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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

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.
Screening tools are available to help health practitioners and individuals to detect mental health problems. But Indonesia still needs to ensure people with mental health problems are treated. www.shutterstock.com

260 million people and less than 1000 psychiatrists, Indonesia’s mental health worker shortage

Indonesia should start investing in mental health care and ensuring that each Puskesmas has enough human resources to detect, treat and care for people with mental disorders.
Several Metro Mini buses on their way out of terminal Blok M in South Jakarta. Rémi Desmoulière

The secret to the long life of Jakarta’s minibuses

Jakarta's minibuses can survive because of their socio-political functions and relation to the interests of thousands of business owners and workers in the capital.
An illustration of life in Aru Islands from The Malay Archipelago Wallace, Alfred Russel via Wikimedia Commons

How many people helped Alfred Russel Wallace?

More than a thousand local people helped Alfred Russel Wallace in his eight year voyage collecting specimens of animals in the Malay archipelago.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrive for high tea at the Grand Garden of Bogor Presidential Palace south of Jakarta. Lukas Coch/AAP

How will Australia’s plan to move its embassy to Jerusalem affect relations with Indonesia?

If their trade deal is delayed, this will not only create a huge loss for the Australian and Indonesian economies but also change foreign policy dynamics between the two countries.
One of the minors reunites with family and friends in Rote, East Nusa Tenggara, after being released from Australian prison. Antje Missbach

Compensating underage people smugglers from Indonesia for their unlawful treatment in Australia

Efforts to claim compensation for Indonesian minors who were caught manning boats that smuggled asylum seekers to Australia may end up failing if the Australian government continues to resist.
Indonesian activists hold candles during a candlelight protest against death penalty executions, outside the presidential palace in Jakarta in 2016. Mast Irham/EPA

Busting the myths of the death penalty

Research shows the deterrent effect of capital punishment is a myth.
Characters in Wiro Sableng (from left to right) : Anggini (Sherina Munaf), Bujang Gila Tapak Sakti (Fariz Alfarazi), Wiro Sableng (Vino G. Bastian), the Prince (Yusuf Mahardhika) and Rara Murni (Aghniny Haque) Eriek Juragan

Wiro Sableng: a revival of Indonesian martial arts genre?

Many consider _Wiro_ is a superhero movie but from its cinematic elements and style, _Wiro Sableng_ is closer to martial arts or _silat_ genre.
Limited availability of heavy equipment and humanitarian aid makes it hard for victims of disaster in Palu, Donggala, Sigi and Parigi-Moutong. EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

Indonesia urgently needs to set up a humanitarian logistics system

Following an earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi on Friday, search and rescue workers in Central Sulawesi struggle to save victims trapped under rubble due to lack of heavy equipment.
One of the survivors of Indonesia’s 1965-1966 anti-communist violence, Sa'anah from Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Adrian Mulya, from Penyintas Kehidupan [Winners of Life], Jakarta: KPG, 2014.

Palu earthquake and tsunami swept away some of Indonesia’s most important human rights activism

Palu, the capital city of Central Sulawesi province in Indonesia, recently devastated by an earthquake and tsunami, is a trailblazing city with progressive human rights initiatives.
Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (left) and his running mate, K.H. Ma'ruf Amin, wave after registering for Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election at the General Election Commission (KPU) office in Jakarta. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Power at what cost? Those left out of Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election

This article aims to name the elephant in the room – the negative impacts of Ma'ruf's nomination on minority groups.