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

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


Jokowi clarifies smear campaign before Banten ulemas Presidential hopeful Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has clarified smear campaign against him when he met ulemas at Al-Khairiyah Islamic boarding school in Cilegon. "Rumors saying that I will abolish rice distribution for the poor and the teacher certification program are slander. In fact, if Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla pair wins, we will increase them," Jokowi said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 01 July 2014 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jusuf Kalla urges police to arrest man behind Vice presidential candidate Jusuf Kalla has urged the police to immediately arrest the publisher of "Obor Rakyat" tabloid that has so far spread slanders about presidential candidate Joko Widodo.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2014 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Drunken passengers won’t be boarded in Bali The State News Agency Antara reports that the managers of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport are implementing steps to enhance security and supplement personnel following an “unlawful incident” initially reported as the hijacking on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to Bali.

Posted in Travel @ 28 April 2014 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple expected to be fully opened soon Borobudur temple, the worlds largest Buddhist temple located in central Java, is expected to be fully opened next week as the cleaning up work of the temple from Mount Keluds ash has reached 80 percent.

Posted in Culture @ 23 February 2014 13:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two terror suspects in Makassar and Poso Indonesian police officers arrested two terror suspects in Makassar, South Sulawesi, and in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on Saturday, a police spokesman said here on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 June 2013 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Italian national dies in Central Java prison after bomb threat On Monday, February 11, 2013, the strange and twisting tale of Bali expatriate Andrea Geovani Soreti (earlier reported as Sorenti) ended in police custody at a Sleman, Central Java hospital where he died, aged 49, reportedly of dehydration, septicemia and kidney failure.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 February 2013 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampang conflict settlement needs courage Courage is required to settle a religious conflict in Sampang, Madura, East Java province, said Waluyo, a senior official at the Social Affairs Ministry. Two Muslim siblings, Tajul Muluk and Roisul Hukama, began to fight, which resulted in a religious conflict in the area. We have to find a solution, he said on Tuesday.

Posted in Violence @ 01 January 2013 16:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of terrorist suspect belongs to Jipo Police confirmed that the body of a terrorist suspect killed during a firefight with police Densus 88 anti-terrorist squad in Poso belongs to M Choiri alias Jipo alias Iben hailing from Bima, West Nusa Tenggara.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2012 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic oarding schools not shaping radicals Coordinating minister for people`s welfare Agung Laksono has refuted the allegation that Islamic Boarding Schools or Pondok Pesantren have helped shape radical groups.

Posted in Religion @ 14 October 2012 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary: 'There should be no discrimination against minorities' Visiting US State Secretary Hillary Clinton in her remark at a press conference here on Monday said there should be no discrimination against any minority in this world.

Posted in Politics @ 04 September 2012 00:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Clash in sampang not between Sunnis and Shiites' An Islamic leader has said the recent conflict in Sampang, Madura island, East Java province, was not between Nahdlatul Ulama (Sunnis) members and Shiites.

Posted in Religion @ 28 August 2012 22:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed in landslides Two people were killed when four construction workers were hit by landslide in the village of Sampora, Kuningan, West Java, on Saturday. The four workers were digging the ground to make foundation of a Muslim boarding school when they were suddenly buried alive in the land slide that morning.

Posted in Weather @ 14 July 2012 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Noted US cleric visit Islamic boarding schools in Lombok Noted cleric from Baltimore, the US, Muhammad Bashar Arafat, is in Lombok, in West Nusa Tenggara province to visit a number of Islamic boarding schools to inform about Islam development in his country.

Posted in Religion @ 14 July 2012 18:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


448 buildings damaged in Sukabumi earthquake The 6.1-magnitude earthquake that hit Sukabumi on Monday has damaged 448 buildings, reported an official of the Sukabumi disaster mitigation office (BPBD).

