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Decline of rupiah test for Bali tourist industry The rapid decline in the value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. Dollar and a host of other currencies is presenting a myriad of challenges to Bali and its tourism industry.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Truck loaded with 3700 kilograms of weed crashes A truck loaded with an estimated 3700 kilograms of marijuana has crashed on the main road between Banda Aceh and Medan. The accident happened in the area of Simpang Beutong in Pidie district. The ganja was meant to be brought to Medan, North Sumatra to be distributed there.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2013 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bandarlampung city legislator nabbed carrying drugs A Bandarlampung city legislator from the ruling Democratic Party, Endang Asnawi bin Jino, was nabbed by police on drug charge at the Bakauheni port town of Lampung.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 May 2013 22:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tightened at Tangerang toll road Police tighten security at several entry gates of Tangerang toll road and Soekarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang, Banten province, in connection with Mayday on Wednesday.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2013 11:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Consumer group wants drug test voor all aircrew The National Consumer Protection Agency (BPKN) has urged the Transportation Ministry to subject all airline crews in the country to narcotic drug tests to prevent the recurrence of the recent meth-consuming pilot case.

Posted in Drugs @ 10 February 2012 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 7 reactions


Jakarta police bust drug trafficking ring Jakarta police have busted a methamphetamine trafficking ring by arresting nine people who were about to distribute 16 kilograms of the drug in the capital.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 December 2011 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda employees stealing alcohol from Garuda galleys According to Kompas.com, the police precinct at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport have busted a syndicate stealing alcoholic beverages from the business class galleys of Garuda Indonesia aircraft transiting Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 July 2011 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Accor Group to open 21 new hotels in Indonesia Accor has unveiled aggressive expansion plans in Indonesia, with 21 new hotels across its brands scheduled to open by 2014 in light of the archipelago's robust economy. The group will kick-off the string of openings with a 316-room Pullman property in the capital, the Pullman Jakarta Central Park, later this year.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2011 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Indonesian minister Bustanil Arifin dies at age 85 Former Indonesian cooperatives minister Lieutenant General (retired) Bustanil Arifin on Sunday passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 85, his family said. Bustanil's relative Nilam Patricia confirmed the news to Tempo at the minister's house in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace vessel barred from entering Indonesian waters A Greenpeace vessel on Wednesday was barred by the Foreign Ministry from entering Indonesian waters, the organization said. The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was slated to dock at the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta but it was not allowed to sail on Indonesian waters.

Posted in Politics @ 15 October 2010 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burger King to stop buying oil from Sinar Mas Environmentalists on Saturday praised Burger King's decision to stop buying palm oil from an Indonesian company accused of destroying rainforests. The U.S. hamburger chain giant said Friday that it was canceling its contract with PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology over concerns it had not adopted sustainable farming practices.

Posted in Environment @ 05 September 2010 01:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


School children Yogyakarta drink alcohol after school School children in Yogyakarta have found an adult way of entertainment for themselves after school is out for the day. A group of eight school children from a elementary school in Wates, Yogyakarta province, had decided that drinking liquor would be a fun thing to do when school is our, but they have caused quite a stir in the region.

Posted in Health @ 30 April 2010 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police finds over 80 kilograms of pot in Deli Serdang The Narcotics unit of the Deli Serdang police in North Sumatra, has arrested a drug runner. More than 80 kilograms of marijuana were also seized. The pot most likely originated from the province of Aceh, the northernmost province of Sumatra. The runner, Fitriadi, is a resident of the village of Kotasan in Galang and has been arrested.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 April 2010 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schapelle 'not my weed' Corby seeking clemency with Yudhoyono The Australian beautician academy student Schapelle Corby has reportedly filed a petition with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono seeking clemency in connection with her 20-year jail sentence for smuggling 4.2 kilogram of marijuana into Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 April 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Medan police searches hotels for prostitutes Dozens of prostitutes were arrested in the city of Medan, North Sumatra. This happened during a sweeping by local police in the city. Most of them were busted in so-called 'melati'-class hotels in the city of Medan, which are often used for other purposes than just sleeping overnight.

