The Conversation: ‘How political Islam has navigated and changed Indonesia’s democratic landscape’

"Pro-democracy agents need to learn more to develop a better strategy in this new landscape. It is clear that moves to treat political Islam as a fringe actor tend to be counterproductive."

Opinion

The Conversation: ‘Indonesia’s fuel subsidy cuts prevented even worse traffic jams’

The Conversation: ‘Indonesia’s fuel subsidy cuts prevented even worse traffic jams’

"Using data for 19 toll roads in Greater Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia over the period 2008–2015, we find that supplying below-cost fuel contributed to rapid growth in road...

The Conversation: ‘Drivers’ stories reveal how exploitation occurs in Gojek, Grab and Uber’

The Conversation: ‘Drivers’ stories reveal how exploitation occurs in Gojek, Grab and Uber’

"...rather than entering a partnership, drivers are entering an exploitative relationship in which they are treated as sweated labor with little to no working protection."

The Conversation: ‘Indonesian cities and regencies may be asked to shelter refugees – will they comply?’

The Conversation: ‘Indonesian cities and regencies may be asked to shelter refugees – will they comply?’

A presidential decree on refugees released last December finally acknowledges asylum seekers and refugees for what they are – people in need of protection. While some observers...

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...

The Conversation: ‘How can Indonesia win against plastic pollution?’

The Conversation: ‘How can Indonesia win against plastic pollution?’

Four of Indonesia’s rivers rank among the 20 most polluted in the world in terms of mismanaged plastic waste measured in metric tons. This makes Indonesia the second-largest...

The Conversation: ‘Inequality harms health and well-being of all Indonesians – not just the poor’

The Conversation: ‘Inequality harms health and well-being of all Indonesians – not just the poor’

"The widening inequality in Indonesia will create or worsen public health problems, such as physical and mental illness, as well as increasing acts of violence that impact the...

‘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."


 

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