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KPK Chief: 'Indonesia needs to struggle for social justice' Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman Abraham Samad argued that after 69 years of independence Indonesia still needs to struggle for social justice for all people of the country.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 August 2014 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt saves 190 citizens facing death sentence overseas The government has claimed that it had saved at least 190 Indonesian citizens facing death sentence overseas through legal actions.

Posted in Crime @ 16 August 2014 00:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Corruption as extraordinary crime' Corruption is an extraordinary crime that must be uprooted completely, emphasized President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "Corruption is an extraordinary crime and our common enemy, and I say, I do not compromise with this kind of crime," the president affirmed in his annual state-of-the-nation address on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 August 2014 13:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo visits Soeharto`s cemetery Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on Sunday visited former president Soehartos cemetery in Karanganyar, Central Java, on Sunday. He visited Soehartos grave at the Astana Giribangun cemetery in Matesih in concurrence with the anniversary of the former presidents death.

Posted in Politics @ 08 June 2014 21:50 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


Jokowi attends commemoration of Lapindo mudflow disaster Presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) met the victims of Lapindo mudflow disaster at the commemoration of the 8th anniversary of the tragic event here on Thursday, during which he signed a political contract with them.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2014 00:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US grant of F-16 fighter jets to arrive in October The first batch of the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets, which are a grant from the United States, is expected to arrive in Indonesia in October, according to Indonesia Air Force Chief of Staff Air Marshal Ida Bagus Putu Dunia.

Posted in Military @ 19 March 2014 22:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Islamic parties have possibility to coalesce Islam-based political parties in Indonesia have the possibility to join forces in the presidential race next July, according to a political party chairman. "It is possible for Islam-based political parties to coalesce," General Chairman of the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP) Suryadharma Ali said here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2014 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta festivals lure rising number of foreign tourists The increasing number of cultural festivals held in the capital has managed to attract more foreign tourist to Jakarta, an official said on Monday. “A number of cultural festivals and tourism events held by Jakarta in 2013 has been proven to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the city,” agency head Arie Budhiman said.

Posted in Culture @ 07 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police delay implementation of headscarf for policewomen The Indonesian police plans to postpone the implementation of their decision to allow policewomen to wear headscarves while on duty, citing the pending issuance of a decision on uniformity. National Police chief General Sutarman confirmed the postponement here on Monday, saying a uniform headscarf for all policewomen had to be decided upon.

Posted in Politics @ 02 December 2013 17:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MRT, better late than never After decades of delay, construction has finally begun on the landmark rail-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system, in Jakarta, a megaproject designed to help the capital catch up with those of neighboring countries in modern urban transportation.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 October 2013 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Motives of terrorism in Indonesia have changed Chief Security Minister Djoko Suyanto has claimed the motives behind terrorism in Indonesia have changed and are no longer related to issues exclusively affecting foreign lands.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 August 2013 15:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President delivers state-of-the-nation address President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delivered the state-of-the-nation address in observance of the 68th anniversary of Indonesia`s independence at the parliament building here on Friday morning.

Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2013 10:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


August 15 to be declared Aceh Peace Day The Aceh government will soon announce that August 15 will be observed annually as peace day in Indonesia`s western-most province. "The Aceh governor will issue a regulation setting forth Aceh`s peace day," Aceh administration spokesman Nurdin F Jos said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 14 August 2013 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta Fair to be opened on June 6 Jakarta is ready to hold the annual Jakarta Fair to mark its anniversary on June 6. The biggest trade fair in Southeast Asia organized by the Jakarta administration in cooperation with PT Jakarta International Expo will last for a month until July 7 to mark the capital city`s 486th anniversary.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2013 15:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks Kopassus to maintain profesionalism President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the Army`s Special Forces (Kopassus) to maintain professionalism in performing duties as the national special security forces.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'I will remain focused on state duties' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he would remain focused on his duties as head of state although on the other hand he had to lead the internal consolidation within his Democratic Party.

