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Indonesia refuses to allow U.S. troops on its soil Indonesia is committed to fighting terror and turning its army into a professional force, but will not allow U.S. soldiers on its soil, Defence Minister Matori Abdul Djalil said on Friday. The world's most populous Muslim nation has been criticised by neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore for not following their lead in arresting dozens of suspects accused of plotting attacks, some of whom are thought to have links to Islamic militants in Indonesia.

Posted in Military @ 31 May 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students required to wear Muslim attire in school Brawls, robbery, and drug abuse are offenses now commonly committed by students. And some teachers in West Jakarta are now hoping that forcing students to wear religious attire and perform various rituals might be a quick solution to the chronic problems. "We make a good program in line with the West Jakarta mayor's instructions to oblige students to wear Muslim attire and perform religious rituals to strengthen their faithfulness and morality," said Ali Arsyad, the principal of state junior high school SMP 229 in Kebon Jeruk on Thursday.

Posted in Religion @ 31 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2 American ships arrive in Indonesia Two American ships have arrived off the coast of Indonesia's port city of Surabaya to take part in a humanitarian exercise with the Indonesian Navy. The exercise does not violate Washington's ban on military ties with Indonesia, but some groups warn that the U.S. could be preparing to overlook past human rights abuses by Indonesian forces.

Posted in Human rights @ 28 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 30 years ago, there were no luxury hotels, spas or expensive restaurants in the present location of the exclusive resort area of Nusa Dua, or literarily means the two islets referring to the projections of big rocks in the middle of the white stretch of beaches. If you look up the map of Bali Island, you will find the Nusa Dua area, 30 kilometers south of Bali\'s provincial capital of Denpasar, in the bottom part of the map overlooking the Indonesian Ocean.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lombok is the perfect alternative to its more crowded and busier neighbor, Bali. When you visit Lombok island, you will see a mixture of the cultures of Bali and Lombok, but if you visit only Bali island you certainly cannot view the culture of Lombok. Home to Sasak people, who migrated to Lombok from East Java as the Hindu Majapahit Empire fell at the end of the 14th century, the island is rich in natural and cultural treasures, which have not yet been exploited for tourism.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Plane goes missing in Papua, 5 missing The Indonesian search and rescue team is searching for a small aircraft that went missing in Papua. The plane had five people on board. The plane, belonging to Trigana Air Service, a private air charter company, went missing after takeoff from Nabire during heavy rain and headed for Enarotali on Saturday morning, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blood shed to the ground. A big black buffalo is just slaughtered to dead. But its soul is now ready to accompany the soul of its deceased master on his future journey in the realm of the death. "So blessed be thy buffalo in Tana Toraja as here, thy become the most important of all animals. Thy is the status symbol and plays a part in many myths, even ancient warriors look upon thee as example of bravery".

Posted in Tourism @ 26 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightlife in Dili bustling after independence It is 9 p.m. in Dili. Cafes and restaurants that have mushroomed along the streets in the heart of the city, where the beach-view presidential palace stands, are packed with hundreds of expatriates hanging around late into the night. Internet cafes owned by Australia's Telstra which has been given an exclusive contract by the UN Transitional Administration of East Timor (UNTAET) for mobile and fixed line services, have sprung up over the past couple of years. These places, too, are a favorite meeting place.

Posted in Nightlife @ 24 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dossiers on Trisakti and Semanggi cases returned Human rights ad hoc prosecutors have returned the dossiers on three student shootings in 1998 and 1999 to investigators from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) because of procedural shortcomings in some of the witness testimony. Attorney General's Office spokesman Barman Zahir said on Wednesday that the dossiers were returned to the rights commission on Tuesday.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


40 detained after students clash with police At least 40 protesters were detained at Jakarta Police headquarters following clashes that broke out separately in Megaria and Jl. Cendana in Central Jakarta on Tuesday, reports said. Dozens of people were also injured in both incidents, most of them were rushed to Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital and St. Carolus Hospital in Central Jakarta, El Shinta radio reported.

