Drug decriminalization in Indonesia is not easy, but necessary

Bambang Yulistyo Dwi Mulyanto aka Tedjo, 48, has dealt with the judicial system more times than he would’ve liked as a drug user. It started when he was a senior high school student in his hometown of Solo, Central Java. 

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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.

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...

‘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.

Gossip ’Grammers: A look at the sudden disappearance of Lambe Turah, the long-reigning king of Indonesia’s celebrity gossip scene

Gossip ’Grammers: A look at the sudden disappearance of Lambe Turah, the long-reigning king of Indonesia’s celebrity gossip scene

Word on the 'gram is that Lambe Turah, the long-reigning king of Indonesian celebrity gossip, is no longer serving us the juiciest and most salacious exposés.

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

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...

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.

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.


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