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Jokowi inaugurated as Indonesia`s new president Indonesia officially declared Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and M. Jusuf Kalla as its new president and vice president, respectively on Monday. The declaration was made following their swearing in as the countrys new leaders for the 2015-2019 term in a plenary meeting of the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR) broadcast live by various national television stations.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2014 20:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hatta Rajasa continues his silence Hatta Rajasa, the running mate of Prabowo Subianto, continued to remain silent until Thursday following Prabowos declaration to reject the July 9 presidential election and withdraw from the remaining election process two days ago.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 16:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party`s senior politician against coalition decision A senior Golkar Party politician, Ginandjar Kartasasmita, has expressed his disagreement with the party chiefs decision to participate in the permanent coalition established by parties supporting the Prabowo-Hatta pair.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Permanent coalition declared to back Prabowo-Hatta A number of political parties supporting the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa pair in the July 9 presidential election have declared a permanent coalition here on Monday to show their commitment to building a solid unity in parliament.

Posted in Politics @ 14 July 2014 21:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo`s wealth reported at more than rp1 trillion Indonesian presidential and vice presidential candidates disclosed details of their wealth here on Tuesday as required by the law for their participation in the election scheduled on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 01 July 2014 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Biggest red light area in Indonesia permanently closed Dolly, Indonesias biggest red light area located in Surabaya city, East Java province, was permanently closed on Wednesday night (June 18).

Posted in Culture @ 19 June 2014 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo-Hatta pair ready for honest, peaceful election The Prabowo-Hatta presidential and vice presidential candidate pair have expressed their readiness to ensure an honest and peaceful election by avoiding acts that can be detrimental to the people of Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 04 June 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants all parties to be merry during campaigns Presidential candidate Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has expressed hope that all parties will be merry during the presidential election campaigns between June 4 and July 5, 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 04 June 2014 18:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'60 percent of Golkar cadres support Jusuf Kalla' A senior politician from the Golkar Party, Fahmi Idris, is predicting that 60 percent of the party cadres will support Jusuf Kalla in the presidential election on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 31 May 2014 00:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi using unpaid volunteers to campaign for him Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo alias Jokowi, as he is popularly called, claimed he is using unpaid volunteers to support his bid for president in the election scheduled on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 30 May 2014 00:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party supports Prabowo as presidential candidate Golkar Party, the runner up in the April 9 legislative elections, finally declared its support for Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa as the presidential and vice presidential candidates on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 19 May 2014 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta calls for diplomatic solution to South China Sea conflict Indonesia calls for all parties involved in the South China Sea conflict to refrain from conducting violent acts and prioritize a diplomatic solution, according to Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministrys press statement received here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 16 May 2014 16:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI commander warns against disrupting stability Defense Forces (TNI) Commander General Moeldoko warned here on Monday against disrupting national stability during the general elections this year, citing the consequences.

Posted in Military @ 24 March 2014 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Islamic parties have possibility to coalesce Islam-based political parties in Indonesia have the possibility to join forces in the presidential race next July, according to a political party chairman. "It is possible for Islam-based political parties to coalesce," General Chairman of the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP) Suryadharma Ali said here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2014 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree on island construction project The governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands have reached an agreement on the five islands construction project near the Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya (East Java), for building the proposed industrial area.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 December 2013 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry accredits 2,300 journalists for APEC Summit 2013 RI`s Ministry of Communication and Informatics has accredited 2,300 journalists around the world to cover APEC Summit 2013 in Bali, from October 1 to 8.

