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500 Indonesians overstaying in Saudi Arabia flown home About 500 Indonesians overstaying in Saudi Arabia were flown to Jakarta on Saturday. Head of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) for Saudi Arabia Sherief Rachmat confirmed about 500 of the 7,800 "overstayers" in Jawazat Tarhil Sumaysi, Saudi Arabia, left for home at noon.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2013 20:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 4.6 million elderly in Indonesia prone to be neglected Some 4.6 million out of 18 million elderly people in Indonesia are prone to be neglected, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 28 May 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Elderly hajj pilgrims must be prioritized' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the relevant agencies to give priority to elderly would-be hajj pilgrims.

Posted in Religion @ 12 April 2012 09:17 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


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese hold ceremony for Mount Batur volcano Thousands of devout Balinese Hindus converged at Bali's Mt. Batur on Sunday, December 5, 2010, to participate in two sacred ceremonies dedicated to preventing a cataclysmic explosion of the still active volcano.

Posted in Religion @ 12 December 2010 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boys work as prostitute to pleasure older woman Virtually everything that has been forbidden by various gods in Indonesia, is still being donw. And it's not just only the stereotype - elderly - white man that is looking for a fresh green leaf. The short story below is proof of that and originated from a front page of a regional newspaper in Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 December 2010 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


HIV/AIDS infections increase dramatically in Bali Radar Bali puts the current number of people suffering from HIV/AIDS in Bali at around 7,000 people, a 75% increase from the 4,000 victims counted just four years before in 2006. The official count is put at 3,659 people according to confirmed cases recorded since 1987. The actual number of cases, now put at 7,000, reflects the "hidden" number of sufferers believed to be living in Bali. In 2010, a total of 421 new HIV/AIDS cases were recorded in Bali with 54 deaths attributed to the disease.

Posted in Health @ 03 October 2010 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


238,400,000 Indonesians ... and counting The head of the department of Demographics at the Faculty of Economy at Universitas Indonesia, Sonny Harry B. Harmadi has said that the most recent estimation of the total number of Indonesians at the end of 2010 stands at 238.4 million. This number has been calculated based on a population growth of 1.26 per cent a year.

Posted in General @ 10 August 2010 06:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of grandpa retrieved from Bunderan HI pond The police in Central Jakarta has found a body of an elderly man in the pond of the monument on Bunderan HI. The body was found around half past eight in the morning by officers that were arranging the heavy rush hour traffic at the location. The body floated in the pond for hours at one of the most busy routes in downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 June 2010 05:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #8: Indonesian female police Who thinks that Indonesian police are only elderly smoking, overweight, males are wrong. Because of the war on corruption in Indonesia, joining the police is not just paying a lump sum of money anymore. This makes it possible for average Indonesians to joing the police, a true representation of the Indonesian society with as results the pictures below.

Posted in Sexy @ 19 December 2009 05:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Bali tourists robbed by airport staff Staff at the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the resort island of Bali again have found a way to extort money for unknowing tourist that are leaving for home. This time it's fake tax duties that are filling up pockets of crooked employees at the airport. Where Indonesia does not see internet as a way to advertise, Australians know how this works and use email to tell others their story.

Posted in Crime @ 26 October 2009 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Maluku Residents of Saumlaki, and some other cities in the Maluku archipelago panicked and alarmed their traditional alarms when a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck their area at 23:40 local time (GMT+9) last evening. Residents fled their houses and sounded the alarm to indicate to others that they had to flee to a safe place told Mouthy Siwabessy, a resident of Saumlaki.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 October 2009 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rabies vaccines out of stock at Bali's main hospital Bali's ongoing struggle to fight the current rabies epidemic is being complicated by the lack of rabies vaccine at Bali's Sanglah General Hospital. As reported by Berita Bali.com, the drug store on the hospital's premises has posted a sign in its window announcing that rabies vaccine are "out of stock" .

