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  • Preaching Through Heavy Metal Music

    Preaching Through Heavy Metal Music

    Several Indonesian heavy metal bands combine hard rock music with lyrics based on the Qur'an and stories from the Islamic tradition.

  • The History of Underground Music in Sports Arenas

    The History of Underground Music in Sports Arenas

    In the period between the 1970s to 1990s, aside from being places for sport events, sports arenas in many cities were locations for music concerts. These places gave birth to many talented musicians. The Saparua Sports Arena in Bandung, for instance, was the place for underground music communities to see bands emerge in the 1990s. These included Burgerkill, Puppen, Jasad, Koil, PAS Band, Pure Saturday, and Dajjal, who later became big and were the pioneers for other bands which came after.

    Sports stadiums in other cities also provided space for the glory of local bands. There is the Manahan Sports Arena in Solo, Bulungan in Jakarta, also Pulosari in Malang. Unfortunately, several of these sports centers have been pulled down. Some are still standing, but they no longer service the performing arts. A slice of memory surrounding the glory of these sports centers for musicians has been recorded in a documentary about the Saparua Sports Arena, broadcast on several live streaming channels in June. The documentary by director Alvin Yunata raised the query whether sports centers could go back to being creative spaces for young people in an era when everything is digital.

  • From South Korea with Love

    From South Korea with Love

    The love for South Korean culture which has been growing for over a decade leads to the formation of a community of dedicated fans in Indonesia. They are looking to purchase items that can make them feel closer to their idols. It has created opportunities for businesses both large and small.

  • Criticism Comes from a Small Group

    Criticism Comes from a Small Group

    Jim Taihuttu, 39, has been a name to be reckoned with in Dutch cinema since his debut film Rabat a decade ago. This Dutch filmmaker of Moluccan origins is also known as a disc jockey of the hip hop/dance duo Yellow Claw.

  • De Oost Rips Open Dutch Colonial Wounds

    De Oost Rips Open Dutch Colonial Wounds

    DE Oost is the first major Dutch film which clearly exposes the violence committed by its military during the 1945-1949 Indonesian independence war. It showed how an elite Dutch corps under Captain Raymond Westerling sowed terror in South Sulawesi, killing thousands of Indonesians. This controversial movie, made in a span of almost a decade, has sparked a flood of reactions—from praise to condemnation—from the Dutch media and public. On Twitter, Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld expressed regret that De Oost, made by Dutch-Moluccan Director Jim Taihuttu, has caused unrest among former soldiers who served in Indonesia, as veteran associations like the Dutch East Indies Federation (FIN) accused the film of defaming veterans. FIN even took the filmmakers to court. Tempo spoke to the film’s director, producers, and actors, and also historians, in the Netherlands and Indonesia.

  • Nazi Graves and the Story of Deutsche Schule

    Nazi Graves and the Story of Deutsche Schule

    GERMAN author Horst Henry Geerken follows the trace of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi ideology in Indonesia through the third and fourth volume of his book Hitlers Griff nach Asien. These two newest editions, published last year, continued what Geerken started in his previous volumes with the same title. In his recent books, Geerken delved into the diaries of Otto Coerper, which gave detailed descriptions on some 300 Germans who had been jailed in the Dutch Indies. According to Coerper’s notes, those prisoners were released after the Japanese entered the territories in 1942. They then settled in Sarangan by Mount Lawu in East Java, and set up a German school, or Deutsche Schule. Coerper also formed an officer’s training academy for military police.

    The president at the time, Sukarno, sent navy cadets from Yogyakarta to learn German at the Deutsche Schule, so that they could understand military equipment, many of which originated from Germany. Among alumni from the Deutsche Schule are Raden Eddy Martadinata dan Donald Isaac Pandjaitan.

  • Hand-in-hand Seeking Public Support
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    Hand-in-hand Seeking Public Support

    Women activists widen their network and rally support to ratify the Sexual Violence  Eradication Bill. A number of women ulema made a breakthrough by organizing the first Indonesian Ulema Women’s Congress in 2017 to support the elimination of sexual violence, promotion of gender equality, and prevention of child marriage. Intensifying its online campaign, the women activists seek support from influential mass organizations, some of whom are still at odds with the activists.