Posted in Politics @ 11 February 2013 00:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta Thousands of workers from the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) of the greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek) held a rally here on Wednesday, demanding social security benefits and refusing low wages. "The rally also marks the organization`s 14th anniversary celebration," said the organization`s President Said Iqbal.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2013 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Catholic sacred place Sendangsono to be renovated Catholic sacred place Sendangsono in the sub-district of Kalibawang, Yogyakarta, will be renovated to serve not only as a place for devotional visit by Catholics but also as a tourist object. Renovation will be made by phases depending on the available fund collected from donators and philanthropists.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2012 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


ANTARA news agency marks 75th anniversary Indonesia`s national news agency ANTARA marked its 75th anniversary here on Thursday in a ceremony attended among others by its former chiefs. Its current president director, Saiful Hadi, in his speech said that ANTARA would always put forward public interests in its operations.

Posted in General @ 13 December 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'Jakarta plans to become national cultural center' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has said the capital city is preparing to become the center of Indonesian culture by organizing a national cultural carnival as of 2013.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2012 11:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi kicks off people cultural festival Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo officially inaugurated People`s Cultural Festival at the National Monument (Monas) area, here, Sunday. The festival was organized to commemorate the National Youth Pledge Day, Kris Budiharjo, the chairman of the festival organizing committee, said.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2012 11:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Modernization of weapons not for aggression President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said modernization of weapons is not intended for aggressive purposes or initiating arms race. He made the statement here on Friday at the commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the country`s defense forces.

Posted in Military @ 05 October 2012 17:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI provides free medical treatment to public The Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) provided free medical treatment to 1,000 residents in Ciracas district, East Jakarta, on Thursday to mark its 67th anniversary which falls on October 5.

Posted in Military @ 27 September 2012 21:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More suspected terrorists arrested in Solo Two suspected terrorists arrested by police on Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Solo, Central Java are being linked to the Thorik terrorist network that surrendered to police on September 9, 2012. Okezone.com reports that the two men arrested were poised to launch terrorist acts linked to bombs confiscated by police in connection with their arrest.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A'lian premier to attend 10th anniversary of Bali bombing Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is scheduled to attend the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park in Bali on October 12, 2012.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 September 2012 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy tanks from Germany Indonesia will buy 103 Leopard Main Battle Tanks (MBT), 50 medium Marder 1A3 tanks and 10 other supporting tanks from Germany, according to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Defense on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 13 September 2012 22:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor urges Solo people to stay calm after terror attacks Central Java Governor Bibit Waluyo has called on the residents of Solo to keep calm despite a series of terror attacks in the city over the past two weeks. "The police are investigating the cases, so I want all people in Solo city to stay calm," he said here on Friday, adding that all the parties should cooperate in dealing with the problem.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 August 2012 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono leads Independence Day ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, here on Friday at the Presidential Palace, has led a ceremony commemorating the 67th anniversary of Indonesia`s Independence Day.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2012 14:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resolves to be leading nation by 2045 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that Indonesia is determined to become a world leader by 2045.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation unity should be maintained House of Representatives (DPR) chairman Marzuki Alie said on Thursday that the unitary principles of nationalism and unity amongst Indonesians, which are the hallmark of the country`s independence, should be maintained.

Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2012 17:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono meets with new Timor Leste President Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with newly-installed Timor Leste President Jose Maria Vasconcelos, popularly known by his nom de guerre Taur Matan Ruak (Tetum for "Two Sharp Eyes"), as part of his two-day visit in the neighboring country on Sunday.

Posted in Protests @ 20 May 2012 10:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Elderly hajj pilgrims must be prioritized' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the relevant agencies to give priority to elderly would-be hajj pilgrims.

Posted in Religion @ 12 April 2012 09:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Polri deploys police in Puncak Jaya after airplane shooting The National Police (Polri) has deployed officers in Puncak Jaya, particularly in southern PT Freeport area, Papua Province, to apprehend members of an armed group that shot at a Twin Otter airplane on Sunday, killing one passenger.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2012 11:59 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


Democrat Party yet to name presidential candidate President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the ruling Democrat Party had yet to name its candidate for the presidential election in 2014 but would do so "in due course of time."

