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President: 'No mercy for drug dealers' President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo insisted that the government will not pardon heavy drug dealers sentenced to death by the court. "This crime warrants no forgiveness," Jokowi said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 December 2014 21:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto: 'Time for Indonesians to make changes' It is time for Indonesia to move towards becoming a progressive nation under the guidance of an ethical leader, noted Peoples Conscience (Hanura) party leader Wiranto.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong winds damage 46 houses in Central Java About 46 houses in the Cilacap area were damaged due to strong winds on Friday afternoon, the chief of Cilacaps Disaster Mitigation Office, Supriyanto, said here on Saturday.

Posted in Weather @ 01 February 2014 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR rescues Merapi landslide victims The Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Boyolali Regency, Central Java successfully rescued two climbers from Yogyakarta who were caught in landslides in Pasar Bubar, on the slope of Mount Merapi.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 January 2014 19:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Train services disrupted because of floods Train services in Jakarta have been disrupted since yesterday because of the continuing floods that hit the capital area. Tanah Abang train station in downtown Jakarta has been flooded and can not be used for train services at the moment. The station has been closed down completely.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2014 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Do not let radicalism grow' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said radicalism and extreme ideas must not be allowed to grow in Indonesia because they would only disrupt current peaceful and harmonious relations between different religious followers.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UI plans to build unmanned vessels to help rescue team The state University of Indonesia (UI) is studying cooperation with the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) to build a prototype of unmanned vessels to be used by search and rescue (SAR) teams.

Posted in General @ 29 November 2013 11:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra's fire hot spots increases to 227 The number of hot spots from forest and plantation fires across Sumatra increased from 118 to 227 on Sunday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 June 2013 12:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam, Singapore shrouded in haze coming from Sumatra`s fires Thick smog haze has covered Batam and Singapore on Thursday, significantly reducing the visibility and causing eye irritation. The three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading spiked to 321 in Singapore, Simon D.I. Soekarno of the Indonesian embassy in Singapore told Antara on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau extremely susceptible to drug trafficking The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) on Wednesday stated that Riau was extremely susceptible to international drug trafficking and might grow as an entry point of drug smuggling.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 June 2013 15:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapan: 'Extreme weather conditions occurring in Indonesia' Indonesia`s National Aviation and Space Board (Lapan) said people may experience extreme weather conditions until mid-January as Indonesia`s skies continue to be covered by thick clouds.

Posted in Weather @ 09 January 2013 14:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency prioritizes corruption prevention efforts The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is currently focusing on efforts to prevent corruption in Indonesia by running anti-corruption campaigns in cooperation with various institutions of the country, according to KPK Chief Abraham Samad.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 December 2012 17:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG warns of high waves in Arafura Sea The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) office in Ambon has warned Aru Islands residents to be on the alert for three-metre-high waves from the Arafura Sea, which are likely to hit the district's coasts between October 31 and November 5.

Posted in Weather @ 30 October 2012 23:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali’s wet season due in October Bali Daily reports that the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) is signaling that Bali’s rainy season commence in October.The BMKG is sending the additional warning that residents in Bali should be on the alert for the potential of landslides, floods and whirlwinds.

Posted in Weather @ 24 September 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High urbanization levels in cities can boost crime rate High urbanization can lead to an increase in the crime rate of big cities like Jakarta, sociologist Musni Umar of the National University said on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 22 August 2012 19:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two tourists drown, 2 missing at Palabuhanratu beach Two local tourists have died and two others are missing, and are expected to have drowned at sea while visiting the Palabuhanratu beach of Sukabumi in West Java during the Idul Fitr holiday, a rescuer said on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 August 2012 19:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mukomuko braced for powerful earthquake The Mukomuko district of Bengkulu province is likely to have a powerful earthquake and a devastating tsunami any moment, according to Mukomuko district head Ichwan Yunus.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 June 2012 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Complete investigation into Sukhoi crash could take a year The Head of the National Committee of Transportation Safety (KNKT)`s Investigation Field, Masruri, said it would take about 12 months to complete a thorough investigation into the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) plane crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 May 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs step up patrol to prevent sand smuggling Customs officers from Riau Islands province are increasing patrols to prevent sand smuggling to Singapore.

