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Birth of half goat half man Hundreds of people in the village of Petir in Serang regency, Banten province, were shocked by the birth of a baby goat whose body resembled that of a human baby, on Tuesday. However, later in the evening the baby died. The owner of the goat, Sarkim alias Akong, 45, said the ewe had been pregnant for over a year before giving birth to the anomalous baby.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia asks Malaysia to arrest Aceh rebel leader Indonesian police have asked Malaysia to arrest a senior Aceh rebel leader who reportedly escaped to the neighboring nation after a massive military offensive in the province, a top officer said on Tuesday. The whereabouts of Sofyan Daud, a key rebel leader and spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), are still unclear. However, Indonesian police are checking media reports that he was in Malaysia after Daud spoke to several local newspapers by satellite phone.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vendors ready for enactment of Copyright Law With Law No. 19/2002 on the protection of copyrights going into effect on July 29, Jakartans will likely have a more difficult time purchasing counterfeit goods over the next month as vendors close up shop to avoid raids. Most of the vendors in the Mangga Dua shopping complex, center for pirated goods in the capital, closed their stalls early on Monday. "We heard that there will be a raid by the police soon," one vendor said.

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors seek death for key Bali bomb suspect Indonesian prosecutors on Monday urged a court to impose the death penalty on a young Muslim militant for playing a lead role in the Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mainly foreigners partying in nightclubs. The sentencing demand for Imam Samudra is the second sought for more than 30 Indonesian Muslim militants arrested for the October 12 attacks.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says to end IMF loan programme this year Indonesia said on Monday it had formally decided to end its loan programme with the IMF once it expires at the end of the year, ending a financial lifeline that has been in place since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis. Ministers had been saying for months that Indonesia would not seek a new loan deal once the current $5 billion programme ended but the decision had needed President Megawati Sukarnoputri's final seal of approval.

Posted in Economy @ 28 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Nine civilians shot dead in Aceh A housewife and a newly-married man were among nine civilians killed in the past three days in the ongoing Government battle against separatists in Indonesia's Aceh province, the military and residents said. The housewife, 52-year-old Cut Zainabah, was executed by two unidentified men who arrived at her North Aceh house Friday night local time, a resident of the area said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gangland style murders add to security risks Those and other mafia-style hits have raised fears that assassins for hire are spreading in Indonesia, adding to the sense of lawlessness that has hurt efforts to promote foreign investment and strengthen the rule of law in the world's fourth most populous country.

Posted in Crime @ 26 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosives stash found in Gorontalo Indonesian police said today they found 18 homemade bombs and 10 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, the same explosive material used in last year's Bali bombings. It was the third such discovery in two weeks on Indonesia's Sulawesi island. The chemical, which is also used as fertiliser, was seized yesterday from a rented house in the provincial capital, Gorontalo, said North Sulawesi Police Chief Brigadier General John Lalo.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just as they have in the developed world, big-box hypermarkets, which are taking over the top end of the retail trade, are causing severe dislocations in the rest of Indonesia's food chain, from smaller supermarkets down to wet markets to the warungs where housewives sell cigarettes and candy out of their living room windows.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Piracy rife in Indonesia archipelago Piracy around the world is at a record high, the International Maritime Bureau says in a report today by its monitoring centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There were 234 attacks on ships in the first six months of this year. This is up 37% on the same period in 2002, and the first time in more than a decade of the bureau's record-keeping that the figure has exceeded 200.

Posted in General @ 25 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Think tank: Indonesia has no Aceh exit strategy An international think tank says Indonesia has no clear objectives and no exit strategy for the war it is waging in Aceh. The International Crisis Group (ICG) says the Indonesian Government's only criteria for "success" in Aceh seems to be body counts and control of territory. The report says the notion of special autonomy for Aceh has been completely undermined since President Megawati Sukarnoputri declared a six-month military emergency in May.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 25 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia kills 15 rebels Indonesian troops waging war on separatist rebels in Aceh province have shot dead at least 15 guerrillas in one of the bloodiest days of their two-month offensive, the military said on Thursday. Government spokesperson Ahmad Yani Basuki said three members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) were killed in raids and 12 more in six firefights on Wednesday, but no soldiers were hurt.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Meeting of MPR to be heavily guarded Indonesian police say they will deploy 11,000 officers across Jakarta to safeguard next month's annual meeting of the People's Consultative Assembly, the top constitutional body. On Monday a bomb shattered windows and a door at the parliament building complex, which also houses the offices of the assembly, but caused no injuries.

Posted in Protests @ 19 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US House votes to block military funds to Indonesia The House of Representatives has moved to block Indonesia from receiving military training assistance funds, complaining it has conducted a lax investigation of an August 2002 attack in Papua that killed two Americans and an Indonesian. The House approved an amendment by voice vote on Wednesday to block the funds as part of a bill it passed to authorize State Department programs for the next two years.

