By Ben McGrath, 14 October 2020
Protesters against the new legislation have faced police repression while the unions work to divert workers’ anger into political dead-ends.
By Ben McGrath, 9 October 2020
The bill, pushed through parliament on Monday, is a significant attack on workers’ conditions and livelihoods.
By Owen Howell, 2 September 2020
As has been the case internationally, schools and workplaces in the crowded archipelago have emerged as centres of infection.
By Owen Howell, 11 August 2020
As the economic crisis in Indonesia escalates, threatening social upheavals, the government’s efforts to reopen the country are growing more desperate.
By Owen Howell, 30 July 2020
While case numbers and fatalities surge, the Widodo administration is nevertheless pushing on with an increasingly aggressive economic reopening.
By Owen Howell, 27 June 2020
Indonesia’s coronavirus crisis is accelerating disastrously, even as the government pursues its criminal plans to reopen businesses and risk workers’ lives for profit.
By Owen Howell, 27 May 2020
The Indonesian government is blaming the sharp rise in confirmed cases on ordinary workers and peasants for not adhering to social distancing measures.
By Owen Howell, 18 May 2020
Indonesian epidemiologists have warned that a return to work will dramatically increase transmission of the virus and put the entire population, regardless of age, at extreme risk.
By Owen Howell, 30 April 2020
A review of the data from 16 Indonesian provinces shows more than 2,200 people died with symptoms of COVID-19, but were not counted in the official death toll.
By Owen Howell, 14 April 2020
On Sunday Indonesia reported its largest daily jump in coronavirus cases and fatalities, with 399 new infections and 46 more deaths.
By Owen Howell and Oscar Grenfell, 26 March 2020
There are fears that the archipelago may become “the Italy of south-east Asia,” with experts warning that 135 million may be infected by mid-May.
By Owen Howell, 14 January 2020
The floods, which have killed 67 people and displaced hundreds of thousands, demonstrate the government’s utter indifference to the plight of ordinary people.
By Owen Howell, 27 December 2019
According to police, the two men were allegedly murdered by hired killers paid by a plantation owner.
By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2019
Former special forces general Prabowo Subianto has a long history of human rights abuses and was intimately connected to the bloody Suharto dictatorship that ruled Indonesia for three decades.
By Owen Howell, 23 October 2019
The haze is chiefly affecting Sumatra and Borneo islands, with air pollution in the city of Palembang reaching record levels.
By Owen Howell, 9 October 2019
As social tensions in the West Papua region continue to escalate, authorities are trying to conceal the true nature of the state violence used to quell protests.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 October 2019
Police have responded to the largest student demonstrations since the movement that toppled the Suharto dictatorship in 1998 with violent repression and mass arrests.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 September 2019
Tens of thousands of students and youth have taken to the streets, in some of the largest student protests since the mass movement that toppled the Suharto dictatorship in 1998.
By Owen Howell, 17 September 2019
The government’s move to relocate the country’s administrative centre is aimed at removing itself from the social disaster of Jakarta, but will potentially create an environmental disaster on Borneo.
By Owen Howell, 12 August 2019
The Indonesian government has failed to meet the basic infrastructure demands of the rapidly growing Greater Jakarta, a megacity of 30 million people.
By John Roberts, 23 July 2019
With the presidency and parliamentary numbers settled for now, sordid deals are being made among the different sections of the ruling elite.
By Owen Howell, 20 July 2019
With China blocking imports of recyclable waste, developed countries have now resorted to illegally smuggling plastic into Indonesia and other parts of South East Asia.
By Owen Howell, 6 July 2019
The tragic deaths of factory employees is yet another example of the national government showing its indifference for the working poor.
By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2019
Tomorrow’s election involves carefully vetted candidates backed by rival factions of the Indonesian ruling class, none of whom represents the interests of workers and the rural poor.
By Richard Phillips, 27 December 2018
Heavy monsoonal rains have made some roads impassable, holding up the delivery of heavy machinery and desperately needed relief supplies to isolated areas.
By Richard Phillips, 24 December 2018
The devastation caused by what are termed natural disasters is compounded by inadequate warning systems and infrastructure, and by the poverty that is rife in the region.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2018
Boeing allegedly did not inform pilots or airlines of an automated mechanism, on its latest 737 model, that can potentially trigger a catastrophic nosedive.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 November 2018
Indonesian authorities said the plane had suffered mechanical issues on the four flights before it crashed in the Java Sea.
By Tom Peters, 6 October 2018
The disaster has been made immeasurably worse by poverty, social inequality and the refusal of the Indonesian and international ruling elites to ensure the protection of the population.
By Mike Head, 4 October 2018
Because of the lack of government and international assistance, desperate residents have been reduced to scavenging for food in wrecked houses, shops, farms and orchards.
By Tom Peters, 2 October 2018
Among survivors, there is growing outrage over the lack of assistance and the absence of a functioning tsunami warning system.
By John Braddock, 1 October 2018
Fourteen years after the 2004 tsunami killed up to 230,000 people, governments throughout the region and internationally have done nothing to prevent a similar mass tragedy.
By John Harris, 13 August 2018
Residents of Lombok have expressed mounting frustration over the inadequate government response to a series of deadly quakes.
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 August 2018
Many of the flattened structures on Lombok were not earthquake resistant, and the rescue effort has been hampered by a lack of equipment.
By John Harris, 9 July 2018
The tragedy is the third in a month, highlighting the woefully inadequate maritime infrastructure and regulatory apparatus that is the responsibility of successive governments.
By John Harris, 23 June 2018
The wooden ferry was reportedly carrying over five times its legal capacity of 43 passengers and there were only 45 life jackets on-board.
By Tim Avery, 17 February 2018
Federal courts temporarily stayed deportations for ethnic Chinese Christians who face discrimination and persecution in Indonesia.
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By John Roberts, 4 December 2017
Conflict in Indonesian Papua is being driven by Jakarta’s push for development, which is exacerbating social inequality and class tensions.
By John Roberts, 1 November 2017
The deadly blaze at a fireworks plant in Tangerang was the product of sweat shop conditions imposed by the company and Indonesian authorities.
By Mike Head, 25 October 2017
Up to one million workers, peasants and supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party were murdered, in one of the greatest imperialist crimes of the 20th century.
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, 12 February 2015
The decision by President Joko Widodo to accelerate the carrying out of death sentences is based on cynical political calculations.
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 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.