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US Navy works with Indonesia to protect sunken gravesite US Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is "consistent with the identification" of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), and that divers documented conclusive evidence of a pattern of unauthorized disturbance of the gravesite.

Posted in History @ 19 August 2014 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer raises suspicion over Jokowi-Blake meeting A political observer accused US Ambassador Robert O Blake of seeking to implant US influence on Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo when they met here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 April 2014 19:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police confirm death of two Poso terrorist group members Two members of a terrorist group had been killed in a shootout in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on Thursday, the police confirmed here on Friday. "Yes, we have confirmation that they are indeed members of a terror network led by Santoso," stated National Police Chief General Sutarman.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 February 2014 19:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military to have Apache combat helicopters The Indonesian army will be strengthened with 8 units of AH-64 Apache AH-64 combat helicopter, Army Chief of Staff General Budiman said. The helicopters would be delivered by phases starting next year until 2017, Budiman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 24 January 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President to name combat vehicle after Komodo Lizard President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will immortalize the `Komodo` lizard, as it becomes the name of the Indonesian-made tactical combat vehicle.

Posted in Military @ 14 September 2013 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ready to receive Leopard tanks The 8th Cavalry Battalion (Yonkav) of the Indonesian Army Strategic Command (Kostrad) in Pasuruan of E Java is ready to receive Germany`s Leopard Main Battle Tank (MBT) to reinforce Indonesia`s defence capability.

Posted in Military @ 21 August 2013 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB sets aside Rp25 billion to battle forest fires The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has set aside Rp25 billion (around 2.5 million US Dollar) to make artificial rain over forest fires in Riau Province to battle haze looming over the region and neighboring countries.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


General Pramono hands over post to Lt Gen Moeldoko General Pramono Edhie Wibowo handed over his post of army chief of staff to Lieutenant General Moeldoko in a ceremony held at the Army Headquarters here on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 23 May 2013 17:51 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


War veterans arrive in Morotai to revive WW II memories World War II veterans from several countries have arrived in Morotai Island District, North Maluku, to recall war-related events that took place on the island once used as a military base by the United States and Japan.

Posted in History @ 13 September 2012 19:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No need to worry about Leopard purchase plan' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesians need not worry about the government`s plan to purchase leopard tanks from Germany because the tanks would only be used for defense purposes.

Posted in Military @ 10 July 2012 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Baliís rice terraces a part of world heritage The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has finally ratified the Subak irrigation system in Bali and including it on the word heritage list during its just concluded 36th assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Posted in Culture @ 04 July 2012 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cabinet Secretary promises solution for Yasmin church Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam says he met last week with representatives of GKI Taman Yasmin church in Bogor, West Java, in a dialogue to settle the dispute surrounding the much-protested ban on the church's activities.

Posted in Religion @ 05 December 2011 10:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


14 trilion rupiah for Indonesian army to buy new weapons The Indonesian Army (TNI AD) will receive budget allocations of Rp14 trillion from the government to procure main armament system (alutsista), Army Chief of Staff General Pramono Edhie Wibowo said.

Posted in Military @ 13 November 2011 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Suicide bombing can never be a form of jihad' A regional spokesperson of Nahdlatul Ulama (PWNU), the second largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia, has said that a suicide bombing could never be a form of jihad ('inner battle', but popularly 'holy war') because you hurt yourself and others during that act.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 September 2011 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air flies to Kuala Lumpur Starting from June 26, 2011, Lion Air will fly to Kuala Lumpur. With departure at 09:05 local time from Jakarta, the two capitals are now linked by Lion Air as well. Fares are cheap also, starting from as low as just 25 euro, inclusive of luggage! Departure from Kuala Lumpur is at 13:00 local time.

Posted in Travel @ 11 June 2011 08:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


ASEAN members agree on manpower management cooperation Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in an effort to battle the global economic crisis agreed to cooperate on manpower management,

Posted in Economy @ 11 May 2011 01:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea Australian and Papua New Guinean officials said on Friday that the Manus Island detention center may be reopened, the Daily Telegraph reported.