Posted in Health @ 27 September 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No elderly and children on pilgrimage, will Indonesia follow? Health ministers in the Arab world have decided not to allow elderly, children and ill from going on the Muslim pilgrimage later this year. It is a preventive measure to stop the spread of the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus that has killed some 900 people worldwide since March this year. The virus is easy to spread, but does not kill at a high rate.

Posted in Religion @ 23 July 2009 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pickpocketed at the Busway It was about to happen of course. But for the first time in ten years Indonesia it happened on a place where I could expect it the most. On the Jakarta Busway. It was a rush hour trip from Halte Bunderan HI to terminal Blok M. I traveled during rush hour because I had a scheduled birthday to attend in southern Jakarta at seven. I would not make it, but that was less of a problem.

Posted in Culture @ 28 June 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overcrowded buses in Jakarta Overloaded they are and it is not just only on 'Halte Harmoni' where the situation is not really clear. There are even bigger exchange stops. One of the largest might just be 'Halte Senen', a little more to the north. This stop is situated directly at one of the corners of a busy intersection, directly under a fly-over. This is also the meeting point of a number of routes and transferring here is made difficult by hundreds of people that are finding their way here. That is not the only thing however what makes it a mess here.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic hard-liners break up religious tolerance rally A peaceful rally for religious tolerance was broken up earlier on Sunday afternoon by Islamic hard-liners from the radical FPI (Islamic Defender Front) when they beat other demonstrators with bamboo sticks and calling for the deaths of members of a Muslim sect they consider heretical, witnesses said.

Posted in Violence @ 01 June 2008 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 28 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


Floods hit Semarang city Floods have flooded dozens of homes in the city of Semarang. Heavy rain that hit the area since yesterday afternoon until yesterday evening was the cause of these floods which were mixed with mud as well. The flood originated from the Kaligarang river, which was already at a high level because of the heavy rainfall. The worst flood occurred in the sub-sub-district of Sukorejo in sub-district Gunungpati. Floodwaters here reached up to one meter. A part of the residents, mainly elderly and children, had to evacuate themselves to a mosque.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2008 10:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto develops possible deadly blood infection Ailing former dictator Suharto has developed sepsis, a potentially deadly blood infection, and the 86-year-old's heart became unstable Tuesday, his medical team said. Sepsis, characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state caused by infection, can progress to blood circulatory dysfunction and eventually death. It is considered especially dangerous for the elderly or patients in critical condition and can lead to septic shock, which has a fatality rate of more than 60 percent.

Posted in General @ 15 January 2008 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Already 23 dead from floods in Ngawi district Already 23 residents from the district of Ngawi, eastern Java, have died as a result of the flooding of the Bengawan Solo river since a few days back. The regional disaster team in the district of Ngawi has said that most of the deceased were elderly. They probably died because they got sick soon after their houses were flooded by waters from the Bengawan Solo.

Posted in Flooding @ 02 January 2008 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 09 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More saved, hundreds missing after Indonesia ferry sinks More survivors from an Indonesian ferry sinking were brought ashore early on Monday, but hundreds were still missing and victims' bodies were scattered along beaches stretching for many miles of Java's coastline. By late Sunday Indonesian rescuers had found nearly 180 survivors from the ferry that went down in stormy seas around midnight on Friday with close to 700 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2007 09:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Quake in North Sumatra kills 7, injures 100 A moderate earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 100 early Monday, spreading panic across a large swath of the Indonesian island worst hit by the 2004 Asian tsunami, witnesses and officials said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 December 2006 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between earthquakes and tsunami's The news of the heavy earthquake off the southern coast of Java came in unexpected, as usually the case with earthquakes. Initially BMG (the Weather and Geology office) reported a 6.8 magnitude quake almost 300 kilometers south of the central Javanese city of Bandung. That means the quake occurred at sea, at only a depth of around 33 kilometers. That's 'good' enough to cause a tsunami as well, and so it happened. A several meters high wave struck many parts of the southern coast of the entire island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS wants women-only cars in railway law The Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has proposed that the railway law require every train provide a women-only car to prevent sexual harassment of female passengers. A member of the special committee on the railway law from the PKS faction, Abdul Hakim, said Friday that the measure was needed because of the "inhumane conditions" of most train cars, especially in the greater Jakarta area.

