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Supporters of incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who is running for re-election, react during his campaign rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, 13 April 2019. Bagus Indahono/EPA

How Indonesia’s elections differ from Australia’s

While citizens of both countries will choose their representatives in their respective elections, they have different ways of carrying out elections.
Founded by former presenter Grace Natalie, PSI is also known as a new party that specifically targets the minority votes. Courtesy of PSI/@psi_id

One party’s lonely battle for minority voices in Indonesia

A new political party called Indonesian Solidarity Party, or PSI, brings new hope for the marginalised people by raising minority issues in its campaign
Mount Merapi in Central Java, one of the most active of more than 100 Indonesian volcanoes, is among the most dangerous volcanoes on earth. Boy Triharjanto/EPA

Living with natural disasters – how to change Indonesia’s culture of passive resignation

Whether in direct response to these events or as a way of coping with their consequences, many Indonesians react to the unpredictability of the natural world with a “wait and see” attitude.
Officials of the Indian Electoral Commission demonstrate the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) to the polling officials before their journey to the polling stations for the first phase of the 2019 Parliamentary or General elections in India. Jaipal Singh/EPA

In India, job creation the biggest issue in voters’ minds

India is facing an employment crisis, the magnitude and complexity of which has never been witnessed.
It is expected that the two presidential candidates – incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto – will talk about the country’s debts during the final election debate as the issue has become one of the most debated topics. www.shutterstock.com

Debts are not that bad: ending the election debate on Indonesia’s debts

Debt is not that bad if a country uses it to drive growth and development.
Vice-president candidates Ma'ruf Amin (L) and Sandiaga Uno (R) during their debate in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 17 March 2019. Adi Weda/EPA

It’s a draw. In Indonesia’s vice-presidential debate, both candidates fail to offer relevant programs

We contacted four academics to provide analysis of the candidates' visions and program planning. They all concluded that nobody won the debate.
Water problems are a global issue and policymakers in both developed and developing countries should focus on them. www.shutterstock.com

How to make water issues matter to world leaders

Not a single World Water Day over the past 25 years has focused on how water could be put high up on the political agendas of countries on a long-term basis.
‘The Golden Orange Solar City’, a depiction of the Turkish city of Antalya in the future (as inspired by Solar Punk literature such as the ‘Glass and Gardens’ anthology edited by Sarena Ulabarri). Alan Marshall

Using beloved works of literature to predict the futures of cities

The Literary Method of Urban Design aims to predict urban futures and to design cities and prepare citizens in line with these predictions.
While in other countries, women are bringing down the powerful men who assaulted and harassed them, in Indonesia assault victims are still struggling to find justice. www.shutterstock.com

#MeToo has skipped Indonesia — here’s why

A combination of a deep-rooted patriarchal culture, conservative religious values and gender-insensitive law enforcement practices still deters Indonesian women from reporting rape.
A mother teaches her daughter by reading Alquran inside a mosque in Indonesia. www.shutterstock.com

Hijab in Indonesia – the history and controversies

Hijab-wearing culture in Indonesia has changed over time. The hijab is becoming much more popular, so why does it remain a source of controversy?
Presidential candidates Joko Widodo (L) and Prabowo Subianto (R) shake hands during a debate among candidates in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 February 2019. EPA/Adi Weda

Incumbent Jokowi wins against Prabowo in Indonesia’s second presidential debate: experts respond

Prabowo Subianto spoke in normative terms and failed to criticise Joko Widodo's work.