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Alleged terrorists shot dead three villagers in Poso Three villager in the district of Poso , Central Sulawesi have been shot dead by alleged terrorists, police said on Friday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 January 2015 12:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Police in Cianjur ordered to shoot on spot street hoodlums Cianjur police chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Dedy Kusuma Bakti has passed shoot on the spot order in a bid to crack down on street hoodlums threatening the public security.

Posted in Crime @ 10 June 2014 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief: 'Political rivalry behind Aceh deadly shooting' Indonesian Police Chief General Sutarman said political rivalry among parties was related to the Monday evening shooting that killed three people in Aceh Province; none of the election violence perpetrators had been arrested.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2014 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


LAPAN ready to develop pioneer aircraft The National Aeronautics and Aviation Agency (LAPAN) plans this year to develop pioneer N219 aircraft, thereby spearheading the development of the national aviation industry, noted a minister.

Posted in Economy @ 07 February 2014 21:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods submerge 4,249 houses in Sumatra Floods affected 4,249 houses in the sub-districts of Stabat, Batang Serangan, Secanggang, Wampu, and Padang Tualang in Langkat District, North Sumatra. "Some 4,249 houses have been inundated since the past three days," Agussalam, an official of the Langkat disaster mitigation agency, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 October 2013 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake strikes near Lombok An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter Scale shook Bali and itís neighboring island of Lombok at 12:42 pm local time on Saturday, June 22, 2013.Information from the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) said the epicenter of the earthquake was 14 kilometers northwest of Lombok at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 June 2013 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh kidnappers set free British hostage A gang of armed criminals on Thursday set free an expatriate Marcom Primsore (62) from Britain after being held for two days in the forest of East Aceh.

Posted in Crime @ 13 June 2013 19:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Senior journalist Djafar Assegaf passes away Senior journalist, Sayyid Dja`far bin Husein bin Ahmad Assegaf, better known as Djafar Assegaf, who was once the Indonesian ambassador to Vietnam passed away on Wednesday morning.

Posted in General @ 12 June 2013 11:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sukabumi police set to crack down on brutal motorists Sukabumi Police Chief Adj. Sr Comr Hari Santoso ordered his officers to shoot brutal motorists in the roads endangering the safety of other people. The road scoundrels would be dealt with firmly if they begin to create disorder threatening the safety of other people, Hari told reporters here on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 June 2013 11:52 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


Police shoot dead two motorcycle thieves Police shot dead two and arrested one of the suspected members of the Red Devil, a group of motorcycle thieves in Jakarta. Police are still hunting for other suspected members of the group, West Jakarta chief detective Adj. Sr. Comr Hengky Haryadi said here on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 28 January 2013 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crime lord John Kei gets 12 years for murder The Central Jakarta District Court on Thursday sentenced gangland boss John Kei to 12 years in prison for his involvement in the murder of businessman Tan Harry Tantono aka Ayung.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2012 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil sales of 49.2 kilograms of marijuana Police said they had arrested two suspects of drug dealers with 49.2 kg of marijuana in this Bali capital city this week.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 December 2012 20:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


900 illegal immigrants arrested by immigration in Kupang Immigration officers in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, have arrested some 900 illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern countries, who were headed for Australia, this year.

Posted in Crime @ 20 September 2012 22:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police still detain eight suspected separatists Police still detain eight members of an armed gang suspected of being involved in a series of acts of violence in Papua. The gang leader Dani Kogoya and two of his followers Petrus Jikwa ans Sonny Kosay were arrested on Sunday at a hotel in Jayapura.

Posted in Violence @ 03 September 2012 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police nab two foreigners for using drugs Bali Police arrested two foreigners, a German and a Spanish national, due to their possession of illegal drugs. "From the provisional investigation, they do not know each other and have no relations. They were caught in two different places," said spokesperson Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sri Harmiti.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 August 2012 18:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two more in case of sailor`s death Jakarta police have arrested two more men allegedly involved in the recent beating death of sailor Arifin Siri of the Western Fleet Command. "Two more people who had beaten sailor Arifi Siri have been arrested," Jakarta Police Command spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto said in a message here on Saturday.

