Oliver Crawford – The Indonesian Marxist and anti-colonial revolutionary Tan Malaka (1894-1949) exists in two forms, real and fictional.
Colonial Period & World War II
July 7, 2020
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.