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Prabowo rejects presidential election process Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto here Tuesday rejected the presidential election process saying that there have been massive electoral frauds during the election day.

Posted in Elections @ 22 July 2014 15:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military sees KPU as strategic object Indonesian Military Commander, General Moeldoko, said the General Elections Commission (KPU) has been positioned as strategic object on the occasion of Presidential Election 2014, therefore it required extra security.

Posted in Elections @ 18 July 2014 19:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TV station slammed for reporting Jokowi is a communist The Jokowi-JK campaign has criticized a private television station for reporting that Jokowi is a communist. "The report is tendentious and unethical," the campaigns spokesman Hasto Kristiyanto said in a press statement received here on Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2014 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stay calm, Papua military urges Sorong citizens after clash The Papua Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua appealed to the Sentani citizens to stay calm and not be provoked by people who triggered riots on April 20, 2014, in Sorong, West Papua Province.

Posted in Violence @ 22 April 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP able to face smear campaign on Jokowi The Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) has stated that it believed it could face smear campaign that has so far been launched on its presidential candidate, Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Slamet status raised to alert level The Indonesian authorities have raised the status of Mount Slamet in Central Java from normal to alert level as of 9 p.m. on Monday, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 March 2014 13:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP instructs ministers to maintain food price stability Vice President Boediono has instructed relevant ministers and officials to maintain food price stability in the face of subsidized fuel price hikes and the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 23:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agency: 'Dieng`s volcanic tremors still taking place' The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said deep and shallow volcanic tremors still continued to take place in Mount Dieng, in Sumberejo village, Banjarnegara disrtrict, Central Java, on Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 April 2013 20:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic tremors still shaking timbang crater continuously The Banjarnegara Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said several tremors had continuously shaken Timbang Crater in Sumber Rejo Village, Banjarnegara District, Central Java from Sunday to Monday morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 April 2013 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


17 people arrested for beating police officer to death Seventeen people have been arrested for allegedly manhandling police commissioner Andar Siahaan to death recently.

Posted in Violence @ 30 March 2013 16:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5.9-magnitude quake rocks Ternate A 5.9-magnitude undersea earthquake rocked the North Maluku provincial capital of Ternate on Tuesday evening but there was no immediate report of casualties or material damage, according to the local geophysics station.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 December 2012 18:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Anak Krakatau still on alert status Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait is still on level II alert, according to an observation officer. "We have asked all tourists and fishermen to stay away from the volcano because it could endanger the safety of their lives," Mount Anak Krakatau Observation Post officer Jumono said on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 September 2012 14:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


A granade thrown at police station A granade thrown by unknown people exploded last night at a police station on the eve of Idul Fitri, the end of Islamic fasting month,in the Central Java city of Solo but no one was injured , police said.

Posted in Crime @ 19 August 2012 08:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono still on level II alert The National Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has announced Mount Dukono in Halmahera, North Maluku, is still on level II alert.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 May 2012 16:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attention needed for tsunami early warning system The Acehnese government has said that the tsunami early warning system, which has been installed in a coastal area, needs special attention for improvements in the future.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 April 2012 12:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks government officials to remain calm President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked all administration officials to remain calm, think clearly and rationally following the House of Representatives` (DPR) decision to postpone the fuel price hike initially planned as of April 1.

Posted in Politics @ 01 April 2012 00:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-death row convict thanks president One of the Indonesian workers who earlier faced the death row in Saudi Arabia thanked President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday for being freed from execution.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 March 2012 10:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to send 364 personnel to Pontianak over FPI The National Police Headquarters has sent 364 Mobile Brigade members to Pontianak, West Kalimantan, in anticipation of security disruptions.

Posted in Violence @ 18 March 2012 10:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five shot, five missing in land dispute clash in Riau A clash between local residents and guards of a plantation company in a land dispute in Batang Kumuh village, Rokan Hulu (Rohul) district, Riau province, on Thursday night is reported to have led to the shooting of five civilians by police and the disappearance of five others.

Posted in Violence @ 05 February 2012 07:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta predicted to experience  flooding in coming months Anybody planning to visit Jakarta in January-March this year should be prepared to have to cope with flooding if a climatological prediction announced on Thursday is correct.

