Posted in: Politics

2024 election shaping up as a four-horse race, as elite manoeuvring intensifies

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The 2024 presidential race is already heating up. Dr Alexander Arifianto looks at the possible contenders and the coalitions that might back them.

Megawati’s ‘joke’ exposes the classist and racist views of the political elite

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Former President Megawati Soejarnoputri has been widely criticised for comments she made about West Papuans and meatball soup sellers (tukang bakso).

Jokowi's bicycle diplomacy

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When President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo invited Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for a bike ride around the Presidential Palace, many Australians were surprised. But bicycles have long been part of Jokowi's image crafting strategy.

Talking Indonesia: Political candidates and 'anti-corruptionism'

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Why would a candidate choose to run on an anti-corruption platform, and do they have a chance of winning if they do? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Dr Elisabeth Kramer in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Talking Indonesia: democratic regression and the environment

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How are post-truth politics and democratic regression affecting environmental protection in Indonesia? Tito Ambyo chats to Dr Dirk Tomsa in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Talking Indonesia: Nahdlatul Ulama's new leadership

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With Indonesian democracy increasingly under threat, what is the role of the country's largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama? How will its new leader shape the organisation? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Dr Alexander R. Arifianto in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Indonesian oligarchs are defending their wealth at the cost of democracy

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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has finally acted to quash efforts to extend his time in office beyond his constitutionally mandated two-term limit. But there is no guarantee that the oligarchs who want him to stay in power will listen.

Indonesia without Luhut Pandjaitan

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Powerful Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan is a serious player in the coal mining industry, despite the conflicts of interest involved.

Why do so many Indonesians back Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

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Indonesian governments and society have historically supported victims of aggression and conflict, so why do so many Indonesians, especially online, seem to support the Russian invasion?

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