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Airports are fun, not only in Indonesia, but everywhere on the world. After flying to Indonesia several times I have seen the airports of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya and Makassar. Not an impressive number, but itís still growing longer. However the remote destinations always seem more attractive for me, a local flight in Indonesia, from Makassar to Jogja, with a short stop at Surabaya made me smile while thinking of it just recently. Itís just one of those experiences I should not forget about.

Posted in Travel @ 31 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt beefs up security for polls Security was tightened across Indonesia yesterday, with nearly 170,000 police on alert amid fears terrorists could launch attacks during the July 5 presidential election, police said. About 1,000 police in riot gear assembled at the national police headquarters in Jakarta yesterday before they were deployed throughout the city, said deputy police chief for operations, Lieutenant General Adang Dorojatun.

Posted in Elections @ 30 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


He has established direct air links with Singapore and is negotiating similar links with Malaysia. And now, the Sultan of Yogyakarta province in central Java wants to change the value system of his bureaucrats to make them more entrepreneurial and understand the needs of foreign investors.

Posted in Travel @ 30 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia intervenes to support rupiah Indonesia's central bank said it will continue to sell dollars in the currency market to help the beleaguered national currency, which hit an 18-month low Tuesday. The rupiah traded at 9,230 to the dollar Tuesday morning, its lowest level since Nov. 4, 2002. The rupiah has lost 8.8 percent against the U.S. currency since the beginning of this year. Dealers said Bank Indonesia sold dollars early Tuesday to curb the rupiah's decline.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombing at Christian market in Ambon city kills one, wounds 13 A bomb killed one person and injured 13 people in the Christian sector of Indonesia's Ambon city and police defused another device planted near a church. The blast at Batumeja market at around 10:30 am -- the third in the city in three days -- sparked panic among residents and shoppers. A nurse at Bakti Rahayu hospital nine injured people were being treated, of whom three were in serious condition. A nurse at the Maluku Protestant Church Hospital said five people were admitted and one of them later died.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 25 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Bomb in cookie jar explodes in edgy Ambon A bomb exploded in Indonesiaís restive eastern city of Ambon, injuring five people, three of them seriously, police and hospital staff said on Sunday. Three young men were seriously injured and hospitalised, said a nurse at the Halong navy hospital in Ambon, who asked not to be identified.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 24 May 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mine threats prompt Indonesia travel warning Hundreds of Indonesian police are being sent to guard one of the largest mines in Indonesia after threats were made against Westerners working there. Our Indonesia correspondent, Tim Palmer, says the Inco mine in Suluawasi is the focus of an updated travel warning on Indonesia issued by the Australian government.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Canada warns of 'credible terrorist threat' Canada warned on Sunday of a "credible terrorist threat" to western interests in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province, and advised its citizens to avoid the area. Ottawa followed the recent lead of the United States and Australia in warning of possible threats in various parts of Indonesia. "There is a credible terrorist threat to western interests in South Sulawesi Province," the Canadian Foreign Ministry said in a travel advisory.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soaring oil prices have again been creating headlines in the economic sections of most newspapers. After climbing about 40 percent last year, oil prices have continued to gyrate widely over the past two weeks.

Posted in Economy @ 24 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt downgrades martial law in Aceh to a state of emergency Indonesia has downgraded its martial law in Aceh province to a state of civilian emergency. The change returns control over the province to a civilian governor. This comes a year after Jakarta declared martial law in the region and launched an offensive against Free Aceh Movement or GAM separatist rebels. However, the change of status will have little effect in the field. Troop levels in the province will remain at about 50 thousand and civilian agencies can still impose curfews, detain suspects indefinitely and censor the press.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Telkom to build underwater cable link to Malaysia Indonesia's state-owned Telkom has signed a contract to build an undersea telecommunications cable link to Malaysia. The Jakarta Post reports Telkom signed the contract on Friday with a consortium comprising Telekom Malaysia Berhad and NEC Corporation. The cable will run for 160 kilometres between Dumai in Indonesia's Riau province and Melaka, Malaysia.

