In his 2020 memoir “Pearls on the Prairie, A Survivor’s Story”, the late author Tedjabayu recounts his 14 years as a political prisoner and shares part of Indonesia’s history that government-sanctioned schoolbooks do not tell.
Indonesian writer Martin Aleida lived and wrote through a dark chapter of Indonesia’s history. His new memoir “Romanticism in the Years of Violence” sheds new light on the oppression and stigma faced by journalists in Indonesia in the 1960s.
Putu Oka Sukanta and Goenawan Muhammad reflect on Indonesia’s Years of Violence and their friendship with Martin Aleida. Supplementary material for “Indonesia’s Years of Violence”.
Accused of defaming Islam, former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama paid the price with a two-year jail sentence. Now free, is Ahok returning to politics reborn or avoiding controversy with a “safe” new career?
Indonesia heads to the polls in mid-April, and campaigning is already in full swing. As the incumbent Jokowi faces off once more against former army general Prabowo Subianto, a war of words has been unleashed.
Mangrove forests can store more carbon dioxide per hectare than upland forests, making them a heavy hitter in the fight against climate change. But they’re under-researched and under-managed in Indonesia.
Indonesia has set itself a target of reducing carbon emissions by 29% by 2030—a plan that, as things stand, is not achievable. Can the country correct its course on climate action, or will it be left to the next generation to pick up the pieces?
The experiences of Indonesia’s political exiles is little known, both within and without the country. Now, a veteran journalist has put together a collection of stories based on interviews with some of these exiles and their families.