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Defense Minister: 'Presidential election proceeds peacefully' The presidential election had run smoothly and peacefully without any significant obstacles, stated Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "The implementation of the election has proceeded well," the defense minister noted after observing the pacification of the election at the Jakarta Military Commands Post in East Jakarta on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2014 19:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Task force extinguish forest fires in Riau The haze disaster mitigation task force has claimed that they have successfully extinguished 173 hot spots that burned 19.766 hectares of land in Riau province between the February end and mid-March.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 March 2014 12:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 villagers killed by molten debris from Mount Sinabung At least 14 villagers were killed on Saturday by volcanic debris spewed by Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 February 2014 22:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


103 inmates from Tanjung Gusta still at large Police are still searching for 103 out of 212 inmates including four terrorism prisoners who recently escaped from the Tanjung Gusta penitentiary in Medan, North Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 26 July 2013 23:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Correctional center destroys 150 hand phones of inmates The Kotabaru correctional center in South Kalimantan has destroyed 150 mobile phones of various brands seized from the prison inmates. "The handsets, confiscated from the prisoners have been burned," head of the center Ahmad Junaidi said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2013 11:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau students demand gas block nationalization Dozens of students who are members of the Executive Board of Riau University`s Students, staged a protest by blocking the entrance to PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia in Rumbai complex, Pekanbaru on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2013 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest five suspects over Palopo violence Police have arrested five suspects in connection with recent local election-related violence in Palopo, South Sulawesi, in which several government offices have been burned.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2013 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Violence should have been prevented, president says A number of anarchic acts, including the latest one in Palopo, South Sulawesi, should have been prevented, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Monday."The latest violent act in Palopo is due to the absence of preventive measure," the president said at a limited meeting on political, security and legal issues at his office.

Posted in Violence @ 01 April 2013 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Monkey attacks, kill baby in Riau A wild monkey attacked and killed a six-month old baby in Menaming village, Rambang Sub-district, Rokan Hulu District, Riau province, on Friday (March 29), a village head said. "It was a horrible and sad event for the baby`s family," Menaming Village Head Firdaus Daulay said here.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 March 2013 10:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


State Secretariat building catches fire The main building of the State Secretariat caught fire 5 pm on Thursday. Almost all parts of the main building, which sits side-by-side with the State Palace, were burned down. The fire flame almost licked the roof of the building.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 March 2013 19:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Narcotics unit destroys drugs worth 1 bln rupiah The West Jakarta Police narcotics unit has destroyed Rp1 billion worth of drugs, including 358 grams of cocaine, 1,486 grams of ecstasy and 1,975 grams of marijuana.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 September 2012 10:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clerics hold key to settle Sampang conflicts An influential Islamic leader said clerics hold the key to settle the conflicts between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Sampang Madura. A fresh conflict broke on Sunday last week between the two Islamic groups with mobs of Sunni Muslims attacking Shiite students and teachers with swords and machetes.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2012 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People pack Jakarta streets to celebrate end of fasting month People in cars, on motorbikes and on foot packed several streets in capital city Jakarta to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday evening. Traffic jam was seen in the Thamrin street section between the Hotel Indonesia roundabout to Monas Square, which are the popular spots in the city.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2012 02:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundred books with insults on Prophet Mohammad burned PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the publisher of a book containing insults about the Prophet Mohammad, burned hundreds of copies of the book on Wednesday following protests from Islamic organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2012 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia promoting nuclear power plant in Bangka The government continued campaigning about the benefits and security of a nuclear power plant among the population of Bangka island in the Sumatran province of Bangka-Belitung.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 April 2012 15:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two suspects in Palu arson case Police have arrested two teenagers on charges of setting a house on fire during a brawl between two groups on April 4 in the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu.

Posted in Violence @ 07 April 2012 13:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby refuses to be moved from Kerobokan penitentiary Schapelle Leigh Corby, the Australian prisoner over a narcotics case, has refused to be moved from the Kerobokan penitentiary in Badung that was burned during a riot on Tuesday night.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2012 02:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pre-election violence hits district in Indonesia's Papua Supporters of rival political candidates have clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province this week, just days ahead of district elections, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 17 February 2012 04:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bima district chief revokes PT SMN's exploration permit Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik said the Bima district chief in West Nusa Tenggara has revoked the exploration permit of mining company PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara (PT SMN).

Posted in Politics @ 27 January 2012 08:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Int'l urges Indonesia to protect Shiite minority Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to provide protection for hundreds of Shiites who have been forced to return to their village in East Java after being evicted from their homes in Madura by an anti-Shiite mob.

Posted in Religion @ 16 January 2012 07:07 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Shiite followers’ houses looted in Madura People are reportedly looting houses of a Shiite community that was evacuated after a clash with alleged Sunnis on Thursday in Nangkreng hamlet, Karang Gayam village in Sampang on Madura Island in East Java, which resulted in a number of Shiite followers’ houses being burned down.

Posted in Religion @ 01 January 2012 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police question 40 officers over Sape violence The police have questioned 40 of their officers over the violence in last Saturday`s clash at the Sape ferry port in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, that left two people dead.

Posted in Violence @ 28 December 2011 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two fans trampled to death during SEA Games soccer final Two people were trampled to death on Monday evening when anxious crowds of soccer fans rushed into a stadium to witness the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games soccer final in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2011 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter crash in south-central Indonesia kills 2 Two people were killed on early Sunday afternoon when a helicopter chartered by a mining company crashed in south-central Indonesia, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 September 2011 16:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts four times Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupted four times on Tuesday after increasing its volcanic activity during the past week, officials said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 September 2011 00:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising religious violence in Indonesia gaining national attention In Indonesia religious violence has been on the rise for the past few years but the recent brutal attack on the Ahmadiyah sect has focused national attention on the problem. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for disbanding any Muslim groups involved in violence.

Posted in Religion @ 17 February 2011 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim mob attacks Indonesia churches after blasphemy trial A Muslim mob on Tuesday destroyed at least three churches and clashed with Indonesian police in central Java after a Christian man was sentenced for blasphemy against Islam, the daily Kompas reported.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2011 17:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldiers sentenced to prison for torturing Papuan men Three Indonesian soldiers on Monday were sentenced to prison for torturing two Papuan men after videos surfaced in YouTube, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 24 January 2011 17:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mbah Maridjan’s home now tourist attraction Mount Merapi’s deceased spiritual guardian Mbah Maridjan’s home in Kinahrejo hamlet in Sleman, Yogyakarta, has now become a tourist attraction. The remains of Mbah Maridjan’s house are currently one of the most visited attractions for tourists.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 January 2011 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Thick volcanic deposits hamper search for victims The large amount of volcanic material that has been deposited by the Mount Merapi volcano in recent weeks, mainly in the Gendol river area in the district of Cangkringan, makes the search for victims even more difficult. Because the volcanic material is already settling down for some now, digging by hand is not enough to retrieve any of the missing bodies.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 November 2010 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hot weather slows search for Mount Merapi victims Hot weather causes search and rescue for victims of hot pyroclastic flows exhausted by the Mount Merapi volcano. It is expected that there are still a number of bodies in several villages in and around Cangkringan, but because of hot weather, evacuation efforts are slower than expected. Search and rescue teams had to retreat to an emergency post in Wedomartani, Ngemplak.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 November 2010 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 200 missing after Mount Merapi eruptions The Sardjito general hospital in Yogyakarta has announced that they have listed over 200 missing persons after the most recent heavy eruptions of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java. Most of the missing were reported only after the most heavy eruption until now, which occurred last Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 November 2010 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Difficult search for missing and dead around Mount Merapi After a heavy eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano three days ago, the search for dead and missing is still very difficult. The volcano is still very active and hot ash clouds like the one that came down the volcano's slopes three days ago are still hitting the area around the volcano every few hours which causes circumstances to be very dangerous.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lava from Mount Merapi's latest eruption destroys two hamlets Two hamlets at Mount Merapi slopes have been destroyed by lava sparked from a major eruption which took place at the world's most active mount on early Friday. One of the destroyed hamlets was Brogangsuruh at Argomulyo village, Cangkringan district in Sleman regency, and the other was Slodokan at Wukirsari village also in the same district.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 November 2010 06:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 28 killed after Mount Merapi violently erupts One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes spewed out clouds of ash and jets of searing gas on Wednesday in an eruption that has killed at least 28 people and injured 14. Authorities have been trying to evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the volcano, where many houses have been destroyed, the ruins lying covered in white ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2010 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Anti-terror unit deals out own terror Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which Australia and the US train and fund, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating and abusing them in detention.

