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Indonesia repatriates 39 human trafficking victims The Indonesian government has repatriated the second batch of 39 people, who had been trapped by human traffickers, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Posted in Crime @ 03 December 2014 20:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National Police maps community group affiliated with ISIS The Indonesian National Police (Polri) has mapped a community group, which is allegedly affiliated with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). "The people affiliated with ISIS are hard-line groups that have existed in Indonesia, and they have already been mapped by the police. We continue to track them," Sutarman stated here on Thursday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 August 2014 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects propagation of ISIS ideology Indonesia has rejected the propagation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ideology in the country because it runs contrary to "Pancasila," chief security minister Djoko Suyanto said here on Monday.

Posted in Religion @ 05 August 2014 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health department: 'Postpone Umrah pilgrimage over MERS' West Sumatra Health Department issued an advice to postpone Umra pilgrimage for people above 60 years and those who are not in good health, following the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus outbreak.

Posted in Health @ 12 May 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three MERS-CoV suspects identified in Pekanbaru Three people have been suspected of being infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus (MERS-CoV), now under medical treatment in this Riau capital city.

Posted in Health @ 07 May 2014 11:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda launching new planes on new routes The national airline Garuda Indonesia is scheduled to commence direct non-stop daily service between Jakarta and Amsterdam in May 2014.The new service, bypassing traditional technical stops in the Middle East, will be made possible with the delivery of new Boeing 777-300s.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 March 2014 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


212 illegal immigrants stay in house detention in Medan The 17 illegal immigrants from Palestine, who were arrested by officers, have increased the total occupants of the immigrant detention house of Medan in Belawan, North Sumatra, to 212 people in March 2014.

Posted in Crime @ 07 March 2014 18:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal immigrants stranded at Pangandaran beach Tens of illegal immigrants from the Middle East were found stranded at Pangandaran Beach in West Java on Wednesday night, stated an official.

Posted in Crime @ 06 February 2014 12:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 4.8 million tourists visit Indonesia until July More than 4,872,260 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in the first seven months of this year, up 6.4 percent from the same period last year, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 September 2013 00:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Banten water police catch 80 illegal immigrants The Banten provincial water police caught 80 illegal immigrants from Iran and Myanmar in the waters off Peucang island on Thursday. The immigrants were caught after their boat leaked on their way to Christmas Island in Australia, director of the water police Snr. Comr. Budi Hermawan said.

Posted in Crime @ 07 June 2013 00:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police arrest 80 illegal immigrants The Bali police have arrested 80 illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern countries in Badung Strait about a mile from the Benoa Port in Denpasar. "Around 05.00 a.m. local time our patrol officers saw a suspicious boat, so they stopped it and checked the passengers one by one," Bali provincial police spokesman Comr. Hariadi said here on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 13 May 2013 09:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Money laundering charge against Luthfi groundless Zainudin Paru, the lawyer of former lawmaker and president of the Islamic Justice and Welfare Party Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq described as groundless the money laundering charge against his client by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 27 March 2013 18:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt has no right to ban women from working abroad The government has no right to ban Indonesian women from working abroad but rather it must protect them against any work risk wherever they are employed, according to the Indonesian Migrant Workers Placement Agencies Association (Himsataki).

Posted in General @ 12 February 2013 10:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans house maids from working in Middle East Indonesia still bans female domestic helpers from working in the Middle East, particularly in countries which are still affected by a moratorium, a minister said.

Posted in Economy @ 11 February 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Farmers demand compensation for their khat plants Farmers in Cisarua, in the mountain resort of Puncak, Bogor, said they would destroy their chata edulis plants,locally known as khat, which is illegal in the country, if the government provide them a compensation.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 February 2013 18:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian victims of human trafficking repatriated Eighty-two Indonesian migrant workers who had fallen victim to human trafficking have returned to their home country, accompanied by Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Marshal Herman Prayitna.

Posted in Crime @ 30 January 2013 02:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 300 illegal immigrants detained in Kupang The Kupang immigration office in East Nusa Tenggara said it has detained 304 new illegal immigrants from Middle East on their way to Australia.

Posted in Crime @ 09 January 2013 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


35 illegal immigrants arrested in Garut waters Thirty-five illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern countries were arrested by the Water Police in Garut waters, West Java, on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 16 November 2012 10:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military man get six years for human trafficking A military court in Madiun, East Java, on Monday sentenced Indonesian Military Personnel Second Sergeant Ilmun Abdul Said, 36, to six years in jail for smuggling immigrants. The defendant was also fined Rp500 million and dismissed from the military service due to his actions.