Posted in General @ 06 September 2013 20:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tougher immigration policy against illegal asylum seekers The Australian government has put into effect a stricter immigration policy to prevent more asylum seekers from entering the country illegally, according to Australian ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2013 20:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hanura names Wiranto presidential candidate The People`s Conscience Party (Hanura) officially named Wiranto and Hary Tanoesoedibjo as its presidential and vice presidential candidate pair-up for the 2014 presidential race here on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 02 July 2013 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO: 'Batur`s caldera part of global geopark network' The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the caldera area of Mt Batur located in Kintamani district, Bali, as part of Global Geopark Network (GGN), a ministry official said here Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 04 October 2012 23:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta gubernatorial poll on September 20 set as holiday Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi has issued a decree stipulating that the second round of Jakarta gubernatorial election on September 20 as a holiday.

Posted in Elections @ 14 September 2012 01:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No need to worry about Leopard purchase plan' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesians need not worry about the government`s plan to purchase leopard tanks from Germany because the tanks would only be used for defense purposes.

Posted in Military @ 10 July 2012 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


All parties in Aceh asked to conduct peaceful elections Chief Security Minister Djoko Suyanto has called on all parties in Aceh to create peace in connection with the regional elections scheduled on April 9.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2012 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto ready to be re-nominated for presidential candidate The General Chairman of the People`s Conscience Party (Hanura), Wiranto, expressed his readiness to be re-nominated as a presidential candidate for the election in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 23 December 2011 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected rebels kill police officer in Indonesia's Papua An Indonesian police officer died on Monday morning after being injured in an attack by suspected separatist rebels in the country's restive Papua region last week, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 December 2011 00:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia supports Palestine as UNESCO full member Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh said Indonesia joined supporting Palestine for UNESCO`s full membership in the UN General Assembly in France from October 25.

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


Yudhoyono asked G20  not to forget initial goal At the recent G20 summit in France, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had told world leaders not forget the initial goal of the group`s formation despite the current economic crisis in the Euro zone.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2011 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys more troops to Papua amid unrest The government of Indonesia on Tuesday deployed hundreds of troops to Papua where tensions remain high amid protesting Freeport workers and renewed manifestations by separatist groups.

Posted in Protests @ 25 October 2011 18:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief shot dead at airport in Indonesia's Papua A local police chief was attacked by two men and then killed at an airport in Indonesia's restive Papua province on Monday, police said. Separatist rebels were blamed by police.

Posted in Crime @ 24 October 2011 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Vietnam sign joint naval agreement The governments of Indonesia and Vietnam on Wednesday agreed to set up a joint sea patrol as several Asian nations continue to fight for the control of disputed waters.

Posted in Military @ 14 September 2011 17:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawsuit for Lion Air by passenger with wheelchair A handicapped traveler has filed a lawsuit against Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air for alleged discriminatory treatment he suffered on a recent flight between Jakarta and Bali. Lion Air has yet to publicly comment on the suit.

Posted in Travel @ 08 July 2011 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and S. Korea sign maritime and fishery agreement The governments of Indonesia and South Korea on Wednesday agreed to increase their maritime and fisheries cooperation, officials said.

Posted in Economy @ 07 July 2011 02:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono not running for third term in 2014 Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday announced that neither he nor a member of his family would run for the 2014 presidency.

Posted in Politics @ 09 June 2011 15:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to host 2012 D-8 ministerial meeting Indonesia on Wednesday was appointed as host of the third Developing-8 (D-8) Ministerial Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in 2012.

Posted in Politics @ 18 May 2011 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Murderer and corruptor Tommy Suharto starts own party Former president Suharto’s youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra or Tommy, is ready to declare his new political party, the National Republic Party, in June this year. Lt. Gen Edi Waluyo, a party initiator, said Friday that he and some other party initiators had already begun preparing the party’s officials in regions.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2011 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police chief resigns after criticism over sex scandal An Indonesian police chief on Tuesday resigned after being criticized over a sex scandal involving three of his subordinates and a female detainee in Papua province, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 March 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi's mudflow forces hundreds to escape Severe flooding from Mount Merapi's cold volcanic mud in Indonesia's Yogyakarta has prompted government officials to declare state of emergency, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 November 2010 19:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Shark sanctuary declared in eastern Indonesia Misool Eco Resort and Shark Savers on Tuesday announced that a Shark Sanctuary has been declared for the entire 17,760 square miles of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, located in the eastern region of the country. Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, the Regent of Raja Ampat, made this historic declaration, demonstrating leadership in marine conservation.

