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Arif Wibowo new president director of Garuda Indonesia Arif Wibowo, the president director of Citilink Indonesia, has been named president director of PT Garuda Indonesia, replacing Emirsyah Satar. So Wibowo now has bigger aeroplane as "pilot in command" to fly.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2014 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreign fishing vessels detained for illegal operation The navy ship the KRI Sutedi Senaputra-878 has caught and detained two foreign fishing vessels operating illegally in the sea off Natuna in the Riau Island province.

Posted in General @ 15 November 2014 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan Iskan urges Garuda to hold extraordinary meeting State-owned Enterprise Minister Dahlan Iskan has instructed state airlines PT Garuda Indonesia to convene a special meeting of shareholders to discuss its swelling losses.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 August 2014 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrests 21 West Papua separatists Jayapura Resort Police had arrested 21 members of Free National Soldiers in West Papua on Sunday, August 10, after the separatists held an inauguration ceremony in Beraf Village, Nimbokrang area of Jayapura District, Papua Province.

Posted in Violence @ 11 August 2014 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest terrorist suspects in East Java Police have arrested two terrorist suspects believed to be members of the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT) network led by Santoso and Daeng Koro in East Java.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 August 2014 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papuan leader: 'Netherlands created OPM to oppose Indonesia' A Papuan community leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, said the Netherlands officers created the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in 1965, to oppose Indonesia and disturb the security of eastern Indonesias territory.

Posted in History @ 12 May 2014 23:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New presidential aircraft arrives in Halim air base The new Boeing Business Jet 2 Green 737-800 for Presidential aircraft use is reported to have arrived at the Halim Perdana Kusuma airport, Jakarta. The aircraft, worth 91 million US dollars, was manufactured by the Boeing factory in the United States, with the aircraft dimension reaching 38 meters in length with a wingspan of 35.79 meters.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2014 19:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi ready to run for president Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo here Friday declared that he was ready for being nominated as presidential candidate by the Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP).

Posted in Politics @ 14 March 2014 16:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Separatist flag raiser sentenced to three years The district court of Biak, Papua sentenced Oktavianus Warnares, defendant in the separatist "Morning Star" flag raising case in Biak Timur, Papua, on May 1, 2013, to three years imprisonment, here on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 February 2014 23:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Pirates rob Liberian-flagged ship in Rupat Strait' A group of pirates robbed a Liberian-flagged motor vessel when it was sailing in Rupat Strait of Dumai waters, Riau Province, the Riau Police stated. "The robbery took place last weekend at 2:45 a.m.," stated Director of Riau Water Police Senior Commissioner Lukas Gunawan during an interview with ANTARA here, on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 05 February 2014 21:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two terror suspects Poso group arrested in Surabaya Two terror suspects arrested in Surabaya, East Java, on Monday night are believed to be part of the Poso group led by Santoso, who has long been on the polices most-wanted list, claimed the Police.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 January 2014 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy halt treasure raider ship in Riau Islands The Indonesian warship, KRI Teluk Gilimanuk 531, of the Navy Western Fleet (Koarmabar) halted a local flagged KM Trianis ship carrying treasures salvaged from a shipwreck in the Mapur waters, Bintan District, Riau Islands.

Posted in History @ 08 January 2014 22:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia suspends police cooperation with Australia The Indonesian police have suspended cooperation with Australia police over spying row. The Indonesian government has been angered by alleged interception of phone calls of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and a number of other leaders of the country.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2013 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal not to withdraw from party`s presidential nomination The general chairman of the Golkar Party, Indonesias second-largest party, Aburizal Bakrie, said here on Friday that he will not withdraw from his party's nomination as a presidential candidate.

