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MUI demands drop of judicial review of interfaith marriage law The Indonesia Council of Ulemas (MUI) has asked the countrys Constitutional Court (MK) to drop the case of judicial review on inter-religious marriages as it would benefit no one.

Posted in Religion @ 18 September 2014 19:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua military confiscate 28 weapons from separatists The Indonesian Military has seized 28 weapons from a separatist group during the period between January and April 2014, noted the Cendrawasih XVII Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2014 20:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stay calm, Papua military urges Sorong citizens after clash The Papua Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua appealed to the Sentani citizens to stay calm and not be provoked by people who triggered riots on April 20, 2014, in Sorong, West Papua Province.

Posted in Violence @ 22 April 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono offers easter greetings President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on his Twitter account @SBYudhoyono conveyed his Easter greetings to Christians. "Happy Easter to all Christians," the president tweeted on Sunday.

Posted in Religion @ 20 April 2014 13:54 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


Police arrests ten suspects of Papua shooting incident The Indonesian Police have arrested ten suspects from the Papua shooting incident that claimed an army personnel from 753 Battalion First Private Sugianto in Mulia, Puncak Jaya District on Friday.

Posted in Violence @ 03 February 2014 17:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Do not let radicalism grow' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said radicalism and extreme ideas must not be allowed to grow in Indonesia because they would only disrupt current peaceful and harmonious relations between different religious followers.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians observe Christmas eve peacefully in Jakarta On the occasion of Christmas Eve, the situation in Jakarta was peaceful and conducive on Tuesday, a police officer stated. "The situation during Christmas Eve was conducive. There was no disturbance or act of terror," Senior Commissioner Rikwanto, a spokesman of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police, noted here on Wednesday.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2013 15:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to host Muslim-Christian leaders conference Indonesia will host the Conference of Muslim-Christians Religious Leaders of Asia on February 26 through March 1, 2013 themed "Bringing A Common Word to Common Action for Justice".

Posted in Religion @ 20 February 2013 00:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of Papua separatists change allegiance At least 212 members of the Papua separatist, OPM, have pledged to forgo the idea of establishing a free Papua state saying they want to be part of Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 January 2013 08:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono attends Christmas celebrations President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono attended Christmas celebrations at the Jakarta convention centre on Thursday. Vice President Boediono, his spouse, Herawati Boediono, and several ministers from the cabinet, Indonesia Bersatu II, were also present at the event.

Posted in Religion @ 28 December 2012 07:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims can convey Christmas greetings The Indonesia`s Religious Affairs Minister, Suryadharma Ali said, Muslims can convey Christmas greetings to Christians. "It is not unusual to convey Christmas greetings to Christians," said Ali on Monday.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2012 03:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


1,793 prisoners granted Christmas remission in NTT More than 1790 Christian prisoners in the East Nusatenggara province will receive Christmas remission on Tuesday. They are among inmates of 16 prisons in a number of cities in the Christian dominated province.

Posted in Crime @ 24 December 2012 02:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human rights protest mars Indonesia’s state visit to UK A demonstration by Survival International and dozens of human rights protesters has marred the start of Indonesia’s first state visit to London in 33 years.

Posted in Protests @ 01 November 2012 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Noted US cleric visit Islamic boarding schools in Lombok Noted cleric from Baltimore, the US, Muhammad Bashar Arafat, is in Lombok, in West Nusa Tenggara province to visit a number of Islamic boarding schools to inform about Islam development in his country.

Posted in Religion @ 14 July 2012 18:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Umar Patek sentenced to 20 years in jail for terrorism The West Jakarta District Court sentenced Hisyam bin Ali Zein alias Umar Patek to 20 years in jail on Thursday for his involvement in a number of terrorism crimes. The panel of judges led by Encep Yuliardi stated the 46-year old man had convincingly been found guilty of committing terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 June 2012 17:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Timika gateway for arms dealing Timika District Military Commander Lt Col Inf Christian Tehuteru has suspected that the Mimika district town of Timika was a gateway for the distribution trade of firearms and ammunition.