Posted in Violence @ 13 September 2010 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta blast caused by meteorite? Police and astronomers are investigating Thursday’s blast from a falling object that damaged three homes in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, which witnesses claim was a meteorite strike. Police ruled out earlier speculation that the incident was a gas canister exploding.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 May 2010 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10.000 employees PT Drydocks World Graha in revolt Many thousands of employees of PT Drydocks World Graha have started a revolt against the owners of the company after a spokesperson said that Indonesians are just stupid people, according to the protestors. This caused the employees to be enraged; at least 20 cars belonging to the management were burned as the protest grew more violent.

Posted in Protests @ 22 April 2010 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Again fire at traditional market A large fire has razed in big parts of the Pasar Ujung traditional market in the city of Bandung in West Java province last night. Some hundred permanent and temporary units were destroyed completely. Short circuit is seen as the most probable cause of the fire, which started in one of the shops selling general supplies.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 January 2010 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House of suspected terrorist burned down A house that is located in the foothills of Mount Salak, near Bogor, has been burned by residents in the village. The house was burned down because the residents suspected that the house was a hideout place for terrorist leader Noordin M. Top. Villagers said that they have seen a person that has the same face as the the terrorists seen in Cilacap and Temanggung.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 August 2009 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead when fire destroys house in Jakarta Four people were killed in a fire that destroyed a house in the Manggarai area in South Jakarta. The fire broke out at 02:00 local time (19:00 GMT). All four people that were killed in the fire were guests of the owner of the house that were spending the night there. The four are identified as Melina (24), Ririn (24), Salma (50), and Edi Wijaya (56).

Posted in Accidents @ 28 July 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Destroying imported food part of strict import policy The Bali branch of the Agency for the Supervision of Food and Drugs (BPOM) has conducted on-site destruction of imported food items at several locations around Bali. On Friday, July 10, 2009, a total of 277 different products were crushed and burned in the parking lot of the Bali Deli. The items, not included on the BPOM's list of approved imports included products from Portugal, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, South Korea, U.S.A. and China.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 July 2009 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven dead in restaurant fire Kedoya, Jakarta A fire that hit a small restaurant selling soto lamongan in Jalan Pilar Mas, Kedoya, West Jakarta, has killed seven people. The fire started at around 04:40 local time. The fire was eventually put out when 13 fire trucks had arrived at the location. A spokesperson of the fire department confirmed that there were seven people killed in the fire.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 July 2009 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of shops burned down at Cibatu traditional market As much as 220 shops at the Pasar Cibatu traditional market in Cibatu, Garut district, and six houses of residents nearby were lost as the result of a huge fire last evening. The fire started just before six o'clock in the evening. There were no injuries in this accident, but the damage runs into the billions of Rupiah's. Based on information at the scene, the fire started in one of the shops which was next to a local health care center.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 June 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


17 killed in Sumatra mine blast The death toll of a coal mine explosion on the island of Sumatra rose to 17, while 23 others were still believed to be trapped underground, local officials said on Tuesday. The accident happened following an explosion Tuesday morning in a mine in Sawah Lunto in West Sumatra province, said Head of the Provincial Disaster Management Agency Ade Edward.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 June 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali marks New Year's Day of Silence Residents and tourists on the popular Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday celebrated the annual Day of Silence, a Hindu New Year observance during which the island shuts down and people are banned from the streets. The New Year, called Nyepi, is one of the most important religious events for Balinese Hindus, and this year, they welcomed the Saka New Year of 1931.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife It is just after six in the humid evening when Jakarta suddenly goes dark. It is Magrib, within a few minutes of the call for prayer performed by thousands of muezzin which create a true chaos of sounds throughout Jakarta, the evening arrives to the city that never sleeps. However many hundreds of thousands - mostly men - hurry themselves to a nearby mosque, life in the city continues as usual.

