By Max Newman, 13 October 2017
A legal class action has been brought against Australian authorities on behalf of 115 young Indonesians who were imprisoned as adults.
By John Roberts, 1 August 2017
The Widodo government fears that growing political instability will generate a social movement from below and is adopting draconian anti-democratic measures.
By John Roberts, 17 June 2017
The legislation will significantly reverse limitations placed on the military’s internal security role following the fall of the Suharto dictatorship.
By Oscar Grenfell, 31 May 2017
The industrial action at the second-largest copper mine in the world reflects mounting social unrest in Indonesia.
By John Roberts, 27 May 2017
Basuki has withdrawn an appeal over his jail sentence in line with ruling elite concerns about possible unrest generated by intense social divisions.
By John Roberts, 20 April 2017
A virulent chauvinist campaign against Governor Basuki was a means of diverting the rising unrest generated by the pro-business program that he shares with President Widodo.
By John Roberts and James Cogan, 15 March 2017
The flurry of diplomatic activity between the two countries is largely in response to the Trump administration.
By Clara Weiss, 6 March 2017
In a profoundly moving, intimate and disturbing way, Joshua Oppenheimer’s film deals with the long-lasting and devastating impact of the mass murder of up to one million Communists and suspected Communists.
By John Roberts, 22 February 2017
A chauvinist Islamist campaign against the incumbent governor is seeking to capitalise on the mass discontent of some of the poorest sections of the population.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 9 January 2017
The campaign against Basuki is a sign of sharpening rivalry among Indonesia’s political elites, amid growing economic uncertainty and a widening social gulf between rich and poor.
By James Cogan, 6 January 2017
The incident sheds light on the deep concerns in the Indonesian military over the prospect of the country becoming embroiled in a confrontation between China and the US.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 January 2017
The tragic toll from the accident appears to have been caused by overcrowding, a lack of life jackets and other lax safety practices.
By John Braddock, 13 December 2016
A hundred people are dead and nearly 84,000 displaced in the worst disaster to hit Aceh since the 2004 tsunami.
By Peter Symonds, 2 November 2016
The naval operations would be anything but routine, given that the Indonesian navy has already clashed with Chinese fishing trawlers in the South China Sea.
By John Harris, 10 October 2016
The estimate, which is yet to be verified by an analysis of official mortality data, far exceeds the Indonesian government’s death toll.
By John Roberts, 24 June 2016
Indonesia’s aggressive fisheries enforcement regime has been encouraged by Washington as it prepares to step up military and diplomatic pressure on China.
By John Roberts, 20 April 2016
The Densus 88 unit works closely with, and receives training from, the American FBI and the Australian Federal Police.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 23 March 2016
Last weekend’s incident involving Chinese and Indonesian vessels is a sign of the acute tensions being generated by Washington’s intervention in South China Sea disputes.
By John Roberts, 26 January 2016
Beneath the cloak of combatting terrorism, Suharto-era measures are being revived in response to developing social tensions.
By Thomas Gaist, 15 January 2016
The largest terror attacks in Indonesia since 2009 have produced a flurry of media propaganda geared to legitimize a further escalation of the US “War on Terror” throughout the region.
By John Roberts, 31 December 2015
Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, Indonesia has adopted a tougher approach to China, while at the same time seeking to avoid open confrontation.
By Max Newman, 11 December 2015
As a result of Australia’s “turn back” policy, more than 13,000 asylum seekers are now living in some of Indonesia’s most impoverished provinces.
By John Roberts, 3 November 2015
Police forced the organisers to cancel film showings and discussion panels referring to the massacre of over 500,000 people in the CIA-backed coup.
By John Roberts, 19 October 2015
The levels of air pollution this year will equal or exceed those of 1997, the worst fire season on record.
By Peter Symonds, 1 October 2015
The 1965 CIA-backed military coup, which resulted in the slaughter of at least 500,000 people, was one of the great imperialist crimes of the 20th Century.
By John Roberts, 29 July 2015
International finance capital and local business interests have stepped up their demands for a new Indonesian cabinet.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 19 May 2015
Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have closed their borders to thousands of asylum seekers adrift at sea in atrocious conditions.
By Peter Symonds, 29 April 2015
Australia’s political establishment and media have latched onto the state killing of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to posture as opponents of the death penalty.
By Peter Symonds, 10 March 2015
Examples of the glaring double standards of Australian governments on the death penalty could be multiplied endlessly.
By John Roberts, 13 February 2015
Widodo’s appointee was accused of corruption provoking a public confrontation between the president and his party, as well as between the police and the anti-corruption watchdog.
By John Roberts, 30 January 2015
Eleven more prisoners, including two Australians, face death after President Joko Widodo ruled out clemency for anyone convicted of drug offences.
By John Roberts, 19 January 2015
Widodo’s law-and-order campaign is an appeal to the most reactionary elements in Indonesian society.
By John Roberts, 15 January 2015
The Indonesian and international media quickly endorsed the move as a first step to satisfying the financial markets.
By Will Morrow, 7 January 2015
The more information that emerges about the crash, the more it becomes clear that it was not an unforeseeable tragedy.
