The way people are dying in Indonesia has changed. And under the country’s draconian COVID-19 protocols, even those who have tested negative for coronavirus are being buried in mass graves—without family present to say goodbye.
“How Do You Interview God?”—Part Two
In August 2018 a Chinese-Indonesian Buddhist was sentenced to 18 months in prison for blasphemy. Now that her final appeal has been rejected by Indonesia’s Supreme Court, Meliana is speaking out against her conviction.
Methanol Poisoning: A Silent Epidemic
Occasional reports of tourist deaths draw sporadic attention to the dangerous consumption of poisonous bootleg alcohol in Indonesia, but methanol poisoning is a constant, silent killer across the archipelago.
Photos of the Rohingya Crisis: The World Needs to See Them
Mohammad Noyeem tells us why he will talk to anyone about the ongoing Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, and why he wants the media to publish the violent photos in his possession.
Photos of the Rohingya Crisis: A Series of Dilemmas
When a Rohingya refugee in Indonesia approached us with graphic photos from Rakhine State, we were faced with the dilemma of how to handle them. Our North Sumatra editor reflects on the issues we grappled with.
Deradicalisation Schools: The Answer to Terrorism?
The Al-Hidayah Islamic Boarding School seeks to break the cycle of generational terrorism in Indonesia.
“It Was A Political Issue”: Recalling the 1998 Medan Riots
Understanding the reactions of the Chinese-Indonesian community in Medan to rising ethnic tensions requires one to realise that the anti-Chinese violence in 1998 was more about politics than race.