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Minister calls for islands to be named A minister called on regents and governors on Tuesday to name at least 9,634 islands across the nation immediately, in order to comply with the United Nations' call. The UN earlier requested that Indonesia name the islands by 2007 in order to, among other things, prevent border disputes with other countries.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 November 2005 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Govt launches third nationwide polio campaign Indonesia launched its third nationwide polio immunisation campaign on Wednesday in a bid to stop the crippling disease spreading and will hold at least one more round early next year, the Health Ministry said. Hundreds of thousands of vaccinators will target 24 million children at 250,000 medical posts across the world's largest archipelago on Wednesday.

Posted in Polio @ 30 November 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

WHO cites possible family cluster of H5N1 cases The World Health Organization (WHO) today raised the possibility that Indonesia's latest confirmed case of H5N1 avian influenza was part of a family cluster of three cases. In noting Indonesia's confirmation of the case in a 16-year-old boy from West Java province, the WHO said he had two brothers who both died recently of an illness that included fever and breathing difficulty. The 16-year-old fell ill with a fever and cough on Nov 6, was hospitalized 10 days later, and is in stable condition, the WHO said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 30 November 2005 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Property for foreigners Property analysts and developers share the same pessimistic projection that demand for all kinds of property will decline as the central bank continues to raise interest rates to cope with strong inflationary pressures and with a four-year low in consumer confidence.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bird flu might have spread to more provinces Government authorities said Monday that avian influenza might have spread to more provinces in Indonesia as the country's president appointed a state-run pharmaceutical company to produce the anti-viral drug Tamiflu to fight the illness. Authorities have so far confirmed that the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus has infected fowl through 23 of Indonesia's 33 provinces, but senior officials said new infections were suspected elsewhere, and that the outbreaks increase the risk of the virus mutating into a strain that's more contagious to humans and could lead to a pandemic that health experts fear could kill millions.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 November 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Jakarta readies funds for MRT project The Jakarta administration has earmarked some Rp 135 billion (11.4 million Euro) in its 2006 budget draft for the ambitious mass rapid transit (MRT) network, the first concrete step taken to materialize the undertaking. "I have been informed by Minister (of Transportation) Hatta Radjasa that the construction of the MRT line will begin next year. The project will be financed by a loan from the Japanese government," Governor Sutiyoso said early this week when asked about the budget allocation.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Police hunt down financial backer of Noordin's network Police are currently looking for an East Java resident believed to be a financial backer of terrorist operations led by Noordin M. Top and the now dead Azahari bin Husin, as part of efforts to halt terror activities in the country and capture Noordin. State news agency Antara quoted an intelligence source as saying that police were trying to locate the whereabouts of 34-year-old Edy Prayitno and were conducting close surveillance on many houses including that of Edy's former wife in Madiun, East Java.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 November 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia reports new human bird flu case A 16-year-old Indonesian boy has tested positive for the H5N1 avian flu virus, making him the 12th confirmed case among humans in the country, a health official says. "We have received a laboratory test from Hong Kong and the results were positive," said Hariadi Wibisono, a seniorofficial at the Health Ministry, adding the patient was being treated at a hospital in Bandung in West Java province.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 November 2005 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Indonesia deploys British arms against protesters British military equipment is being used by the Indonesian authorities against civilians in remote parts of the country. Despite promises by Foreign Office ministers that UK arms exported to the country are not used for internal repression, a photograph seen by The Observer shows a British-made Tactica water cannon vehicle deployed in the troubled eastern province of West Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2005 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Roche says Indonesia can make Tamiflu Roche Holding Ltd. said Indonesia could make a generic version of Tamiflu without its license because the medicine, which may be useful in treating avian influenza, isn't protected by a patent in the Southeast Asian nation. "We've informed the government they can produce it for local use," said Martina Rupp, a spokeswoman for the Swiss drug maker. "Quality guidelines will have to be assured by the Indonesian government."

