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SBY and Kalla perform Idul Adha prayers at Istiqlal Mosque Millions of Indonesian Muslims, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, First Lady Mme. Ani Yudhoyono, and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, performed Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) prayers for the 1427 Hegira under cloudy skies and rains at mosques throughout the country on Sunday morning.

Posted in Religion @ 31 December 2006 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine missing after ferry disappears near Bali A ferry with 11 passengers on board went missing on Sunday off the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a report said. Two people on board the "Sinar Baru", that was en route to Lombok from Surabaya, had managed to make it to Pantai Bukti beach, 110 kilometres (69 miles) northeast of Bali's capital Denpasar, AFP reported citing the official Antara news agency.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 December 2006 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


122 survivors of ill-fated MV Senopati rescued A total of 122 survivors of the ill-fated MV Senopati, which sank in the vicinity of Mandalika island in the Java Sea in the wee hours of Saturday, were rescued up to Sunday morning, a radio report said on Sunday. Fishermen found 18 other survivors on Sunday Monday morning, adding the total number of survivors to 122, but around 400 others were still missing, El-Shinta radio station reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 December 2006 06:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Ill-fated KM Senopati was still sea-worthy The "KM Senopati Nusantara", the motor vessel (MV) which sank in Suar Mandalika waters early Saturday (Dec, 30), was still sea worthy and not very old, Tranportation Minister Hatta Radjasa said. The KM Senopati Nusantara was made in 1990 and it underwent repairs in 2006, the minister told the press here on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 December 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nearly 70 rescued from sinking ship north of Java Sixty nine people have been rescued from a sinking passenger ship carrying over 600 people at the waters off Indonesia's Central Java province earlier Saturday, head of rescue team Riyadi said. "The weather is unfavorable, very strong wind and heavy rain keeps pouring down, make us difficult to rescue them," he told Xinhua on telephone from the province.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 December 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Flood victims return home in North Sumatra Thousands of villagers forced from their homes by floods in Indonesia have returned to begin cleaning up as neighbouring Malaysia braces for another deluge. More than 140 people were killed in the landslides and floods in Indonesia's Aceh and North Sumatra provinces. Officials say aid is getting through to many of those in need but heavy rain is still blocking shipments to some isolated areas.

Posted in Flooding @ 30 December 2006 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Weeks of net chaos expected in Indonesia It is expected to take between two and four weeks for Internet capacity to recover in Indonesia after it dropped to 17 percent Tuesday following the earthquake in China 's Taiwan. "The question of when Internet connections will recover, regretfully, lies in the hands of external parties," the Jakarta Post daily on Friday quoted Basuki Yusuf Iskandar, director general of posts and telecommunication at the Communications and Information Ministry, as saying at a press conference.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ship with 850 passengers sinks A ship with 850 passengers aboard sank overnight as it travelled between Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Borneo to Central Java province on the country's main island, Elshinta news radio reported on Saturday. Indonesia's Metro television put the number on board at more than 500.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 December 2006 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former rebel wins governor race in Aceh A former rebel leader has been officially declared the winner of gubernatorial elections in Aceh province, the electoral commission said Friday, confirming initial quick-count results earlier this month. Irwandi Yusuf, who was in jail for treason when the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed into Aceh in 2004, won 38 percent of the vote. His closest rival, Ahmad Humam Hamid, trailed with 16 per cent, provincial election chief Muhammad Jafar told reporters.

Posted in Elections @ 29 December 2006 10:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


126 dead after devastating floods in North Aceh recedes Rescuers reaching remote Indonesian villages for the first time since weeklong rains triggered floods and landslides said Friday that survivors are dehydrated and in desperate need of medical attention. The number of people killed stood at 126, with more than 400,000 displaced. In neighboring Malaysia, which is experiencing its most severe weather in a century, authorities found the body of a 14-year-old boy floating in a flood-swollen canal, bringing the tally of dead to 11. Nearly 90,000 have been displaced in Malaysia, where flood waters have caused nearly €15.2 million in damages. Both nations were bracing for continued rains throughout the weekend.

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2006 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Playboy trial closed to public The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor-in-chief was closed to the public Thursday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings. Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2006 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials probe 22 mystery deaths in Indonesian capital Indonesian health officials are investigating the deaths of 22 people from an unidentified illness characterized by high fever over a two-month period in the capital Jakarta. Samples from the patients -- all of whom died days after being admitted to St. Carolus hospital -- have been sent to the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 2 in Jakarta, but the cause of death remained a mystery, said Nyoman Kandun, a senior health ministry official.

