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Dangdut and Drilling in Indonesia

See Also: Book Review: Islam in Indonesia Islamic Indonesian Sect Becomes a Lightning Rod Reprinted with permission from the author The following excerpt, from My Friend the Fanatic... Read More...
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Waterlogged Jakarta

It was the ultimate traffic-jam solution. Tidal floods early this year had blocked the road to Jakarta’s airport, turning an hour-long journey into the day trip from hell. But one Australian bu... Read More...
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Indonesia Loses a Human Rights Voice

Todung Mulya Lubis, Indonesia’s most prominent human-rights voice, Friday was disbarred from practicing law by the Jakarta Regional Honor Board after another prominent lawyer, Hotman Paris Hutapea... Read More...
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Romancing the Koran in Indonesia

Indonesians have been flocking to a wildly popular novel by a young Indonesian named Habiburrahman El-Shiraz, and now an equally popular new movie, “Ayat-Ayat Cinta,” (translated as Love Verses). At first blush the work sounds hopelessly and re... Read More...
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Indonesia’s Commodities Curse

“Indonesia’s fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product numbers paint a picture of sustainable investment-led growth. Discuss.” The “sustainable” part of that pic... Read More...
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Indonesia’s Digital Divide

 An ambitious plan to roll out “cheap and meaningful” broadband to 20 percent of the Indonesian population by 2012 is gearing up in Jakarta, with strong support from the government... Read More...
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Pandora’s Box: Shariah Law in Indonesia

In November 2007, Indonesia won the prestigious Democracy Award from the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) for its peaceful transition into democracy over the last nine years. It was the first time the award, whose previous re... Read More...
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They’re Paving Paradise, Again

The high-pitched whine of a power saw cutting through wood never seems to stop in Bali, with the island caught in a full-swing villa craze for investment or vacation homes, to the point where it is start... Read More...