Posted in Weather @ 15 January 2012 04:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stranded fishermen in Antarctica days away from rescue The crew of a stricken Russian fishing vessel which is stranded in Antarctica and is taking on water is at least four to five days away from being rescued, rescue officials said on Friday. The ship is carrying crew members from Russia, Indonesia and Ukraine.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 December 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead in Klungkung clash over temple ground More than forty are reported injured, seven are in police custody and one dead after clashes broke out on Saturday, September 17, 2001, between the villagers of Kemoning and Budaga in Klungkung regency, northeast Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 21 September 2011 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National police deployed after clashes in Ambon kill 6 Indonesian National Police on Monday announced that it has deployed 400 personnel to the eastern island of Ambon, where riots broke out in its capital since Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 12 September 2011 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Lokon erupted again this morning The Mount Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi province has erupted again this morning at 07:58 local time (00:58 GMT). The volcano now emitted an amount of ash into the sky with heights up to 200 meters. This eruption is seen as a small one.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 September 2011 06:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two fresh eruptions at Indonesia's Mount Lokon Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted twice, as thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate the area, officials said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 July 2011 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands more evacuate as Mount Lokon erupts again Thousands more evacuated on late Thursday evening when Mount Lokon in Indonesia's North Sulawesi erupted again in full force, triggering panic among locals, officials said on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 July 2011 02:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Over 2,000 evacuated in Mount Lokon eruption Over 2,000 people have been displaced in the latest eruption from Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2011 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts, disrupts air traffic network Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted, officials said, who also warned air traffic networks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 July 2011 02:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead, many injured in chaos in Aceh after tsunami rumor One person on Friday died and many were injured in the chaos that stemmed from tsunami rumors in Aceh, northwestern Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2011 21:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of drivers stuck in 12km traffic jam to seaport Hundreds of frustrated truck drivers have been stranded for several days on the road to the Indonesian port city of Merak, the Jakarta Globe reported Sunday.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2011 21:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police suspects groups provoked students to rampage in Makassar Indonesia's South Sulawesi police department on Friday said that it suspects that 'certain groups' provoked students to rampage against law enforcement during the Makassar riot, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Protests @ 10 December 2010 22:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Bromo eruptions slowing down Indonesia's Mount Bromo has had increased volcanic activity since early November, prompting government officials to issue the highest volcano alert status, but experts say its beginning to calm down.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 November 2010 18:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia raises alert status for Mount Bromo Indonesia's Mount Bromo has had increased volcanic activity, prompting government officials to raise its alert status.

Posted in General @ 23 November 2010 18:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi death toll reaches 273, eruptions easing down Indonesia's Mount Merapi death toll has increased to 273 after long weeks of constant eruptions, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 November 2010 16:20 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Indonesia keeps stock exchange closed Indonesia closed its stock exchange for the second day to halt a flurry of selling that sent the main stock index plummeting more than 20 percent this week, while Asian trading ended mixed. Stock exchange president Erry Firmansyah said it will remain closed to give investors a chance to "calm down before they make decisions."

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2008 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong 7.5-magnitude quake hits Western Sumatra A strong 7.5-magnitude quake struck Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, triggering mass panic here and sparking tsunami alerts locally and in Thailand, officials and residents said. There were no immediate reports of damage. The US Geological Survey said the undersea quake struck at 3:08 pm (0808 GMT) some 312 kilometres west-southwest of the North Sumatra capital Medan, at a depth of 34 kilometres.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 February 2008 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


When life is made impossible Together we are sitting below a blue plastic cover that is used as roof for a bed and some personal possessions. That is all that Kudasi has left. Together we look back at the earthquake that struck some one and a half year ago first. It caused the death of several thousand people and tens of thousands ended up in the same situation as he is in now. He was lucky then, in Parangtritis, a village at the southern beach directly south of the city of Yogyakarta, damage was limited. Now however he became one of the victims, but not from an earthquake. It were the 'new colonials' as he describes it. It is a commonly used term to represent a government that is pushing it's own ideas forward not listening to the people they ought to represent.