Posted in Culture @ 28 February 2010 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


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


Not detected or too lazy to detect? How could the tourist that was infected with Mexican Flu still enter Indonesian territory without being detected by the recently installed body temperature scan equipment at the international airport of Denpasar, Bali? Of course the equipment functioned, according Ms. Decease Comes from Outside Indonesia, Siti Fadhilah Supari.

Posted in Culture @ 27 June 2009 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What do they do with a corrupt mayor? Ever wondered what Indonesians do with a mayor, or someone else at a quite senior government level, has been found guilty of corruption by the special corruption court of the anti-corruption commission KPK? Well, it´s quite simple, most of those convicted criminals, because that´s what they are, will appear in local and regional newspapers, including name and ´mugshot´.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 May 2009 17:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts key interest rate by 25 basis points The Indonesian central bank (Bank Indonesia) Tuesday reduced benchmark rate by 25 basis points to 7.25 percent, a Bank Indonesia senior official said. "The decision to reduce the benchmark rate was made after the governor board learned about the ongoing economic developments in both the domestic and international market," said Strategic Planning and Public Relations Director at Bank Indonesia Dyah Makhijani.

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2009 04:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti corruption watchdog chief named suspect in murder plot The head of Indonesia's powerful anti-corruption watchdog, Antasari Azhar, has been named as a suspect in the Mafia-style execution of a senior executive, amid allegations of a love triangle gone wrong. But Azhar's lawyer has dismissed the notion his client masterminded the murder of Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, describing it as a conspiracy to destroy a graft-busting crime fighter.

Posted in Crime @ 04 May 2009 08:43 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


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Executions are the new hype in Indonesia Two members from one family, mother Sumiarsih (59) and son Sugeng (43), were executed earlier this month after they had been on death row for an astonishing twenty years. They were sentenced to death in the 1980's over a murder on five members of their own family out of vengeance. After twenty years in prison, they names - and their story - reappeared in the news once again. The end of their story was clear for almost twenty years already, but it just did never materialize. Probably someone did not like cleaning his office, so these two death row candidates were only executed by firing squad earlier this month.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia blockbuster film shows gentle face of Islam An Indonesian film seeking to shatter religious stereotypes and show the compassionate face of Islam has become one of the biggest blockbuster hits in the would's most populous Muslim nation. More than three million people, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and top government officials, have flocked to cinemas to watch Ayat Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love), an Islamic romance released in the middle of January.

Posted in General @ 01 April 2008 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Six people arrested in Tangerang for smuggling ecstasy A spokesman for the Anti-drugs department of the Metro Jaya regional police in Jakarta, Arman Depari, just announced the initials of the six people that were arrested in Ruko Mutiara Palem, Cengkareng, Tangerang, while the full names of those arrested were already known to the reporters at the press conference. The people arrested were Siegfried Mets (Dutch), Ong Tiong Yoh (Singapore), Chen Hoa Yi (Taiwan), Tzu Chiang (Taiwan), Li Hao Yi (Taiwan) and Alek alias Alexander (Indonesia).

Posted in Drugs @ 28 February 2008 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The mud flow that doesn't end While former Indonesian president Suharto was known as the 'Smiling General', current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is known as the 'Crying General'. He shed tears when he talked with the victims of the mud flow near Sidoarjo when they recounted their struggle. Back then, Yudhoyono promised direct compensation. More than one year later, the only company to have paid up is Australian oil and gas explorer Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2007 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trigana Air Fokker 27 skidds of runway after tire breaks A Fokker 27 plane from Trigana Air made an emergency landing at the end of the runway of the airport in Wamena, in the district of Jayawijaya in Papua. The accident occurred at eight o'clock in the morning after one of it's tires broke out.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 April 2007 06:58 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


