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Malaysian ship discovers AirAsia victim`s body and luggage A Malaysian ship involved in evacuation operations recovered a body and luggage believed to be of the victim of AirAsia flight QZ8501 carrying 162 people from Surabaya to Singapore, which disappeared on Sunday (Dec. 28).

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2015 19:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali deports four foreigners for violating stay permit The Immigration Office of Bali province will deport four foreigners for violating their visa permits, Chief of Supervisory Unit at Balis Immigration Office Mohamad Soleh said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2014 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pottery artifacts from 14th century found in Kambelo, Maluku Pottery fragments from Tiongkok dating back to the 14th century when Yuan Dynasty ruled the country were found in Kambelo, South Hoamoal sub-district, West Seram district, Maluku, in June 2014, an archeologist stated on Wednesday.

Posted in History @ 03 September 2014 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President-elect Jokowi gains international recognition The newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has gained international recognition with congratulatory messages trickling in from leaders across the globe.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia Airlines confirms 12 Indonesians aboard MH17 There were 12 Indonesians among 298 passengers, who boarded flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday, Malaysia Airlines has confirmed.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 July 2014 18:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI Chief: 'Indonesia currently needs no aircraft carrier' A carrier vessel (CV) is not yet required to strengthen the countrys primary weaponry defense system (alutsista), Indonesian Military (TNI) Chief General Moeldoko claimed here on Monday.

Posted in Military @ 19 May 2014 18:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


British national gets six years for ordering drugs British national Julian Anthony Ponder (43) was sentenced to six years in jail by the Denpasar District Court on Tuesday for ordering 4.7 kg of cocaine Lindsay June Sandiford smuggled to Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 January 2013 01:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor: 'Lindsay's death sentence fair' Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika said the death sentence for British national Lindsay June Sandiford was fair. "We must honor the court`s ruling. They must have calculated consequences in narcotic crimes," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2013 17:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono starts three-day visit in Britain Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and entourage, arrived at the Heathrow international airport, London at about 6.0 p.m. local time or 40 minutes earlier than the schedule.

Posted in Politics @ 31 October 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to propose anti-religion denigration protocol at UN Indonesia will propose an international protocol against desecration of religion to prevent conflicts and maintain world peace during the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reiterated the plan at a press conference before leaving for New York to attend the UN meeting here on Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 22 September 2012 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President yudhoyono to visit US President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono will leave for New York, the United States, this weekend on a working visit until September 30.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 20:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Bounty for arrest of president baseless' The bounty offered by separatist group Free West Papua Movement for the arrest of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his October visit to Britain has no legal basis, according to an observer.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2012 22:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali customs foils smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine The customs office of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali foiled the smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine by a British national, Lindsay June Sandiford.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 May 2012 13:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PGN raises industry gas price to US$10.13 State-owned gas distributor firm PGN has decided to raise the price of gas for industry by 49 percent from US$6.8 to US$10.13 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu) beginning on May 1, 2012, the PGN secretary said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 May 2012 16:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Old Indonesian manuscripts located in Netherlands Around 26,000 old Indonesian manuscripts are currently held in the library of Leiden University in the Netherlands, Indonesian National Library spokesperson Sri Sulasih said here on Monday.

Posted in History @ 14 May 2012 16:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR team rescues Australians, British in Makassar waters A local search and rescue (SAR) team has rescued two Australians and two British persons sailing from the Philippines to East Timor in Makassar waters.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 May 2012 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda signs agreement to purchase 11 Airbus planes Garuda Indonesia signed an agreement with Airbus on Wednesday to purchase 11 A330-300 planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 13 April 2012 12:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives British PM Cameron President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Merdeka Palace here on Wednesday afternoon for bilateral talks.

Posted in Politics @ 11 April 2012 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace accused of illegal activities Lawmakers have called on the government to review the existence of Greenpeace in Indonesia following a series of incidents that they say were triggered by the organization's reluctance to comply with the country's laws.