Posted in Crime @ 24 September 2012 21:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


900 illegal immigrants arrested by immigration in Kupang Immigration officers in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, have arrested some 900 illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern countries, who were headed for Australia, this year.

Posted in Crime @ 20 September 2012 22:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


60 illegal immigrants from Middle East held in Madiun The immigration office of Madiun, East Java, held 60 illegal immigrants from Middle East arrested by police at the regency of Pacitan, on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 September 2012 22:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


47 illegal immigrants plan to go to Australia Ciemas Police Sector chief Adjunct Police Commissioner Sumaryoto said 47 illegal Afghan immigrants wanted to cross to Christmas Island, Australia, from Ciemas waters.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2012 05:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clemency for drug offender draws harsh criticism   The decision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut the sentence of Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years on humanitarian grounds, has drawn harsh criticism at home.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


30 illegal immigrants sent to Tanjungpinang Cilegon immigration authorities are moving 30 illegal immigrants to immigration detention centers on Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2012 14:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boat with illegal immigrants still missing A wooden boat carrying some 50 illegal immigrants from the Middle East which allegedly went down southwest of Maluk Strait on Thursday at 1:50 p.m. local time had not been recovered by a SAR team using a National Disaster Agency (Basarnas) helicopter of Denpasar, Bali.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 April 2012 12:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More illegal immigrants arrested in Sukabumi Police in Sukabumi, West Java, have arrested some more illegal immigrants seeking to cross over to Australia, bringing the total caught so far to 72.

Posted in Crime @ 13 March 2012 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House factions differ on gasoline restriction plan Several political party factions in the House of Representatives (DPR) differ with regard to the government`s plan to restrict consumption of subsidized gasoline.

Posted in Politics @ 26 January 2012 00:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five soldiers named suspects in illegal immigrants case Five Indonesian army (TNI-AD) members have been named suspects in the case of illegal immigrants whose boat sank in Prigi, Trenggalek, East Java, recently, on its way to Australia.

Posted in Military @ 21 January 2012 05:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boat carrying immigrants sinks in Prigi waters A motorboat carrying hundreds of Middle East immigrants sank in the international waters, south of East Java`s Prigi coast on Saturday. Based on information gathered by Antara in the field, the boat belonging to Indonesian fishermen and was hired to smuggle out illegal immigrants to Australia sank for overloading.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 December 2011 03:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ratifies nuclear test ban treaty The Indonesian parliament on Tuesday ratified a treaty which will ban all nuclear explosions in all environments and for all purposes, officials said, making it the 156th country to do so.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2011 21:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western opening another brand new hotel in Kuta Best Western International will soon be offering visitors to Bali the choice of a delightful new hotel, when Best Western Kuta Seaview opens in the popular tourist destination of Kuta.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 October 2011 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian migrant workers avoid beheading in Saudi Arabia Two Indonesian female migrant workers have been spared from beheading in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2011 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


10.000 more hotel rooms add to oversupply for Bali Beritabali.com says the Bali Hotel Association (BHA) is predicting an increase of 10,000 new hotel rooms will come on line in Bali in 2011. The permits for these new hotels were issued before the provincial government of Bali introduced a moratorium on new hotel projects in the island’s southernmost regions.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 July 2011 13:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pays 'blood money' for convicted maid in Saudi Arabia The Indonesian government paid Rp 4.6 billion (380.000 euro) in 'blood money' to stop the execution of an Indonesian maid convicted of murder in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 26 June 2011 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans labor workers migrating to Saudi Arabia The government of Indonesia on Wednesday announced that it will temporarily halt sending labor workers to Saudi Arabia as of August 1, while officials consider the possibility of having legal affairs attaches in several countries where national labor workers are facing legal issues.

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2011 02:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


IOM: Around 3,200 people smuggled into Indonesia in 2010 The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday said around 3,200 people from war-torn Middle Eastern countries were smuggled into Indonesia in 2010.

Posted in Crime @ 09 May 2011 15:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police thwart people smuggling effort News Agency Antara reports that the Bali police successfully thwarted an effort to smuggle more than 50 people originating from the Middle East to Australia via Bali and Madura. "The were 52 immigrants from the Middle East who we taken into custody near Kubu, Karangasem on Saturday night, February 20th," said the director of the Bali Water Police, Agus Doeta Supranggono.

