Category: Politics

Data on Religious Harmony Forums (FKUB) shows that many Indonesian communities are quite capable of discussing and managing religious difference, writes Ihsan Ali Fauzi.

The #BlackLivesMatter protests have thrown a spotlight on racism towards Papuans in Indonesia. In this weeks Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae chats to Ligia Giay about the drivers and impacts of racism against Papuans.

Dr Nadirsyah Hosen, Dr Jeremy J Kingsley and Professor Tim Lindsey write that the so-called “omnibus bill” on job creation has been misnamed – it is basically about making life easier for big business.

Is this the end of the road for Jokowi’s omnibus approach to lawmaking? M. Nur Sholikin explains what it is, and why it has encountered such strong resistance.

Political and business elites are exploiting the Covid-19 crisis to further increase their power and material resources, write Rafiqa Qurrata A’yun and Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir.

Dissatisfied with the official response to Covid-19, a group of business workers are pursuing a class action lawsuit against the government. The case shows the public are willing to hold those in power accountable, writes Laras Susanti.

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.

Dominique Tasevski examines the history of the Australian Communist Party’s problematic and inconsistent position on Indonesian control over West Papua.

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.

What considerations have informed the government’s response to Covid-19? What challenges does it face, and does the crisis threaten the government’s legitimacy? Dr Dave McRae chats to President Joko Widodo’s former deputy chief of staff Dr Yanuar Nugroho in Talking Indonesia.

Scholars have said China had an “authoritarian advantage” in responding to SARS in 2002-2003. But Robertus Robet writes that in the case of Covid-19, there appears to be no such advantage.

President Joko Widodo’s focus on the economy led him to initially ignore the seriousness of the coronavirus threat, writes Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr.