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64 drug traffickers to be executed Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has confirmed that the government will go ahead with the execution of 64 drug traffickers who have been sentenced to death by court.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 December 2014 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dino appointed as new deputy foreign minister President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday swore in former Indonesian ambassador to the US Dino Patti Djalal as deputy foreign minister, replacing Wardana who has been appointed as Indonesian ambassador to Turkey.

Posted in Politics @ 14 July 2014 22:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo's electability unaffected by human rights issue Political observer from Pelita Harapan University (UPH) Emrus Sihombing has opined that human rights issue will not affect the electability of Prabowo Subianto, the presidential hopeful from Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) party.

Posted in Politics @ 03 April 2014 16:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rhoma Irama and the fake Professor title “Professor of Dangdut” Rhoma Irama may have to revert back to the less scholarly “King of Dangdut” in the not-too-distant future after Indonesia’s education minister indicated that the presidential candidate may be liable to criminal penalties if his illustrious certificate of education turned out to have been acquired from a scam college run by a colorful UK-Iranian educator.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2014 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Ministry looking to replace aging F-5 tiger fighter aircraft The Indonesian Defense Ministry announced its plan to replace the F-5 Tiger fighter aircraft with the latest generation of jet fighters such as the Russian Sukhoi Su-35.

Posted in Military @ 07 January 2014 22:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President inspects floods at state palace President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has inspected a number of areas around the State Guest House, which were affected by floods on Thursday.

Posted in Flooding @ 17 January 2013 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police guarantee security of foreign embassies The Indonesian police have guaranteed the security of foreign embassies in Indonesia, according to National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo.

Posted in Protests @ 21 September 2012 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US closes embassy, offices close in anticipation of rallies The US Embassy in Jakarta, the US Consulate General in Surabaya, the American Presence Post in Medan, the US Consular Agency in Bali and the US Mission to ASEAN have been closed on Friday, in anticipation of rallies.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US expert on anti-corruption efforts visits Indonesia American Attorney Danforth Newcomb, who specializes in prosecuting and fighting corruption, is visiting Indonesia from September 17-28 to speak on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in the United States.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 September 2012 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Large protest against anti-Islam movie near US embassy Thousands of people from various organizations in Jakarta held a demonstration in front of the US Embassy on Monday afternoon, protesting against the anti-Islam movie, `Innocence of Muslims`, produced by an American and posted on You Tube.

Posted in Protests @ 17 September 2012 18:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police deploy 1,500 personnel ahead of Hillary`s visit The Jakarta Police have deployed 1,500 police officers to step up security ahead of the scheduled arrival of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport here on Monday evening.

Posted in Politics @ 03 September 2012 20:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary Clinton to visit Indonesia on September 3 US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Indonesia on September 3, to discuss with senior Indonesian officials about the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and respective engagements on regional global issues.

Posted in Politics @ 29 August 2012 14:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three US warships arrive in Banongan Three American warships have arrived at the coastal region of Banongan, Situbondo, East Java, situated 194 km to the east of Surabaya, on Monday morning.

Posted in Military @ 04 June 2012 10:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ill-fated Sukhoi`s flight data recorder found The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) reported that local residents of Cijeruk have found the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) of the ill-fated Sukhoi Superjet 100 at the crash site on Mount Salak area, West Java Province.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 May 2012 09:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian team allowed to take part in further evacuation The Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has allowed a Russian search and rescue team to take part in further evacuation of the remains of Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash victims on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 May 2012 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian DNA expert helps identify Sukhoi crash victims A Russian DNA expert has arrived here to assist in the identification of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims. Professor Paprov Ivanov joined the national police`s Disaster Victim Identification team on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 May 2012 12:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue coordinator confirms no survivors of Sukhoi crash Chief of the Search Mission Coordinator (SMC) Ketut Parwa has confirmed that no survivors have been found in the wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) which crashed into Mount Salak, Bogor, West Java on May 9, 2012.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 May 2012 08:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Efforts to find Sukhoi crash victims continue Indonesian rescue teams are still searching and evacuating the bodies of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash victims in Bogor, West Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 May 2012 14:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Complete investigation into Sukhoi crash could take a year The Head of the National Committee of Transportation Safety (KNKT)`s Investigation Field, Masruri, said it would take about 12 months to complete a thorough investigation into the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) plane crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 May 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New wasp species in Indonesia shocks scientists An American scientist working with a team of Indonesians scientists has discovered a new giant black warrior wasp species. The wasp will be added to the list of items named after the country’s national symbol, the mythical bird Garuda.