Posted in Health @ 29 December 2006 10:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapindo told to pay 323 mln euro for Indonesia mud disaster The Indonesian energy firm blamed for a mud disaster that left about 10,000 homeless will have to pay 323 million euro to victims and for efforts to stop the toxic flow, the country's president said on Thursday. Entire villages have been inundated by the torrent of mud that has flowed since a drilling accident in May, causing an unfolding environmental disaster in the Sidoarjo area near Indonesia's second largest city, Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 29 December 2006 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit Montallat in Nort Barito, Kalimantan A number of villages in Montallat sub district, Barito Utara District, Central Kalimantan Province, was inundated as Barito River overflowed following incessant downpours. Floodwaters covered roads as high as 30 centimeters in Montallat, Bambang, Montallat resident, told ANTARA via phone on Thursday. "Floods have started on Tuesday (Dec. 26) and tend to continue raising," Bambang said.

Posted in Flooding @ 28 December 2006 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deforestation in Indonesia reaches 2 million hectares annually The deforestation rate in Indonesia has reached two million hectares annually while its reforestation rate is only around 600,000 hectares per year, a local official said here on Wednesday. The deforestation rate has tended to increase from year to year, Dr. Harri Santosa, secretary of the organizing committee of the National Forest and Land Rehabilitation Program, said.

Posted in Environment @ 28 December 2006 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Internet access in Indonesia still expensive The lack of infrastructure in information technology in Indonesia has made internet access still expensive. "Cost for downloading internet in Indonesia is about 13 to 15 times higher than Japan. So, in term of speed, the downloading ability is still far from what we are expecting," said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Digital Media Technology, Sony Tan here, Monday.

Posted in Media @ 28 December 2006 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT KAI receives 20 more electric carriages from Japan State railway company PT KAI last Dec 24 received 20 more second-hand coaches from Japan which constituted the third batch of a total of 160 the company had ordered, a KAI spokesman said. The second batch comprising 8 coaches arrived last Dec 3 and the first, consisting of 16 coaches, last July so that PT KAI had so far taken delivery of 44 of the 160 second-hand coaches bought from Japan, Ahmad Sujudi, the KAI spokesman, said.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2006 13:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Island of Bali holds tsunami drill Some 15,000 schoolchildren and residents took part in a tsunami evacuation drill on the island of Bali Tuesday as Indonesia commemorated the second anniversary of the catastrophe. Bands entertained participants as preparations got under way from 7:00 am, with students and residents from surrounding villages packing a one-kilometre (half-mile) stretch of Sanur beach.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2006 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorism still focus of national security measures in 2007 Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Widodo Adi Sutjipto said despite a decrease in terrorist attacks in the past year, the government would focus on terrorism in securing national stability. "Objectively, we must say that this year has been relatively more conducive as terrorist attacks in the country have decreased," the minister said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 December 2006 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia frees activist murder suspect The only suspect in the poisoning death of Indonesia's most prominent human rights activist was freed from prison after receiving a month's reduction in his sentence as part of Christmas celebrations, a prison official said Tuesday. Pollycarpus Priyanto, a 45-year-old pilot, was originally sentenced to 14 years on charges of putting a fatal dose of arsenic in Munir Thalib's food while the human rights campaigner was on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam two years ago.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2006 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sumatra floods recede, at least 100 dead Deadly floodwaters in north-western Indonesia have begun to recede but authorities said on Tuesday at least 100 people had been killed and they were searching remote areas for up to 200 people still missing. Floods and subsequent landslides have killed at least 100 people in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces, with tens of thousands forced to flee their homes for higher ground, local officials said.

