticolonial struggle. In 1868 Celso Cesar Moreno (1831–1901) came to international attention by offering the United States the occupation of Pulau Weh (known to divers today as Sabang), off Banda Aceh, in return for protecting Aceh against […]

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Not just another local election

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Candidates for the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election are gearing up for a poll that will have ramifications for national politics On 15 February 2017 Indonesia will once again hold local executive elections for governors, mayors and district heads. Of the 101 elections to be held simultaneously across the country that day, the most highly anticipated […]

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Jokowi achieves early success in building Indonesia’s infrastructure

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Jokowi is overcoming obstacles to achieve much-needed infrastructure development In response to the lack of infrastructure that has impeded Indonesia’s economic growth, infrastructure development has become the top priority for the Widodo administration. President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, revoked the oil subsidy fund in 2014 to finance infrastructure development across Indonesia. In Sumatra, the […]

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Buried treasure amidst grains of Balinese sand

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A new book examines early nineteenth century Balinese society through the eyes of one of the island’s earliest ethnographers On 20 March 1828, the merchant brig Josephine dropped anchor at Kuta, off the southern Balinese coast. Among the dozen or so disembarking passengers was the newly appointed civil administrator to the Badung court, Pierre Dubois. […]

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Indonesian ‘tolerance’ under strain as anti-LGBT furore grows

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Indonesia is experiencing an unprecedented wave of anti-LGBT sentiment  If there was a single event that has incited the current wave of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Indonesia we might settle upon a minister’s affront at LGBT becoming visible in solidarity. Having been advised of a university-based LGBT support group, […]