Indonesia

Eye-witness account of West Papua massacre

"People were shot, bleeding and lying on the ground"

Part 1

By Mike Head, 28 November 1998

Religious rioting leaves 14 dead in Jakarta

By Peter Symonds, 25 November 1998

Massacre in West Papua

A first-hand account

By Mike Head, 20 November 1998

Protests continue despite military crackdown in Indonesia

By Peter Symonds, 17 November 1998

The real face of the Habibie regime

Indonesian security forces kill students in Jakarta clashes

By Peter Symonds, 14 November 1998

Surrounded by armed troops and police

Indonesian assembly discusses national elections

By Peter Symonds, 12 November 1998

A few days in Surabaya:

The rich and poor of Indonesia

By a correspondent, 3 November 1998

Student protests call for Indonesian president to resign

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 1998

Huge military mobilisation to block Indonesian protests

By Peter Symonds, 29 October 1998

On-the-spot report:

Mega fever in Bali

By our correspondent, 17 October 1998

Indonesian generals and businessmen join Megawati's camp

By Mike Head, 16 October 1998

Thousands rally at Indonesian PDI congress

Megawati pledges an "open market"

By Mike Head, 10 October 1998

Megawati Sukarnoputri, widely touted by the Western media as Indonesia's next president, pledged to uphold the

Portrait of a political operator

Australian tour by Indonesian opposition leader Amien Rais

By Peter Symonds, 7 October 1998

IMF, Indonesia abolish food subsidies

By Peter Symonds, 17 September 1998

Indonesian students demand Habibie's resignation

By Mike Head, 9 September 1998

Australian military readied to intervene in Indonesia

By Mike Head, 8 September 1998

Tensions mount over oil-rich Timor

By Mike Head, 5 September 1998

ILO report predicts:

Two thirds of Indonesians to be in poverty by mid-1999

By Peter Symonds, 3 September 1998

Indonesian military dismisses Suharto's son-in-law

By Peter Symonds, 30 August 1998

Mass graves begin to reveal scale of atrocities in Indonesia

Thousands killed in Aceh

By Mike Head, 28 August 1998

Indonesian hospitals head toward breakdown

By Carolyn Divjak, 26 August 1998

Habibie unveils plan to maintain political restrictions in Indonesia

By Mike Head, 12 August 1998

Indonesian military puts generals on trial

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 1998

Three Indonesian generals are to be investigated by a military court over the abduction, detention and torture of political activists.

Looting and land seizures in Indonesia

By Mike Head, 30 July 1998

Impoverished Indonesian workers and small farmers are looting shops, warehouses and plantations, and seizing landed estates despite warnings they will be shot by the military.

As poverty and unemployment grow

Indonesian regime fires on workers and protesters

By Peter Symonds, 11 July 1998

Army crackdown halts Indonesian union protest

By Peter Symonds, 26 June 1998

The Indonesian army deployed at least 25,000 troops in the capital Jakarta this week as members of the Indonesian Labour Welfare Union (SBSI) planned to hold a June 24 rally and march against the Habibie regime.

Former US Ambassador Marshall Green dead at 82

A key participant in Indonesian massacre

By Mike Head, 26 June 1998

A former US Ambassador to Indonesia and Australia, Marshall Green, one of the key participants in the 1965-66 military coup which brought General Suharto to power, died of a heart attack in Washington on June 6. He was 82.

Multinationals demand that Indonesian President Habibie protect their assets

By Mike Head, 13 June 1998

Some of the biggest American, European and Japanese transnational corporations have demanded--in no uncertain terms--that the regime headed by President B. J. Habibie protect their multi-billion-dollar investments in Indonesia that involve partnerships with Suharto family members.

Unrest grows in Indonesia

Habibie pledges to implement IMF program

By Mike Head, 9 June 1998

Indonesia's current President, B.J. Habibie, has reiterated his determination to cling to office until at least the end of 1999 and to carry out the tough measures called for by the $US43 billion International Monetary Fund bailout package.

Growing demands for the seizure of Suharto's empire

By Mike Head, 5 June 1998

In the face of growing demands for the seizure of the colossal fortunes amassed by officials of the Suharto regime, including the ex-president and his family, the government headed by Suharto's life-long protege, B. J. Habibie, this week announced a vague, internal probe.