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 June 2012 08:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'alleged terrorists caught were collecting funds' The Jakarta Metropolitan police suspect that the alleged terrorists arrested in Pondok Aren, South Tangerang, in the Banten province, West Java, were fund collectors. "We suspect that they are members of a `fai` (fund collecting) group," command spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto said here on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 April 2012 02:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pondok Pesantren Laki-laki As-Sodomiyah Last week it made some headlines, but I didn't have the time to get back to it right away. Well, that should be special new then, right? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that special. Hardly any attention was given to it in Indonesia, at least not of the stone-throwing and firebombing kind of attention that we should expect with this kind of news.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2012 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Conflict in Sampang not between Sunnis and Shiites The chief of the Nahdlatul Ulama Islamic organization, Said Aqil Siradj, said the conflict in Sampang on the island of Madura in East Java recently was not between Sunnis and Shiites but a mere family matter.

Posted in Religion @ 04 January 2012 10:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Umar Patek returns to Bali for Bali Bomb reenactment Umar Patek, the terror suspect arrested in Pakistan in January 2011 and returned to Indonesia, was brought to Bali by Indonesian police to Bali on Thursday, October 20, 2011, to visit five locations linked with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2011 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Long delays for Lion Air flights from Singapore It was a normal Wednesday last week and still it seemed that something was completely wrong with Lion Air. After they had received a stern warning from the Department of Transport, the came with so-called 'own' improvements, but the airline does not seem capable of letting their many flights depart on schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 31 July 2011 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Light sentences for Ahmadiyah killings spark condemnation A wave of condemnation greeted the verdicts imposed on Thursday against 12 people accused of killing three members of the minority Ahmadiyah group in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 28 July 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Islamic boarding school principal named terror suspect Indonesian National Police on Saturday officially announced the arrest of the principal of the Umar Bin Khatab (UBK) Islamic boarding school, where a bomb blast two weeks ago killed one person, and named him a terror suspect.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 July 2011 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest Islamic boarding school prinicipal after bomb blast Indonesian police on Friday arrested the principal of the Islamic boarding school where a bomb explosion killed one person last Monday, officials said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 July 2011 01:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police enter Islamic boarding school 2 days after bomb blast Two days after a bomb explosion in an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia killed one person, police were finally able to enter school grounds after struggling with armed students, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 July 2011 02:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb explosion in Bima Islamic boarding school kills one At least one person was killed after a bomb explosion targeted an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia, as police continue to struggle with students to enter school grounds, local media reported Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 July 2011 17:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 17 dead after Indonesian boat capsizes At least 17 people have been confirmed dead after a boat capsized off the Indonesian island of Kalimantan, officials said Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 June 2011 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


123 Indonesians still waiting for evacuation from Libya At least 123 Indonesians are still in Libya, more than the previous number announced by the government earlier this week, the Jakarta Globe reported Thursday.



Posted in General @ 10 March 2011 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


253 Indonesians evacuated from Libya arrive in Tunisia About 253 Indonesians were evacuated from Libya early Sunday after waiting more than 40 hours for an aircraft the Indonesian embassy had chartered, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2011 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir taken to hospital amidst tight security Indonesian terrorist suspect and Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was transported to a Jakarta hospital in an armored vehicle on Monday amidst tight security, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 December 2010 05:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


To Yogyakarta with a little detour With two tickets Batam-Jakarta-Yogyakarta we made an effort to get to our final destination of the day quite early in the morning today. When I checked the news enjoying a fresh cup of coffee I found out that the airport of Yogyakarta was still closed and that this was likely to stay this way for some time to come. So no direct flight to Yogyakarta today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 16:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI elites gearing up to replace Habib Rizieq The radical islamic FPI (Islam Defenders Front) will not hold its congress for new leadership until 2013, yet several of its elites are already in competition to wrest the chairmanship from the frail Habib Rizieq. A source within the FPI said internal rivalry has intensified since 2005 between the founding elite and those who have since joined the organization.

Posted in Religion @ 16 July 2010 13:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Paying taxes not for Batam Because of the relative closeness of the free world - everything is relative - that is called Singapore, you will find all kind of products on Batam up for the grabs. Of course you should make sure that you are buying the real stuff, but generally spoken you will, but without the hefty import duties Indonesia puts on luxury imported goods.