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2013 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'Workers, employers must build harmonious relations' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said employers and workers should develop harmonious relations so they could jointly decide upon a basic minimum wage without having conflicts.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2013 20:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono visits Soeharto memorial President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited the Great General Soeharto Memorial at Soeharto`s birthplace in Kemusuk village, Sleman, Yogyakarta, in Central Java on Friday.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2013 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Increased passenger numbers for Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia the Indonesian National flag carrier reports a 23.96% increase in passengers carried in the first six months of 2013, totaling 11.9 million, as opposed to the 9.6 million flown January June 2012. The CEO of Garuda, Emirsyah Satar, said the increase in passengers translated into a 14.1% increase in income achieving US$1.72 billion during the first half of 2013.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 September 2013 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK : 'Losses worth Rp6.7 trillion to state in minerals sector' The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it has found losses to the state worth Rp6.7 trillion in the minerals and coal sector over the past nine years. The losses were in non tax revenues including royalty and fixed fee in the period of 2003-2011, KPK Deputy Chairman Busyro Muqoddas said here on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 August 2013 23:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono leads Taufiq`s funeral ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the funeral ceremony of Chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly Taufiq Kiemas at the Kalibata Heroes` Cemetery in South Jakarta on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 21:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National flag half-mast at state palace for Taufiq Kiemas The national flag was raised half-mast at the state palace here on Sunday to mourn the death of the chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Taufiq Kiemas. The flag was also seen raised half-mast at the private residence of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 16:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Medan airport security officers detain man trying to smuggle gun The Polonia airport security officers here on Wednesday at noon detained a man who tried to smuggle a gun and 20 bullets, the chief of the airport security office, Saut Sihombing, said.

Posted in Crime @ 05 June 2013 17:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Armed group attacks security officers in Papua Joint security officers of Indonesian Military (TNI) and Police, who were patrolling Aimasa area in Soring District, West Papua, were attacked by an armed group at 2 am on Wednesday. One of TNI personnel, identified as Second Sub-Lieutenant Sultony was injured in the ambush.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2013 15:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two vessels caught red handed in illegal transaction Two tankers flying Indonesian flag have been caught red handed by a customs and excise sea patrol when the tankers allegedly committing illegal transfer of cargo in the Riau Island Provincial waters.

Posted in Crime @ 30 January 2013 23:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven suspects arrested over police attack in Papua Seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack at a police station in Pirime, Lanny Jaya district, in Papua Province, on November 27 that left three officers dead.

Posted in Violence @ 30 November 2012 16:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian red and white flag attracts fewer buyers The Indonesian Red and White flag has attracted fewer buyers on the occasion of the nation`s Independence Day on Friday, sellers said.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2012 14:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono leads Independence Day ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, here on Friday at the Presidential Palace, has led a ceremony commemorating the 67th anniversary of Indonesia`s Independence Day.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2012 14:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: 'New facts on Bank Century scandal' Outspoken lawmaker Bambang Soesatyo said "new facts" about Bank Century scandal unveiled by former chief of the anti graft agency (KPK) Antasari Azhar has not only confirmed involvement of the "Palace" in the controversial bail out of the ailing bank, but also added to evidence about attempts to keep the case hidden from the public.

Posted in General @ 10 August 2012 21:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military, Aceh police to join forces to combat illegal weapons use Iskandar Muda regional military troops will team up with the Aceh regional police to head patrols and conduct raids to recover illegal firearms in the Aceh Province, regional military Commander Major General Zahari Siregar said on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 03 August 2012 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda wants to grow 80% until 2015 The Indonesian National Flag Carrier Garuda Indonesia is targeting to operate 144 aircraft carrying 29 million passengers by the year 2015. Currently, Garuda flies 81 airplanes with 15.5 million passengers carried in 2011. If Garuda meets its self-proclaimed goals, this will translate into an 80% increase in business in only 3.5 years.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 08 July 2012 06:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boat with illegal immigrants still missing A wooden boat carrying some 50 illegal immigrants from the Middle East which allegedly went down southwest of Maluk Strait on Thursday at 1:50 p.m. local time had not been recovered by a SAR team using a National Disaster Agency (Basarnas) helicopter of Denpasar, Bali.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 April 2012 12:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda signs agreement to purchase 11 Airbus planes Garuda Indonesia signed an agreement with Airbus on Wednesday to purchase 11 A330-300 planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 13 April 2012 12:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nazaruddin named suspect in money laundering case A former Democrat Party`s treasurer has been named suspect in a money laundering case involving the purchase of shares worth Rp300.8 billion in national-flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 February 2012 08:37 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