Posted in Nightlife @ 26 March 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace ship 'Esperanza' to visit Indonesia Greenpeace ship Esperanza (Spanish for "hope") will be kicking off the Indonesian leg of its "Forests for Climate' tour from 6th October to 15th November 2008. The ship arrives in in Jayapura, Papua on 6th November to shine the spotlight on what is seen as the last frontier of intact ancient forest in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 26 September 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of houses burned down in Jakarta A big fire in a crowded residential neighborhood in Cipinang Besar Selatan, Jakarta, has caused some 1,500 to be forced to look for another place to stay. There are some 800 families which houses were burned down, according to Sudarmono. To house the victims of this fire, the Indonesian Red Cross and the regional government will put up army tents.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 June 2008 08:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds arrested in Indonesia over fuel hike protest Police in Indonesia has arrested several hundred protesters in the Indonesian capital Saturday after some burnt tires and threw Molotov cocktails during a rally over fuel price rises, police said. The government hiked the cost of fuel by nearly 30 percent from Saturday in response to soaring global oil prices, and a ballooning subsidy bill, leaving hard-pressed households facing even more economic woes.

Posted in Protests @ 24 May 2008 13:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tens of thousands of marijuana plants found on Aceh fields Regional police in Aceh Tenggara, in the northernmost province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam or Aceh, have again found fields full of marijuana plants which were ready to be harvested. A total of four hectares has been fount. The head of the operational department of the regional police, Bidik S. said that the police are continuing to hold raids through the mountainous regions of the province to fight against marijuana and to secure the found locations.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 May 2008 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Three dead in clash between villages on Seram Island Three people were killed on Saturday in a fierce clash between two villages on the island of Seram in the Malulu archipelago in eastern Indonesia. At least 60 homes, several schools and places of worship were burned down in the riot as well. Hundreds of anti-riot police were deployed to the area to restore order. Brig. Gen. Guntur Ariyadi told that hundreds of panic-stricken residents had fled to temporary shelters.

Posted in Violence @ 04 May 2008 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah mosque burned as protests grow A group calling itself the Jamaah Al Mubalighin Communication Forum burned down a mosque belonging to the "deviant" Ahmadiyah sect in Parakan Salak village in Sukabumi regency, West Java, early Monday. Sukabumi Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Gunthor Ghafar told that the incident began when the forum members met Sunday for a Koran reading session at At-Taqwa Mosque, about 700 meters from Ahmadiyah's Al Furqon Mosque.

Posted in Violence @ 29 April 2008 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali shuts down for 'Day of Silence' The normally vibrant Indonesian tourist destination of Bali came to a standstill Friday as the island's Hindu majority celebrated the start of the Hindu new year. The Day of Silence, known here as Nyepi, saw Balinese confined to their homes, unable to work, play and - for some - even talk or eat.

Posted in Religion @ 07 March 2008 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cargo hall owned by Kereta Api burns down completely A cargo hall which was owned by PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) at Jalan Halim in the city of Medan, northern Sumatra, has burned down. The fire spread fast and destroyed the long building which is normally used as a place to spend time and to do sports completely. To put out the fire, nine fire trucks from the local government in Medan were rushed to the scene. The hot raging fire was hard to put out, and within a very short time the cargo hall burned down completely.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2008 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu spread from humans to humans in 2006 In the first systematic, statistical analysis of its kind, infectious-disease-modeling experts at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center confirm that the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in 2006 spread between a small number of people within a family in Indonesia. The findings, by biostatistician Ira M. Longini Jr., Ph.D., and colleagues, will be published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Posted in Health @ 29 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia in Guinness Book of Records for deforestation rate Greenpeace is using a novel marketing ploy to raise awareness about forest loss in Indonesia: the Guinness Book of World Records. The green group has convinced the publisher of to recognize Indonesia as the "country with the fastest rate of forest destruction on the planet." According to Greenpeace, the text will read:

Posted in Environment @ 05 May 2007 18:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: Indonesian military razed church in Dili Testifying at the Truth Commission Indonesia-Timor, former Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically burned the diocese's compound as well as other churches. Several clergy and an unknown number of others were killed in these fires. Bishop Belo, who headed the Archdiocese of Dili during the 1999 riots, was the main witness before the commission when they resumed public hearings in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 27 March 2007 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nyepi: Bali prepares for day of silence The mostly Hindu island of Bali was preparing for the Day of Silence today, ushering the Hindu New year. Households were performing rites to purify the soul and cleanse individuals from past sins, while young men were finishing their huge papier-mache effigies of demons that will be used for parades in the streets after dusk to ward off evil. Each village will have their own noisy parade, known as Ogoh-Ogoh, before they are burned before sunrise to symbolize all evil leaving the island just before the new year.