Posted in Environment @ 27 October 2011 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AviaStar plane drives into three cows on landing strip A British Aerospace BAE 146/200 operated by AviaStar Jet on route from Kupang – Ende – Labuan Bajo (Komodo) to Bali narrowly averted disaster on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, when it plowed into a herd of cattle grazing on the runway of the Labuan Bajo Komodo Airport in West Flores.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 September 2011 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign scientists to study Lapindo Sidoarjo mudflow A team of foreign scientists will be traveling to Indonesia's East Java province in order to observe the Lapindo mudflow that began five years ago in Sidoarjo, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 May 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


British, Japanese citizens arrested for drug smuggling in Bali Indonesian authorities arrested two foreigners, one British and one Japanese, as well as one national for smuggling drugs into the country at island beach resort, Bali, local authorities said Monday. The three could face possible execution.

-Khuram Antonio Khan Garcia, 39, a from the United Kingdom, was arrested after arriving on a Qatar Airways flight at around 8 p.m. local time. He was carrying 3.1 kilograms (6.8 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, which was hidden in the lining of his suitcase, airport official Bagus Endro Wibowo explained.

-The drugs, officials said, were worth around 9.5 billion rupiah ($1.07 million).

-After his arrest at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, local authorities questioned Garcia, and according to his statements, he revealed the identities two accomplices.

-As a result, officials subsequently arrested Yan Zacharia Santosa, 31, from Jakarta, who was staying in Bali at the moment and was reportedly supposed to receive the drugs and later distribute them.

-Morita Yuki, 35, from Japan, was also arrested after arriving later in the evening from Bangkok, Thailand. He was carrying 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds) of hashish in his suitcase, which was calculated to be worth around 3.5 billion rupiah ($395,500).

-All three suspects will be handed over to the Bali Police's Narcotics Division where they will be facing the country's harsh anti-drug policies.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 November 2010 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Paying taxes not for Batam Because of the relative closeness of the free world - everything is relative - that is called Singapore, you will find all kind of products on Batam up for the grabs. Of course you should make sure that you are buying the real stuff, but generally spoken you will, but without the hefty import duties Indonesia puts on luxury imported goods.

Posted in Economy @ 17 June 2010 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iceland volcanic eruption causes chaos in Europe air traffic Ash clouds from an Icelandic volcano that erupted Wednesday disrupted air traffic across Northern Europe on Thursday, as British and Nordic authorities closed airspace, airports including Europe's busiest airport- London Heathrow - shut down and carriers canceled hundreds of flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 April 2010 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda charged with price-fixing in Australia Garuda Indonesia has been charged by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) for conspiring to fix air cargo prices. The lawsuit alleges that Garuda and other carriers of colluding to fix fuel and security surcharges in Indonesia and Hong Kong between 2001 and 2006.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 08 September 2009 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms first two cases of Mexican Flu Officials confirmed Wednesday the country's first cases of the H1N1 flu after an Indonesian and a British tourist tested positive for the virus. Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari identified an Indonesian pilot who recently flew to Australia and Hong Kong, and a 22-year-old British tourist who has lived in Australia.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 25 June 2009 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesian prosecutors target Tommy Suharto The Attorney General's office in Indonesia said it will start questioning people towards filing a new civil case against Tommy Suharto as soon as next week. Tommy Suharto is the youngest son of former president Suharto. A court in Guernsey in the British Channel Islands has agreed to extend a current freeze of 59 million US dollar in funds held by a company controlled by Tommy Suharto. In this way they hope to unveil some of the paper trails left behind by the assumed ill-gotten gains.

