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The widespread use of sodium cyanide and explosives in fishing has caused massive damage to coral reefs in South Sulawesi over the past decade, local environmentalists say. "Some studies show that about 70 percent of coral reefs in the Spermonde islands and on the west coast of South Sulawesi are seriously damaged because fishing activities in these areas ignore the environmental aspect", said Willem Moka, of the Maritime Biology and Research Center for Coral Reefs at Hasanuddin University.

Posted in Environment @ 30 April 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Village stormed; 14 Christians killed Assailants in black masks hacked, shot and burned to death 14 Christians, including a six-month-old baby, in the religiously divided capital of Indonesia's Maluku province Sunday, threatening a fragile peace pact. Carrying automatic rifles, grenades and daggers, about a dozen men yelling "kill them all" stormed the mainly Christian village of Soya on Ambon's outskirts, 1,600 miles east of Jakarta, witnesses said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian forces fire shots to disperse Ambon rally Indonesian security forces fired warning shots on Saturday to disperse protesting Muslims in the eastern city of Ambon, wounding one demonstrator in the second such incident in as many days. Ambon is the capital of the Moluccas islands, scene of religious violence that has killed at least 5,000 people in the last three years.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Kopassus officers accused of murder A high-ranking military officer said on Friday that three officers of the Army's Special Force (Kopassus) had been accused of violating Article 338 of the Criminal Code for killing Papuan leader Dortheys Hiyo Eluay last year. Deputy chief of the National Military Police Brig. Gen. Hendardji also underlined that the three were guilty of insubordination, considering that "there had never been any order from their superiors to kill Theys." He further said that Aristoteles Masoka -- Theys' driver and the only known key witness, was presumed dead.

Posted in Crime @ 27 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police fire shots to disperse Ambon rally Indonesian police in the eastern city of Ambon wounded at least one person on Friday when they fired warning shots to keep a massive Muslim rally from spilling into the city's Christian areas, witnesses said. Earlier, Jakarta officials said police numbers in the troubled city were being bolstered after several explosions rocked an area near the Muslim quarter on Thursday, wounding at least two people and triggering a mob to set fire to a church.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Powerful bomb discovered in Bandung super mall An active high-powered bomb was found in the basement of a seven-storied super mall, the Bandung Plaza Indah, which was crowded with shoppers in the West Java capital of Bandung on Thursday. The local police confirmed that the bomb was the second found over the last five days with unclear motives. The first one, of a similar type, was found in a public place in the city on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blasts hit Ambon as mobs torch church Several explosions rocked an area near the Muslim quarter of Indonesia's eastern city of Ambon on Thursday, wounding at least two people and triggering a mob to torch a church, police and witnesses said. The fresh bout of violence coincided with the anniversary of a local Christian separatist group and came despite a peace pact reached between Christians and Muslims in February.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 25 April 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia financial outlook improved Moody's Investor Services has upgraded Indonesia's ratings outlook from "stable" to "positive," after the government successfully negotiated the rescheduling of $5.4 billion debt. But economists say Indonesia still has a long way to go before it reaches financial recovery. Analysts say the upgrading of Indonesia's outlook is a step in the right direction for a country desperate to attract foreign investment. But they say there is still a lot of work to be done before previous investors return in large numbers and new investors come in.

Posted in Economy @ 25 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


News blackout in restive Maluku extended Fearful that a pro-independence celebration on Friday could lead to clashes between Muslims and Christians, authorities in Indonesia's Maluku province have imposed a news blackout for the rest of the month. The news blackout - first put in place on April 10 - is part of a widespread crackdown aimed at keeping the peace in the war-torn province 2,600 kilometers (1,600 miles) east of Jakarta.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 23 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mobs burn hotels in Puncak resort, 41 detained Around 2,000 mobs armed with sticks and gasoline bombs torched hotels and vandalized suspected brothels in a popular mountain resort town of Puncak in Greater Jakarta area, police said. The riots late Saturday in Cisarua regency of Puncak resort area, about 60 kilometers south of Jakarta, were apparently sparked by local anger at prostitution in the area, state news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Violence @ 21 April 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






16 killed in bus collision in West Java Two overcrowded passenger buses collided Sunday on Indonesia's Java island, killing 16 people and injuring scores of others, police and hospital officials said. The accident occurred near the west Javanese town of Cirebon, 180 kilometres (110 miles) east of Jakarta, said local police Sgt. Gurnawan.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gusmao sweeps East Timor poll East Timor's former resistance leader, Xanana Gusmao, completed his transformation yesterday from jungle fighter to global statesman when he took an unassailable lead in the fledgling nation's first ever presidential election. With more than 90% of the votes counted, the former poet and seminarian, who says he would rather be a photographer or farmer than a politician, has 79% of the votes.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gusmao most likely first President of East Timor Former guerrilla leader Xanana Gusmao is the apparent winner of East Timor's presidential election. With votes counted in 12 of the territory's 13 districts, Mr. Gusmao had an insurmountable lead over his sole challenger, Francisco Xavier do Amaral. A winner will be officially declared on Wednesday. Mr. Gusmao had been widely expected to win Sunday's election by a large margin. Officials say more than 375,000 East Timorese voted in the election, held just weeks before East Timor is due to achieve full independence from Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 16 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Counting under way in East Timor Election officials said Monday that ballot counting after East Timor's first presidential vote was proceeding well, and that initial results would be known in two days. Both supporters and opponents of Xanana Gusmao predicted he would win Sunday's historic vote by a landslide. The charismatic Gusmao had led East Timor's guerrilla army against Indonesia's occupation forces.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three killed as Christians clash in Moluccas At least three people were killed and 12 others injured in a clash between Christian villagers in Indonesia's eastern Moluccas islands, the official Antara news agency reported on Thursday. A local police official confirmed the clash took place on Wednesday night between residents of two villages, but said it was not related to three years of Christian-Muslim violence that has seen over 5,000 deaths across the Moluccas.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 12 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Bali heads for holiday shutdown The Hindu Day of Silence, known locally as Nyepi, is when the vast Hindu majority on the picturesque resort island seclude themselves at home and refrain from making any noise. Hotels will have skeleton staff on duty in Indonesia's premier tourist spot, 1,000 km (625 miles) east of Jakarta, and according to custom candles will replace lamps in guest rooms.