Indonesia's air traffic increased by 15 percent in 2011 Indonesia's Transportation Ministry on Wednesday announced that the country's passenger air traffic increased by 15 percent in 2011, when compared to the previous year, local media reported.

Posted in Travel @ 26 January 2012 02:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pondok Pesantren Laki-laki As-Sodomiyah Last week it made some headlines, but I didn't have the time to get back to it right away. Well, that should be special new then, right? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that special. Hardly any attention was given to it in Indonesia, at least not of the stone-throwing and firebombing kind of attention that we should expect with this kind of news.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2012 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


OPM: Indonesian police kill fourteen Papuan separatists The separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) on Thursday claimed fourteen of its members have allegedly been killed during a recent police raid in the district of Paniai in Indonesia's restive Papua region, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Violence @ 15 December 2011 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia airlines shows firm passenger growth Indonesian airlines are in a period of accelerated growth, despite the looming debt crisis that threatens aviation in Europe and the United States.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2011 01:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Garuda faces criticism for semi-naked breast checks Garuda Indonesia, the country\'s flag carrier, is facing strong criticism after reports claim it is conducting near-naked physical checks for South Korean flight attendant jobs, local media reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 24 August 2011 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Activists urge economic development for Papua Indonesia needs to boost economic development in Papua, human rights activists say, a day after thousands in the restive region rallied for independence.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 August 2011 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious radio station to end national anthem ban Officials have prodded a religious-based community radio station in Balikpapan to resume broadcasting the national anthem as required by law.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2011 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia kills four Somali pirates during rescue operation Indonesia on Monday announced that four Somali pirates were killed during an operation that freed 20 sailors, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 02 May 2011 16:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Somali pirates hijack Singapore ship with 25 Indonesian crew Somali pirates on Saturday hijacked a Singapore-flagged ship off the coast of Kenya with more than two dozen crew members on board, most of them Indonesians, officials said on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 May 2011 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to invest 200 billion dollars in 14 years Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday announced that the country is planning a $200-billion investment in the next 14 years to advance economic development.

Posted in Economy @ 18 April 2011 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Somali pirates hijack Indonesian bulk carrier with 20 crew members Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked an Indonesian-flagged bulk carrier with 20 crew members on board, the European Union Naval Force - Somalia (EUNAVFOR) confirmed on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 17 March 2011 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Somali pirates hijack South Korean tanker with 21 crew members Somali pirates on Saturday hijacked a Norwegian-owned but South Korean-operated chemical tanker in the waters of the Indian Ocean, the European Union Naval Force - Somalia confirmed.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2011 01:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands protest against governor elections in Yogyakarta Thousands of Indonesians hit the streets of Yogyakarta province on Monday in protest of a bill that would force residents to elect a governor instead of the Sultan to serve in the position.

Posted in Politics @ 13 December 2010 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to apply for SkyTeam membership Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will start its joining process leading to full entry into the SkyTeam airline alliance after the signing of an official agreement next week, local media reported. After the signing, that will take place on November 23 in Jakarta, the airline will join the alliance around early 2012.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 19 November 2010 17:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace vessel barred from entering Indonesian waters A Greenpeace vessel on Wednesday was barred by the Foreign Ministry from entering Indonesian waters, the organization said. The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was slated to dock at the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta but it was not allowed to sail on Indonesian waters.

Posted in Politics @ 15 October 2010 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terror unit deals out own terror Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which Australia and the US train and fund, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating and abusing them in detention.