Posted in General @ 25 May 2007 05:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesa is worlds number three greenhouse gas producer Indonesia is only behind the United States and China in greenhouse gas emissions. A study showed released by the World Bank and the British government last Friday. It's high rank is primarily due to its high deforestation rate - about 85 percent (2,563 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent results from forest fires and clearing. Remaining emissions from energy, agriculture and waste only reach 451 million tonnes.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2007 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia withholds vital bird flu data Indonesia, the country worst hit by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, has stopped sharing human genetic samples of the highly pathogenic illness with foreign laboratories, raising fears it could slow international efforts to prepare for a pandemic. Officials say Indonesia stopped providing samples internationally last month, hindering efforts to confirm whether the virus killing its citizens is H5N1 and limiting production of vaccines to help prevent its spread.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 February 2007 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Indonesia gas sale fails amid Java mudflow row Indonesian energy and mining firm PT Energi on Tuesday lost a potential buyer of some gas assets as controversy over devastating mud flows from near a drilling site in East Java continued to rage. PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk wants to sell stakes in firms that control gas block operator Lapindo Brantas -- a company that has been blamed for causing mud to gush from near a drilling site for months.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 28 November 2006 16:16 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


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to the Indonesian embassy It has been a short while, but still I think about that one day that I was headed for the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Because I had obtained a nice booklet of maps of the city, and I also bought a monthly card for the LRT (city trains), I would be able to drop in there to bring my paperwork. The embassy opened at nine o'clock in the morning, like usual, so if I would get up at around eight o'clock I would have enough time to prepare myself. That is what happened. Half past eight the alarm of my telephone went off and I took a short shower. The train station of Chinatown - that's the place where I found a nice little hotel for the week - was located at about 300 meters from the hotel. I waned to the central station of Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) because you can take the monorail from there. This route brought me in the direction of the Indonesian embassy, however I still had to walk quite some distance. With a bottle of water that should be possible however. I also got the chance to use the monorail trains, because waiting until the one in Jakarta is finished would mean I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur a few more times, because that one won't be ready for some time being, if I read the stories about that.

Posted in Travel @ 25 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia have different perception on land border Indonesia and Malaysia still have different perception in deciding land border areas in Kalimantan (Borneo) island, ANTARA news agency reported quoting an Indonesian envoy as saying. Malaysia had identified nine border problems -- four in its state of Sabah (eastern Kalimantan) and five other in its state of Sarawak (western Kalimantan) while Indonesia problems on 10 areas including that in Tanjung Datu in West Kalimantan have yet to be solved.

Posted in Politics @ 18 September 2006 11:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to allow protests against IMF, World Bank Indonesian police will allow activists opposed to the policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to meet in Batam, 40 minutes by ferry from Singapore where the lenders are holding their annual meetings. Activists were previously denied permission to hold the meeting on the island because it could hurt the political, security and investment environment in Indonesia, Anggaria Lopies, a spokesman from the Riau provincial police, said in a telephone interview today.

Posted in Protests @ 11 September 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vanuatu is world's happiest country, Indonesia 23th The tiny South Pacific Ocean archipelago of Vanuatu is the happiest country on Earth, according to a study published Wednesday measuring people's wellbeing and their impact on the environment. Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica and Panama complete the top five in the Happy Planet Index, compiled by the British think-tank New Economics Foundation (NEF).

Posted in General @ 12 July 2006 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pirates attack three ships off Indonesia Pirates have attacked three ships, including two U.N.-chartered vessels and a Japanese bulk carrier, in Indonesian waters around the Malacca Strait in recent days, maritime and police officials said on Wednesday. Two attacks occurred on ships carrying relief material to tsunami-stricken Aceh province at the weekend, while a Japanese bulk carrier was targeted on Monday, Noel Choong, head of the piracy reporting center of the International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur, told Reuters.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 July 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sanitary conditions worsen in quake-hit area Many of Indonesia's 650,000 homeless earthquake survivors are living with deteriorating sanitary conditions, forced to wash with dirty water that infects wounds and spreads skin disease, doctors said Sunday. Another peril loomed from a nearby volcano, which spewed lava and hot gases dozens of times on Sunday. There was also concern about bird flu in the quake zone, as the number of Indonesia's human deaths from the virus mounted. Some of the homeless have taken shelter in chicken coops that aid workers fear could contain the disease.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 June 2006 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java quake death toll nears 3,000 More than 2,900 people have been killed and thousands more seriously injured after an earthquake flattened entire districts of Indonesia's ancient royal city of Yogyakarta. Measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, the quake destroyed thousands of buildings in the city, a major tourist attraction, after shaking a densely populated region of southern Java shortly after dawn yesterday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 19:13 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