Posted in Human rights @ 28 February 2011 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nestle to invest $100 million in new Indonesian factory Nestle S.A. on Thursday announced that it is planning to invest $100 million to open a new factory in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2010 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia might halt sending workers to Saudi Arabia over maid killing Indonesia on Friday announced that its government is considering putting a hold on dispatching workers to Saudi Arabia as international outrage has surrounded the case of a tortured Indonesian maid, officials said.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2010 18:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia minister to Saudi Arabia to monitor tortured maid case Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered the State Minister for Women and Child Protection Linda Agum Gumelar to travel to Saudi Arabia in order to oversee the investigation into the torture of an Indonesian maid, officials said Thursday.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2010 21:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar still to invest 600 million dollar in Lombok resort? A fair degree of confusion prevails over the future of a US$600 mega tourism project on Bali's near neighbor of Lombok. A pet project of Indonesia's former Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, the 1,200 hectare site was proposed to house hotels, condominiums and a golf course financed by Dubai-based property Developer Emaar Properties.

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2010 06:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Investors still want to invest money in Lombok Chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Gita Wirjawan said at least five investors had reiterated their intention to develop an integrated tourist hub in Lombok island, West Nusa Tenggara province.

Posted in Economy @ 20 February 2010 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Good hopes for growth of tourism in 2010 The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) has forecast a 5% to 7% growth for the Bali tourism market on the back of increased flights from KLM and Garuda. In terms of geographical source of arrivals, BHA expects markets from Europe, Russia, the Middle East and the United States to grow strongly in the second half of 2010.

Posted in Tourism @ 22 January 2010 01:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rp 200 billion drug smuggling plot Jakarta airport foiled The customs at the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta have stopped the smuggling of some 26.8 kilograms of drugs and 17.5 liters of liquid drugs towards the Middle East. The drugs are worth some 195 billion Rupiah (13.8 million euro). Ten people from the Middle East were to fly on four separate flights to carry the drugs to their destination.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 October 2009 02:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unregistered children at risk Satri Rama's youngest children do not have birth certificates, but that does not bother the 39-year-old mother of five. "We don't need birth certificates, we need to eat," she said, standing in a damp shack in the centre of Indonesia's capital.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indosat launches Palapa D satellite this month Indosat is to launch the Palapa D satellite at the end of this month. The Palapa D satellite will replace the Palapa C2 which will be operational until 2011. This information was made public by the general director of Indosat, Harry Sasongko, at the Satellite Building at the Palapa satellite station in Jatiluhur, Purwakarta in West Java province. The Satellite Building will be used to keep track of the satellite and it's traffic.

Posted in Media @ 15 August 2009 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trafficking fuels commercial sex work Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia's second-largest city, it is not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs). "I never chose to be a prostitute. It just happened," Isah, 19, told, describing her tenure in one of Southeast Asia's largest commercial sex venues.

Posted in Human rights @ 11 August 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Emaar withdraws from US$600 million Lombok project The Jakarta Globe reports that a massive US$600 Million mega-resort planned for South Lombok is now in jeopardy. The project of shopping, recreation areas, golf courses and luxurious hotels on a 1,200 hectare site is a "pet project" of Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, who personally invited Dubai's state-owned Emaar Properties to spearhead the investment.

Posted in Economy @ 17 March 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Pertamina drops planned diesel exports Indonesian state oil firm Pertamina has scrapped plans to export diesel this month for the first time because of low regional diesel prices, a company official said on Monday. Pertamina had earlier planned to export some diesel to reduce high stockpiles and was also looking at cutting runs at its nine refineries with a combined capacity of around 1 million barrels per day.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2009 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia must brace itself for economic recession Indonesia must face the current global economic turmoil by taking concrete and substantial steps, as the turmoil cannot be solved with conventional ways, an economic analyst Sutrisno Iwantono said. He added that Indonesia needs to take immediate steps such as diversification of export destinations, strengthening the domestic markets, as well as reinforcing the agricultural bases in rural areas, to salvage the national economy.

Posted in Economy @ 06 October 2008 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Man arrested for smuggling 900 people to Australia The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are deciding whether to press charges against an Iraqi man arrested in Jakarta for alleged involvement in smuggling 900 asylum-seekers to Australia. The Indonesian Immigration Office director-general for Investigation and Law Enforcement, Syaiful Rachman, said that an Iraqi man named Hadi Ali Asgar El Ahmad was allegedly involved in the trafficking of the refugees and migrants - mostly from the Middle East and Asia - from Indonesia to Australia between 1999 and 2001.