By Will Morrow, 31 December 2014
The three day search concluded last night with the discovery of debris and the confirmation of the deaths of 162 people on board AirAsia Flight QZ8501.
By Will Morrow, 30 December 2014
While there has been no explanation for what caused the plane to crash, aviation experts have focussed on the severe weather conditions.
By James Cogan, 29 December 2014
No wreckage of the aircraft has been found and initial searches have been suspended due to stormy conditions.
By John Roberts, 28 November 2014
Widodo’s first major policy decision was a signal to financial markets that he will deliver long-demanded “structural reforms.”
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 29 October 2014
Despite his populist claims to be “an outsider,” President Widodo is completely beholden to Jakarta’s political, corporate and military establishment.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 23 October 2014
Sections of the ruling elite backed Widodo, calculating that his image as “a man of the people” would help ram through unpopular pro-market measures.
By John Roberts, 18 September 2014
Widodo’s election promises will be watered down or ditched, as the new government presses ahead with IMF and World Bank’s demands for austerity.
By John Roberts and Mike Head, 23 July 2014
As soon as Widodo was confirmed as president-elect, he promised to accelerate foreign investment projects and open talks with mining companies.
By John Roberts, 18 July 2014
Regardless of which candidate is declared the winner next week, the global markets are dictating sweeping restructuring and austerity measures.
By John Roberts, 11 July 2014
With both Widodo and Prabowo claiming victory, weeks of political uncertainty, court challenges and social unrest could lie ahead.
By John Roberts and Mike Head, 7 July 2014
Intensive efforts are being made to prevent a victory by Prabowo Subianto, who is regarded as less free market and less likely to align with Washington in its escalating confrontation with China.
By John Roberts, 3 June 2014
The two presidential candidates are backed by competing factions of the Jakarta military/business establishment formed during the Suharto dictatorship.
By John Roberts, 19 May 2014
Both candidates are backed by parties that are bound up with the military and Suharto dictatorship.
By John Roberts, 14 April 2014
The inconclusive result will mean frantic wheeling and dealing as parties manoeuvre for the presidential poll in July.
By John Roberts, 9 April 2014
Today’s parliamentary election is the prelude to the poll in July to decide on a replacement for President Yudhoyono.
By John Roberts, 3 March 2014
Indonesia’s mineral export trade virtually ceased overnight after the 2009 ban on export of unprocessed ores came into effect.
By Mike Head, 17 February 2014
The latest leaks underscore the central role that Australian intelligence agencies play in the massive US spying operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Oliver Campbell, 17 February 2014
The eruption last Thursday killed at least four people in Java’s densely populated east.
By John Roberts, 12 February 2014
The decision by President Joko Widodo to accelerate the carrying out of death sentences is based on cynical political calculations.
By Mike Head, 20 December 2013
The Australian asserted that the tapping of the phones of President Yudhoyono and his closest associates was part of a legitimate strategy to monitor Jakarta’s ruling elite.
By Mike Head, 27 November 2013
President Yudhoyono’s announcement came amid sharply rising strategic tensions across region triggered by the US “pivot” to Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 22 November 2013
Indonesian president Yudhoyono has suspended military and intelligence sharing with Australia in a bid to contain widespread public anger at home.
By Mike Head, 21 November 2013
Jakarta’s response demonstrates the damaging fallout for Australia and its main backer, the US, from the diplomatic row.
By Patrick O’Connor, 20 November 2013
Jakarta’s response points to the far reaching geo-strategic implications of the latest leaked documents from Edward Snowden.
By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2013
Indonesia’s government has already recalled its ambassador to Canberra and is threatening to downgrade diplomatic and intelligence-sharing arrangements.
By Mike Head, 12 November 2013
The conflicts over refugees are bound up with wider strategic questions, provoked by the Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia, directed against China.
By John Roberts, 9 November 2013
The minimum wage rises followed two days of strikes by hundreds of thousands of workers.
By Peter Symonds, 6 November 2013
Indonesia’s foreign minister questioned intelligence sharing arrangements with Canberra following revelations of electronic spying from the Australian and US embassies in Jakarta.
By Peter Symonds, 8 October 2013
Australian consular officials in Bali threatened to hand West Papuan protesters seeking refuge over to Indonesian police.
By Peter Symonds, 1 October 2013
Jakarta has objected to the new Australian government’s policy of using the navy to force refugee boats to return to Indonesia.
By Peter Symonds, 28 September 2013
Jakarta’s opposition to Canberra’s naval operations to halt refugee boats is bound up with broader concerns over Australia’s close alignment with Obama’s “pivot to Asia.”
By John Roberts, 21 September 2013
The Bank of Indonesia foreshadowed harsh austerity measures to prepare for the end of “quantitative easing.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 9 July 2013
Both the Labor and Liberal parties are mounting a xenophobic scare campaign for the forthcoming election, in order to erect an impenetrable barrier to refugees seeking to flee persecution.
By John Marion, 2 July 2013
According to a new report, USAID is funding the building of an industrial park, while providing inadequate housing for workers.
By Therese Leclerc, 24 June 2013
Protests have erupted against the Indonesian government’s decision to implement a 44 percent increase in the price of oil.