Posted in Military @ 18 July 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: JI 'very likely' planning new attacks Indonesia has warned that the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah is "very likely" to be planning fresh attacks in the region. The unusually blunt warning by Indonesia's chief security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono comes two days after a bomb exploded at Indonesia's Parliament building and a senior JI operative escaped from jail in the Philippines.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Vulcano erupts on Sulawesi A volcano erupted Friday in eastern Indonesia, spewing lava and clouds of dust high into the air, officials said. Villagers living close to Mount Soputan in central Sulawesi province had not been advised to leave their homes, said Jemmy Runtuwene, an observer at a monitoring post close to the 1,783-meter (5,849-foot) peak.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia piling up political prisoners again TWO of the world’s largest human rights organizations say that the government of Indonesian President Megawati Sukar­noputri is filling the country’s jails once again with political prisoners, only five years after all prisoners of conscience were released with the ouster of former President Suharto.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel subsidies have long been a thorny problem for various Indonesian governments. Attempts to reduce the level of these subsidies by increasing domestic fuel prices have often been met by protests, forcing the price hike to be reversed. In January 2003, the government again tried to increase fuel prices, and was again forced to back down by public protests. In this article , Dr. Bachrawi Sanusi takes an indepth look at the issue:

Posted in General @ 15 July 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blast hits Indonesia parliament building A small explosion smashed windows and damaged a wall at Indonesia's Parliament building on Monday, but there were no casualties, officials said. It was unclear whether the explosion was from a bomb, said Madali, a security guard at the building who goes by a single name. He said police were at the scene.

Posted in Violence @ 14 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia summons US envoy over warplane incident Indonesia summoned the U.S. ambassador today over an incident last week in which a group of American warplanes made ready to fire on Indonesian jets that intercepted them in the country's airspace. Chief Security Minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Jakarta was very concerned the U.S. Navy F-18 Hornets might have violated Indonesian air space.

Posted in Politics @ 11 July 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal logging costing Indonesia dearly Illegal logging is costing Indonesia US$600 million annually, Forestry Ministry Secretary General Wahyudi Wardoyo said after opening the second Asia Forest Partnership (AFP) meeting here. "The loss does not include the ecological destruction of forests and the environment, as well as moral degradation," Wahyudi said on Wednesday, quoting a World Bank report.

Posted in Environment @ 11 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake jolts Indonesia's West Java province An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale jolted the Indonesian province of West Java this morning, damaging several houses but causing no injuries, officials said. The quake rocked the West Java district of Lembang and nearby areas, such as the provincial capital of Bandung, at about 7:19 a.m.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to relaunch power projects The Indonesian government is to relaunch Wednesday the development of 26 power projects that were halted in late 1997 by an economic and monetary crisis, senior government officials said Monday, the Kyodo News Service reported. A dispute with Karaha Bodas Co. of the United States still needs to be settled, but renegotiations with most independent power producers are already complete.

Posted in Power supply @ 09 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


23 killed in latest violence in Aceh Gunbattles between soldiers and rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province left 18 insurgents dead, and the bodies of five civilians were discovered in the region, officials said Tuesday. Meanwhile, in the north Acehnese city of Lhokseumawe, lawyers for three soldiers charged with raping four women urged a court to free their clients, claiming the prosecution lacked evidence against them. The trial was adjourned.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 09 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bajaj Auto plans facility in Indonesia Bajaj Auto was planning to set up its first overseas two- and three-wheeler manufacturing plant in Indonesia, as part of strategies to grow its global business, a senior company official said. The Pune-based company is presently doing a feasibility study on the size and location of the plant in the Southeast Asian nation, the official said.

Posted in Economy @ 07 July 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


12 more rebels killed in Aceh At least 12 suspected separatist guerrillas were killed in several clashes in Indonesia's restive province of Aceh, a foreign news agency reported Sunday. The bulk of the deaths came in a clash between members of the special army Kopassus troops and rebels in Kandang, on the outskirt of the North Aceh district town of Lhokseumawe. Eight guerrillas were shot dead, Military Spokesman said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 07 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants closer Europe ties A two-day meeting of European and Asian finance ministers has called for closer economic ties between the two regions as they struggle to shake off the impact of war, terrorism and SARS. The fifth Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), hosted by Indonesia on the resort island of Bali, was officially opened by Indonesia's top economics minister Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti and Finance Minister Budiono.

Posted in Politics @ 07 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Durian-flavored condoms sell well in Indonesia Indonesian activists have sold durian-flavored condoms as part of a campaign to fight HIV /AIDS, a report said Friday. DKT Indonesia, an anti-AIDS organization, said it sold 150,000 condoms with the exotic flavor when the product was first launched last month, the Jakarta Post reported. "Probably only the new Harry Potter book beat us in terms of sale speed and volume," Teguh Budiono, the DKT product brand manager, was quoted as saying.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General: Martial law may be extended in Aceh Indonesia's top general says Aceh operations are 'ahead of schedule', but admit the authorities may extend martial law for the province beyond the current six-month order. The military and the police have also asked Parliament for an additional fund of US$220 million (S$385 million) to finance the campaign against the separatist Free Aceh Movement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claims 15 rebel deaths in Aceh Indonesia's military said Thursday it killed 15 insurgents in new fighting in Aceh province, and the rebels said they have detained two local journalists. The guerrillas disputed a claim by the military that it controls all of Aceh six weeks into its latest anti-insurgency offensive. The separatists threatened new attacks in coming days. The media pair, a cameraman and reporter for Indonesia's RCTI station along with their driver, were detained on Sunday in the east of the province.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 03 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian forces kill 7 Aceh separatists Indonesian forces killed seven separatists of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) Tuesday, July 1, in several gunfights, as the country’s human rights investigators were verifying reports of new mass graves in the turbulent region. Government troops also arrested 13 separatists and seized 15 time bombs and seven grenades, spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Yani Basuki said, arguing there were no air strikes against GAM posts on Tuesday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia jails Singapore Muslim militant An Indonesian court has jailed the alleged Singapore chief of a radical Muslim network, who has admitted to plans to attack U.S. facilities in the city state, for immigration offences, an official said on Tuesday. Mulianto, a senior official at the Dumai court in Riau province on Sumatra island, said Mas Selamat Kastari was convicted on Monday and given an 18-month sentence. Riau lies next to Singapore.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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