Posted in Crime @ 09 July 2008 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top terrorist Noordin Top may have fled Indonesia South East Asia's most wanted terror suspect accused of directing the 2002 Bali bombings may have evaded a massive manhunt and fled Indonesia, according to police interrogation documents. The documents, obtained by the Associated Press, include interviews with two senior Indonesian members of the Jemah Islamiyah network, the same network suspected terrorist Noordin Top belongs to.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 May 2008 12:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar builds expansion to Indonesia with office in Jakarta Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based property developer with a significant presence in 36 markets globally, has accelerated its development plans for Indonesia with the opening of its country office in Jakarta. The office will steer the development of Emaar's first project in the country, the mega-tourism and mixed-use project in Lombok, and also explore new opportunities for growth.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 May 2008 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local government in Batu considers chasity belt for massage parlours Detik.com reports that the municipal government in the East Java resort area of Batu are preparing to "clamp down" on suspected prostitution practices taking place at many of the area's panti pijat or traditional massage parlors. Iman Suryono, a municipal police official (pamong praja) in Batu, is dedicated to elimating the "plus-plus" and "happy ending" element from the local spa business. To achieve this "end," local authorities are considering making "chastity belts" part of the required uniform for masseuses in the cool hill-side resort close best known for its local inns and delicious apple crop.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 April 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia to get 2 billion euro investment from Middle East Middle East investors plan to spend about two billion euro on projects in Indonesia, Bisnis Indonesia newspaper reported, citing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Emaar Properties PJSC, Pacific Inter-Link Sdn Bhd, Al Ghurair Group, Ras Al Khaimah and Limitless LLC are among the investors planning to enter Indonesia, Bisnis said.

Posted in Economy @ 22 March 2008 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jemaah Islamiyah’s publishing industry The Indonesian government should more closely monitor publishers associated with Indonesia’s most prominent extremist organisation, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 March 2008 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda to order ten Boeing 777-200ERs Bisnis Indonesia reports that Garuda Indonesia has followed up its recent move into profitability by announcing plans to purchase 10 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft worth an estimated US$2 billion to support route expansion plans to Europe, the Middle East and East Asia.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 10 February 2008 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to return to The Netherlands? Despite the current blacklisting of all Indonesian registered commercial aircraft from European airspace by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia appears adamant in its desire to resume service to Europe, planning to recommence service to Amsterdam in 2008.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 04 October 2007 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inul Daratista - not banned in Bali! The 28-year-old Indonesian singing star Inul Daratista has promised the organizers of the Fifth Kuta Karnival that she will take to the stage and contribute her talents to the event's closing ceremony scheduled to run from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm. on the main stage of the festival on Kuta Beach on Sunday, September 9, 2007.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 September 2007 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


600 million euro investment in tourism for Lombok Taj Hamaad, an Advisor to the Dubai-based Group Emaar International Properties, has confirmed that they will invest 600 million euro in a new tourism resort development in Lombok, an island just east of Bali. According to Hamaad, technical agreements and final a final memorandum of understanding (MOA) are now being hammered out prior to ground-breaking ceremonies planned for later this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 August 2007 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia offers visa on arrival for Middle East tourists Indonesia's tourist industry is experiencing a boom as the nation has the highest number of foreign arrivals since 2001. This year around six million tourists are expected to visit the country. Thamrin Bachri, director-general of tourism at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, said that the government is focusing on visitors from the Middle East as well. 60.000 tourists from that region visited Indonesia last year, while this number is expected to grow to 100.000 this year and to 150.000 in 2008.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 May 2007 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign ministry begins promoting Indonesian provinces The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a program to promote Indonesian provinces in other countries. The program, named 'Updates from the regions', is to promote the provinces periodically and it started last Tuesday with the promotion of Riau, as was told by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hassan Wirajuda.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 May 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to reopen international tourism offices as arrivals sag In an attempt to boost the declining number of foreign visitors to Indonesia, the government will re-open a dozen international tourism offices this year, local media reports said Tuesday. Indonesia missed its tourist arrival target of 5.5 million in 2006, with only 4.8 million foreign visitors to the country, according to Tourism Minister Jero Wacik. Indonesia has set a target of 6 million foreign visitors for this year and 8 million in 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 February 2007 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia, Baxter sign MOU on bird flu vaccine Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with a unit of U.S. company Baxter International Inc. on Wednesday to develop a human bird flu vaccine, as Jakarta came under fire for not sharing samples of the virus. Earlier reports of the deal had stirred controversy because it had been linked to Indonesia's decision not to share H5N1 bird flu virus samples with foreign laboratories.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 February 2007 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Bird flu endemic in Indonesia Avian influenza is now endemic in Indonesia because of past delays in dealing with H5N1 bird flu, with the virus now well established and a major concern in SouthEast Asia, says an Australian veterinary scientist. But Laurence Gleeson, a regional manager with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other UN officials, were positive over steps taken to control bird flu in SouthEast Asia when speaking to reporters today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 January 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shares predicted to continue strong gains in 2007 Jakarta's main stock index is set for further heady gains this year, supported by improving economic conditions, firm commodity prices and subdued inflation which should give corporate earnings a boost, encouraging fresh capital into the sharemarket, analysts said. They are picking a gain of between 16-43 pct, after last year's 55 pct surge, which saw the composite index repeatedly setting new records to finish 2006 at an all-time high of 1,805.522 points.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2007 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