Posted in Violence @ 21 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Islamic militants surrender some weapons Indonesian militant Muslim group Laskar Jihad handed over hundreds of weapons ranging from rifles to homemade bombs to the military in the strife-torn Moluccas on Sunday. But the group said those were only a small part of its supplies and before giving up additional arms it would like to see authorities take more action against a radical Christian faction in the area and to ensure the safety of Muslims.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 19 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Busway likely to precede subway project The government's overdue subway project is in danger of being overshadowed by the attractive busway program, which will be implemented at the end of this year in the capital. Under pressure to alleviate the city's congestion problem, but unable to finance the US$1.5 billion subway project, the city administration opted for a shortcut and approved the establishment of a busway along the city's main thoroughfares from Blok M, South Jakarta, to Kota, West Jakarta.

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


Jakarta: No US troops in Indonesia Indonesia has not invited U.S. troops onto its territory to help fight terrorism. But top U.S. and Indonesian officials have voiced eagerness to re-establish military-to-military relations. Indonesian visiting Defense Minister Matori Abdul Djalil said Monday there is no need for American troops to enter Indonesia to root out terrorists.

Posted in Military @ 14 May 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Killings continue after GAM, govt agree on cease-fire Violence in restive Aceh continues to claim lives, only days after the government and the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) vowed to end hostility in Geneva, Switzerland. Eight people were killed in skirmishes over the weekend at three different locations, military sources said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Major celebrations are underway in the Netherlands to commemorate the Dutch East India Company's (VOC) 400th anniversary this year. This commemoration is especially targeted at Holland's younger generation, to instill a sense of pride in their history. However, nations that have suffered under colonialism, such as Indonesia, would surely have a different perspective on the VOC, the trading company with political and military power.

Posted in History @ 14 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Trisakti tragedy fades into oblivion It was the beginning of the end for former President Soeharto when on May 12, 1998 four students of Trisakti University were shot dead during a peaceful rally demanding political reform. Eight days after the tragedy Soeharto resigned. The nation saw itself standing at the threshold of democracy. Hopes ran high. That was four years ago. Now analysts and families of victims fear government ignorance will drag the Trisakti tragedy into oblivion, and with it the country's reform movement.

Posted in Violence @ 11 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drivers strike recedes, fares increase A mass strike by public minibus drivers receded in most parts of the country on Tuesday, but commuters had to pay the price as the drivers unilaterally increased the fares. Albeit far smaller in magnitude, the strike continued in Yogyakarta, the Central Java town of Batang and the West Java town of Cirebon. The West Java capital of Bandung, which was hit by the major strike on Monday, returned to normal on Tuesday. Minibuses were seen operating after the government unveiled the estimate of new fares which would be increased some 30 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta Organda seeks bus fare increase The Organization of Land Transportation Owners (Organda) revealed on Monday that they had agreed to propose an increase in public bus fares in the capital by an average of Rp 600 (6 US cents) starting on May 18. "In today's meeting, we (Organda) reached an agreement to raise bus fares," Putu Wirta Antara, deputy chairman of Organda told The Jakarta Post over the phone. According to Putu, the fares would be raised by Rp 600. Fares for regular buses will be set at Rp 1,200, from the current Rp 700. Fares of medium-sized and small-seater buses, which are Rp 900 currently, will be increased to Rp 1,500.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel prices up by an average of 14.46% State oil and gas firm Pertamina announced on Thursday an average 14.46 percent increase in fuel prices for this month from the levels in April. Pertamina said in a statement that, with effect from May 3, the price of premium gasoline was raised to Rp 1,750 (about 18.81 U.S. cents) per liter, from Rp 1,600 and automotive diesel oil to Rp 1,400, from Rp 1,250. Industrial diesel oil increased to Rp 1,390, from Rp 1,240, kerosene for industry to Rp 1,410, from Rp 1,310 and fuel oil to Rp 1,120, from Rp 1,030, Pertamina said. Kerosene for households and small industry remains at Rp 600.

Posted in Economy @ 02 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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