Posted in General @ 06 May 2011 04:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to observe Cambodia-Thailand border conflict Amidst the recent border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia, both countries have accepted Indonesia to observe both sides of the border, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 23 February 2011 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ignorance feeds cigarette habit among young in Indonesia Indonesia has a higher percentage of young smokers than any other country, but ignorance and a powerful tobacco lobby are making it difficult to stamp out nicotine addiction, say health workers and the government.

Posted in Health @ 19 January 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Five suspected militants killed by police in North Sumatra Indonesian police shot dead five suspected Islamist militants and arrested four others in a raid on their hideout on Sumatra island, police said Sunday. The five suspects were killed and a policeman was injured in a gunbattle Saturday on an oil-palm plantation in Dolok Sagala village in North Sumatra province, provincial police chief Oegroseno told reporters.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2010 07:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amost 7.000 volunteers for 'Crush Malaysia' The Center of National Defense (Posko Bela Negara), which has been opened just recently in Cikini, Central Jakarta, is currently seeing a flood of people willing to register themselves as volunteer for a 'Crush Malaysia' campaign. Until yesterday, over 6,500 volunteers registered themselves. It seems that old times from the Soekarno-era are revived somewhat once again.

Posted in Protests @ 01 September 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Woman on trial for harboring terrorist An Indonesian woman went on trial Monday on charges of harboring Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorist at the home where he was slain last year in a shootout with police. Judges opened and then immediately adjourned the trial of 21-year-old Putri Munawaroh.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 April 2010 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Naik ojek 'haram'. Who cares? A religious decree banning the use of ojek (motorcycle 'taxi') from the FMP3, which stands for for the name of a group of religious Islamic schools in East Java province, is completely ignored by the normal people in the Indonesian society. They see the use of ojek as a quick way to get anywhere when traffic is clogging up again and you just need to be somewhere soon.

Posted in Religion @ 20 January 2010 01:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali's rabies saga continues Confirmed cases of rabies now stretch to all four corners of Bali with rabid dogs now detected in two communities at Sambirenteg, Tejakula in the Buleleng regency, North Bali. Officials in Buleleng are responding by educating the local community on preventive steps to stop the further spread of the disease.

Posted in Health @ 08 November 2009 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mampang traditional market destroyed by fire A big fire at the traditional market of Mampang, along Jalan Bangka IX in Jakarta, has destroyed the market completely. The fire brigade received information about the fire around midnight local time and sent 17 fire trucks to the location to battle the flames. Around two o'clock in the morning, the fire had largely been put out and fire crew was busy cooling down the smoldering remains of the market.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 October 2009 00:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian child bride? No problem! Always had the desire to take a very young girl as your second wife but never found parents that wanted to sell their child and find a place where such actions are allowed? Indonesia might very well be the solution for this problem as it seems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 October 2009 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI doesn't agree with how it goes - again The head of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam, 'Islamic Defenders Front') has said that the current Cipta Kondisi operation held by the police during the holy month of Ramadan is provocative. Habib Rizieq Shihab said that the operation by the police was like terrorism and intimidate religious persons like in the time of Suharto. "It violates human rights and the constitution," he said in an SMS while he was in Samarinda, Kalimantan.

Posted in Religion @ 30 August 2009 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


'Suharto's son wants Indonesian presidency' Hutomo Mandala Putra, the son of late Indonesian president Suharto, has started his effort to finally become a president. An aide of Tommy, as he is widely known, has said this to the press. Tommy has built up quite an impressive 'track record' in legal matters, including a conviction for murder. He is now seeking to become the new leader of the Golkar Party, the political movement of his father, which has been in turmoil after loosing the recent elections.