Posted in Flooding @ 26 December 2006 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels disband armed wing A year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield, Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency. The move paves the way for the guerrilla group to transform itself into a political party expected to make a strong showing in elections in April.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 December 2006 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising land price, lack of rules hamper relief work in Aceh The high price of land and lack of rules and planning by the local government have slowed the much-awaited reconstruction and rehabilitation in Aceh, that was hit by a tsunami two years ago, authorities said Tuesday. Head of the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (BRR) Kuntoro Mangkusubroto said that many requests of the agency to the local government to issue rules or blue-prints of the center of a city have not been met. However, spokesman of the Banda Aceh (capital of the province) administration Mahdi Ibrahim said that the limited budget has made the local government find it difficult to buy lands, whose price has gone up several folds.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2006 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue operation continues in Aceh floods A big rescue operation is under way in Indonesia to help survivors of the flash flooding in northern Sumatra. The floods have made hundreds of thousands of people homeless and washed away roads and bridges. The focus now is on evacuating those still trapped by floodwaters.

Posted in Flooding @ 26 December 2006 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iris scanner at Jakarta airport speeds travel for some Iris scanners at Indonesia's main international airport will reduce the time travelers spend in immigration lines to just 10 seconds - but only for those willing to pay the US$200 yearly fee. The "Saphire" program, which kicked off this week and is not offered anywhere else in Asia, is for convenience not security, Angkasa Pura Schiphol, the Dutch-Indonesian joint venture which developed the system, said in a statement.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2006 02:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


19 killed in X-mas Eve landslide in North Sumatera Landslides killed 19 people at Mamurak Hill in Mandailing Natal district, North Sumatera province, Sunday night. Rescue workers with the help of local residents spent hours scouring the area for the bodies, according to Antara news agency Monday. A spokesman of the Mandailing Natal district administration Faisal said light rains pounded the area overnight and caused the hill to suddenly slide down, burying 11 houses on its slope under the mud. At least six people were still missing in the area.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 December 2006 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt rushes relief to flood-ravaged Aceh Indonesia rushed tents, food and other emergency aid to flood-ravaged parts of Sumatra island on Monday while the United Nations pledged US$2 million (€1.5 million) for survivors. Soldiers loaded the aid into a military cargo plane in the capital, Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 December 2006 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian nations remember the 230,000 killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami Two years after a devastating tsunami crashed into Asian coastlines, villagers in hardest-hit Indonesia were preparing for future disasters, with thousands expected to flee their homes by foot and car Tuesday as part of an early warning drill. Elsewhere across the tsunami disaster-zone, survivors and other mourners will visit mass graves, light candles along beaches, and listen to temple bells chiming to mark the moment the 2004 waves hit.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2006 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods force more than 50,000 from homes in Aceh Save the Children is moving quickly to provide food, water, medicines, blankets, household supplies, and temporary shelter to thousands of families forced to flee their homes due to torrential rains that have flooded villages in Aceh province and North Sumatra, Indonesia. The severe floods are the latest catastrophe to befall children and families in a region of Indonesia devastated by the tsunami of December 26, 2004, one of worst natural disasters in modern history.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 December 2006 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN to provide initial $2 million for flood relief in Aceh The United Nations said it will provide an initial $2 million (€1.5 million) in emergency relief to the Indonesian province of Aceh, in response to this week's flash floods. Funding from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the U.N. said Sunday, will send relief aid to Aceh, where an estimated 170,000 people have been displaced by raging waters. Many of those affected are staying in tents or in public buildings.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 December 2006 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra: Another killer tsunami looms Scientists predict a repeat of the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that killed more than 280,000 lives. Their warnings gained added weight with a fresh earthquake that killed seven and injured 100 more when it struck Sumatra on Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 December 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods leave over 80 dead in Sumatra Severe flooding swept through three different provinces on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, leaving more than 80 people dead or missing and more than 200,000 villagers homeless, volunteers and news reports said Sunday. In Aceh province on the northern end of Sumatra, at least 65 people were either killed or missing in heavy flooding that swept through seven districts, said Gufron, a volunteer from the Prosperuos and Justice Party's local chapter.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 December 2006 14:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate earthquake strikes off Jawa; no reports of damage, casualties A moderate earthquake struck off western Indonesia early Sunday, meteorological agencies reported, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The 5.7-magnitude quake was centered 150 kilometers southwest of the Indonesian capital Jakarta and 86 kilometers beneath the Sunda Strait, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 December 2006 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods kill more than 70 on Sumatra island Raging flood waters Sunday submerged houses and roads on Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing more than 70 people and forcing tens of thousands from their homes, officials and reports said. The worst hit region was in Tamiyang district eastern Aceh province on the northern tip of the island, said Nurdin Jos, an Aceh government spokesman.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 December 2006 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends JI leader's acquittal The Indonesian supreme court's acquittal of militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual leader of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, on charges of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings should be respected, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday. "Indonesia can understand all reactions regarding the supreme court's decision on Bashir," a statement said.