Posted in Religion @ 18 March 2007 15:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landing speed key factor in Yogyakarta plane crash The Garuda passenger yet that crashed earlier this month killing 21, was landing with a speed much higher than normal. This was said by the chief inspector on Saturday. The plane with 140 people on board overshot the runway at Adi Sucipto airport of Yogyakarta. It crashed in rice fields and bust into flames.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 March 2007 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first plane It was less than one week before it really happened. I was in Kuala Lumpur to settle some official stuff, and when drinking an iced tea I took some time off in the evening to visit a friend. It was getting late and however we usually only 'speak' to each other on the internet, we had some serious issues as well. Sometimes it's best to make a small joke about accidents and disasters. The people on board of the missing Adam Air plane are having a splendid time diving there, things like that, whether they are fun or not. As long as it doesn't happen in your own direct environment, you can still say things like that. I also told that I always missed such events; earthquakes when I'm away; other disasters beyond my easy reach and other things like that.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Planes landing gear failed before crash Investigators that work on the crash of a Boeing 737-400 that burst into flames after skidding of he runway, said that it's front wheels broke off as is touched down. "We are trying to find out why the wheel broke," said investigator Marjdono Siswo Suwarno. Forensics struggled to identify the victims from Wednesday's accident on the airport of Yogyakarta, central Java. Many were burned beyond recognition.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 March 2007 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 27 dead in twin Sumatra earthquake At least 27 people are dead after two earthquakes strike West Sumatra earlier today. Two earthquakes, the first one with a magnitude of 6.3 and the second one 6.1 on the Richter Scale flattened buildings north of the coastal city of Padang. Dozens of injured are rushed to hospitals in the area, local TV stations report live from the area.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 March 2007 08:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead, three missing as burned out ferry sinks The burned out Indonesian ferry Levina I, which caught fire last Thursday, sank yesterday. 16 people on board had to jump in the water, one cameraman from Lativi was killed and three others went missing. Just after midday Jakarta time the remaining hull of the Levina I turned over without any warning. Sixteen people from the national safetey commission, the forensic laboratory and local media were on the third floor. They started panicking and jumped in the sea from windows.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 February 2007 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta wilts in unseasonal hot spell Well into what should be the rainy season, Jakarta is suffering through record-high temperatures, and experts warn residents they can expect more of the same.The Meteorological and Geophysics Agency says Jakarta has recently seen temperatures as high as 36 degrees Celsius. Normally, the temperature in the city stays below 32 degrees in January.R

Posted in Weather @ 14 January 2007 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Police kill one in Papua as mob attacks over govt aid fter being denied government assistance, dozens of Papuans went on a rampage Friday, burning government offices and clashing with police officers. Police opened fire on the mob after they set fire to a post office and the Puncak Jaya regency council building in Mulia city at about 1 p.m. One person was killed and four others injured. The deceased has been identified as Lirius Tabuni.

Posted in Violence @ 15 October 2006 11:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia apologizes to its neighbors for smoke haze Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologized for the smoke haze that has choked parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, and agreed to hold a regional meeting to tackle forest fires in the country. "Under the name of the Indonesian government, I should apologize to the neighboring countries over this incident,'' Yudhoyono told reporters in Jakarta today. "Clearly, it's not something we want.''

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 October 2006 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In Indonesia, a tsunami of useless medicines Tonnes of drugs and medical equipment that have poured into Indonesia in the wake of a slew of major disasters are often damaged, out of date and unusable, aid workers said. Donors jumped into action following disasters ranging from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which killed 168,000 people in Aceh province, to a massive earthquake on Java in May that claimed some 5,800 lives.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 July 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Muslims in Asia protest Israeli attacks on Lebanon Muslims in Asia held angry but peaceful protests on Friday against Israel's bombardment of Lebanon, denouncing the Jewish state and demanding the United Nations take action to halt the violence. Demonstrators in Malaysia burned Israeli flags. In Indonesia they accused Israel of atrocities against civilians. In Bangladesh marchers shouted "Down with Israel.''