Posted in Environment @ 17 November 2010 01:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo Island drops to 17th place in voting Komodo Island has slipped to the 17th place in the race for a place among the world’s new seven wonders of nature. Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said Sunday concerns about security in the country might have caused the decline.

Posted in Environment @ 21 December 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali declared a rabies infected area Beritabali.com reports that Bali has been declared as a rabies contaminated region. This declaration follows the growing number of outbreak of the disease in Badung, Denpasar and Tabanan. The remaining six regencies of the island have been designated potential areas for the spread of rabies.

Posted in Health @ 13 September 2009 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Democratic Party to announce Yudhoyono's running mate The Democratic Party (PD) is to announce the running mate of its presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bandung, West Java, early next week, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported Friday quoting a PD executive as saying. Andi Malarangeng, the PD's associate chairman for human resources, said here Friday the announcement of Yudhoyono's running mate for the upcoming July presidential election would be made in Bandung.

Posted in Politics @ 09 May 2009 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian election campaigns kicks off Political parties started to campaign on Monday to get people support in direct legislative election on April 9 and presidential election on July 8. The political parties gathered here in the capital of Jakarta vowing to conduct a peaceful campaign, amid the concern that clashes among supporters of political parties may occur. The 21-day campaign will end on April 5.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2009 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National Action Committee Papua demands independence from Indonesia As much as 300 people, gathered in the National People's Action Committee of West Papua (Komite Aksi Nasional Rakyat Papua Barat or just KANRPB) held a demonstration at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Jakarta yesterday. They demanded independence for West Papua during their demonstration. Earlier they also held an action at the State Palace a few kilometers to the north.

Posted in Protests @ 03 December 2008 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 'regrets' Timor atrocities President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has endorsed a truth commission report stating his country was to blame for gross human rights abuses against the Timorese in 1999. But he has stopped short of a formal apology and rejected prosecuting those responsible.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 July 2008 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TSA: Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport now rated 'safe' On October 7, 2007, The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have that Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is once again considered to be compliant with the strict aviation safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The announcement reverses a December 23, 2005, declaration by the TSA stating the Bali airport fell below minimum safety standards that resulted in cautionary warnings to that effect being prominently posted at major airports across the U.S.A..

Posted in Tourism @ 15 October 2007 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


189 countries to take part in climate change conference in Bali About 189 countries have said they will participate in the climate change conference which will be held in Bali, Indonesia from 3 to 15 December. This information was released by Minister of Environment Rahmat Witoelar on Monday. The minister told that some countries would send their prime ministers; over 120 ministers will be present at the conference which will be attended by more than 10,000 representatives.

Posted in Environment @ 09 October 2007 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A third of Borneo to be conserved, new declaration passed An historic declaration to conserve the "Heart of Borneo" was officially signed today between the three Bornean governments - Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The tri-country declaration will conserve and sustainably manage one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. The Heart of Borneo is an area of equatorial rainforest larger than Kansas, covering nearly a third of the island.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


War on poverty declared, but hopes not high The president of Indonesia has a very hard job. Being the first directly elected head of state of a country comprised of some 17,000 islands inhabited by the world's fourth largest population, broken down into literally hundreds of distinct languages and cultures, all further divided by five officially recognized religions, of which Islam, currently the world's most controversial, forms the vast majority, requires a juggling act of extraordinary dexterity. Include the dozens of political parties and the fine judgements that have to be made to accommodate all their special interests and it looks like a juggling act done on a high wire.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


International forum for Islamic parliaments to be held in Indonesia An International Forum for Islamic Parliaments (IFIP) meeting attending by Moslem members of parliament from 28 countries will be held in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, on January 18 to 21. A declaration on peaceful reform for a better future would be issued by the participants at the final session of the meeting, Antara news agency quoted steering committee chairman Irwan Prayitno as saying here on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 10 January 2007 03:19 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