Posted in General @ 16 July 2006 15:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake victims put ghost fears to rest More than 120 earthquake survivors have cast aside their fear of spirits and built makeshift tents over tombstones in a small Indonesian cemetery in the badly-hit Bantul region. With tarpaulin stretched overhead and rugs thrown over graves, the survivors have managed to get sleep and escape nightly rain since the Saturday quake. Some even set up cooking equipment over larger, grander headstones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 16:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake survivors wait patiently for help Muddin gently tries to lift his injured two-year-old daughter from the hospital trolley she shares with her injured mother and five-year-old brother. The half-naked little girl is hot and crying. Iksanu Khoirun Nisa wants her father, but the drip in her arm -- held in place by a piece of cardboard and bandage -- and her splinted leg makes it difficult, so instead he fans her with an old box.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 17:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake death toll at 5,427 International relief efforts picked up on Tuesday for survivors of a weekend earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island, with over a score of countries now involved. Planes carrying vital supplies from abroad reached the stricken region, while the airport at the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta re-opened to commercial traffic despite a heavily damaged terminal.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hopes wane for Java quake survivors Rescuers said Tuesday that hopes were waning of finding more survivors from a devastating earthquake that killed more than 5,400 people in central Indonesia. The bleak assessment from the head of Malyasia's rescue team came as homeless survivors living in rice fields and makeshift shacks begged for food and water.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful quake in Java kills over 3,500 Desperate relatives searched rubble for survivors Saturday after a powerful earthquake flattened nearly all the buildings in this rice-farming town while residents slept, killing more than 3,500 people on Indonesia's densely populated Java island. The magnitude-6.3 quake wounded thousands more and was the nation's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. It also triggered fears that a rumbling volcano nearby would erupt.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers return to slopes of Merapi despite threat Mount Merapi belched out massive clouds of black smoke and lava flows scorched fresh scars in its slopes, but many villagers ignored warnings of a major eruption and returned home to tend animals and crops. Even as the volcano's activity increased, scores of curious onlookers traveled by motorcycle, car and foot to its slopes, eager to see from a safe distance the mountain's awesome power.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 May 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi Volcano alert prompts mandatory evacuations Indonesian scientists have raised the alert status for the Mount Merapi volcano to its highest level, prompting mandatory evacuation of residents living near the mountain. Merapi, a 2,968-meter (9,738-foot) volcano near Yogyakarta city on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java, has spewed pyroclastic flows since 8:30 a.m. local time today, Subandrio, head of the Mount Merapi observatory at the Volcano Development and Research Center, said in a telephone interview today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 May 2006 08:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano chasers move in as locals flee rumbling Merapi On the steaming slopes of Indonesia's mount Merapi, villagers fleeing their paddy fields pass tourists on the way up. The 2 914m volcano has been rumbling for more than three weeks and started oozing lava this month, prompting scientists to warn the pressure cooker could soon start spewing molten rock and clouds of gas and dust.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 May 2006 19:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Myths and mysticism that surround Merapi Discussion on Mt. Merapi volcano, expected imminently to erupt, would be considered incomplete unless it included the myths and mysticism that surround it. Reaching magnificently up to the sky on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, the 2,968-meter volcano is believed, by the traditional Javanese communities that live in its vicinity, to be a sacred place.

Posted in Culture @ 12 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lava spills into valley Lava flowed on Friday from Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, which experts say could erupt at anytime, threatening thousands of people in the country's central Java heartland. Several thousand people have moved away from Gunung Merapi -or Fiery Mountain- which has been simmering for weeks, but officials put the total number of residents on and near the country's most active volcano at around 14,000.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 May 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


