Abandoned: Indonesia’s animal activists lack legal backing to stop cruelty towards critters

There's little by the way of law standing between animals and harm in Indonesia.

Indonesia’s tattoo removers zap the sin from your skin

Indonesia’s tattoo removers zap the sin from your skin

By Dessy Sagita Indonesian tattoo remover Sandi Widodo does a brisk business zapping sin from skin — at bargain-basement prices. But there’s a catch for pious Muslims...

Living a double life: Indonesia’s atheists fear jail or worse

Living a double life: Indonesia’s atheists fear jail or worse

A small number of atheists in Indonesia live in fear of jail or violent reprisals from religious hardliners. Leading a double life -- devout Muslim on the outside, non-believer on...

When is the earliest we can expect Indonesia to qualify for the World Cup?

When is the earliest we can expect Indonesia to qualify for the World Cup?

2022? 2026? Never?

Should foreign workers in Indonesia be worried about a requirement to learn Bahasa Indonesia?

Should foreign workers in Indonesia be worried about a requirement to learn Bahasa Indonesia?

Must all foreign workers be able to say selamat pagi, sampai besok, and everything in between in Bahasa Indonesia during a work day?

Erdogan’s uncanny popularity in Indonesia reflects growing preference for conservatism

Erdogan’s uncanny popularity in Indonesia reflects growing preference for conservatism

Why is Turkey's Erdogan so popular in Indonesia?

Indonesian Scouse: Understanding the country’s fascination with Liverpool FC

Indonesian Scouse: Understanding the country’s fascination with Liverpool FC

Why do millions in Indonesia support Liverpool, a team arguably past its glory days?

The tragedy of Surabaya will be repeated if blasphemy and hate speech laws silence debate on religion and terrorism | Opinion

The tragedy of Surabaya will be repeated if blasphemy and hate speech laws silence debate on religion and terrorism | Opinion

In the wake of tragedy, there is a window for this discussion to happen. The law may swiftly shut it.

Artist behind powerful, heartbreaking cartoon about the E. Java bombings speaks out about its inspiration

Artist behind powerful, heartbreaking cartoon about the E. Java bombings speaks out about its inspiration

An Indonesian comic artist refused to place any blame on E. Java terror suspects' children, who were brought along in the suicide bombings.

‘Black magic’ helps fuel high seas crimes in Indonesia, the most piracy-prone country in the world

‘Black magic’ helps fuel high seas crimes in Indonesia, the most piracy-prone country in the world

A fascinating deep dive into the world of violent sea crimes in Indonesia, the most piracy-prone country in the world “Black magic” gives some of them confidence as they...


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