Jakarta police chief asks 'Playboy' to leave town It took one week for a violent protest to erupt in Indonesia against a new local edition of Playboy magazine -- and one more day for police to say it should pack up its bunny ears and move out of the capital.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 18:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Yudhoyono meets Balkenende President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Saturday met with visiting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who seeks closer ties between the two countries. The two leaders met for 30 minutes, which was followed with bilateral talks between officials of the two countries. But, there was no immediate report about the result of the talks.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2006 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-pornograpy laws stir debate about an open society Since taking office as Indonesia's sixth president 17 months ago, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has grown from a former general into agraft-buster, an economic reformer and a peacemaker. Now add social conservative to the list. Addressing a Jakarta audience last week, Mr Yudhoyono complained about young women baring belly buttons in public and recounted how a singer hired for a presidential event had been sent packing for exposing her navel. "I was disturbed," he said. "I told her to go home. And she did just that without having the chance to sing a song."

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Blair visits Indonesia to build ties with moderate Muslims Indonesia prepared to welcome British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday on a visit aimed at strengthening ties and anti-terror cooperation between Britain and the world's most populous Muslim nation. The trip is the first by a British prime minister to Indonesia in more than two decades, showing the country's renewed importance for Western nations seeking to build alliances with moderate Muslims.

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calls grow for foreign property ownership Many long-term expatriate residents here cannot consider Indonesia a welcoming second home when they are barred from owning property here. "Property ownership is the core around which one builds one's life. Why should foreigners be handicapped here?" complains Robert Eskapa, a British businessman who has opened a pizza-chain in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2006 15:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Locals grow crops in protected Kendari forest "Don't just blame us for stripping the forest -- first take a look at what local people have done to conserve it," said Haji Naim, 58, one of a group of farmers standing at the foot of the hilly Murhum Forest Park in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Along with the others, Haji is cultivating crops in the protected forest park -- part of what he calls an "agroforestry" system.

Posted in Environment @ 22 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor films banned by Indonesia Indonesia has banned three films about its long and bloody occupation of East Timor, saying that if local audiences were to see them it could "reopen old wounds" as the two countries try to move forward. The films had been scheduled for screenings at a film festival last month in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, but were pulled at the last minute.

Posted in General @ 11 January 2006 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Living on a fault line A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be?

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Britain covered up murders of 5 journalists in 1975 invasion of East Timor The British government tacitly backed Indonesia's 1975 occupation of East Timor and sought to cover up the subsequent murder of two British journalists by the invaders, according to newly declassified documents and media reports. "Certainly ... it is in Britain's interest that Indonesia should absorb (East Timor) as soon and as unobtrusively as possible; and that if it comes to the crunch and there is a row in the United Nations we should keep our heads down and avoid siding against the Indonesian Government," said a dispatch from British Ambassador John A. Ford in Jakarta on the eve of Indonesia's invasion of East Timor on Dec. 5, 1975.

Posted in General @ 01 December 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


Funerals of Bali blast victims begin Funerals were taking place today for victims of three suicide bombers who killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 100 in Bali on Saturday. Hundreds of mourners crammed into the narrow streets close to the house of a waiter killed in the attack on Raja's restaurant in Kuta. In a traditional Hindu ceremony, chanting mourners beat gongs as they accompanied the body of Gusti Sedana, 33, which was carried on a golden yellow float before being cremated.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 19:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Grisly photos of Bali suicide bombers released Indonesian police last night released grisly photos of the three men they believe launched a trio of suicide bomb attacks in Bali as chilling amateur video footage captured the final moments before one youth triggered one of the blasts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 17:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb death toll rises to 25 Bombs exploded almost simultaneously in two tourist areas of the Indonesian resort island of Bali, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 100 others, police and hospital officials said. The Foreign Office said there was no reports that Britons were seriously injured but the British Ambassador to Jakarta, Charles Humfrey, was on his way to the affected area.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2005 21:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Why Indonesia must consider abolishing Rupiah The crisis of confidence that has come back to haunt the rupiah for the second time in eight years is making some analysts wonder if Indonesia would be better off without a central bank. After all, what's the good of having a monetary authority when it can't protect the purchasing power of the currency it issues?

