PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO’S IMAGE PROBLEMS by Max Lane

The opposition’s weakness means that the Indonesian president’s recent problems carry few political costs – for the moment. Last year, President Joko Widodo’s image as a populist “close-to-the-people” political leader suffered a series of blows. 2020 was marked by regular demonstrations protesting many of these issues, especially the Job Creation Law as well as a constant […]

Read RED ANT Blog yet? Here are August’s articles.

August articles in RED ANT: Woolworths’ Workers Walkout over Covid19 By Thomas Edwardson August 3 Thoughts Under Lock-down: a Socialist Housing Policy By Andrew Martin August 6 Mauritian Oil Disaster: Urgent Solidarity Needed By RED ANT August 12 Trump Plans to Sabotage Elections to Retain Power By Barry Sheppard August 14 Reflections on a political […]

Reflections on a political journey

by Max Lane It is five years since John Percy passed away from illness. I knew John for a long time and I knew him very well from about 1991. In 1991 he was National Secretary of the Democratic Socialist Party (DSP), a task he performed for almost 15 years. After that his main task […]

Review Essay: The Party and International Solidarity: by Nick D.

John Percy’s book, Keeping the Red Flag Flying was published in 2020 by Interventions. It focuses on the 1990s and early 2000s when the Democratic Socialist Party (DSP) was the largest revolutionary socialist group on the Australian left. As it follows Percy’s two books, A History of the Democratic Socialist Party and Resistance, Volume 1: 1965-72 (2005) and, Against the Stream, […]

Indonesia’s State Ideology Bill: A Brewing Controversy – by Max Lane

Since June, a controversy has erupted over the “Pancasila Guidelines Bill” (RUU HIP, Haluan Ideologi Pancasila) now being discussed in parliament. This Bill sets out to interpret the Panca Sila, a set of five principles attached to the Indonesian constitution. The five principles are often summarised to be: belief in one God, humanity, national unity, […]