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 November 2005 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

U.S. terror expert expelled from Indonesia, again A leading American expert on Indonesia's terrorist groups has been expelled from the country for a second time, officials said Friday. No explanation was provided. Sidney Jones, project director for the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, was refused entry to Indonesia Thursday when she returned from a trip to Taiwan. She was sent to Singapore.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2005 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

LPG price to soar 41 percent early next year Indonesia's state oil and gas firm PT Pertamina will raise the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by 41 percent early next year to 6,000 rupiah per kilogram from the current 4,250 rupiah. Pertamina's LPG marketing assistant manager Rosidi Hasyim was quoted Friday by The Jakarta Post daily as saying the firm had suffered a financial loss of 900 billion rupiah (90 million US dollars) per year because the domestic LPG price was lower than the international price. LPG is not subsidized by the government and will have to conform to market prices.

Posted in Economy @ 25 November 2005 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Aceh hit by bird flu Hundreds of chickens have died of bird flu in Aceh province, Indonesia says. Bird flu has been found in more than 20 other provinces in the country, but its emergence in Aceh is especially worrying, analysts say. This is because thousands of Acehnese still live in crowded refugee camps as a result of last year's tsunami.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 November 2005 19:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Visa-on-arrival in Indonesia harbinger of closer cooperation Prime Minister Manmohan Singhís appreciation of Indonesiaís adoption of a visa-on-arrival policy for Indian nationals during the visit of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday set the tone for a whole range of MoUs to be signed between the two countries. Both countries agreed to work together to improve connectivity and people-to-people contacts between their countries through enhanced tourism, civil aviation and shipping links.

Posted in General @ 24 November 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Pertamina to shut Cilacap refinery late December State-owned Pertamina (PTM.YY) next month will shut Indonesia's biggest refinery for maintenance, an official at the oil and gas company said Wednesday. "We will shut down the refinery in late December for maintenance," Pertamina spokesman Mohammad Harun told Dow Jones Newswires.

Posted in Economy @ 23 November 2005 18:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Leslie story could 'humiliate' Indonesia Michelle Leslie could do serious harm to Australian interests in Indonesia if she sells her story, former Federal Court Justice Marcus Einfeld says. Leslie, who returned to Australia yesterday, was believed to be in negotiations to sell her story after spending three months in a Bali prison for drug possession. Justice Einfeld said the media should not seek her story, particularly if it involves more than a recount of her court trial for the possession of two ecstasy tablets.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 November 2005 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions

US restores military ties with Indonesia The United States has lifted an arms embargo against Indonesia, ending a six-year ban on military aid to the world's most populous Muslim nation imposed due to human rights concerns. The Bush administration has long argued that isolating Indonesia, which has been hit by several bombings by al-Qaida linked terrorists in recent years, was not in Washington's strategic interests.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2005 06:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

Indonesia inflation seen above 12% Indonesia's inflation rate is expected to exceed 12 percent year-on-year in 2005, before returning to single digits by the end of September 2006, the senior deputy governor of Bank Indonesia said on Wednesday. Miranda Goeltom also told reporters the rupiah currency was expected to trade around 10,000 to the U.S. dollar for the rest of the year.

Posted in Economy @ 23 November 2005 06:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Three more die of malaria in Lombok Three more people in East Lombok regency have died of malaria since Friday, bringing the total number of deaths in the current outbreak to nine. Two of the three latest deaths occurred in the subdistricts of Sekarwangi and Ijobalit, while the other death was in neighboring Pijot subdistrict.