Posted in Crime @ 30 May 2012 12:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


West Java governor refers church attack to authorities West Java governor Ahmad Heryawan said he would refer the case of shooting at a church in Indramayu by H and R to local law enforcement authorities. "The incident is a legal problem and a crime, so we refer it fully to the law enforcement agencies," he said, after presiding over a mass organization forum here on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 18 March 2012 06:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'HIV/AIDS spreading in Indonesia at worrying rate' The rate at which HIV/AIDS is spreading in Indonesia is becoming increasingly worrying and needs to be reversed through concerted efforts by the government and society, a national AIDS eradication official said.

Posted in Health @ 02 March 2012 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious figures: 'Diversity brings harmony in Indonesia' Thousands of religious congregation representatives in Indonesia gathered at Nusantara Hall of Parliamentary Building in Jakarta on Sunday to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 with the theme Diversity Creates Harmony in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 13 February 2012 01:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Christians celebrate Christmas eve in peace Christians in the capital observed the Christmas Eve in peace on Saturday night, with no significant security disturbance reported. Hundreds of police officers were deployed to provide security during the Christmas Eve mass in almost all churches in the capital, Antara observed.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2011 03:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono leads meeting on Christmas, New Year security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led a cabinet meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a wide range of issues, including security precautions for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2011 01:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia taking steps to face European crisis The government of Indonesia is taking steps to anticipate the impact of European crisis on the national economy, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said.

Posted in Economy @ 04 December 2011 04:47 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


Indonesia: Over 2,000 evacuated in Mount Lokon eruption Over 2,000 people have been displaced in the latest eruption from Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2011 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


EU voices concern at religious violence in Indonesia The European Union (EU) on Friday expressed "grave concern" due to the recent violence against religious minorities in Indonesia, mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the death penalty in India.

Posted in Violence @ 08 July 2011 16:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two more terror suspects over shooting Indonesian police arrested two men believed to have been involved in a shooting last month of two police officers, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday. National Police said the two men were suspected of supplying ammunition in the deadly attack at a police post in Poso, Central Sulawesi. The police are still searching for three other more suspects.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 June 2011 00:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police kill two terror suspects Indonesian police on Saturday killed two terrorism suspects believed to have been involved in a shooting last month of two police officers, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 June 2011 18:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two police officers killed in suspected terror attack Two police officers were killed on Wednesday in a suspected terror attack in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, authorities said. It was reported that Second Brigs. Gustiar Yudistira and Andi Ibrar were gunned down by unidentified assailants on motorcycles in the province's capital, Palu. A third officer, Second Brig. Dedi Edwar, is in the hospital after receiving a gunshot wound.

Posted in Crime @ 25 May 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising religious violence in Indonesia gaining national attention In Indonesia religious violence has been on the rise for the past few years but the recent brutal attack on the Ahmadiyah sect has focused national attention on the problem. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for disbanding any Muslim groups involved in violence.

Posted in Religion @ 17 February 2011 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI: Valentine less haram than stated earlier For those who still don't want to believe that Indonesians don't want to be submitted to too much Islamic rules we have some good news. Valentine's Day, February 14, is a day like any other according tot he Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia, MUI. Earlier this week the same group of no-brainers announced that Valentine's Day would be entirely haram because it was not in line with Islam.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 February 2011 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim mob attacks Indonesia churches after blasphemy trial A Muslim mob on Tuesday destroyed at least three churches and clashed with Indonesian police in central Java after a Christian man was sentenced for blasphemy against Islam, the daily Kompas reported.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2011 17:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas spirit: Christians top victims of intolerance in West Java An organisation run by Indonesian Muslim organisation Nahdlatul Ulama said that West Java tops reports of religious intolerance. Christians top the list of victims, followed by the Ahmadiyah Islamic sect.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2010 09:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali deploys 8,000 policemen to safeguard Christmas festivities Bali Deputy Police Chief Komang Udayana on Thursday announced that 8,000 police officers were deployed to safeguard Christmas and New Year's eve festivities, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 23 December 2010 23:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt, religious leaders and UNICEF to promote breastfeeding As Indonesia commemorates national Mothers Day this week, influential leaders from the government and the country's religious community have come together with the support of UNICEF to promote the importance of breastfeeding.

Posted in Health @ 22 December 2010 20:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia closer to Asean Cup final after defeating the Philippines The Indonesian National Football team defeated the Philippines 1-0 in the first leg of the semifinal in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup on Thursday.

