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.'

Long reads

‘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...

‘People, palm oil, pulp and planet: Four perspectives on Indonesia’s fire-stricken peatlands’

‘People, palm oil, pulp and planet: Four perspectives on Indonesia’s fire-stricken peatlands’

The circumstances and motivations behind Indonesia's haze crisis are not so black and white.

‘Is Indonesia embarking on a Philippines-style war on drugs?’

‘Is Indonesia embarking on a Philippines-style war on drugs?’

"Jokowi’s comments in July raise the question of whether the sharp increase in the number of killings reflects deliberate government policy to deter narcotics crime."

Indonesia is running out of places to put rescued animals

Indonesia is running out of places to put rescued animals

Good news: More and more Indonesian citizens are learning that it's illegal to hunt, sell or keep protected animals such as crocodiles and pangolins, and many are handing animals...

‘Sexual taboos are preventing many Indonesian women from getting potentially life-saving medical care’

‘Sexual taboos are preventing many Indonesian women from getting potentially life-saving medical care’

Jupe’s tragic death can at the very least serve as a wake-up call to the country’s healthcare professionals to put aside their personal moral judgments and put the health and...

‘How a growing number of Muslim women clerics are challenging traditional narratives’

‘How a growing number of Muslim women clerics are challenging traditional narratives’

There are a growing number of women ulamas around the globe. But Indonesia, with the world’s largest Muslim population, has an unusually long tradition of women ulamas going...

‘The Porno Passion of Rizieq: The Islamic Defenders Front, Playboy and Poetic Justice’

‘The Porno Passion of Rizieq: The Islamic Defenders Front, Playboy and Poetic Justice’

Nobody deserves to be persecuted under Indonesia's unjust pornography law... except, perhaps, for the man who helped create it.

Indonesian farmers befriend soil to protect harvest from climate stress

Indonesian farmers befriend soil to protect harvest from climate stress

In early 2016, when fellow farmers were despairing over plummeting yields linked to a major drought, Hamdi was busy harvesting maize from his land.


 

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.