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Riau fires workers for missing morning prayers Nineteen untenured employees of Riauís Rokan Hulu district government were fired in November because they did not show up to 5 a.m. prayers, a mandatory religious program put in place by the local government.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 December 2013 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator and son facing jail term in Koran graft case The prosecutor on Monday asked the Jakarta Corruption Court to punish with imprisonment a legislator and his son charged with extortion and graft in the procurement of computer laboratory and the Koran, the Islamic holy book.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 May 2013 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials of Religious Affairs banned from leaving Indonesia The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has banned two senior officials of the religious affairs ministry over alleged corruption in the ministry .

Posted in Corruption @ 21 January 2013 14:16 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


Another politician detained by anti-graft agency One more politician has been detained by anti-graft agency KPK for interrogation in connection with a graft case involving a project to purchase Koran books for the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 September 2012 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Book carrying Prophet Muhammad`s picture to be investigated Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali has said his office will investigate reports about the discovery of a book carrying a picture of Prophet Muhammad in a library of an Islamic school in Solo, Central Java.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 May 2012 17:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 3 school board members wanted for terrorism after bomb blast Three board members from the Umar Bin Khatab (UBK) Islamic boarding school, where a bomb blast over two weeks ago killed one person, are still wanted for their involvement in terrorist attacks, officials said Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2011 06:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Anti-porn' lawmaker quits after ... watching porn! Indonesian anti-porn lawmaker Arifinto on Monday announced his resignation after being caught viewing pornography last week during a House of Representatives plenary session. Arifinto is one of the founders of the Justice Party that later merged with the Prosperous Justice Party that has advocated for Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 April 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic figure as rapist That you should not be amazed about many things in Indonesia is something we all know, but sometimes an effort is made to move boundaries even further with a big failure as result. An ustad (Islamic community figure) in the village of Babakan Cikao near the city of Purwakarta. This very religious person was eventually found to be a marijuana smoking rapist.

Posted in Crime @ 05 June 2010 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Men join in the fight against polygamy Indonesian pro-polygamy groups are not only facing protest from angry housewives and women's rights activists; a new group of men calling themselves the Menís Coalition against Polygamy (Kolmi) has also joined the struggle. Kolmi spokesman Abdul Hamim Fauzie said via a statement in the capital Jakarta on Sunday that the coalition considered the practice of polygamous marriage degrading, not only to women, but to men as well.

Posted in Religion @ 03 November 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim civil servants obliged to read Koran The city council in Gorontalo, in northern Sulawesi, has ordered its Muslim civil servants to read the Koran - Islam's holy book - every Friday. Gorontalo mayor Adhan Dambea said Saturday that he was not yet satisfied with the implementation of his instructions.

Posted in Religion @ 19 October 2009 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah leader accuses Bashir of undermining unitary state of Indonesia The head of the Ahmadiyah, Paninggilan Gunawan Ahmad, does not agree with the words of Abu Bakar Bashir that members of the Ahmadiyah movement should not be allowed to have identity cards that state that they are Islamic. He said that the "leader of the Koranic school in Ngruki is a crazy person. A mad man talking." According to Ahmad, decisions like this should always originate from the government so people should not take it serious at all.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2008 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah mosque burned as protests grow A group calling itself the Jamaah Al Mubalighin Communication Forum burned down a mosque belonging to the "deviant" Ahmadiyah sect in Parakan Salak village in Sukabumi regency, West Java, early Monday. Sukabumi Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Gunthor Ghafar told that the incident began when the forum members met Sunday for a Koran reading session at At-Taqwa Mosque, about 700 meters from Ahmadiyah's Al Furqon Mosque.

Posted in Violence @ 29 April 2008 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia blockbuster film shows gentle face of Islam An Indonesian film seeking to shatter religious stereotypes and show the compassionate face of Islam has become one of the biggest blockbuster hits in the would's most populous Muslim nation. More than three million people, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and top government officials, have flocked to cinemas to watch Ayat Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love), an Islamic romance released in the middle of January.

Posted in General @ 01 April 2008 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia: 'Dutch anti-Islam film can disturb interfaith harmony' Indonesia on Friday warned a Dutch lawmaker not to release an anti-Islam film which could destroy interfaith harmony, the country foreign ministry said here. Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who heads the Freedom Party, will release his short film this month, which he says will depict the Koran as a 'fascist book', despite mounting protests and disagreement from the Dutch government.