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2011 04:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected rebels kill police officer in Indonesia's Papua An Indonesian police officer died on Monday morning after being injured in an attack by suspected separatist rebels in the country's restive Papua region last week, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 December 2011 00:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to monitor activities related to OPM anniversary National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo said police would monitor all activities in Papua related to the anniversary of the Free Papua Organization (OPM) on December 1.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2011 09:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KAI unveils new logo and travel card system Among celebrations of the 66th anniversary of state-owned railway company PT KAI on Wednesday, the company unveiled a new corporate logo, hoping the new look will help re-energize its performance as a mass transportation provider.

Posted in Travel @ 28 September 2011 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono urges political parties to work together Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Sunday urged political parties in his country to work together and avoid sacrificing national unity, according to media reports. "I ask you to always continue working and to avoid blaming each other," he added.

Posted in Politics @ 18 October 2010 11:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono postpones visit to the Netherlands President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has postponed his plan to visit the Netherlands after the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Indonesian Military (TNI). The President was originally scheduled to leave for the Netherlands from the Halim Perdana Kusumah airport in Jakarta at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2010 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Terrorists planned to bomb Danish embassy Suspected terrorists had planned to explode Royal Danish Embassy in Kuningan, South Jakarta, using a car-bomb, National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said on Thursday. Bambang said the embassy was targeted in retaliation of the globally criticized publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoon by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005, Bambang said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 July 2010 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four years on, victims of Lapindo mudflow still in limbo Hundreds of people and activists staged a rally to mark the fourth year since the Sidoarjo mudflow submerged thousands of houses in Sidoarjo, East Java. Meanwhile, hundreds of others commemorated in Porong, Sidoarjo, by staging a concert, shadow puppet play and traditional East Javanese ludruk theater performances.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 May 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta sultan hospitalized Yogyakarta governor Sultan Hamengku Buwono X has received intensive medical treatment at Bethesda Hospital since Friday due to exhaustion. A representative of the royal family, however, said the sultan would take a break to attend a ceremony to mark his 64th anniversary at the Yogyakarta Palace on Saturday evening.

Posted in Health @ 18 April 2010 04:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waterbirds in mangrove forests under threat The number of species and the populations of waterbirds in Muara Angke natural conservation area, North Jakarta, have decreased because of water pollution and human encroachment into the area, an environmental organization says.

Posted in Environment @ 05 February 2010 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release Papuan flag-raisers Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should exonerate three Papuan men convicted of rebellion on November 12, 2009, for raising a pro-independence flag, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2009 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud flow may collapse in coming years Indonesia's disastrous mud volcano is collapsing on itself, according to new research released on the second anniversary of the ever-growing environmental catastrophe. Every day, 100,000 cubic metres of hot, stinking sludge continues to ooze from the mud volcano, which burst through the earth two years ago during deep drilling at a nearby exploratory well, linked to Indonesia's richest man and also part-owned by Australian company Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2008 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia's life expectancy rises Life expectancy in Indonesia has increased from 66.2 years in 2004 to 69.4 years in 2006, the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Wednesday. The president said that the rise due to the improvement of health and nutrition condition of the world's forth most populous country. "The life expectancy in our country rose from 66.2 years in 2004 to 69.4 in 2006," he said in a prepared speech at the anniversary of national health day at the sport stadium here.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2007 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb victims remembered on 5th anniversary Dozens of people have placed flowers and pictures of their loved ones at a memorial service held on the site of the deadly Bali bombings of October 11, 2002. It was the fifth anniversary of the attack yesterday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 October 2007 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Island of Bali holds tsunami drill Some 15,000 schoolchildren and residents took part in a tsunami evacuation drill on the island of Bali Tuesday as Indonesia commemorated the second anniversary of the catastrophe. Bands entertained participants as preparations got under way from 7:00 am, with students and residents from surrounding villages packing a one-kilometre (half-mile) stretch of Sanur beach.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2006 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian nations remember the 230,000 killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami Two years after a devastating tsunami crashed into Asian coastlines, villagers in hardest-hit Indonesia were preparing for future disasters, with thousands expected to flee their homes by foot and car Tuesday as part of an early warning drill. Elsewhere across the tsunami disaster-zone, survivors and other mourners will visit mass graves, light candles along beaches, and listen to temple bells chiming to mark the moment the 2004 waves hit.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2006 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends JI leader's acquittal The Indonesian supreme court's acquittal of militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual leader of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, on charges of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings should be respected, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday. "Indonesia can understand all reactions regarding the supreme court's decision on Bashir," a statement said.