Posted in Economy @ 01 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia president warns of terror attacks Indonesia's president warned on Monday of possible terrorist attacks in the coming two months, and said he would also take steps to show the country was still a tolerant Muslim nation. Speaking at a seminar in Jakarta, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said bombmakers from the militant network Jemaah Islamiah posed a threat to the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 August 2005 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


British intervention Indonesia Sixty years ago on Aug. 17 Indonesia's Founding Fathers President Sukarno and Vice-President Mohamad Hatta issued the Proclamation of Independence or Proklomasi as it is known. An historic event. The national leaders, under great pressure from militant nationalist youth, had seized the hour.

Posted in History @ 16 August 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Increasing problems for Phuket Air in UK Phuket Air logoA cut-price Thai holiday airline has been banned from flying to Britain after a safety scare during April in which passengers staged a rebellion when they saw fuel leaking from a wing. Phuket Air, which was used by several leading tour operators including Kuoni and Thomson Holidays, has had its operating licences suspended in Britain and its other European destination, the Netherlands.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 May 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military plans to quit business ventures soon Indonesia’s armed forces will withdraw from business activities in two years, sooner than planned, in a bid to improve their image, the military said in a statement on its web site.

Posted in Military @ 14 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seismologist warns of more huge quakes off Sumatra island A prominent seismologist said he could not rule out the risk of a third big quake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where two massive temblors have occurred in just three months. "The probability of a third quake in the coming months and years, cannot be excluded," Mustapha Meghraoui, in charge of active tectonics at the Institute for Planetary Physics in Strasbourg, eastern France, told Agence France Presse.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists fear another major quake may strike Indonesia Seismologists say there is a heightened risk that a major earthquake may soon strike the western coast of Sumatra as a result of the monster quake that generated the December 26 tsunami. They warn that the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, which was already badly hit by the killer wave, could be at risk from a quake measuring up to 7.5 on the Richter scale and there is a potential for a tsunami-making 8.5 quake offshore.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


World sends cash, food, medical teams to Sumatra The unprecedented global response to the tsunami disaster has seen several countries pledging hundreds of millions of dollars, relief supplies and medical teams to help survivors in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces. More than 80,000 people were killed in the Dec. 26 natural disaster. Around 40 countries have, so far, pledged some US$2 billion to meet the needs of 5 million survivors in 11 countries, including the worst-affected, Indonesia.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives up counting its dead Indonesia has given up on trying to count the exact number of dead from Sunday's Indian Ocean tsunami so it can get on with the task of burying tens of thousands of disaster victims whose corpses lay rotting on the devastated island of Sumatra. As the sun set on Asia for the last time this year, millions were homeless, many of them with no clean water to drink and little or no food.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush and other leaders quick to offer condolences and aid From President Bush to Pope John Paul II, the world's political and spiritual leaders urged support on Sunday for victims of the giant waves in Asia as relief agencies and governments girded to offer technical help and aid. The United States said assistance was already on its way to some of the most stricken areas. The speed and scale of the disaster - with thousands dead - left some relief specialists struggling to keep pace with events. "The needs are enormous," said Louis Michel, a senior official of the European Union, which offered $4 million in emergency funds.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Germany to provide US$66m soft loan for Jakarta train service The German government plans to provide 52 million euros (US$66 million) in loans and grants for the improvement of commuter train services in Greater Jakarta. The funds, provided through the German Development Bank (KfW), will be used to finance the assembly of 10 trains and their engines, and is expected to be agreed upon in December.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hobbit folk 'were just sick humans' Trumpeted as a new species of human being, the 'hobbit' folk of Indonesia are really just sick members of Homo sapiens, it has been alleged. The claim - by Teuku Jacob, professor of paleoanthropology at Indonesia's Gadjah Mada university - threatens to trigger an academic row over the discovery of an extinct race of little hominid people, Homo floresiensis, on the island of Flores.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ex-general sworn in as president Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been sworn in as Indonesia's sixth president after sweeping to power by vowing faster job growth, a war on corruption and tough punishment for terrorists. A solemn-looking Yudhoyono took the oath of office on Wednesday inside a cavernous hall at parliament in front of the very legislators many expect will challenge the big popular mandate he won in Indonesia's first direct presidential election last month.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-general takes over in Indonesia A former general with a doctorate in economics takes power in Indonesia today, facing the challenge of translating a landslide election victory into action on economic growth and against Islamic militancy. For Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, 55, big tests will come early as he appoints his cabinet and seeks to work with a parliament riddled with members of old elites vowing a rough ride for the country's first directly elected president.

