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Sutan Bhatoegana named suspect in corruption case Sutan Bhatoegana (SB), a parliamentary member from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyonos Democrat Party, has been named a suspect in a corruption case at the energy and mineral resources ministry.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 May 2014 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze disrupts oil palm production in Riau Haze from the ongoing forest fires in the Riau province had disrupted the harvest of oil palm fruits, a local farmer Rohim, 57 years old, said here on Friday. "The thick haze makes it hard for farmers to see the palm fruits that are ready to be harvested," Rohim noted.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 March 2014 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists visit Komodo National Park in 2013 The town of Labuan Bajo, the entry point to Komodo island, in East Nusa Tenggara, has seen a steady influx of domestic and foreign tourists, following the inclusion of the Komodo National Park in the New7Wonders of Nature.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 December 2013 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts three times Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra, erupted three times on Wednesday morning, hurling volcanic ash into the sky. Head of Data Center of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a short text message that the first eruption took place at 2:40 am belching volcanic ash some 2,000 meters into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All flights must avoid route on Mount Sinabung The Ministry of Transportation has urged all flights to avoid routes on Mount Sinabung which erupted on Sunday in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 November 2013 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Not time yet for Jokowi to be presidential candidate' This is not the right time for Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to be nominated as a presidential candidate, according to a political observer. He stated that Jokowi could pass the test by turning Jakarta into a better place than what it was at present.

Posted in Politics @ 26 August 2013 21:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali prepares to regulate local fruit sales The Jakarta Post reports that the province of Bali plans to propose specific bylaws protecting the market for local farmers by controlling the sale and consumption of local fruit.

Posted in Economy @ 23 February 2013 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Economic gap seen as cause of security problem in Papua Economic and social gap is the root cause of persistent security problem in Papua, Velix Wanggai, a special staff of the president on regional autonomy, said.

Posted in Violence @ 23 February 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilinks opens routes from Batam Indonesian airliner Citilink has announced that it will operate two new routes from Batam. Starting January 10, they have started operations on the route from Batam and Padang, twice a day. From January 16 there will also be two daily flights between Batam and Palembang.

Posted in Travel @ 13 January 2013 02:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Severe drought takes victims in Pekalongan Long drought began to leave its mark with 1,800 people of the regency of Pekalongan, Central Java, hit by acute infection in respiratory tract.

Posted in Health @ 18 September 2012 10:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Islamic party against imports  from Israel The faction of Islamic-based Development United Party (PPP) criticized the government on entry of Israeli food products into the Indonesian market.

Posted in Politics @ 13 August 2012 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia`s fruit consumption below FAO`s standard The agriculture ministry said Indonesia`s consumption of fruits and vegetable is still below the standard set by the world`s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Posted in Health @ 10 August 2012 22:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian legislator opposes import of Israel fruits A legislator has strongly criticized the importation of dates and shantang oranges fruits from Israel, saying the income from such trade aids Israel`s continued occupation of Palestine.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 August 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Religion @ 12 April 2012 09:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Labor disputes must be settled thoroughly' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked for a thorough settlement of the workers` demand for pay rise without any remaining problems, Hatta Rajasa said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 February 2012 06:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cracks down on 'train surfing' with concrete balls Railway staff in Indonesia have begun hanging concrete balls above railway lines in an effort to try to stop commuters from riding the roofs of trains, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 18 January 2012 05:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: two dead in clashes with residents in Mesuji Police said two clashes happened between local residents and police in Mesuji district, Lampung province, during 2011. Lampung regional police command spokesperson Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sulistyaningsih said here on Thursday, during the clashes, two people were killed by police fire but harsh sanctions had been imposed on the officers who had opened fire in violation of standing procedures.

