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Police: Terrorists planned to bomb Danish embassy Suspected terrorists had planned to explode Royal Danish Embassy in Kuningan, South Jakarta, using a car-bomb, National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said on Thursday. Bambang said the embassy was targeted in retaliation of the globally criticized publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoon by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005, Bambang said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 July 2010 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Indonesia passes broad anti-pornography bill Shouts of "Thank you, God!" erupted inside the Indonesian Parliament building Thursday after lawmakers passed anti-pornography legislation, bringing to an end nearly 10 years of debate.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2008 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 30 reactions


Indonesia: 'Dutch anti-Islam film can disturb interfaith harmony' Indonesia on Friday warned a Dutch lawmaker not to release an anti-Islam film which could destroy interfaith harmony, the country foreign ministry said here. Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who heads the Freedom Party, will release his short film this month, which he says will depict the Koran as a 'fascist book', despite mounting protests and disagreement from the Dutch government.

Posted in Religion @ 14 March 2008 11:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 16 reactions


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Indonesia calls for more talks between Islam, West Only through dialogue can stereotypes such as Westerners regarding Islam as "a breeding ground for terrorists" and Muslims seeing the West as "deficient in morals" be removed, an Indonesian minister said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda told a conference on Islam and Europe that such inaccurate, sweeping generalisations existed in both communities because media and other sources failed to present the complete picture of those cultures.

Posted in Religion @ 23 November 2006 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to get its own Playboy A toned-down edition of Playboy will go on sale Friday in mostly Muslim Indonesia, defying protests from Islamic leaders who have called on the government to ban the magazine, publishers said. The magazine does not feature nude women, and its photos of female models are no more risque than those in other magazines already for sale in the country, according to an Associated Press photographer who saw an advance copy.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 21 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Review cooperation with Canberra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a review of Indonesia's cooperation with Australia, as a row over Canberra's decision to accept asylum seekers from Papua deepens. 'Relations between Indonesia and Australia are entering a difficult time, full of challenges,' he said yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fears cartoon could damage Australia - Indonesia relationship There are concerns that a cartoon in the Weekend Australian newspaper will damage the relationship between the Australian and Indonesian governments. The cartoon depicts an Indonesian man as a canine copulating with a West Papuan. A similar cartoon making fun of the prime minister John Howard and the foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer appeared in an Indonesian newpaper in recent days.

Posted in Politics @ 02 April 2006 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Muslims rally demanding US pull out of Iraq, Afghanistan Thousands of Muslims rallied in front of the tightly guarded U.S. Embassy in Indonesia yesterday, demanding American troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan and calling U.S. President George W. Bush a terrorist. The protesters, many of whom were from the hardline group Hizbut Tharir, were kept well away from the mission, which is ringed by two concrete walls and barbed wire. Some 2,000 police stood watch and two water cannons stood by, but the rally ended peacefully.

Posted in Protests @ 06 March 2006 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Activists to continue 'surveying' foreigners Twenty-seven Muslim activists, who were released by police in Bandung on Saturday after being detained for "disturbing" foreign nationals during a protest, vowed to continue with their actions. The activists said they would continue distributing questionnaires to foreign nationals to gauge their opinions of the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted in Protests @ 26 February 2006 16:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim protestors pelt US Embassy About 400 hardline Muslim protestors attacked the US Embassy in Jakarta with rocks, tomatoes and eggs, claiming that the United States was on a mission to destroy Islam. In speeches, members of the Islamic Defenders Front, a Muslim vigilante group, said that US President George W. Bush had supported the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in European newspapers.

Posted in Protests @ 19 February 2006 10:58 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


Indonesia says reaction to prophet drawings 'out of proportion' Indonesia's Foreign Minister said on Wednesday that radical groups around the world were exploiting public Islamic anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and the reaction was now ``out of proportion.'' As scattered protests continued in the country, police said they were questioning two editors at a local news magazine that reprinted several of the caricatures to accompany a story on the uproar generated by them.

Posted in General @ 09 February 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Denmark advises citizens to leave Indonesia amid protests Denmark advised its citizens to leave Indonesia on Tuesday as anger over the drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in Western newspapers spread across the world's most populous Muslim nation, the ambassador said. "The Foreign Ministry recommends that Danes already in Indonesia leave and that those interested in coming postpone their plans," said Geert Aagaard Anderson, Denmark's ambassador to Indonesia, who said there was little security in place to protect his citizens.

Posted in Protests @ 07 February 2006 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Police fire warning shots at protesters outside US consulate Police fired warning shots outside the US consulate here to disperse protesters who earlier smashed windows at the Danish consulate, an Agence France-Presse photographer said. About 200 members of the hardline Front of the Defenders of Islam (FPI) protested cartoons portraying the Prophet Mohammed at the building that houses the Danish consulate before the group moved to the US mission.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2006 18:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans new cartoons protest Thousands of Muslim protesters are scheduled to march on the Danish Embassy in Indonesia to protest against drawings of the prophet Mohammed that have ignited Islamic anger around the world. "We will condemn the publications of the cartoons," said Dedi Supriyadi, from the Justice and Prosperity Party, the Islamist political party organising the protest.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Govt condemns publication of prophet's caricatures Indonesia, which has the biggest Muslim population in the world, Saturday condemned the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad by a Danish newspaper late last year and their reprint in several Western European countries recently. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, leader of 212 million people, said the publication of the caricatures clearly showed insensitivity towards the views and faiths of other religions.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 February 2006 10:42 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


Every day now onwards since the busy way project has launched in Jakarta the media has been following it like Tom and Jerry cartoons. The media has not left any single incident happened unheard, from ever the busway has launched like long queues, drivers protest, accident s, and small incidents which make them look big in paper and television. Why are they doing this? Do they want to prove that that this transportation would be of no use in the city? And if this is the prime objective of them itís a sign of pessimism of these characters in a developing country like Indonesia. But instead they should stand united to support a project that is for the middle class and the poor who are the 60% population of their own country.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nationwide campaign for election system begins President Megawati Soekarnoputri launched on Monday a joint nationwide campaign with the General Elections Commission (KPU) to introduce the new electoral system to ensure the success of the 2004 general elections. Saying that the country would hold its first ever direct presidential election in 2004, Megawati said it was important for the information dissemination process to begin as early as possible.

Posted in Elections @ 28 October 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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