Indonesian authorities dig up cemetery to search for bones of Dutch and British sailors from WWII

Local officials, witnessed by representatives from the foreign affairs ministry and the Dutch embassy, dug up a cemetery at Brondong in East Java last week to search for the remains, which were dumped there after being taken from the shipwrecks.

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Indonesia urged to investigate reports of WWII Dutch sailors dumped in mass grave in Java

Indonesia urged to investigate reports of WWII Dutch sailors dumped in mass grave in Java

The Netherlands pressed Indonesia on Thursday to probe reports that the remains of Dutch sailors from illegally-salvaged WWII shipwrecks off its coast were dumped in a mass grave....

New mass graves containing about 5,000 suspected victims of Indonesia’s 1965 anti-Communist purges found: NGO

New mass graves containing about 5,000 suspected victims of Indonesia’s 1965 anti-Communist purges found: NGO

A new set of mass graves from Indonesia’s anti-communist purges has been discovered, a victim right’s group said Thursday, after recently declassified US documents...

In wake of declassified US files on 1965 mass killings, NU and Muhammadiyah say they’ll support reconciliation

In wake of declassified US files on 1965 mass killings, NU and Muhammadiyah say they’ll support reconciliation

"Reconciliation can be done, however it must begin with historical recognition."

Hoax photo alleging Jokowi attended speech of PKI leader spreads on social media, Jokowi: ‘I wasn’t even born in 1955’

Hoax photo alleging Jokowi attended speech of PKI leader spreads on social media, Jokowi: ‘I wasn’t even born in 1955’

For legal reasons, we need to note that this photo is a HOAX at least 5 times in this article.

Newly declassified files show US gov’t knew disturbing details about 1965 mass killings in Indonesia

Newly declassified files show US gov’t knew disturbing details about 1965 mass killings in Indonesia

In one telegram sent from the city of Surabaya on November 26, 1965 the US consul said the number of reports coming in from East Java were an "indication (of) widespread...

Indonesian Military advised not to screen controversial New Order propaganda film G30S/PKI

Indonesian Military advised not to screen controversial New Order propaganda film G30S/PKI

The New Order's fictionalized version of history still has many defenders fighting the ghosts of communists past.

Activists in Jakarta evacuated after violent mob surrounds pro-democracy event and accuses participants of communism

Activists in Jakarta evacuated after violent mob surrounds pro-democracy event and accuses participants of communism

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Old teeth from a rediscovered cave show humans were in Indonesia more than 63,000 years ago

Old teeth from a rediscovered cave show humans were in Indonesia more than 63,000 years ago

Modern humans were present in Southeast Asia about 20,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new evidence found in a Sumatran cave.


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Indonesia has an incredible history that stretches all the way back to the very dawn of humankind, with some of the oldest humanoid fossils having being found in Java and Flores. Jumping ahead several thousand years, Indonesia’s early history has been heavily influenced by its location and its rich natural resources, which brought traders from across the region that in turn brought their cultures to be incorporated into Indonesia’s melting pot. Powerful dynasties, such as the Srivijaya Empire and later the Majapahit empire, dominated much of what we now call Indonesia from the 7th century BC until the late 13th century, when Islam was first introduced to the land and slowly become the dominant religious and cultural force. Europeans arrived in Indonesia from the 16th century, and in 1602 the Dutch established the Dutch East India Company which would eventually lead the Dutch Government to take control over what they called the Dutch East Indies and hold it as a colony until the Japanese invasion and occupation from 1942-45. This ended after the defeat of Japan and the declaration of Indonesian independence by Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. In 1965, an attempted coup by the Indonesian Communist Party led to the rise of General Suharto as Indonesia’s dictator and a violent anti-communist purge that historians believe led to the mass killings of around one million people, paving the way for Suharto’s new order which would last until he was forced to step down in 1998. Suharto’s downfall led to an era of democracy in Indonesia, one that has been characterized by increasing freedoms and prosperity but also old powerful elites clinging to the past in order to maintain their power. Nowhere is this more evident in the struggle to find truth over the 1965 mass killings, a historical issue that remains incredibly controversial today as activists fight to reveal what really happened so that Indonesia can move forward from its dark past.