“Indonesia should support interfaith community programs to help Myanmar end ethnic violence”

By Dio Herdiawan Tobing, Universitas Gadjah Mada After years of refusing to protect ethnic Rohingya from persecution, Myanmar’s government is seemingly showing signs of change Following reports of massacre, arson and rape targeting ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state late last year, the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi set up a panel to resolve conflicts in that state The government also held a...

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Murky Indonesian cults in the spotlight after sex, drug and murder scandals

By Kiki Siregar Desperate and despondent after losing an Indonesian local election, Abdul Junaidi was the perfect prey for a charismatic cult leader promising great wealth and...

Murky Indonesian cults in the spotlight after sex, drug and murder scandals

5 Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Jan 27-29)

Celebrate Chinese-Indonesian culture by exploring Petak Sembilan Market Sure, you could celebrate this Saturday’s Chinese New Year holiday by feasting away at one of...

5 Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Jan 27-29)

Fighting Back: The women working to end street harassment in Jakarta

The recent Women’s March on Washington inspired solidarity marches in cities across the globe to fight for women’s rights and gender equality In Jakarta, a small but...

Fighting Back: The women working to end street harassment in Jakarta

Sexually harassed 13 times in 35 minutes: Why Jakarta’s streets are not a safe space for women

Hundreds of thousands of women around the world marched on the weekend to demand their rights and remind those in power that women’s rights are human rights These women are...

Sexually harassed 13 times in 35 minutes: Why Jakarta’s streets are not a safe space for women

The Top 10 Most Read Coconuts Jakarta Stories of 2016

Most people would agree that 2016 was kind of a total shitshow For those of us in Jakarta, the year began with a horrific terrorist attack that killed eight people, while over the...

The Top 10 Most Read Coconuts Jakarta Stories of 2016

Kafir heroes to hijab-less Cut Meutia: Weird conspiracies surrounding Indonesia’s new banknotes

Indonesia’s central bank, Bank Indonesia (BI), launched a new set of rupiah bills and coins on December 19 The new currency, named the NKRI (Unitary State of the Republic of...

Kafir heroes to hijab-less Cut Meutia: Weird conspiracies surrounding Indonesia’s new banknotes

Remembering Riyanto, the Muslim youth who sacrificed himself to save a church from a bomb on Christmas Eve

Between the massive protests against Jakarta Governor Ahok for his alleged blasphemy, the recent shutdown of a Christmas service in Bandung by religious extremists and the bombing...

Remembering Riyanto, the Muslim youth who sacrificed himself to save a church from a bomb on Christmas Eve

Can Ahok survive? A Q&A with Indonesian blasphemy law expert Dr. Melissa Crouch

By Tim Mann Indonesian police last week declared Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama a suspect for blasphemy, over a speech he gave in which he quoted a verse from...

Can Ahok survive? A Q&A with Indonesian blasphemy law expert Dr. Melissa Crouch

The Conversation: Politics complicate blasphemy investigations in Indonesia and around the world

By afiqa Qurrata A'yun, University of Indonesia The Indonesian police recently named the Chinese-Indonesian and Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaya Purnama, also...

The Conversation: Politics complicate blasphemy investigations in Indonesia and around the world

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.