Posted in Economy @ 17 June 2010 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Twelve suspected terrorists arrested in Jakarta region The anti terror unit of the Indonesian national police, Densus 88, has arrested a number of suspected terrorists yesterday and earlier today. This happened in a number of separate raids in the last 24 hours. The raids were held in Jakarta and Bekasi, directly east of the Indonesian capital.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 May 2010 08:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven washed away by waves at Parangtritis beach Again the Goddess of the South Sea, Ratu Kidul has claimed victims. Seven people went missing on the beach of Parangtritis near Yogyakarta earlier today. They were dragged into the sea by the waves of the Indian Ocean. Bodies of three of them were recovered by rescue teams, that ventured out on sea soon after the incident, during the afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 February 2010 12:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reducing immigration lines at Bali's airport On Sunday, November 15, 2009, Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, and the Minister of Law and Human Right, Patrialis Akbar, conducted a snap inspection of the visa-on-arrival (VOA) procedures at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2009 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim residents almost force Bashir to leave The leader of the Islamic boarding school in Ngruki, Abu Bakar Bashir, was almost forced to leave a village near the city of Serang in West Java early this morning. Some fifty residents of Kaujon village visited the residence of Mamah Suhaemi, a former leader of the Mujahidin Council of Indonesia, where Bashir spent the night.

Posted in Religion @ 01 November 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What is 'newcomer' KLM going to do? Although KLM is flying to destinations like Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia through a 'detour' - by codeshares with Malaysian and Singapore Airlines for example - they will also fly to Bali with their own blue swans three times a week later this year. This means that three plane loads of Dutchmen can fly to Bali to celebrate their holidays without leaving the Netherlands behind during their long flights.

Posted in Travel @ 15 October 2009 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleric cleared of sex abuse over child bride An Indonesian court has acquitted controversial Muslim cleric Pujiono Cahyo Widianto over child sexual molestation charges for marrying an underage girl, aged 12 last year. Widianto risked up to 15 years in jail, had he been convicted of the charges. Prosecutors said they would appeal the court ruling. The girl is his second wife.

Posted in Religion @ 15 October 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some luxury with Batavia Air After flying with AirAsia resulted in a slight disappointment I tried to fly with Batavia Air more often. They also have a number of new planes and offer regular fares which are attractive enough to give it a try as well. Fares are not that much different than those of AirAsia, but AirAsia just knows how to play the pricing game better.

Posted in Travel @ 13 October 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playing fire chief in Jodoh It is something that children do, as well as adults. For adults it is a full-time job or volunteer job and not something you just do incidentally. But that last one is what happened two nights ago. It was just after six in the evening when a Dutch friend and I were having a beer in one of the many cafe's in the Jodoh area on the island of Batam. One of the Australians that entered before we did walked outside but came right back in. "There is a fire," he said with a normal voice.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 October 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men and one couple busted for 'being together' Residents of the village of Ngrowo in the district of Bojonegoro last night entered a room of a boarding house after they suspected that the people inside were doing something that God has forbidden. When the villagers noticed that two men entered the room around eight in the evening, they did not suspect anything. After nine in the evening - normal visiting hours are until that time in Indonesia - however the second young man had not left yet.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 September 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims declare fight against terrorism Some 5.000 Muslims from several districts in the Surakarta region gathered yesterday to declare their fight against terrorism. A number of Islamic organizations and leaders of boarding schools gathered on the central square of Kotabarat to denounce acts of terrorism which have already killed hundreds in Indonesia alone in the past decade.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 September 2009 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another hour of delay Before you know it you are in another boarding room. In this case on the airport of Hang Nadim. Back to Jakarta indeed, but the Batavia Air plane has not arrived yet so the minutes of delay start to count already. In contrary to the airport of Jakarta, there are no boards with information about the recently introduced laws on the protection of passengers in case of delay. Most people don't know about the fact that they have the right to a snack and a drink if there is a delay indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 16 August 2009 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


89 kilograms of marijuana found in one room The local police in Depok have succeeded in seizing 89 kilograms of marijuana ready to be distributed in a boarding house in the Pancoran Mas Permai housing complex in the city in West Java province. The police was not able to arrest the person who was about to distribute the drugs, only known by his initials A.Y.