Posted in Violence @ 16 December 2011 03:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian brain damaged after drinking toxic cocktail An Australian nurse has fallen ill after drinking a toxic alcoholic beverage at an Indonesian resort island, local media reported on Wednesday. She is currently hospitalized after eventually suffering from brain damage and kidney failure.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 October 2011 06:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Car accident kills nine Indonesians in eastern Malaysia Nine Indonesians were killed on early Thursday morning when their car collided head-on with a truck in eastern Malaysia, police said. Two others were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 August 2011 03:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Palm oil ship sinks off Kalimantan, Indonesia An Indonesian palm oil ship sunk off the island of Kalimantan, but authorities have received no official word regarding the incident or reports of casualties, officials said Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 June 2011 15:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China-Indonesia trade could reach $50 billion this year Bilateral trade between China and Indonesia is expected to reach $50 billion this year, in the non-oil/non-gas sector, officials said Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 14 May 2011 02:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Hundreds of drivers stuck in 12km traffic jam to seaport Hundreds of frustrated truck drivers have been stranded for several days on the road to the Indonesian port city of Merak, the Jakarta Globe reported Sunday.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2011 21:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi replanting movement launched People living on the slopes of Mount Merapi are being encouraged to replant as part of a government campaign to restore land badly damaged by recent eruptions. The campaign officially kicked off on Tuesday with Agriculture Minister Suswono planting banana trees in Batur village, Sleman, in Yogyakarta.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 December 2010 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NU youths: 'Porn more dangerous than drugs' A youth department of Nahdlatul Ulama has said that the spread of porn videos is more dangerous for youths and especially children than drug use. Because of this, spreaders and makers of porn should be punished severely. These strong words were used to express the meaning of the youths after a porn tape with three famous Indonesian artists - Luna Maya, Cut Tari and Ariel - started spreading among Indonesians earlier this months.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Early hours in NED During the long weekend of last week the island was flooded with Indonesian and foreign tourists that either want to shop cheaper, or want to do things that they can not do at home. Some prefer to get completely wasted on alcohol - more cheap here than in Singapore - in a matter of hours to he can take the boat back a few hours later, the other spends a night on the island to taste some of the forbidden fruits here.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 June 2010 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


LIPI: Cut a tree, plant ten new trees In a survey that has cost some 250 million Rupiah (195,000 euro), the botanic garden in Cibodas and LIPI (the Indonesian Institute of Sciences), has concluded that for every tree that is cut down, at least ten new seedlings have to planted to replace it. The seedlings should be put in the earth before the tree is actually cut, realizing that Indonesians normally don't tend to clean up their work after they have started.

Posted in Environment @ 13 November 2009 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nusa Dua Fiesta XIII 2009 Bali's Nusa Dua Complex will once again host the Nusa Dua Fiesta XIII 2009 October 17-21, 2009, which will include participation by 20 different provinces across Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.74 tons of marijuana seized by Sukabumi police The regional police of Sukabumi has seized some 1.74 tons of dried marijuana when it raided a house in the city of Sukabumi last Friday. The raid was a joint operation between the National Narcotics Brigade and the police in the region. The total value of the drugs is estimated at 6 billion Rupiah (410.000 euro). The drugs were already prepared for distribution. Four suspects were arrested during the raid.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 September 2009 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Manado mayor faces 10 years in prison The former mayor of the city of Manado, Jimmy Rimba Rogi, will hear today how long he will have to spend in prison for his alleged corruption. He will be sentenced by the Court of Judges for Corruption Cases (Tipikor). Jimmy is suspected of corruption with funds of the regional budget of Manado in 2006 and 2007. He is said to have caused the state losses of up to 69 billion Rupiah (4.9 million euro).

Posted in Corruption @ 10 August 2009 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


There is the wet monsoon First some lightning and later with a rolling thunder from the south, a bunch of dark clouds heads towards the north. After two rainshowers yesterday afternoon it is very likely that it will rain again today. A clear sign that the wet monsoon finally will kick of. Somewhat late, but with half a year of virtually no rain at all, every single drop of rain is a gift from God for farmers and people with their own garden. Yesterdays rain was just a reminder of the arrival of the wet monsoon and also cleaned the streets from the dust that had been gathered in all possible and impossible places during the last six months.

Posted in Weather @ 29 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hobbits' wrist action shows they were little, not people Three wrist bones from one of the tiny "hobbits" of Indonesia provide the evidence that confirms they are a new species of humans, scientists report. Since the discovery of the prehistoric humans on the island of Flores was announced three years ago, debate has raged over whether the fossils are a new species, called Homo floresiensis.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2007 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wild elephants kill mother and child in Sumatra Wild elephants have killed a woman and her three-year-old child when they entered a village on the island of Sumatra. This was reported by a conservationist. The elephants were searching for some food in the village itself which is located just inside the territory of Bukit Barisan National Park, told Nurchlois Fadli from the World Wildlife Fund.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 May 2007 14:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2007 00:00 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


Official: 'Indonesia's bird flu cases far from a pandemic' Indonesia, which has the highest number of human bird flu infections and fatalities, was unlikely to be hit by a pandemic of the disease in the immediate future, an official has said. "We are still far from a pandemic," said Bayu Krisnamurthi, the chief executive of the Indonesian National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (Komnas FBPI.)

