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KPK summons Bawazier as witness in Wawan case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned former finance minister and chairman of the Peoples Conscience Party (Hanura)s Advisory Board Fuad Bawazier as a witness in a money-laundering case involving Tubagus Chaery Wardhana (TCW) or Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 April 2014 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi pledges to deal with Papua problems with 'heart' Presidential candidate of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo said he would deal with all problems in Papua with "heart." "I dont like to promise too much. I am confident the Papua problem could be sorted out with heart and hard work not with promises," Jokowi, as he is known, said.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2014 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police uncover online sales of child porn videos The Jakarta Metropolitan police have uncovered online sales of child porn videos and arrested Mcay as a suspect. "Mcay has created an Internet site to market child porn videos," the Metropolitan Police spokesman, Senior Commissioner Rikwanto, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 11 March 2014 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body questions brother-in-law of suspended governor The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Tubagus Haerul Jaman, the younger brother-in-law of the suspended Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah, in an alleged bribery case in a regional head election dispute in Banten province.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2014 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wawan is healthy, returns to detention house Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, alias Wawan, a suspect in corruption and money laundering cases, was declared healthy and sent back to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detention house on Monday, according to KPK spokesman Johan Budi.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 March 2014 19:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK summons film star in money laundering case Film star Catherine Wilson has been summoned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for questioning on money laundering case of Tubagus Chaeri Wardana alias Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 February 2014 13:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive Harrison Ford President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to receive Hollywood top movie star Harrison Ford and his team at the Presidential Office here on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 10 September 2013 13:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batik Air to offer full service flights from May 3, 2013 Lion Air has officially launched their full service airline called Batik Air, which will begin operations on May 3, 2013 using 737-900ERs. The airline has also signed a commitment with Boeing to order five 787 Dreamliners for the airline, and intends to have them delivered by 2015, the first to order the type since Garuda Indonesia cancelled its firm order for 10 aircraft.

Posted in Travel @ 22 April 2013 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police guarantee security of foreign embassies The Indonesian police have guaranteed the security of foreign embassies in Indonesia, according to National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo.

Posted in Protests @ 21 September 2012 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US closes embassy, offices close in anticipation of rallies The US Embassy in Jakarta, the US Consulate General in Surabaya, the American Presence Post in Medan, the US Consular Agency in Bali and the US Mission to ASEAN have been closed on Friday, in anticipation of rallies.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Large protest against anti-Islam movie near US embassy Thousands of people from various organizations in Jakarta held a demonstration in front of the US Embassy on Monday afternoon, protesting against the anti-Islam movie, `Innocence of Muslims`, produced by an American and posted on You Tube.

Posted in Protests @ 17 September 2012 18:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia promotes local film to Indian investors Indonesia is promoting its tourism sector through local films to Indian investors, Vice Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Sapta Nirwandar said here on Friday. "One of Tourism and Creative Economic Ministry`s efforts to promote Indonesian tourism sector in India is through local films," Sapta noted.

Posted in Culture @ 10 August 2012 21:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian animation goes International Indonesia's animation studios have started getting international projects thanks to the excellent capabilities of the country's animators, according to the Director of Electronics and Telematic Industries of the Ministry of Industry, Triharso.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 July 2012 10:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human Rights defenders ask court to free Papuan activists Noted rights defenders in a Friday press release has called on the courts to release five Papuan activists from detention and dismiss all charges against them as they had done nothing more than voice their aspirations.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2012 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD 22! agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) today announced a chic selection of hotel deals in the exciting Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 November 2011 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TV cameraman arrested in Good Friday bomb plot Indonesian police arrested a cameraman for suspected involvement in the foiled Good Friday bomb attack on the outskirts of Jakarta, authorities said Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 April 2011 15:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Theaters may stop screening imported films The uncertainty over the future of imported films in the country could cost filmgoers a chance to enjoy Academy Award nominated films such as Natalie Portman’s Black Swan, James Franco’s 127 Hours and Jeff Bridges’ True Grit on the big screen.

Posted in Culture @ 20 February 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


French 'Survivor' to shoot in Raja Ampat Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik is excited about a French filmmaker’s plans to shoot a reality television series in the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua. Jero said Thursday about 200 crew members would film "Koh Lanta", the French franchise of the popular American reality television show "Survivor", in Raja Ampat.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 January 2011 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court upholds ban on 'Balibo' Calling the film "violent" and "sensitive", the Jakarta State Administrative Court upheld a ban on the Australian feature film Balibo. A panel of judges ruled that the Film Censorship Board (LSF) had fulfilled the administrative procedures required to ban the controversial film. The court agreed with the LSF’s argument that the film "can open old wounds".