Posted in Health @ 22 November 2005 08:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Cavalry called in, brawl erupts in Ambon Army soldiers and police officers were fought a pitched battle at dawn on Monday in Ambon city, leaving three civilians injured. The brawl broke out as a wedding reception was winding down into the wee hours in Nusaniwe district of the city.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 22 November 2005 08:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

Indonesia reports 8th suspected death from bird flu Indonesia says preliminary tests show a 35-year-old man has died of the H5N1 virus of bird flu, the country's health ministry said on Monday. The results had still to be confirmed by a Hong Kong laboratory affiliated with the World Health Organization. If confirmed, the man would be the eighth person known to have died of bird flu in Indonesia. Two other bird flu deaths were reported earlier in the week.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 November 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Indonesia pulls troops out of Aceh Indonesia pulled out more than 2000 troops from Aceh province on Saturday after the rebels handed over weapons as part of a peace deal to end 29 years of fighting, the province's military chief said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 21 November 2005 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Gunmen shoot and wound Christian couple in Sulawesi Police in Indonesia say masked gunmen have shot and wounded a Christian couple in the latest violence to hit the Province of Central Sulawesi. The say university lecturer and his wife were shot as they made their way home from a church service on a motorcycle in the provincial capital Palu.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 20 November 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia needs 15 years to be corruption-free President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia needed at least 15 years to create a public life which is really free from corruptive practices. The president made the remark in a meeting with 500 Indonesian nationals at the auditorium of the Indonesian embassy in Busan, South Korea, on Sunday.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 November 2005 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions

One-third of Indonesians want more sex An online, global sex survey carried out by condom manufacturer Durex revealed that 31 percent of the Indonesian respondents said they wish to have sex more frequently, while only 34 percent of the total 1,112 respondents said they are happy with their sex lives.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2005 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions

Six die, 266 others hospitalized in Lombok malaria outbreak At least six people have died and 266 others have been treated at local hospitals and community health centers in East Lombok since a malaria outbreak was first detected in the regency at the end of October. The outbreak struck three subdistricts in the regency concentrating on the Ijobalit and Sekarwangi areas, with the six dead and 232 other people contracting the disease there. The 34 other cases were found in Pijot.

Posted in Health @ 19 November 2005 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Govt plays down impact of new study on Papua vote The government plays down the controversial study by Dutch historian Prof. Pieter Drooglever on 1969 vote in Papua, saying that his report was purely academic. "We view the report as an academic study which is no different from other studies on Papua," Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Yuri Oktavian Thamrin said.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Two bird flu deaths not linked to birds Two Indonesian women who died from avian influenza earlier this month had no known contact with flu-infected birds, said a doctor at a hospital that treated one of the patients. "It remains unclear how the two people contracted the disease," said Ilham Patu, 47, a medical officer with Sulianti Saroso, one of two hospitals in Jakarta designated to treat bird-flu cases.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 November 2005 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions

Australian model to be freed soon after Bali verdict An Indonesian court in Bali on Friday found an Australian model guilty of illegally receiving ecstasy pills and sentenced her to three months in jail, but she will be freed within days because of time spent in custody. Michelle Leslie was detained by police before going to an outdoor party on the resort island on August 20, which means the 24-year-old woman should be free by Sunday.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2005 13:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Merpati in talks with Deutsche Bank on 450 bln rupiah loan State-owned airline PT Merpati Nusantara is in talks with Deutsche Bank AG for a 450 bln rupiah bridging loan to refinance debts, Bisnis Indonesia reported quoting an official at the Office of the State Minister for State Enterprises. 'Merpati is negotiating the terms of the loan with Deutsche Bank,' Bisnis quoted Deputy State Minister for State Enterprises for logistic and tourism Harry Susetyo as saying. He said the government is considering listing Merpati to repay the loan.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2005 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Tsunami early warning system installed Indonesia has activated the first stage of tsunami early warning system in the water off Sumatra island to avoid a repeat of last year's huge deaths in a quake-triggered tsunami on the island, officials said here Friday. Indonesian and German scientists have installed two of the 20 equipment since Tuesday some 250 kilometers off the coast western Sumatra and expected to complete the work by Nov. 28, said Director of the Inventory of the Natural Resources of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology Yusuf Surachman Djadjadihardya.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2005 08:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Are hard-liners deviants or true believers? Some of the moderate and liberal Muslims (I consider myself as part of this group) often charge that hard-liners, jihadists, terrorists and suicide bombers are not true believers. The jihadist and terrorists are more aptly called deviant Muslims, people with a fallacious understanding of Islam. We also blame their activities as tarnishing the name of Islam and harming its reputation before the hallmark of modern civilization. Their interpretation of Islam is also said to be destroying the religion's fundamental and truest mission. This is what we have to say about them.

