Opinion

Should foreign workers in Indonesia be worried about a requirement to learn Bahasa Indonesia?

Should foreign workers in Indonesia be worried about a requirement to learn Bahasa Indonesia?

Must all foreign workers be able to say selamat pagi, sampai besok, and everything in between in Bahasa Indonesia during a work day?

Erdogan’s uncanny popularity in Indonesia reflects growing preference for conservatism

Erdogan’s uncanny popularity in Indonesia reflects growing preference for conservatism

Why is Turkey's Erdogan so popular in Indonesia?

The tragedy of Surabaya will be repeated if blasphemy and hate speech laws silence debate on religion and terrorism | Opinion

The tragedy of Surabaya will be repeated if blasphemy and hate speech laws silence debate on religion and terrorism | Opinion

In the wake of tragedy, there is a window for this discussion to happen. The law may swiftly shut it.

‘Excluded from Indonesian society, refugees are vulnerable to homelessness, suicides’

‘Excluded from Indonesian society, refugees are vulnerable to homelessness, suicides’

By Anbar Jayadi, Universitas Indonesia In March, a young refugee fleeing war-torn Afghanistan hanged himself in Medan, Indonesia. The 22-year-old Hazara, an ethnic minority in...

The intolerant reality of Indonesia’s ‘religious harmony’: Christians block mosque construction in Papua

The intolerant reality of Indonesia’s ‘religious harmony’: Christians block mosque construction in Papua

The Al-Aqsa mosque’s minaret problem reflects the danger of the 2006 regulation in that it overrides the rights of religious freedom and leaves religious minorities hostage to...

The Conversation: ‘The missing link in the deliberation on Indonesia’s criminal code bill’

The Conversation: ‘The missing link in the deliberation on Indonesia’s criminal code bill’

By Santi Kusumaningrum, Universitas Indonesia Indonesia plans to renew its criminal code to update the 100-year-old law. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has...

‘Indonesia’s predatory politics neuter former activists’ attempts at reform from within the system’

‘Indonesia’s predatory politics neuter former activists’ attempts at reform from within the system’

This situation signifies the nature of Indonesian democracy for the last two decades, arising from the absence of organised progressive movements since the 1965 massacre of...

We all need to stop using the terms ‘maid’ and ‘helper’ | Opinion

We all need to stop using the terms ‘maid’ and ‘helper’ | Opinion

Like the word "servant" once did, the terms helper and maid serve to perpetuate a mindset where domestic workers are seen as a lesser class of worker, one with fewer rights and...

The Conversation: ‘Punks are not dead in Indonesia, they’ve turned to Islam’

The Conversation: ‘Punks are not dead in Indonesia, they’ve turned to Islam’

"In the years following the fall of the New Order regime, some of these “bad boys” have transformed into a group of pious people. They’ve built a new generation of punk...


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