Posted in Religion @ 14 March 2008 11:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 16 reactions


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Indonesia rejects remaining two Bali bombers' appeals The Supreme Court in Indonesia has rejected final appeals from all three Islamic militants on death row for the 2002 Bali bombings, meaning they face execution by firing squad. A request by one of the bombers, Amrozi, for a case review - the final legal avenue for appeal under Indonesian law - was rejected earlier this month. Now his two accomplices have also had their requests rejected, Supreme Court spokesman Nurhadi told the online Detikcom news agency.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 September 2007 16:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 9 A woman suspected of being infected with the bird flu virus has died in the West Javanese city of Bandung, according to a hospital source earlier today. Blood samples from the 30-year old woman have been send to Jakarta for further testing told a staff member at the Hasan Sadikin general hospital in Bandung. Two tests have to be positive before a victim is confirmed of having H5N1 bird flu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 September 2007 15:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping connected in Yogyakarta One year on from the Yogyakarta earthquake, hundreds of thousands of people are rebuilding their lives, picking up the pieces that were so violently smashed. For a lot of survivors, the long road to recovery is compounded by feelings of grief and loss. Many people lost family members and friends in the earthquake. Some also lost the ability to walk. Nearly a thousand people suffered spinal injuries, a tragically common consequence of earthquakes, when collapsing buildings crushed occupants.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue fever kills 307, sickens over 20,000 in Indonesia A seasonal dengue fever outbreak in Indonesia has killed at least 307 people and sickened more than 20,000 others this year, health officials and local media reports said Wednesday. Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari warned of a possible major spike in mosquito-borne dengue fever cases during the next two weeks because of torrential rains last week that flooded the capital Jakarta and two neighbouring provinces.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 14 February 2007 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to be allowed access to militant Hambali Indonesia will be allowed to interrogate an alleged Asian terrorist chief being held at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a police spokesman said Saturday. U.S. officials had previously refused Indonesian investigators access to Hambali, also known as Riduan Ismaddin, because they said doing so could compromise their own investigation of his activities.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 February 2007 02:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


U.S. wrestling TV show 'SmackDown' under fire SmackDown, a popular U.S. professional wrestling television show, should be taken off air in Indonesia, a cabinet minister says after speculation a boy may have been killed by children mimicking the fight moves. Authorities have yet to decide whether the blows received by the 9-year-old boy in October caused his death a month later. However, widespread media coverage and public discussion has focussed on that possibility.

Posted in Media @ 29 November 2006 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls on Muslims to be peaceful Indonesia's president called on Muslims to be peaceful and respect the law amid persistent violence carried out in the name of the faith in the world's most populous Islamic nation, media reports said Tuesday. Indonesia has been hit by a series of bloody bombings by the al-Qaida linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror group in recent years, and hard-liners have often vandalized bars, Western embassies and churches.

Posted in General @ 10 October 2006 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu found in pigs in Bali The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Monday. "There were two pigs that were infected by bird flu in Bali. These were old cases that happened last July," Musni Suatmodjo, agriculture ministry director of animal health, told Reuters.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 October 2006 03:25 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


Nightspots told to 'respect' Ramadhan A band of 70 public order officers will patrol the capital to ensure nightspots and entertainment centers comply with an order to adjust their operating hours during the Ramadhan fasting month. Agency head Hariyanto Badjoeri said his office distributed a circular from the City Tourism Agency to the management of entertainment centers and nightspots in the capital earlier this month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 September 2006 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Border with East Timor monitored after prison break Indonesia has tightened security along its border with East Timor, as the search continues for more than 50 prison escapees. Indonesia's Koran Tempo newspaper has quoted Colonel Ediwan Prabowo as saying that the Indonesian security border force, under his command, has been asked to be on alert and to monitor East Timor's border, to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader and other prison escapees from entering the country.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2006 12:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia steps up security at Timor border Indonesian authorities have stepped up security at the border with East Timor to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader who escaped from jail from entering the country, a report said Sunday. Major Alfredo Reinado escaped with 56 other inmates from his Dili jail last week, triggering an ongoing manhunt by UN police and international peacekeepers.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia behind the learning curve Indonesia is arguably Asia's least well-educated country, and the government is largely to blame. With 30% of its 242 million population school-aged, the world's largest Muslim country ranks lowest among its Asian neighbors in terms of public education expenditure.

