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Talking Indonesia: politicised law enforcement

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Are perceptions about the politicisation of law enforcement justified? How do the government and other external parties intervene in legal cases? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Dian Rositawati in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Neles Tebay: a champion of peace in Papua

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The struggle to convince a re-elected Jokowi government to abandon its dead-end policies in Papua will be much more difficult without the faith, vision and determination of Neles Tebay, writes Dr Richard Chauvel.

Rejecting elections: warning signs of a dangerous trend in Bima

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While former Muslim militants swap bullets for ballots in Central Sulawesi, a community in West Nusa Tenggara appears to be going the other way, write Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadie and Siswo Mulyartono.

Ballots not bullets: former Muslim militants turn to politics in Poso

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Former militia and released terrorists have turned to democratic means to advance their agenda in Central Sulawesi, write Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadie and Siswo Mulyartono.

Ba'asyir's bizarre on/off release disrupts Jokowi's campaign

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Professor Tim Lindsey writes that Jokowi's backtracking on plans to release Abu Bakar Ba'asyir is a reminder that there are still powerful nationalist forces in government who regarded Islamist hardliners as an existential threat.

More of the same? Candidates make unconvincing commitments to human rights in first debate

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With rights on the agenda during the first debate on 17 January, expectations were high. But as Dr Ken Setiawan writes, the performance of both candidate pairs left little hope for an improvement in the human rights situation.

How did a complaint about a mosque loudspeaker end up in a blasphemy conviction?

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The conviction of Meiliana, after she complained about the noise of a nearby mosque, has shocked Indonesia. PUSAD Paramadina researchers examine Meiliana's complaint in detail, and the violence that followed, showing how hate was mobilised to convict her.

Time for an Indo-Australis?

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The Indo-Pacific is slowly replacing the Asia-Pacific as the dominant security and economic concept in our region. Natalie Sambhi writes that the complex challenges of this vast region should be approached bit by bit, and Australia, India and Indonesia could start by strengthening trilateral cooperation in the region's southwest sector, the "Indo-Australis".

There’s now proof that Soeharto orchestrated the 1965 killings

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According to official government narratives, the military was forced to step in to save the nation from a coup on 1 October 1965. Drawing on her remarkable new book, Dr Jess Melvin explains how rather than reluctantly stepping in, Soeharto and the military used existing military chains of command to actively seize power.

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