Posted in Sports @ 17 December 2010 15:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia as new Pakistan It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions? Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 02:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI continues war against Christians On the morning of 12th December about 250 men from militant groups Front Pembela Islam (FPI), Forum Umat Islam (FUI), and Gerakan Reformasi Islam (Garis) raided seven houses believed to be being used as informal or illegal churches in the Rancaekek area of Bandung, West Java.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia increases security measures after Church attacks Two recent attacks against churches in the Central Java province of Indonesia has prompted authorities to open investigations and step up their security measures in fear of further attacks as Christmas season begins, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Religion @ 08 December 2010 15:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Growing 'Christianisation' and religious intolerance in Indonesia Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. Islamists use 'Christianisation' - a term that generally refers both to Christian efforts to convert Muslims and the alleged growing influence of Christianity in Muslim-majority Indonesia - as a justification for mass mobilisation and vigilante attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic refugees in church = problem with Islamic radicals Even a thank you was too much to ask when a small group of Islamic radicals, dressed in white, reported themselves to the Ganjuran church in Bambanglipuro, Bantul to make sure that the group of Islamic evacuees left the church grounds as soon as possible because there was a danger of them being converted to Christianity by the church.

Posted in Religion @ 16 November 2010 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Hizbut Tahrir denounces HKBP, demands Islamic state Hundreds of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia members rallied at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Thursday to support a regulation on houses of worship and implementation of sharia. “HKBP commits treason against the state,” read posters displayed by the Muslim group activists.

Posted in Religion @ 24 September 2010 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House to discuss attack on Christian church leaders House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Anis Matta said Monday that House Commission III on Law and Human Rights will discuss an attack on two Christian church leaders in Bekasi on Sunday. "I have asked the commission to discuss the attack in a working meeting," he said as quoted by kompas.com. Anis also urged the police to immediately found the perpetrators of the attack.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2010 03:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


' ... and I am Christian' Most lights were still on after the short introduction video of a 25-year-old ethnic Chinese who told that he was able to work hard. He worked at a well-known national bank and has his own car. He likes to spend his spare time traveling. This kind of description often lures a row of women that would like to take the gamble of creating a relationship with this person.

Posted in Religion @ 30 March 2010 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Police investigates claim of Al Qaeda in Aceh Investigations are underway into whether a terrorist group police fatally clashed with in Aceh last week is connected to al-Qaeda, says the National Police. During an armed conflict with the group last week, three officers from the Mobile Brigade (Brimob), two civilians and two alleged terrorists were killed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 March 2010 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to be large producer of crops Following Brazil's trail, Indonesia is encouraging foreign and local investors to lease huge swathes of fertile countryside and help make the country a major food producer. "Feed Indonesia, then feed the world," was the recent call from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the government announced plans to fast-track development of vast agricultural estates in remote areas like Papua and Borneo.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: 'Islam terrorises minorities' The majority of Muslems in Indonesia terrorizes religious minorities like Christians. The local authorities have the obligation to guarantee that minorities are free in expression of their religion, but that doesn't stop Muslems from forcing their rules onto them. These words were spoken by bishop Johannes Pujasumarta of West Java when he was interviewed by the Catholic press agency AsaiaNews.

Posted in Religion @ 11 February 2010 13:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Police hunt for Sumatra church attackers Police are stepping up their hunt for suspects following attacks against two Protestant churches and a pastor’s home in North Sumatra three days ago. Hundreds of Christians have fled the area since the attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 29 January 2010 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Exotic dancers to be prosecuted in Bandung Authorities in the city of Bandung will prosecute four exotic dancers arrested at clubs on New Year's Eve for allegedly violating a new anti-pornography law, a police spokesman said Wednesday. The female dancers and two male club managers were detained in Bandung, in West Java province, a few days ago.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners wanted as pedophiles extradited from Bali After sitting behind bars at Bali's Kerobokan prison for nearly eight months, a man on Interpol's Most Wanted List, 46 year-old Christian Burger, is now in France to face child sexual abuse charges. Burger, who has both French and Swiss citizenship, was placed on a plane to Paris on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, following the issuance of a letter agreeing to his extradition signed by Indonesia's President Yudhoyono. He has issued the needed letter last Monday, as was confirmed by Public Prosecutor I Ketut Sujaya, SH.

