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
Book & Film Reviews
June 6, 2021
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
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 Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World
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
Book Review: Ben Bland, Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the struggle to remake Indonesia (Penguin, Lowy Institute, 2020)
July 1, 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
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
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
Tom Fawthrop – After 50 years of popular resistance to Indonesian rule in West Papua, this forgotten war is flaring up again.
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
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
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
The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, by Geoffrey B. Robinson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018.
September 6, 2018
As part of our Jakarta Globe Reading Club's "Reading Indonesia" event on Saturday, Sept.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Robert Murray – "Kissingerian realism" and an associated hard nose for the "national interest", or "Wilsonian idealism"?
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
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
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