Posted in Crime @ 06 February 2012 02:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight Indonesian fishermen missing off West Sumatra Eight fishermen were reported missing on Tuesday after their fishing boat was hit by a strong storm off the western Indonesian coast of Sumatra, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 December 2011 02:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


100 passengers of capsized boat in Maluku safe As many as 100 passengers of KM Acu that capsized in Teluk Gasa waters in the district of Maluku Tenggara Barat (MTB) on Wednesday (21/12) afternoon were found safe and had now been evacuated to a beach there.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 December 2011 03:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Netherlands apologizes for Rawagede tragedy The Netherlands through its ambassador in Jakarta, Tjeerd de Zwaan, here on Friday apologized for a Dutch military operation in Rawagede village in 1947 that killed numerous civilian locals.

Posted in History @ 10 December 2011 09:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Adhi Karya to build 100-floor tower in Jakarta After the rights issue in the first semester of 2012, PT Adhi Karya Tbk (ADHI) planned to build a 100-floor tower in Jakarta, Minister of State Companies Dahlan Iskan said at his office on Monday night.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2011 02:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter goes missing during search for crashed plane An Indonesian Army helicopter carrying five people went missing on Saturday while searching for a small plane which crashed in Indonesia's Papua region a day earlier, local media reported on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 September 2011 05:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


7 people survive over 3 weeks in sea after boat capsizes Over 3 weeks after their boat capsized in the south coast of West Java, Indonesia, seven people were able to survive until a passing ship spotted and rescued them, local media reported Tuesday, adding that five others remained missing.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 June 2011 02:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie suspend cattle exports over slaughterhouse cruelty The Australian livestock export industry on Monday said it would be suspending the supply of live cattle to three Indonesian slaughterhouses, after a documentary broadcast on national TV showed extreme animal cruelty.

Posted in Crime @ 30 May 2011 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two villages affected by flashfloods in East Java Two villages on Wednesday were affected and many houses inundated by flash floods in East Java, Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 April 2011 23:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


13 people killed in flash floods in Papua, Indonesia The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Friday informed that thirteen people have been killed in the flash floods that affected Papua, Indonesia.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 April 2011 17:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash floods leave nine dead, 21 missing in northern Sumatra Indonesian authorities on Friday informed that flash floods in northern Sumatra have killed nine people and left 21 missing, the Antara news agency reported. Since Wednesday, incessant heavy rains have struck a mountainous area in Tangse sub district, Pidie District in Aceh Province.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 March 2011 22:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 475 houses submerged by flooding in Bali At least 475 houses on Wednesday were submerged due to the severe flooding that hit the Indonesian province of Bali, the Antara news agency reported. Three villages, Tinga-Tinga, Celukan Bawang, and Pengulon, were struck by heavy rains in Bali from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning. The villages are located in Buleleng district.

Posted in Flooding @ 23 February 2011 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran tiger population less than 30 in Way Kambas park Indonesia's critically endangered Sumatran tiger's population has reduced to less than 30 in the Way Kambas National Park, local media reported Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 19 January 2011 08:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares 2 million ha of land for food security The government has prepared two million hectares of land to bolster the nation’s food security progam in the face of extreme weather and skyrocketing food prices. Agriculture Minister Suswono said on Saturday that the land would located be outside Java Island, in Merauke, Papua.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2011 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood and landslides hit northern Bali Severe weather has brought a range of extreme weather phenomenon to Bali in mid-December 2010. Higher-than-normal winds and wave conditions are blamed for sporadic closings of the ferry crossing between Java and Bali. Meanwhile, heavy rains, flooding, hail storms, lightning strikes and landslides have been experienced in various parts of the island.

Posted in Weather @ 22 December 2010 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The naughty hand of minister-idiot Tifatul Sembiring Once more, the biggest munafik created a buzz around his very own pathetic little person as Minister of Information of the Indonesian Republic, Tifatul Sembiring. How he did it this time? Well, it's quite simple; as self-proclaimed 'good muslem' - member of the radical Islamic PKS party that has an hidden agenda of founding an Islamic state in Indonesia and Southeast Asia - he shook the hand of a female person that was not his own wife.

