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
Book & Film Reviews
June 28, 2020
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
May 22, 2017
Joost Cote – A new feature film has prompted a renewed interest in the life of national hero Kartini.
March 25, 2017
Dionne Christian – When young writer Bonnie Etherington showed one of her Massey University classmates a short story she'd written, the last thing she expected was to be told she was seriously dist
February 9, 2017
Time to Draw the Line
Directed by Amanda King & Fabio Cavadini
2016, 58 minutes
Released February 20 on the Demand.Film platform
July 15, 2015
Michael Zelenko – When Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing came out in the summer of 2013, few had seen anything like it.
November 8, 2014
Michael Bachelard, Jakarta – Two cups of human blood aday, taken from the severed neck of your dying victim and drunk from a glass, is enough to stave off the madness induced by partici
October 1, 2014
Leila S. Chudori's novel Pulang is an important addition to a growing literature examining the events of 1965-66 and its aftermath