Posted in Environment @ 02 September 2011 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror suspect Umar Patek admits assembling 2002 bombs Terror suspect Umar Patek has admitted to having assembled the explosive devices which were used in the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, officials said on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 August 2011 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls for the arrest of more fugitives Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday called on National Police to continue pursuing wanted fugitives following the arrest of Muhammad Nazaruddin.

Posted in Crime @ 12 August 2011 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia supports Palestine's push for independence The Indonesian ambassador to Jordan and Palestine on Tuesday said that Indonesia supports Palestine's move to declare independence later this year, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2011 02:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US man facing deportation threatens to kill himself, daughters An American man facing deportation threatened to kill himself and his four children if he is forced to leave Indonesia without them, the Jakarta Globe reported Wednesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 March 2011 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


French 'Survivor' to shoot in Raja Ampat Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik is excited about a French filmmaker’s plans to shoot a reality television series in the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua. Jero said Thursday about 200 crew members would film "Koh Lanta", the French franchise of the popular American reality television show "Survivor", in Raja Ampat.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 January 2011 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Americans, Indonesians among hostages in Nigerian oil rig attack Two Americans and two Indonesians among the seven foreigners currently being held hostage after a group of gunmen attacked an oil rig and support vessel in Nigeria on Monday, officials said Friday.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2010 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 113 dead after tsunami hits Mentawai Islands Navy ships packed with medicine and food and rescuers in helicopters headed to remote Indonesian islands on Tuesday that were pounded by a 3-meter tsunami, sweeping away villages and killing at least 113 people.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 October 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another expat’s home stormed in religious riot on Lombok A German man was the second foreigner to see his home destroyed in Lombok during the holy month after his complaints about damage to his property interrupted evening prayers. "He barged into the village chief’s house, accusing residents of destroying his statues, and questioned what kind of Muslims we were," Mustan said.

Posted in Religion @ 11 September 2010 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge undersea volcano mapped off Sulawesi Scientists on a deep-sea expedition off Indonesia have discovered a towering volcano: It rises 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) from the ocean floor, yet remains far from sight at the water's surface. U.S. and Indonesian researchers, using a powerful sonar system and a robotic vehicle with high-definition video, are exploring terrain off Sulawesi island in hopes of getting a glimpse into complex and little-known marine ecosystems.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2010 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Obama still plans to travel to Indonesia soon An U.S. official based in Indonesia has confirmed that President Barack Obama will soon be visiting Bali as part of a brief visit to Indonesia. Andie De Arment, a U.S. Public Affairs Officer, was quoted by the Bali Post as saying the U.S. President's visit will have implications for U.S. - Indonesian relations.