Posted in General @ 16 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


After going to the airport in the early morning, flying to Surabaya and Makassar, driving from Makassar airport, which is in fact located in the town of Maros, to a little town of Bira, located along the southerneastern coast of the southwestern peninsula of Sulawesi, the day ended and the evening begun. As I had been lazy for most of the day I was barely awake during the trip from the airport to Bira. It was merely the new Sulawesi views that kept me awake. The speeding driver wasnít a problem at all, now I wanted to go to Bira, knowing there would be a lot more of Sulawesi to be seen in the coming days. The day started with the early morning sun in Jogjarta, with rain in Maros and a windy coast here in Bira. This would be my place for a few nights, just to take a rest and have a look around.

Posted in Travel @ 16 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to end Aceh martial law; troops to stay Indonesia will end military rule in its strife-torn province of Aceh, but retain a large troop presence there, a minister said on Thursday. "Principally, the cabinet agreed to lower the status from military emergency to civil emergency," Interior Minister Hari Sabarno told reporters. "The operation to restore security is still needed and will be maintained...The threat from GAM (rebels) still exists."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Al-Qaeda names Australians as top targets Australians have been named in an Al-Qaeda terror manual as the main targets for terrorist attack in Indonesia, a newspaper report said. The Australian said the 11-page manual, "Targeting the Cities", specifies which foreign nationals to target in Muslim nations, such as Americans in Saudi Arabia, French in Algiers and Australians in Indonesia. It did not say where or how it had obtained the document.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 May 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto says political opponents behind arrest warrant Indonesian's ex-military chief Wiranto has formally announced his presidential candidacy whilst dismissing an arrest warrant issued against him by an East Timor judge as "character assassination." "There are several pieces of information that are behind these charges, there clearly is an involvement of political activities in this country," Wiranto told reporters.

Posted in Elections @ 12 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Australian jailed for child sex hangs himself An Australian hanged himself in his prison cell in Indonesia's Bali island, a day after being jailed for 13 years for paedophile offences, police said. The body of William Stuart Brown, 52, will be taken from the eastern town of Amlapura to the island's capital Denpasar for an autopsy, said Bali police spokeswoman Andi Arwita. She said an initial police examination indicated the death was suicide.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor judge issues arrest warrant for Wiranto A judge in East Timor on Monday issued an arrest warrant for Indonesian presidential candidate Wiranto for crimes against humanity in the territory in 1999. "On 10 May, 2004, an international judge at the Special Panel for Serious Crimes in East Timor issued an arrest warrant for retired General Wiranto," prosecutors from the Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) said in a statement. Wiranto was military chief when army-backed militiamen waged a bloody campaign against independence supporters in the then-Indonesian territory.

Posted in Crime @ 10 May 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto picks Islamic figure as presidential running-mate Former Indonesian military chief Wiranto will team up with an Islamic leader to contest the presidential election for the Golkar party, the party has announced. Solahuddin Wahid, a deputy chairman of Indonesia's largest Islamic social organisation the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), will be Wiranto's running mate, said Golkar leader Akbar Tanjung.

Posted in Elections @ 10 May 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien Rais officially joins presidential race Indonesia's Consultative Assembly Chairman Amien Rais on Sunday officially announced he will run in the July 5 presidential elections pledging to work for a strong and clean government. Rais, who also head the National Mandate Party (PAN) which placed seventh in the April 5 legislative election with 6.4 per cent of the vote, will run with the head of the country's farmer's association, Siswono Yudhohusodo, as his vice presidential candidate, his office said.

Posted in Elections @ 10 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt plans to release 660 Aceh rebels soon Indonesian authorities plan to release more than 660 former members of a separatist army in Aceh province who have undergone five months of re-education, police said in a report here today. "They will, on Monday, be returned to their respective villages," said the head of the military police, Major General A.B. Sulaiman, according to Tempo Interactive on-line.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 10 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati taps top cleric as running mate Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri chose on Thursday the leader of the country's largest Muslim group as the vice presidential candidate on her ticket in the July 5 presidential race. The choice of Hasyim Muzadi, chairman of the moderate, 40-million-strong Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is seen as an effort to boost Megawati's waning popularity after her party, the secular Indonesia Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), lost significant ground in April 5 parliamentary elections.

