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Both camps in Jakarta’s gubernatorial election this year engaged in post-truth politics. www.shutterstock.com

Beyond fake news: social media and market-driven political campaigns

Indonesian politicians have engaged in post-truth politics, framing information and stories by appealing to emotions with very little or no regard to any policy details and objective facts.
Avoiding fires in Indonesia’s peatlands should be a common goal of everyone involved. Antara Foto/Jessica Helena Wuysang/ via REUTERS

People, palm oil, pulp and planet: four perspectives on Indonesia’s fire-stricken peatlands

Indonesian peatlands are important to many people: farmers, bureaucrats, businesspeople, and conservationists. But preserving this value for everyone will mean listening to everyone's concerns.
Theology students sit an exam at the Islamic University in Jakarta. Photo by Idris Thaha

Indonesian Muslim women engage with feminism

The gathering of almost 500 female religious scholars in Indonesia in the world's first Female Clerics Congress shows Muslim women's fight for equality.
There is no dominant Islamist group in Indonesia that represents a coherent Islamic community. Reuters/Beawiharta

Should we worry about Islamism in Indonesia?

There are elements of intolerance and racism in Indonesia. But that does not necessarily mean that an organised Islamic political movement is on the rise.

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