The Conversation: ‘How political Islam has navigated and changed Indonesia’s democratic landscape’

"Pro-democracy agents need to learn more to develop a better strategy in this new landscape. It is clear that moves to treat political Islam as a fringe actor tend to be counterproductive."

‘All Indonesians are migrants’: Tracing the origins of Indonesia’s peoples through genetics

‘All Indonesians are migrants’: Tracing the origins of Indonesia’s peoples through genetics

Research on the human genome has found that all Indonesians are migrants. Indonesian people are a mix of different genetic groups of Homo sapiens who traveled from Africa in waves...

The Conversation: Indonesian folklore of vengeful female ghosts hold symbols of violence against women

The Conversation: Indonesian folklore of vengeful female ghosts hold symbols of violence against women

Indonesian moviegoers have had something to talk about these past two weeks. A top box-office movie by director Joko Anwar, Satan’s Slave, has a hair-raising ghost, called...

The Slippery Suspects: Setya Novanto and four more Indonesian politicians who have dodged corruption allegations

The Slippery Suspects: Setya Novanto and four more Indonesian politicians who have dodged corruption allegations

These are four other Indonesian politicians who have beaten corruption charges, despite seemingly strong evidence piled up against them.

The Conversation: ‘Indonesia’s fuel subsidy cuts prevented even worse traffic jams’

The Conversation: ‘Indonesia’s fuel subsidy cuts prevented even worse traffic jams’

"Using data for 19 toll roads in Greater Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia over the period 2008–2015, we find that supplying below-cost fuel contributed to rapid growth in road...

The Conversation: ‘Drivers’ stories reveal how exploitation occurs in Gojek, Grab and Uber’

The Conversation: ‘Drivers’ stories reveal how exploitation occurs in Gojek, Grab and Uber’

"...rather than entering a partnership, drivers are entering an exploitative relationship in which they are treated as sweated labor with little to no working protection."

Poverty in paradise: The dark side of Indonesia’s new tourism hope

Poverty in paradise: The dark side of Indonesia’s new tourism hope

A tableau of white sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and turquoise water, the islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot -- but locals fear the...

The Conversation: ‘Indonesian cities and regencies may be asked to shelter refugees – will they comply?’

The Conversation: ‘Indonesian cities and regencies may be asked to shelter refugees – will they comply?’

A presidential decree on refugees released last December finally acknowledges asylum seekers and refugees for what they are – people in need of protection. While some observers...

The Conversation: ‘Indonesian secularists and atheists live under the shadow of stigma’

The Conversation: ‘Indonesian secularists and atheists live under the shadow of stigma’

'Indonesia enjoys the reputation of being more open-minded when it comes to religion, but atheists and secular people are still stigmatised.'

‘Disadvantaged Indonesians defy the perception that they’re not interested in reading’

‘Disadvantaged Indonesians defy the perception that they’re not interested in reading’

The number of book stores, school and public libraries show how limited the access to books is for many Indonesians. How would people develop some reading interest if access to...


 

Coconuts Jakarta Features

Although Coconuts is known for offering quick takes on the latest and craziest news, we also endeavor provide more in-depth looks at Jakarta through feature stories. Whether examining a new trend on social media, taking a closer look at one of the capital’s intriguing subcultures or offering you a guide on how to better enjoy life in the capital, our features aim to show our readers a side of the city they’ve never seen before. For our longform features, our in-staff writers and talented contributors do deep dives into the most unique aspects of living in the Big Durian. We also rely on contributors for regular columns that offer their fresh and juicy takes on the latest trends taking over Jakarta. As opinionated as our regular news can be, we can get really politically incorrect in our opinion pieces which tackle the toughest and most controversial issues facing Jakarta and Indonesia. We also offer up interviews with some of the capital’s most intriguing figures, from creators to leaders to analysts, that go way beyond the surface. We also regularly feature photo essays showing off some of the best, most amazing work from the incredibly talented photographers working in Indonesia.