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


Death toll of twin earthquakes now at 70 A powerful twin earthquake crumbles houses in a large area in western Sumatra on Tuesday, killing at least 70 people, leaving hundreds injured as was told by local authorities. They also predicted the toll would probably rise. The magnitude 6.3 and 6.1 earthquakes struck the western part of the island, near the coastal city of Padang and was felt as far as Malaysia and Singapore, where tall buildings were evacuated.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 March 2007 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Starbucks denies coffee report, Nestle says sorry Giant multinational coffee-shop chain Starbucks denied a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) allegation Thursday that it purchased illegally-planted coffee in Lampung province, while Switzerland-based food producer Nestle said it regretted buying the beans. Ratih Gianda, head of investor relations for PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, Starbucks' Indonesian partner, said in a written statement sent to The Jakarta Post that the WWF report alleging that Starbucks had bought illegally-planted coffee from the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in southern Sumatra was inaccurate.

Posted in Environment @ 19 January 2007 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Is Lombok the next Bali? As the tropical monsoon clouds roll in, obscuring the towering volcanos along the Bali coastline, the pristine neighboring island of Lombok seems a world away from Indonesia's premier tourist destination. In fact, it almost is.

Posted in Tourism @ 18 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WWF: Illegal coffee growing risks Sumatra tigers Illegal coffee bean growing in an Indonesian wildlife park could wipe out already endangered local tigers, elephants and rhinos within 10 years, the WWF conservation group warned on Wednesday. The coffee growers are clearing vegetation in Bukit Barisan Selatan park, a World Heritage Site on the southern tip of Sumatra Island, to make room for the crop which brings much needed export revenue to the impoverished region.

Posted in Environment @ 17 January 2007 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 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


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anarchy reigns in West Lombok Back to Lombok after almost two years - my last visit to this beautiful and quiet island east of the messy Bali dates back to January 2005 - I noticed that certain things had changed, and too bad not only for the good of the island. It has nothing to do with increased tourist numbers to the island or the fact that big positive points are to be awarded.

Posted in Culture @ 05 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Jakarta looks deserted as fasting month draws to end As the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan draws to close, Indonesia's capital city Jakarta's boisterous hustle and bustle receded as of Sunday because many residents returned to their home villages or towns to celebrate the Islamic festive days of Idul Fitri which will fall on Monday. According to local media reports, the quietness of the city was felt in the last three or two days.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Writers fest highlights poverty and human rights Freedom and human rights are common themes which persist across international literary festivals around the world. The third annual Ubud Writers and Readers festival which closed last week was no exception. The five-day event featured workshops, seminars and panel discussions on topics ranging from the effects of globalization to understanding of Islam in the modern world.

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


Visa Indonesia records 90 % surge in transactions Visa Indonesia has announced that the total value of transactions made by using Visa electronic cards grew by 89.7 percent in the 12 months up to the end of June 2006, with a total transaction value of 26.44 billion U.S. dollars. The record high reaffirms Visa's position as the market leader in the Indonesian card market, The Jakarta Post reported Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 October 2006 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Java tsunami at 327 Tearful parents searched for missing children Tuesday, and soldiers dug through the debris of homes flattened by the second tsunami to hit Indonesia in as many years. Well over 300 people were killed and more than 160 others were missing. The waves tossed fishing boats 100 yards inland and turned the resort's main street into a tangled junkyard of busted buildings, cars and furniture. Bodies were piled in temporary morgues.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 July 2006 12:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-pornograpy laws stir debate about an open society Since taking office as Indonesia's sixth president 17 months ago, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has grown from a former general into agraft-buster, an economic reformer and a peacemaker. Now add social conservative to the list. Addressing a Jakarta audience last week, Mr Yudhoyono complained about young women baring belly buttons in public and recounted how a singer hired for a presidential event had been sent packing for exposing her navel. "I was disturbed," he said. "I told her to go home. And she did just that without having the chance to sing a song."