Posted in Culture @ 04 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quakes boost seismic activities in Sumatra The 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Bengkulu province of Sumatra Island last week has triggered the rise of seismic activities of three volcanoes in the area, but they all still calm now, the Indonesian Volcanology and Mitigation Center said on Monday. The earthquake with the epicenter located in waters off western Sumatra was followed by a string of tremors with magnitudes ranging from four to more than seven. Scores of tsunami warning were issued.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 September 2007 16:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There she is, the Indonesian Playboy However I have been asked for it several times before, I didn't own my very own Indonesian version of the very well-known magazine for the male part of the population. Until today, because I happen to run into a brand new one today, partially hidden behind other well-known names like FHM, Cosmo and Maxim. Directly I picked the dark-colored cover with gold-colored print from the top shelf. The beautifully thick glossy cover has been sealed in a thin plastic cover; if you want to see inside you first have to pay 50.000 Rupiah for it. Free is not for Playboy, you can pick any other magazine with a more 'modest' cover; a women just as pretty as the one in Playboy, but then wearing a Jilbab to cover her long black hair.

Posted in General @ 30 June 2007 00:00 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


Relatives of missing aircraft's passengers busy seeking information A number of relatives of passengers of the missing Adam Air aircraft were on Monday busy seeking information on the whereabouts of the ill-fated aircraft which lost contact with air control in Makassar at 14:07 while on its way to Manado, North Sulewesi, from Surabaya, East Java. Reports from Manado said a number of people related to passsengers on the missing plane came to Sam Ratulangi Airport on Monday evening to enquire about the aircraft`s whereabouts at the Adam Air ticket sales counter.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns of possible terrorist attacks in Indonesia Americans and other Westerners in Indonesia should remain alert to the possibility of militant attacks over the Christmas and New Year period, the U.S. embassy in Jakarta said on Monday. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has in recent years been hit by a series of bomb blasts blamed on Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 December 2006 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks to take immediate steps in Poso Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked security chief ministry to take immediate steps to prevent the security in Central Sulawesi province from deteriorating. The president demanded the contribution of all concerned parties in the province on the maintaining of peace.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 18 October 2006 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Calmer after Indonesia executions Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:32 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 to execute three for racial rage Three death row prisoners convicted of leading a Christian militia in bloody violence against Muslims in Indonesia will be executed tomorrow, police said, announcing beefed-up security to head off any unrest. International rights groups, including Amnesty International, have argued that the trials were unfair and called for further investigations, while Pope Benedict XVI has appealed for clemency, but police said it would go ahead.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 20 September 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudflow scatters villagers in East Java Three weeks of an unceasing, foul- smelling mudflow from a gas well accident have uprooted more locals in Porong district of East Java province and forced them to shelter in cramped markets, schools and government offices. On Sunday, more than 3,800 residents from the four worst-hit villages near Sidoarjo were staying at newly built Pasar Baru Porong market, which was scheduled to begin operation in July. Others are camped out in school buildings, offices and local mosques, local newspaper the Jakarta Post daily reported on Monday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 June 2006 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia lowers alert level at Merapi volcano An Indonesian state agency monitoring Mount Merapi has lowered the volcano's alert status after a decrease in emissions, officials at the vulcanology centre said on Tuesday. Merapi in central Java, near the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the Pacific "Ring of Fire". It has threatened a major eruption for weeks, forcing evacuation of thousands from its slopes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2006 15:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spiritual keeper prays to calm volcano A spiritual keeper in Indonesia is performing a mystical ritual to calm the 'angry' volcano, Mount Merapi. The volcano has been rumbling for weeks and scientists say it can erupt anytime. Eighty-year-old Maridjan has taken a long and silent walk through the smoke-filled mountain.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 May 2006 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gas clouds shoot down Mount Merapi volcano Clouds of deadly ash, rock fragments and hot gas surged down Mount Merapi's slopes Monday as activity intensified to the highest level since the volcano rumbled back to life weeks ago. One eruption sent an avalanche of debris and ash rolling more than 2 miles down the mountain's western flank, said Ratdomopurbo, the region's chief vulcanologist. It was followed by several other huge explosions.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 12:49 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


Tourists, locals marvel at might of Merapi Foreign tourists and locals alike have been marvelling at the spectacular sight of Indonesia's simmering Mount Merapi spewing smoke as experts monitor it for signs of imminent eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2006 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


SBY: Freeport Papua mine closure not an option The Indonesian government won't consider a unilateral closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s (FCS) massive Grasberg mine in Papua despite allegations of poor environmental management at the facility, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Monday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 April 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Police asks Playboy to stop publishing Indonesian police asked Playboy magazine on Thursday to stop publishing its local edition in the capital out of fears it could inflame Muslim anger, police and the magazine said. Ponti Carolus, the director of Playboy's publishing company, said the magazine would think about the request. "Give us 24 hours and we will let you know our decision," he told reporters at city police headquarters after meeting the police chief. "We are very glad to have input from the Jakarta police. It was quite wise."