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 November 2006 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Children from Mblali On a late afternoon late last week I was to receive a short text message. I get a lot of them here as it is a cheap way to communicate here during the day, but this one was more special, or more important however you want to call it. It was from a foundation that has done emergency response after the earthquake in Central Java - today two months ago - as well as to tsunami-stricken Pangandaran just a while ago. They are still active in the area of Mblali, a village where people from other villages have found shelter after the earthquake. As one of the few they have maintained their outpost on the local field there, while most other organizations have already wrapped up their 'on-the-spot' emergency efforts.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sanitary conditions worsen in quake-hit area Many of Indonesia's 650,000 homeless earthquake survivors are living with deteriorating sanitary conditions, forced to wash with dirty water that infects wounds and spreads skin disease, doctors said Sunday. Another peril loomed from a nearby volcano, which spewed lava and hot gases dozens of times on Sunday. There was also concern about bird flu in the quake zone, as the number of Indonesia's human deaths from the virus mounted. Some of the homeless have taken shelter in chicken coops that aid workers fear could contain the disease.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 June 2006 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Tengger of Bromo: Magic, mystique and modernism Legend has it that the Tengger ethnic group in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru area of East Java is descended from the ancient Majapahit royal family. The name "Tengger" itself is said to be an acronymic derivation of two legendary figures from the region, Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger. As it has been long told, during a time of chaos for the Majapahit kingdom, Princess Rara Anteng took refuge in the area around Mount Bromo. While she was being evacuated, Rara Anteng met Jaka Seger, the son of a priest from the kingdom of Kediri, which was also in great turmoil. Their meeting was the beginning of a love story, and the area was later christened after their combined names.

Posted in Culture @ 28 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists query discovery of 'Hobbits' in Flores A row has broken out about the scientific evidence purporting to show that a species of "hobbits" lived on a remote Indonesian island about 18,000 years ago. A team of scientists believes that the skull at the centre of the discovery is not from a metre-high member of another human species but belonged to someone with microcephaly - a congenitally small brained person.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gas clouds shoot down Mount Merapi volcano Clouds of deadly ash, rock fragments and hot gas surged down Mount Merapi's slopes Monday as activity intensified to the highest level since the volcano rumbled back to life weeks ago. One eruption sent an avalanche of debris and ash rolling more than 2 miles down the mountain's western flank, said Ratdomopurbo, the region's chief vulcanologist. It was followed by several other huge explosions.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI's natural wealth, a blessing and curse The ongoing discussion about the urgent need to increase the education budget and Vice President Jussuf Kalla's irritation with Indonesian backwardness despite the obvious natural wealth of the country, as reported in this paper on April 5, highlights a problem that is not limited to Indonesia, but harms this country and coincidentally a number of other Muslim countries disproportionally.