Posted in Politics @ 07 August 2010 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Gigolo's arrested after film release At least 28 man were arrested because they would have offered themselves as gigolo on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Female tourist would have benefited from their activities. The chief of security of Kuta Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the island, has said this Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 April 2010 01:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


More limitations for importing films to Indonesia A United States trade representative to Indonesia, Demetrios Marantis, has expressed his concern over a new decree that is currently considered by the Indonesian government. This decree will further restrict regulations over imports of foreign films to Indonesia. Marantis said that if the decree was accepted, it could disrupt bilateral relationship.

Posted in Culture @ 13 February 2010 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving turtles in Bali Bali's negative reputation as a center for the slaughter and sale of turtles is slowly changing, due to a number of heroic efforts such as the establishment of the Bali Turtle Education and Conservation Center established on Serangan Island five years ago.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #7: Luna Maya Luna Maya, born on August 26, 1983 in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali, is an actress known from Indonesian tv and big screen. She started her carrier as a catwalk and advertisement model. Back in 2004 she featured in her first film, 30 Hari Mencari Cinta which put her on the map. She now owns a clothing line and restaurant as well.

Posted in Sexy @ 11 December 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


MUI: Muslems should not watch '2012' A chapter of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the highest Muslim authority, called on all Muslims Monday to not watch 2012, saying that the Hollywood movie was misleading and against Islamic belief. Produced by Sony Pictures, Roland Emmerich's 2012 is a new movie about the Mayan doomsday starring John Cusack.

Posted in Religion @ 17 November 2009 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Julia Robert pays extra to start filming in Bali Oscar-winning Hollywood star Julia Roberts has arrived in Bali for what is expected to be a month-long filming of the Bali portion of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel "Eat Pray Love." Gilbert's best-selling autobiographical recounting of her post-divorce travels in Italy, India and Bali is to become a Columbia Pictures (Sony) film starring Roberts, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins.

Posted in Media @ 19 October 2009 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four nights of classic Balinese cinema in Ubud As part of its celebration of 20 years of operation, Bali's Amandari in Sayan, Ubud, is hosting 4 nights of classic Balinese cinema at their resort October 14-17, 2009. Presented in cooperation with Cinematheque De La Dance in Paris and The French Embassy in Jakarta, the showings are without charge with a cash bar available. Each film performance begins at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Posted in Culture @ 12 October 2009 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI member admits watching porn For days members of the well-known masked white-robed Islamists of Front Pembela Islam ('Islamic Defenders Front') held demonstrations against a comedy film which is currently being produced because one of it's actors - Japanese porn star Maria 'Miyabi' Ozawa - has a leading roll, allthough not naked at all.

Posted in Religion @ 11 October 2009 10:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'development of culture and tourism on right track' Indonesia's culture and tourism are developing well despite of the world's financial crisis that wrecked many countries, the Jakarta Post quoted a minister as saying on Thursday. Minister for Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik said that Indonesia's movie and music industry grew significantly compared with the previous year while tourist arrivals was expected to keep growing this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 September 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch journalists arrested in Indonesia Four Dutch journalists have been arrested in the Indonesian province of Papua, Dutch news wire ANP reported Tuesday. The four were arrested in the city of Jayapura while reporting on a rally calling for Papua's independence. Dutch international radio Wereldomroep confirmed that the incident involved three of its freelancers and a correspondent for the leading Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

Posted in General @ 25 March 2009 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians flock to see partial solar eclipse Indonesians in several provinces on Monday viewed a partial solar eclipse, but thick clouds blocked the sighting for many others. The annular eclipse, in which the moon is on the far side of its orbit and can't completely cover the Sun, while not as dramatic as a total eclipse, attracted wide attention throughout the archipelago nation.