Posted in Drugs @ 12 August 2009 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two hospitals refuse patients suspected of having H1N1 The number of patients that are suspected of having H1N1 Mexican Flu has increased to 89 in total. Earlier today, the Haji Hospital and Soetomo Hospital in the city of Surabaya in East Java started to refuse new possible patients originating from the pesantren (Islamic boarding school) Al Fitra. The Haji Hospital says that their isolation rooms are all full. The Sutomo Hospital says that three santri do not need to be observed in the hospital.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 31 July 2009 13:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of santri positive for Mexican Flu Dozens of santri (schoolchildren of Islamic boarding school) of Pesantren Al Fitrah in Surabaya are currently being treated in the Haji Sukolilo hospital. A number of them has already tested positive for H1N1 Mexican flu while test results for the others are not known yet.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 29 July 2009 06:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The long history of Jemaah Islamiyah and Indonesia, 2 The JI was established as a loose confederation of several Islamic groups. Sometime around 1969, two men, Abu Bakar Bashir,and Abdullah Sungkar, began an operation to propagate the Darul Islam movement, a conservative strain of Islam. Darul Islam was almost eliminated in the 1950s after members belonging to that sect instigated a rebellion in an effort to create an Islamic state in parts of Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 13:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Leaders of islamic groups condemn terrorist attacks In the last few days it has become clear that the idea to blow up the restaurants of the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Hotel might have originated from the Malaysian terrorist-on-the-run Noordin Mohammad Top, which is related to the Southeast Asian terrorist network of Jemaah Islamiyah. Also some pesantren (islamic boarding school) in Central Java are closely watched for their possible connection to that person.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian eyed as possible suspect in twin bombings International suspicion focused Friday on a Malaysian accountant-turned-bombmaker as the instigator of a pair of blasts at Western hotels in Jakarta that may have signaled the re-emergence of deadly attacks by Southeast Asian groups affiliated with Al Qaeda, according to counterterrorism officials and analysts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 July 2009 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A Wings Air flight in the early morning I had to get quite early this time, around four o'clock in the morning. That time is better known here as subuh, about the time at which the first prayer of the day for Muslims is held. However the alarm from my cell phone - no need for a buzzer or watch - was set at exactly four o'clock, I woke up just a few minutes earlier. In the background I could already hear some mosques uttering their first call for prayer at this early time. However that is no reason for me to get up this early, catching a plane is.

Posted in Travel @ 14 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Girl in Islamic boarding school pregnant twice by rape leader A leader of a Islamic boarding school (Pondok Pesantren) is accused of raping two of his students and is currently in a police cell in the district of Malang. The leader, only known as N.H., was arrested by the regional police of Malang in a rented house in Pare, in the district of Kediri. N.H. is also the leader of a boarding school in the village Kaumrejo, sub-district Ngantang in the district of Malang. There he has allegedly raped two of his students. The two girls, both 17, are from the village of Ngawensari, sub-district Ringin Anom, district Kendal in Central Java.