Posted in General @ 23 December 2006 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu hits tsunami-battered Aceh Avian Influenza has infected tens of thousands of fowls in Aceh province, which was devastated by tsunami in December 2004, an Indonesian Health Ministry official said here Thursday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 December 2006 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia marks 2002 Bali bombing anniversary ndonesians on Bali marked the fourth anniversary of deadly bombings by Islamic extremists on Thursday by unfurling white cloth symbolising peace through the resort island's streets.

Posted in General @ 12 October 2006 04:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian leader tells military to respect democracy Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told the once-powerful military on Thursday to press ahead with internal reforms and respect democracy. "Continue the reform process and respect democracy," Yudhoyono said in a speech at a ceremony marking the military's 61st anniversary. "Democracy must continue to blossom and strengthen along with the establishment of the rule of law and a government which is free from corruption and other ills," he said.

Posted in Military @ 07 October 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What Indonesia can learn from Thai military coup Politics in new democracies like Thailand has always sprung surprises. While Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin led a bloodless coup and declared himself the temporary prime minister. It is interesting to observe that the coup did not spark social unrest, as if it were business as usual. On top of that, the tacit endorsement of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a crucial factor behind the smooth process of the coup.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ceremony honours Bali blasts victims WHITE frangipani flowers and red rose petals were cast across Jimbaran Bay's gentle waves by weeping survivors of suicide bombs that ripped through its beachfront cafes a year ago. Twenty innocent people died in the blasts in the second attack on Bali by the terrorist network, Jemaah Islamiah. Yesterday morning 40 Australian survivors and victims' families joined about 50 local victims and dignitaries to commemorate the first anniversary.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2006 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Secrecy, speculation surrounded prizes A Finn who helped mediate peace in Indonesia is tipped to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, while bookmakers favor a Turkish novelist for the literature award. But in the hyper-secretive world of the panels that have spent much of the year sifting through hundreds of nominations, it's all a guessing game until the announcements start tumbling out onMonday.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh celebrates year of peace Tens of thousands of Acehnese gathered on Tuesday around the provincial capital's black-domed mosque to mark the anniversary of a landmark truce and to urge Indonesia's government not to water down the pact. At the governor's mansion, officials involved in the peace deal congregated in a hall to mark the Helsinki-signed pact, aimed at ending a 30-year war in which 15,000 people died.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 August 2006 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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 hails Aceh peace, warns much work ahead Indonesia's president on Monday hailed the successes of a one-year-old peace deal in Aceh province, but said hard work was needed to ensure that violence did not return to the tsunami-ravaged region. "Remember, the world is full of examples where a perfect peace plan is spoiled by imperfect players,'' Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a speech in Jakarta on Monday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the accord's signing.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 August 2006 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia remembers downfall of Suharto Protesters wearing Suharto masks demanded the ailing former dictator face trial Sunday, the eighth anniversary of the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that ousted him. Suharto, 84, remained in the hospital following colon surgery two weeks ago to stem intestinal bleeding. Doctors said Sunday that the former strongman, who has been weakened by several strokes, was recovering, but remained seriously ill.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 May 2006 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan Hamengku Buwono X: 'Merapi in critical condition' Mount Merapi, one of the most dangerous volcanos in the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' in Java, has become increasingly critical following the appearace a new crater and increasing magma pressures on its top, Yoyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X said here on Thursday. "The new crater holds between 80,000 and 100,000 cubic meters of magma," the Sultan said on the sidelines of the anniversary celeberation of National Education Day, which was held here.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 May 2006 16:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Makeup led to woman's branding as prostitute Every humiliating moment of that day is etched in Lilies Lindawati's memory. She still smarts at the indignity of being branded a prostitute as she stood before a jeering crowd in a "show trial" for Tangerang's new prostitution bylaw. "I felt like I was being raped in front of those people who laughed at me after the judge ruled I was a prostitute, simply because the law and order officers found a makeup compact and a lipstick in my bag," a tearful Lilies told The Jakarta Post in her rented home in Tangerang.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 May 2006 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 95 reactions