The Suharto financial dynasty

By Mike Head, 5 June 1998

Through his wife, sons and daughters and other relatives, Suharto has built vast interlocking billion-dollar empires in property, banking, industry, telecommunications, media and transport.

Amidst deepening social crisis

IMF dictates terms to Indonesia

By Peter Symonds, 4 June 1998

The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Asia Pacific Director Hubert Neiss has just completed a visit to Jakarta for talks with the Indonesian regime and opposition figures such as Islamic leader Amien Rais over the country's ongoing economic, political and social crisis.

Indonesian regime to retain ban on socialist parties

2 June 1998

By Mike Head 2 June 1998

Protests re-emerge amid economic turmoil in Indonesia

Opposition leaders try to shore up Habibie

By Mike Head, 30 May 1998

Opposition figures in Indonesia, including Islamic leader Amien Rais, have cleared the way for President Habibie to attempt to cling to office, heading a thinly veiled military dictatorship, for at least 18 months.

Indonesia:

Opposition council offers Habibie advice

By Mike Head, 28 May 1998

Key bourgeois opposition figures are propping up Indonesian President Habibie while urging him to call elections within a year and refusing to join his government.

Habibie's selective prison releases

By Mike Head, 28 May 1998

An unknown number of political prisoners -- thousands at least -- languish in the Indonesian dictatorship's jails, including those in East Timor and Iran Jaya (West Papua). Whereas the regime and the corporate media speak of 200 political prisoners, even official legal aid spokesmen admit the numbers are far greater.

Military dominates Habibie's cabinet

By Peter Symonds, 26 May 1998

Just four days after the resignation of Suharto and the installation of B.J. Habibie as president, the political situation in Indonesia is highly unstable. The real power behind the new regime remains the Indonesian military, and its forces continue to patrol the streets.

Habibie's business empire

By Mike Head, 26 May 1998

Reports have begun to emerge detailing some of the business interests of the recently installed Indonesian President Jusuf Habibie. As an intimate protege of Suharto and a senior government minister for two decades, Habibie and his family have accumulated a fortune estimated at $US60 million through interests in chemicals, construction, real estate, transport and communications.

Leader of the bourgeois opposition

The elevation of Amien Rais

By Peter Symonds, 23 May 1998

The leader of the Muslim group Muhammadiyah is being groomed as a replacement for the Suharto regime that can be trusted to defend capitalist interests.

The struggle for democracy in Indonesia

What are the social and political tasks facing the masses?

By Editorial Board, 23 May 1998

The formal resignation of Suharto has underscored the fact that the problems of political repression, unemployment, poverty, ethnic and religious discrimination and imperialist domination have far deeper roots than the avarice and corruption of an individual ruler.

Thousands of fleeing Indonesian workers detained

26 March 1998

The Malaysian and Singapore governments are intensifying their persecution of impoverished workers fleeing from Indonesia in search of work.

Protests defy Suharto’s repression

By Peter Symonds, 28 February 1998

Indonesia is in political and social turmoil in the lead-up to next week’s meeting of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR).

A political vacuum in Indonesia

By Peter Symonds, 20 February 1998

For three decades, since coming to power in one of the bloodiest military coups of the 20th century, the Suharto regime has ruthlessly maintained its grip over Indonesia.

Blunt IMF warning to Suharto

By Peter Symonds, 17 February 1998

In what appears to be a closely coordinated operation, the US administration and the International Monetary Fund have warned the Suharto regime in Indonesia to drop plans to peg the rupiah to the American dollar.

Behind Indonesia’s anti-Chinese riots

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 1998

In recent weeks riots have erupted across Indonesia in response to a sharp rise in prices produced by the collapse of the national currency, the rupiah, and the country’s deepening economic crisis.

Unrest in Indonesia

By Peter Symonds, 31 January 1998

Plans by the Suharto regime for a voluntary three-month freeze on repayments of more than US$65 billion in private debt received a cool reception at a meeting of international bankers in Singapore on January 27.

Indonesia: Cracks in the Suharto regime 

23 January 1998

The Suharto government has agreed to severe austerity measures after the International Monetary Fund threatened to withhold credits from its $33 billion package, sending the Indonesian rupiah and share prices plunging. 

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