Posted in Religion @ 10 November 2010 12:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Refugee camps full, people forced to sleep in trucks The ever increasing number of refugees caused by the erupting Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java is causing refugee shelters in the district of Magelang to be flooded with refugees. Most of them are now forced to just stay near one of the shelters instead of finding shelter inside one of them.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 November 2010 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 34 after Merapi eruptions The death toll has risen to at least 34 following Mount Merapi’s latest eruption, officials said Thursday. According to hospital medics, 33 bodies had been under the supervision of Dr. Sardjito Hospital, while one other in Panti Nugroho Slemen Hospital.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 October 2010 05:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian rains to continue all year Unseasonally heavy rains will continue across Indonesia for the rest of this year, officials from the country's state weather agency said on Wednesday, after rains have damaged crops, hampered miners and boosted inflation.

Posted in Weather @ 15 August 2010 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six hours of traffic jam in Puncak The main road through the Puncak area in West Java had to handle extreme volumes of vehicles yesterday, caused by Indonesians that wanted to celebrate their holiday. The travelers got stuck, as is not uncommon in this area, on the sole main road through the mountains. This time the traffic jam reached a length of six hours and reached as far as Taman Safari Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Paying taxes not for Batam Because of the relative closeness of the free world - everything is relative - that is called Singapore, you will find all kind of products on Batam up for the grabs. Of course you should make sure that you are buying the real stuff, but generally spoken you will, but without the hefty import duties Indonesia puts on luxury imported goods.

Posted in Economy @ 17 June 2010 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Semarang to construct levee along coastline The city council of Semarang has decided to construct a levee along it's northern coast to prevent the city from flooding with extremely high tides or strong winds. This news was announced by the new mayor of the city, Soemarmo. He said that a group of South-Korean experts was currently visiting Indonesia to make estimations.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2010 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8.3 million hectares of Riau rainforest 'disappeared' The destruction of the tropical rain forest in Riau is just stunning. Of the 9.2 million hectares of rain forest existing in 1982, even before the provinces of Riau and Riau Islands were formed, only some 860.000 hectares is left now. In just 28 years some 8.3 million hectares has vanished completely.

Posted in Environment @ 14 May 2010 12:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta blast caused by meteorite? Police and astronomers are investigating Thursday’s blast from a falling object that damaged three homes in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, which witnesses claim was a meteorite strike. Police ruled out earlier speculation that the incident was a gas canister exploding.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 May 2010 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie forgets his own mess and talks Century Aburizal Bakrie seems to be very eager to move on and leave his own muddy 'history' behind him. The chairman of the Golkar Party has said that the scandal around Bank Century should be completely clear for the public. He seems to forget that his own mud flow near Sidoarjo is covering up large parts of that district for almost four years now.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 January 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It is really quiet in the rice fields If you have already made the trip to the rice fields you will notice that it is extremely quiet here when you take a break yourself. Some people are most likely working somewhere nearby, but they are only producing sounds that are not overstemming more natural sounds, as long as they don't use a chainsaw to cut down an old coconut-tree that is.

Posted in Travel @ 11 December 2009 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Science in the land where gods reign Iyan Nurmansyah, living in Oxford in the United Kingdom wrote an opinion on the website of The Jakarta post last week. I will just copy the reaction below. He seems to point at the exact problems Indonesia is facing; corruption, religion and ignorant people. Speaks for itself I suppose.

Posted in Religion @ 18 October 2009 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Big money is the 'boss' in Bali NusaBali carries the story that the closure of at least four entertainment and accommodation venues by the Badung regency's enforcement agency (Satpol PP) is being criticized as an example of "selective enforcement of the rules." The four closed businesses in the Kuta area - The Wave, Holiday Colada, Wild Catz and Sara Residence are threatening to re-open unless the rules are enforced in a more even-handed fashion.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 October 2009 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Java quake survivors in dire need of shelter As relief efforts are ramped up following the West Sumatra earthquake on 30 September, aid groups have warned that thousands of survivors of an earlier quake on the Indonesian island of Java are facing health risks unless they receive adequate shelter.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 October 2009 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air MD90 skids of runway on Lombok airport An MD90 plane with flight number GT 652 which belongs to Lion Air skidded off the runway at the Selaparang airport on the island of Lombok. The plane had just arrived from Jakarta when it skidded over the runway. Based on information the pilot should have turned the plane at the end of runway 09, but did this earlier on the runway. The airport was closed for 3.5 hours and two other flights had to wait for their departure.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 June 2009 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali police chief 'needs to' enforce new anti-pornography law While Bali's Governor has condemned the recently passed anti-pornography law as opposed to Balinese culture and therefore unenforceable in his province, the Bali Chief of Police Inspector General Teuku Ashikin Husein told the press that he will be compelled to enforce the new law once the legislation is formally promulgated.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 November 2008 00:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