Posted in Crime @ 08 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A 'just-in-time' invitation Do you plan things as much as possible if you have the chance? That is what I do. Some of you will tell me that I should not live in Indonesia for that matter, but I think it's quite possible generally spoken. Others know that I have to do my own things and dropping by without informing me first is no problem as well, even if the door is not opened because I am not at home at the time they decide to visit me.

Posted in Culture @ 07 August 2009 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protestant clergyman and wife killed with machetes Police found Rev Frans Koagow, 64, and his wife Femy Kumendong, 73, at their home, dead, killed with machetes. The couple lived in Manado, capital of North Sulawesi province, where a majority of Sulawesi Island Christians live. Most local Christians are Protestant.

Posted in Violence @ 28 April 2009 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas celebrated peacefully in Indonesia Indonesian Christians have celebrated Christmas in a smooth and peaceful way across the country, with tight security measures in place ensuring no major incidents occurred. Christmas celebrations in some cities of the largest Muslim country from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning ran smoothly, peacefully and solemnly without any security disturbances, local press reported on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2008 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb found in shopping center area in Palu A low explosive bomb was found in a shopping center area in Palu of Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on Tuesday, ahead of the Muslim festival of Idul Fitri, local police said. The hand-made bomb covered with a plastic bag was found after midnight on a side of Jalan Danau Poso street in Palu, provincial police spokesman Irfaizal Nasution said.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2008 16:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic hard-liners break up religious tolerance rally A peaceful rally for religious tolerance was broken up earlier on Sunday afternoon by Islamic hard-liners from the radical FPI (Islamic Defender Front) when they beat other demonstrators with bamboo sticks and calling for the deaths of members of a Muslim sect they consider heretical, witnesses said.

Posted in Violence @ 01 June 2008 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 28 reactions


Another church forced to close by Muslim hardliners Muslims have stormed a church in Indonesia to force it to close down, a resident and police said on Thursday, in the latest incident of religious intolerance in the archipelago nation. The attack in West Java on Tuesday came after a series of similar incidents targeting churches set up in Muslim areas of the province. "Four people have been detained for questioning and are currently in custody," Purwakarta district police First Inspector Yadi said.

Posted in Religion @ 22 May 2008 09:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24 new parties for 2009 general election in Indonesia Twenty-four new political parties in Indonesia meet qualifications as legal entities after they have passed the verification process held by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, local English newspaper the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. "Only 24 of the 115 registered parties eventually fulfilled all the administrative requirements, including having offices in at least 20 provinces," Aidir Amin Daud, the ministry's director of public institutions said.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2008 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tallest Jesus statue in Asia unveiled in Indonesia A 30-meter high statue of Jesus has been unveiled in the North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, making it the tallest in Asia. While Indonesia is the world's highest populated Muslim country, the North Sulawesi Province is largely occupied by the Minahasans, 95% of whom are Christian.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2007 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant inmate escapes from prison An Indonesian Islamic militant serving 20 years in prison for plotting a deadly cafe explosion in 2004 has escaped from jail in South Sulawesi province, an official of the prison said on Monday. Jasmin Bin Kasau used a rope to climb a wall of Guning Sari prison on last Friday night after a mass prayer, the official named only Rusdini said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'Police killing, raping civilians in Papua' Security forces killed and beat unarmed civilians, raped women during operations against separatists in the province of Papua according to Human Rights Watch. Police chief General Sutanto denied any abuses were taking place in the remote region where mistrust between indigenous people and security forces runs high after years of military crackdowns.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2007 17:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians face up to 20 years for killings Prosecutors in Indonesia have asked for 15 to 20 year jail sentences for 17 Christians charged under anti-terror laws of the murder on two Muslims by an angry mob which presented itself after the execution of three Christian militants last year. The 17 were part of a gang that allegedly killed a Muslim fishmonger and his assistant in the region of Poso in Central Sulawesi. This area is a Christian pocket in the predominantly Muslim Indonesia.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 June 2007 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militants imprisoned for beheading Christian girls An Islamic militant began his 20-year jail sentence last Thursday on charges of plotting the beheading of three Christian schoolgirls in Poso in 2005. Tho other militants sentenced for the same crime were sentenced to each 14 years. Judges said they had no doubt that the 34-year-old Hasanuddin was the mastermind behind the murders. "The defendant along with his accomplices has violated the anti-terrorism laws," said chief judge Binsar Siregar told the court on Wednesday.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 24 March 2007 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain hampers Flores landslide rescue efforts Rains and the given fact of the remoteness of the areas earlier hit by landslides hamper relief efforts for the about 40 missing. Hundreds of people are displaced after landslides hit the island of Flores last week. Around 1,000 people have been evacuated from the area because their houses were washed away. Main roads also got damaged in the landslides, which further complicates the process. At least 34 people are confirmed dead.