Indonesia: the ongoing militant threat The Australian government issued an advisory April 20, saying militants planned an attack against Indonesia that day and warning against all nonessential travel to the country. Although warnings for a specific date can be triggered for various reasons, such as the anniversary of a past attack, they are unusual. In this case, then, either Australia believed it had credible intelligence on an imminent attack -- or intelligence services simply lost sight of a suspect they believed was in the late stages of an attack operation. Although the day passed without incident, there is reason to believe the threat remains.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 April 2006 08:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The noisy young demons of Tegalalang The quiet of the afternoon was shattered when hundreds of children stormed out of the majestic gates of Duur Bingin Temple into the streets of Tegalalang village. In terms of sheer volume, five children are enough to outscream an entire supermarket floor filled with busy adults. Imagine what an uproar a group of some 700 children can make in a quiet village!

Posted in Culture @ 19 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President confirms escalated security threat President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono confirmed that he is under an increased security threat but said he will continue his duties as usual. Security forces in Indonesia have been on high alert over the Christmas period, concerned about revenge attacks after their killing last month of a top Malaysian bombmaker in East Java.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2005 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesians observe peaceful Christmas Indonesians observed Christmas peacefully across the country as tens of thousands of police and troops remained on high alert for possible terrorist attacks. The security forces had earlier warned of possible terrorist attacks during the Christmas and New Year holidays as militants might seek revenge for the killing last month of Malaysian bomb-expert Azahari bin Husin, a senior member of the regional terror network Jamaah Islamiyah (JI), during a police raid in East Java.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says terrorists plotting to assassinate Yudhoyono Terrorists in Indonesia are planning to assassinate government officials including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Presidential Spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 December 2005 09:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Earthquake causes panic in Indonesia An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 caused panic among residents of Indonesia's eastern island of Sulawesi Wednesday. Officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, Australian newspaper The Age reported. An official at Japan's Meteorological Agency said chances of a tsunami were low.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 December 2005 15:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New museums for Sawahlunto Two museums that will display artifacts from the 19th century will open in two weeks time in Sawahlunto city, West Sumatra. The museum opening is in conjunction with the city's 117 anniversary, said Sawahlunto Mayor Amran Nur. The museum opening is aimed at attracting tourists to the city, famous as a coal mining center, said Amran. The museums in question are the Train Museum and Storeroom Museum, which are located in downtown Sawahlunto, some 117 kilometers from Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province. The museums will be inaugurated by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, said Amran.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua residents told not to celebrate 'independence day' Papua Governor JP Solossa on Wednesday told residents not to celebrate the self-declared independence anniversary of Papua on Dec. 1. "All residents should go about their day as usual. Do not be provoked by groups that are planning to commemorate Papua's 'independence'," Solossa said. He was speaking after the West Papua Liberation Front announced plans to mark the 43rd anniversary of Papua's self-declared independence with a prayer service.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 December 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terror officers deployed to villages again The Indonesian Military (TNI) is reactivating its intelligence unit that used to work within the community to help the police fight terrorism. The military unit, comprising non-commissioned officers known as Babinsa, would gather all information required to help prevent acts of terrorism, TNI chief Gen. Endriartono Sutarto announced.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2005 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police free man held over Bali blast Indonesian police have freed a man they had detained this week for suspected links to triple suicide bombings on the resort island of Bali, saying on Thursday there was no evidence he had any involvement. Police had said the man, a construction worker from East Java province, was believed to have shared a house with one of the bombers in Bali. They had said he was their first arrest related to blasts at three restaurants on October 1 that killed 20 people plus the three suicide bombers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 October 2005 14:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Protesters storm Bali jail, demand death for bombers Some 500 protesters demanding execution of three militants on death row over the 2002 blasts on Indonesia's Bali island broke into a jail on Wednesday where the inmates had been held until the previous day, witnesses said. Wearing traditional Balinese headbands and sarongs, some protesters climbed over the outer fence of the Kerobokan prison while others knocked down a steel door into the jail.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 October 2005 12:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombers transferred to Nusa Kambangan prison Three convicts responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings were transferred to a Central Java prison on Tuesday as Balinese prepared to mark the anniversary of the tragedy. The transfer came on the heels of mounting pressure from the Balinese that the convicts on death row -- Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron alias Mukhlas -- be executed immediately. Public pressure increased for the death sentence to be carried out following a second bomb attack in Jimbaran and Kuta Square here on Oct. 1, which killed 23 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 October 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls on religious leaders to help fight terrorism Religious leaders must condemn terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia's vice president said Friday, after police warned that a new generation of Islamic militants were behind the latest suicide bombings on Bali island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 October 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tightened after Bali suicide bombings Security was tightened across Indonesia Sunday after suicide bombers detonated a string of explosions at tourist hot-spots on the island of Bali, killing 19 and injuring at least 132. The attacks -- two at cafes near Jimbaran and one at a restaurant in Kuta's main square -- came less than two weeks ahead of the third anniversary of 2002's deadly nightclub bombings in Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Power company headquarters catches fire The headquarters of state electricity company PLN in South Jakarta caught fire early on Friday, with material losses estimated to reach Rp 4 billion (US$400,000). Eyewitnesses said the fire, which broke out at around 6:20 a.m., came from the third floor. No fatalities nor injuries were reported in the incident.