Posted in Violence @ 13 September 2010 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mounting tensions between Malaysia and Indonesia The current wave of anti-Malaysian sentiment sweeping across Indonesia was sparked by the detention of three maritime enforcement offers by Malaysian authorities near Riau island. Indonesian officials are insisting the arrest took place in Indonesian territorial waters on August 16, 2010, with some sources citing the act as retaliation for the earlier arrest of seven Malaysian fishermen caught in Indonesian waters.

Posted in Protests @ 29 August 2010 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda will spread its wings over Europe Garuda is preparing to once again become an international airline after a hiatus in which the national flag carrier shrunk to regional airline status. Buoyant with the resumption of service to Europe with its Amsterdam flight in June 2010, the technical and maintenance director of the airline told that service will be extended to include Italy, London, Paris and Frankfurt.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 June 2010 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Has Garuda lost the thread on heritage conservation? Garuda Indonesia is on a roll. The national carrier has returned to Europe with flights to Amsterdam; new aircraft are on order to make their already young fleet even younger; plans are in hand for more new routes, including resuming service to America's West Coast; the airline has re-established its safety certification with IATA and the EU; and, most importantly, the airline is turning a profit.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 June 2010 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government may free political prisoners in Papua Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said Sunday he planned to release a number of Papuan political activists jailed for campaigning for separation from Indonesia. The minister said during his visit to Papua that he would discuss the plan with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Widodo AS.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2010 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's Ambon route expected to boost Maluku's tourism The much awaited reopening of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia`s Ambon route in June is expected to have a significant effect on tourism in Maluku. Starting June 1, there will be regular flights from Jakarta to Ambon.

Posted in Travel @ 14 May 2010 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia and Jetstar to cooperate Malaysia-based AirAsia and it's Australian counterpart Jetstar announced earlier this week that they were to form an alliance to help reduce costs even further. They were to cooperate in handling each others passengers at airports in the the region and would also consider buying new aircraft together. Earlier it was already reported that they were talking about a joint venture to safe costs.

Posted in Travel @ 09 January 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sees tourist arrivals up 8.5 % in 2010 Indonesia aims to attract 7 million foreign tourists in 2010, up from about 6.45 million visitors this year, Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said on Wednesday. The minister said Indonesia had edged past it's target of 6.4 million arrivals for this year despite the global economic crisis and militant suicide attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta in July.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2009 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First aid and disaster training in Papua On November 1, 2009, a project to expand training in first aid and disaster relief began in the city of Jayapura. Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia, is regularly shaken by earthquakes. The regions around the cities of Jayapura, Biak, Manokwari and Nabire are the worst affected.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 November 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release Papuan flag-raisers Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should exonerate three Papuan men convicted of rebellion on November 12, 2009, for raising a pro-independence flag, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2009 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda invited to resume flights to the U.S.A. Bisnis Indonesia reports that the U.S. Government has invited Garuda Indonesia< to re-open its long-abandoned direct flights between the U.S.A. and Indonesia with assistance from the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). Garuda terminated its flights to Los Angeles in mid-1998 that operated on a route that traveled in both directions between Jakarta - Bali - Biak - Honolulu - Los Angeles.

Posted in Travel @ 17 November 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air flies to Singapore from Jakarta and Semarang The Indonesian airline Batavia Air has announced that they will start with two new routes. They will fly direct daily between Jakarta and Singapore as well as Semarang in Central Java and Singapore. The flight between Semarang and Singapore is fairly remarkable, as national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia ceased operations on that same route.

Posted in Travel @ 06 November 2009 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda adds flight between Surakarta and Jakarta The national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced that it would add a flight between Surakarta and Jakarta starting from November amid growing demand on the route. "We will fly early in the morning so that businessmen from Surakarta don't have to fly from Yogyakarta," Syamsuddin, the Garuda general manager in Surakarta, said.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 October 2009 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fraud with my credit card For everything is a first time. Yesterday I was SMS-ed from the Netherlands with the request to check my email. No company asked me to do that, but my contact person in the Netherlands which can be contacted by the Rabobank in case it is needed. I checked my email right away and found out that the Fraud Prevention team of the Rabobank had blocked by credit card because they suspected that my card was used by others.

