Doing the dishes, laundry, ironing, cooking, feeding the baby are not solely the wife’s job, but also the responsibility of the husband. www.shutterstock.com

Happiness

The secret to a happy marriage: flexible roles

A survey in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, shows the more flexible the roles of men and women in the family, the happier they are.
Police escort the Indonesian leader of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), Zainal Ansori (centre), during his recent trial in Jakarta. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Terrorism

Will Indonesia’s ban against IS-linked JAD dismantle the group?

Arresting JAD members and banning the group is unlikely to completely neutralise JAD's influence because its weakness is not in the organisation’s structure, but in its ideology.
A person browses a Facebook page of #2019GantiPresiden (#2019ChangePresident), a social media campaign opposing Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s bid for re-election next year. The Conversation Indonesia

Election 2019

#2019ChangePresident movement a game-changer in next year’s Indonesian election?

Understanding the significance of #2019ChangePresident as a game-changer in the next presidential election is crucial.
Nine years after the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea, victims have yet to receive compensation. PR Handout Image/PTTEP

Media bias

The missing stories from Montara oil spill media coverage

Despite its magnitude, the response to the Montara oil spill did not receive the publicity of other offshore oil disasters like the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen after the swearing-in ceremony for his ministry at Government House in Canberra on Tuesday. Lukas Coch/AAP

Australia-Indonesia relations

What Indonesia expects from Australia’s new Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Indonesian media's coverage of Scott Morrison's appointment as Australia's new Prime Minister signals increased public awareness of Australian politics.
Indonesia has decided that state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina will take over the Rokan block, in Riau, from Chevron when the US energy firm’s operating contract expires in 2021. www.shutterstock.com

Economic policy

Pertamina gets Rokan oil block from Chevron. What does this tell us?

The recent Rokan block deal signals a shift to a more nationalist agenda, but Indonesia's government is still pursuing other more outward-looking economic policies.
In Indonesia, sending drug users to prison only creates more problems, from overcrowding to bigger exposures to drug abuse. www.shutterstock.com

Drug

Why Indonesia should stop sending drug users to prison

The government needs to revisit its punitive approach to drug users and stop sending them to prison to avoid overcrowding.
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake led to the collapse of thousands of houses in the northern parts of the Indonesian island of Lombok. Adi Weda / AAP

Lombok earthquakes

Lombok earthquakes: different building designs could lessen future damage

Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless following the Lombok earthquakes. Much of this suffering need not have happened if houses were constructed to better withstand shaking.
The 18th Asian Games in Indonesia has every potential as an alternative means to promote peace. www.shutterstock.com

Asian Games

Can the Asian Games promote peace?

How can sporting events like the Asian Games contribute to global peace?
Sandiaga Uno (left) will compete with Ma'ruf Amin for vice presidential seat in the 2010 election. Wikimedia commons, edited by Triasa/The Conversation

2019 Election

Political compromise behind Indonesia’s vice presidential nominees: experts respond

We asked experts to explain what's behind the last minute decisions for vice presidential candidates in the next election.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (centre left) shakes hands with his vice-presidential running mate, Ma'ruf Amin (centre right), during a meeting with supporters before registering their bid for the 2019 election in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mast Irham/EPA

2019 election

‘Conservative turn’ will continue in Indonesian presidential election next year

Ma’ruf Amin's selection as Joko Widodo's running mate in his re-election bid means that politicians continue to accommodate the conservative turn among Indonesian Islamic groups to win votes.
A villager in Papua carries a baby across a river. Indigenous people in Indonesia and Australia value the importance of community and a wide circle of carers in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. www.shutterstock.com

Health

‘It takes a village to raise a child’

Participants of roundtable forums in Australia and Indonesia last year agree that parents' extended family and community hold an important role in caring for children within their first 1000 days.
PT HM Sampoerna/Philip Morris International uses creativity and empowerment messages through social media to market their cigarettes to a younger audience. www.shutterstock.com

Tobacco industry

Tobacco company in Indonesia skirts regulation, uses music concerts and social media for marketing

The tobacco industry in Indonesia can still advertise cigarettes on television, radio and billboards. Now it's using popular social media channels too.
Dutch Memorial Day commemorated in Amsterdam, May 4, 2014. Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei, Jasper Juinen

History

Dutch Memorial Day: Erasing people after death

As the anniversary of Indonesian independence from the Netherlands approaches, a close look reveals how Dutch policy divides people along racial lines and ignores the Indonesian dead in that war.

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