Posted in Power supply @ 17 September 2005 20:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping a collection of rare and banned books The dimness inside the Room of Rarities at the library of Surabaya's Medayu Agung Foundation gives way to brightness when Oei Hiem Hwie enters the room and turns on the main lights. Rows of neatly arranged books can be seen through the glass doors of a wooden cabinet ornamented with Jepara carving. "You will soon find out why this room is called the Hall of Rare Collection," Oei told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Culture @ 17 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia commemorates 60th anniversary of independence Indonesia commemorated the 60th anniversary of independence on Wednesday with celebrations across the world's fourth most populous nation. In the capital Jakarta, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono kicked off the day with a ceremony in front of the presidential palace attended by thousands of invitees, including former president Abdurrahman Wahid and former vice presidents, foreign diplomats, high-ranking military and government officials

Posted in General @ 17 August 2005 19:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch to apologise to Indonesia for 'police actions' Two Dutch church groups have applauded the "historic decision" by Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot to attend celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Indonesia's Independence on Wednesday. The Kerkinactie and ICCO groups also called on Bot to use the opportunity to apologise to the Indonesian people for the two bloody military campaigns the Dutch military carried out in a bid to regain control of the former colony following World War II.

Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Aref arrives in Indonesia Iran's First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref leading a high ranking delegation arrived on in Jakarta on Thursday to attend the Asia-Africa Summit. Upon their arrival, the Iranian delegation were officially welcomed by Indonesian minister of research and technology.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia-Africa Summit aims at new cooperation After 50 years of suspension since the Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung in April 1955, nearly 60 leaders of Asian-African countries are expected to gather in Jakarta from next week to rebuild a bridge and structure for strengthening political and economic cooperation between the two continents.

Posted in Politics @ 17 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangkuban Perahu also started erupting A second Indonesian volcano sprang to life on Wednesday in the wake of a series of terrifying quakes that have underlined the precarious bond between the archipelago and the violent geological forces raging beneath. Tangkuban Perahu, a smouldering 2,076-metre (6,933 foot) mountain near the city of Bandung on Java island, began rumbling overnight, prompting scientists to raise the status of the volcano to “alert” and declare it off limits.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali remembers bombing tragedy Today two years ago, extremists bombed Bali in the country's worst terrorist attack, but since then life has returned to normal with sunburned tourists again packing beaches and bars on the resort island. But the pain is still plaguing victims, many of whom were foreign tourists. At least 202 people died in the Oct. 12, 2002 bombings. In the months following the attacks, the island was left deserted and devastated as foreign tourists shunned it.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati tells Indonesia to accept poll result A tearful President Megawati Sukarnoputri has told Indonesians to accept the result of the country's landmark leadership ballot, but has not explicitly conceded defeat to her former security chief. Megawati's team has threatened to challenge the vote count from some areas, putting winner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a bind and risking what could have been an orderly end to Indonesia's first direct presidential election.