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Prosecutors demand second death penalty for 'Bali Nine' Indonesian prosecutors asked a court on Thursday to sentence to death another one of the alleged ring leaders of a drug smuggling operation involving nine Australians dubbed the 'Bali Nine'. Prosecutors demanded the death penalty for Australian Andrew Chan, 21, who was arrested April 17 at a hotel in Bali during a sting operation on an organized drug smuggling network on the resort island.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 January 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


A factory of shame Over a long period in a hamlet in Tangerang, Banten, workers have quietly churned out illegal drugs in a factory licensed to produce cables, seemingly without disruption, until fish in a nearby stream died, from red and yellow substances dumped into the water it was surmised.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia likely to change economic team President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's plan for a long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle has fueled expectations of changes in his government's economic team. It is likely that "one or two" ministers will be out of their current jobs after a long-promised evaluation of their performance, Yudhoyono said Wednesday, without elaborating.

Posted in Politics @ 13 November 2005 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia drive to halt graft turns to judiciary A year into the rule of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, graft busters in Indonesia are turning their attention to the country’s notoriously corrupt judiciary through a case involving the half-brother of former strongman Suharto and Indonesia’s top court. Investigators from Indonesia’s Anti-Corruption Commission, or KPK, are on Monday expected to question two senior Supreme Court officials in connection with claims that Mr Suharto’s half-brother, Probosutedjo, paid more than Rp16bn ($1.6m, €1.3m, £898,500) to court officials to have a corruption conviction either thrown out or reduced.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2005 21:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Watchdog: Press freedom in Indonesia improving Indonesia has made further progress in terms of press freedom over the past 12 months, according to Reporters Without Borders' 2005 Worldwide Press Freedom Index. According to the index, made public late last week, Indonesia is ranked 102nd, out of 167 countries surveyed. The country was ranked 117th last year.

Posted in Media @ 24 October 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesia shuts down Bali bombing film The Indonesian government has shut down an Australian TV drama series about the 2002 Bali bombings. Producers told the mostly Australian cast in Bali on Thursday the government had revoked their permit due to political and immigration sensitivities, actors for the drama series told AAP. The move follows the second Bali bombings on October 1.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 October 2005 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Millions in Indonesia celebrate Ramadan After waking early for pre-dawn meals and prayers, Muslims across Indonesia began the fasting month on Wednesday, with many pausing to reflect on the country’s latest terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic militants.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 October 2005 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police seek five over Bali attacks Indonesian police are searching for five men from the far western Javanese province of Banten over suspected involvement in Saturday's deadly bombings on the holiday island of Bali. Banten Police Chief Senior Commissioner Badrodin Haiti told Indonesia's official Antara news service the five were members of a ring led by Imam Samudra, who has been sentenced to death for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 October 2005 08:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 19 reported killed in Bali bomb blasts Bombs exploded almost simultaneously on Saturday in two tourist areas of the Indonesian resort island of Bali, killing at least 19 people and wounding at least 51 others, police and hospital officials said. The victims included foreign tourists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2005 17:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Bali explosions leave 8 dead, 30 injured Bombs exploded almost simultaneously Saturday in two tourist areas of the Indonesian resort island of Bali, killing at least eight people and wounding 30 others, police and hospital officials said. The victims included foreign tourists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2005 16:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Anti-drugs tsar picked to head Indonesia police Indonesia's top anti-narcotics policeman, who also has also played a prominent role in several terrorism cases, has been chosen to head the national police force, the president said on Monday. Commissioner General Sutanto, a long-time confidant of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has led the anti-narcotics agency since February 2005.

Posted in General @ 27 June 2005 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia coffee supply tight despite higher price Supply disruption caused by a series of natural calamities in recent months and labor shortages that followed have driven Indonesian coffee prices significantly higher, but production hasn't kept pace with rising demand. The situation has been made worse by farmers hoarding coffee in the hope that prices would rise further, market participants said.