'Lost' deer species discovered after 78 years in Sumatra A rare species of deer has been rediscovered in Sumatra 78 years after it was last sighted, reports Fauna & Flora International. The deer, known as the Sumatran muntjac (Muntiacus montanus), was rescued from a snare during an anti-poaching patrol by the Kerinci-Seblat National Park Tiger Protection Team in Kerinci-Seblat National Park. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) subsequently caught two more of the deer on film using camera traps.

Posted in Environment @ 10 October 2008 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,200 Denpasar police on duty during governor's race The city of Denpasar will deploy 1,200 personnel to ensure the coming race for the governorship of Bali on July 9, 2008 goes smoothly. The contingent of 1,200 Balinese police officers from the Denpasar precinct represent two-thirds of the 1801 police personnel assigned to the Island's capital.

Posted in Elections @ 15 June 2008 12:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 1 Traveling by minibus we arrived in Jakarta from Bandung with a large detour via Soekarno-Hatta International Airport we were dropped at our destination, a boarding house in Pluit, a neighborhood in the far north of Jakarta. A friend of us also stayed in the boarding house, so it seemed like a nice idea to spend several nights there, also because there was a nice shower and air-conditioning of course. Without both it would be a pretty sweaty adventure in the always sticky city of Jakarta. In this case preventing is better than having to look for a cure later on, so we preferred a room in the boarding house. After we dropped our bags we ate something, because lunch time had already passed. After lunch we had a quick look around to see where we had ended up after all.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials: 'Mount Kelud did not erupt yet' Indonesia's volcano center says that the Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java has not erupted yet, as earlier reported on Saturday. "There was no eruption. If there had been an eruption, our equipment near the crater would have been damaged," told Surono, head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 November 2007 23:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Risk of eruption of Kelut volcano extremely high' Police ordered thousands of people - some at gunpoint - to leave their homes on the slopes of the Kelut volcano, one of Indonesia's deadliest volcanoes. This move comes after a few days of underground tremors heightened the fear of an imminent eruption. Scientists earlier raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level, noting that the temperature of the crater lake had sharply increased.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 October 2007 16:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two neighbors but a completely different world It is a completely random day at the end of August. Time to catch a plane to head for a new destination. Fortunately I know what is waiting for me on the other side. This is, for me personally, a lot less stress. I tend to arrange everything into the smallest details, and that from someone that tries to build a life in Indonesia. Yeah, I know, it sounds strange, but until now it was relatively easy for that matter. The bright red AirAsia plane touches down after about two hours of flight. The environment still is tropical and green. It is clouded, that is the only thing I notice directly. That means that here at least I can see what kind of weather it is, because that is a big difference than just two hours ago. Because Jakarta is always covered under a thick layer of brown smog and other lethal stuff.

Posted in Travel @ 06 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freehold land title for foreigners in Bali Foreigners trying to obtain a freehold title on land in Indonesia should note that current law is clear in both its letter and intent: namely, foreigners cannot directly hold freehold title on Indonesian land.

Posted in General @ 12 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Inul Daratista - not banned in Bali! The 28-year-old Indonesian singing star Inul Daratista has promised the organizers of the Fifth Kuta Karnival that she will take to the stage and contribute her talents to the event's closing ceremony scheduled to run from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm. on the main stage of the festival on Kuta Beach on Sunday, September 9, 2007.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 September 2007 02:41 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


'No more rainforest clearing for palm oil' Indonesian Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will not allow palm oil producers to clear primary forests for establishing plantations, reports Bloomberg. "Expansion of palm oil plantations will not be allowed to sacrifice natural forests," Witoelar said in an interview yesterday. "They will be planted in lots that are already empty. There are plenty of these, 18 million hectares of them."

Posted in Environment @ 06 June 2007 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Rebuilding Yogyakarta; One rice cone at a time A year ago today, the historic heartland of Java - Yogyakarta - was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. More than 6,000 people lost their lives and another 30,000 were injured in this densely populated part of Indonesia. The whole nation, just recovering from the onslaught of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, was again in tears. The international community responded with their generosity.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2007 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Hamid silent over 50 dead inmates Justice and Humand Rights Minister Hamid Awaludin has refused to comment on the fact that large numbers of prisoners at the Tangerang prison who have died recently. Hamid tried to avoid reporters who wanted to ask about this matter in a rush outside the governor's office in Banten. “Please step back, there’s no time for interview,” said Hamid's adjutant.