Posted in Politics @ 22 May 2010 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two injured in shooting near Freeport mine Two people were injured in a new shooting incident at the PT Freeport mine yesterday morning. The injured are being treated at a local clinic. The shooting near the gold and copper mine took place around 09:30 local time (GMT+9) between mile 41 and 42 along the road between the town of Timika and the company's Grasberg mine.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 21 October 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Jalan Jaksa; too much alcohol It was a Saturday yesterday. As usual I got up on time and after breakfast, mandi and a quick look on the internet I grabbed my stuff for a short trip to Jakarta, which is still about one hour from here. The bus at ten in the morning was one bus later than I had planned on taking in the first place, but well, that's how things go. No big deal.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 August 2009 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorists to kill Obama in Indonesia? Terrorists in Indonesia are said to have detailed plans to stage a terrorist attack on American president Barack Obama. The attack should be carried out by sharp shooters. This information was made public by a safety expert in Indonesia. Obama is expected to bring a visit to Indonesia in November this year.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 August 2009 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another shooting near Freeport mine Another shooting near the gold and copper mine Freeport on Saturday morning. The shooting occurred on the road between the town of Mimika and the Grasberg mining site. The target of the shooting was a car with medical supplies. There were no fatalities in this latest shooting.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 25 July 2009 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Life in Jakarta back to normal after bombings It was just a short visit to Jakarta, just one night, but it took place after the first bombing in a number of years in Indonesia. Where media all want to talk about the results for Indonesia - as if the country is as small as Luxembourg or Brunei, and even that is still too big - locals seem to go on with their lives as they did before. While the area around the two hotels, J.W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton was still partly closed off, the rest of Jakarta looked like a Saturday morning when it was Saturday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 July 2009 12:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No embassy in Bandung, demonstration at German cultural institute Some 50 students united in the Pancasila Student Front West Java (Front Mahasiswa Pancasila Jawa Barat) organized a demonstration in front of the German cultural Goethe Institute in Jalan. R.E. Martadinata in Bandung earlier today. They were forced to hold their demonstration there, because Bandung does not have a representative office or embassy which could be the gathering place for their protests against Israel.

Posted in Protests @ 06 January 2009 15:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Tiny primate rediscovered on Sulawesi The tiny Furby-like pygmy tarsier, presumed to be extinct, was found during a recent expedition to Indonesia. And the cuddly, huge-eyed nocturnal critter is the very definition of cute. "They always look like they have a perpetual smile on their face, which adds to the attraction," says physical anthropologist Sharon Gursky-Doyen, who found the presumed lost species.

Posted in Environment @ 19 November 2008 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia halts U.S. naval lab's activities Indonesia has halted the activities of a U.S. naval medical lab in Jakarta following a dispute over the terms of a contract, the health minister said on Thursday. The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 has been key to efforts to track bird flu in Indonesia, the country with the most human deaths from the H5N1 virus.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2008 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two small bombs near Freeport mine in eastern Indonesia Two small bombs went off early Friday on a road leading to a massive mine operated by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in eastern Indonesia and a third unexploded mortar round was found nearby, police said. No one was injured and there was little damage. The near-simultaneous explosions targeted a bridge and a nearby security post 15 kilometers from the Grasberg mine in Papua province, said PT Freeport Indonesia spokesman, Mindo Pangaribuan, refusing to elaborate until the police probe was complete.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 12 September 2008 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon disappearing from natural habitat The legendary Komodo dragon, a giant carnivorous lizard that feasts on water buffalo, and occasionally even attacks humans, is disappearing from its limited habitat, according to zoologists. The dragons, which grown to three meters long and weigh as much as 165 kilograms, are found only on Komodo and a handful of neighbouring islands in central Indonesia. Already endangered, their numbers are dwindling as a result of habitat destruction and hunting of their prey.

Posted in Environment @ 06 September 2008 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24 foreigners housed in Bali's Kerobokan prison Antara News Agency estimates that 24 foreign nationals are now housed as prisoners in Denpasar's main Kerobokan prison. The prison’s warden, Yon Suharyono, said, "of the number, 18 are convicted prisoners and six detainees." Detainees are traditionally held at the prison while awaiting trial.

Posted in Crime @ 25 August 2008 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four Americans detained on assault charges Four Americans, including a Marine working at the United States Embassy in Jakarta, were arrested for allegedly assaulting workers at a factory for swimsuits, according to police and an embassy official on Saturday. The Americans, together with 76 Indonesians are said to have broken locks, forced their way pas security and attacked eight employees of PT Natural Selaras.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2007 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing wins $3bn order from Lion Air Boeing announced yesterday that is has won an order for 40 planes from Indonesian airlines Lion Air. The American aircraft manufacturer said that the airline had made an order for 737-900 ER (Extended Range) airplanes, which are worth more than 3 billion US dollar according to standard pricetags.

