“An Empty Start to the 2019 Indonesian Election Campaign.” by Max Lane.

 A primary feature of Indonesia’s transactional politics since 2014 has been the
shallowness of policy and ideological discourse.
 The public process of the formation of coalitions in support of presidential candidates
Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto were marked by transactionalism regarding
electoral standing rather than ideological and policy differences, and this was most
centred on the selection of vice-presidential candidates, Ma’ruf Amin and Sandiaga
 Since the finalisation of the presidential and vice-presidential nominations, there have
been signs that the Democrat Party, headed by former President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono, is uncomfortable being in the coalition that is supporting Prabowo.
 There are signs that the presence in the Prabowo coalition of two new parties directly
connected to the Suharto family may encourage appealing to a return to Suharto era
policies as part of that coalition’s campaigning.


Jim Percy, 1948-1992 

Jim Percy, 1948-1992 

Jim Percy, national president of the Democratic Socialist Party, died quietly as a result of cancer, at his home in Sydney on October 12. He was 43 years old and had devoted 27 years of his life to revolutionary socialist politics.

Like so many of his generation, Jim came into radical politics through the struggle against the imperialist war in Vietnam. In 1965, as a 17-year-old secondary student in Sydney he joined the Vietnam Action Campaign and went on to play a major role in building the mass movement against Washington’s aggression. In 1970-71 he was one of the coordinators of the Vietnam Moratorium Campaign.  Continue reading “Jim Percy, 1948-1992 “

Kedaulatan ekonomi, radikalisme, terorisme, Pancasila, toleransi, dan populisme Islam: Wawancara dengan Max Lane oleh PUSAT KAJIAN SENI DAN BUDAYA KONTEMPORER

“Beragam isu berkembang melalui media-media nasional Indonesia, di tahun-tahun politik yang panas. Mulai kedaulatan ekonomi, radikalisme, terorisme, Pancasila, toleransi, dan populisme Islam. Seolah Indonesia diguncang dalam kondisi gawat. Benarkah begitu? Bagaimanakah sebenarnya keadaan Indonesia saat ini, terutama politik dan budayanya?

Simak wawancara kami dengan Max Lane, seorang aktivis dan pengamat Indonesia dari Australia, penulis buku serta penerjemah buku-buku Pramoedya Ananta Toer.” BRIKOLASE.COM

Wawancara oleh Yongki Gigih Prasisko.

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Max Lane: Why is Indonesia afraid to teach Pramodeya in school?

Reza Gunadha – Many academics, intellectuals and Indonesian youth can speak fluently on the historical ideas of ancient Greece and modern Europe.

But when speaking about the history of their own nation, they are unsure and hesitant or just parrot historical texts or mainstream literature and thus fail to understand the history of their own country.

At least that is the criticism put forward by Max Lane, an Indonesianist from Australia and the first person to translate Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Buru Quartet into English.


Suara.com journalists Abdus Soemadh from the Central Java city of Yogyakarta had an opportunity to conduct a special interview with Max Lane last week.

For full interview in English read HERE.


Trade Unions’ Initiative To Create Alternative Political Force in  Indonesia. by Max Lane

Trade Unions’ Initiative To Create Alternative Political Force in

by Max Lane

“Five trade union confederations organised a conference in April 2018 that brought together like-minded progressive trade unions, non-government organisations, student activists and political groups, to push for an alternative political force which would be independent of the two major power blocs led by President Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto. ”

For full article read here in ISEAS Perspective.


Joint Declaration of Conference Manifesto.


1965 – A Crime of Anticommunism by Max Lane

A new book proves that the Indonesian army was responsible for the systematic slaughter of leftists in the 1965–66 genocide — and that orders came directly from the top.

Jess Melvin’s new book, The Army and the Indonesian Genocide, has been rightly hailed as a breakthrough. Uncovering the actors behind the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Indonesian leftists (as well as the country’s Chinese racial minority), Melvin punctures a hole in the prevailing story about the 1965–66 genocide.

For full article read here at JACOBIN.