Posted in Crime @ 30 September 2009 11:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dream on Garuda! Garuda Indonesia - Indonesia's national airline and state owned company - informed the public that they have had a vision. A vision of billions of Rupiah in a vault, profits from their operations worldwide. Gold coins and millions of banknotes stacked as high as the ceiling with transporting three times as much passengers as they do now... in just five years time.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 July 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terrorism unit sent to airport occupied by OPM After the Papua Freedom Movement OPM (Organisasi Papua Merdeka) occupied the Perintis airport in the district of Mamberamo Raya in Papua last week, the police of Papua has finally decided to sent an anti-terrorism unit, Densus 88, to the location to regain control over the airport.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2009 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, the women of B.A.T.S. The later it gets the more clear it becomes that it is not all about the music, the band and the alcohol here. Pleasure is okay, but there is much more to get here that just that. The later it gets, a part of the people here starts to show more and more lowbrow attitude. In some areas you will see women hopping from one man to another. It could just be to greet them a 'bye bye', but all changes if you know better than that, because there is more to it.

Posted in Nightlife @ 22 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Crackdown on freedom of expression in Maluku At least 70 people have been arrested or imprisoned for peaceful pro-independence activities in the province of Maluku, Indonesia over the last two years, Amnesty International revealed today. The Indonesian government should immediately and unconditionally release all those detained for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, belief and association.

Posted in Protests @ 20 December 2008 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia a non-starter in 'arms race' Indonesia does not have the capacity to join the regional arms race flagged last week by Kevin Rudd and will instead rely on Australia's planned military build-up as part of its own defence strategy. Senior officials will travel to Australia within weeks for discussions on military hardware supplies, including the Australian manufacture of military equipment in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2008 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of FPI run into police raid in downtown Jakarta Dozens of members from the FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) who were headed to Istana Negara - the state palace - ran into a police raid in the Semanggi area. The group dressed in mainly white which used cars and motorbikes were stopped for not wearing helmets and not being able to show their driving licenses. Furthermore the group was stopped for bringing flags and other attributes because it endangered other road users.

Posted in General @ 27 August 2008 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia: Release peaceful demonstrators in Papua The Indonesian government should immediately release more than a dozen Papuans detained for raising the Papuan "Morning Star" flag in Fakfak, a major city in western Papua, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the Indonesian government to launch an investigation into the excessive use of force by the Indonesian police, who beat and kicked the activists during the arrests on July 19, 2008. "Once again, the Indonesian authorities have stopped Papuans from peacefully expressing their political views," said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The police should not resort to violence to suppress political activism."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's new Boeing aircraft begin to arrive Garuda's fleet of new Boeing 737-800 New Generation aircraft have begun to arrive in Indonesia from their production plant in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.). Quoted by Tempo Interaktif, the CEO of the Airline, Emirsyah Satar said on Thursday, July 17th, "one unit arrives on Friday and another one next month."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 19 July 2008 12:17 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


South Maluku Republic activist jailed for life The leader of a secessionist group in Indonesia has been sentenced to life in prison for waving a separatist flag in front of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the nation's president. The incident was a major embarrassment to the president as he was attending a government ceremony in Maluku in June last year.

Posted in General @ 04 April 2008 16:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Grammatical error in Tourism 2008 campaign to be fixed A grammatical error in the 'Visit Indonesia 2008' campaign - to be found on airplanes, websites and advertisements - has to be fixed, said an official at the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday. The slogan of the campaign reads 'Celebrating 100 years of nation's awakning'. 'Nation's', in correct English, should read 'national' or has to be preceded by a definite article.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 December 2007 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hoisting of Morning Star flag to be stopped directly Hundreds of students who name themselves the Morning Star Youth Movement Anti-colonial Indonesia have raised the Morning Star flag yesterday. Hoisting the flag took place in a ceremony held in the deep forests near Jayapura. The ceremony was held to remember the day that the independence of Papua Barat was proclaimed. Outside a number of youth, the ceremony was attended by a number of members of the National Freedom Army of the Papua Independence Organisation TPN OPM.