Posted in Weather @ 05 March 2007 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Small home-made bomb explodes in Ambon, injures 14 A small home-made bomb with nails exploded at a port on the island of Ambon yesterday, injuring at least 14 people. The explosion occurred just when passengers were disembarking from a boat that had just arrived in the port in the Maluku province, east of the island of Sulawesi. Most of the injured were street vendors and drivers according to local police spokesman Tommi Napitupulu.

Posted in Violence @ 04 March 2007 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Sulawesi situation may be exploding soon Australian and Indonesian intelligence reports signal that murderous sectarian violence is to return to the area of Poso, Central Sulawesi. Last week, information was released concerning islamic militants that have been blamed for a series of deadly bombings in Jakarta and Bali could be in the last stages of planning fresh attacks in Poso. Australia warned nationals to avoild travelling to Central Sulawesi. The United States and New Zealand have issued similar warnings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 February 2007 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Preachers and revenge push terror in Indonesia Basri - one of Indonesia's most wanted Islamic militants - wears a tattoo of Mickey Mouse on his wrist and drank alcohol when he was young. He jammed on Nirvana songs in a rock band. He wasn't religous and even now he struggles remembering the verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. As Islamic militant he is accused of beheading three Christian girls and other attacks on the island of Sulawesi, a front for Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 February 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sulawesi on terror-alert after attack warnings Police and army in Central Sulawesi are put on high alert after warnings that Islamic militants are planning attacks in the area. This was told by the regional police chief late Friday. Earlier that day the Australian government had announced it had credible information that militants were already in an advanced stage of planning attacks in Central Sulawesi, which has been the scene of tensions between Christians and Muslims for quite some time now.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 17 February 2007 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso residents fear alleged arrival of millitants Residents of the troubled Muslim town of Poso, in Central Sulawesi province, have expressed concern over allegations that jihadist paramilitary troops have left Java and are due in Poso, where another police raid led to the arrest of two suspected terrorists on Thursday. The latest raid followed two more in January that left 17 Islamic militants dead. Levi Bagu, resident of the Kapompa Village, Labuan, Poso, is worried that the arrival of militants could unsettle Poso even more. "I just want to live in peace," Bagu told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 February 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two wanted Muslim militants Policemen arrested on Thursday two men wanted as top members of a local Islamic militant group that has terrorized the country's Central Sulawesi province and had links to an Asian terror network, police said. Officers wounded one of them who had fired at the security forces, said a senior police official in Central Sulawesi's Poso regency, where raids on hideouts of suspected militants have intensified recently.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 February 2007 02:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso violence could help Indonesia militants regroup Renewed trouble in Indonesia's central Sulawesi island, long the site of deadly Christian-Muslim rivalry, underscores how communal tensions may help reinvigorate the country's militant Islamic movement.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 January 2007 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia continues hunting militants in Poso Indonesia decided to continue pursuing fugitive Muslim militants in troubled Poso of Central Sulawesi, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Thursday. "The president said the operation to enforce law and to pursue the wanted militants was continuously conducted," Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Widodo Adi Sucipto told a press conference after a security meeting led by president Susilo at the State Palace.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 January 2007 11:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police killings of alleged militants risk more violence The killings of 15 alleged Islamic militants by police on conflict-ridden Sulawesi island this week risk inflaming Indonesia's terrorist movements and should be independently investigated, a think tank said. The police defended the raid, denying allegations in local media that three of those killed were innocent bystanders and insisting that officers opened fire after they came under attack by well-armed militants.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 25 January 2007 08:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia disputes report Obama attended radical Islamic school U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama fought back against an allegation that he was educated at a radical Islamic school as a child in Indonesia, determined to avoid being tripped up by unsubstantiated charges like those that undermined Sen. John Kerry in 2004. Interviews by The Associated Press at the elementary school in Jakarta found that it is a public and secular institution that has been open to students of all faiths since before the White House contender attended in the late 1960s.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 08:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools closed in Poso after clashes Some schools were closed in Indonesia's troubled Poso region on Tuesday a day after 12 people were killed in a clash between police and suspected Islamic militants, but there was no more violence, officials said. One policeman was among those killed in the clashes after a raid on a militant hideout.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 January 2007 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10 killed in gunbattle in Poso Nine militants and one policeman were killed in a gunbattle when Indonesian police trying to capture wanted-militants allegedly played leading role in the communal clash years ago in Poso of Central Sulawesi province of Indonesia, provincial police chief Badrodin Haiti said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 January 2007 17:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunbattle with suspected Sulawesi militants kills 3 Police raided a suspected Islamic militant stronghold in central Indonesia on Monday, touching off a gunbattle that killed an officer and two civilians, police said. The clash took place in Poso town on Sulawesi Island, the scene of bloody fighting between Muslim and Christian gangs six years ago and sporadic bombings and shootings by Islamic extremists since then.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 January 2007 08:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant admits to beheading Christian girls ensions remained high in Indonesia’s volatile region of Poso Saturday, January 20, after a key Islamic militant admitted to taking part in the killing of three Christian high school girls there in 2005. He reportedly also confessed to shooting the Rev. Susianty Tinulele to death in Palu in 2004.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 January 2007 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Is Lombok the next Bali? As the tropical monsoon clouds roll in, obscuring the towering volcanos along the Bali coastline, the pristine neighboring island of Lombok seems a world away from Indonesia's premier tourist destination. In fact, it almost is.

