All bodies are beautiful: Indonesian lingerie brand Nipplets promotes self-love through body positivity campaign

Are Indonesian women ready to see flabby tummies, acne scars, and stretch marks in advertisements for lingerie and embrace their own physical flaws?

RKUHP Explainer: All the controversial articles in Indonesia’s criminal code overhaul

RKUHP Explainer: All the controversial articles in Indonesia’s criminal code overhaul

Indonesia’s government and House of Parliament (DPR) look set to pass a draft revision to the country’s criminal code (RKUHP) next week, raising widespread alarm among...

Indonesian media reporting college student Leonardo Dicaprio being killed in traffic accident is peak clickbait

Indonesian media reporting college student Leonardo Dicaprio being killed in traffic accident is peak clickbait

Clickbait in journalism is like a rash that just won’t go away, but rarely have we seen such a tasteless form of the practice as the way these news outlets in Indonesia have...

How can Indonesia deal with marital rape when so many refuse to acknowledge it exists?

How can Indonesia deal with marital rape when so many refuse to acknowledge it exists?

We need to talk about marital rape.

Haram Harum: The forbidden allure of pork in Jakarta (Video)

Haram Harum: The forbidden allure of pork in Jakarta (Video)

One is a vegetarian, the other a Muslim. Together, they created a specialty pork joint called Panggangin that already developed a cult following in the Greater Jakarta Area.

‘Victims and perpetrators’: Rehabilitating Indonesia’s child bombers

‘Victims and perpetrators’: Rehabilitating Indonesia’s child bombers

Thrown off a motorbike as her parents blew themselves up, nine-year-old Mila was the sole survivor of a family suicide bombing, part of a wave of such attacks involving children...

Our first impressions of LRT Jakarta: train rides so short you’ll arrive in the blink of an eye

Our first impressions of LRT Jakarta: train rides so short you’ll arrive in the blink of an eye

The rides are so short, which begs the question: Who does LRT Jakarta benefit?

Copyright vs Right to Copy: How Superman, IKEA, and other global brands lost trademark battles in Indonesia

Copyright vs Right to Copy: How Superman, IKEA, and other global brands lost trademark battles in Indonesia

In Indonesia, it doesn’t seem to matter if a brand has achieved worldwide recognition for decades; if somebody local registers that brand before the original owner, then the...

Floating sweatshops: Is the fish you eat caught by ‘slaves’?

Floating sweatshops: Is the fish you eat caught by ‘slaves’?

After suffering what could easily be described as a "living hell" working in virtual slavery aboard fishing vessels, 40 Indonesians are fighting for justice and revealing just how...

We are officially not replacing our president. So what next for Indonesian politics?

We are officially not replacing our president. So what next for Indonesian politics?

It came a day early, but the General Election Commission (KPU) this morning formalized what most of us — save for the few who are still in denial — have already known:...


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