Posted in Health @ 12 April 2007 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather hampers ferry operations Java-Sumatra Ferry boats have halted the route between Merak in West Java and Bakauheni in Sumatra during the last 11 days because of extremely bad weather. Waves in the route over the Sunda Strait sometimes reached a height of four meters, as was told by assistant supervisor Mudhofar of state ferry company ASDP.

Posted in Weather @ 12 March 2007 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite tracks wildfire plumes in Indonesia Scientists in the United States have linked the extreme weather caused by El Nino to the widespread wildfires in Indonesia. "Droughts over Indonesia are often brought on by a shift in the atmospheric circulation over the tropical Pacific associated with El Nino conditions," said David Edwards, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. "Although the current El Nino is rather weak compared to that of 1997-98, we have found dramatic increases in wildfire activity and corresponding pollution."

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 March 2007 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods strike Jakarta, West Java, thousands stranded Torrential rain triggered floods in the capital, Jakarta, on Friday, blocking roads and trapping residents in their homes as torrents of muddy water reached a depth of 2m, police and witnesses said. Floods during the rainy season in Indonesia are common, but the heavy rains this week have caused chaos on roads and shut some train lines around Jakarta, police said.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2007 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes new efforts to curb spread of bird flu In a bid to stem a surge in human deaths from the H5N1 virus (bird flu), the Indonesian government will slaughter hundreds of thousands of backyard chickens over the next week, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said here Wednesday. This is a new and concrete measure taken by the Indonesian government in facing with a critical situation since several bird flu patents died recently. But the policy has met with different reaction and opposition from owners of fowls.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 January 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel spill may be new clue on missing Adam Air jet Indonesian rescue workers scouring the seas for a commercial airliner that went missing two weeks ago have found a fuel spill believed to be from the doomed jet, an official said on Monday. Small pieces of the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 that vanished from radar screens on New Year's Day with 102 people aboard have been found in the past few days floating in the sea or washed up on beaches off the west coast of Sulawesi island.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 January 2007 11:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta wilts in unseasonal hot spell Well into what should be the rainy season, Jakarta is suffering through record-high temperatures, and experts warn residents they can expect more of the same.The Meteorological and Geophysics Agency says Jakarta has recently seen temperatures as high as 36 degrees Celsius. Normally, the temperature in the city stays below 32 degrees in January.R

Posted in Weather @ 14 January 2007 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's crowded skies It's been four days since budget carrier Adam Air's Flight 574 disappeared over the Indonesian archipelago, and despite a search and rescue effort involving ships, planes and ground patrols, authorities are no closer to finding the wreckage or any possible survivors. The Boeing 737-400, which took off from Indonesia's main island of Java en route to the popular diving destination of Manado with 102 people on board, emitted a signal from its emergency beacon over the mountainous island of Sulawesi before dropping out of sight on New Year's Day.

Posted in Travel @ 05 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of troops guard Bush on quick trip to Indonesia U.S. President George Bush arrived in Indonesia on Monday for a quick visit amid extremely tight security. More than 18,000 troops carrying rifles have been deployed in Bogor, on the outskirts of Jakarta, where Bush will spend his entire six-hour visit at a presidential retreat.

Posted in General @ 20 November 2006 15:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze back over Singapore A shift in wind direction brought the haze from Indonesia's land-clearing fires back to Singapore on Tuesday after an earlier clean air reprieve. The Pollution Standards Index (PSI) moved out of the healthy range to 57 and remained within the moderate category. Singaporeans have been out in force since last Wednesday, when heavy showers cleared the air of the weeks of haze that triggered warnings from environmental officials to stay indoors and in air conditioned rooms.