Posted in Tourism @ 18 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide kills 28 in north-east Sangihe Island A landslide triggered by heavy rains struck a remote island in north-east Indonesia, killing at least 28 people and displacing more than 3,000 others in three villages, an official said yesterday. The floods hit Tahuna, district capital of the Sangihe islands, about 250km north of the North Sulawesi provincial capital Manado, at about 2am last Friday.

Posted in Weather @ 17 January 2007 07:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sulawesi police say they killed senior JI militant Indonesian police shot dead what they called a senior member of the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah on Thursday on Sulawesi island, the same day a mob killed a policeman at a funeral for another militant. National Police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam said the militant, named as Riyan and also known as Abdul Hakim, died in a raid in Maengkol Poso in Central Sulawesi.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2007 15:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Indonesia continues to print religion on ID-cards Indonesia’s House of Representatives and government have agreed to continue listing one’s religion on identity cards. Members of different faiths have criticized the agreement as a violation of fundamental human rights and myopic political opportunism.

Posted in Religion @ 21 November 2006 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected Muslim militant apologizes for beheadings of Christian girls A suspected Islamic militant told judges Wednesday he took part in the beheadings of three Christian girls on an Indonesian island wracked by sectarian violence to avenge the deaths of Muslims, but apologized to their families. "We are not cool-blooded killers," Hasanuddin told the Central Jakarta District Court. "We just wanted revenge."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 15 November 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beheaded girls were Ramadan 'trophies' Three Christian high school girls were beheaded as a Ramadan "trophy" by Indonesian militants who conceived the idea after a visit to Philippines jihadists, a court heard yesterday. The girls' severed heads were dumped in plastic bags in their village in Indonesia's strife-torn Central Sulawesi province, along with a handwritten note threatening more such attacks. The note read: "Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul with soul, head with head."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 November 2006 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beheaders in Indonesia face death penalty The trial has begun of three Muslim men accused of beheading three Christian schoolgirls in Indonesia's volatile regency of Poso in the province of Central Sulawesi. The three men, Hasanuddin, Lilik Purnomo, and Irwanto Irano, all face the death penalty under Indonesia's anti-terrorism law if convicted of beheading the three schoolgirls in October 2005.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 November 2006 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia charges three over beheading of schoolgirls Three Muslim men have been charged in connection with the beheading of three Christian school girls last year in an Indonesian province fraught with sectarian tension, and face possible death sentences if convicted, their lawyer said Friday. The three men — Hasanuddin, Lilik Purnomo and Irwanto Irano — are being charged under Indonesia's harsh anti-terrorism law for their roles in the deaths of three girls and the injuring of a fourth in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, a statement from the Attorney General's Office said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 04 November 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two years of SBY: Bouquet for Aceh, brickbat for economy As he heads into his third year as Indonesia's president on Friday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono enjoys respectable popularity, but is struggling to ignite Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say. The 57-year-old former general, who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for overseeing a peace pact with separatist rebels in Aceh, has crafted a respected image abroad, but at home the battles he faces are more complex.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2006 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Church set ablaze amid religious tensions A church was set on fire Tuesday in a central Indonesian region plagued by sectarian violence since last month's executions of three Roman Catholic militants, police said. No one was injured in the blaze. The arson attack in the town of Poso on Sulawesi island apparently followed rumors that an Islamic school had been torched, said police spokesman Lt. Col. Muhammad Kilat, urging residents to be on alert for "a campaign to fuel unrest."