Posted in Religion @ 18 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Masked militant on Indonesia video threatens West A masked man believed to be one of Asia's most wanted militants has warned Western countries, especially Australia, of more attacks in a video found last week by Indonesian anti-terrorist police. The video was broadcast on Indonesia's Metro TV on Thursday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 November 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

WHO confirms two suspected bird flu deaths Indonesia has had two more deaths from the H5N1 strain of bird flu confirmed by a laboratory in Hong Kong, bringing the total to seven in the country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Hariadi Wibisono, a senior official from the ministry, said the tests were from a 20-year-old woman who died last weekend and a 16-year-old girl who died last week. Both victims, who died in Jakarta, had contact with dead chickens, he said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 November 2005 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia to double number of hospitals for bird flu Indonesia will more than double to 100 the number of hospitals designated to treat bird flu patients across the world's fourth most populous country, a Health Ministry official said on Wednesday. Farid Husain, the director-general for medical services, said the government wanted to be prepared in the event of a sharp rise in the number of bird flu sufferers.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 November 2005 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Dengue fever claims 80 lives in Semarang The spread of dengue in Central Java province has reached alarming proportions with 80 fatalities having been reported since January this year, a senior health official said on Tuesday. The 80 fatalities were out of a total of 3,531 dengue cases reported to health officials during the same period, said Central Java provincial health office director Budihardja.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 16 November 2005 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

West New Guinea vote to join Indonesia in 1969 was 'a sham' A key 1969 vote on the future of the Indonesian island province of West New Guinea was "a sham" orchestrated by Jakarta, a Dutch government-commissioned study has found. That vote, which made the province part of Indonesia, has been followed by decades of abuse at the hands of the Indonesian military.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2005 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Police question three men over last month's Bali attacks Indonesian police are continuing to question three men arrested in connection with last month's Bali bombings. The three were taken into custody in central Java and flown to the Balinese capital Denpasar for interrogation. Police say they will face charges of assisting terrorists, which carries a jail sentence of between three and 15 years.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 November 2005 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Indonesia threatens to seize oil field Indonesia threatened on Tuesday to take over the $2 billion Cepu oil block unless Exxon Mobil Corp. and state oil firm Pertamina resolve a row by the end of the year over who will operate the resource-rich field. "If there is not an agreement, then we can take it over and give it to someone else," chief economics minister Aburizal Bakrie told reporters in comments overshadowing one of Exxon's 10 biggest global undeveloped projects.

Posted in Economy @ 15 November 2005 17:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

EU says Indonesia needs help to fight bird flu The European Union on Tuesday offered to help Indonesia fight bird flu, saying the world's fourth most populous nation needed assistance even though it had a plan and the political will to tackle the deadly virus. Visiting EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, Markos Kyprianou, said help could take the form of surveillance as well as the vaccination and culling of chickens.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 November 2005 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

A factory of shame Over a long period in a hamlet in Tangerang, Banten, workers have quietly churned out illegal drugs in a factory licensed to produce cables, seemingly without disruption, until fish in a nearby stream died, from red and yellow substances dumped into the water it was surmised.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Police chief: More bombmakers are still on the loose National Police chief Gen. Sutanto warned Monday that master bombmaker Azahari Husin, who was killed in a raid last week, had trained several followers in bombmaking and they are still on the loose. "There are several individuals who have not yet been caught and they have already learned to make bombs, although not at a level as sophisticated as Azahari's," Sutanto told journalists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 November 2005 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Weapons handover continues in Aceh Former rebels from Indonesia's Aceh province have begun handing in their weapons under the third of four phases of a landmark peace agreement. The military says it will now withdraw thousands more troops this week. The Free Aceh Movement and the government have moved quickly to reduce tensions since signing a pact in Helsinki last August that ended one of Asia's longest running civil wars.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 November 2005 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