Posted in Economy @ 03 September 2006 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Main Islamic group mulls ban on TV gossip programs Indonesia's largest Islamic movement, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is considering issuing an edict that would ban Muslims from producing or watching popular television gossip shows, an NU official said Sunday. "It is still being debated and any final decision will have to be taken in a plenary later today," said Ali Machsan Musa, head of NU's East Java chapter.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spiritual keeper prays to calm volcano A spiritual keeper in Indonesia is performing a mystical ritual to calm the 'angry' volcano, Mount Merapi. The volcano has been rumbling for weeks and scientists say it can erupt anytime. Eighty-year-old Maridjan has taken a long and silent walk through the smoke-filled mountain.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 May 2006 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Keep your kisses short in Tangerang Unrelated people who kiss each other on the lips for more than five minutes at public places in the Indonesian city of Tangerang will face arrest, local media said on Friday. The government in Tangerang, a suburb west of Jakarta, defended the regulation as a practical guideline for its officers to follow up on tough and heavily criticised anti-prostitution laws passed by the city council last year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 April 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 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


Govt set to examine sharia bylaws The Home Affairs Ministry will review regional bylaws amid the issuance of sharia-based regulations by several administrations, which critics say impinge on the rights of minorities. "We have asked local administrations to send their regional bylaws for evaluation," Home Affairs Minister M. Ma'ruf confirmed Monday. The review process would also involve other related ministries, he added.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Padang mayor defends sharia as good for development Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar dismisses concerns about his mayoralty's gradual enactment of sharia, arguing that Islamic law is beneficial to development because it makes people more devout. Fauzi told The Jakarta Post it was the duty of the state to encourage people to live according to religious teachings, not to prevent it.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


'Pesantren' communities unable to accept pluralism, tolerance The recent research conducted by the International Center for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), the Indonesian Islamic Boarding School Association (BKSPPI) and AusAID, in which I was involved, shows that many pesantren (Islamic boarding schools), both traditional (salaf) and modern, in West Java reject pluralism as they perceive this as an acceptance of the relativity of religion -- or rejecting the notion that Islam is the absolute truth.

Posted in Religion @ 26 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police tell churches to dig bomb holes Police have ordered churches in the Indonesian city of Solo to dig holes to throw away suspicious objects that might be bombs, a newspaper said on Friday, amid fears of Christmas-related attacks. Police across the world's most populous Muslim country have been stepping up security measures ahead of the year-end holidays to avoid a repeat of 2000 Christmas Eve bombings of churches in several Indonesian cities which killed 19 people.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Russia mull satellite launch from island near Papua Indonesia and Russia are considering using an island off Indonesia's Papua province as a launching base for a Russian communications satellite, an Indonesian official said. 'Indonesia and Russia are discussing the use of Biak as a satellite launching base,' Indonesian presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal told Agence France-Presse by telephone from Kuala Lumpur.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


President to go on 'safari' during Ramadhan Recovering from his flu, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set to go on tour across the archipelago during the rest of the fasting month in a throwback to the Ramadhan 'safaris' of the New Order period. Susilo's trip will start in the densely populated area of Cilincing, North Jakarta, on Friday. The President, together with some other government officials, will then travel to Banten, South Kalimantan, Southeast Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara.

Posted in Ramadan @ 14 October 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A year later, Munirís killers evade justice One year after a leading Indonesian human rights activist was murdered after boarding a flight from Jakarta to Europe, the Indonesian government has failed to properly investigate and prosecute those behind Munir Said Thalibís death, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Politics @ 08 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests new suspect over murder of rights activist Indonesian police have reportedly arrested a new suspect in the poisoning death of a leading human rights activist. Munir died on a Garuda flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam last September. An autopsy found a lethal dose of arsenic in his body. The Koran Tempo daily newspaper says Ery Bunyamin, a business class passenger on the same flight has been arrested.

Posted in Politics @ 12 August 2005 20:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Krakatoa volcano sparks tsunami panic Many residents of Indonesia's Sumatra island fled to higher ground before dawn on Tuesday after rumours that a notorious volcano had erupted sending a tsunami hurtling towards the coast, local media reported. The panic was prompted by reports that Mount Anak Krakatoa, a volcano off Lampung province's southern coast between Sumatra and Java islands, had erupted, national news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 May 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to launch tender for 22 oil and gas blocks this month The government plans to launch the tender for 22 oil and gas blocks in the third week of this month following an earlier delay, Koran Tempo reported, quoting an official at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. It quoted the ministry's director for exploration Novian Thayib as saying that the tender will include two producing oil and gas blocks whose contracts have expired.