Posted in Religion @ 23 November 2008 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of supporters clash with police Thousands of people gathered for the funerals of three Indonesians executed on Sunday for the 2002 Bali bombings, sparking clashes between police and emotional supporters. The three men from the group Jemaah Islamiah, Imam Samudra, 38, and brothers Mukhlas, 48, and Amrozi, 46, were executed by firing squad in central Java shortly after midnight, claiming to want to die as "martyrs" and having shown no remorse for the attacks.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2008 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms Bali bomber executions Three Bali bombers have been executed on an Indonesian island for their lead roles in the 2002 nightclub bombings that killed 202 people. The family of Mukhlas and his younger brother Amrozi said the bombers had been executed along with Imam Samudra just after midnight local time on Nusakambangan Island, in Central Java, where they had been jailed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2008 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious boarding school for 'waria' in Yogyakarta When the Ramadan arrives, the 'waria' (wanita-pria or shemale) also have the need to join others for their prayers in a local mosque. But there is still a negative effect surrounding them. They are lucky enough to have a religious leader (ustadz) which noticed this problem and decided to open a religious boarding school for shemales in Notoyudan, Yogyakarta. "Here we are humans again. We learn to recite prayers together, break the fast together and thing like that. All activities are done together," said Arief.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 September 2008 05:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government orders AirAsia to assign seat number to passengers Indonesian AirAsia was recently scolded by the Director General of Civil Aviation, Tri S. Sunoko, who told the low cost airline to start assigning seat numbers on the airline's boarding passes. According to the Indonesian aviation official, the pre-assignment of seats is needed to help identify passengers in the event of an air accident.

Posted in General @ 26 July 2008 11:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Full buses in Jakarta Outside the use of the many thousands of - in general - old buses that are still in use today, there is a new option which was introduced just a few years ago. In 2004 these were brand new buses which were used on - then - just two routes. One route ran from north to south and back and the other one from west to east and back. The official name TransJakarta can be found on the buses, but for the rest the company is known as 'Busway'. And that is exactly what it is, because TransJakarta is too common. In the four year that this company exists hundreds of bus stops were constructed from durable materials and four more routes were organized as well. They seem to run all across the city without any logic though.

Posted in Travel @ 09 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Straight through the 'Big Durian' by car What is the fastest way to get from the north of Jakarta to somewhere in the southern part of the city? That is a question which is hard to answer for a city like Jakarta. With some 15 million residents and several hundreds of square kilometers of city it often is such a big unorganized situation that you will not be able to just go somewhere to buy groceries or to pick someone up.

Posted in Travel @ 18 June 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air plane on route Jakarta-Jambi delayed for eight hours Passengers of a Batavia Air flight from Jakarta to Jambi have waited more than eight hours for their departure, before the plane eventually left at 21:15 local time. Earlier, the passengers protested against their huge delay. They beseiged another Batavia Air plane which was scheduled for departure to Denpasar.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 March 2008 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 3 It didn't get better when I carefully lifted the plastic flap and reached outside with my head. A driver on a motorbike which was in some kind of a hurry could hardly avoid me. In front of us a long row of red lights in the streets. Between the vehicles I could mainly see water and more nearby I heard the water gush out of the draining canal onto the pavement and the street. Ooh well, it must be raining heavily somewhere close, because it was quite an amount of water that came rushing towards us. Slowly the three wheels of the bajaj disappeared under water. I was hoping that the water would not reach too high at the end, because after over half an hour in this kind of transport, sitting becomes quite uncomfortable.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 2 All of a sudden I got a rush that I would be able to find a bajaj - a terrible orange noise factory on three wheels - driver who was to drive me around through these 'floods', the water was less than 30 centimeters high, so it didn't seem that terrible through my untrained eyes. My girlfriend wanted to join me as well, but not directly because she wanted to see it, but mainly because I had a stupid idea like this once again. Safety was the main reason I guess, however I would be able to save myself here. If water levels would reach high enough which was pretty unlikely given the fact that the sea was less than a kilometer away with a flat landscape - I would be able to swim home as well. That is the worse-case-scenario however, I prefer to stay as dry as possible.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 1 Traveling by minibus we arrived in Jakarta from Bandung with a large detour via Soekarno-Hatta International Airport we were dropped at our destination, a boarding house in Pluit, a neighborhood in the far north of Jakarta. A friend of us also stayed in the boarding house, so it seemed like a nice idea to spend several nights there, also because there was a nice shower and air-conditioning of course. Without both it would be a pretty sweaty adventure in the always sticky city of Jakarta. In this case preventing is better than having to look for a cure later on, so we preferred a room in the boarding house. After we dropped our bags we ate something, because lunch time had already passed. After lunch we had a quick look around to see where we had ended up after all.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two neighbors but a completely different world It is a completely random day at the end of August. Time to catch a plane to head for a new destination. Fortunately I know what is waiting for me on the other side. This is, for me personally, a lot less stress. I tend to arrange everything into the smallest details, and that from someone that tries to build a life in Indonesia. Yeah, I know, it sounds strange, but until now it was relatively easy for that matter. The bright red AirAsia plane touches down after about two hours of flight. The environment still is tropical and green. It is clouded, that is the only thing I notice directly. That means that here at least I can see what kind of weather it is, because that is a big difference than just two hours ago. Because Jakarta is always covered under a thick layer of brown smog and other lethal stuff.

