Indonesia’s Fragile Festival of Democracy
Although it is not new for politicians to bolster their credibility and standing by parading their Islamic faith and values, religion was unusually foregrounded in this last race. The effect, though, was that both candidates paraded plausible Muslim credentials, which was Jokowi’s purpose.
April 24, 2019
Uncovering Indonesia’s Act of Killing
Documents covering the period of General Suharto’s rise to power in 1965-1966 offer a chilling account of how American officials in Jakarta closely monitored the extermination of as many as half a million Communists and goaded the Indonesian army to finish the job.
October 20, 2017