Posted in General @ 23 December 2006 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu hits tsunami-battered Aceh Avian Influenza has infected tens of thousands of fowls in Aceh province, which was devastated by tsunami in December 2004, an Indonesian Health Ministry official said here Thursday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 December 2006 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claiming bird flu success as cases drop Human bird flu deaths in Indonesia have slowed markedly over the last three months - a drop local officials attributed to a more aggressive fight. But The World Health Organization said it was too soon to draw conclusions. The WHO cautioned that the fall - a rare piece of good news in the country worst hit by the H5N1 virus - did not indicate a trend and refused to speculate on possible reasons for it.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 December 2006 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia overturns Bashir's conviction Indonesia overturned a terror conviction Thursday against the militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who served 2 1/2 years for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed more than 200 people. The Supreme Court ruling is likely to anger the United States and its regional ally Australia, both of which publicly accused the aging cleric of being a top leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror group.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2006 16:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to import 520,000 tons of rice The Indonesian government finally made up its mind Thursday to end the rice crisis after stocks were declining and prices soaring with a decision to import 520,000 tons until March 2007. Vice President Jusuf Kalla told reporters here that stocks were run out at the State Logistics Agency (Bulog), and some 250,000 tons of rice were needed to be delivered every month to stabilize the price.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2006 16:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten killed in concert crush in Indonesia A stampede at a packed pop concert in central Indonesia killed 10 people and injured scores of others, most of them teenagers, police said Wednesday. The crush began as the audience of thousands was leaving the performance of Ungu, a popular Indonesian guitar band, at a sports stadium in the town of Pekalongan, Central Java province, late Tuesday, Sgt. Slamet said.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 December 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WWF: Scientists find over 50 new species in Borneo Dozens of new species of animals and plants including a catfish with protruding teeth and a tree frog with striking bright green eyes have been found in the past year in the forests of Borneo, a WWF report said on Tuesday. The discoveries include 30 unique fish species, two tree frog species, 16 ginger species, three tree species and one large-leafed plant species, the conservation group said.

Posted in Environment @ 20 December 2006 00:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indecency, Indonesian-style I do not have any official role within the Indonesian judicial system. But I do feel like I can provide an important advisory service in the trial of Erwin Arnada, editor of the new Indonesian edition of Playboy, who faces up to 32 months in prison for putting out a magazine with indecent pictures. I may not know much about the law or Islam, but I do know an awful lot about indecency.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Tsunami warning sirens pass test in Sumatra The Monday's 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Indonesia's Sumatra island helped prove that the newly-installed early warning siren in the West Sumatra provincial capital of Padang was functioning well, a report said Tuesday. The roar was heard by the Padang inhabitants, and a local official even complained to the Padang Mayor that the siren was too loud, reported the national Antara news agency.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Australian jailed over child sex offences in Lombok A 48-year-old Australian man has been sentenced to four years' jail on the Indonesian island of Lombok after being found guilty of child sex offences. Four boys aged between 13 and 15 accused Don Storen of sexually molesting them in his room as he encouraged them to watch pornographic videos. The boys said Storen had promised gifts of shoes and other items.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake in North Sumatra kills 7, injures 100 A moderate earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 100 early Monday, spreading panic across a large swath of the Indonesian island worst hit by the 2004 Asian tsunami, witnesses and officials said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 December 2006 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns of possible terrorist attacks in Indonesia Americans and other Westerners in Indonesia should remain alert to the possibility of militant attacks over the Christmas and New Year period, the U.S. embassy in Jakarta said on Monday. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has in recent years been hit by a series of bomb blasts blamed on Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 December 2006 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


About 57,000 houses built in tsunami-hit Aceh in past two years Donor institutions and the Aceh- Nias Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency ( BRR Aceh-Nias) have so far built 57,000 units of permanent housing for earthquake and tsunami victims in Indonesia's Aceh and Nias regions in the past two years.

