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How Picasso Bled the Women in His Life for Art

Sixteen years ago, Marina Picasso, one of Pablo Picasso’s granddaughters, became the first family member to go public about how much her family had suffered under the artist’s narcissism. “No one in my family ever managed to escape from the stranglehold of this genius,” she wrote in her memoir,</i> …

Two men may get 100 lashes after gay sex in Indonesia

Two men may be in line for up to 100 lashes of the cane after being caught having sex in Indonesia's Shariah-ruled province of Aceh. The province is …

Indonesia's 'marathon' probe of politicians to test graft battle | Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A corruption investigation into dozens of politicians is a cause for concern in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, but no other country has taken such a tough stance against graft over the past decade, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.<p>Activists hold placards in the …

Corruption

A Former First Lady Presses On for a Tolerant, Feminist Islam

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The transgender Muslim women gazed around the reception room with wonder. It was loaded with lavish tributes from foreign rulers: gold filigreed swords from Kuwait, elaborately painted Chinese urns and elegantly framed Quranic verses. Finally the host, Sinta Nuriyah, 69, …

Religion

The Man Who Brought the Swastika to Germany, and How the Nazis Stole It

When archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann traveled to Ithaca, Greece in 1868, one goal was foremost in his mind: discovering the ancient city of Troy …

The girl who was 'stolen' by a soldier

<b>When she was only five years old, Isabelina Pinto was taken from her family by an Indonesian soldier. She was one of thousands of children taken to Indonesia during its brutal 30-year occupation of East Timor. Decades later she found her family and now works to reunite others. The BBC's Rebecca</b> …

Asia

Indonesians’ Taste for Dog Meat Is Growing, Even as Others Shun It

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Parlin Sitio leaned back from a table of empty dishes at a restaurant in eastern Jakarta with a look of satisfaction. He had just enjoyed an order of rica-rica — dog meat with Indonesian spices.<p>“Minimum, I eat it once a week,” said Mr. Sitio, who sells mobile phones for a …

Asia

Your struggle is ours too: Chinese-Indonesian community's role in Indonesian ind...

<b>PREMIUM</b> A viral YouTube video shows one of Jakarta’s gubernatorial candidates, Anies Baswedan, delivering a speech in front of an audience at the …

Jakarta Keeps Street-Level Integrity amid Indonesia's Colossal Kickback Scandal

Rounding the circular drive to my apartment building on my scooter recently, two members of the building’s small army of security sprinted out the sliding glass doors toward me. As one stood athwart my path, arms waving overhead, the other with the urgency of a medieval messenger boy thrust into my …

Ethnic Chinese still grapple with discrimination despite generations in Indonesia

PRAMBANAN, Indonesia — When Willie Sebastian bought a tiny piece of land to build a storage space, government officials in the heart of the island of Java delivered him an unpleasant surprise: He could not register the purchase, since he was of Chinese descent, and therefore the land would belong …

Asia

'Communist' fish, water gun-toting punks at Indonesian photo show in Singapore

Jogjakarta-based Ruang MES 56, one of Indonesia’s most successful art collectives, debuts in Singapore at contemporary art space DECK.

Contemporary Art

Saudi Arabia Is Redefining Islam for the World's Largest Muslim Nation

King Salman's historic visit to Indonesia is the culmination of a long campaign for influence.<p>When Saudi Arabia’s King Salman landed in Indonesia on Wednesday, he became the first Saudi monarch to visit the world’s largest Muslim-majority country since 1970. Officials in Jakarta had hoped the visit …