Posted in Environment @ 20 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO: Markets a bird flu risk Ignorance, filthy conditions and lack of water risk making traditional Indonesian markets breeding grounds for bird flu in people and poultry, the World Health Organization said. The warning comes after the death of a 22-year-old Indonesian chicken seller, which local tests showed had been infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 January 2006 12:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A religious conflict tamed Despite a flurry of warnings about possible violence over the holidays, residents in this capital of Central Sulawesi Province, thought the bomb blast that ripped through a nearby pork-selling market on New Year's Eve was an earthquake. They were convinced, like so many others in the region, that the communal tensions that erupted into deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians five years ago were a thing of the past. Even after finding out it was a bomb, they condemned it as simply the work of a small group of "terrorists."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami aid and building civil society in Aceh Donors often say that the major obstacle in the post-tsunami relief and reconstruction work is poor co-ordination of the organizations involved. This may be true, but the observation does not help much unless we discuss why.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV-positive Dolvince keeps spirit of life aflame The mere mention of the term "PLWHA" (person living with HIV/AIDS) will make people's imagination immediately form the image of a frail person characterized by a severe inferiority complex and a strong urge to keep himself aloof from society. This is a common image about a PLWHA because the people in this country, generally, still find it difficult to accept them.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Idul Fitri 'losing its color' in Jakarta The fasting month of Ramadhan and Idul Fitri celebrations in Jakarta have lost much of their colorful cultural traditions, a senior citizen says. Republika daily newspaper writer Alwi Shahab remembers that Idul Fitri Eve in the 1940s and 1950s was a special time for Betawi (native Jakarta) women. Unlike on ordinary days, they were allowed to spend the evening outside their houses, tasked with buying flowers for the Lebaran decorations, Alwi said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo puts the squeeze on corruption President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has repeated his promise to seriously fight corruption at all levels of both state and private institutions, establishing a special team to strengthen and speed up his antigraft drive. "Once the anticorruption wheels and machine runs, (it must) never stop," he said in Jakarta on Wednesday after inaugurating the team, which is led by Deputy Attorney General for special crimes Hendarman Supandji.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On my motorbike, enjoying the beauty of the Indonesian landscape preferrably outside the cities I see a lot of strange things. At least, they are strange in my western point of view. Some things make me wonder how they even got there.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market intervention futile With many investors converting their funds into dollar-based assets, Bank Indonesia (central bank) has been selling dollars in the international currency market. It has also been threatening to curb currency trading among commercial banks while raising banks' reserve requirements. Despite these efforts, the rupiah has shed almost 9 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar since Jan. 1.

Posted in Economy @ 15 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PDI-P holds on to gain with almost half of the votes counted President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party maintained a slight edge over the chief rival Golkar Friday with nearly half the votes tallied from Indonesia's April 5 general election. However Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) appeared to have suffered a big drop in support, winning 20.8 percent of 59.5 million votes tallied so far compared to the 34 percent it won in total in 1999. Golkar, the party which backed former dictator Suharto, was on 20 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Before he slipped into unconsciousness, six-year-old Kaptan Boonmanuj told his mother, "Mum, my chest feels like it's going to explode." On Jan. 26, after two weeks in a coma, Kaptan died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, becoming Thailand's first victim of avian flu. His parents returned home to the hamlet of Ben Ya Pad, deep in the country's rural western province of Kanchanaburi. Two days had passed since their son's death, and rice farmer Chamnan Boonmanuj and his wife Chongrak sat receiving friends and relatives, the smell of burning incense heavy in the front room of their concrete house. Behind them, Kaptan's body lay in a white coffin. Propped against it was his bicycle, along with a picture of Kaptan wearing his school uniform. Outside, a row of ornate wreaths was placed beside the wall of the house. One was from the Ministry of Public Health.

Posted in Health @ 06 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Monorail may offer some relief to Jakarta WHEN Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso flew to Kuching, Malaysia, last week to sign a deal for a monorail project worth US$400 million (S$704 million) for the Indonesian capital, it heralded a belated move to set up some sort of credible mass transit system in the gridlocked, polluted city of 12 million people. Jakarta is one of the last major metropolises in South-east Asia without an underground railway network. Blueprints have been drawn up in recent years, but were shelved at the onset of the Asian economic meltdown in late 1997.

Posted in General @ 02 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Durian-flavored condoms sell well in Indonesia Indonesian activists have sold durian-flavored condoms as part of a campaign to fight HIV /AIDS, a report said Friday. DKT Indonesia, an anti-AIDS organization, said it sold 150,000 condoms with the exotic flavor when the product was first launched last month, the Jakarta Post reported. "Probably only the new Harry Potter book beat us in terms of sale speed and volume," Teguh Budiono, the DKT product brand manager, was quoted as saying.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Business as usual in the capital The Saturday market at Pasar Aceh Central here is bustling with shoppers buying fish, fruits, meat and vegetables. Except for two policemen directing traffic consisting mostly of motorised tricycles and mini buses there is no uniformed personnel at the market that is one of the liveliest spots in this capital of Aceh.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 June 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh resigned, unhappy as war looms Standing by stacks of fruit he sells in Aceh's capital, Maimum does not share Indonesia's confidence a new military operation will be more successful than past efforts to defeat rebels who have fought for independence for decades. "It will go on for a long, long time," Maimum said on Tuesday, a day after a government deadline passed for talks between the two sides, and Jakarta said a big military offensive against Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels was inevitable.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-war fury sweeps Indonesia Demonstrators have hit the streets in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, to protest against US-led attacks on Iraq as clerics savaged President George W Bush in mosque sermons. A senior Western diplomat said the possibility of demonstrations getting out of control worried him the least among several key security concerns in Indonesia because of "the commitment of the Government to make sure that law and order are going to be upheld".