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 24 October 2006 17:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says violence in Sulawesi is terrorism The recent violence, including the killing of a priest, which occurred in Central Sulawesi province was not triggered by sectarian sentiment but terrorism, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here Friday. The vice president claimed that the communal conflict between Muslims and Christians had been terminated before the peace accord of Molino was achieved in 2001 and afterwards, there was no more religious hatred that sparked into violence, unless terrorist acts.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 October 2006 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks to take immediate steps in Poso Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked security chief ministry to take immediate steps to prevent the security in Central Sulawesi province from deteriorating. The president demanded the contribution of all concerned parties in the province on the maintaining of peace.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 18 October 2006 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christian pastor shot dead in Sulawesi An unidentified gunman shot dead a Christian pastor on Monday in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, officials and church groups said, sparking fears of a return to sectarian fighting that once gripped the region. Reverend Irianto Kongkoli was shot in the head when he was buying construction materials at a shop in the provincial capital of Palu, 1,650 km (1,030 miles) northeast of Jakarta, the Central Sulawesi government said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 16 October 2006 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest 14 Christians over killings of Muslims Police arrested 14 Christians accused of bludgeoning two Muslim men to death amid anger at the execution of three Roman Catholic militants on Sulawesi island last month, a police officer said Monday. The fish salesmen were killed at an illegal roadblock on the island's main highway and their bodies were buried in a shallow grave nearby, said Central Sulawesi Police Chief Brig. Gen. Badrudin Haiti.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 October 2006 15:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim mob stabs Christian as tensions rise in Sulawesi Muslims dragged a Christian man from a bus and stabbed him Sunday, a witness and nurse said, amid rising religious tensions in central Indonesia following the executions of three Roman Catholic militants. The victim was hospitalized with wounds to his back, said Yeni, a nurse, who like many Indonesians uses only a single name. She described his condition as "serious."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 01 October 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb explodes in Poso A home-made bomb went off near a church in Indonesia's restive own of Poso, Central Sulawesi province, just after midnight Saturday, causing no injury. "It was a low explosive caused by a home-made bomb," Central Sulawesi Police spokesman M. Kilat was quoted by the country's leading news website Detikcom as saying. "But the blast was the third in the last two months. We have increased the security profile."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 30 September 2006 15:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh demanding gubernatorial candidates recite Koran Election officials in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province have ordered that potential candidates for upcoming provincial polls must be able to recite from the Koran, Islam's holy book, in order to run, a local report said Thursday. The order is the latest in a series of controversial moves to impose a strict version of Islamic Law, or Shariah, in Aceh, despite the rest of Indonesia being secular.

Posted in Politics @ 28 September 2006 05:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia braced for violent protests Indonesia will go on high alert for violent protests if it goes ahead with the execution of three of the Bali bombers. Jakarta will take the precaution after the executions of three Christians at the weekend sparked riots involving hundreds of people in Central Sulawesi province. Demonstrators torched an official's home and went on a looting and rock-throwing rampage after the three men were executed by firing squad for their roles in deadly attacks on Muslims in 2000.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2006 11:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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