Posted in General @ 19 June 2007 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian student among those killed in US shooting A student from Medan has been confirmed killed during last Monday's gun massacre at the Virginia Tech University in the United States. 33 students were killed in the attack, the deadliest in the history of the United States. Partahi Mamora Holoman Lumbanturuan's American dream came to a brutal end when the 32-year-old and 31 others were gunned down by a fellow student, 23-year-old Cho Seung-hui.

Posted in Crime @ 18 April 2007 18:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns citizens in Indonesia on threat from cats The U.S. embassy warned its citizens in Indonesia on Wednesday that the country's wild and stray cats may carry the deadly bird flu virus and should be avoided and that care needed to be taken with pet cats. Most known cases of humans getting the H5N1 virus have involved contact with chickens or other infected birds. But last month experts called for closer monitoring of other animals after Indonesian scientists found it in cats near poultry markets.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 February 2007 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists: Indonesia mud volcano caused by drilling A mud volcano that inundated dozens of villages was probably triggered by commercial gas drilling, research published in a respected scientific journal shows, contradicting an Indonesian Government Minister who insists it was a natural disaster. ``It is very likely'' that the mud flow in Sidoarjo, eastern Java, which has spewed a million barrels of mud a day for eight months, is manmade, four researchers say in the February issue of Geological Society of American's GSA Today.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 January 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel spill may be new clue on missing Adam Air jet Indonesian rescue workers scouring the seas for a commercial airliner that went missing two weeks ago have found a fuel spill believed to be from the doomed jet, an official said on Monday. Small pieces of the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 that vanished from radar screens on New Year's Day with 102 people aboard have been found in the past few days floating in the sea or washed up on beaches off the west coast of Sulawesi island.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 January 2007 11:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane search focuses on undersea object A U.S. navy ship is set to join on Tuesday the search for an Indonesian airliner with 102 people on board missing for the past eight days, with the hunt focusing on a large metal object detected deep on the sea bed. The object was discovered on Monday by Indonesian ships with sonar technology about 1,000 metres (1,150 yards) under the ocean north of Mamuju in West Sulawesi province.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 January 2007 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Veep promises to spare no efforts in search for missing plane After five days of searching, there's still no still no trace of an Indonesian jetliner missing with 102 people aboard. American experts arrived on Indonesia's Sulawesi island earlier today to help investigate the apparent crash of budget carrier Adam Air. The Boeing 737 vanished after battling fierce winds and storms.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 January 2007 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plane pilot said to alter path A jetliner with 102 people aboard that disappeared after encountering 80 mph winds over northern Indonesian waters twice changed course, an official said, as authorities widened the search Friday for the Boeing 737. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived to help investigate the apparent crash of Adam Air Flight KI-574, which disappeared from the radar Monday near the Sulawesi coastal town of Majene without issuing a mayday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 January 2007 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crash brings safety of budget airlines into question The proliferation of budget airlines across Asia has made air travel affordable for millions, but this week's aircraft disaster in Indonesia has underlined the challenge for governments to ensure safety standards are met. Analysts say there is no hard evidence that budget airlines are more accident-prone than full-service carriers, but admit they have a harder job convincing the public they are not cutting corners as well as costs.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Media accuse officials over plane 'survivors' Furious media accused authorities Wednesday of lying after officials erroneously reported that rescuers had found wreckage and survivors from a missing airliner carrying 102 people. "The people have been lied to," said the Pikiran Umum daily, as search and rescue teams hunted for the plane which vanished off radar screens Monday en route from central Java island to the island of Sulawesi.

Posted in Media @ 03 January 2007 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Rescuers to search sea for Adam Air plane wreck Search teams will Wednesday scan the seas off the island of Sulawesi for a plane which went missing with 102 people on board, officials said after reports the wreckage had been found on the island proved false. The Adam Air plane with 96 passengers and six crew on board vanished from air traffic control radar screens Monday. The Boeing 737-400 had sent distress signals an hour after taking off from Java island en route to Sulawesi.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2007 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia seeks boat survivors, downed airliner Indonesia's transportation minister now said rescuers haven't yet found the wreckage of an Indonesian jetliner that crashed Monday. Earlier, aviation officials reported that the wreckage had been found, and that 90 bodies were scattered at the crash site. There were even reports of 12 survivors, although officials later disputed that.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2007 02:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General: 'Indonesian airliner still missing' [Update] 02 January 2007 21:05 WIB - Earlier message on this page concerning incorrect information about the fact that the plane had been found has been replaced with a message that the plane has not been found until now. Earlier messages proved to be wrong.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