-Around 22,000 units of housing for victims of the disasters in the two regions are expected to be completed by the end of March next year, Antara news agency quoted BRR Aceh-Nias chief Kuntoro Mangkusubroto as saying on Saturday in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia meets creditors in Singapore Flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia said that it had met creditors, floating rate notes holders in particular, in Singapore on Friday. "Apart from explaining the company`s financial performance and operation, we also reported our plans and debt restructuring," Garuda president Emirsyah Satar said in a press release.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 18 December 2006 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Four killed in earthquake on Sumatra island' A strong earthquake early Monday killed at least four people and damaged buildings on Indonesia's Sumatra island, a witness and seismologists said. The 5.8-magnitude tremor struck just before dawn and was centered off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia's meteorological and seismological agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 December 2006 03:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Titian Budaya Malaysia Indonesia 2006 program The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage Malaysia (KEKKWA) is organising the Titian Budaya programme for the second time this year. KEKKWA with the cooperation of Indonesias Culture and Tourism Department has scheduled the event on 16 and 17 December 2006 at the Jakarta Convention Centre, Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 17 December 2006 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abu Bakar Bashir: 'Let Christians celebrate Christmas' adical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, head of the Indonesian Mujaheddin Council (MMI), on Saturday urged Indonesian Muslims not to "disturb" Christians, and not to take part in any celebrations during the Christmas season, local media reported. "Obviously, Indonesian Muslims are not allowed to disturb, or join in any Christmas celebration, such as congratulate Christians or help them during Christmas," Abu Bakar Bashir was quoted as saying by Detik.Com, a Jakarta-based online news provider.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2006 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia tightening grip of media reins American magazine Playboy, three films about East Timor's struggle for independence and a television wrestling show called Smackdown don't appear to have much in common. But in recent weeks, they've all come under fire in Indonesia for being too raunchy, too politically sensitive or too violent.

Posted in Media @ 16 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia, Malaysia to beef up security in Malacca Straits Indonesia and Malaysia on Friday agreed to strengthen their maritime cooperation to tighten security in the Malacca Strait due to several accidents in the waters between the two countries recently, Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said here. Minister Sudarsono made the statement in a joint press conference with his Malaysian counterpart Tun Najib Razak after days of regular meeting between the armed forces of the countries.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2006 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speaking in Islamic tongues in Indonesia For those recently heaping praise on Indonesia for its moderate Muslim and emerging democratic credentials, consider the case of Islamic preacher Yusman Roy. Last year Roy was sentenced to two years in prison on blasphemy charges for leading Muslim prayers at an East Java Islamic school in his native Bahasa Indonesia rather than Arabic as conservative religious councils require. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, the language issue pitches modern, liberal interpretations of Islam, known broadly here as abangan, against conservative orthodox views, represented broadly as santri.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A fifth documentary banned at Jakarta film festival The organisers of the Jakarta International Film Festival announced yesterday that the authorities have verbally banned the screening of the documentary "Promised Paradise" by Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges GAM to disband The Indonesian government Friday reiterated calls for former separatist group the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to disband itself as the peace agreement between the two sides has been running smoothly. GAM had struggled for independence in Aceh for 30 years before it signed the landmark peace accord with the government last August.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides in Sumatra destroy mosque, kill 17 Landslides in Indonesia's Sumatra island killed 17 people on Friday, most of them worshippers in a mosque, a rescue official said. Satria Arjuna, chief of the emergency team in the area, said workers were searching for 11 more people missing after the landslides struck two villages in the remote area of western Sumatra.

Posted in Weather @ 15 December 2006 08:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan hoping Indonesia to extend gas contract soon Japan is expecting Indonesia to soon extend its gas contracts with Tokyo which will expire in 2010 and 2011, a Japanese official said. "We are very hopeful that Indonesia will make a decision as soon as possible on extending its contract for the supply of LNG to Japan," Japan`s Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia Satoru Satoh said here Thursday.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesters urge monitors to stay in Aceh Human rights protesters demonstrated in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday, urging international monitors overseeing a historic peace deal between the government and separatist rebels to stay on. Thirty-five remaining European and Asian monitors grouped under the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) are due to leave the province on Friday, ending a 15-month stint there.

