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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 fighting against ISIS presence Indonesia, the worlds largest Muslim populated country, is doing its best to prevent the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), alerting all regional police forces and Muslim organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 09 August 2014 19:39 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


Jokowi wants all parties to be merry during campaigns Presidential candidate Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has expressed hope that all parties will be merry during the presidential election campaigns between June 4 and July 5, 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 04 June 2014 18:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP visits Bengkulu to observe Pancasila birthday Vice President Boediono visited Bengkulu to observe the birthday of the state Pancasila ideology in the province and to tour a number of historic places where President Soekarno was once exiled.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2014 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Presidential candidate Jokowi not dictated to PDIP Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Chairman Effendi Simbolon confirmed that the party does not dictate to its presidential candidate, Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi.

Posted in Politics @ 10 April 2014 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo to strengthen anti-graft body if elected president Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Advisory Council chief and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto has reiterated his intention to strengthen the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) if he is elected president.

Posted in Elections @ 03 April 2014 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto: 'Time for Indonesians to make changes' It is time for Indonesia to move towards becoming a progressive nation under the guidance of an ethical leader, noted Peoples Conscience (Hanura) party leader Wiranto.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to campaign in Bali Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri is scheduled to campaign at Badung district in Bali on Saturday afternoon, according to party officials. "We hope the people of Bali will give their strong support to PDI-P," the partys deputy secretary general, Hasto Kristiyanto, said here this morning.

Posted in Elections @ 22 March 2014 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi reads Pancasila in first campaign Presidential candidate of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Joko "Jokowi" Widodo read the text of Indonesian ideology Pancasila or five principles in his first campaign here on Sunday (March 16).

Posted in Elections @ 16 March 2014 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


8 injured in clash between Pemuda Pancasila and strikers A brawl between striking workers and paramilitary youth organization Pemuda Pancasila left eight people injured and 18 motorcycles destroyed in South Cikarang on Thursday morning.

Posted in Violence @ 01 November 2013 02:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono leads Taufiq`s funeral ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the funeral ceremony of Chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly Taufiq Kiemas at the Kalibata Heroes` Cemetery in South Jakarta on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 21:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National flag half-mast at state palace for Taufiq Kiemas The national flag was raised half-mast at the state palace here on Sunday to mourn the death of the chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Taufiq Kiemas. The flag was also seen raised half-mast at the private residence of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 16:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prostitutes face imprisonment and fine in Padang A draft law calls for a three months` imprisonment and a fine of up to Rp50 million on people found guilty of prostitution in the West Sumatra capital of Padang. The bill is being discussed by the city council and mayor, Jhon Roza Syaukani, chairman of the special committee for the draft law, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 02 October 2012 15:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian revives state ideology with shadow puppet shows In an attempt to revive the national ideology of "Pancasila" and raise awareness about its five main principles, the Indonesian government has been organizing shadow puppet shows across the country.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2012 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five named suspects in FBR member murder Police have named five suspects in the murder of a Betawi Brotherhood Forum (FBR) leader in Jakarta`s southwestern outskirts of Pondok Aren early Wednesday. "The five suspects are among the 13 witnesses questioned in the case," spokesman of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Snr Comr Rikwanto said on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 29 June 2012 16:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pancasila needs to be implemented to economic system Activist from Indonesian Nationalists Students Movements (GMNI) in Pamekasan, Madura, Hafid Hamsih has called for Indonesia`s five principles ideology, Pancasila, to be implemented into the economic system of this country.

Posted in Economy @ 01 June 2012 18:41 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


Guruh Soekarnoputra to run for president Guruh Soekarnoputra, a son of Indonesia`s first president, Soekarno, marked his 59th birthday on Friday with a statement he intends to run for president in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 16 January 2012 02:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Tambora shows rising volcanic activity The status of the Mount Tambora volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa has been raised to the second-highest alert status as its activity has been increasing since April, the Jakarta Globe reported on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 September 2011 00:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New 10.000 Rupiah note is blue, has 1.000 Rupiah coin as friend Indonesia's Vice President Boediono has unveiled a new Rp 1,000 coin and a new, "bluer" Rp 10,000 banknote. The new Rp. 10,000 note will be blue in color, departing from the current red which oftentimes causes tourist visitors confusion in trying to distinguish it from the Rp. 100,000 note.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