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 April 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


No reprieve for Poso 3, officials say Prosecutors insisted Sunday the death sentence for three men convicted for their role in the sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, would be carried out soon despite mounting calls for a stay of execution. Central Sulawesi Prosecutor's Office head M. Jahja Sibe said technical difficulties were holding up the execution of Fabianus Tibo, 60, Marinus Riwu, 54, and Dominggus da Silva, 43, three Christians who were convicted of masterminding a series of attacks on Muslims in Poso in 2000.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ousting demons to usher in new year It has been unnervingly quiet on the tourism front in Bali of late - many have been laid off or put on part-time - giving the Balinese more time at home, more time to just be ... Balinese.

Posted in Culture @ 02 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rakyat Merdeka publishes, and removes, cartoons The simmering controversy over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a number of European media as well as a local newspaper's website ignited protests here Friday. In Jakarta, hundreds of members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI) held a protest against Rakyat Merdeka online on Friday after the website ran the cartoons -- showing the image of the Prophet, which is forbidden in Islam -- earlier this week.

Posted in Protests @ 04 February 2006 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia police tell churches to dig bomb holes Police have ordered churches in the Indonesian city of Solo to dig holes to throw away suspicious objects that might be bombs, a newspaper said on Friday, amid fears of Christmas-related attacks. Police across the world's most populous Muslim country have been stepping up security measures ahead of the year-end holidays to avoid a repeat of 2000 Christmas Eve bombings of churches in several Indonesian cities which killed 19 people.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Living on a fault line A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be?

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims to guard churches during Christmas Volunteers from Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation will guard churches across the world's most populous Muslim nation on Christmas amid fears of terrorist attacks. Jakarta police have said they will boost security in the capital ahead of Christmas to avoid a repeat of 2000 Christmas Eve bombings on churches in several Indonesian cities, including the country's capital.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Back to Bali: Bombs, cocktails and surfers I managed to hop over to Bali for a few days last week in order to both soothe my metro madness and also to see how the old island was faring after the recent bombings. Lion Air did the honors for about Rp 900,000 return, which is pretty good value, I guess, although anyone hovering around the six-foot-tall mark will have a few comfort issues to deal with when trying to squeeze into their cattle-class seats. After 90 minutes with my knees around my chin we touched down at Ngurah Rai airport in the rain and a taxi whisked me down to Legian.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police identify men in schoolgirl beheadings Police have identified suspects behind the recent beheadings of three schoolgirls in a sectarian violence-plagued area of central Indonesia, local media reports said Friday. Authorities refused to release the suspects' names but said the investigation into the beheadings of the teenagers in Poso district, Central Sulawesi province, was moving forward.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 04 November 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Claims of bird flu cover-up in Indonesia The Indonesian government has been accused of covering up a bird flu epidemic in its poultry industry for nearly two years. The Washington Post newspaper says Indonesian health experts believe bird flu first broke out in the country on commercial poultry farms. The virus spread to chickens raised in back yards across Indonesia and then began to infect humans, killing at least three people since July.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 October 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 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