Posted in Elections @ 14 December 2006 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia jails militant over Australian embassy bombing An Indonesian court has sentenced a militant to three years in jail for storing explosives used in the 2004 suicide bombing of the Australian embassy here, a court clerk said Wednesday. Twelve people, including the bomber, were killed when an explosives-laden van exploded in front of the mission on September 5, 2004.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2006 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may cancel huge gas pipe project The Indonesian government is very likely to drop the plan to build a gas pipe spanning 1,200 km from Kalimantan island to Java, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Wednesday. The gas pipe project from the huge gas source Bontang in East Kalimantan to the Central Javanese capital of Semarang is estimated to cost 1.2 billion U.S. dollars, intended to meet the growing gas consumption in the country's most crowded island of Java that reached 1.1 million cubic feet per day in 2005.

Posted in Economy @ 14 December 2006 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House not yet able to eradicate internal corruption The accountability and transparency mechanism of the House of Representatives (DPR), carried out by the DPR Honorary Board, is not thorough enough to eradicate corruption taking place within parliament. “The Honorary Board handles more issues that are related to public morality, such as Yahya Zaini,” said Adnan Topan Husodo, a member of the Working Board of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).

Posted in Corruption @ 13 December 2006 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quake shakes Sulawesi, no tsunami warning A strong undersea earthquake shook northeastern Indonesia late on Tuesday but there was no danger of a tsunami because of its depth, an official at the country's meteorology agency said. The quake, of magnitude 6.5, struck at 10:48 pm (1548 GMT) on Tuesday, 252 km (157 miles) north east of the city of Manado on the island of Sulawesi at a depth of 237 km, Benny, an official at Indonesia's meteorology and geophysical centre, said by telephone on Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 December 2006 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel leader sweeps Aceh poll A former rebel leader swept to victory in landmark elections in Aceh province one year after a peace deal ended a decades-long civil war that claimed 15,000 lives, pollsters said yesterday. The Indonesian government said it would respect the outcome of the vote in the province, which was the worst-hit region in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. Election monitors said the vote was free and fair.

Posted in Elections @ 13 December 2006 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Indonesia to grab 60,000 jobs in South Korea Indonesia has a great opportunity to grab around 60,000 jobs offered by the South Korean government in the sectors of industry, manucfacturing, construction, agriculture, fishery and stock breeding. The placement of workers in South Korea is currently not done by Indonesian labour recruitment agencies, but directly by the manpower and transmigration ministries of the two countries as stipulated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on October 29, 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 13 December 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IAEA chief says Indonesia nuke plant a go The world's top nuclear regulator said Indonesia qualifies for nuclear energy, saying it is open with its plans, especially compared to Iran. Mohammed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in Jakarta the country has complied with nuclear nonproliferation treaty stipulations.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2006 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud in East Java threathens railroad The flow of mud after the breaking of the dam near pond A in Desa Kedungbendo, Tanggulangin, is still growing. It doesn't only flood the TAS housing complex, but it also flows to the west and approaches Desa Ketapang, Tanggulangin. Since last Saturday morning, the mud started to overflow the flood channel in front of primary school Kedungbendo 3. Not long after it started to overflow the area of the school, not long after the school had been evacuated.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 December 2006 15:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegally imported skull returned to Indonesia A culturally significant skull that was smuggled into the country last year has been formally returned to Indonesia. The federal government seized the Asmat Skull in 2005 after it was illegally imported into the country. It was returned yesterday. Heritage minister Senator Ian Campbell said the skull was returned because the government was determined to protect important cultural heritage items from other countries.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh votes to decide life after war More than 2 million people are expected to vote in Indonesia's once-rebellious Aceh on Monday in landmark elections aimed at bolstering a peace deal between the government and separatists. Jakarta and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed the Aug. 15, 2005 truce under Finnish mediation to end almost three decades of fighting that had killed 15,000 people since the rebels launched a struggle for an independent state on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island.

