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Fun With Weapons

Daniel Pope contemplates whether a foreigner could get away with murder in Indonesia.  My local hangout in Jakarta in the mid-1990s – a shabby streetside cafe where...

Communities Gather to Clean Up Gunung Marapi in West Sumatra

Chairman of the Parimbo Minangkabau Community, Roni Marianto, led an initiative to clean up the ascent trail of Mount Marapi in Tanahdatar, West Sumatra Province, in...

Eco-Village Hero: Meet Thomas Heinle

Karen Davis meets Thomas Heinle of Eco-Village Samosir on Lake Toba: a unique community where you may do something of value and really experience true village life on...

Sumatra Paradiso: Meet Dominique Murail

Dominique is Managing Director of Cubadak Paradiso Resort on Cubadak Island in West Sumatra. Established in 1992, the resort was a hospitality pioneer in this region,...

In Search of the Perfect Smile: Neu Premium Dentistry

Dr. Andri is the owner of Neu Premium Dentistry, which has two branches in Jakarta. He explains his business philosophy to us, and how New Premium uses new technologies...

Booze Blues

The price of alcohol in Indonesia continues to soar into the stratosphere as new import duties are introduced.   I’ve been cajoled into penning a few tetchy...

Fetch the Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti

Where I come from people never die. Before you rush to buy a house next to mine, I don’t mean people live forever, I mean that English people will never say a person...

Holiday-makers clean Birie Island Beach in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat in West Papua is known for being a paradise for divers, bird-watchers and nature lovers. Although it is a sanctuary for flora and fauna, sadly, it isn’t a...

Rights as Citizens: The Strife for Reconciliation of Indonesia’s Indigenous Communities

With nearly 70 years of independence, Indonesia prides itself as a nation founded upon the sovereignty and self-determination of peoples who call the Nusantara...

Development Vs Indigenous People and the Environment

Over the past 50 years, the name of the region of Papua has been changed several times from Netherlands New Guinea to Irian Barat (West Irian), Irian Jaya (Victorious or...

Persipura Jayapura’s Long Road to Success

The Black Pearls overcome long flights and tiring transit times to become the best football club in the land. For cash-starved Indonesian football clubs, the Mandala...

It’s All About the Money

President Joko Widodo came to power on promises to fight corruption and initiate a mental revolution, but scammers are still finding hundreds of people willing to pay...

The Big Apple and the Spice Islands

For whatever reason, New York picked up the appellation ‘Big Apple’ – is it even appropriate? Unbeknownst to most people, and as a result of a remarkable twist in...

Raja Ampat Dive Pioneers: Meet Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock

Throughout Indonesia and the wider diving world, Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock are known as the people who put Raja Ampat’s dive sites on top of most travelling...