Posted in Politics @ 21 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RNW: 'Jakarta bombings claimed by Jemaah Islamiyah' Dutch press agency Radio Nederland Wereldomroep (RNW) reports that the recent bombings on the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Hotel are claimed by the militant Islamic Jemaah Islamiyah. They are said to have sent an SMS to RNW. Earlier Indonesian authorities already told that they suspected that the group, related to Al-Qaeda, was behind the attacks. The SMS sent to RNW is the first reaction of the terrorist organization.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 July 2009 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia increases interest rate Bank Indonesia has increased its policy rate by 25 basis points to 9.5% as they continue their ongoing battle with inflation. Indonesia did not join Australia, who cut rates today by the highest since a recession in 1992. It is predicted however that todayís increase may be the last this year as the aim of the central bank moves onto supporting growth rather than continuing the fight against inflation.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2008 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia executes two Nigerian drug smugglers The shots that rang out across an isolated Indonesian island today were a chilling warning for three Australians on death row. Police marched two Nigerian men into Nirbaya forest on an island off Central Java, handcuffed them to two poles and opened fire. Their crime was to smuggle heroin into a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 June 2008 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesian president likely to visit the Netherlands next year The Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will likely bring a visit to the Netherlands next year. He will then sign a wide development agreement with Dutch prime-minister. This was announced by minister Bert Koenders (Development Cooperation) on Monday in the Indonesian capital. Koenders is on a visit in Indonesia and had conversations with vice-president Yusuf Kalla and others.

Posted in Politics @ 11 December 2007 12:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Bali bombers must be executed' President Yudhoyono said that the death sentence for three Islamic militants, which are currently on death row for their part in the 2002 Bali bombings, must be carried out. With this he clearly indicates that there is no way of granting them clemency. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Gufron face execution by a firing squad after the Supreme Court rejected their final appeal. The three also refused to seek clemency from the president, saying that they want to die as martyrs.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2007 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to boost military role in disaster relief In a country often hit by natural disasters, Indonesia's armed forces should shift their focus from the battlefield to emergency and relief efforts, said its defense minister on Wednesday. Juwono Sudarsono said that most of the defense spending in the next decade would be spend on improving transport capability to be able to respond better to emergencies.

Posted in Military @ 11 October 2007 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Firefighters battle forest fires on Sumatra Firefighters battle dozens of land-clearing forest fires on the island of Sumatra, officials told, as thick clouds of haze spread across parts of the region. Donny Osmon, head of a local firefighter agency, said that farmers and agricultural companies began setting the fires last Sunday, at the start of the dry season, to clear brush and peat lands for use as agricultural estate.

Posted in Forest fires @ 19 July 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tribal war breaks out in Nabire A tribal battle between the tribes of Me and Moni in the district of Nabire, which started yesterday morning, continued during Saturday despite the presence of a number of policemen from Nabire trying to stop the conflict. The two tribes shot arrows at each other while dozens of injured scattered the forest, as was reported by a news reporter via mobile phone.

Posted in Violence @ 21 April 2007 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Don't buy products from illegal logging' Yesterday Indonesia made an appeal to consumers in the world to stop buying products that are made from illegally logged wood. It also said that rich countries should pay the poor to preserve forests in the battle against global warming. Environmentalists say that illegal logging in Indonesia strips 2.1 million hectares, with a value of around 3.5 billion euro, of forest every year.

Posted in Environment @ 10 April 2007 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror suspect killed by police in Yogyakarta One suspected militant has been killed while another was wounded during an ambush by an anti-terror unit in the city of Yogyakarta in central Java. This was announced by the police today. The police also arrested 'several suspects' after a gunbattle on Tuesday evening. National police spokesman Sisno Adiwinoto told reporters the entire story, including the fact that top militant Abu Dujana was not apprehended, on contrary what rumors said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 March 2007 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,000 troops deployed at East Timor border The military has deployed around 1,000 troops along the border with East Timor. This followed a security crisis in the new Asian country. MetroTV reported that the deployment was to anticipate the possibility of rebels crossing the border into Indonesia. The former military police chief Maj. Alfredo Reinado, escaped from prison in September after leading dozens of mutinous soldiers into the mountains. Indonesia has closed the checkpoints on the border since last Sunday to prevent an exodus of East Timorese.