Posted in Elections @ 11 December 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batminton: Indonesian men's double fails to grab gold in Doha Indonesian men`s double Luluk Hadiyanto/Alvent Yulianto failed to follow the step of their countrymate Taufik Hidayat who succeeded in contributing gold in men`s single after defeating his Chinese arch rival Lin Dan. In a game held at Aspire building, Sport Center of Doha, double Luluk/Advent were easily overpowered by their Malaysian rivals Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong in a strait set, 13-21 and 14-21.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First A1 victory for New Zealand on Sentul track New Zealand secured its first-ever victory in the A1 Grand Prix series on Sunday with a dominant lights-to-flag drive from Jonny Reid in the sprint race at the Sentul circuit, Indonesia. Team Mexico's Salvador Duran put Reid under pressure in the closing laps of the race to finish a fighting second ahead of Great Britain's Robbie Kerr.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stripped of bronze medal at Asian Games Indonesia has been stripped of their equestrian bronze medal which has been awarded to fourth-placed India in the three-day Event Team, equestrian officials said. Britain's Andrew Griffiths, the technical delegate for equestrian eventing, said Indonesia has used illegal spurs and were demoted to fourth following a protest from India's German equestrian eventing Chef d'Equipe Ralf Ehrenbrink.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed in clash in Papua province Two people including an Indonesian military officer were killed in a clash between security forces and separatists in the remote eastern province of Papua, a military official said on Saturday. The clash occurred on Friday after the officer and some residents tried to enter a separatist camp in Puncak Jaya regency, about 325 km southwest of Jayapura, the capital of Papua, Imam Santosa told Reuters. No other details were available.

Posted in Violence @ 09 December 2006 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia proposes Muslim force in Iraq Indonesia`s foreign minister says a military force from Muslim countries should be deployed in Iraq ahead of the U.S. withdrawal to help resolve the conflict in the war-torn country. In an interview with the English-language The Jakarta Post, Hassan Wirajuda said moderate Islamic countries should participate in the 'intervening force', which would not be seen as an extension of the U.S.-led coalition or Iraqi security forces.

Posted in Military @ 09 December 2006 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military ordered Australian journalist deaths According to official omitted government reports, 5 young Australian journalists were executed on the orders of Indonesian military chiefs. George Brownbill, a top lawyer contests the official story that all 5 journalists were caught in a crossfire in Balibo while covering the 1975 invasion of East Timor by Indonesian forces.

Posted in General @ 09 December 2006 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adrianus Meliala: Pushing for reform of Indonesian police Asked about the progress of police reform in Indonesia, criminologist and police analyst Adrianus Eliasta Sembiring Meliala said that it was obvious, but the direct benefit for citizens would not be realized in one night.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia central bank cuts key rate to 14-month low Indonesia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a 14-month low, the seventh reduction since May, to help revive consumer spending and boost investment. Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and his fellow policy makers reduced the rate used as a reference for bill sales by half a percentage point to 9.75 percent, a move predicted by 16 of 21 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, and indicated further cuts are likely next year.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2006 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


South Korea, Indonesia agree to build reactors, share nuclear fuel and technology Indonesia and South Korea agreed this week to consider jointly building nuclear power plants and exchanging fissile material and technology, according to documents obtained Thursday. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his South Korean counterpart Roh Moo-hyun signed a bilateral agreement on the peaceful use of nuclear energy Monday, but kept the details under wraps.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 08 December 2006 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombers file new appeal to Indonesia court Three Indonesian men sentenced to death for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings have filed new appeals to the Supreme Court, a district court official said on Thursday. Lawyers representing Muslim militants, Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Mukhlas, also known as Ali Gufron, handed in the appeal late on Wednesday to the Denpasar district court where they first received the death sentences, said Made Sukarta, the court's clerk for criminal cases.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 December 2006 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, three others to sign 'open skies' Indonesia will sign an air travel agreement with three neighboring countries allowing nominated airlines to fly unrestricted to four destinations in each country, a senior official said Thursday. The limited "open skies" agreement to be signed by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei is aimed at increasing tourist flow between the Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia's Minister of Transportation Hatta Radjasa said.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2006 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indecency trial begins for Playboy Indonesia editor The editor of Playboy Indonesia appeared in court in Jakarta Thursday, charged with publishing indecent material. Though the country's version of the famed men's magazine contains no nudity and is tamer than other editions published around the world, religious groups and politicians have condemned it.

Posted in Media @ 08 December 2006 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives Bali bombers last chance for appeal Three men sentenced to death for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings have until the end of this month to file appeals with the Supreme Court before they are executed, the attorney-general said on Wednesday. "It is proper enough for the attorney-general's office to wait until the end of this month on whether they would file for a judicial review. If they don't file, the (execution) process will go forward," Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considering widening polygamy ban after popular preacher takes second wife Indonesia is considering banning ministers, lawmakers and other government officials from practicing polygamy after the country's most popular Islamic preacher took a second wife, sparking renewed debate about the practice. There are no plans to outlaw polygamy all together in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Currently, men are only allowed to have a second wife if his first is an invalid, terminally ill or infertile. The regulation, however, is rarely enforced and most commentators say the practice is becoming more common.