SBY puts bird flu death toll at 7 President said on Monday that seven people had died in the country from bird flu, announcing a higher death toll than the World Health Organization, which puts the number of confirmed fatalities at five.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 November 2005 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Jakarta water shortage likely by 2008 Jakarta's drinking water utility, PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya, says Indonesia's capital Jakarta faces a serious water shortage by 2008, the Jakarta Post reports. Worsening pollution is steadily shrinking the quality and quantity of water from the Jatiluhur reservoir, Jakarta's main drinking water source, the report says, citing PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya's institutional relations director, Kumala Siregar.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Satellite launch delayed for 8th time The launch of Indonesian PT Telkom's satellite scheduled for Nov. 14 will be postponed again mainly due to a ground equipment problem, Telkom General Director Arwin Rasyid said Sunday. The launch has been delayed due to technical problem in gasoline launch table, Arwin said at the Telkom's satellite main controller station in Cibinong, West Java, Antara News Agency reported.

Posted in Economy @ 14 November 2005 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

AirAsia eyes Brunei, new destinations in Indonesia, Cambodia Malaysia's low-cost carrier AirAsia said Sunday it soon hopes to fly to Brunei and to new destinations in Indonesia and Cambodia following the arrival of two new Airbus A320 aircraft in December. "We are waiting for approval to fly to Brunei from Kuala Lumpur," AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes told AFP.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 November 2005 12:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia likely to change economic team President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's plan for a long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle has fueled expectations of changes in his government's economic team. It is likely that "one or two" ministers will be out of their current jobs after a long-promised evaluation of their performance, Yudhoyono said Wednesday, without elaborating.

Posted in Politics @ 13 November 2005 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

20-year old woman may be next bird flu victim Indonesia is investigating whether a 20-year-old woman who lived close to a flock of sick chickens died from bird flu after falling ill with a high fever and breathing difficulties, a hospital spokesman said Sunday. The woman died in Jakarta's infectious diseases hospital late Saturday, hospital spokesman Dr. Ilham Patu said Sunday. Her neighbors had a flock of backyard chickens that died suddenly.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 November 2005 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Azahari burial will be in Jasin, says family Bomb- maker Dr Azahari Husin will be buried in Jasin, Malacca. His brother and brother-in-law will leave for Indonesia tomorrow to claim his body. Badaruddin Ismail, the spokesman for the family, said: "They have yet to arrange for his burial but one thing for sure is that he will be buried in Jasin." His father and siblings live in Malacca.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 November 2005 10:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

5 men detained over beheading of 3 girls released Indonesian police on Saturday released five men, who had been detained on suspicion of involvement in the beheading of three Christian girls in the sectarian conflict-torn Central Sulawesi Province, a local police chief said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 13 November 2005 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia fears blitz on capital Indonesian authorities are tightening security in Jakarta, fearing a pre-Christmas bombing campaign planned by Bali terror leaders Azahari Husin and Noordin Top could still go ahead, despite Azahari's death last week. Documents found in the house where Azahari was shot dead by police on Wednesday have uncovered advanced plans for a wave of attacks on the capital.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 19:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Slain terrorist was planning more attacks One of Asia's most wanted terrorists was poised to launch a fresh series of attacks when he was killed by police earlier this week, Indonesia's president said Saturday. New details were emerging on last month's Bali bombings from a video made by the three suicide bombers and found at the safe house of Azahari bin Husin the Malaysian explosives expert shot and killed by police on Wednesday during a raid on his hide-out in Malang, east Java. Azahari was accused of coordinating four deadly strikes in Indonesia since 2002.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Azahariís body only to be released after probe The Indonesian police will only release terrorist Dr Azahari Husinís body to his family after completing their investigations. However, it is not immediately known if any request has been made by Dr Azahariís wife to claim the body. National police spokesman Soenarko Danu Ardhanto said there were certain procedures to follow.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

Indonesians raid 'one of world's biggest drug plants' Indonesian police have detained 12 people after raiding a factory making ecstasy pills and methamphetamines that officers described as one of the biggest such plants in the world. Police said anti-narcotics officers raided the factory on Friday near the city of Serang, about 75 kilometres west of Jakarta.