Posted in Protests @ 01 December 2007 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia turns a profit again Tempo Interaktif reports that Garuda Indonesia created a profit of Rp. 218 billion (16.8 million euro) in the period January-September 2007, an increase of 150% over the same period in the preceding year. Garuda suffered a loss of Rp. 436 billion (33.5 million euro) in 2006. "Current results are a good step, while over the past three years Garuda always suffered losses," explained Garuda Chief Executive Officer, Emirsyah Satar.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 November 2007 00:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Garuda B737-400s seized by customs officers Asia aviation soared to new heights on Thursday, October 25, 2007, with the inaugural flight of the Airbus 380 from Singapore to Sydney, while in Indonesia aviation circles were reaping publicity of a less favorable kind when six Boeing 737-400 aircraft leased by national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia were seized by Indonesian customs and excise officials in Jakarta.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 October 2007 08:40 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


Garuda Indonesia to return to The Netherlands? Despite the current blacklisting of all Indonesian registered commercial aircraft from European airspace by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia appears adamant in its desire to resume service to Europe, planning to recommence service to Amsterdam in 2008.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 04 October 2007 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists are back again Sometimes you have those days that you want to enjoy the evening after a day of traveling around. This enjoying will work perfectly having a cold beer and some company. Earlier that day I had enjoyed the celebrations of Independence Day in and around Yogyakarta and after that I headed for Jalan Malioboro to do some shopping. That has to be done as well, and to combine it with something good, I decided to look for a place in one of the many bars or restaurants in the first small street off Jalan Malioboro, Jalan Sosrowijayan.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Merdeka! Merdeka! With just over two weeks to go, Indonesia is slowly turning into a more colorful country than usual. Independence Day is coming - the 17th of August. That will be celebrated as well. Of course the red and white flags will be everywhere around, but the celebration is more than just raising a flag in the early morning. Like I wrote a year ago, cleaning is done as preparation. Things that haven't been cleaned for almost a year are now cleaned to be finished just a few days short of the 17th - so they don't have to care about it for another year as well.

Posted in Culture @ 31 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda complies with IATA safety standards On July 4, 2007, Tempo Interaktif reported Garuda Indonesia is in the process of renewing its certficaton for compliance with the strict safety standards of the International Aviation Transport Association (IATA). According to Tempo, the national airline has already met 95% of the standards of the International Aviation Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), scheduled to be carried out in August.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 July 2007 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests 31 after separatist protest Police in Indonesia have arrested 31 people after dancers staged a separatist protest in front of the president in Ambon last week. Maluku police spokesman Djoko Susilo said that 28 protesters and three others were arrested after the group danced in front of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and unfurled a separatist flag. "We will resolve this case down to its very roots," said Susilo as criticism of security forces for failing to prevent the incident mounted.

Posted in Protests @ 01 July 2007 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU bans flights by Indonesian airlines All airlines that have their base in Indonesia will be banned from flying to the European Union because of safety concerns. This information has been released by the European Commission. "Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers traveling worldwide but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety," said Jacques Barrot, commission vice president in charge of transport.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2007 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Pilots resign from Garuda Indonesia Over 70 pilots from Garuda Indonesia - Indonesia's national flag carrier - have resigned so far this year. They say poor working conditions and low salaries are the cause, according to the head of the airline's union. Most of the pilots have accepted more lucrative packages by other regional airlines, of which some are planning expansions of their fleets.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 24 May 2007 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


