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Brutal new Defence Minister undermines Jokowi’s overtures to West Papua

Indonesia’s new President has talked of hope and reconciliation as regards West Papua, but appointing a hard-line former general sends a different message, writes Nic Maclellan, a journalist and researcher in the Pacific islands.

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Jokowi’s new Foreign Minister has not-so-fond memories of Canberra

Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma sifts through the sainted and the spurned in Jokowi’s new cabinet.

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Abbott gets an audience with Indonesia’s shrubbery-defacing President

Just 12 hours into his presidency, Joko Widodo has shown himself to be a new kind of leader, writes Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Abbott woos Jokowi, party invite in hand

Today the real work begins for incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo, writes Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Jokowi hailed a beacon of hope, but could be a shrinking violet

Indonesia’s new President may struggle to fulfil his wide-ranging promises of reform, writes freelance journalist Ari Sharp.

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Indonesia agreement not exactly a win for Team Australia

The anti-surveillance document we signed with Indonesia may be obsolete in a matter of months — so what’s the point of it?

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Prabowo sooks as Jokowi confirmed as president

It’s all over, folks: Jokowi is officially Indonesia’s new President as Prabowo’s court challenge fails. But the military strongman was not exactly gracious in defeat, reports Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Hope and change? Jokowi embraces the ‘Butcher of Lampung’

Indonesia’s new President-elect has selected a very controversial transition team. Were hope and change just slogans to become elected? Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma explains.

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‘No future for me in West Papua’: activist flees to Australia after ‘abduction’ attempt

A West Papuan activist has fled to Australia in fear for her safety after giving testimony to an Australian tribunal into the 1998 Biak massacre by Indonesian forces.

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Photos: election day in Indonesia

Photographer Angie Bexley documents election day in the Indonesian village of Tamantirto.

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He’s on a horse: Prabowo v Jokowi a battle for Indonesian democracy

Indonesians will head to the polls to decide their next president today. The scene is set, with military strongman Prabowo sitting tall in expensive boots while the people’s man, Jokowi, makes a last-minute prayer. Jim Della-Giacoma reports.

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Rundle: Jokowi smiles down on the slums of Jakarta, but is it enough?

Joko Widodo represents a new way for Indonesia, with a focus on youth and small-time problem solving. But can he really help fix Asia’s greatest failure?

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Melbourne history group to host alleged war criminal

Lieutenant General Kiki Syahnakri is set to speak at a Melbourne conference on East Timor — despite a Special Crimes Unit indictment filed against him for alleged war crimes.

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Indonesia’s ‘Obama’ chooses Biden-like experience in running mate

While Indonesian presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been touted as Indonesia’s “Obama”, his choice of running mate will bring age and experience to the team.

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How Angus Campbell is undermining our regional relationships

Operation Sovereign Borders is now causing the very reputational damage that it purports to be protecting against.

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My life on the black list: Indonesia’s tight grip on visas continues

Crikey’s international affairs commentator has been banned from travelling to Indonesia — again. The government is still nervous about the work of academics and reporters.

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Crikey Clarifier: will Indonesia sink Australian plain packaging laws?

Indonesia has become the third country to challenge Australia’s plain packaging laws for cigarettes. Freelancer writer Sally Whyte talks to experts about the case — and who is likely to win.

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On the ‘front lines’: what is Indonesia doing to fight climate change?

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an extraordinary speech calling for Indonesia to address climate change or risk losing everything. Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro looks into what the archipelago is doing to protect itself from catastrophe.

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Tony Abbott’s highly revealing lie about why we spy

The latest Snowden revelations about Australia reveal how surveillance is aimed at economic espionage - despite the Prime Minister’s claims otherwise.

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We talk with Indonesia every day — but is anyone listening?

Indonesian feathers have been ruffled by Australia’s policy of sending back asylum seekers. Julie Bishop says our relationship with Indonesia is fine, but no one on the Indonesian side seems to agree.

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Razer’s class struggle: who cares about Schapelle aside from journos?

The tabloids tell us every scintillating detail about Schapelle. The broadsheets tell us the bogans who read the Murdoch press are idiots. They are both completely wrong.

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Media briefs: big news day … Indonesia’s take … free fires …

What’s the lead on a big news day? … Bushfires and news website paywalls … Schapelle Corby the “marijuana queen” …

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Schapelle slips the system, but faces a world of attention

Schapelle Corby is likely to be free within the next few days,but although her surrounds will be more comfortable, she will be under more scrutiny than ever.

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Should the ABC apologise? It’s far from black and white

The ABC is under a lot of fire for its story on asylum seekers’ burnt hands, but was the story false? And should Aunty apologise? We ask current and former staffers, and opinions are mixed.

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‘Abbott is never going to ride my ojek’: what Indonesians think of us

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is floundering, but does that matter to average Indonesians? Australian journalism masters student Eliana Bollati hit the streets of Jakarta to find out.

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