Couple told to support boy they adopted in Indonesia The Irish-Azerbaijani couple who adopted a two-month-old Indonesian boy in 2001, and two years later handed him over to an orphanage, have been ordered by the High Court in Dublin to support him until he reaches 18. Carol Coulter, Legal Affairs Correspondent, reports.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 February 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Indonesia needs 15 years to be corruption-free President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia needed at least 15 years to create a public life which is really free from corruptive practices. The president made the remark in a meeting with 500 Indonesian nationals at the auditorium of the Indonesian embassy in Busan, South Korea, on Sunday.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 November 2005 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Dutch make historical gesture: foreign minister to independence day Of all the anniversaries marking the end of World War II, one of the most difficult for the Netherlands is the ragged conclusion of the war in Indonesia, the former Dutch colony that declared itself a sovereign nation 60 years ago this month. For the first time, the Dutch government is sending a Cabinet-level official, Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, to Jakarta to join the Aug. 17 Independence Day celebrations - a deliberate yet grudging move meant to paper over a longstanding historical dispute.

Posted in Politics @ 04 August 2005 14:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 19 reactions


Asia-Africa leaders pay nostalgic Indonesian visit Leaders of nations from South Africa to North Korea came to this former Dutch colonial hill station on Sunday to honor political pioneers who set the stage for the Non-Aligned Movement 50 years ago. Arriving from Jakarta in a fleet of jetliners, leaders and representatives of some 100 countries retraced the steps taken by the heads of 29 Asian and African governments who met here in 1955 to seek a path apart from the Soviet and U.S. sides of the Cold War divide.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian-African summit opens in Indonesia The summit of Asian and African leaders, which will adopt a strategic partnership declaration that will be aimed at strengthening cooperation among countries of the two continents, began in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia-Africa Summit aims at new cooperation After 50 years of suspension since the Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung in April 1955, nearly 60 leaders of Asian-African countries are expected to gather in Jakarta from next week to rebuild a bridge and structure for strengthening political and economic cooperation between the two continents.

Posted in Politics @ 17 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gears up for Asia-Africa summit Indonesia is gearing up for an Asian-African Summit later this month, expected to include 55 heads of state and boost cooperation between the two continents. Minister of Foreign Affairs Hassan Wirajuda said foreign affairs ministers from Asia and Africa have already drafted a declaration on strategic partnership that will be signed by heads of state or government during the summit, set for April 22-23 in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 05 April 2005 00:03 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


Hamzah: PPP not set on Islamic state United Development Party (PPP) leader Hamzah Haz asserted on Saturday his party did not want to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state. "The first principle (of Pancasila is belief in) one God, which is a declaration that Indonesia is a religious nation," he told thousands of supporters during a campaign rally at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties strive to meet deadline All 24 parties contesting this April's polls managed to submit their revised candidature documents on Monday to the General Elections Commission (KPU), but only thanks to the commission's leniency. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Social Democratic Labor Party (PBSD), the Indonesian Unity Party (PSI), the United Democratic Nationhood Party (PPDK), and the Democratic Party only managed to get their documents in between five and 10 minutes after the 4 p.m. deadline.

Posted in Elections @ 20 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta sends crack troops to Aceh The Indonesian military (TNI) has escalated its security crackdown on rebels of the Free Aceh Movement with the dispatch on Christmas of three battalions of the newly-formed elite Raiders Unit to the troubled province. The crack troops - each Raider is touted to be equivalent to three normal soldiers because of the improved training and weaponry - will be tasked with hunting down leaders of the separatist movement who have waged an insurrection against Jakarta rule for the last three decades.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests 50 Papuan separatists Indonesian police have arrested 50 people in the eastern-most province of Papua after they took part in a ceremony to raise a separatist flag. Police say the men were arrested when they raised the flag of the West Melanesia state at two separate locations. Today marks the sixth anniversary of the declaration of the state of West Melanesia by separatist leader, Michael Kareth.

