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  • The democratic struggle and the fight for socialism in Indonesia

    , by ARIANE Zely

    “Thirteen years ago Suharto had to be overthrown. This decision was a brilliant move from a generation...” — Nurul Khawari, one of those that took part in the overthrow of Suharto’s New Order regime in May 1998, Solo Post, May 5, 2011.
    Democracy is the mother of prosperity, justice, equality, (...)

  • Abdurrahman Wahid: contradictions of an unsuccessful democrat

    , by LANE Max

    Abdurrahman Wahid, the president of Indonesia between 1999 and 2001, died on December 30, aged 69. His death was met by a wave of commentary and discussion praising his contribution to Indonesian society, especially from the humanitarian and liberal democratic sectors: intellectuals, NGOS and (...)

  • Exit Suharto: Obituary for a Mediocre Tyrant

    , by ANDERSON Benedict

    What explains the extraordinary longevity of Indonesia’s ‘New Order’, and what are the legacies of three decades of dictatorship? Benedict Anderson details Suharto’s career, from colonial army to crony capitalism, and explores the consequences of his rule—political, social, cultural—for a (...)

  • Indonesia: Suharto’s real legacy

    , by PRD

    This statement was issued by the People’s Democratic Party (PRD) after the January 27 death of former Indonesian dictator Suharto. The PRD played a significant role in the mass pro-democracy movement that overthrew Suharto in 1998.
    The media widely broadcast positive coverage of Suharto during (...)

  • Suharto: an obituary

    , by GITTINGS John

    Obituary for Suharto, the former Indonesian dictator whose 30-year rule was based on ruthless repression, cronyism and manipulation of the world’s rival superpowers.
    The death of the former Indonesian president Suharto at the age of 86 reminds us that even the most stubborn of dictatorships (...)

  • 1960s Indonesia: Konfrontasi

    , by SHAMBAZY Budiarto

    Budiarto Shambazy — On April 12, 1963 rebels in Brunei were involved in an armed contact with British troops in North Kalimantan. The “rebels” (the TNI or Indonesian National Defense Force, Indonesian volunteers and Brunei opposition) launched a subversive rebellion against the sultanate (...)

  • Balibo inquest a damning indictment of `Jakarta lobby’

    , by HEARMAN Vannessa

    At a meeting in Melbourne on February 8 journalist and film-maker John Pilger hailed Shirley Shackleton as one of Australia’s “heroes”. He praised her tireless dedication, since 1975, in exposing the genocide in East Timor and in pursuing the truth about the death of five journalists in Balibo, (...)