Posted in Protests @ 21 July 2006 14:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian protesters condemn Israel's attacks Thousands of Muslim protesters have flooded the main streets of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, condemning continuing Israeli attacks on the Palestinian territories and Lebanon that have killed scores of civilians. The Government of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has called on Israel to stop the strikes and urged the disputing parties to get back to the negotiating table.

Posted in Protests @ 16 July 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Merapi spews lava and gas in large eruption Indonesia's Mount Merapi hurled lava and gas clouds down its slopes on Thursday in the volcano's largest eruption since it began heating up two months ago, officials and local media reports said. The eruption occurred at about 9:05 a.m. (02:05 GMT), reaching a record distance of five kilometres in the direction of the Gendol River, burning down part of the Kaliadem forest area in the district of Sleman, the state-run news agency, Antara, reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 June 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name 41 suspects in the Tuban violence The police have identified 41 suspects in riots linked to the Tuban regental elections and are focusing on seven people believed to have masterminded the unrest, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said Monday. The naming of the suspects came after the questioning of 104 people believed to be involved in Saturday's vandalism, where the incumbent regent's residence and the office of the Tuban chapter of the General Election Commission were among the buildings burned down, Anton said.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2006 20:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police issue shoot-on-sight for for East Java rioters East Java Police chief Brig. Gen. Herman Suryadi has issued a shoot-on-sight order for rioters following the massive wave of vandalism by disgruntled supporters of a candidate in the Tuban regental elections. Tuban Police intensified their hunt for the masterminds of the violence, Herman said, with a curfew imposed for an indefinite period of time in the area.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 100 villagers evacuated near Merapi volcano After days of persuasion, more than 100 villagers, most of them sick, aging, very young or pregnant, evacuated villages closest to Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi. The group left on trucks for temporary shelters well away from the 2,968-meter (9,737-foot) mountain on Java island, which has been increasingly active in recent days.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 April 2006 16:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Playboy obsessed with security, ethic, legal problems Playboy Indonesia has found itself in troubled water as its maiden issue triggered off protests nationwide in the past two weeks and the police here on Thursday summoned its editor-in-chief Erwin Arnada to investigate its publication in the largest Muslim country of the world.

Posted in General @ 21 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


US mining giant faces nationwide protests Students have staged rallies in many parts of Indonesia over the last several days demanding the closure of U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoran, which they accused of stealing wealth and destroying environment. In the southern Java town of Yogyakarta on Thursday, students took to the streets urging the government to close Freeport's minein the country's most remote province of Papua.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 02 March 2006 13:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denmark pulls ambassadors from Syria, Iran, Indonesia Denmark has temporarily withdrawn its ambassadors from Syria, Iran and Indonesia because their safety was at risk in the wake of a Danish newspaper's publication of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Denmark's embassy buildings in all three countries had been targeted by angry mobs protesting the publication of the caricatures in September. European and American newspapers subsequently reprinted the drawings.

Posted in Protests @ 11 February 2006 18:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 58 reactions


Asian Muslims vow new cartoon protests as anger spreads Asian Muslims angered by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed called new protests after prayers on Friday as dozens of protesters stormed a block housing the Danish embassy in the Indonesian capital. Afghanistan's president and the governments of Pakistan and Indonesia have all condemned the publication of the drawings in Denmark and then in other European newspapers.

Posted in Protests @ 03 February 2006 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 176 reactions