Posted in Violence @ 29 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia shelves Papua division after deadly clashes The Indonesian government on Wednesday decided to shelve plans to split easternmost Papua province into three after three days of street clashes involving supporters and opponents of the move left three people dead. ``Based on political and administrative considerations, the division of Papua province ... has been put off and (Papua) will be kept in the status quo,'' top security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a press conference.

Posted in Violence @ 28 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian forces kill 7 Aceh separatists Indonesian forces killed seven separatists of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) Tuesday, July 1, in several gunfights, as the country’s human rights investigators were verifying reports of new mass graves in the turbulent region. Government troops also arrested 13 separatists and seized 15 time bombs and seven grenades, spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Yani Basuki said, arguing there were no air strikes against GAM posts on Tuesday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia press gloomy on Aceh Indonesian newspapers are broadly pessimistic about the impact of martial law in Aceh province, with some deploring the decision and others seeing it as the least worst option.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What intrigues me about the 'old Indonesia' is the Dutch part. Maybe because I'm Dutch myself, but mainly because there is fairly little I know about it actually. If I think about how little information I got in school over the years I actually was in school. I wrote about this earlier, and about the facts that the Dutch maybe aren't proud of what they did in the Far East. But now the other side, there is no denying that the Dutch actually have been in Indonesia if it only were for that they left behind in buildings only.

Posted in History @ 04 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on raising of Papuan flag Indonesian authorities have arrested 13 Papuans and banned flag-raising ceremonies ahead of planned celebrations marking the province's national day, police said yesterday. "If there are any demonstrations we will break them up," said Lieutenant-Colonel Andus Sihombing, a police spokesman in Papua. "If they are determined to mark the day we will act."

Posted in General @ 29 November 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11 injured by grenade in crowd Eleven people were injured when a hand grenade was thrown into a crowd gathering to celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day, in the troubled province of Aceh, police said. Police said none of the injuries was serious. The blast occurred on a soccer field about an hour before the morning ceremony was due to begin, police said. Rebels in Aceh - on the northern tip of Sumatra - have been fighting for independence since 1976.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Major celebrations are underway in the Netherlands to commemorate the Dutch East India Company's (VOC) 400th anniversary this year. This commemoration is especially targeted at Holland's younger generation, to instill a sense of pride in their history. However, nations that have suffered under colonialism, such as Indonesia, would surely have a different perspective on the VOC, the trading company with political and military power.

Posted in History @ 14 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


I was recently asked to address a conference in Seoul, Korea, organized around the theme of developing a culture of peace. Naturally, it fell to me to present an Islamic perspective on developing a culture of peace. My response was to explain that if we want to understand what Islam has to teach us about civilization, society and relations between communities, it is important that we consider the broad range of its rich intellectual heritage.

Posted in Religion @ 11 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Special session starts today Leaders of the People's Consultative Assembly have decided to accelerate impeachment proceedings against the President by convening a plenary session on Saturday morning to decide whether the special session to seek a presidential accountability can begin immediately. Should the Assembly plenary session be approved, the President may have to present his all-important accountability speech on Monday, which, if he fails to do or is rejected, could see him ousted within days.

Posted in Politics @ 21 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur told to avoid state of emergency Ministers and security authorities expressed hopes on Wednesday that embattled President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid would not declare a state of emergency, as a last resort, to survive his political life. Coordinating Minister for Political, Social and Security Affairs Agum Gumelar said he was working hard to avoid national disintegration and any declaration of a state of emergency.