Posted in Religion @ 11 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unemployment rate reaches alarmingly high level The unemployment rate in Indonesia has reached an alarmingly high level due to a steady rise in the number of job-seekers from year to year, Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea said. "At present, less than six million people are recorded as unemployed, while over 30 million are semi-unemployed. The government is having difficulty creating jobs for them," the minister said at a one-day seminar here yesterday.

Posted in Economy @ 10 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit parts of Jakarta, Cipulir worst-hit area The rain that fell for several hours on Sunday night resulted in the Pesangrahan river overflowing its banks, causing floods in some areas of South Jakarta in the morning. One of the worst affected areas was Cipulir, where the floodwaters reached up to one meter in depth.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 April 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


17 suspected members of NII detained in Bandung West Java Regional Police have arrested at least 17 suspected members of Negara Islam Indonesia Region-9 (NII KW-9), which is said to have planned to establish an Islamic state in the country. Central Bandung Police precinct chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Irianto said here on Monday that they were arrested last Sunday in Jl. Sukarajin III No.18 in Central Bandung at 7:30 p.m.

Posted in Religion @ 09 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At first it was the crunchy salad at The Legian's pool bar. It arrived resting on a large dish with a chunk of charcoal-grilled salmon cradled in its lush, green lap. Seasoned with the subtle aromatics found only on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, it became essential to find out the root of these fine-flavored leaves.

Posted in Environment @ 09 April 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam and Bintan to be included in Sípore-US deal A free trade deal being hammered out between the US and Singapore will include goods made in neighbouring Indonesia Ė and may be extended to cover parts made in other South-East Asian nations in the future, the Singapore trade minister said Saturday. The agreement, if completed, will be Washington's first free trade pact in Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 08 April 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands rally against Israeli action Several thousand Indonesians rallied on Sunday to protest against Israel's military operations in Palestinian areas, the latest demonstration in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Separately, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said he had told a visiting senior U.S. official that Indonesia wanted the United States to press Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territories.

Posted in Protests @ 08 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two bomb explosions rock Poso At least two bomb explosions have rocked the Poso district in troubled Central Sulawesi amid ongoing raids by local security authorities implementing last December's peace accord. Central Sulawesi Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Agus Sugianto said on Friday that the home-made bombs exploded in the disused office of state-owned water company PT PDAM at Ratulene village, around 15 kilometers from Poso, on Thursday evening.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 06 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government told to control sex industry Appropriate regulations are needed to control the rapid growth of prostitution as one of the side effects of the tourist industry, observers told a seminar here on Wednesday. Tourism industry expert James J. Spillane and woman activist Elli Nur Hayati shared the opinion that growth in the sex industry had reached an alarming level, while the government adopted double standards in dealing with the matter.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Car bomb kills four in Indonesia A car bomb exploded in the capital of Maluku province on Wednesday killing four people and injuring 43, in the first major violation of a cease-fire signed in February to end years of Muslim-Christian violence. The blast shattered windows of a hotel and caused extensive damage to a shop and a restaurant in a Christian-controlled part of the port city of Ambon, police chief Lt. Col. Noviantoro said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 03 April 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends 1,800 troops to Aceh Indonesia dispatched 1,800 specially trained troops to rebellious Aceh on Tuesday to replace soldiers stationed in a province where guerrillas have been fighting for independence for decades, reports Reuters. The troops, all wearing camouflaged jungle uniforms, left by boat from Jakarta and included more than 400 members of the feared Kopassus special forces unit.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 03 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia asks twenty more years to pay debt Indonesia will ask the Paris Club of creditor nations to extend by more than 20 years the term for repayment of debts of dlrs 5.5 billion due to mature in 2002 and 2003, the state news agency said Tuesday. Finance Ministry official Anggito Abimanyu could not specify how many years Indonesia hopes to extend repayment but "it will be more than 20 (years)," the state news agency Antara quoted him as saying.

Posted in Economy @ 02 April 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java-Bali bridge plan under fire The Bali provincial government, local legislators, non-governmental organizations and visiting members of the House of Representatives have strongly rejected on Monday the plan to build a bridge over the Strait of Bali linking the resort island and Java, which is scheduled to start in 2003.

Posted in General @ 02 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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