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The cultural context in which class, ethnic and racial tensions explode into open violence must be analysed honestly. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Friday essay: a response to the Cronulla riots, ten years on

Australia's key foundation stories have a narrative arc based on the slow simmering of social tension and anxiety culminating in an explosive release of group hostility. Was Cronulla any different?
Back in 1965, bodies of victims of the anti-communist massacre floated along the Brantas River in Kediri East Java. Wibowo Djatmiko/Wikimedia Commons

How Indonesia’s 1965-1966 anti-communist purge remade a nation and the world

In a watershed moment for Indonesia's history, the deadly 1965 anti-communist purge transformed Indonesia from an independent Asian nation in the midst of Cold War into a pro-Western country.

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