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


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


Crowds gather at offices of FPI in several cities To prevent any actions by people who want to see FPI disbanded, the regional branch of FPI in Pekanbaru, Riau, has brought itself to readiness to fight possible crowds demanding the disbandment of FPI. The head of the regional branch there, Haris Kampai, said that they would fight anyone near their office demanding the disbandment of FPI. "The Riau branch of FPI has never had any anarchist behavior, it's Ahmadiyah that should be disbanded, not FPI", said Haris, pointing at a sect that is said to deviate from Islam.

Posted in Protests @ 05 June 2008 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian govt mulls freezing FPI over brutality The Indonesian government is considering suspending the FPI (Front Pembela Islam - Islamic Defenders Front) for its attack on activists at the National Monument in Jakarta last Sunday. Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Widodo AdiSucipto said the government was looking at a 1985 law that allows for the suspension of a mass organization.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2008 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


AKKBB: 'FPI tries to divert attention to Ahmadiyah sect' The coordinator for the National Alliance for Free Religion and Belief (AKKBB), Anick Hamin Thohari, said that the delay of the final 'verdict' from the government about the Ahmadiyah sect in Indonesia was not the main reason for the FPI (Front Pembela Islam - Islamic Defenders Front) to stage the attack against a peaceful demonstrations two days ago. He said that the acts of violence were nothing more than anarchism by the FPI.

Posted in Violence @ 03 June 2008 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hardline Muslems clash with moderate mayority after attack Supporters of Indonesiaís largest Islamic organisation clashed with Muslim hard-liners following a bloody attack on interfaith activists by the radicals. One person was injured in the brawl late yesterday between members of Nahdhatul Ulama and hard-liners from the Islamic Defenders Front in Yogyakarta on Java island. Angry crowds have gathered outside offices and homes of the FPI in two other towns on Java in recent days.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2008 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Minister to inspect preparations for Aceh regional chief elections Indonesian Home Affairs Minister M Ma`ruf left Jakarta for Aceh Province on Wednesday to inspect preparations made for the upcoming implementation of the Aceh direct regional chief elections scheduled for December 11, 2006. Minister Ma`ruf is expected to visit several districts in Indonesia`s northernmost province of Aceh, to monitor the preparations made by the regions.

Posted in Elections @ 08 November 2006 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independence Day preparations With several days left until the annual celebration of the independence of Indonesia, 17 August 2006 exactly 61 years ago, the daily view in the streets has changed pretty much. Not that it has become more crowded or more quiet, because that doesn't realy matter this time of year, this day is commonly celebrated with the neighbors in the neighborhood. Many of the central fields in villages and cities will be the stage of small games at the 17th, especially old Dutch games with a Indonesian flavour added to it.

Posted in Culture @ 14 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pancasila values must be implemented Belief in one supreme God, humanism, national unity, consultative democracy and social justice. These five principles came into the minds of Indonesia's founding fathers when they discussed the country's ideology. The five principles later became what we now know as Pancasila or the five pillars.

Posted in Politics @ 09 July 2006 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group says Pancasila way to halt assault on pluralism Pro-democracy supporters and scholars are urging the upholding of the founding Pancasila state ideology to thwart hardline religious groups attempting to impose a monotheistic belief system. The group -- including socialist Rahman Toleng, lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis, economist Faisal Basri and former education and culture minister Fuad Hassan -- noted that Pancasila was not an absolute doctrine but a compromise reached by the founding fathers who realized the pluralistic nature of the new nation.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Sharia-based bylaws violate Constitution' Tangerang is firmly in the spotlight after the issuance of a controversial bylaw to eradicate prostitution in the municipality. It also issued another bylaw that bans liquor. Syafi'i Anwar, executive director of the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), shared his views with Ridwan Max Sijabat >on what is happening in the region.