Posted in General @ 26 January 2009 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tura village residents: 'Do not take our forest away' Around 15,000 hectares of community forest in Central Kalimantan will be cleared for the expansion of palm oil plantations, threatening the livelihood of more than 2,500 people. The community of Tura, Tumbang Tanjung and Tumbang Lahang villages along the Katingan river, are concerned of the impending disaster that will come when their forest is taken away by the companies. Their apprehension is expressed in a film, titled "Petak Danum Itah" or "Our Homeland", made by the community themselves with the support of the Centre for Orangutan Protection was premiered in Jakarta today.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2008 06:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Indonesian government orders ISP's to block several websites The Indonesian government has ordered internet service providers (ISP's) in Indonesia to block several websites, including YouTube and MySpace, after an anti-Islamic film sparked protests. Main internet providers in Indonesia told that they had already acted on the request from the government to block websites that feature the short film. Redaction of indahnesia.com however could still access all websites at the moment of this news message.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2008 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 20 reactions


Indonesia blockbuster film shows gentle face of Islam An Indonesian film seeking to shatter religious stereotypes and show the compassionate face of Islam has become one of the biggest blockbuster hits in the would's most populous Muslim nation. More than three million people, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and top government officials, have flocked to cinemas to watch Ayat Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love), an Islamic romance released in the middle of January.

Posted in General @ 01 April 2008 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


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

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


Indonesian beaches ravaged by 2004 tsunami still eroding The catastrophic damage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was mostly done within a few hours, but that was just the beginning of a different process that may take up to a decade or more to complete - the stabilization of new beaches and landforms in areas ravaged by this disaster. In continued studies, researchers at Oregon State University and the U.S. Geological Survey are finding that the beaches may continue to shift and change for several more years, as the lands adjust both to the tsunami impacts and the sudden drop of some nearby land by three to six feet.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian filmmakers want censor board banned Top film makers in Indonesia have launched a legal bid to have the country's censorship board disbanded. They say it stifles creativity. A group of five young directors lodged a petition with the Constitutional Court earlier this week, requesting the removal of provisions in the film law regulating the establishment of the censorship body. "The existence of the Indonesian Censorship Board is against our constitutional right to communicate and receive information," told Tino Saroengallo, an award-winning documentary film-maker.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2007 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy editor faces two years in prison Government prosecutors today demanded two years in jail for the editor of Playboy Indonesia for violating anti-indecency laws. They are supposed to have published 'porn' pictures in the magazine. Security was high when Chief Prosecutor Resni Muchtar told the court in South Jakarta that editor Erwin Arnanda 'damaged the nation's morality'. He has been given time until 22 March for their defense.

Posted in General @ 13 March 2007 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Bali bombing film to premiere in Indonesia A controversial new movie about the 2002 Bali bombings premieres in Indonesia Thursday. More than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists, died in the bombing of a nightclub by Muslim extremist group Jemaa Islamiya. The Long Road to Heaven goes where Indonesia's timid media have feared to tread, examining the role of religion in the attacks.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 21:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Is Lombok the next Bali? As the tropical monsoon clouds roll in, obscuring the towering volcanos along the Bali coastline, the pristine neighboring island of Lombok seems a world away from Indonesia's premier tourist destination. In fact, it almost is.

Posted in Tourism @ 18 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Playboy trial closed to public The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor-in-chief was closed to the public Thursday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings. Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2006 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Titian Budaya Malaysia Indonesia 2006 program The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage Malaysia (KEKKWA) is organising the Titian Budaya programme for the second time this year. KEKKWA with the cooperation of Indonesias Culture and Tourism Department has scheduled the event on 16 and 17 December 2006 at the Jakarta Convention Centre, Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 17 December 2006 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tightening grip of media reins American magazine Playboy, three films about East Timor's struggle for independence and a television wrestling show called Smackdown don't appear to have much in common. But in recent weeks, they've all come under fire in Indonesia for being too raunchy, too politically sensitive or too violent.

