Category: Analysis

What mental health issues does Indonesia face, and are the drivers similar to other countries? What treatment options are available, and does stigma affect access to treatment? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with Dr Diana Setiyawati, the director of the Centre for Public Mental Health at Gadjah Mada University, in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

More than a decade has passed since Indonesia passed legislation on elimination of violence against women in the home. But as Dina Afrianty writes, most women still prefer to escape abusive marriages through divorce, rather than pursue charges against their husbands.

2015 has been a stellar year for Indonesian cinema, with more than a dozen films competing at international festivals. Dr Gaston Soehadi writes that this success has been achieved in the almost complete absence of government support.

Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto rose to power in 2014 with pledges to eradicate corruption in the civil service, restore order to the city and improve waste management. But as Lies Marcoes writes, over recent months his name has become synonymous with religious intolerance.

What is resource nationalism, what is driving its emergence in Indonesia, and what does it mean for the country? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with PhD candidate Eve Warburton in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

Indonesian authorities have silenced discussion of the 1965 massacre at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Coordinators of the cancelled programs, Associate Professor Kate McGregor and Dr Jemma Purdey, question why discussion of 1965 is now considered a threat to security. Image by Andrew Dyson.

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) was forced on Friday to cancel planned sessions on the 1965 massacre following pressure from local authorities. Dr Ken Setiawan, whose father was imprisoned on Buru Island by the Soeharto regime, reflects on this extraordinary crackdown on freedom of expression.

Indonesian diplomats have been encouraged to promote the country’s exports and attract more foreign investment. But as Awidya Santikajaya writes, unless trade liberalisation is also part of the discussion, their efforts will not come to much.

The thick haze choking much of Sumatra and Kalimantan and the recent murder of environmental activist Salim Kancil have come to define the environmental record of President Joko Widodo’s administration. Josi Khatarina looks back at a year of disappointing progress.

President Joko Widodo came to power one year ago with promises to combat impunity for past human rights violations, safeguard freedom of religion and improve welfare in Papua. Has the president met any of these pledges? Former LBH Jakarta director Nurkholis Hidayat takes a look at Jokowi’s human rights record.

Next Tuesday will mark one year since President Joko Widodo assumed office. What have we learned about him as a leader during his first year in power? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue and more with PhD candidate Wawan Mas’udi in Talking Indonesia.

Cervical cancer is the second most frequent cancer among Indonesian women but low cost cervical cancer screening is only available in eight of Indonesia’s 34 provinces. Dr Linda Rae Bennett reports on a new collaboration that hopes to lay the groundwork for developing a free vaccination program for human papillomavirus, an established cause of cervical cancer.