Posted in Elections @ 05 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia re-enacts Jakarta embassy bombing Indonesian police re-enacted Sunday parts of the bombing that killed nine people in front of the Australian embassy, an act that triggered outrage from ordinary Indonesians visiting the site. The Australian flag was fluttering at full-mast at the embassy, where a temporary wooden wall has been erected in front of the metal security fence blasted apart by Thursday's attack.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second cell poised for Indonesia attack Militants behind the deadly bombing of Australia's Jakarta embassy have a second group poised for attack, Australia's top policeman warned as Canberra said on Saturday all its diplomatic missions would be made bomb-proof. "There is intelligence suggesting that there is a second group active in the area," Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty told ABC radio.

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


Jemaah Islamiyah claims Jakarta car bombing: Internet site The Al-Qaeda-linked group Jamaah Islamiyah claimed responsibility for Thursday's car bomb attack outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta that killed at least nine people and wounded 182, and warned of further attacks. An Islamist web site, www.islamic-minbar.com, posted a statement saying: "We decided to settle accounts with Australia, one of the worst enemies of God and Islam, ... and a mujahedeen brother succeeded in carrying out a martyr operation with a carbomb against the Australian embassy" in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia reduces jail sentences of militants Six convicted Indonesian militants linked to the deadly blasts in Bali in 2002 have received a two month reduction of their jail sentences by President Megawati Sukarnoputri, a prison warden said on Tuesday. The six convicted men are serving jail terms ranging from three to six years after being found guilty of hiding one of the bombers responsible for the blasts that ripped through two Bali nightclubs in October 2002, killing 202 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will celebrate its 59 anniversary on Tuesday and many people nationwide are planning to welcome the anniversary by holding festivities around the special day. The Jakarta Post talked to city residents on what they planned to do on Aug. 17.

Posted in History @ 17 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambon talks end in disaray A meeting of Christian and Muslim leaders and National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar ended in disarray here on Monday, after conflicting parties failed to reach an agreement to cease the renewed clashes in Ambon, Maluku. The breakdown in the talks is expected to worsen the sectarian conflict in the restive city, where at least 38 people have died in renewed clashes that erupted on April 25, triggered by a separatist rally.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 04 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Embattled Christians in Maluku fear return of Jihad fighters Christians in Indonesia's Maluku province and Christian campaigners abroad have reacted with alarm to reports that a disbanded Islamist militia may re-form and deploy to the troubled region amid a new outbreak of violence there. Indonesia's cabinet was meeting Thursday to discuss the violence. At least 36 people have been killed in the city of Ambon since Sunday, in the most serious deterioration there since thousands died between 1999 and 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clerics say Ambon disaster provoked Religious leaders accused on Tuesday "third parties" of inciting the renewed violence in Ambon, Maluku province, and urged police to take firm action where necessary. Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist and Confucian leaders from the Indonesian Committee for Religion and Peace said that "provocation" was the best explanation for the violence that had killed over 30 since Sunday. In the past few years people in Maluku have been wary of any signs of the violence that led to thousands being killed since 1999.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambon tense after arson attacks, toll 36 Tension gripped the Indonesian city of Ambon on Wednesday after a church and homes were torched overnight, as the death toll from four days of clashes between Muslims and Christians rose to 36. A Protestant church in the district of Karang Panjang was burned late on Tuesday but there were no reports of deaths in the attack, officials said. National police spokesman Bashir Barmawi said the death toll since the outbreak of fighting on Sunday was 36, with 156 wounded.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Troops try to quell Ambon unrest, 30 killed Snipers killed one policeman and wounded two in Indonesia's strife-torn Ambon on Tuesday as police and soldiers patrolled the streets to restore order, officials and witnesses said. The death toll from clashes between Christian and Muslim residents rose to 30, police said, but most of the deaths were from fighting on Sunday, and there were signs the violence in the capital of the eastern Moluccas islands was easing.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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