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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.
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.
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.