Letter From the Singapore Strait: Crossing Into Indonesia
Sindo Ferry passengers have their passports checked and their luggage x-rayed before they board, but they are divided about how meaningful national boundaries are.
Viewfinder: Bodies Are Pulled From an Indonesian Plane Crash
Search and rescue personnel carry a body bag containing remains of a passenger from Lion Air Flight 610 at the Tanjung Priok port on October 30th, 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Disaster in Indonesia Illustrates Faults in Tsunami Warning Systems
Details of Friday's incident are limited, but already there are questions being asked about the effectiveness of Indonesia's tsunami warning system.
Despite Promises, Major Brands Continue to Obtain Palm Oil From Rainforest Destroyers
A new report from Greenpeace shows that brands and their suppliers are not abiding by their own pledges to only buy from sustainable producers of palm oil.
Viewfinder: Multiple Earthquakes Hit an Indonesian Island
Residents walk among debris in the village of Sugian on Indonesia's Lombok Island on August 21st, 2018, after a series of recent earthquakes.
A Proposed Gold Mine in Indonesia Could Have a Catastrophic Environmental Impact
The proposed mine would sit within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, while parts of it also overlap onto or border the Wondiwoi Mountains Nature Reserve—both protected areas.
Environmental Advocates Take Aim at Proposed Revisions to Indonesia's Conservation Act
Critics are concerned about the weakening of protections for endangered species in a country where wildlife trafficking is rife.
The Week in Photos: From an Anti-Trump Protest in the Philippines to Flooding in Indonesia
A round-up of images from Viewfinder, Pacific Standard's daily photo feature.
Could Indonesia's Unstable Coal Market Push the Country Toward Renewables?
A recent report warns that Indonesia's coal-based electricity strategy risks wasting $76 billion over the next 25 years.
The Indonesian Government Is Forcing Private Companies to Pay for Damaging Its Forests
The government hopes to use the collected penalties to fund restoration efforts in the degraded Indonesian land and forests. Without the penalties, no restoration work can start.
Field Notes: A Sacrifice for the Afterlife in Indonesia
Tana Toraja, Indonesia: At a funeral in a remote corner of Indonesia, water buffalo are sacrificed in order to help carry the deceased to the afterlife.
One of Southeast Asia's Conservation Areas Is Under Threat
Due to its size and location, the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra in Indonesia is hailed as one of the largest conservation areas in Southeast Asia and the last habitat for many endangered animals.
The Contentious Fight to Protect Indonesian Palm Oil
At a time when a huge number of oil palm firms are accused of grabbing indigenous lands, Indonesian authorities say nothing about the need for companies to obtain free, prior, and informed consent of communities before operating in their territory.
Shipping Companies Face Criminal Charges After Damaging an Indonesian Reef
The vessels broke loose in storms, destroying around 15,000 square feet of coral in Karimunjava National Park.
What It Would Take to Restore One of the World's Richest Marine Ecosystems
Raja Ampat, an island chain off the coast of New Guinea, is home to perhaps the world's richest marine biodiversity
Groundwater Could Play a Major Role in Controlling and Preventing Forest Fires
A recent study puts forth a new factor for judging the flammability of forests: groundwater.
Protecting the Rights of the LGBTQ Community in Indonesia
While Indonesia has historically prided itself as a stronghold of moderation, recent events shine a light on just how tenuous this self-perception is.
Clashing Religious Identity Politics Spell Trouble for Indonesian Secularism
A recent election for Jakarta's governor has tested Indonesia's strong commitment to pluralism and tolerance.