Posted in Economy @ 04 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan marks time of fasting and prayer The holy month of Ramadan begins this weekend. Most Muslims will begin their month of fasting and prayer tonight at sundown, while some will start Saturday. Ramadan (pronounced RAHM-uh-don) is the ninth month, and an important part, of the Islamic calendar. Muslims believe that it was during Ramadan, more than 1,400 years ago, that God began to reveal their holy book, the Koran, to the prophet Muhammad.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Baby among ten dead at level crossing Ten women travelling to an Islamic Koran recital and a baby were killed today when a passenger train hit a utility at a level crossing in Indonesia, police said. Another woman and a small girl were in hospital with serious injuries after the accident in the Talun district of East Java province. The train was travelling from Surabaya to Blitar when it hit the truck on an unguarded crossing. The ute's driver escaped with minor injuries.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Govt bans chicken imports from Malaysia over bird flu fears Indonesia has banned imports of chicken from Malaysia after the neighbouring country announced an outbreak of deadly bird flu, a report said Saturday. The agriculture ministry has issued a circular urging firms not to import chicken meat, chicks, eggs and chicken feathers from Malaysia, a government official was quoted as saying by the Koran Tempo daily.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 August 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Media on the payroll Koran Indonesia looks deceptively like a normal newspaper, but is clearly slanted to make Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government look good. "The economy has recovered," reads one headline, while another announces: "Farmers are getting wealthier." The paper appeared on newsstands on the first day of campaigning for Indonesia's first direct presidential elections, and it comes as no surprise that it's funded by Megawati's campaign team.

Posted in Elections @ 18 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati signs regulation to delay vote in some areas Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri has signed a regulation to delay voting in districts where ballot papers and other supplies have not arrived in time for Monday's general elections. The voting is expected to take place on schedule throughout most of the archipelago.

Posted in Elections @ 03 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rais denies taking oil handouts from Saddam Hussein A leading Indonesian politician and presidential hopeful Amien Rais has denied reports that he had taken oil handouts from the regime of then-Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, a press report says. "I'm flabbergasted. Why am I included in the list out of the blue? It's big slander," Rais, chairman of the national assembly, was quoted as saying by Koran Tempo newspaper.

Posted in Politics @ 04 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to visit Aceh in December President Megawati Sukarnoputri will in December visit Aceh province for the first time since she placed the rebellious territory under martial law nearly six months ago, an official said Wednesday (12/11/03). Aceh Governor Abdullah Puteh said the president would inaugurate a number of projects during the visit and open a congress of about 4,000 Muslim leaders from across the province.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free concert to boost peace ends in riot A free rock music concert meant to promote peace and social harmony ended abruptly with rioting and police warning shots, reports said Sunday. At least six people were reportedly injured. Veteran rocker Iwan Fals, whose regime baiting songs were banned by former dictator Suharto, tried to calm the 100,000-strong crowd with a nationalist anthem as people began throwing stones and bottles in the sports stadium where the show was being staged.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The president director of the State Electricity Company (PLN), Eddie Widiono, seems to be clairvoyant. Two years ago, at a seminar on electricity in Jakarta, he made a prediction that by 2003, Java-Bali would be shrouded in darkness. The reason: scarce electricity supply due to minimum PLN investments. Widiono's estimate might just be optimistic. On September 12, Asep, a resident of Cibinong, Bogor, nearly had a heart attack. A huge explosion shook his house, followed a second later by total darkness. The thundering noise came directly from next door, an electrical relay station handling extremely high voltages. Rushing outside, Asep saw one of the poles inside the station burning. "Wow, the noise was totally deafening, just like a bomb," he said. "Then there were fireworks and a sharp burning smell," he said.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


I was recently asked to address a conference in Seoul, Korea, organized around the theme of developing a culture of peace. Naturally, it fell to me to present an Islamic perspective on developing a culture of peace. My response was to explain that if we want to understand what Islam has to teach us about civilization, society and relations between communities, it is important that we consider the broad range of its rich intellectual heritage.

Posted in Religion @ 11 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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