Bush doesn't receive warm welcome in Indonesia Ignoring monsoon rain and thunder, hundreds of people gathered in Indonesia's former colonial capital of Bogor on Monday to demonstrate against a visit by US president George W Bush. Amid security concerns, the president only made a short stop-over in Indonesia, the last leg of an Asia tour that included Singapore and Vietnam which was hosting the APEC summit.

Posted in Politics @ 21 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-Bush protests in Indonesia cause traffic jams Hundreds of protesters on Friday burned U.S. flags and chanted "You're not welcome here" ahead of a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush to predominantly Muslim Indonesia. Traffic jammed as protesters marched through the streets of Bogor, where Bush will meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday for wide-ranging talks covering terrorism, the Middle East peace process, poverty alleviation and education.

Posted in Protests @ 18 November 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 19 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


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

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


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

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


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


Indonesia bars medical workers from performing female circumcision Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has barred doctors and nurses from performing female circumcisions, a Health Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. The prohibition against the practice — also known as female genital mutilation or cutting — came in the form of a notice sent to doctors and nurses in April, said Soemardi, who goes by a single name. There is no punishment for those who ignore it, he said.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2006 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'US president may visit Indonesia in November' U.S. President George W. Bush may visit Indonesia next month to meet the leader of the world's most populous Muslim nation, seen as a close ally in Washington's global fight against terrorism, officials said Tuesday. If the talks are held, they would be the first on Indonesian soil between Bush and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2006 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia leader upbeat on economy, vows to aid poor Indonesia's president pledged on Wednesday to use an anticipated pick-up in Southeast Asia's biggest economy to tackle poverty, and also to stick with a fight against corruption and encourage foreign investment. In an annual address to parliament ahead of Indonesia's Aug. 17 independence day, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono focused on the economy,but also hailed a peace deal in Aceh and repeated a willingness to commit troops to a U.N. force in Lebanon.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2006 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans militants from going to Mideast Indonesian police said on Monday that the government had banned Islamic militants from travelling to the Middle East or elsewhere to fight Israel. The comments by a police spokesman came after the self-styled head of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Muslim Youth Movement said more than 200 militants had been sent on missions to attack Israel's interests and countries that support the Jewish state.

Posted in General @ 07 August 2006 15:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls Israeli attacks 'criminal' Indonesia on Monday called Israeli airstrikes in southern Lebanon "criminal'' and urged the United Nations to immediately intervene to halt Middle East violence. Indonesia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Israel's bombing of the Lebanese town of Qana on Sunday was indiscriminate and violated international humanitarian law.

Posted in Politics @ 01 August 2006 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ready to send troops for peacekeeping in Middle East Indonesia is ready to send about 450 soldiers to join the international peacekeeping force that might be set up by the United Nations for peace maintenance in the Middle East, a foreign ministry spokesman said Friday. Indonesia expects the U.N. Security Council, which will have a session on this topic on Saturday in New York, to issue a resolution for establishment of peacekeeping operation in the region in less than three months, said spokesman Desra Percaya.