5,000 evacuated, first lava oozes from Mount Merapi More than 5,000 Indonesians have fled their homes around simmering Mount Merapi, officials said Thursday, as the first lava flow oozed from the volcano. Lava spilled at 2:00 am local time from a new lava dome that has grown on top of Mount Merapi, which has been on stand-by alert for three weeks, said Muzani from Yogyakarta's vulcanology office. "The lava flowed for about 200 metres (yards)," he told AFP.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 May 2006 06:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Villagers asked to leave as volcanic debris begins pouring Many residents decided to leave as soft volcanic debris has begun pouring a village at the slope of the Merapi Volcano, whose location is in the border areas between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces. The dust rain on Thursday in Ngargomulyo village, Magelang regency, Central Java, changed the attitude of many residents living there, who had been initially reluctant to leave their houses for temporary shelters, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers stay on rumbling volcano's slopes Thousands of villagers are ignoring government warnings of an approaching eruption and staying put in their homes on the slopes of IndonesiaĎs rumbling Mount Merapi, officials said on Monday. The volcano, which claimed more than 60 lives 1994 and 1,300 in a 1930 eruption, has been spewing thick smoke for nearly a week. Vulcanologists say it may erupt at the end of the month, but many villagers fear losing property and livestock if they go.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 April 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano center: Red code status just a matter of time Hundreds of people have evacuated from areas closest to Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, following days of pressure from officials who warned the volcano could erupt within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, Sri Rejeki, an expert with Yogyakarta's Volcano Development and Research Center, said her institution would soon raise the alert status into red code -- the highest level of volcano activity.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2006 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


120 Indonesian pilgrims have died on haj At least 120 Indonesians have died, mostly of illness, during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, the state Antara news agency said Tuesday. Eleven died while performing the central rite of the haj in the plain of Arafat on Monday, Antara said, citing data from the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Most of the dead were elderly pilgrims.

Posted in General @ 10 January 2006 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


'200 feared dead' in Cijeruk landslide Landslides triggered by monsoon rains have killed or left missing more than 250 people on Indonesia's Java island, most of them in a single village buried beneath tons of mud and rocks early Wednesday, officials said. Most residents of Cijeruk were at home either sleeping or performing early morning Muslim prayers when the landslide tumbled down from a nearby mountain, local government official Supriyanto told The Associated Press.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 08:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Torrent too strong to fight: Survivor Screams and tears were all that marked the evacuation of flood survivors on Tuesday from their village in Rambipuji district, which had been isolated after a bridge connecting it with the outer world was shattered by the raging water and mud. But at last it was a cry of relief as the survivors escaped from the seclusion that had tormented them since the flashflood swept their village on Sunday night.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jember rescue efforts hampered Salimah, a woman at her 40s, looked pale. Her clothes blackened with mud, the frail villager has not had food for two days. "Unless food aid is dispatched into our area soon, the death toll, especially among the children, will rise," she told Antara. Salimah was one of 110 Panti district residents still isolated on Tuesday after flash floods swept through three districts in Jember regency East Java, killing at least 63 people.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fights, frustration mar fuel cash handouts It was billed as a way to cushion the blow for Indonesia's poorest of the poor. But efforts to compensate 15.5 million families with cash to offset steep hikes in fuel prices have instead triggered violence. Angry mobs have trashed homes of local officials. Old people have died standing in queues and a woman committed suicide after hearing she was not poor enough to qualify.

Posted in General @ 26 October 2005 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Disease fear as Indonesia battles devastation Indonesian soldiers and volunteers are searching for bodies in treetops and laying dead babies in fish crates, trying to clean up before disease could spread after a tsunami killed 4,500 people. Many of the dead were youngsters and elderly who drowned in waters churning with huge rocks, logs and the remnants of homes uprooted by earthquake-triggered waves that slammed into Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra island on Sunday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods kill at least 9 in Indonesia Torrential rain in Indonesia's East Java province caused widespread flooding and killed at least nine people, the provincial governor said Sunday. Hundreds of homes were damaged during three days of heavy rains that began Wednesday in heavily populated East Java, said Gov. Imam Utomo. "The floods reached up to chest level," Utomo said. "Seven victims died swept away by the waters. Two elderly people died because of shock and exhaustion." The rain stopped late Saturday and water levels began to recede, Utomo said.

