The Democrat Party Split: Dynastic versus All-Party Politics by Max Lane

“On 2 February, Agus H Yudhoyono (AHY), the Chairman of the Democrat Party (PD), publicly accused President Joko Widodo’s Chief of Staff, retired General Moeldoko, of plotting to organise an Extraordinary Congress (KLB) of the PD to seize the leadership of the opposition party. Moeldoko, not a PD member, denied the accusations.   AHY is the son […]

To Be Young and Rich: Indonesia’s Vaccination Controversies by Max Lane

No parliamentary opposition means the government is not held to account for its vaccination programme. Indonesia’s pandemic response and relief efforts continue to struggle with the tensions between economic and health priorities. Last year, this manifested itself in the uneven and changing “lockdown” policies restricting social mobility. At the very beginning of the pandemic’s spread […]

Criticising Indonesia’s Anti-Criticism Law: Irony of Ironies by Max Lane

Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo has called for criticism of his administration. He got more than he bargained for. On 8 February, President Joko Widodo made a call for more criticisms of his government from society. Ironically, his call was met with a shower of criticisms that many people had been charged and jailed precisely for making criticisms, […]


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 […]