Posted in Military @ 01 March 2007 04:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withholds vital bird flu data Indonesia, the country worst hit by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, has stopped sharing human genetic samples of the highly pathogenic illness with foreign laboratories, raising fears it could slow international efforts to prepare for a pandemic. Officials say Indonesia stopped providing samples internationally last month, hindering efforts to confirm whether the virus killing its citizens is H5N1 and limiting production of vaccines to help prevent its spread.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 February 2007 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorism still focus of national security measures in 2007 Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Widodo Adi Sutjipto said despite a decrease in terrorist attacks in the past year, the government would focus on terrorism in securing national stability. "Objectively, we must say that this year has been relatively more conducive as terrorist attacks in the country have decreased," the minister said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 December 2006 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels disband armed wing A year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield, Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency. The move paves the way for the guerrilla group to transform itself into a political party expected to make a strong showing in elections in April.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 December 2006 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First A1 victory for New Zealand on Sentul track New Zealand secured its first-ever victory in the A1 Grand Prix series on Sunday with a dominant lights-to-flag drive from Jonny Reid in the sprint race at the Sentul circuit, Indonesia. Team Mexico's Salvador Duran put Reid under pressure in the closing laps of the race to finish a fighting second ahead of Great Britain's Robbie Kerr.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia worried TB fight might be overshadowed Indonesia's battle against tuberculosis, which kills one person every four minutes in the country, should not be overshadowed by other high-profile diseases such as bird flu, the health minister said on Wednesday. Indonesia has the most deaths from bird flu with 57 fatalities since 2005 and has become one of the frontlines of the battle to prevent a possible human pandemic in which millions could die.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


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

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


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

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


The day before the fall of Suharto Controversy has surrounded the book written by former President Habibie, which reveals a number of new historical facts about the events of May 1998. The military is mentioned as having a hand in speeding up the downfall of the Suharto regime. Two major-generals and a number of colonels are suspected of having "allowed" university students to occupy the parliament building in Senayan. Tempo sorts out the important moments during the 24 hours preceding Suharto's downfall. Here is the report.

Posted in History @ 03 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu-hit Indonesia to ban city backyard poultry Indonesia, which has the world's highest number of bird flu deaths, intends to bar city residents from keeping chickens and other poultry in their backyards, ministers said on Friday. Indonesia has become a frontline in the battle against the virus that has killed 55 people in the country, where millions of chickens roam freely in urban residential areas.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 October 2006 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eleven-year-old boy dies of bird flu in Jakarta An 11-year-old Indonesian boy has died of bird flu, marking the country's 53rd death from the virus, an official at the Health Ministry's bird flu centre said on Sunday. Ministry official Djoko told Reuters the boy from South Jakarta died on Saturday night in a Jakarta hospital. The boy "was positive for bird flu, so confirmed cases (in Indonesia) now are 71, 53 of whom died".

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 October 2006 05:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 October 2006 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gays demand Indonesia revoke local ordinances inspired by Islam Gay and lesbian groups were demanding that the Indonesian government revoke local ordinances inspired by Islamic law that they claim violate their human and constitutional rights, a news report said Tuesday. The Association of Jakarta Transvestites; Arus Pelangi, a gay advocacy group; and the Srikandi Foundation, a women's advocacy group, appealed to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to immediately strike down the ordinances, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 October 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 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


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

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


Man dies of bird flu, cluster case unlikely A 20-year-old Indonesian man who health officials thought had been part of a family cluster of bird flu cases died of the disease on Thursday, a hospital official said. The man's 25-year-old brother died on Sunday after displaying bird flu symptoms but there has been no positive confirmation he had the disease because no samples were taken for testing. A third sibling, a 15-year old girl, is being treated at Hasan Sadikin hospital. Tests for her have been negative.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 September 2006 05:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian TV crew due to leave after being detained An Australian television crew detained in Indonesia's strife-torn Papua province while trying to film a story was due to leave the country Thursday, a police official said. The five-person crew from Australia's Channel Seven, including presenter Naomi Robson, were stopped Tuesday upon arriving with television gear at the airport in the provincial capital, Jayapura, because they only had tourist visas.