Posted in Weather @ 05 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa rules hit fragile tourist industry A week ago all the 50 waterfront rooms in Lombok's swish Oberoi Hotel were empty. And with a raft of new visa regulations for Indonesia-bound tourists taking effect from the start of this month, the hotel's manager, John Halpin, reckons the island's tourism future looks as bleak as it ever has. Since the new visa policy was introduced, tourists and tourism operators have been complaining that the changes forcing most travellers to get visas will further discourage visitors already spooked by security warnings.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Several Indonesia Islamic schools preach hard line Crowded around the dusty courtyard of a conservative Islamic boarding school in Indonesia's East Java province, the 20 fresh-faced students hang on their fiery principal's every word. It was God who gave permission for the bomb blasts that tore apart two nightclubs on Bali island a year ago killing 202 people, said Zakaria, calling the bars a sinful "hell" on earth. Some of the suspected bombers were his friends and taught here at the al-Islam school, added the bearded preacher, before steering the conversation to his hatred toward the United States.

Posted in Religion @ 07 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pager set at seven, being paged at 6:18 and 6:49, being picked up at 7:30. Itís not an easy life when you are on holiday, as you may have read before. But having the ultimate first and last chance to celebrate Indonesiaís 58th Independence Day in Indonesia, is a chance that I would definately not want to pass. Since a few days Iím able to drive the bebek (motorbike for two persons) myself, so I donít need to rent one, as I only did one time before in my life. No, itís much more fun doing it all yourself, though it was late again last night, watching some women having a nice game of billiards.

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


Prosecutors seek death for key Bali bomb suspect Indonesian prosecutors on Monday urged a court to impose the death penalty on a young Muslim militant for playing a lead role in the Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mainly foreigners partying in nightclubs. The sentencing demand for Imam Samudra is the second sought for more than 30 Indonesian Muslim militants arrested for the October 12 attacks.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomber: 'I knew Bin Laden well' A man who has confessed to being one of those who carried out last year's bomb attacks in Bali admitted yesterday having known Osama bin Laden, but said the al-Qaida chief played no part in attacking the Indonesian resort. Ali Ghufron, known as Mukhlas, was giving evidence for the prosecution at the trial in Jakarta of Abu Bakar Ba'aysir, the alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the group held responsible for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people last October.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cannibal on trial A man who has reportedly confessed he engaged in cannibalism to obtain supernatural powers went on trial on Thursday in Indonesiaís Central Java province. Prosecutors charged Sumanto, dubbed by newspapers the Hannibal Lecter of Indonesia, with stealing a body and destroying a grave. Defence lawyers said Sumanto's action was not a crime under existing law.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boat sinks off Ambon; upto 65 die Some 70 people were feared to have drowned after an overloaded boat carrying more than 200 passengers sank in eastern Indonesia, officials said yesterday. The Masohi Star went down on Sunday night after travelling just 500 metres from the shore of Ambon Island, said Lieutenant-Colonel Marten Luther Djari, an adviser to the provincial governor.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


American Claims Abuse in Indonesia An American nurse said Tuesday she was struck in the jaw and stomach and a British colleague was threatened with a knife by Indonesian soldiers who arrested them. Joy Lee Sadler contacted The Associated Press from the police station where she is being held in the violence-torn Aceh province of western Indonesia.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 25 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


287 dengue fever cases recorded Jakarta The Jakarta's Crisis Monitoring Center announced on Friday that there have been 287 cases of dengue fever in the capital, with the highest number in the Palmerah subdistrict, where there have been 20 reported cases since January 2 this year, Antara reported. The elderly and others over 46 years old, suffered the most with 192 cases, health officials said.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 22 February 2002 00:05 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


Mount Merapi erupts, but nearby residents unmoved The 2,968-meter high Mount Merapi erupted at dawn on Saturday and continued spewing hot clouds of steam and fine ash throughout the day, but residents were undeterred despite the high alert warning announced by the government. The latest discharge of hot cloud took place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 February 2001 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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