An Islamic Body in Indonesia Forbids Women From Playing Football

The U.S. Women’s National Football team just capped off an inspiring World Cup victory, but in Indonesia, one city is forbidding women from playing the game.


Two Former Weed Farmers Tell Us Why Aceh's Marijuana Industry Isn't Going Anywhere

Marijuana is still big business in Indonesia's Aceh province, despite a decades-long drug war.


There's No Such Thing as New Year's Eve In This Indonesian City

The party's always canceled in Banda Aceh.


Aceh Capital to Sue Researchers For Naming It an 'Intolerant' City

Once again, Banda Aceh came second-to-least-tolerant in SETARA Institute's yearly Tolerant City Index. This time, the mayor has had enough.


What It's Like to Date in a Place Where Even Sitting Too Close is Illegal

Young couples need to keep their relationships secret and an eye out for the Sharia police in Indonesia's Aceh province.


Betting Big at Aceh's Semi-Legal Horse Races

In Indonesia's coffee country, the horses are legal, but the gambling isn't.


Sharia Court Canes Lesbian Couple as Malaysia Slides Toward Wider Anti-LGBTQ Crackdown

Authorites struck two women with a rattan cane six times each in the first such punishment for women accused of engaging in lesbian sex.


Two Gay Men Caned Under Sharia Law In Aceh, Once Again

Indonesia's anti-LGBTQ crackdown continues with the latest public display in its only Sharia province.


The Muslim Men Who Pray Non-Stop for 40 Days to Get Closer to God

Ramadan is about a lot more than just fasting in Aceh province.


In Sharia Heartlands, Women are Punished for Wearing Too Little, Shunned for Wearing Too Much

Aceh is the only province in Indonesia allowed to enforce Sharia Law, but these conservative bonafides aren't stopping people from making fun of women who choose the full veil.


There's a Battle Brewing Over Whether or Not the Public Can View Sharia Canings In Aceh

And, like everything these days, it has a lot to do with next year's presidential election.