Bird flu kills two young girls in Jakarta A bird flu outbreak that has killed at least four people in Indonesia could quickly turn into an epidemic, the health minister warned, as another two children with symptoms of the disease died Wednesday. The government scrambled to calm public fears after the deaths of the two girls, ages 5 and 2.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 17:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Govt: 'Bird flu outbreak an epidemic' Indonesia has described an outbreak of bird flu in its capital Jakarta as an epidemic after a five-year-old girl suspected of having the virus died. Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said sporadic human cases of bird flu had surfaced in recent months in and around parts of Jakarta, home to 12 million people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Krakatoa volcano sparks tsunami panic Many residents of Indonesia's Sumatra island fled to higher ground before dawn on Tuesday after rumours that a notorious volcano had erupted sending a tsunami hurtling towards the coast, local media reported. The panic was prompted by reports that Mount Anak Krakatoa, a volcano off Lampung province's southern coast between Sumatra and Java islands, had erupted, national news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 May 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Mandiri Bank executives named in corruption probe Prosecutors investigating a graft case reportedly involving 1.3 billion dollars in loans from Indonesia's largest lender have named three state-bank executives as suspects. Bank Mandiri's president ECW Neloe, vice president I Wayan Pugeg and corporate banking director Sholeh Tasripan were Wednesday declared suspects in the corruption case, the attorney general's spokesman Suhandoyo told AFP.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's volcanoes subside despite Java quakes Indonesian scientists are monitoring nine volcanoes after a string of moderate earthquakes caused rumbles on Java island. Two quakes recorded on Friday morning, of magnitude five and six respectively, rattled western parts of Java near Bandung city. Java is Indonesia's most populous island.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Ba'ashir found guilty of Bali bomb plot Fiery Muslim preacher Abu Bakar Bashir was found guilty of an "evil conspiracy" to commit the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings by an Indonesian court on Thursday and sentenced to two and a half years in jail. But the court found the 66-year-old cleric not guilty of involvement in the 2003 bombing of the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono wins, but second-round vote likely Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won Indonesia's presidential race with 33.2% of the vote, but the General Election Commission believes millions of ballots may be invalid. Election officials ordered a national vote recount after early results showed "tens of millions" of votes might have been spoiled in Monday’s inaugural presidential elections.

Posted in Elections @ 06 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple rises in an immense dark stone pyramid from a fertile volcanic plain, a spiritual monument at the centre of a battle over tourism and commerce.

Posted in Culture @ 10 June 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian jailed for child sex hangs himself An Australian hanged himself in his prison cell in Indonesia's Bali island, a day after being jailed for 13 years for paedophile offences, police said. The body of William Stuart Brown, 52, will be taken from the eastern town of Amlapura to the island's capital Denpasar for an autopsy, said Bali police spokeswoman Andi Arwita. She said an initial police examination indicated the death was suicide.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Govt replaces Maluku police chief after bloody Muslim-Christian battles The police chief of Indonesia's Maluku province has been replaced following week-long Muslim-Christian battles in which 38 people were killed and hundreds of buildings were torched. Brigadier General Bambang Sutrisno has been shifted to a new assignment at police headquarters in Jakarta, national police spokesman Paiman announced on local radio. He did not link the transfer directly to the violence.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 04 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More paramilitaries sent to troubled Ambon, toll rises to 38 Another 100 paramilitary police have been sent to the troubled Indonesian city of Ambon as the death toll from a week of violence between Christian separatists and Muslims rose to 38. An 18-year-old man shot in the head by a sniper on Wednesday died from his wounds overnight at the Al Fatah hospital, a doctor there said. Authorities had on Saturday said that 37 people had died in a renewal of clashes which killed 5,000 over three years until a pact was signed in February 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 02 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


13 hurt as explosions rock Ambon At least 13 people were injured as gun-fire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon early today after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas — Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 01 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More injured as shots, explosions heard in Ambon At least 13 people have been injured as gunfire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas -- Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldiers, police clash in South Sulawesi A soldier and a policeman were wounded on Thursday in shoot-outs between troops and police in the town of Palopo, Luwu regency, South Sulawesi, officials and residents said. The clash erupted briefly near the Luwu Police station at around 9:30 a.m., and ended after Army commanders arrived at the scene. However, officials could not say who had started firing first, as the investigation was still underway.

Posted in Violence @ 05 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mob burns down courthouse after priest sentenced Thousands of local residents set ablaze a district courthouse on Flores Island on Saturday, shortly after a judge declared guilty a local Catholic leader in a defamation case. The angry mob also set fire to several buildings belonging to the Larantuka Prosecutor's Office. No fatalities were reported in the incident. The incident began when thousands of residents of Larantuka, the capital of the predominantly Catholic East Flores regency, attended a trial against Father Frans Amanuen, a local charismatic priest.

