The Tana Toraja regency on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has an unusual death ritual: Every few years, families reunite to exhume the bodies of their deceased relatives, clean up the inside of their coffins, and sometimes give their ancestors a fresh
I spoke to Allan Nairn about confronting mass murderers and ruining their political careers. His specialty being US-backed atrocities, Nairn has reported from the killing fields of Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Indonesia.
Indonesia's reformist president-elect, Joko Widodo, already faces challenges after being declared the winner late Tuesday night. His rival, Prabowo Subianto, plans to file an appeal alleging widespread fraud in the bitterly fought race.
We were standing at the entrance to Dolly, Southeast Asia's largest red-light district. It's a sprawling complex of colorfully named brothels in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, and this was supposed to be its last night of business
Tourist stalls all over the country sell posters of Adolf Hitler, neatly displayed in between images of Kurt Cobain and European soccer teams. The swastika is also everywhere: on walls, cups, ashtrays, and T-shirts
Supporters of the government's asylum seeker policy rebut concerns about detention centres with the same comment: now the boats have stopped, we can start clearing the backlog of detainees currently in detention. Unfortunately, that argument doesn't hold…
This week aboard the Hate Boat the Government is trying to charm the pants off Cambodia, calm Indonesia who's feeling scorned, and deal with Nauru who's being super needy. All of that plus our own issues at home. It's like trying to date four people at on…
In this week's cheery asylum seeker round up we have a new nation possibly willing to take our refugees, more information on the Manus Island detention centre riot, and the four-legged refugees who may just jump the queue.
Australian government officials are apologizing for entering Indonesian waters in their effort to forcibly remove boats carrying asylum seekers. This has raised the tension levels between Australia and Indonesia, a rising economic power in the region.
Sumba is an island the size of Jamaica in the Indonesian archipelago that has been cut off from the rest of the world for so long that its ancient animistic traditions survive to this day. It is the setting for ritual battles called Pasola which take plac…