Posted in Elections @ 19 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general Yudhoyono wins Indonesia poll Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has won Indonesia's presidential election run-off in a landslide, capping a rapid rise to power for the former general who has pledged to create jobs, stamp out graft and fight terrorism. Preliminary final results obtained on Monday gave Yudhoyono 60 percent of Indonesia's first direct leadership ballot while incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri took 39 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 04 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms two women hostages taken in Iraq Two Indonesian women working for a British company in Iraq were among 10 people kidnapped by an Islamic militant group, officials in Jakarta confirmed on Friday. Indonesian foreign ministry officials said the women, who were pictured wearing Muslim headscarves in video shot by the militants and aired on Arabic television, were from Jakarta.

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


'Year of Living Dangerously' airs in Indonesia The Oscar-winning movie The Year of Living Dangerously, set during the emergence of Indonesia's Suharto and banned by the former dictator, has been broadcast for what is believed to be the first time, in a sign the country may be coming to terms with its brutal past. But Indonesian viewers watching Sunday's broadcast of The Year of Living Dangerously were spared one of the film's most graphic scenes, a gunpoint massacre during the murderous chaos surrounding Suharto's 1965-1966 rise to power.

Posted in Media @ 28 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign investment in Indonesia down Foreign direct investment in Indonesia fell by almost 35 percent in the first half of the year, underscoring the troubles facing the country's economy, the government said Wednesday. The country's official investment board did not provide any reason for the drop to US$3.05 billion from US$4.65 billion invested over the same period last year.

Posted in Economy @ 15 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UK drops Indonesia travel warning The British government has dropped advice urging its nationals to avoid nonessential travel to Indonesia as part of a worldwide review aimed at making terror advisories "more credible." London issued its Indonesia travel warning in October 2002, after al-Qaida linked militants bombed two nightclubs on the resort island of Bali killing more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt expels US think tank expert A leading American expert on Indonesia's terrorist groups has been ordered out of the country after authorities accused her of violating visa regulations. Sidney Jones, however, had earlier said the national intelligence agency chief had complained that her International Crisis Group published false reports that had damaged the country's image. Jones said she was issued with a deportation order late Tuesday. It cited immigration violations, and was effective immediately, she said.

Posted in Politics @ 02 June 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to ban kissing in public Travellers caught kissing in public in Indonesia could face five years in jail. A new anti-pornography bill proposes a ban on "kissing on the mouth in public" and on "public nudity, erotic dances and sex parties". The suggested jail terms for these offences range from three to 10 years. Passionate kissing could carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison or a 250 million rupiah (£16,000) fine. Indecent exposure or watching sex shows would attract a similar punishment.