Posted in Economy @ 12 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Talks: Indonesia for Pakistan's full affiliation with ASEAN President General Pervez Musharraf and his Indonesian counterpart Susillo Bamgbang Yothoyono agreed Thursday on augmenting their economic and trade relations through a joint business council with the host leader also supporting Pakistan's bid for full dialogue partnership with Association of South East Asian Nations.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scope of destruction in Indonesia remains unclear It is called Mecca's Veranda because for centuries, Aceh province's bustling ports have been the final embarkation point for devout Indonesian Muslims bound for the hajj, the mandatory pilgrimage all Muslims are expected to make at least once. Today, vast swaths of the rugged province on the northern tip of Sumatra have disappeared beneath mountains of mud left by Sunday's tsunami. Giant waves demolished homes and businesses on the Indonesian island and claimed the lives of thousands.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands killed in massive tsunami Legions of rescuers spread across Asia today after an earthquake of epic power struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean, unleashing 20-foot tidal waves that ravaged coasts across thousands of miles and killed more than 13,340 people and left millions homeless in the fourth-largest temblor in a century. The death toll along the southern coast of Asia -- and as far west as Somalia, on the African coast, where nine people were reported lost -- steadily increased as authorities sorted out a far-flung disaster caused by Sunday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake, strongest in 40 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As soon as Tana Toraja was introduced to me, it was taken away as well. I still remember the fact that I agreed on those meagre four days in Tana Toraja ‘because my schedule is too tight’, as it always is. In the van, just leaving the hotel for the last time, I was asking myself when I would really stop taking about schedules at all. Probably never, because I will always have to take an airplane in and out Indonesia again, but the time between those fixed points is merely a collection of things to do and things done in the past. For now, I was on my way to Makassar again, this very same evening I would have dinner with the owner of Caraka Travelindo, which has provided me with this wonderful trip.

Posted in Travel @ 27 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On several different occasions, I travelled by train over Jawa. Some of the trips were made in the evening or at night, so there wasn’t much to see except some white lights from distant villages and every once in a while a train station where we made a short stop to let other trains pass, since most of the rail network still is single-lined.

Posted in Travel @ 30 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Increased prices raise concerns of hike in interest The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reported on Monday that the prices of imported foods and housing rent edged up in July, and coupled with higher education costs, helped to push inflation up by 0.39 percent from the previous month. "The decline in rupiah contributed in part to the inflation in July, as it pushed up prices of imported foods, although the higher education costs was more attributable to the new school year," BPS chairman Choiril Maksum said while presenting the agency's monthly reports on inflation and trade figures.

Posted in Economy @ 03 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tight for Indonesia polls Indonesians have begun voting in parliamentary elections in a crowded contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Polling stations opened in stages across the world's most populous Muslim nation amid tight security in what is billed as the biggest one-day vote in history, and is only Indonesia's second democratic election since Suharto's fall in 1998.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali marks day of 'Nyepi' Indonesia's Island of Gods, Bali, on Sunday showed no sign of life as its predominantly Hindu population observed a holy day of silence and purification to usher in the Hindu New Year. On "Nyepi", the day of silence, Hindus are prohibited from lighting fires and using lights, working, leaving their houses and from making any noise. Local tradition has it that the silence tricks demons returning to earth into believing that there is nobody left to haunt.