 Wrestling shows off Indonesia TV Several popular American wrestling programmes have been pulled from Indonesian television, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, following the death of a nine-year-old boy whose friends practised fighting moves on him. SmackDown and other shows produced by the Stamford, Connecticut-based World Wrestling Entertainment Inc were last screened on Tuesday, said a spokeswoman for Indonesia's Lativi broadcaster, the only company to have aired the programmes.

Posted in Media @ 30 November 2006 05:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Censors ban Aceh film from festival Indonesia has banned a documentary on the once volatile Aceh province from being screened at an international film festival on the grounds that it could disturb security, the festival's organizers said. "The Black Road", a documentary by American freelance journalist William Nessen who was banned from entering Aceh in April, tells the story of the nearly 30-year separatist conflict in Aceh that killed some 15,000 people.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2006 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests escalate ahead of Bush's visit Anti-American protests intensified on Saturday ahead of President George W. Bush's coming visit to the world's most populous Muslim country. "Bush is a terrorist!'' chanted 300 Islamic hard-liners, students and ordinary citizens who gathered outside the U.S. embassy in the capital, Jakarta, the target of near-daily protests all month. "He is guilty of killing Muslims!'' Bush was scheduled to visit Indonesia briefly on Monday.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2006 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns of protests during Bush Indonesia visit The U.S. embassy in Indonesia warned on Monday that demonstrations over a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush could turn violent and told Americans to be vigilant and avoid protest areas. Bush is scheduled to make a short visit to Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation and an ally in U.S.-led anti-terrorism efforts in Asia, on November 20.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2006 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court convicts 7 Papuans for killing Americans An Indonesian court on Tuesday convicted seven men of leading an armed ambush that killed two American school teachers in remote Papua province four years ago, and sentenced the alleged ringleader to life imprisonment. Chief Judge Andriani Nurdin of the Central Jakarta District Court said defendant Antonius Wamang had 'committed a gross violation of human rights for attacking civilians' and deserved harsher punishment than the 20-year sentence asked by prosecutors, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 November 2006 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opposition upset over helipad for Bush The construction of a helipad in Indonesia's famed botanical gardens for an upcoming visit by U.S. President George W. Bush will damage protected plants, an opposition party said on Tuesday. Bush will visit Indonesia this month on a brief stopover after attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam on Nov. 18. Details on the Bush visit have not been officially announced, but Indonesian media reports say it will take place on Nov. 20.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 November 2006 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Hundreds of hardline Muslims rally against Bush’s planned visit Hundreds of Islamic hard-liners rallied in front of the American Embassy in Jakarta on Saturday, denouncing President Bush’s planned trip to the world’s most populous Muslim nation. “Bush should not come to Indonesia,” shouted Muhammad Ismail Yusanto, saying Bush was responsible for the violence in the Palestinian territories, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2006 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The day before the fall of Suharto Controversy has surrounded the book written by former President Habibie, which reveals a number of new historical facts about the events of May 1998. The military is mentioned as having a hand in speeding up the downfall of the Suharto regime. Two major-generals and a number of colonels are suspected of having "allowed" university students to occupy the parliament building in Senayan. Tempo sorts out the important moments during the 24 hours preceding Suharto's downfall. Here is the report.

Posted in History @ 03 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pushes for geothermal renewal ndonesia, land of earthquakes and volcanos, is literally sitting on top of the solution for its energy needs: Vast reservoirs of hot water deep beneath the earth's crust can be harnessed to generate electricity. What's more, it's a clean, renewable energy source. Yet the country continues to import millions of barrels of oil and fuel annually. Legal uncertainties, financial risks and government bureaucracy have repelled international investors from developing its geothermal resources.