  • The Arduous Road Toward Ending Sexual Violence
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    The Arduous Road Toward Ending Sexual Violence

    THE Sexual Violence Eradication Bill returned to the national legislation limelight on 23 March. This is the fruit of the labor of women’s rights activists who have been tireless in realizing legislation to protect women from sexual violence. But the struggle is far from over. Since it was first proposed by the National Commission on Violence against Women in 2012, the draft regulation has been in limbo. After entering the national legislation program in 2016, the bill remained unpassed. Women’s rights activists have gone through a winding road to convince the House of Representatives and the government so that the draft regulation can be immediately discussed and passed.

  • Lobbying the Champions
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    Lobbying the Champions

    Supporters of Sexual Violence Eradication Bill are tirelessly lobbying political party leaders and parliament members. They mapped the legislators who could help accelerate the deliberation and passing of the bill into law. The activists switched their approach from hard-line to political lobbies. The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) is still standing in their way.


  • Guardians of the Missing Articles
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    Guardians of the Missing Articles

    Deliberations regarding the Sexual Violence Eradication Bill encountered problems while at the government level because 102 crucial articles disappeared. Women activists are trying to convince the government to put these articles back in, as in the original draft they formed the core of the bill.

  • Overcoming the Valley of Death
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    Overcoming the Valley of Death

    The Research and Innovation Consortium for the Acceleration of Covid-19 Mitigation developed 50 products. Government institutions involved in handling the pandemic are less enthusiastic in adopting these innovations.

  • Premature Plan in Galang Island
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    Premature Plan in Galang Island

    The initial policies of the central government were deemed ill-suited. One of them is the hospital on Galang Island, whose planning is considered premature. Coordination between central and local governments in handling the pandemic is not very good.

  • Ignoring the Signs
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    Ignoring the Signs

    A year after Covid-19 broke out in Indonesia, cases of infection exceeded 1.4 million and the number of deaths reached 38,000. Indonesia is in 18th position in the world in terms of the number of victims, far surpassing China, the country of origin of the outbreak.

  • The Editors, the Directors and the Envelopes
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    The Editors, the Directors and the Envelopes

    Tempo’s independence is maintained through open and egalitarian meetings. Opting to treat sources rather than accepting envelopes.


  • Pursuing Investigation
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    Pursuing Investigation

    The Investigation rubric was born after Tempo reappeared in 1998. But the spirit of investigative journalism has grown long before.

  • 50 Years On
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    50 Years On

    Tempo magazine was born from an idea of independence. This has been no easy task to uphold.


  • Who Made the Sarinah Relief?

    Who Made the Sarinah Relief?

    Workers renovating Sarinah building last year found a relief from Sukarno’s era, 3 x 12 meters in size, hidden in the building’s electrical room. The relief depicts the atmosphere of the old market: women in traditional kebaya strolling the market and men in conical hats carrying wares. Records of the relief could not be found, leading to speculation from enthusiasts and experts regarding the origin of the relief and how it was abandoned in the building's generator room. Was the relief deliberately hidden by the New Order because it was deemed 'leftist' or did someone decide the depictions of the relief did not fit with the more modernized Sarinah? 

    Tempo interviewed children of famous artists from the 1960s to explore the possibilities of who made the relief. Tempo also interviewed the minister of manpower during the New Order era, Abdul Latief, who was an employee at Sarinah at the beginning of its establishment.

  • Fallen Rifle on Trespassed Lands
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    Fallen Rifle on Trespassed Lands

    Residents who resisted the construction of Lambo Reservoir in East Nusa Tenggara were being intimidated. The government rejected the suggestion of the community to shift the construction to another location.

  • A Dispute in Trans Sumatra Toll Road
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    A Dispute in Trans Sumatra Toll Road

    The construction of the Trans Sumatra toll road in Riau and Lampung left unresolved land conflicts. Compensation is inadequate, and for many residents, slow to arrive.

  • Felling Bananas Trees in Pertumbukan
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    Felling Bananas Trees in Pertumbukan

    Land of the Rakyat Penunggu customary community in the Langkat Regency of North Sumatra was taken over for the sugar self-sufficiency project carried out by Perkebunan Nusantara II. Residents were intimidated and promised lands and employment in order to go along with the plan.

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