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Should (and could) Indonesia go back to separate legislative and presidential elections?

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Professor Simon Butt examines key legal issues associated with Indonesia's first simultaneous presidential and legislative elections.

The vexed future of Indonesian art

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More than 20 years have passed since Soeharto left power, and many aspects of “Indonesian art” have changed, but as Alison Carroll writes, global curators' ideas about what constitutes Indonesian art remain largely the same.

Baiq Nuril, the ITE Law and #MeToo Indonesian style

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Dr Helen Pausacker takes a closer look at the case of Baiq Nuril, convicted after recording sexual harassment by her employer, and how it compares to other convictions under the problematic ITE Law.

After Jakarta: imagining a new capital

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In spite of the challenges involved with establishing a new capital, Dr Amanda Achmadi writes that the proposal is a valuable opportunity to discuss what constitutes Indonesia beyond Java, and how regional Indonesians see their future as part of the nation.

Illegal or protected? Indonesia’s inconsistent policy on refugees

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Febi Yonesta writes that Indonesia desperately needs to resolve the inconsistency between refugee policy and practice if it is to respect and protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees who may be in the country for years to come.

Prabowo’s challenge: in search of a legal and evidentiary miracle

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The Constitutional Court will begin hearing Prabowo Subianto's challenge to his election loss on 14 June. Professor Simon Butt takes a close look at his application.

The urban poor in the Jakarta riots

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Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr writes that most analyses of the recent Jakarta riots have ignored the social situation on the ground, which provided a fertile environment for the riots to escalate.

Is MUI beyond reform? Don't be so sure

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If MUI is here to stay, what can be done to ensure it plays a more productive role in Indonesian democracy? Ibnu Nadzir looks at the possibilities for reforming the body.

Cooking under pressure: how the poor juggle food prices

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Volatile food prices make headlines during Ramadan, but poor households struggle with them year-round, writes Rachma Indah Nurbani.

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