Posted in Environment @ 18 October 2006 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia’s super-rich in one list by Forbes Asia Forty names were crowned by Forbes Asia magazine as the richest in Indonesia. Three of them joined the list at the end of the economic and financial crises. They are Trihatma Kusuma Haliman (Agung Podomoro), Eddy William Katuari (Wings Group), and Arifin Panigoro (Medco Energi). What are their business secrets? Here is Tempo’s report.

Posted in Economy @ 01 October 2006 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Secrecy, speculation surrounded prizes A Finn who helped mediate peace in Indonesia is tipped to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, while bookmakers favor a Turkish novelist for the literature award. But in the hyper-secretive world of the panels that have spent much of the year sifting through hundreds of nominations, it's all a guessing game until the announcements start tumbling out onMonday.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror guide spread in Indonesia A GUIDEBOOK urging jihad in the spirit of Osama bin Laden, "the conqueror of communist and American forces", is being distributed across Indonesia in an attempt to create small independent terrorist cells, a new report claims. The 82-page book has been secretly distributed over the past several months, according to a report yesterday in news magazine Tempo.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2006 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Playboy' editor, model named suspects Playboy magazine's editor-in-chief and first centerfold model in Indonesia were formally named by police as suspects in an indecency case against the publication. Indonesian authorities said they were investigating model Kartika Gunawan, a woman who posed in lingerie in a premiere edition in April, and Erwin Arnada. They could be prosecuted and if found guilty imprisoned for two years and eight months.

Posted in General @ 29 June 2006 19:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


40 still missing in Sumatra ferry accident Nearly 40 passengers were still missing after a ferry sunk in rough waters off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, officials said Friday. Most of the over 130 passengers and crew on board the Surya Makmur Indah ferry when it sunk off the coast of North Sumatra Thursday were rescued, but dozens of others were still missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 June 2006 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boat with 120 people sinks off Sumatra A ferry with 120 people on board has sunk off Sumatra island due to bad weather, a senior rescue official said on Thursday, but there was no information on the status of the passengers. Dianta Bangun, head of the search and rescue office in North Sumatra province, told Reuters rescuers were still trying to locate the boat which he said had 108 passengers and 12 crewmen.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 June 2006 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to US: learn some patience The US needs to let other countries decide for themselves how to fight terrorism in order to counter perceptions that Washington is overbearing, Indonesia's defense minister told visiting US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In turn, Rumsfeld talked to Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono and Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday about a need for their nation to continue efforts to ensure that human rights abuses are no longer a problem with its military.

Posted in Politics @ 08 June 2006 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rising radicalism, intolerance threaten Indonesia's diversity Fifty years ago, Clifford Geertz wrote: " ... archipelagic in geography, eclectic in civilization, and heterogeneous in culture, Indonesia flourishes when it accepts and capitalizes on its diversity and disintegrates when it denies and suppresses it". The comment, part of Geertz's assessment of the political situation in Indonesia in the late fifties, also anticipates the future of Indonesia.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid has yet to reach some in central Java Villagers pleaded for food and shelter Thursday in areas yet to be reached by foreign relief teams five days after Indonesia's devastating earthquake. Survivors searched for scraps of tin and other materials to rebuild destroyed homes. Others blocked traffic to plead for money or placed flower pots and trash cans on streets to slow traffic and beg for donations.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 15:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists query discovery of 'Hobbits' in Flores A row has broken out about the scientific evidence purporting to show that a species of "hobbits" lived on a remote Indonesian island about 18,000 years ago. A team of scientists believes that the skull at the centre of the discovery is not from a metre-high member of another human species but belonged to someone with microcephaly - a congenitally small brained person.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor: Bali bombings were to avenge Muslim deaths Four suspected Islamic militants went on trial today for their alleged roles in last year’s suicide bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, attacks a prosecutor said were aimed at avenging Muslims’ deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty under anti-terror laws. Security was tight at the Denpasar trials, the first to be held over the triple bombings that killed 20 people and were blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked south-east Asian terror group.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2006 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court sentences Islamic militant to 7 years in jail An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic militant to seven years in prison on Thursday for sheltering the man who allegedly helped mastermind a string of suicide bombings in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Ahmad Taufik Ridho was also found guilty of illegal weapons possession, said Ardiansah Dali, the presiding judge at the South Jakarta District Court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 April 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