By John Roberts, 21 February 2013
The government is facing mounting protests by workers over moves to delay or block promised minimum wage rises.
By John Roberts, 26 January 2013
As in previous major floods, government aid has failed to reach many of the worst affected people.
By John Roberts, 23 January 2013
Within two days of the latest shootings, President Yudhoyono unveiled plans to further boost the police and military apparatus.
By John Roberts, 18 October 2012
The turnout was driven by pent-up anger over low wages and the “outsourcing” of work to contract workers, now common throughout Asia.
By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2012
Protests that began one week ago at US embassies in Egypt and Libya against an anti-Islamic YouTube video are rapidly spreading throughout the Muslim world.
By John Roberts, 18 August 2012
Scandals have emerged amid the political manoeuvring for the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2014.
By Mike Head, 4 July 2012
Following President Yudhoyono’s visit to Darwin this week, Australia will boost its US-backed military arrangements with Indonesia.
By Clara Weiss, 11 May 2012
On Wednesday, a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 on a demonstration flight crashed into the rock face of a volcano near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
By John Roberts, 19 April 2012
Plans to cut subsidies provoked widespread opposition and weeks of protests throughout the country.
By John Roberts, 15 February 2012
The anti-corruption court has heard evidence that senior officials of the ruling Democrat Party have been involved in pay-offs and bribes.
By Mark Church, 29 December 2011
The protesters were part of the Anti-Mining People’s Front, which opposes mineral exploration in the area being carried out by Australian Arc Exploration.
By Mike Head, 3 November 2011
Indonesia’s newly appointed energy and mineral resources minister met on Monday with the US ambassador to Indonesia, Scot Marciel, to discuss the two-month-old Freeport dispute.
By Mike Head, 19 October 2011
The indefinite shutdown came a week after para-military police, mobilised by the Indonesian government, opened fire on protesting workers, killing one striker and wounding a dozen more.
By Mike Head, 13 October 2011
Employed in the largest and most profitable gold and copper mine in the world, the strikers have demanded that their hourly wages, currently as low as $2, rise to a minimum of $17.50.
By John Roberts, 10 September 2011
The lack of agreement between Jakarta and Papuan organisations was quickly underscored by a spate of violence and protest rallies in Jayapura and other towns.
By John Braddock, 8 September 2011
The latest claims refute the longstanding assertions by Nike and other high-end garment and footwear manufacturers that they are improving conditions in their outsourced sweat-shop operations.
By John Roberts, 31 August 2011
The latest scandal has further damaged President Yudhoyono’s standing, particularly as it has involved younger Democrats that helped promote his anti-corruption drive.
By Oliver Campbell, 10 January 2011
Leaked US embassy cables demonstrate that Washington was well aware of ongoing human rights abuses in Papua even as it pursued closer ties with the TNI.
By John Braddock, 18 December 2010
The resumption of US ties with Kopassus was determined by the Obama administration’s steps to counter Chinese influence in Asia.
By John Roberts, 17 November 2010
Obama’s visit to Indonesia was part of an aggressive US diplomatic campaign aimed at curbing China’s rising influence in Asia.
By John Roberts, 9 November 2010
Captured on video, the Indonesian military’s torture of two Papuans in May highlights the extent of the violence and intimidation that exists throughout Papua.
By John Roberts, 3 November 2010
There is mounting criticism of the government as relief workers struggle to cope with two disasters involving tens of thousands of people—the October 25 tsunami in the Mentawai islands and the eruption of Mount Merapi in central Java.
By Peter Symonds, 28 October 2010
A tsunami off the west coast of Sumatra and a volcanic eruption in central Java have claimed more than 300 lives this week.
By John Braddock, 6 August 2010
The Obama administration is to lift a decade-long ban on US military contact with Indonesia’s notorious Kopassus special forces.
By John Braddock, 20 July 2010
The demonstration was the biggest in the province since the fall of former Indonesian dictator Suharto in 1998.
By John Braddock, 2 July 2010
Despite efforts to portray Indonesia as “democratic” following the fall of the Suharto dictatorship in 1998, a recent Human Rights Watch report demonstrates the government’s continuing abuse of basic democratic rights.
By John Braddock, 19 May 2010
Mulyani’s elevation to the World Bank is not just a career change, but is bound up with deepening conflicts within the Indonesian ruling elite.
By John Braddock, 1 March 2010
Sharp political divisions in Indonesia’s ruling coalition emerged as the representatives of political parties on a parliamentary special committee on the 2008 bailout of Bank Century presented their findings.
By John Braddock, 27 November 2009
Barely a month after his inauguration for a second term, Indonesian President Yudhoyono is embroiled in a scandal involving attempts to discredit the Corruption Eradication Commission.
By John Roberts, 25 November 2009
In the latest Indonesian ferry disaster, at least 29 people are dead and many missing after an overcrowded boat sank in bad weather off the Riau Islands province.
By Mike Head, 18 November 2009
The real face of the Rudd government’s hoped-for “Indonesian solution” for asylum seekers began to emerge last week. Indonesian police shot and seriously wounded two men trying to reach Australia aboard an Afghan asylum seekers’ boat.