Posted in Media @ 16 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A fifth documentary banned at Jakarta film festival The organisers of the Jakarta International Film Festival announced yesterday that the authorities have verbally banned the screening of the documentary "Promised Paradise" by Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Censors ban Aceh film from festival Indonesia has banned a documentary on the once volatile Aceh province from being screened at an international film festival on the grounds that it could disturb security, the festival's organizers said. "The Black Road", a documentary by American freelance journalist William Nessen who was banned from entering Aceh in April, tells the story of the nearly 30-year separatist conflict in Aceh that killed some 15,000 people.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2006 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


French railway in Indonesia may rise again after tsunami A colonial-era railway that was once the lifeblood of Indonesia's Aceh could paradoxically be revived in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami, which obliterated the coastline of the province. Built in 1876 by the Dutch, the 600km single-gauge railway in the north of Sumatra island, linking the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, to the city of Medan, sank into oblivion a century later amid unrest.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 November 2006 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Australian TV crew due to leave after being detained An Australian television crew detained in Indonesia's strife-torn Papua province while trying to film a story was due to leave the country Thursday, a police official said. The five-person crew from Australia's Channel Seven, including presenter Naomi Robson, were stopped Tuesday upon arriving with television gear at the airport in the provincial capital, Jayapura, because they only had tourist visas.

Posted in General @ 14 September 2006 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java earthquake death toll exceeds 6,000 people Relief workers found more bodies in Indonesia's earthquake-devastated central Java region, raising the death toll to 6,234 people in the worst natural disaster in the Southeast Asian nation since the 2004 tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands back anti-porn bill in Indonesia Tens of thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital Sunday in support of a proposed anti-pornography bill that critics say would chip away at the country's secular traditions. The protesters, who arrived in buses organized by mosques and conservative Islamic groups, urged parliament to immediately pass the bill, which in its current form would ban kissing in public - as well as erotic poetry, dancing, drawing, writing, photos and film.

Posted in Protests @ 21 May 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono drops charges against Suharto Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has decided to halt legal proceedings against former long-serving president Suharto, a local newspaper reported Thursday. Susilo dropped the corruption charges against ailing Suharto, who underwent a colon surgery earlier this week, after consulting with top government and parliament officials just before midnight Wednesday, reported Kompas.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2006 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Islam is not a danger, Dutch PM says Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende called for a rapprochement between Muslims and people of other faiths on Friday. "It causes me pain to see that people regard Islam as a danger. Islam is not a danger. The people who misuse Islam to spread terror are the danger," Balkenende said during a speech at an Islamic university in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2006 10:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-pornograpy laws stir debate about an open society Since taking office as Indonesia's sixth president 17 months ago, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has grown from a former general into agraft-buster, an economic reformer and a peacemaker. Now add social conservative to the list. Addressing a Jakarta audience last week, Mr Yudhoyono complained about young women baring belly buttons in public and recounted how a singer hired for a presidential event had been sent packing for exposing her navel. "I was disturbed," he said. "I told her to go home. And she did just that without having the chance to sing a song."

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Man found fatally stabbed in Indonesian consulate A man living in the basement of the Indonesian Consulate in Manhattan was found fatally stabbed there Sunday morning, and police were investigating whether foul play was involved. The man, who was not immediately identified, was described by police and consulate officials as a "stranded person" who planned to return to Indonesia in the next week. He was found in the basement of the building, at 5 E. 68th St., shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, police said. A consulate employee called 911.

Posted in Crime @ 30 January 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor films banned by Indonesia Indonesia has banned three films about its long and bloody occupation of East Timor, saying that if local audiences were to see them it could "reopen old wounds" as the two countries try to move forward. The films had been scheduled for screenings at a film festival last month in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, but were pulled at the last minute.

Posted in General @ 11 January 2006 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


Mr Popularity survives a tough year On Thursday, one year after the inauguration of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a 200-metre mural was erected facing Jakarta's main roundabout. The mural was in front of the deserted Hotel Indonesia where a dissident was bundled out of a window in the film The Year of Living Dangerously.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2005 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia shuts down Bali bombing film The Indonesian government has shut down an Australian TV drama series about the 2002 Bali bombings. Producers told the mostly Australian cast in Bali on Thursday the government had revoked their permit due to political and immigration sensitivities, actors for the drama series told AAP. The move follows the second Bali bombings on October 1.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 October 2005 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Grisly photos of Bali suicide bombers released Indonesian police last night released grisly photos of the three men they believe launched a trio of suicide bomb attacks in Bali as chilling amateur video footage captured the final moments before one youth triggered one of the blasts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 17:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TV media hands in assault footage Representatives of the Association of Indonesian Television Journalists (IJTI) handed the police a recording on Tuesday that apparently showed three of the association's members being assaulted last week, and urged the police to immediately start an investigation.