Posted in General @ 14 September 2006 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speedy release of Suharto's son raises questions In 2002, the superrich son of former dictator Suharto was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the murder of judge, a verdict hailed as a watershed in Indonesia's battle to create a legal system capable of punishing the powerful. But this month - just four years later - Tommy Suharto is due for release on parole.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia insists on sending troops to Lebanon The Indonesian government said Tuesday it would continue with the plan to send peacekeeping troops to Lebanon despite calls from Israel that it cannot accept troop deployment from countries which do not have diplomatic ties. "It is the United Nations that will decide, not Israel," Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono told reporters at his office here.

Posted in General @ 22 August 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia battles hundreds of forest fires Firefighters battled hundreds of forest fires on the Indonesian island of Borneo Friday, as haze blanketed at least two cities in the region, officials said. "There are fires burning all over farmers' land," said Yohannes Sudarto, a forestry ministry official coordinating firefighting efforts in Central Kalimantan, a province on Borneo island. He said that 45 firefighters were trying to put out the fires, but were struggling because in many places they had no access to water.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 August 2006 13:47 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 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


Fire smoke blankets city on Sumatra Smoke from raging ground and forest fires has blanketed Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province on Indonesia's Sumatra island, local meteorology and airport officials said on Friday. Marzuki, an offcial of the meteorology agency, said that the visibility had decreased to the range of 6 to 7 kilometers. The normal is from five to ten kilometers. "This morning the visibility was extremely down to between 30 meters to 50 meters," Marzuki told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 July 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lone Indonesia bird flu survivor goes home Jones Ginting can't remember much of his battle with bird flu, and it's probably for the best. For the first two weeks, he slipped in and out of consciousness at Adam Malik Hospital. His skin stuck to the sweaty sheets as a fever raged. His arms were as rigid as steel pipes. When he did come to, he was delirious and agitated, fighting nurses who were trying to give him the antiviral drug Tamiflu. And always, always, he was struggling to breathe.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 July 2006 13:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates the difference between porn and pawn Kartika Gunawan is not a typical men's magazine playmate. But even though not a nipple was visible in her starring role in the first issue of Indonesian Playboy ó in a concession to hardline Islamists calling for the publication to be banned ó she faces more than two years in jail for indecency.

Posted in General @ 09 July 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Suspected bomb damages empty church in Sulawesi A homemade explosive went off in an empty church on Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, alarming residents but injuring no one, a senior police officer said Sunday. The blast late Saturday night was heard around three kilometers (nearly 2 miles) away, but caused no major physical damage to the building, witnesses said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 July 2006 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu in Indonesia, one death every 2.5 days in May Indonesia averaged one human bird flu death every 2 1/2 days in May, putting it on pace to soon surpass Vietnam as the world's hardest-hit country. The latest death, announced Wednesday, was a 15-year-old boy whose preliminary tests were positive for the H5N1 virus. It comes as international health officials express growing frustration that they must fight Indonesia's stifling bureaucracy as well as the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beefs up patrol near Timor-Leste border area Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Air Marshal Djoko Suyanto has told troops stationed near the Indonesia- Timor Leste border to intensify security patrol amid escalation of conflicts in the newly-established country. The security guards patrolling the border area only served Indonesian citizens leaving Timor Leste, and not foreigners, Antara news agency quoted Djoko Suyanto as saying here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 26 May 2006 07:02 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


Execution of Poso convicts postponed The execution of three Christians convicted of masterminding the 2001 sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, has been postponed for "technical reasons", the Attorney General's Office said Saturday. The Attorney General's Office had earlier announced that the three would be executed at the end of March after their plea for presidential clemency was rejected.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2006 17:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Indonesia court gives death to terrorism suspect An Indonesian court sentenced a man to death on Monday for killing eight people in attacks in the Moluccas islands that sparked fears of sectarian bloodshed in the region, local media reported. The court in the islands' main city of Ambon said that Assep Djaja and his accomplices had carried out what it said were terrorist attacks in two villages in the islands last year and in 2004.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 February 2006 19:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Papua refugees charge Indonesia with genocide Indonesia has denied claims by asylum-seekers in Australia that genocide was taking place in the remote Indonesian province of Papua. The claim came from a group of more than 40 Papuans who fled their homes by boat last week, and then disappeared for several days before landing in tropical northern Australia.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 January 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami aid and building civil society in Aceh Donors often say that the major obstacle in the post-tsunami relief and reconstruction work is poor co-ordination of the organizations involved. This may be true, but the observation does not help much unless we discuss why.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels disband armed wing Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency one year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield. The move paves the way for the guerrillas to transform themselves into candidates in provincial elections in April, in which they expect to win strong support.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 December 2005 20:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to launch more polio campaigns in 2006 Indonesia will hold two more nationwide polio vaccination drives in 2006 to try to free its population from the disease, its health minister said on Tuesday, following advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Health workers across the world's fourth most populous nation last month vaccinated millions of children for the third time to ward off the crippling disease.

