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."

History

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

#DaruratDemokrasi

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.

Indonesia’s Minangkabau culture promotes empowered Muslim women

Indonesia’s Minangkabau culture promotes empowered Muslim women

Anyone visiting West Sumatra, Indonesia, would be amazed – not so much by the beauty of its lakes and mountains, but by the prominent role women play in almost all spheres of...

Remembering Riyanto, the Muslim youth who sacrificed himself to save a church from a bomb on Christmas Eve

Remembering Riyanto, the Muslim youth who sacrificed himself to save a church from a bomb on Christmas Eve

The kind of hero we need right now.

Indonesian government says it is not to blame for missing WWII shipwrecks

Indonesian government says it is not to blame for missing WWII shipwrecks

Former colonial ruler The Netherlands has launched a probe into how three Dutch navy ships seemingly vanished from the bed of the Java Sea, while Britain has urged Indonesia to...


 

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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.