Posted in Media @ 04 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Year of Living Dangerously' airs in Indonesia The Oscar-winning movie The Year of Living Dangerously, set during the emergence of Indonesia's Suharto and banned by the former dictator, has been broadcast for what is believed to be the first time, in a sign the country may be coming to terms with its brutal past. But Indonesian viewers watching Sunday's broadcast of The Year of Living Dangerously were spared one of the film's most graphic scenes, a gunpoint massacre during the murderous chaos surrounding Suharto's 1965-1966 rise to power.

Posted in Media @ 28 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video reveals suicide van's path to the embassy gate These photographs are from the 29 seconds of footage obtained from two closed-circuit television cameras that filmed the Daihatsu Zebra light truck, which contained the explosives, as it drove past, and then returned to bomb, the Australian embassy.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seek suspects in local porn film Police in the West Java capital of Bandung are searching for the makers and stars of a pornographic film called ‘Bulan Madu’ (Honeymoon) that was apparently filmed in a hotel in the city. The film, shot with a camcorder and now being sold for up to Rp75,000 a copy on video compact disc (VCD) format, runs for 45 minutes and 7 seconds. Also being sold under the title ‘Bandung Lautan Asmara II’ (Bandung Love Ocean II), the film shows a young man and young woman having sex in various positions in a room - reportedly at the Greenhill Hotel.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Film censors pull teenage love story from cinemas An Indonesian film called "Kiss Me Quick'' will be withdrawn from cinemas after Muslim groups complained that its title could lead to adultery, the film's script writer and media reports said Friday. The film censorship board, which originally passed the teenage drama, will order cinemas across the world's most populous Muslim nation to stop showing the movie from Friday, Media Indonesia reported.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomber threatens to kill Bush, Sharon The mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings threatened yesterday to kill United States President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon if he ever gets out of jail, where he is waiting to be executed for his role in the attacks that killed 202 people. Imam Samudra made the comments as six militants jailed over the nightclub bombings had their sentences cut by two months in traditional pardons to mark Independence Day, the authorities said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general Wiranto runs for president The Golkar party of ex-dictator Suharto on Wednesday chose a former general indicted for rights abuses in East Timor as its presidential candidate in Indonesian elections in July. Gen. Wiranto, who rose through the army ranks to become military chief under Suharto, is seen as a force for change in the party and has tapped into the desire among some voters for a return to the former strongman's era, when the economy was prosperous and the country secure.

Posted in Elections @ 21 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Icons, not issues, fill Indonesian campaign ads He's 82, ailing, and doesn't get out much, but Indonesia's autocratic ex-president Suharto is all over TV screens these days in ads for a political party whose main campaigner is his tycoon daughter Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana. The ads for next month's parliamentary election start with a housewife suggesting that viewers "don't think too much, just go for Suharto". Then farmers are seen saying that they crave a return of what is called the Suharto era of economic stability.

Posted in Elections @ 24 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU axes more firms for missing ballot quota With polling day on April 5 being only two weeks away, more companies have been identified as having failed to print their ballot paper allotments on schedule. General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin said on Monday the commission had taken back 127 film templates from Madju Medan Cipta, and others from the Manado-based Metro Post in North Sulawesi and the State Printing Company (PNRI) on Sunday, due to the firms' failures to print sufficient ballot papers for regental and municipal legislative council elections.

Posted in Elections @ 23 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The power behind the throne smiles. Mr Taufik Kiemas, the garrulous husband of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, sips hot Javanese tea and munches kueh lapis as he talks animatedly about his wife's impending re-election. He should know. The 59-year-old Sumatran-born business tycoon is the dalang or puppet master in the courts of power, working quietly behind the scenes to build alliances and destroy her foes.

Posted in Politics @ 24 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Staying in Jakarta for almost 5 years now inspired me to scribble this experiences and I would like to share with my readers in this article.

Posted in General @ 20 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian movie breaks sexual taboos A candid home-grown tale featuring gay kissing has become an unlikely box office hit in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, challenging and wowing audiences in equal measure. Playing to packed cinemas in Jakarta, "Arisan!" is a satirical comedy mocking the life of the rich in the nation's capital and tackling the taboo subject of homosexuality.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first impressions from Indonesia this year. Yesterday I arrived with a late flight via Frankfurt and Singapore. Waiting for the stopovers in Singapore and Frankfurt wasn’t the main problem, but it seemed like I could’t get used to the little turbulence. At the end I was almost ill, not a very good start of my holiday, but the same happened last year, thinking that it would all soon pass over.