Posted in Religion @ 13 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cafe bombing kills four in Sulawesi A bomb blast has killed four people at a cafe on Indonesia's Sulawesi island and wounded at least three others, police and hospital sources say. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, the latest in a number of bombings to hit Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, in recent years.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia welcomes capture of Saddam Indonesia has welcomed news of Saddam Hussein's capture by US forces, saying his arrest should help Iraqis to govern their own nation. "The capture of Saddam Hussein is long overdue," Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa was quoted as saying by Reuters. "It is our hope that his capture will help speed up the process of reconciliation and the transition toward a democratic government of Iraq, where sovereignty is restored in the hands of the Iraqi people," he added.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorists plan attacks in Indonesia Two of Asia's most wanted terrorists are armed with explosives and planning fresh attacks on Western hotels and banks -- possibly disguising themselves as beggars and receiving shelter from fellow radicals, officials said. Malaysians Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Mohammed Top -- both alleged leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and believed to have been key players in last year's Bali bombings that killed 202 people -- are the target of a massive manhunt following their narrow escape from a police dragnet in the West Javanese city of Bandung on Oct. 31.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BRI has people queuing If there remains a lack of confidence in Indonesia’s economy, no-one told the “huge crowd” that queued for a slice of the initial public offering of Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) on Thursday (23/10/03). The Jakarta Post noted that very little noise has been made about the float, but word has clearly got around that, of all the banks on the market, this is the one that is producing the goods.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Bali bomb-maker planning more attacks The man accused of designing the bombs that rocked the tourist island of Bali last year and a Jakarta hotel last month plans to strike again in the Indonesian capital, the country's police chief said Tuesday. Azahari, a 46-year-old British-educated Malaysian engineer accused by authorities in several countries of being the top bomb-maker for the militant Southeast Asian Jemaah Islamiah network, is still on the run and one of the most wanted men in Asia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hambali unlikely to be tried in region The United States is unlikely to hand over Asian terror kingpin Hambali for prosecution in Southeast Asia despite evidence linking him to deadly bombings in the region, analysts said Monday. One week after his capture in Thailand, the whereabouts of Asia's highest ranking official in the al-Qaeda terror network remains a mystery although the United States, which played a key role in his arrest, says it has him in custody.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia uses UK Hawks in Aceh offensive Indonesia launched its much-anticipated military offensive against separatists in Aceh province yesterday with displays of "shock therapy" on land, at sea and in the air. It was intended as a demonstration of what the rebels can expect from Jakarta's latest operation to crush the 27-year insurgency.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US, Britain renew Indonesia warnings The U.S. and British governments on Tuesday issued renewed warnings to their citizens against visiting Indonesia after new bombings in the country.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second probable SARS case reported Indonesia said on Wednesday it had registered its second probable case of SARS, the deadly virus which has broken out over large parts of Asia. "We have a new probable case involving a 65-year-old male in Medan," Syafei Ahmad of the Indonesian health ministry told reporters, referring to Indonesia's third largest city.

Posted in SARS @ 24 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SARS infiltrates Indonesia, Philippines Indonesia said Friday that it has confirmed its first case of a deadly flu-like illness that has swept through Asia. Mariani Reksoprodjo, a health ministry spokeswoman, said a 47-year-old British businessman had been diagnosed with severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. The man, who had visited Hong Kong and Singapore before arriving in Indonesia, has been in a Jakarta hospital since Wednesday, she said. Indonesia now joins 18 other countries that have reported SARS cases. The disease has claimed more than 110 lives worldwide and sickened more than 2,700 people. Mainland China and Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia have reported deaths, with the highest number in China and Hong Kong.

Posted in SARS @ 11 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 100,000 march in Jakarta Chanting "America imperialist, number one terrorist!" tens of thousands of protesters in Indonesia marched on the U.S. Embassy Sunday in what appeared to be this nation's largest anti-war demonstration to date. Estimates of the crowd's size ranged from 100,000 to 300,000. Many of the protesters were dressed in traditional Muslim attire and represented the country's largest Islamic groups.

