Long reads

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:...

Planet Plastic: The colossal challenge of cleaning up Indonesia’s Ciliwung River (Video)

Planet Plastic: The colossal challenge of cleaning up Indonesia’s Ciliwung River (Video)

Indonesia's Ciliwung River on the long road to recovery.

Papa & Ayah: An Indonesian Love Story

Papa & Ayah: An Indonesian Love Story

How did an Indonesian couple find "marital" bliss — despite the fact they're both men?

#DildoForIndonesia: The meme that’s gone viral for poking fun at both ends of Indonesian politics

#DildoForIndonesia: The meme that’s gone viral for poking fun at both ends of Indonesian politics

The ‘shitpost’ account, which is famous for its innuendo-laced campaign materials, criticises Indonesian politics and supporters of both presidential candidates in this...

#UninstallGojek and the high cost of supporting LGBT rights in Indonesia

#UninstallGojek and the high cost of supporting LGBT rights in Indonesia

Lately, it feels like we’re teetering dangerously close to reliving the worst of the LGBT moral panic that swept Indonesia in 2016.

The Vape Life: Blowing shapes, chasing clouds, and riding Indonesia’s e-cigarette wave for profit

The Vape Life: Blowing shapes, chasing clouds, and riding Indonesia’s e-cigarette wave for profit

It was three years ago when Deborah Chen first realized her hobby — creating vape cloud trick videos for Instagram — had the potential to make money. At the time, she was...

Shackled for years, now free: Indonesia helps people with mental conditions find new lives

Shackled for years, now free: Indonesia helps people with mental conditions find new lives

Shackling people with mental health conditions has been commonplace in Indonesia for years. But there is some hope.

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

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.

‘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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Coconuts Jakarta Long reads

Indonesia and especially Jakarta are places where it’s easy to make snap judgements about things because the bigger picture is so often obfuscated behind impenetrable cultural and historical complexities. That’s is the problem that our Long Reads are here to answer. Longform journalism isn’t just about word count, it’s about giving a story the time and space it needs to explain the subtleties of the subject matter from a variety of perspectives and sources.