This is a fascinating and at times unsettling journey into the world's most populous Muslim nation as it struggles to emerge from decades of dictatorship and the plunder of its natural resources.
Andre Vltchek brings together more than a decade of investigative journalism in and around Indonesia to chart the recent history of the country, from the revolution which overthrew General Suharto's genocidal dictatorship in 1998 to the present day. He covers the full breadth of the country from Islamic Aceh to mostly Catholic East Timor.
Tracing Indonesia's current problems back to Suharto's coup and the genocide of 1965 - and the support given by the West to Suharto - Vltchek provides an intimate and deeply humane insight into the hopes and fears of Indonesia's people.
Andre Vltchek is a novelist, filmmaker, investigative journalist and playwright. He is the author of a number of books including Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear (Pluto, 2012), Oceania (2009) and Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad (2006), and the co-author of Exile: Conversations with Pramoedya Ananta Toer (2006). He currently lives and works in East Africa, Indonesia and Japan.
1. Introduction 2. From Colony to Dictatorship 3. Extreme Capitalism 4. Democracy and Human Rights 5. Jakarta Bleeding the Islands 6. Corruption Kills 7. The environment, plundering of natural resources and consequent natural disasters 8. Collapse of Infrastructure 9. Islam 10. Cultures, Education and Intellectual Life 11. Indonesia and its Neighbours: A big but destitute bully 12. Conclusion Notes Index