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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.
President Joko Widodo (second right) and his vice-presidential running mate, Ma'ruf Amin (right), and their rivals, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (second left) and running mate Sandiaga Uno, pose with the electoral numbers that will represent them in next year’s presidential election, during a draw at the General Election Commission office in Jakarta in September. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Incumbent Jokowi versus Prabowo – who will win Indonesia’s presidential election?

Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo may have won hearts among potential voters by building roads, airports and ports, but his opponents can still bring him down with other issues.
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.
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 disabled farmer with his buffaloes at a rice field in Vietnam. The latest data show the exclusion of people with disability from the workforce results in a loss of potential GDP of between 3% and 7% per year. www.shutterstock.com

Six problems that exclude disabled people in Indonesia from public life

The failures to implement inclusive policy stem from various barriers created by both individuals and the government.
Joe Taslim (centre) plays the main character Ito in Timo Tjahjanto’s latest film, The Night Comes for Us. XYZ Films

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

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.
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.