Roel Frakking and Anne van Mourik – The Dutch continue to widely underestimate their colonial violence of the past.
Colonial Period & World War II
March 10, 2022
February 27, 2022
Nivell Rayda, Karawang, Indonesia – Mdm Ami was only five years old at the time, but she remembered the day her father died on Dec 9, 1947.
February 23, 2022
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has rightly refrained from giving an immediate response to the statement of apology from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for the "extreme violen
February 22, 2022
Susie Protschky – The Dutch government formally apologised last week for its role in "systematic and extreme violence" during Indonesia's fight for independence from Dutch colonial rule
February 21, 2022
Sebastian Strangio – The prime minister of the Netherlands has apologized to Indonesia for the "excessive violence" employed by the Dutch empire during the reconquest of its former Dutc
February 19, 2022
Mike Corder – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday apologised to Indonesia after a study found that the Netherlands' army used "extreme violence" on civilians during Indonesia's
February 18, 2022
Jan Hennop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – The Netherlands prime minister apologised to Indonesia on Thursday after a study found that the Dutch army used "systematic and extreme violence
February 17, 2022
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – A major historical review has found that the Dutch military engaged in "systematic and widespread use of extreme violence" during Indonesia's 1945-1949 stru
July 7, 2020
Oliver Crawford – The Indonesian Marxist and anti-colonial revolutionary Tan Malaka (1894-1949) exists in two forms, real and fictional.
July 2, 2020
Budiman Minasny – The anti-racism protest that started in the US has spread to Europe and the world.
June 8, 2020
Zowi Milanovi – The Dutch King has apologised for violence committed by the Netherlands during Indonesia's independence struggle.
March 10, 2020
Jakarta – Dutch King Willem-Alexander apologized on Tuesday for the "excessive violence" inflicted on Indonesia during his country's colonial rule, the monarchy's first such admission
August 15, 2019
Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Sitting in a white plastic chair in his home, Mr Soewarso Warsosoewito tried to remember what exactly he did when he fought against the Japanese in 1945.
April 24, 2017
Heather Merle Benbow – Australian soldiers have long relied on an East Timorese hospitality epitomised by its coffee.
Emma Wynne – A small collection of objects in the Western Australian Museum honours the extraordinary story of the Timorese boys who risked their lives to help Australian commandos during World War
January 21, 2017
Ajay Kamalakaran – The USSR supported the anti-colonial movement across Asia, and was drawn to Sukarno's quest to liberate the entire East Indies from Dutch rule.
December 21, 2008
Connie Levett – It was a throwaway line from old Uncle Gordon: "We had a lot of 'Javos' in Wallangarra during the war."
August 20, 2007
Slamet Susanto, Gunungkidul – For Karso Suwito, Independence Day is always a time of great pride, as well as pain, as he inevitably recalls his past.
July 22, 2004
James Wong Wing On – Indonesia, Malaysia's giant neighbour to the south, is more than a frequent source of haze, illegal migrants, maids and terrorists.
April 17, 1999
Lindsay Murdoch, Jakarta – The Portuguese colonialists who ruled East Timor for more than 400 years are fondly remembered for introducing Timorese to the art of the siesta.
December 1, 1998
Paul Lashmar and Jamese Oliver – In autumn 1965, Norman Reddaway, a lean and erudite rising star of the Foreign Office, was briefed for a special mission.
February 19, 1997
What is described as a "process of decolonization" by Portugal is in fact a record of failure and ineptitude.