Posted in Forest fires @ 31 October 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two years of SBY: Bouquet for Aceh, brickbat for economy As he heads into his third year as Indonesia's president on Friday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono enjoys respectable popularity, but is struggling to ignite Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say. The 57-year-old former general, who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for overseeing a peace pact with separatist rebels in Aceh, has crafted a respected image abroad, but at home the battles he faces are more complex.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2006 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exxon stands firm on Natuna contract Despite uncertainty over its contract, giant oil and gas company ExxonMobil has expressed optimism that it will start developing the D-Alpha gas field in the Natuna Sea in 2008. "The contract is still valid and stands as it is. There have been no official talks about the contract being revised, let alone terminated," Peter J. Coleman, the company's president and general manager for Indonesia, told the press in Jakarta on Thursday evening.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2006 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What Indonesia can learn from Thai military coup Politics in new democracies like Thailand has always sprung surprises. While Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin led a bloodless coup and declared himself the temporary prime minister. It is interesting to observe that the coup did not spark social unrest, as if it were business as usual. On top of that, the tacit endorsement of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a crucial factor behind the smooth process of the coup.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia’s super-rich in one list by Forbes Asia Forty names were crowned by Forbes Asia magazine as the richest in Indonesia. Three of them joined the list at the end of the economic and financial crises. They are Trihatma Kusuma Haliman (Agung Podomoro), Eddy William Katuari (Wings Group), and Arifin Panigoro (Medco Energi). What are their business secrets? Here is Tempo’s report.

Posted in Economy @ 01 October 2006 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Terror guide spread in Indonesia A GUIDEBOOK urging jihad in the spirit of Osama bin Laden, "the conqueror of communist and American forces", is being distributed across Indonesia in an attempt to create small independent terrorist cells, a new report claims. The 82-page book has been secretly distributed over the past several months, according to a report yesterday in news magazine Tempo.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2006 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh reconstruction agency denies graft allegations An Indonesian agency tasked with reconstruction in Indonesia's tsunami-hit Aceh province said on Monday a report suggesting corruption in some of its projects was inaccurate and could affect the disbursement of foreign funds. The Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) anti-graft group said in a report published on its Web site its investigations had found irregularities in five rehabilitation and reconstruction agency (BRR) projects worth 23.9 billion rupiah (2.1 million euro).

Posted in General @ 28 August 2006 14:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombing season is back, warns expert A TERRORISM researcher has warned of a new "bombing season" in Indonesia, as Islamic militants seek to repeat a pattern established since October 2002 of attacking Western targets between August and October. The International Crisis Group's Sidney Jones, who is based in Jakarta, said she had initially dismissed speculation about a specific season for attacks against foreigners, preferring to think the attackers had simply "done it when they got around to it".

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 August 2006 15:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Fire smoke blankets city on Sumatra Smoke from raging ground and forest fires has blanketed Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province on Indonesia's Sumatra island, local meteorology and airport officials said on Friday. Marzuki, an offcial of the meteorology agency, said that the visibility had decreased to the range of 6 to 7 kilometers. The normal is from five to ten kilometers. "This morning the visibility was extremely down to between 30 meters to 50 meters," Marzuki told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 July 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Santos downgrades Indonesia oil resource Oil and gas producer Santos Ltd has been forced to downgrade the size of its Jeruk offshore Indonesian oil discovery which may now be less than half the size originally thought. Data from the third appraisal well drilled to test the reservoir has seen the height of the hydrocarbon column at Jeruk slashed to about 145 metres from the previous estimate of 379 metres.

Posted in Economy @ 15 July 2006 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


South Sulawesi flood death toll hits 200 The death toll climbed to 200 after flash floods and landslides swept through villages in the eastern Indonesian province of South Sulawesi, and left more than 130 others missing, officials said Thursday. 'The latest reports we've gotten from the field now show the death toll reached 200,' said Yustin, an official at the disaster task force, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa from the provincial capital of Makassar, about 1,400 kilometres northeast of Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 June 2006 17:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 3 Whether it's in Bali, Sulawesi or Java, you will get tickets for everything, everywhere. Most of them end up in the trash can - or on the street for that matter - right away, but some of them are worth while keeping as a memory to places you have ever been. Maybe it's not important to remember whether you have been there, but maybe it's more important when you were there.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security advisory: Labour Day strikes planned in Indonesia "As Indonesian Workers' Unions continue to defy government appeals to all workers not to go on a mass strike on World Labor Day (May 1st), Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Firman Gani plans to deploy some 12,000 police personnel across the capital in anticipation of widespread rallies on 1 May. The Jakarta Military Command is also scheduled to have approximately 5,000 soldiers standing on alert and the Jakarta Public Order Agency will have 7,000 public order officers on stand-by as well, a day before the planned strike action commences.