Posted in Politics @ 07 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia beckons A1 racers For the second time in two weeks, the A1GP series returns to South East Asia. This time, the series will set up camp at the Sentul circuit on the Indonesian island of Java, 42km from the capital Jakarta, for round five of the 12-round season. The Sentul circuit is located in the wealthy region of Bogor, a popular summer resort and centre of trade for products of the surrounding region including coffee, tea and assorted spices.

Posted in Sports @ 07 December 2006 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top Golkar official quits over sex video A senior official of the ruling Golkar party resigned from his post after being linked to a sex scandal that tarnished the image of the party. Mr Yahya Zaini, 42, the head of the religious affairs committee in Golkar's Executive Board, had been identified as the man seen in a steamy video cavorting with a singer in a hotel room.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2006 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Croc blamed in Indonesia disappearances Villagers found two human hands, a leg and a pair of shorts inside a half-ton crocodile they trapped and killed in eastern Indonesia, a conservationist said Wednesday. At least five people have gone missing in recent months in the same area of East Nusa Tenggara province and are believed to have been eaten by a crocodile or crocodiles, said local conservationist Lorens Mbatu.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 December 2006 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex tape scandal shocks Indonesia Indonesia is grappling with its first real political sex scandal — a widely circulated video of one of its most powerful politicians in a hotel room with a popular singer. Politicians have taken care to keep their lives private in this predominantly Islamic country. Many have playboy reputations but none has been caught on tape.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2006 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another tsunami could hit Indonesia, experts say Another big tsunami could hit Sumatra within the next few decades, flooding densely populated regions south of where a giant wave hit in December 2004, U.S. and Indonesian researchers predicted on Tuesday. The same big geologic fault, called a megathrust, that caused the 2004 tsunami continues to run parallel to the southeast, along the Indian Ocean coast of Sumatra, with the potential to a affect areas to the south, the team at the California Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California and elsewhere reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 December 2006 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Minister: Indonesia focuses on nuclear cooperation for peaceful purposes Indonesia will in the medium and long term focus on nuclear cooperation with several other countries for peaceful purposes, including the development of the national defense industry, Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said. "For the time being we will not establish nuclear cooperation for defense purposes, but only for peaceful purposes in accordance with the agreement that had been signed," Juwono said after opening an Educational Communication Forum here on Tuesday.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 06 December 2006 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


State planttion company to import 44,000 tons of sugar State plantation company PTPN XI will import 44,000 tons of sugar after the Trade Ministry on Monday issued permits to state firms to import 200,000 tons of sugar to meet domestic demand in 2007. "We are ready to perform this duty," PTPN XI corporate secretary Adig Suwandi said on Tuesday. The Trade Ministry on Monday licenced five state firms to import 200,000 tons of sugar with the first delivery scheduled for Janury 1, 2007 and the last delivery April 30, 2007.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2006 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia targets sugar and cotton sectors Indonesia is planning to invest in the sugar and cotton sector in the Coast Province, Indonesia’s ambassador to Kenya, Mr Djismun Kasri, said on Sunday. Kasri said his country has been importing sugar and cotton products from European countries, but it would source the commodities cheaper if Indonesia invested in the two sectors locally. The ambassador spoke yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on the acting Mombasa mayor, Mr Ali Shekue.

Posted in Economy @ 04 December 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia gas pipe blast hits 13 A 43-year-old man died on Sunday from injuries sustained after a gas pipeline explosion in Java island last month, taking the toll from the disaster to 13, media reports said. The Nov. 22 blast, which disrupted gas operations in the region covered by state oil company Pertamina's East Java Gas Pipeline, occurred in an area where hot mud has been gushing unchecked since the end of May following a drilling accident.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 04 December 2006 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Roh arrives in Indonesia for state visit South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun arrived in Indonesia Sunday for a a three-day state visit to the Southeast Asian nation prior to participating in an annual East Asian summit in the Philippines next week. Roh will hold a summit with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Monday to discuss means of strengthening their countries' bilateral ties, including cooperation in energy development and other areas of joint interest, presidential officials said.

Posted in Politics @ 04 December 2006 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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