E-ticketing finally takes off in Indonesia according to IATA After lagging behind with e-ticketing, 82 percent of all passengers in Indonesia now access websites or make a telephone call to have their tickets issued electronically, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This percentage is higher than the global and regional averages.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2007 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tail crashed plane painted white and broken off In the early hours of Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Garuda Indonesia plane crashed at the airport of Yogyakarta, Adi Sucipto, the only remaining part of the airplane, the tail wing, has been painted white. The logo of the airline is not visible anymore for visitors, also because the entire wing seems to be detached now, it's logo facing the ground.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2007 08:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


8 die in plane crash at Yogyakarta airport At least eight people have died in a plane crash at Yogyakarta's International Airport, Adi Sucipto. The plane crashed and exploded at 7.08 local time Wednesday. An airport operations manager from Adi Sucipto Airport reported that the ill-fated plane skidded off the runway, crashed into an embankment and exploded.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 March 2007 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: free political prisoners in Papua At least 18 Papuans are serving sentences in Indonesian jails simply for peaceful acts of freedom of expression and opinion, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Such imprisonment violates international law and Indonesia's international legal obligations. The 42-page report, "Protest and Punishment: Political Prisoners in Papua," documents how the Indonesian government continues to use the criminal law to punish individuals who peacefully advocate for independence in the eastern Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya (hereafter referred to as Papua). All the prisoners have been convicted for treason or spreading hatred against the government, for nonviolent activities such as flag-raising, or attendance at peaceful meetings on self-determination options for Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2007 04:05 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


Garuda Indonesia meets creditors in Singapore Flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia said that it had met creditors, floating rate notes holders in particular, in Singapore on Friday. "Apart from explaining the company`s financial performance and operation, we also reported our plans and debt restructuring," Garuda president Emirsyah Satar said in a press release.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 18 December 2006 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First A1 victory for New Zealand on Sentul track New Zealand secured its first-ever victory in the A1 Grand Prix series on Sunday with a dominant lights-to-flag drive from Jonny Reid in the sprint race at the Sentul circuit, Indonesia. Team Mexico's Salvador Duran put Reid under pressure in the closing laps of the race to finish a fighting second ahead of Great Britain's Robbie Kerr.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, three others to sign 'open skies' Indonesia will sign an air travel agreement with three neighboring countries allowing nominated airlines to fly unrestricted to four destinations in each country, a senior official said Thursday. The limited "open skies" agreement to be signed by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei is aimed at increasing tourist flow between the Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia's Minister of Transportation Hatta Radjasa said.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2006 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beckons A1 racers For the second time in two weeks, the A1GP series returns to South East Asia. This time, the series will set up camp at the Sentul circuit on the Indonesian island of Java, 42km from the capital Jakarta, for round five of the 12-round season. The Sentul circuit is located in the wealthy region of Bogor, a popular summer resort and centre of trade for products of the surrounding region including coffee, tea and assorted spices.

Posted in Sports @ 07 December 2006 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independent Papua flag raised in PNG The Morning Star flag of Papua has been raised in Port Moresby to commemorate a 1997 proclamation of independence by activists opposed to the region being part of Indonesia. Around 120 people gathered in the Papua New Guinea capital for the raising of the flag and to hear a message read from West Papua New Guinea National Congress president Michael Kareth now living in exile in the Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 27 November 2006 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia willing to send troops to Iraq under UN ndonesia is willing to send troops to serve under the UN flag in Iraq if the international community agrees to such a deployment, Defence Minister Yuwono Sudarsono said on Wednesday. Sudarsono told journalists that sending troops was part of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's proposed solution to the conflict in Iraq, which he had conveyed to visiting US President George W Bush on Monday.

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


Anti-Bush protests in Indonesia cause traffic jams Hundreds of protesters on Friday burned U.S. flags and chanted "You're not welcome here" ahead of a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush to predominantly Muslim Indonesia. Traffic jammed as protesters marched through the streets of Bogor, where Bush will meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday for wide-ranging talks covering terrorism, the Middle East peace process, poverty alleviation and education.

Posted in Protests @ 18 November 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 19 reactions
    
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