Posted in Protests @ 21 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The residents of Banjarsari hamlet in Cilandak Barat subdistrict, South Jakarta, are among the handful of Jakartans who pay serious attention to their environment. Unlike many other places in the heavily polluted capital, Banjarsari, located near the Jl. TB Simatupang toll road and Jl. RS Fatmawati, is green and clean.

Posted in Environment @ 03 June 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At first it was the crunchy salad at The Legian's pool bar. It arrived resting on a large dish with a chunk of charcoal-grilled salmon cradled in its lush, green lap. Seasoned with the subtle aromatics found only on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, it became essential to find out the root of these fine-flavored leaves.

Posted in Environment @ 09 April 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former President Suharto still weak Indonesian former president Soeharto's health condition was still weak, former Women's Affairs Minister Mien Sugandhi told reporters here Sunday. "I only saw him from outside the room," she said after visiting Soeharto. Soeharto was eating fruit and there were no doctors in his room Sunday, Sugandhi was quoted by the Antara News Agency as saying. "But he cannot communicate, speak, yet," she added. Soeharto's eldest daughter Siti Hardiyanti "Tutut" Rukmana said her father's deteriorating health condition was caused by his unstable emotion as he heard his youngest son Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra would be on trial.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between 1986 and 1998, the period which culminated in the end of president Soeharto's 32-year rule, 17 million hectares of Indonesia's forests were cleared by timber, pulp and oil palm companies. Since then, If anything, the situation has only gotten worse.

Posted in Environment @ 11 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unlike the Suharto era, Indonesia now has quite radical Islamic groups operating in the open. Among them, the Islamic Defenders Front (Front Pembela Islam, FPI) is infamous for unleashing paramilitary gangs on 'iniquitous' nightspots. The Sunni Communication Forum (Forum Komunikasi Ahlusunnah Wal Jamaah, FKAWJ) fights for Muslims in Maluku. The Liberation Party (Hizbut Tahrir) is a branch of the Middle Eastern movement of the same name. It calls for the Indonesian nation-state to be abolished and replaced by the classic model of an Islamic state, the caliphate. Both FKAWJ and Hizbut Tahrir bluntly reject democratic models as a Western invention, incompatible with Islam. The campus-based Hizbut Tahrir shows restraint in its actions, but the other two frequently operate in a grey area of the law (see accompanying article).

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation celebrates Sukarno birthday What started as a day of sentimental remembrance became one full of political nuances as the nation commemorated on Wednesday the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of the state's founding father, Sukarno. The apex of the commemorations was a ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Center, the name of which was only recently reinstated after having been changed to the Senayan Sports Complex.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapis rumblings a sobering forewarning Mount Merapi's return to activity in recent weeks is much more than a natural phenomenon for many Javanese. For them, viewing Merapi as part of a trio of sacred kingdoms in Central Java, it is a sobering warning that all is not well with the country.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detect bunkers under Soeharto homes Police said yesterday they were able to detect many interlinked bunkers located 15-meters deep under the luxury homes of former president Soeharto and his children situated in Jalan Cendana and adjacent areas in Central Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta still hot, heat wave continues to grip Java People should prepare for an extreme heat wave to hit Java over the next two weeks as we enter the transition of the dry season and the wet season, an official said on Wednesday. "The intense heat over the past few days was caused by a dynamic air mass moving toward the southern part of the globe," Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) chief Sri Diharto told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Weather @ 08 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cendana family lied about Tommy, say police Family members of former president Soeharto lied to investigators when they said they had no knowledge of Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra's whereabouts, senior police officers said on Wednesday. Head of the National Police Criminal Investigation Insp. Gen. Engkesman R. Hillep said "there are indications of lies" made during the questioning of Tommy's family members over the disappearance of the country's most wanted man.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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