Posted in Polio @ 14 December 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Minister calls for islands to be named A minister called on regents and governors on Tuesday to name at least 9,634 islands across the nation immediately, in order to comply with the United Nations' call. The UN earlier requested that Indonesia name the islands by 2007 in order to, among other things, prevent border disputes with other countries.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 November 2005 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt launches third nationwide polio campaign Indonesia launched its third nationwide polio immunisation campaign on Wednesday in a bid to stop the crippling disease spreading and will hold at least one more round early next year, the Health Ministry said. Hundreds of thousands of vaccinators will target 24 million children at 250,000 medical posts across the world's largest archipelago on Wednesday.

Posted in Polio @ 30 November 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cavalry called in, brawl erupts in Ambon Army soldiers and police officers were fought a pitched battle at dawn on Monday in Ambon city, leaving three civilians injured. The brawl broke out as a wedding reception was winding down into the wee hours in Nusaniwe district of the city.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 22 November 2005 08:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Terrorist bomb maker Azahari dead Indonesian police have confirmed that the Jemaah Islamiyah bomb-making Azahari bin Husin killed himself during a fierce gunbattle yesterday with security forces in Batu, East Java. Azahari, a Malaysian, was the head of JI operations, and the mastermind of both Bali bombings and other suicide attacks in Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 November 2005 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia police say 7 militants killed in gunbattle Seven militants were killed during a major gunbattle with Indonesian police in a town in East Java province on Wednesday and local media said they might include one of Southeast Asia's most wanted Islamic radicals.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2005 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Susilo starts selection of new Cabinet members President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has started interviewing several people as candidates for members of his new Cabinet team, a source at the State Palace said. The source, who requested anonymity, was quoted by the online news service of Kompas daily on Sunday as saying that the interviews had been conducted over the past few days.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono likely to survive fuel price rise protest Indonesia's looming fuel price increases Saturday will power protests that will bruise, but not cripple, the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, analysts say. A government compensation plan and timing of the fuel price increase for the eve of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will help defuse public anger over the cut in price subsidies that have given Indonesians some of the cheapest fuel in the world for decades.

Posted in Politics @ 26 September 2005 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


U.N. warns of possible Indonesia polio epidemic Indonesia's polio outbreak could develop into an epidemic with the onset of the wet season, a U.N. official said on Tuesday, one week before the start of a campaign to vaccinate 24 million children nationwide. Polio returned in May to Indonesia, which had been free of the water-borne disease since 1995.

Posted in Polio @ 24 August 2005 08:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


British intervention Indonesia Sixty years ago on Aug. 17 Indonesia's Founding Fathers President Sukarno and Vice-President Mohamad Hatta issued the Proclamation of Independence or Proklomasi as it is known. An historic event. The national leaders, under great pressure from militant nationalist youth, had seized the hour.

Posted in History @ 16 August 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polio cases hit 205 in Indonesia, two in capital Health workers have found 205 children infected with polio in Indonesia since the disease resurfaced this year, and two of the cases are in the densely populated capital Jakarta, officials said on Monday. Polio, a water-borne disease that can cause irreversible paralysis in hours, reemerged in May in the world's fourth most populous country, which had been polio-free since 1995.

Posted in Polio @ 08 August 2005 16:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions
    
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