4 accused of plotting to ship weapons to Indonesia Four Asian businessmen plotted to buy hundreds of handguns, machine guns, Sidewinder missiles and aviation radar equipment for export to Indonesia, creating a threat to national security, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The four men - who have been charged in Detroit and Honolulu - were arrested Sunday after meeting in Hawaii with people they thought were representatives of a Detroit-area company, which authorities say the men believed would supply the military hardware. It was to be shipped to Indonesia through Singapore.

Posted in General @ 12 April 2006 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US embassy issues warning of weekend attacks The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta has issued a warning of possible terror attacks on western targets in Indonesia this weekend. "Recent reports suggest that Sunday April 2, 2006 could be one potential date for an attack; however, terrorist attacks can occur at any time, anywhere in Indonesia," the embassy said in a statement reaching here Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 April 2006 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Newmont suspends exploration after camp attack The Newmont mining company suspended gold and copper exploration on Indonesia’s Sumbawa Island after unidentified people torched a camp for its workers, the company said on Monday. No one was injured Sunday when the assailants set the remote camp in Elang district on fire, but the attack underlined the difficulties facing foreign mining companies working in remote regions of the sprawling archipelago.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 20 March 2006 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rice praises 'success story' Indonesia US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Indonesia's record on religious tolerance and democracy as hundreds of Islamic protesters yelling "Condeleeza go to hell!" denounced America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rice, on her first visit to the world's most populous Muslim nation, lunched with her counterpart Hassan Wirayuda, and afterwards praised Indonesia as "an inspiration to the entire world" for its religious tolerance and democratic progress.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2006 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina, ExxonMobil reach Cepu deal State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina and U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil Corp. announced Monday they had finally reached an agreement to jointly operate the Cepu oil block, ending a protracted four-year dispute. Under the agreement, expected to be officially signed on Wednesday, Pertamina and ExxonMobil will form a joint-operating organization, to be known as Cepu Organization, that will run the oil-and-gas-rich block under a 30-year production-sharing contract with the government, they said in a press release.

Posted in Economy @ 14 March 2006 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Muslims rally demanding US pull out of Iraq, Afghanistan Thousands of Muslims rallied in front of the tightly guarded U.S. Embassy in Indonesia yesterday, demanding American troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan and calling U.S. President George W. Bush a terrorist. The protesters, many of whom were from the hardline group Hizbut Tharir, were kept well away from the mission, which is ringed by two concrete walls and barbed wire. Some 2,000 police stood watch and two water cannons stood by, but the rally ended peacefully.

Posted in Protests @ 06 March 2006 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim protestors pelt US Embassy About 400 hardline Muslim protestors attacked the US Embassy in Jakarta with rocks, tomatoes and eggs, claiming that the United States was on a mission to destroy Islam. In speeches, members of the Islamic Defenders Front, a Muslim vigilante group, said that US President George W. Bush had supported the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in European newspapers.

Posted in Protests @ 19 February 2006 10:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denmark pulls ambassadors from Syria, Iran, Indonesia Denmark has temporarily withdrawn its ambassadors from Syria, Iran and Indonesia because their safety was at risk in the wake of a Danish newspaper's publication of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Denmark's embassy buildings in all three countries had been targeted by angry mobs protesting the publication of the caricatures in September. European and American newspapers subsequently reprinted the drawings.

Posted in Protests @ 11 February 2006 18:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 58 reactions


Four more sought over shooting of Americans Indonesian authorities are hunting for four more people over the 2002 killing of two Americans in Papua province, police said on Monday after declaring eight men suspects in the case last week. The eight were arrested on Wednesday over an ambush that killed two Americans and an Indonesian, all teachers from a school run by PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of U.S.-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., which operates mines in Papua's mountains.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 January 2006 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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