A religious conflict tamed Despite a flurry of warnings about possible violence over the holidays, residents in this capital of Central Sulawesi Province, thought the bomb blast that ripped through a nearby pork-selling market on New Year's Eve was an earthquake. They were convinced, like so many others in the region, that the communal tensions that erupted into deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians five years ago were a thing of the past. Even after finding out it was a bomb, they condemned it as simply the work of a small group of "terrorists."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia denies trying to take over island An Australian man says he is stunned by claims he banned locals from a remote Indonesian island where he runs a surf camp, sparking an intervention by the country's armed forces. David Wyllie, of Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast, says he was not even in Indonesia when the military said 17 soldiers landed on uninhabited Mengkudu island, where the camp is located.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 December 2005 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Major blazes hit South Jakarta Two fires broke out in South Jakarta early Wednesday morning, causing billions of rupiah in losses and heavy traffic on the first day that offices opened after the Idul Fitri holiday. Hundreds of houses in densely populated Kebayoran Lama burned down in the first blaze, the cause of which the police and firefighters have yet to determine. No fatalities were reported in the fire.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2005 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fires dash hopes in Jakarta during Idul Fitri The Idul Fitri celebration was over for Parlan, 36, as he stared at what was left of his house on Jl. Kampung Muka in Lodan, North Jakarta, after a massive fire early on Saturday. "I don't know what all this means. We had just bought the house after saving little by little for years. Now it's gone. But I will keep praying that we can rebuild the house soon," he told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Ramadan @ 06 November 2005 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri 'losing its color' in Jakarta The fasting month of Ramadhan and Idul Fitri celebrations in Jakarta have lost much of their colorful cultural traditions, a senior citizen says. Republika daily newspaper writer Alwi Shahab remembers that Idul Fitri Eve in the 1940s and 1950s was a special time for Betawi (native Jakarta) women. Unlike on ordinary days, they were allowed to spend the evening outside their houses, tasked with buying flowers for the Lebaran decorations, Alwi said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fuel-price hikes spark strikes Indonesia more than doubled the average cost of fuel on Saturday to try to stave off an economic crisis despite protests by thousands of people, some of whom burned tires and threw rocks at police. Security forces responded to Friday's demonstrations by firing tear gas at more than 100 rioting students, then chasing them down and hitting some with sticks. Transportation strikes in at least seven cities left thousands stranded, media reports said.

Posted in Protests @ 01 October 2005 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


SBY warns against fueling violence While protests are mounting ahead of the government's announcement of the new fuel prices, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned the public against turning violent. "Go ahead if you want to express yourselves by protesting, but don't burn or destroy things. (Peaceful expression) is what democracy is all about," Susilo said during a meeting with university rectors at the State Palace on Wednesday.

Posted in Protests @ 29 September 2005 08:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


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

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


Young boy survives Mandala crash A 5-year-old boy given up for dead in a plane crash in Indonesia that killed 148 people has been found in a hospital and reunited with his parents. Investigators sifted Tuesday through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Indonesia to bury plane crash victims Indonesia said it would hold a mass burial Wednesday for unidentified victims of a plane crash that killed 148 people, even as a 5-year-old boy given up for dead was found in a hospital and reunited with his parents. Investigators sifted through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city Monday, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Indonesia fires burn, Malaysia chokes A choking haze from fires, most of them in Indonesia, is blanketing large parts of peninsular Malaysia, creating health problems, threatening tourism and disrupting one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. Following are some facts about the haze, which affects parts of Southeast Asia every year.

Posted in Environment @ 12 August 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians face proselytism charges in Indonesia Three evangelical women in Indonesia are facing charges which could to prison for allegedly contravening a law against “Christianisation”. They have been accused by a chapter of the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics of trying to get Muslim children to convert to Christianity through “the use of lies, deception or enticement.”

Posted in Human rights @ 25 July 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Attack in Indonesia sparks fears An attack killing five paramilitary policemen last week in eastern Indonesia have raised fears that Muslim-Christian violence may resume in the Moluccas Islands. Since 1999-2002, violent clashes have killed 5,000 people.

Posted in Violence @ 23 May 2005 20:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests fall flat after Indonesia hikes fuel prices A fuel hike that will hit Indonesia's poor hard came into effect Tuesday, but the expected large-scale demonstrations failed to materialize as the government promised to beef-up anti-poverty assistance programs. The government announced late Monday it was cutting fuel subsidies, amounting to an average 29 percent increase in prices from gasoline to diesel oil. Fuel prices have been a sensitive topic since riots over a price hike in 1998 hastened the collapse of former President Suharto's dictatorship.

Posted in Protests @ 01 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests over Indonesia fuel rise Hundreds of Indonesian students have held rallies around the country to protest against rising fuel prices. The increases, of up to 30%, were announced by officials on Monday. The government said it was forced to act after spending more than $6bn in fuel subsidies last year, because of soaring world oil prices. The price of fuel is a sensitive political issue in Indonesia. Fuel protests even contributed to the downfall of former President Suharto.

Posted in Protests @ 01 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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