Posted in Military @ 22 July 2006 13:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


54th case of bird flu confirmed The World Health Organisation has confirmed Indonesia's 54th case of human infection of H5N1 avian flu. A 44-year-old Indonesian fried chicken vendor from East Jakarta has died of the disease.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 July 2006 14:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market movements and impact on Indonesia Currency markets are attracting considerable attention from international investors and politicians. In particular, investors are showing increased sensitivity to stories that investors (particularly central banks) may reduce holdings of U.S. assets. The dollar has recently exhibited vulnerability in stories that China or Middle Eastern government's may switch their holdings of U.S. dollars into some other. Even if denied, the effects of these stories often linger in the currency markets.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iran's President arrives in Indonesia amid N-row Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Jakarta early Wednesday for a visit during which he may ask Indonesia to play a mediating role with Western nations over his country's contested nuclear program, AFP reported. Ahmadinejad was greeted amid tight security by Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda and about two dozen Indonesian and Iranian officials.

Posted in Politics @ 10 May 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


May 1 holiday rejected in Indonesia Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Monday rejected calls to grant a holiday during the International Labor Day commemoration on May 1, saying the country already has too many days off. "If we accepted the calls, there would be too many holidays. Therefore we oppose them," he told reporters here. Kalla said Indonesia has at least 12 holidays a year for religious events and national celebrations.

Posted in General @ 02 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braces for big May Day rallies Security forces were on top alert throughout Indonesia on Monday ahead of May Day rallies that could see tens of thousands take to the streets in Jakarta alone, police said. The demonstrations are taking place against a backdrop of government plans to revise a 2003 labour law, a move that has prompted a rising tide of worker opposition.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to visit four Middle East countries Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to visit four countries in the Middle East later this month to enhance ties with fellow Muslim nations, the country's official news agency reported Sunday. Yudhoyono plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates during an eight-day trip in late April, said Alwi Shihab, the president's special envoy to the Middle East.

Posted in Politics @ 09 April 2006 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to get its own Playboy A toned-down edition of Playboy will go on sale Friday in mostly Muslim Indonesia, defying protests from Islamic leaders who have called on the government to ban the magazine, publishers said. The magazine does not feature nude women, and its photos of female models are no more risque than those in other magazines already for sale in the country, according to an Associated Press photographer who saw an advance copy.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 21 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


Implications of pornography bill and Islamic law In the past few months much has been in the local Press about Sharia regulations in regions of Indonesia as well as the frequently cited Pornography Law being deliberated on in the House. These clippings in the press have been anything but flattering of Sharia which to a practicing Muslim is the crux of his daily interactions. Sharia has been labeled oppressive to women and minorities of other faiths, a step backwards for Indonesia, and an inhibitor to the economy.

Posted in Culture @ 25 March 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey shows prevalent conservatism Islamic conservatism is a growing force to be reckoned with across the country, with research indicating about 40 percent of citizens would support the replacement of state laws with sharia and one in 10 consider suicide bombings justified in some circumstances. A survey conducted in late January by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found 40 percent of respondents approved of adulterers being stoned to death, 34 percent did not want to see another female president and 40 percent accepted polygamy.

Posted in Religion @ 17 March 2006 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Indonesia says 22nd human bird flu death confirmed Bird flu has killed its 22nd human victim in Indonesia, a 12-year-old girl, according to tests by the World Health Organisation's Hong Kong laboratory, an Indonesian health ministry official said on Friday. The confirmation came just hours after Indonesia reported its 21st human bird flu victim, a three-year-old child, according to tests by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 March 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Young boy dies of bird flu in Semarang A three-year-old boy has died of bird flu in central Indonesia, a senior health official said today. Blood and swab samples for the child – who died this week in a hospital in Semarang, Central Java province – have been sent to a World Health Organisation-sanctioned laboratory in Hong Kong for confirmation, said Hariadi Wibisono.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 March 2006 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Violence creates island of terror in Indonesia Masked, black-clad and brandishing machetes, the attackers sprang from behind a screen of tall grass and pounced on the four Christian girls as they walked to school. Within seconds, three of the teenagers were beheaded — fresh victims of violence that has turned this Indonesian island into yet another front in the terrorist wars.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 27 December 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia guarded on straits patrol Indonesia has given qualified support to a plan for Australian navy patrol aircraft to help guard the strategic Malacca Straits against terrorist attacks and piracy. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohammad Najib discussed the plan with Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, asking if Canberra would consider sending long-range RAAF P-3C Orion patrol aircraft to help oversee the 1000kilometre waterway.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2005 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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