Posted in Travel @ 06 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dr Love brings good sex to Indonesia When Singapore's Dr Love invites you up to his hotel room, you don't say no. And once you're inside, he doesn't disappoint. The doctor has plans for educating about the entire world about sex. He starts with pointing at his laptop - and Indonesia. People there can send questions via cellphone text messages anonymously. An avatar called 'Nova' - a virtual character with artificial intelligence - will give an answer.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 July 2007 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Christians face up to 20 years for killings Prosecutors in Indonesia have asked for 15 to 20 year jail sentences for 17 Christians charged under anti-terror laws of the murder on two Muslims by an angry mob which presented itself after the execution of three Christian militants last year. The 17 were part of a gang that allegedly killed a Muslim fishmonger and his assistant in the region of Poso in Central Sulawesi. This area is a Christian pocket in the predominantly Muslim Indonesia.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 June 2007 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Militants imprisoned for beheading Christian girls An Islamic militant began his 20-year jail sentence last Thursday on charges of plotting the beheading of three Christian schoolgirls in Poso in 2005. Tho other militants sentenced for the same crime were sentenced to each 14 years. Judges said they had no doubt that the 34-year-old Hasanuddin was the mastermind behind the murders. "The defendant along with his accomplices has violated the anti-terrorism laws," said chief judge Binsar Siregar told the court on Wednesday.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 24 March 2007 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Gay NGO worker and partner tortured, sexually abused in Aceh' A 32-year-old GO worker and his partner from the same sex were allegedy brutally tortured and sexually abused by the police in Banda Aceh while in custody last January. This was said by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). AHRC has named the NGO officials as Hartayo and Bobby. The motive behind the detention, torture and sexual abuse is because they are homosexuals, says AHRC in an 'urgent action' appeal.