Posted in Protests @ 28 April 2006 17:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: Merapi volcano in no rush to erupt There is no immediate need to raise the alert status for Indonesia's volatile Mount Merapi, despite magma moving higher inside the volcano, a leading vulcanologist said on Thursday. Merapi, which towers over the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, has been spewing thick smoke for two weeks and triggering scores of tremors.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert terms Indonesia a bird flu ‘time bomb’ Indonesia has become a bird flu “time-bomb” because of its failure to eradicate high numbers of deadly H5N1 sites, the head of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health said yesterday. “Indonesia is a time-bomb for the region,” organisation head Bernard Vallat said calling the situation in the southeast Asian arhcipelago a cause for “great concern”.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 April 2006 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Icy cold kill 95 in Papua province At least 95 people have been killed in the Indonesian province of Papua due to extreme cold temperatures combined with cold-related viral diseases and illnesses in recent weeks.

Posted in Weather @ 16 February 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali sentences stoke tensions with Indonesia Australia was last night bracing itself for more tension with Indonesia following the death sentences handed down to two Bali Nine ringleaders and the life sentences that will possibly see the other ring members die in Indonesian jails. Andrew Chan, 22, and Myuran Sukumaran, 24, were convicted of drug smuggling at Denpasar District Court and face death by firing squad unless they launch a successful appeal or are granted a presidential pardon.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 February 2006 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Papua refugees charge Indonesia with genocide Indonesia has denied claims by asylum-seekers in Australia that genocide was taking place in the remote Indonesian province of Papua. The claim came from a group of more than 40 Papuans who fled their homes by boat last week, and then disappeared for several days before landing in tropical northern Australia.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 January 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radicalism extends roots, becoming institutionalized There is no danger that Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will be turned into an Islamic state. One reason for this is that most Indonesians practice a moderate strain of Islam and are tolerant of different religions. Another reason is that the nation's founding fathers, who included charismatic Muslim leaders and ulema, never wanted Indonesia to be an Islamic state.

Posted in Religion @ 26 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami baby boom on the horizon Giggling women swarm outside a little gray tent in Block D of a sprawling refugee camp. The attraction is one tiny miracle — 2-month-old Asmaul Tzuchina, swaying peacefully in a cloth hammock. The baby simply known as Tzuchi, which means “pure” in Acehnese, represents new life and hope for the women who lost children to the earthquake-spawned tsunami nearly a year ago.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2005 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage Thousands of Muslims from across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, departed Thursday for Saudi Arabia on the annual hajj pilgrimage. Minister of Religious Affairs Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni waved off 445 pilgrims, all dressed in white robes and with their passports hung on string around their necks, from a special Hajj Terminal at Jakarta's Sukarno-Hatta Airport.

Posted in Religion @ 09 December 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New mammal discovered in Indonesia Researchers from the WWF conservation group may have made an extremely rare discovery of a new species of mammal in the dense forests of central Borneo, the organisation says. The carnivorous mammal, slightly larger than a domestic cat with dark red fur and a long bushy tail, was photographed twice by an automated camera at night in 2003 on the Indonesian side of the island, the WWF said on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 06 December 2005 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Are hard-liners deviants or true believers? Some of the moderate and liberal Muslims (I consider myself as part of this group) often charge that hard-liners, jihadists, terrorists and suicide bombers are not true believers. The jihadist and terrorists are more aptly called deviant Muslims, people with a fallacious understanding of Islam. We also blame their activities as tarnishing the name of Islam and harming its reputation before the hallmark of modern civilization. Their interpretation of Islam is also said to be destroying the religion's fundamental and truest mission. This is what we have to say about them.

Posted in Religion @ 18 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Casuarina trees create hope for coastal villagers Until five years ago, the coastal areas along the southern beaches of Bantul Regency were dry and infertile. No plants seemed to be able to survive the strong, burning wind and the land lay parched and barren. Agricultural efforts in the area were sporadic and often failed.

Posted in Environment @ 11 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to monitor Muslim boarding schools Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, will monitor Islamic boarding schools as part of its effort to fight militant violence and suicide bombings, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said. Indonesia has been racked by a spate of bomb attacks in recent years, including one on the tourist island of Bali this month in which 23 people died, including three suicide bombers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 24 reactions
    
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