Posted in Politics @ 28 June 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI, Police braced for state of emergency The Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police increased their alert status on Friday in anticipation of a possible imposition of a state of emergency. TNI chief Adm. Widodo AS summoned military top brass for a crisis meeting at TNI headquarters in East Jakarta, hours before the holding of a Cabinet meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 26 May 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati urged to quit post, open way for general election Given the continued struggle between the President and the House of Representatives, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri should leave the government to open the way for a general election, noted economist Sjahrir said on Thursday. "The political elite, both in the executive and legislative branches, are no longer concerned with the suffering of the people, and the President faces possible impeachment for his alleged involvement in two financial scandals," Sjahrir said after the declaration of the Alliance of New Indonesia (PIB) here.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's return to tough measures to squash separatist movements in outlying provinces will only strengthen the rebels' cause and bring more bloodshed to the violence-plagued nation. Analysts warn that the shift from a reconciliatory stance to the use of force also marks the rising influence of hardliners and staunch nationalists in the political elite over President Abdurrahman Wahid's beleaguered government.

Posted in Politics @ 12 December 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 people killed during Aceh rebel anniversary At least 15 people, including anIndonesian marine, were killed during anniversary of the separatist movement in the restive province of Aceh. Monday marked the 24th anniversary of a declaration of nationhood by the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), marked by residents in natural resource rich province with prayers and the raising of thousands of rebel flags.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President talks tough on separatists President Abdurrahman Wahid warned here on Thursday that anyattempt to break away from the republic would be dealt with "accordingly". "Paying close attention to developments in several regions in Indonesia, I would like to convey that (people) should not attempt to proclaim independence from the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia as what has been planned in Irian Jaya or Aceh," Abdurrahman said in a nationally televised address.

Posted in Human rights @ 30 November 2000 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police gear up for Irian rally Hundreds of security personnel paraded throughthe main streets of Jayapura, the capital city of Irian Jaya province on Thursday as a show of force ahead of a mass rally on Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the 1961 declaration of independence. The parade of security personnel, comprising members of the police, Army,Marines and Navy special forces along with two armored vehicles received a cold shoulder from most of the residents.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trisakti marks 35th anniversary Trisakti University marked its 35th anniversary here with anoration by Prof. K.G.P.H. Haryomataram in front of the university's senate on Wednesday. The oration, titled "Upholding Human Rights in a Comprehensive and Consistent Way in a Bid to Strengthen the Nation's Unity", stressed the importance of exercising political and civil rights that were neglected during past regimes.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 November 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Acehnese formulate 7-point declaration Some 100,000 people gathered in Banda Aceh on Tuesday to hear the reading of a seven-point declaration demanding the Indonesian government restore the sovereignty of Aceh as a free and separate nation. The declaration, read by Muhammad Nazar of the Information Center for an Aceh Referendum, the organizer of the Mass Gathering for Peace, also demanded Indonesian military forces immediately be withdrawn from Aceh, theIndonesian government be held accountable for atrocities in the area and the affairs of all sectors in Aceh be normalized.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saludin, a newly hired driver for Coca-Cola in Jakarta, was waiting in his car in the underground parking lot of Jakarta's stock exchange when a bomb exploded last Wednesday. "There was a loud bang and the windows of my car were shattered," the 27-year-old Indonesian recalls. "There were flames everywhere." Saludin jumped out of the front window of the Mitsubishi Galant. The second-floor basement was filling up with black smoke, but he followed signs leading toward the exit ramp. He made it to the first floor and collapsed—"my lungs were full of smoke, and my heart felt it would explode from my chest." Rescue workers found him on the ground, bleeding from the ears and half-conscious, and carried him out to safety.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government 'to get tough with Papuans' President Abdurrahman Wahid and Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Adm. Widodo A.S. have pledged to take stern measures against the Irianese for declaring independence, House of Representatives Speaker Akbar Tandjung said on Sunday. Speaking during a visit to Pangkalpinang, South Sumatra, Akbar said the House would support every means sought by the government to maintain the state's unity, Antara reported.

Posted in Violence @ 05 June 2000 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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