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.

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‘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...

Ghosts in the Machine: The land deals behind the downfall of Indonesia’s top judge

Ghosts in the Machine: The land deals behind the downfall of Indonesia’s top judge

This is the second installment of Indonesia for Sale, an in-depth series on the corruption behind Indonesia’s deforestation and land rights crisis, produced as a collaboration...

‘Single, pretty, proportionate body’: Discriminatory job ads in Indonesia are illegal but nobody is stopping them

‘Single, pretty, proportionate body’: Discriminatory job ads in Indonesia are illegal but nobody is stopping them

Discriminatory job ads are hurting women in Indonesia, and they are actually illegal. So why are they allowed to exist?

Can Indonesia make the world’s dirtiest river drinkable?

Can Indonesia make the world’s dirtiest river drinkable?

The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi’s limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the “world’s dirtiest river”. Supriyadi...

Indonesia’s feminists ready to escalate the battle for equality at the 2nd Jakarta Women’s March

Indonesia’s feminists ready to escalate the battle for equality at the 2nd Jakarta Women’s March

Photos, video and text by Olivia Stanley and Tiffanie Turnbull

To save a rainforest, they built a pioneering health clinic that lets people pay by protecting and replanting the trees

To save a rainforest, they built a pioneering health clinic that lets people pay by protecting and replanting the trees

“What would you do to get healthcare? What would you do if your child is sick? Just about anything.”

The Conversation: ‘Indonesian secularists and atheists live under the shadow of stigma’

The Conversation: ‘Indonesian secularists and atheists live under the shadow of stigma’

'Indonesia enjoys the reputation of being more open-minded when it comes to religion, but atheists and secular people are still stigmatised.'

‘Disadvantaged Indonesians defy the perception that they’re not interested in reading’

‘Disadvantaged Indonesians defy the perception that they’re not interested in reading’

The number of book stores, school and public libraries show how limited the access to books is for many Indonesians. How would people develop some reading interest if access to...

‘These 3 companies owe Indonesia millions of dollars for damaging the environment. Why haven’t they paid?’

‘These 3 companies owe Indonesia millions of dollars for damaging the environment. Why haven’t they paid?’

The Indonesian government is struggling to collect fines from companies found guilty of damaging the environment, leaving trashed rainforests and peat swamps to stay barren as...


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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.