Posted in Religion @ 04 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto fights on as party divides FORMER Indonesian armed forces chief Wiranto is campaigning hard for the imminent presidential election, but some observers believe his efforts have been spoilt by the lack of support from his own Golkar party. One analyst told The Australian that he had even seen members of the party's youth wing campaigning for Mr Wiranto's main rival, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Elections @ 18 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar passes PDI-P, rivals reject tally Golkar Party has narrowly overtaken President Megawati Sukarnoputriís Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), with more than 60% of the votes from the April 5 general election now counted. While analysts are predicting Golkar will surge further ahead as results continue to come in from the outer provinces, 19 other parties have said they will reject the election outcome because of rampant irregularities and alleged polling violations.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamzah: PPP not set on Islamic state United Development Party (PPP) leader Hamzah Haz asserted on Saturday his party did not want to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state. "The first principle (of Pancasila is belief in) one God, which is a declaration that Indonesia is a religious nation," he told thousands of supporters during a campaign rally at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar rejects its old image Growing resentment against calls to become loyalists of former president Soeharto has led the former dominant party, Golkar, to exercise a good measure of damage control in its campaigns by removing itself from symbols of the past regime. Soeharto was the main patron of Golkar and calls from a political party set up by his former aide, R. Hartono, for people to again become the second president's loyalists has provoked indignant cries of rejection. Hartono made the call when campaigning for his Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PPKB) in Soeharto's hometown of Yogyakarta, just as campaigners for Golkar said that the past years have been better than the current "reform" period.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeks truth behind events of 1965 What really happened during the 1965 'aborted coup' that prompted a regime change in Indonesia - from founding president Sukarno to Suharto? That is what a team set up by the government hopes to find out. Comprising independent and noted historians, it has been given a year to come up with the truth, Minister of National Education Abdul Malik Fadjar said on Wednesday.

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


ABDUL Latief unsteadily enters the office of a Jakarta human rights group with a young man at his elbow. He struggles to mouth an intelligible greeting, the consequence of a stroke he suffered some years ago. Latief, a retired colonel, is a member of a dwindling generation to have an intimate recollection of the rise of modern Indonesia. He was witness to, and a crucial participant in, the events that produced the regime of former president Suharto.

Posted in History @ 10 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Partindo to join 2004 election A group of politicians loyal to the philosophy and the teachings introduced by the country's founding president Sukarno declared on Saturday establishment of the Indonesian Party (Partindo) 1931. "Partindo is established in an attempt to promote the philosophy and teachings of Sukarno and participate in a national movement to bring the country out of the multi-dimensional crisis," said chairman Soetomo Martopradoto during the ceremony held at the Sera Nusa Hotel in Bogor, 60 kilometers south of Jakarta.

Posted in Elections @ 03 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kwik: Indonesia on the brink of disaster, bankruptcy Indonesia is in the midst of political disarray and financial bankruptcy as the country no longer takes control of its own fate and is under a new form of domination, accordingto Kwik Kian Gie's statements on Saturday. The deputy chairman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) said the country now embraced "the dominators" who were launching geopolitical tricks using mastery of technology and management as their weapons, while addressingthe Pancasila Day celebration at the PDI Perjuangan headquarters in South Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 02 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unlike the Suharto era, Indonesia now has quite radical Islamic groups operating in the open. Among them, the Islamic Defenders Front (Front Pembela Islam, FPI) is infamous for unleashing paramilitary gangs on 'iniquitous' nightspots. The Sunni Communication Forum (Forum Komunikasi Ahlusunnah Wal Jamaah, FKAWJ) fights for Muslims in Maluku. The Liberation Party (Hizbut Tahrir) is a branch of the Middle Eastern movement of the same name. It calls for the Indonesian nation-state to be abolished and replaced by the classic model of an Islamic state, the caliphate. Both FKAWJ and Hizbut Tahrir bluntly reject democratic models as a Western invention, incompatible with Islam. The campus-based Hizbut Tahrir shows restraint in its actions, but the other two frequently operate in a grey area of the law (see accompanying article).

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically powerful rivals bent on using terror campaigns in their struggle for supremacy?

Posted in Politics @ 25 January 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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