Topic archives: Indonesian politics

Reading the first votes from Indonesia: Jokowi still the favourite

Reading the first votes from Indonesia: Jokowi still the favourite

April 15, 2014 1

Indonesia's elections are notoriously difficult to read, but Joko Widodo seems the man to beat for president. A gathering of experts in Melbourne last night read the tea leaves.

With Indonesia, the relationship is going from bad to worse

With Indonesia, the relationship is going from bad to worse

November 11, 2013 21

Relations between Australia and Indonesia have reached a nadir. And it's entirely the fault of Australian policy. The government's turn-back-the-boats policy is now in tatters.

Strait talking: boats issue barely rates on Indonesian street

Strait talking: boats issue barely rates on Indonesian street

October 4, 2013 1

What has Indonesia made of Australia's obsession over the asylum seeker issue? Opinions range from critical to ignorant, writes Crikey intern Soren Frederiksen.

Abortion underground in Indonesia, where the law is no guide

Abortion underground in Indonesia, where the law is no guide

November 19, 2012 6

Abortion is brutal business in Indonesia. While Australian aid dollars go to prenatal and postnatal health, the country's legal framework leaves women with nowhere to turn, writes freelance journalist Beau Donelly.

Iranian numbers swelling on asylum seeker list

January 11, 2012 4

Iranians have emerged as a rapidly rising category of asylum seekers arriving by boat since the middle of last year, writes Stuart Ranfurlie, a freelance journalist in Jakarta.

A form guide to Indonesia’s presidential contenders and pretenders

November 14, 2011 2

Indonesia’s next presidential election may still be three years away, but that has done little to dampen speculation over who will put themselves forward, writes Stuart Ranfurlie, a freelance journalist in Jakarta.

Dark forces still at work in Aceh, Indonesia

September 14, 2011 1

In a couple of weeks, Aceh will hold its second gubernatorial elections since the 2005 peace agreement that ended almost three decades of separatist war.

Kingsbury: East Timor and Indonesia are odd bedfellows

August 30, 2011

The announcement by East Timor’s prime minister, Xanana Gusmao, that his country will begin military to military links with Indonesia has caused widespread surprise.

Corruption in Indonesia a case of here comes the bribe

Corruption in Indonesia a case of here comes the bribe

June 2, 2011 4

It’s no surprise that Indonesia is awash with corruption. What is surprising is the lack of anger at this state of affairs among ordinary Indonesians, writes Stuart Ranfurlie, a freelance journalist in Jakarta.

Arrests over Jakarta Easter bomb plot aimed to kill churchgoers

April 27, 2011

The cumulative effect of recent terrorist arrests is a country on edge, fearful of slipping back to the dark days of the first half of the 2000s, writes Stuart Ranfurlie, a freelance journalist in Jakarta.l

Indonesian e-commerce held back by uncertain laws

November 3, 2010 1

Investment in Indonesia’s digital economy is being held back by the country’s uncertain legal framework, according to one of the region’s leading experts in internet law.

The chatterati and the twitterati in India

April 17, 2009

Middle class urban voters in India are stepping out like never before.

Indonesia’s post-election shake-up

April 16, 2009

Indonesia’s political parties are now jockeying to form coalitions in a major re-ordering of that country’s political landscape.