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Indonesia’s curious eulogy for a global fast food giant

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Why did the recent closure of a McDonald’s in Jakarta cause such a stir? A look at the history and pattern of urban development in Jakarta gives some clues, writes Catriona Croft-Cusworth.

Talking Indonesia: Covid-19 and the poor and vulnerable

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As the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic begin to take their toll on Indonesia's poor and vulnerable, what is the government doing to assist these groups? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Athia Yumna in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Jakarta fishing community forgotten as Covid-19 begins to bite

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Muhammad Afif Qoyim writes that social restrictions are having profound social and economic consequences for poor and marginalised residents of Jakarta, such as the fishing community of Kali Adem.

Too much reporting on Covid-19 in Indonesia is missing context

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Constant reporting on the potential for “disaster” has failed to acknowledge that many of the factors that amplify the risks of Covid-19 for the Indonesian population are structural, writes Associate Professor Linda Rae Bennett.

‘Home is not safe’: domestic violence increases as Covid-19 pandemic takes hold

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Balawyn Jones writes that as the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies in Indonesia, domestic violence is emerging as a parallel public health crisis.

Flurry of violence in Poso shows resilient militancy and community support

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Cameron Sumpter and Jordan Newton write that a recent upsurge in militancy in Poso demonstrates the resilience of Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT), and the troubling degree of community support it continues to enjoy.

When religion meets Covid-19 in Indonesia: more than a matter of conservatives and moderates

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It is overly simplistic to label those who defy recommendations on physical distancing to worship at mosques, churches and temples as radicals or extremists, writes Dr Nadirsyah Hosen.

The false promise of ‘millennials’ and the digital economy

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Recent weeks have seen questions raised about the "millennial" special staffers in President Joko Widodo's inner circle. Ibnu Nadzir writes that these controversies are more than simply matters of poor governance.

Arief Budiman, activist, public intellectual and scholar (1941-2020)

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Prominent public intellectual and leading critic of the Soeharto regime Arief Budiman died on 23 April. Professor Vedi Hadiz reflects on the life of the dissident academic and Foundation Professor of Indonesian Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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