Posted in Drugs @ 12 November 2005 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 12 reactions

Azahari, hard work and stupidity If there was ever an occasion when the words "terrorism" and "good news" can ever be used in the same sentence, then Wednesday's police raid that led to the death of bombmaker Dr. Azahari was certainly one of them. It had been a long time coming. The work of the notorious Demolition Man is believed to have been behind four of the worst terrorist attacks in Indonesia -- the Bali bombings of 2002, the JW Marriott Hotel bombing in 2003, the Kuningan bombing in Jakarta in 2004, and last month's bombings in Kuta and Jimbaran.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia escalates hunt for terror leader Police said they were narrowing in on a Southeast Asia terror ringleader Friday, with thousands of troops going door-to-door, checking cars, and combing railway and bus stations in central Indonesia. The discovery of more than 30 bombs inside AzahariĎs hideout, many of them small devices easily contained in backpacks, set off speculation that Jemaah Islamiyah was planning more terror strikes and added urgency to the hunt.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 November 2005 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Casuarina trees create hope for coastal villagers Until five years ago, the coastal areas along the southern beaches of Bantul Regency were dry and infertile. No plants seemed to be able to survive the strong, burning wind and the land lay parched and barren. Agricultural efforts in the area were sporadic and often failed.

Posted in Environment @ 11 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Major blazes hit South Jakarta Two fires broke out in South Jakarta early Wednesday morning, causing billions of rupiah in losses and heavy traffic on the first day that offices opened after the Idul Fitri holiday. Hundreds of houses in densely populated Kebayoran Lama burned down in the first blaze, the cause of which the police and firefighters have yet to determine. No fatalities were reported in the fire.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2005 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Three officers charged with buying stolen car The Jakarta Police announced on Wednesday there was sufficient evidence to charge three police officers with receiving a stolen vehicle. West Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Safaruddin said Chief Brig. Samsi from the Semanan Police station in Tangerang and Chief Brig. Budi Utomo and Adj. First Insp. Endang from the Lebak Police precinct, also in Tangerang, had been detained since Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Three recognized as national heroes in state ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono posthumously bestowed the title of National Hero on three Indonesians on Wednesday to mark National Heroes Day, which falls on Nov. 10. The three figures are the late Kiras Bangun from North Sumatra, the late Bagindo Azizchan from West Sumatra and the late Andi Abdullah Bau Masseppe from South Sulawesi.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

Terrorist bomb maker Azahari dead Indonesian police have confirmed that the Jemaah Islamiyah bomb-making Azahari bin Husin killed himself during a fierce gunbattle yesterday with security forces in Batu, East Java. Azahari, a Malaysian, was the head of JI operations, and the mastermind of both Bali bombings and other suicide attacks in Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 November 2005 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Test shows new bird flu death in Indonesia A 16-year-old Indonesian girl who died this week had bird flu, a health ministry official said on Wednesday after the release of test results. The latest death, if confirmed by further testing, would bring to 10 the number of human cases in the world's fourth most populous nation and the sixth confirmed death since July. Another four people confirmed infected with the H5N1 avian flu virus have survived.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 09 November 2005 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia police say 7 militants killed in gunbattle Seven militants were killed during a major gunbattle with Indonesian police in a town in East Java province on Wednesday and local media said they might include one of Southeast Asia's most wanted Islamic radicals.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2005 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Terror leader Azahari bin Husin may have been killed Malaysian terror leader Azahari bin Husin was believed to have been killed Wednesday in a shootout with police, a top Indonesian investigator said. Gorries Mere, the national detective deputy chief, told The Associated Press that Azahari was thought to have been killed in a police raid on a suspected terror hide-out in Batu, a small town south of Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2005 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions

Police trade shots with 'suspected terrorists' in East Java Police Wednesday exchanged gunfire with "suspected terrorists" at a villa in the East Java hill resort town Batu after two blasts were heard from the building, reports said. The official Antara news agency said police had encircled the villa before the exchange of shots but gave no further details.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2005 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Two Poso students shot by unidentified men Two senior high school students in Poso were shot by unidentified men at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, more than a week after the conflict-prone town was shocked by the beheadings of three Christian schoolgirls.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 November 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Anti-terror officers deployed to villages again The Indonesian Military (TNI) is reactivating its intelligence unit that used to work within the community to help the police fight terrorism. The military unit, comprising non-commissioned officers known as Babinsa, would gather all information required to help prevent acts of terrorism, TNI chief Gen. Endriartono Sutarto announced.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2005 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Palu villagers seek refuge after clash The deadly clash between the police and followers of sect leader Madi almost two weeks ago, and the ensuing hunt for him, have caused hundreds of people to seek refuge in the Central Sulawesi capital of Palu.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 08 November 2005 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Navy orders hitman arrest dead or alive A marine soldier who was sentenced to death for killing a businessman in 2003 has managed to escape for the second time from the military prison in Cibinong, West Java. Following the prison break, Commander of the Navy's Military Police Commodore Sunarko A.G. issued on Monday an order to capture Suud Rusli, the marine soldier, "dead or alive."

Posted in Crime @ 08 November 2005 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Tsunami damage limited on Indonesia reefs Scientists say tsunami damage on reefs close to the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake epicenter pales in comparison with human-caused damage. Researchers from Queensland Australia`s James Cook University, the Wildlife Conservation Society-Indonesia Program, and Indonesia`s Syiah Kuala University say tsunami damage was occasionally spectacular, but surprisingly limited particularly when compared with damage from chronic human misuse.

Posted in Environment @ 08 November 2005 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Susilo starts selection of new Cabinet members President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has started interviewing several people as candidates for members of his new Cabinet team, a source at the State Palace said. The source, who requested anonymity, was quoted by the online news service of Kompas daily on Sunday as saying that the interviews had been conducted over the past few days.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Fires dash hopes in Jakarta during Idul Fitri The Idul Fitri celebration was over for Parlan, 36, as he stared at what was left of his house on Jl. Kampung Muka in Lodan, North Jakarta, after a massive fire early on Saturday. "I don't know what all this means. We had just bought the house after saving little by little for years. Now it's gone. But I will keep praying that we can rebuild the house soon," he told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Ramadan @ 06 November 2005 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Soeharto admitted to hospital Former president Soeharto was admitted to the Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta on Friday suffering from an identified illness. The RCTI television broadcaster said the former strongman was admitted to the hospital at about 4:30 p.m. Friday but it was not clear what he was suffering from.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2005 15:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Security high after suspected top al-Qaida operative escapes Indonesia will raise security measures across the country to anticipate potential terror attacks following the escape of a suspected al-Qaida leader from a U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, local media reported Saturday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said that top al-Qaida operative Omar al-Farouq could be preparing a plot against Indonesia because he had been apprehended in the Muslim country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 November 2005 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Fifth death from bird flu confirmed Indonesia's Health Ministry today confirmed the country's fifth human death from avian influenza after receiving test reports from the World Health Organization's laboratory in Hong Kong. It would be the 63rd such death reported in Asia since 2004.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 November 2005 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Bomb defused in central Sulawesi town A home-made bomb has been found and defused in Indonesia's central Sulawesi province, local media reported in Jakarta Friday. The bomb, hidden inside a package in front of a house in the religiously divided town of Poso, was defused by a police bomb squad later Thursday after police received reports of local residents, Poso police's First Inspector Obed was quoted by Jakarta Post website as saying.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 04 November 2005 18:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Police identify men in schoolgirl beheadings Police have identified suspects behind the recent beheadings of three schoolgirls in a sectarian violence-plagued area of central Indonesia, local media reports said Friday. Authorities refused to release the suspects' names but said the investigation into the beheadings of the teenagers in Poso district, Central Sulawesi province, was moving forward.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 04 November 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bomb explodes near a church in Ambon A bomb exploded near a church early Thursday in an eastern Indonesian city, but no one was injured, a police chief said. Lt. Col. Leonidas Braksan said the blast occurred at 3:30 a.m. in Ambon, the capital of the Maluku island chain, where fighting between Muslims and Christians between 1999 and 2001 killed 9,000 people.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 03 November 2005 19:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions

Suspected bird flu cases in three children Three Indonesian children are suspected to be the latest victims of bird flu, which the Asian Development Bank said on Thursday could trigger a global recession if a pandemic breaks out. Underlining the increasing urgency in tackling the H5N1 avian flu virus, the United States and China announced new efforts to fight a possible pandemic, including $500 million to monitor the virus in poultry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 November 2005 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Idul Fitri 'losing its color' in Jakarta The fasting month of Ramadhan and Idul Fitri celebrations in Jakarta have lost much of their colorful cultural traditions, a senior citizen says. Republika daily newspaper writer Alwi Shahab remembers that Idul Fitri Eve in the 1940s and 1950s was a special time for Betawi (native Jakarta) women. Unlike on ordinary days, they were allowed to spend the evening outside their houses, tasked with buying flowers for the Lebaran decorations, Alwi said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bashir excluded from sentence cuts The Indonesian Government has refused the jailed extremist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir a further reduction of his sentence. Bashir is serving 30 months in jail for his role in the 2002 Bali bar bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. On major holidays Indonesia normally reduces sentences of prisoners who have shown good behaviour, and Bashir has benefited from such cuts.

Posted in Politics @ 03 November 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

President orders crack down on racist text messages President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered police to crack down on mobile phone users sending racist text messages. The text messages, which have been widely reported in the local media without divulging their exact wording, blame minority ethnic Chinese for Indonesia's current economic woes and calls for attacks on them.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 November 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions

Officials criticize U.S. over escaped terror suspect Security has been tightened at the U.S. military prison in Afghanistan following the escape of a suspected Al Qaeda leader, a U.S. official said Wednesday, as Indonesian terror officials accused Washington of failing to inform them of the breakout. Omar al-Farouq, born in Kuwait to Iraqi parents, was considered one of Usama bin Laden's top lieutenants in Southeast Asia until Indonesian authorities captured him in 2002 and turned him over to the United States.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2005 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Exiled GAM leader returns to Aceh An official of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) exiled leadership arrived in Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday after a 25-year absence to see the peace process aimed at ending nearly three decades of conflict. The Stockholm-based GAM and Indonesia's government were pushed back to negotiations partly by the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated Aceh, and made some on both sides re-think the fight over whether Aceh should be independent.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 02 November 2005 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Govt steps up wild bird watch against avian flu Indonesia will soon form a joint surveillance team for wild birds after a pigeon was found infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said on Tuesday. Seven people are known to have contracted bird flu in Indonesia since July, four of whom died. The three survivors have now largely recovered.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 November 2005 18:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

October inflation surges to 17.9% on fuel Indonesia's inflation rate jumped to a six-year high after the government increased fuel prices, putting pressure on the central bank to raise interest rates today. Stocks and the rupiah fell. Consumer prices climbed 17.9 percent in October from a year earlier after a 9.1 percent rise in September, the Central Statistics Bureau said today in Jakarta. That's faster than the median forecast of 13.3 percent in a Bloomberg survey.

Posted in Economy @ 01 November 2005 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
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