Posted in Human rights @ 18 March 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Sulawesi on terror-alert after attack warnings Police and army in Central Sulawesi are put on high alert after warnings that Islamic militants are planning attacks in the area. This was told by the regional police chief late Friday. Earlier that day the Australian government had announced it had credible information that militants were already in an advanced stage of planning attacks in Central Sulawesi, which has been the scene of tensions between Christians and Muslims for quite some time now.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 17 February 2007 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two wanted Muslim militants Policemen arrested on Thursday two men wanted as top members of a local Islamic militant group that has terrorized the country's Central Sulawesi province and had links to an Asian terror network, police said. Officers wounded one of them who had fired at the security forces, said a senior police official in Central Sulawesi's Poso regency, where raids on hideouts of suspected militants have intensified recently.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 February 2007 02:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected Muslim militant apologizes for beheadings of Christian girls A suspected Islamic militant told judges Wednesday he took part in the beheadings of three Christian girls on an Indonesian island wracked by sectarian violence to avenge the deaths of Muslims, but apologized to their families. "We are not cool-blooded killers," Hasanuddin told the Central Jakarta District Court. "We just wanted revenge."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 15 November 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest 14 Christians over killings of Muslims Police arrested 14 Christians accused of bludgeoning two Muslim men to death amid anger at the execution of three Roman Catholic militants on Sulawesi island last month, a police officer said Monday. The fish salesmen were killed at an illegal roadblock on the island's main highway and their bodies were buried in a shallow grave nearby, said Central Sulawesi Police Chief Brig. Gen. Badrudin Haiti.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 October 2006 15:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh attack on Bali could cause sectarian violence A Muslim religious leader in the predominately Hindu island of Bali in Indonesia has said that any fresh terrorist attack on the island could spark sectarian violence. "The relations between the majority Hindu people and the Muslim minority are still good but I fear this could change if there were another attack," Wayan Sahdan, a Balinese Muslim and director of a private Islamic school on the island told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2006 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb explodes in Poso A home-made bomb went off near a church in Indonesia's restive own of Poso, Central Sulawesi province, just after midnight Saturday, causing no injury. "It was a low explosive caused by a home-made bomb," Central Sulawesi Police spokesman M. Kilat was quoted by the country's leading news website Detikcom as saying. "But the blast was the third in the last two months. We have increased the security profile."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 30 September 2006 15:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crowds riot over execution of three Christians Indonesians rioted yesterday after the executions of three Christian men convicted of leading an attack on a Muslim boarding school that killed 200 people. Tensions flared in central Sulawesi as the trio's death by firing squad was carried out, with anger increasing as it emerged that at least one of the men's bodies was buried against his family's wishes and without the family being able to view his corpse.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:27 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


Indonesia sets date for execution of Christian militants Three Indonesian Christian militants convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims will be executed on Thursday, the convicts' lawyer said, but there was no immediate word on the fate of their clemency appeals. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were sentenced to death in 2001 after being found guilty of leading a Christian mob in an attack that killed more than 200 people at an Islamic boarding school during Muslim-Christian clashes in Central Sulawesi's Poso region.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 September 2006 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Kuala Lumpur shortly It was about time for me to get a new visa. Because of regulations it's not possible to extend a certain kind of visa - tourist visa. Also you can't apply for a new visa when in Indonesia as well. You will have to go to an Indonesian embassy. Where that embassy is doesn't really matter, so there are a lot of options left to look around for a holiday-hobbyist. And so I got to plan my first 'visa trip' to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Someone I know from the internet lives around there as well, so I also created the opportunity to meet. That should not be a problem because I would stay there for one entire week. I wasn't in a hurry - I didn't have to go back to Indonesia the same day or so - so I could look around there while my passport would be updated with a new sticker which permits entry into Indonesia again.

Posted in Travel @ 15 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 5 Looking back in a bunch of old airline tickets, entrance ticket and whatever more, I again found some 'remarkable' items. A part of a boarding pass for a flight with Garuda Indonesia, which haven't been flying to the Netherlands for quite some time now. Also an entrance ticket to the Prambanan temple complex as well as a lunch in the Via Via Cafe in the well-known Jalan Prawirotaman in Yogyakarta. Several months after the earthquake I happened to be there accidentally because I was looking for something completely different. Still a reminder to get on my motorbike and see what became of the place. Especially going there for that one thing didn't have to, because I would go there anyway for renting a car for some friends coming over from Bali.

Posted in Travel @ 09 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


40 still missing in Sumatra ferry accident Nearly 40 passengers were still missing after a ferry sunk in rough waters off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, officials said Friday. Most of the over 130 passengers and crew on board the Surya Makmur Indah ferry when it sunk off the coast of North Sumatra Thursday were rescued, but dozens of others were still missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 June 2006 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia releases militant islamic cleric A militant cleric alleged to be a top leader in an al-Qaida-linked terror group was released from prison Wednesday to cries of "God is great" from supporters. Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, had served 26 months for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people and thrust Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, onto the front lines of the war on terror.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2006 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bashir to be freed within days An Indonesian militant cleric jailed in connection with a 2002 Bali bombing will be free in a week, said a top Indonesian official. Indonesia's Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin said Tuesday that Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, would be released on June 14. Bashir has served 26 months of a 30-month sentence after being convicted of conspiracy in the nightclub bombing that killed 202 people, including two Canadians.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 June 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blair visits Indonesia to build ties with moderate Muslims Indonesia prepared to welcome British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday on a visit aimed at strengthening ties and anti-terror cooperation between Britain and the world's most populous Muslim nation. The trip is the first by a British prime minister to Indonesia in more than two decades, showing the country's renewed importance for Western nations seeking to build alliances with moderate Muslims.

