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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.
Indonesian traditional dance performance Reog Ponorogo depicts intimate same-sex relationships between two characters, warok (men) and gemblak (boys). shutterstock

On gender diversity in Indonesia

Culturally, Indonesians have long recognised sexual and gender diversity as part of their daily lives.
There is stigma surrounding emotional disorders, which prevents people from seeking help. And most people often don’t know that they or their friends or family have depressive symptoms. www.shutterstock.com

How we can help detect depression in our teens

Counsellors in schools and general practitioners and nurses should be equipped with tools to detect symptoms of mental health problems.
In an attempt to secure their market, conventional taxis enforce “red zones” – areas where online taxi drivers are barred from picking up passengers. This makes it difficult of people with disabilities to access transportation options. www.shutterstock.com

People with disabilities bear the brunt of turf wars between conventional and online taxis

Instead of being cheaper and safer, getting an online taxi can actually be dangerous for people with disabilities where a so-called "red zone" is in force.
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

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

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.
Nine years after the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea, victims have yet to receive compensation. PR Handout Image/PTTEP

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.
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

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.
The 18th Asian Games in Indonesia has every potential as an alternative means to promote peace. www.shutterstock.com

Can the Asian Games promote peace?

How can sporting events like the Asian Games contribute to global peace?
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

‘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.
Sandiaga Uno (left) will compete with Ma'ruf Amin for vice presidential seat in the 2010 election. Wikimedia commons, edited by Triasa/The Conversation

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.
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

‘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 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.