Why you should read Indonesia’s THIS EARTH OF MANKIND by Max Lane

In January 2014 Joshua Oppenheimer’s film on Indonesia, The Act of Killing, was nominated for an academy award, reflecting its penetration into mainstream film watching. Many people will be introduced to Indonesia by this vivid study of the country’s ruling lumpen elite. Another, very different, introduction to Indonesia might be reading Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s historical […]

Palestine: Real state or Bantustan state? by Max Lane

It is very possible that in late September or early October, the United Nations Security Council will vote on whether to recognise Palestine as a state and accept it as a member of the United Nations. The president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mohammed Abbas, will address the General Assembly of the United Nations on […]

Sajak (kecil): Mengenang Jogja dari jauh

Alun-alun “sibuk” tapi tak berumput tak berwarna-warni bali-ho meneriakin iklan disetiap sudut sana sini mahasiswa boleh pilih antara sejuta kios H.P. untung ada nasi kucing murah di wilayah D.I.Y.   Kampus-kampus macam-macam pilihannya tetapi tergantung juga orang tua berapa duitnya kesana kemari  ada Jogja busway cuma satu jalur terpaksa pula minta orang tua beliin sepeda motor

Max Lane: Reflections on Libya

I have never read any book length or other in-depth studies on the history, politics or economics of Libya. The picture I have of the present developments in Libya is made up of a kind of collage of images, gathered from watching and reading the Australian and international mainstream media from the Melbourne Age to […]

Essay: Indonesian activist in solidarity with Papuan demonstration in Jakarta.

The following essay by  Surya Anta was written in response to a series of questions, I emailed him yesterday, August 4, 2011. “I am here to give solidarity, not as a provocateur”* Surya Anta, Jakarta, Indonesia, member Peoples Liberation Party On August 2, 2011 I and Kholis Annasir from the student group Pusat Perjuangan Mahasiswa untuk […]

Poem: Gaza Armada

rubble grey white homes crumbled firing through narrow roads tanks rumbled witnesses ships to break through the sea wall never to cower gunships flying  machine guns helicopter prison tower pizzas served beyond the wall in the air-conditioned plaza courage eyes search the sea for ships breaking through to Gaza.