Posted in Religion @ 22 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shoot dead three suspected drug traffickers South Jakarta Police shot dead three drug trafficker suspects on Monday as a part of efforts to stamp out drug abuse and trafficking. The shootings increased the death toll of suspected drug dealers to nine in the first month of an increased crack down, since being initiated on Oct. 16. "The suspects were allegedly members of an international drug trafficking network operating in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia," said South Jakarta Police detectives chief Comr. Kusdiantoro.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces up to post-IMF reality After five years under the harsh tutelage of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, is to break free from the IMF's bailout program and loan lifeline at the end of this year when its US$5 billion line of credit expires. A government committee has drafted an economic blueprint, a White Paper for post-IMF Indonesia that will be revealed on Friday, simultaneously with the draft budget for 2004, by President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Posted in Economy @ 17 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Business as usual in the capital The Saturday market at Pasar Aceh Central here is bustling with shoppers buying fish, fruits, meat and vegetables. Except for two policemen directing traffic – consisting mostly of motorised tricycles and mini buses – there is no uniformed personnel at the market that is one of the liveliest spots in this capital of Aceh.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 June 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bracing for violence Indonesia's entire 250,000-strong police force has been put on full alert as the world's largest Muslim nation braces for a backlash on the eve of a US-led war on Iraq. Intelligence sources say serious threats of violence, including bombings, may be carried out by Muslim radicals belonging to the same network as that responsible for the October Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Underground fires wreak havoc Thousands of underground coal fires around the world could be fuelling toxic pollution, contributing up to 3% of the rate of global warming and threatening wildlife, scientists warned yesterday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta forgets woes for a day, celebrates birthday Tens of thousands of cheering Indonesians lined the streets of Jakarta Sunday, putting aside their daily toil to mark the 475th birthday of one of Asia's most crowded capitals with parades and dancing. Hundreds of colorful floats passed through the city's main thoroughfares, normally clogged by traffic jams, with trucks shaped like boats and fish carrying people in traditional dress. "Living in Jakarta is tough and a struggle. But I didn't want my children to miss this," said Amir Basri, a carpenter, as his two young boys gesticulated at dozens of freshly painted Mini Minors from a local car club passing by.

Posted in General @ 23 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightlife in Dili bustling after independence It is 9 p.m. in Dili. Cafes and restaurants that have mushroomed along the streets in the heart of the city, where the beach-view presidential palace stands, are packed with hundreds of expatriates hanging around late into the night. Internet cafes owned by Australia's Telstra which has been given an exclusive contract by the UN Transitional Administration of East Timor (UNTAET) for mobile and fixed line services, have sprung up over the past couple of years. These places, too, are a favorite meeting place.

Posted in Nightlife @ 24 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new autonomy law introduced last year immediately encouraged many Indonesians to set up television stations in remote cities far away from the bustling capital, where the current nationwide stations dominate the landscape of free-TV.

Posted in Culture @ 16 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosions mar Independence Day festivities in Aceh Red-and-white flags were flying high along the streets here for Independence Day celebrations on Friday, but most shops in the town were closed and business activities at a standstill. Only a few people came to observe a tightly guarded ceremony held in the town's Hiraq square, presided over by Regent Tarmizi Akarim and attended by local dignitaries.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 August 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PDI-P urges MPR to hold snap special session The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) ended its three-day national working meeting on Saturday with nine resolutions, including the decision to support an accelerated People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) special session should President Abdurrahman Wahid go ahead with his controversial policies.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As Jakarta loses control of its domestic situation, the region confronts a slowdown in foreign investment, a rise in Muslim extremism, and the threat of chaos — or even civil war — in Southeast Asia's largest country

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cendana family lied about Tommy, say police Family members of former president Soeharto lied to investigators when they said they had no knowledge of Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra's whereabouts, senior police officers said on Wednesday. Head of the National Police Criminal Investigation Insp. Gen. Engkesman R. Hillep said "there are indications of lies" made during the questioning of Tommy's family members over the disappearance of the country's most wanted man.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Going by the headlines and TV images, it's easy to conclude that Indonesia is a hopeless mess. Riots, bombings, assassinations, ethnic violence, a country torn apart by chaos and evil. So when I told friends last month that my wife and I were going to Indonesia for a one-week vacation, most said something along the lines of, "Are you crazy, don't they kill ethnic Chinese there?"

Posted in General @ 25 August 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb bxplosion rattles Jakarta A TNT bomb (trinitrotoluene) of terrifying strength, exploded in front of the Philippine Ambassador's, Leonides T. Caday, residence on Jalan Imam Bonjol, Central Jakarta, and opposite the General Election Institute (LPU), Tuesday noon (1/8).

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 August 2000 16:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rickety pedestrian bridges a danger zone As the capital still lacks the pedestrian underpasses which are commonplace in many other metropolises around the world, crossing bridges are an essential means for Jakarta residents to make their way across hectic streets. There are 172 pedestrian overpasses serving hundreds of thousands of pedestrians, and hoards of vendors, every day.

Posted in General @ 21 April 2000 10:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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