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REVIEW: How Indonesia’s political system has ‘failed’ minorities like Papuans

Volume 25, Issue 1 & 2

July, 2019

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Robie, D. (2019). REVIEW: How Indonesia’s political system has ‘failed’ minorities like Papuans. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 25(1&2), 297-300.
Author(s): David Robie
Publication date: 
July, 2019

Race, Islam and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia, by Andreas Harsono. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing. 2019. 288 pages. ISSN 978-1-925835-09-0

THIS PASSIONATE book is something of a cross between an inspired political travelogue, journalistic catalogue of insights into suffering and a cathartic defence of human rights. Published on the eve of the Indonesian national elections on 17 April 2019 and barely a month after the Christchurch mosque massacre, from a Pacific perspective Race, Islam and Power is also an impeccably timed analysis of how the centralised political system has failed many of the country’s 264 million people – especially minorities and those at the margins, such as in West Papua.