Islamic boarding school finds strength in spiritual pursuit, community, and physical distancing

It had been four months since the santri (Islamic boarding school students) of An Nuqthah in Tangerang, Banten last studied, ate, slept, and lived with each other. In late June, the school reopened its doors. Its teenage students, with the permission of their parents, began trickling back into their normal lives ⁠— only this time, “normal” isn’t as ...

For Jakarta’s informal workers, the pandemic brings more uncertainty than ever for the future

For Jakarta’s informal workers, the pandemic brings more uncertainty than ever for the future

Jakarta's informal workers had it rough before the pandemic. With COVID-19, survival is on the line.

Tracing the Infected: How far can COVID-19 mass surveillance work in Indonesia?

Tracing the Infected: How far can COVID-19 mass surveillance work in Indonesia?

Can COVID-19 mass surveillance curb the spread of the disease in Indonesia?

Social expectations and financial constraints are blocking the rise of Indonesian women’s basketball 

Social expectations and financial constraints are blocking the rise of Indonesian women’s basketball 

Eight years ago, Priscilla Annabel Karen, now 24, would regularly shoot hoops on a court near her house in Bekasi. One day, her brother invited her to play at GOR Rawamangun in...

Fellow Indonesians, it’s time to talk about racism

Fellow Indonesians, it’s time to talk about racism

"With the discourse on #BlackLivesMatter and its Indonesian counterpart #PapuanLivesMatter dominating our social media timelines recently, I would like to take this opportunity to...

The fundamental tasks for effective corruption eradication in Indonesia

The fundamental tasks for effective corruption eradication in Indonesia

Amid the torrent of news on the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia, recent reports on corruption are bringing the topic back to the fore with a public bewildered by apparent setbacks...

‘Please, don’t underestimate us’: Community-led initiatives are helping Indonesian transwomen survive COVID-19

‘Please, don’t underestimate us’: Community-led initiatives are helping Indonesian transwomen survive COVID-19

Indonesia's marginalized transgender communities show resilience in the face of transphobia and COVID-19.

Opinion: Millennials right to be frustrated by Indonesia’s COVID-19 response

Opinion: Millennials right to be frustrated by Indonesia’s COVID-19 response

The Indonesian government has come under intense criticism for its perceived sluggish and often inept handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the country’s millennials among the...

Donate to Indonesian healthcare workers on the frontline of fight against COVID-19 through these trustworthy charities

Donate to Indonesian healthcare workers on the frontline of fight against COVID-19 through these trustworthy charities

Doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, researchers, and all those involved in the medical field are giving their all — in some cases, their lives — as Indonesia experiences its...

Garuda prostitution scandal | Copyright lawsuit | K-pop drama | Your favorite Coconuts Jakarta stories of 2019

Garuda prostitution scandal | Copyright lawsuit | K-pop drama | Your favorite Coconuts Jakarta stories of 2019

It’s that time of year again. A time when the news seemingly comes to a standstill as the country remains in holiday mode, giving us the opportunity to flog at you what are...


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