Posted in Travel @ 07 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourists desperate to pack up At The Pub, a traditional watering hole for Australians visiting Kuta, a solitary young couple were finishing their drinks and preparing to set off for the airport. Tenille Harris and her boyfriend Shaun Amiss - both from Perth and in their mid-twenties - had been in Kuta for just a day when the bomb exploded at the Sari Club. They had stopped for a quick beer in the nightclub and left shortly before the bomb went off.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cops nab 7 men for attacks on Jakarta nightspots Indonesian police arrested seven members of a Muslim group yesterday over recent vigilante-style raids on nightspots in Jakarta. Officers arrested the men at the headquarters of the Islamic Defenders Front organisation, a Jakarta police spokesman, Colonel Bahrul Alam, said. They are being questioned over attacks early on Friday on two late-night pool centres and a discotheque, he said.

Posted in Violence @ 06 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali says no to stripteases A tourism official in Bali has criticized certain nightclubs on the resort island that entertain visitors with striptease performances. "If a striptease that doesn’t correspond with the local people’s culture is freely performed in the country’s famous tourist resort, it will harm Balinese tourism culture, which predominantly reflects Hinduism," head of the provincial tourism department Gde Pitana was quoted as saying by state news agency Antara on Saturday (14/9/02).

Posted in Tourism @ 16 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the past 40 years Hotel Indonesia in Central Jakarta has been the capital's major landmark, and its fame is often linked to the country's political pride. Built to fill the need for an international standard hotel for the 1962 Asian Games, Hotel Indonesia was the first high-rise hotel in the country. At that time, it had 14 floors and 400 rooms compared to its current 586 rooms.

Posted in History @ 10 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The presidential palace complex has been witness to momentous changes in the country's history, and the changing of the guard of the highest powers in the land. But while the powers that be may come and go, it seems that some "residents" stay put no matter what. This is the 78th article in our series on Old Batavia. If Dutchman J.A. van Braam, the first owner of what is today the present presidential palace complex, were still alive, he could see that his former home is now an abode for supernatural creatures.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso: Glodok street vendors to be moved The city administration has announced it will relocate the some 400 roadside vendors, most of whom sell pirated VCDs and small electronic goods, operating around the busy Glodok shopping center in West Jakarta beginning next year. Governor Sutiyoso, who visited the popular electronics center on Friday, said the street vendors would be relocated to a four-story market in nearby Perniagaan, which is currently under renovation.

Posted in General @ 21 October 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy denies links to spate of bombings Former president Soeharto's youngest son, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, denied on Saturday any involvement in a spate of recent bombings, including the powerful explosion on Wednesday at the Jakarta Stock Exchange (JSX) building.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2000 16:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Student clash with police near Cendana Angered at being repeatedly blocked by tight security, about 800 anti-Soeharto protesters attacked police with rocks and Molotov cocktails on Thursday, burning a traffic police post near the Central Jakarta residence of the former president. The attack by members of Jarkot (City Network) sparked retaliatory measures by about 200 officers, who ran after the protesters and fired several rounds of tear gas. Several students were badly beaten and enraged officers also attempted to grab the cameras of photographers from The Jakarta Post and Pos Kota daily, roughly confiscating their film.

Posted in Violence @ 28 May 2000 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shift blame for Glodok raid Top police officers blamed each other on Sunday for the botched raid on sellers of illegal Video Compact Discs (VCDs) in Glodok on Saturday which triggered widespread rioting in the West Jakarta commercial district. "The National Police Headquarters did not inform the city police about the planned VCD raid. Our operational and control forces were taken by surprise, when they heard about the raid," Jakarta Police chief Maj. Gen. Nurfaizi said after a coordination meeting with the capital's five precinct chiefs at city police headquarters.

Posted in Violence @ 15 May 2000 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Glodok erupts after raids on pirated VCDs Rioting broke out in the capital's predominantly ethnic- Chinese business district of Glodok on Saturday morning after police raided street vendors selling pirated video compact discs (VCDs). At least four shops in the Harco Glodok electronic goods shopping center and several others along with two automobile showrooms on nearby Jl. Gajah Mada and Jl. Hayam Wuruk were set alight and vandalized. Looting was also reported from some of the shops affected.

Posted in Violence @ 14 May 2000 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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