Marsha Timothy (right), who plays Marlina, with fellow actress Dea Panendra in Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts. The film was the big winner at the 2018 Indonesian Film Festival. Cinesurya

Coming soon in 2019, a year to watch in Indonesian cinema

Indonesian films are of a quality that rivals the best in the world. 2019 will therefore be a year in cinema to watch.
A coral reef in Chagos, British Indian Ocean Territory, experiencing catastrophic bleaching in 2015. Anderson B. Mayfield

Are reef corals stressed or just pessimistic?

A coral biologist sampled corals from the most remote reaches of the Indo-Pacific and discovered that all of them show signs of stress.
Residents takes pictures near the ruins of a house at Betobo village in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 11 2018. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Why do people in Indonesia still live in disaster-prone areas?

Earthquakes and tsunami in Indonesia this year did not only leave a deep sorrow. It made us rethink the relationship between humans, technology and nature in Indonesia.
The UGM rape case is a reminder that our priority should be to stand with the survivors of sexual assault. www.shutterstock.com

Stop violence against women

Victim-blaming culture holds back #MeToo in Indonesia

Under victim-blaming attitudes, the survivors of sexual violence suffer from double victimisation: being assaulted and being blamed.
Joe Taslim (centre) plays the main character Ito in Timo Tjahjanto’s latest film, The Night Comes for Us. XYZ Films

Film

The Night Comes for Us: Redefining the action film genre

_The Night Comes for Us_ should be appreciated for reviving the Indonesian action film genre and putting it on the map of global cinema.
A view of ruins in Marawi city, Lanao del Sur province, Philippines, on May 23 2018. Exactly a year earlier, IS terrorists belonging to the Maute and the Abu Sayyaf groups occupied Marawi, triggering a five-month armed conflict that resulted in over a thousand deaths and left the city in ruins. Linus Escandor II/EPA

Terrorism

Using religion and culture to fight terrorism: lessons from the Philippine military

Indonesia can also apply strategies implemented by the Philippine government to counteract terrorism and radicalism.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir (L) upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, Indonesia, 22 October 2018. Adi Weda/EPA

International relations

Saudi Arabia’s influence in Southeast Asia – too embedded to be disrupted?

The influence of Saudi money and ideology may be too big to dismantle in Malaysia and Indonesia.
A destroyed house in an earthquake-devastated area at Balaroa village in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 11 2018. It’s reported at least 2,045 people have died as a result of earthquakes that hit central Sulawesi and triggered a tsunami. EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

Disaster

After the Palu and Lombok disasters: a new chapter of disaster governance in Indonesia?

The last two major disasters show that Indonesia needs to embrace a new chapter in its disaster risk governance.

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