Posted in Protests @ 30 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US issues travel warning for Indonesia The State Department issued a travel warning Saturday for Indonesia, urging U.S. citizens to consider leaving the country because of an increased potential for terrorism and anti-American violence brought on by the war in Iraq. The bulletin said the U.S. Embassy had credible information about possible terrorist attacks targeting U.S. officials or interests in Indonesia. It also urged Americans not to visit the world's largest Muslim country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-war fury sweeps Indonesia Demonstrators have hit the streets in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, to protest against US-led attacks on Iraq as clerics savaged President George W Bush in mosque sermons. A senior Western diplomat said the possibility of demonstrations getting out of control worried him the least among several key security concerns in Indonesia because of "the commitment of the Government to make sure that law and order are going to be upheld".

Posted in Protests @ 21 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bracing for violence Indonesia's entire 250,000-strong police force has been put on full alert as the world's largest Muslim nation braces for a backlash on the eve of a US-led war on Iraq. Intelligence sources say serious threats of violence, including bombings, may be carried out by Muslim radicals belonging to the same network as that responsible for the October Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia blasts US over ultimatum, urges diplomacy Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, blasted the United States on Tuesday for its ultimatum to Iraq as moderate Islamic leaders warned that war would trigger major street protests. The head of Indonesia's second biggest mainstream Muslim organisation branded U.S. President George W. Bush and the leaders of Britain and Spain war criminals, saying they were dragging the world into a war that most did not want.

Posted in Politics @ 18 March 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Briton slams Indonesia court decision A British academic jailed in Indonesia for violating her visa by contacting separatist rebels in Aceh province said yesterday she was a victim of a corrupt justice system. Scottish-born Lesley McCulloch, who is based at Australia's University of Tasmania, was arrested in South Aceh on Sept. 11 along with American nurse Joy Lee Sadler.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 January 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia jails Briton over visa breach An Indonesian court has sentenced a British academic to five months jail for violating visa regulations after she and an American woman were accused of associating with rebels in the province of Aceh. Lesley McCulloch, 40, and American Joy Lee Sadler, 57, were arrested on September 11 accused of having pamphlets of the Free Aceh Movement.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Canadian Embassy warns of attacks in Indonesia Terrorists are planning imminent attacks on a range of targets - including churches and hotels - in four Indonesian cities, the Canadian Embassy has warned. 'The embassy has received credible information that terrorists may be planning attacks in Jakarta, Manado, Balikpapan and Batam soon,' an embassy circular to its citizens, dated Friday but obtained here yesterday, said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Britain steps up warning on Indonesia The British Foreign Office strengthened its official travel advice on Indonesia on Tuesday, warning British citizens there to avoid places of worship over the Christmas period. Citing "recent information received concerning Jakarta", the Foreign Office warned on its website that Britons should exercise "extreme caution" in all public places.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warned of possible Xmas attacks The United States on Friday warned that bombings were possible in Indonesia over Christmas and the New Year, and urged Americans to avoid churches, nightclubs and shopping centres. Britain also updated its travel warning to Indonesia, advising its citizens to exercise "extreme caution" when visiting public places, including churches and nightspots.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police find cakes, not bomb, in Jakarta building Police said on Tuesday a suspicious package found at Jakarta's high-rise Deutsche Bank building, which houses most of Indonesia's foreign media, contained cakes, not a bomb. Occupants were evacuated at around 1 p.m. (0600 GMT) after the package was found in the building, which is next to the British embassy.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror fears grip Jakarta schools Leading international schools in Jakarta are to remain closed until Indonesian authorities upgrade security following warnings of a possible terrorist attack, it was announced today. The US, British and Australian embassies will approach city police later today to seek greater security and will ask for assistance from the military if the police cannot oblige, principals said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign monitors in Aceh Members of a foreign team have arrived in Indonesia's Aceh province to prepare to monitor a proposed ceasefire between security forces and separatist rebels, a mediation centre said. "Some of the foreign monitoring teams have been in Aceh to learn about the situation here," William Dowell, spokesman for the Henry Dunant Centre, told reporters.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 November 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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