Posted in Violence @ 16 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso calm as more troops arrive Calm returned on Monday to Poso regency, Central Sulawesi, after around 300 paramilitary police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel arrived in the religiously divided town. Residents in the attack-hit villages of Saatu, Pantangolemba and Pinedapa resumed their daily activities. No further violence was reported after Sunday's dawn attacks there by masked gunmen, who killed at least nine people.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 14 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One eviction, thousands homeless More than 1,000 people became homeless in a forced eviction on Thursday at a 15-hectare plot of land in Tanjung Duren Selatan subdistrict, West Jakarta. The eviction caused massive traffic jams along the Jakarta-Tangerang toll road, Jl. S. Parman and roads surrounding Mal Taman Anggrek as "illegal" occupants blocked the access to their neighborhood by burning tires on the toll road and feeder roads.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free concert to boost peace ends in riot A free rock music concert meant to promote peace and social harmony ended abruptly with rioting and police warning shots, reports said Sunday. At least six people were reportedly injured. Veteran rocker Iwan Fals, whose regime baiting songs were banned by former dictator Suharto, tried to calm the 100,000-strong crowd with a nationalist anthem as people began throwing stones and bottles in the sports stadium where the show was being staged.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb injures 11 at Sukarno-Hatta Airport A bomb ripped through a crowded terminal at Jakarta's main airport Sunday, wounding 11 people and sending hundreds of passengers fleeing from the building. One of the wounded was seriously injured in the explosion, which occurred between a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and a ticket counter for Indonesia's national carrier, Garuda. It sent shards of broken window glass flying and tossed rows of chairs across the terminal.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 April 2003 00:01 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


Indonesia on heightened alert Indonesia has heightened security nationwide amid fresh threats of terror attacks on key economic infrastructures following the Bali bombing tragedy, police have said. The increased security alert comes as intelligence reports point to further terrorist activity after the October 12 night of horror in Bali where more than 180 people were killed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police, students clash Police used tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to quell a student demonstration that sought the disbanding of the former ruling party whose chairman was convicted of corruption. About 300 protesters, some with Molotov cocktails, fought with security forces outside a Golkar Party office in the capital, Jakarta. The fighting spread to a nearby university campus.

Posted in Violence @ 10 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian student protesters besiege parliament Scores of Indonesian students laid siege to parliament on Tuesday, breaking through the gates before running into police barriers, in a protest against moves by some legislators to block key constitutional changes. The students were among 5,000 protesting at moves by smaller factions in the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) to halt the revisions, including setting a mechanism for direct election of the president and vice president from 2004. Indonesian presidents are currently appointed by the MPR, the nation's top legislature.

Posted in Protests @ 07 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamzah: Stop panic-buying food Indonesian Vice President Hamzah Haz on Monday called on the people to stay calm and restrain themselves from panic-buying for fear of the scarcity of basic necessities.

Posted in General @ 04 February 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three years ago, a petty dispute between a local and two migrants in the Ambon capital of Maluku degenerated into a full-scale sectarian riot which up to this year has killed 9,000 people and forced more than 500,000 people out of their homes.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 23 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur suspends MPR, DPR President Abdurrahman Wahid suspended the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) just after 1 a.m. on Monday, only hours before it was due to start an impeachment process. The President also froze Golkar, the former ruling party during the Soeharto years and now rank second largest after the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan).

Posted in Politics @ 23 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Every country has its myths, legends and folklore that embellish cultures and in many instances draw people together towards a mutual experience and understanding of life's lessons. Indonesia, it seems, has more than its fair share of these intriguing tales. All parts of the country, large or small, urban or rural, near or far, have tales often from times long past that form part of the culture. Some of these tales are more fanciful than others, featuring outlandish escapades and creatures from fantasy worlds but most, (if not all), have some message or lesson that is as relevant to our modern world as it was when the stories first occurred or were first invented.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One killed in Pasuruan as unrest continues One person was killed and four others injured in a fierce clash between people claiming to be President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters and security officers in tense Pasuruan on Wednesday, while another group of people ransacked and torched a Muhammadiyah senior high school in neighboring Situbondo. However, in general the situation remained under control in East Java, the stronghold of Abdurrahman, contrary to people's belief that on Tuesday more people would take to the streets to protest the House of Representative's (DPR) plenary session in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 31 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top security alert imposed, violence flares up in E. Java As police called for a top security alert throughout the country amid the heightened tension between members of the political elite, riots hit several towns of East Java province on Monday when thousands of self-proclaimed supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid rampaged at public facilities, schools and offices of opposing political parties.

Posted in Violence @ 29 May 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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