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June 6, 2021

Independent Australia - June 6, 2021

Peter Baker – If you are looking for a good read that will give you, the happy reader, a no-small glow of pride in how Australia, the country of the "fair go", applies itself on the int

January 24, 2021

Jacobin Magazine - January 24, 2021

Michael G. Vann – The massacre of the Indonesian left in 1965-66, backed by Washington, was one of the great crimes of the twentieth century.

January 17, 2021

The Indonesian massacres of 1965-1966Counter Punch - January 17, 2021

Ben Terrall – Of all the tragic events of the 20th Century, the 1965-1966 campaign of mass killing in Indonesia is among the least known in the U.S.

October 6, 2020

The Herald (Scotland) - October 6, 2020

The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World
Vincent Bevins
PublicAffairs, #22.99

September 11, 2020

The Interpreter - September 11, 2020

John West – Ben Bland paints an insightful and intriguing portrait of Indonesia's leader in his new book, Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the struggle to remake Indonesia.

September 2, 2020

The Interpreter - September 2, 2020

Book Review: Ben Bland, Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the struggle to remake Indonesia (Penguin, Lowy Institute, 2020)

July 1, 2020

Inside Indonesia - July 2020

Marcus Mietzner – The genre of English-language biographies of Indonesian presidents and other senior leaders has a long and reputable history.

June 28, 2020

South China Morning Post - June 28, 2020

Kit Gillet – In 1965, the Indonesian military killed as many as one million of their own countrymen, destroying the third-largest communist party in the world and taking with it pretty

June 21, 2020

South China Morning Post - June 21, 2020

Antonia Timmerman – "Smile", an instructor tells the women in identical aprons as they take turns to stand in front of a blue background for an employment photo.

June 6, 2020

South China Morning Post - June 6, 2020

Tom Fawthrop – After 50 years of popular resistance to Indonesian rule in West Papua, this forgotten war is flaring up again.

February 17, 2020

Jakarta Globe - February 17, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – A new book titled "Habibie & Soeharto" attempts to uncover the real story of the relationship between the two late former Indonesian presidents who fell out w

August 9, 2019

Asia Pacific Report - August 9, 2019

Review by Margaret Scott – Many years ago during Suharto's dictatorship, when the mass killings of 1965-66 were a taboo subject, I interviewed Pramoedya Ananta Toer, one of Indonesia's

May 4, 2019

Jakarta Post - May 4, 2019

Duncan Graham, Malang, East Java – Visiting outlying islands in this sprawling archipelago reveals an unease felt about Java, "the denominator of Indonesia".

February 27, 2019

Counter Punch - February 27, 2019

The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, by Geoffrey B. Robinson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018.

September 6, 2018

Jakarta Globe - September 6, 2018

As part of our Jakarta Globe Reading Club's "Reading Indonesia" event on Saturday, Sept.

August 9, 2018

Jacob Magazine - August 9, 2018

Max Lane – Jess Melvin's new book, The Army and the Indonesian Genocide, has been rightly hailed as a breakthrough.

August 6, 2018

Book Review by Joe Collins (AWPA) - August 6, 2018

In Maire Leadbeater's new book, "See No Evil: New Zealand's betrayal of the people of West Papua", the theme of the title is also relevant for Australia.

July 16, 2018

Asia Pacific Report - July 16, 2018

David Robie – Two damning and contrasting books about Indonesian colonialism in the Pacific, both by activist participants in Europe and New Zealand, have recently been published.

June 9, 2018

Genocide Watch - June 9, 2018

By Margaret Scott, The New York Review of Books.

The Army and the Indonesian Genocide: Mechanics of Mass Murder by Jess Melvin. Routledge, 319 pp., $140.00

February 9, 2018

New Matilda - February 9, 2018

The Turnbull Government will be watching with interest and angst for a soon-to-be-released book which sheds light on an extraordinary chapter of Australian-East Timor history, writes Al

December 4, 2017

ABC Radio Australia - December 4, 2017

Sastra Wijaya – Indonesian-Australian author Dewi Anggraeni seeks to bring cultural nuance to the 1998 protests that overthrew President Suharto while the Chinese community was being targeted and d

December 2, 2017

The Australian - December 2, 2017

Robert Murray – "Kissingerian realism" and an associated hard nose for the "national interest", or "Wilsonian idealism"?

November 15, 2017

The Interpreter - November 15, 2017

Michael Rose – Laying bare the greed for petroleum resources that has steered five decades of Australian policy regarding East Timor, Kim McGrath's "Crossing the Line" is a masterfully written and

August 30, 2017

Crikey.com - August 30, 2017

In her new book Crossing the Line Kim McGrath exposes Australia's brutal opportunism towards East Timor, and the atrocities we were willing to condone to serve our national interest.

August 13, 2017

Suara.com - August 13, 2017

Adhitya Himawan and Nikolaus Tolen – Max Lane, the author of the new book "Indonesia is not Present on this Earth of Mankind" (Indonesia Tidak Hadir di Bumi Indonesia) has criticised Indonesians fo