Posted in Elections @ 09 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BI completes liquidations of 52 banks The central bank has officially revoked the licenses of two banks, Bank Ratu and Prasidha Utama Bank -- the remaining two of the 52 banks the government decided to close down at the height of the crisis in the late 1990s. The closure of the two banks was stipulated in two decrees of Bank Indonesia's governor dated April 29. The liquidation of the two banks was delayed as the central bank had to wait for decisions of the Supreme Court giving the go-ahead, Antara reported on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] Jakarta enforces 12 year old seat belt law, 235 fined Twelve years after a law was passed forcing drivers to wear seat belts, police in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Wednesday began enforcing it. "We are, starting today, enforcing the law that requires drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts," said a national police spokesman, Zainuri Lubis. Lubis said Jakarta drivers who refuse to belt up could face a fine of up to one million rupiah (115 dollars) or up to a month in jail.

Posted in Politics @ 05 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] Golkar party proclaimed election winner Golkar Party, the former political machine of Indonesian autocrat Suharto, won the largest percentage of votes in the April 5th general poll, election officials said on Wednesday. In the final tally, Golkar won 21.58 per cent of the 113.4 million valid votes cast in last month's parliamentary polls, said General Election Commission (KPU) chief Nazuruddin Syamsuddin.

Posted in Elections @ 05 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambon talks end in disaray A meeting of Christian and Muslim leaders and National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar ended in disarray here on Monday, after conflicting parties failed to reach an agreement to cease the renewed clashes in Ambon, Maluku. The breakdown in the talks is expected to worsen the sectarian conflict in the restive city, where at least 38 people have died in renewed clashes that erupted on April 25, triggered by a separatist rally.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 04 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt replaces Maluku police chief after bloody Muslim-Christian battles The police chief of Indonesia's Maluku province has been replaced following week-long Muslim-Christian battles in which 38 people were killed and hundreds of buildings were torched. Brigadier General Bambang Sutrisno has been shifted to a new assignment at police headquarters in Jakarta, national police spokesman Paiman announced on local radio. He did not link the transfer directly to the violence.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 04 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine policemen charged with beating students in Makassar The South Sulawesi Police charged nine policemen on Monday with beating students during an assault on the Indonesian Muslim University (UMI) over the weekend. One of those charged was officer First Insp. Erwanto, the head of the psychology unit of the Panakukang police precinct. The eight others were low-ranking police officers, mostly from the Makassar Timur Police station. If convicted the nine policeman could be sentenced to ten years imprisonment, chief of the provincial police Insp. Gen. Jusuf Manggabarani said on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 03 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta replaces police chiefs over bloody campus raid A top police figure on Indonesia's Sulawesi island is being replaced after a violent police raid on a university protest against the arrest of a militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, officials said Sunday. National Police Chief General Da'i Bachtiar told reporters that South Sulawesi provincial police chief Inspector General Yusuf Manggabarani was being recalled on orders from President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Posted in Violence @ 03 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More paramilitaries sent to troubled Ambon, toll rises to 38 Another 100 paramilitary police have been sent to the troubled Indonesian city of Ambon as the death toll from a week of violence between Christian separatists and Muslims rose to 38. An 18-year-old man shot in the head by a sniper on Wednesday died from his wounds overnight at the Al Fatah hospital, a doctor there said. Authorities had on Saturday said that 37 people had died in a renewal of clashes which killed 5,000 over three years until a pact was signed in February 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 02 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes as Muslim cleric re-arrested on terrorism charges Supporters of Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir clashed with police outside a Jakarta prison in an effort to prevent his re-arrest as a terrorism suspect at the end of his jail term yesterday.The violence came as police said they had a stronger case against the alleged south-east Asian terrorist leader than 18 months ago, when he was tried for treason but convicted only on immigration violations.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


13 hurt as explosions rock Ambon At least 13 people were injured as gun-fire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon early today after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas ó Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 01 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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