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets Traveling in Indonesia, whenever you attempt to do this, you will notice the vast amount of small paper - sometimes even like toilet-paper - tickets you get. On virtually every occasion you will get at least one. Not one, but one for your car, motorbike, your friends, your family, your kids. And it gets even worse, since you don't get tickets for everyone, but also for everything. This becomes clear when you take the ferry. It doesn't matter which ferry, but you will get a ticket to enter the seaport, for parking, for boarding the boat, for bringing your car and to be insured during your trip. This results in a handful of tickets, and then you only got onto the ferry.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Death toll of Jember floods rise to 85 The death toll of floods and landslides in Jember district, Indonesia's East Java province, had increased to 85 as of Thursday morning, while rescue workers are still searching and evacuating other victims.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 January 2006 06:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding kills at least 34 in East Java Flash floods swept away hundreds houses and schools in central Indonesia early Monday, killing at least 34 people, said a government official. Villages were inundated when overnight rains triggered a landslide on a hill in Panti, a subdistrict of East Java province, and forced a river to burst its banks.

Posted in Flooding @ 02 January 2006 14:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radicalism extends roots, becoming institutionalized There is no danger that Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will be turned into an Islamic state. One reason for this is that most Indonesians practice a moderate strain of Islam and are tolerant of different religions. Another reason is that the nation's founding fathers, who included charismatic Muslim leaders and ulema, never wanted Indonesia to be an Islamic state.

Posted in Religion @ 26 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may fingerprint Islamic pupils Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla is calling for the fingerprinting of 3.5 million Islamic boarding school students. The move has sparked outrage across the archipelago, the Australian reported Monday. There are about 15,000 Islamic boarding schools across Indonesia. They have been on the defensive since the second Bali bombings in October, with the Indonesian Government taking steps to crack down on the schools.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2005 07:06 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


Indonesia to monitor Muslim boarding schools Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, will monitor Islamic boarding schools as part of its effort to fight militant violence and suicide bombings, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said. Indonesia has been racked by a spate of bomb attacks in recent years, including one on the tourist island of Bali this month in which 23 people died, including three suicide bombers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 24 reactions


A boat trip from Bali to Lombok Only for the first time since 1999, I was about to make some boat trips. After planning a trip by motor from Yogya all the way to Sumbawa Besar (yes, on Sumbawa island), I soon discovered there was no road all the way, but there were some stretches of sea to cross as well. By plane was one option, but then I had to check in my motorbike several times. I didn't even think about using a plane, since it was most likely a lot of work arrange six flights to and back from some of Indonesia's eastern islands.

Posted in Travel @ 19 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Heavy rain falls on corpse-littered Aceh Heavy rain fell on Indonesia's corpse-littered city of Banda Aceh Saturday, creating the conditions for cholera and other waterborne diseases to spread and adding to the misery of the thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunamis. A steady stream of foreign military aircraft _ including the first Blackhawk helicopters off of a U.S. aircraft carrier _ touched down at the airport close to this provincial capital with emergency aid. But officials acknowledged distribution networks were not in place to deliver the supplies to the most hard-hit areas.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Migrants face raids in Jakarta Budi, a 30-year-old resident of Bogor, West Java, was anxious when he learned that Jakarta would launch raids on rented houses starting Thursday, to weed out unregistered newcomers to the city. "I'm afraid of being arrested. Who would pay the Rp 5 million (US$555.56) fine so that I could walk free -- certainly not my employer," said the food stall employee. "Do I have to have a Jakarta ID even though my house is in Bogor?"

Posted in General @ 02 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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