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Taxi drivers in Jakarta staged a strike over operations of app-based transportation service Uber. Reuters/Garry Lotulung

Indonesia sets new rules for ride-sharing companies

The Indonesian government recently announced it would start to regulate app-based ride-sharing services such as Uber, Grab Taxi and Gojek.
The recent arrests of nearly 1,500 protesters in Jayapura are part of a broader systematic oppression of Papuans by the Indonesian government. Reuters/Darren Whiteside

Finding a dignified resolution for West Papua

Solving the problem of West Papua in a dignified manner should involve not only Indonesian authorities but also Papuans and the international community.
Petty public corruption cannot be ignored, but to gain the biggest “bang for the buck” in tax collection the government should focus on stamping out corruption by top officials. cesc_assawin/www.shutterstock.com

To get more people to pay taxes, Indonesia should stamp out corruption by officials at the top

A high level of perceived corruption by top government officials deters people from being tax-compliant.
As machinery demolishes houses behind them, Jakarta police evict residents from the settlement of Luar Batang in April. Reuters/Beawiharta Beawiharta

Will Habitat III defend the human right to the city?

The world's informal settlements are growing at an unprecedented rate, with about one in four urban dwellers living in slums. We need to rethink how we view and deal with these people and places.
Why do vigilante groups in Indonesia get away with harassing and threatening leftists? Courtesy of Belok Kiri Festival

Understanding violence against the left in Indonesia

Non-state actors in Indonesia use violence and intimidation against a critical civil society as a means for the political and business elites to maintain wealth and power.
Despite its limitations, the Bali Process is the main game in town when it comes to dealing with forced migration in the Asia-Pacific. EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

The Bali Process can do a lot more to respond to forced migration in our region

There is every sign the underlying causes of forced migration – war, repression, ethnic conflict, climate change displacement and rampant human trafficking – will continue.
Students in a school run by refugees in Indonesia learn maths, English, art and science.

Refugee-run school in Indonesia a model for governments to emulate

A school set up by asylum seekers and refugees in the West Java town Cisarua, Indonesia, is a community-led initiative that Australian and Indonesian governments should model and support.
Indonesia must carefully consider the cost and benefits of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Grasko/www.shutterstock.com

Weighing the costs and benefits of joining TPP for Indonesia

Southeast Asia's biggest economy is eyeing to join the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, already signed by a dozen countries, including Australia.
A mob burnt down a compound of a religious cult in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Reuters/Antara Photo Agency

How should Indonesia deal with emerging religious cults?

Why and how do new religious movements emerge? And how can Indonesia protect religious freedom amid hostility towards unorthodox religious groups?

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