Posted in Violence @ 21 April 2012 13:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for recovery of public sense of security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered Chief Security Minister Djoko Suyanto and National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo to recover public sense of security following recent violent incidents in the capital.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2012 10:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Polri deploys police in Puncak Jaya after airplane shooting The National Police (Polri) has deployed officers in Puncak Jaya, particularly in southern PT Freeport area, Papua Province, to apprehend members of an armed group that shot at a Twin Otter airplane on Sunday, killing one passenger.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2012 11:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shoot dead two suspected terrorists Police have shot dead two suspected terrorists at Pondok Aren in the southwestern outskirts of Jakarta. "True, we have shot dead two terrorist suspects and arrested two others," Chief of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Insp Gen Untung S Rajab confirmed on Friday night.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 March 2012 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor: 'Victims the blame for sexual assaults' Womenís rights activists condemned Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo for his statement that shifted the blame for a spike in rape cases onto women wearing tight and revealing outfits. Fauzi said on Friday that women should not wear miniskirts when riding public transportation vehicles to avoid "any unwanted consequences".

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 September 2011 03:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jellyfish alert for Bali's eastern coasts Bali Post, Nusa Bali and Beritabali.com are both reporting that a species of purple and poisonous jellyfish have invaded the waters off Baliís western beaches near Tabanan in an area stretching from the Tanah Lot Temple, to the Kediri district, Yeh Gangga and Kerambitan.

Posted in Environment @ 18 July 2011 09:58 CET by Jeroen · 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


At least 17 dead after Indonesian boat capsizes At least 17 people have been confirmed dead after a boat capsized off the Indonesian island of Kalimantan, officials said Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 June 2011 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four police linked to gang rape and torture of underage girl in Papua Four police officers have been linked to the gang rape and torture of an underage girl in Papua, Indonesia, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 March 2011 02:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian woman locked and chained for 20 years A 41-year-old Indonesian woman suffering from a mental disorder has been locked up and chained by her parents for 20 years in a small room, the Jakarta Post reported Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 January 2011 06:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 200 missing after Mount Merapi eruptions The Sardjito general hospital in Yogyakarta has announced that they have listed over 200 missing persons after the most recent heavy eruptions of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java. Most of the missing were reported only after the most heavy eruption until now, which occurred last Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 November 2010 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lava from Mount Merapi's latest eruption destroys two hamlets Two hamlets at Mount Merapi slopes have been destroyed by lava sparked from a major eruption which took place at the world's most active mount on early Friday. One of the destroyed hamlets was Brogangsuruh at Argomulyo village, Cangkringan district in Sleman regency, and the other was Slodokan at Wukirsari village also in the same district.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 November 2010 06:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia prosecutors say Australian must die Indonesian prosecutors said Monday an Australian on death row for drug smuggling must be executed in line with his original sentence, rejecting appeals for mercy from Australian police. Presenting their response to the appeal of Scott Rush, 24, against his death sentence, prosecutors said no new material had been presented to warrant a more lenient punishment.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 September 2010 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The very dark side of Bali's night life Violence at a Kuta nightspot left one man injured and another dead on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The tragic incident unfolded at the Red Room Bar on Jalan Dyana Pura where thugs brutally attacked the two men, beating them with blunt objects and stabbing them with knives.

Posted in Crime @ 18 July 2010 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #21 A gangway over the shallow tropical sea brings you towards a viewpoint with some kind of restaurant. Although it doesn't look that steady, it is safe enough for visitors and couples that go here to enjoy the afternoon sun and the sound of the waves. This picture was made at Pulau Galang at the 'end' of the Barelang chain of bridges towards the south from Batam Island.

Posted in Picture guess @ 12 April 2010 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sharia police arrested over rape case A serious blow to the credibility and morality of Sharia police in Aceh province, has occurred after several members were detained for an alleged gang rape in Langsa regency. Police in the regency said Tuesday they had arrested two Sharia police officers, or Wilayatul Hisbah, for reportedly raping a female detainee at the Langsa Sharia Police Station.

Posted in Religion @ 13 January 2010 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Need money? Ask the army to help you out! The Indonesian army is known for it's.. well, known for it's what actually? Every once in a while they are in the news because of a brawl with members of the police force (until a few years back they were still one, but now they have to split their income with them) and furthermore helicopters and planes regularly crash across Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 25 June 2009 07:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla's popularity campaign: 'War against Malaysia' Current vice-president Jusuf Kalla is working hard to promote himself for the upcoming presidential elections on July 8 as it seems. He is talking tough to Malaysia about an apparent border incident concerning the Malaysian navy. Nationalist feelings are flaring up once again as Malaysia is threatening Indonesian sovereignty once again, at least in Indonesian eyes.

Posted in Military @ 02 June 2009 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six killed in Central Java landslide A government rescue official says at least six people have been killed in a landslide in central Java. Hours of torrential rain on the main island of Java sent mud and rocks tumbling onto four houses, said National Search and Rescue agency official Basuki on Saturday.

Posted in Weather @ 31 January 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three convicted murderers executed in Indonesia Three convicted murderers have been executed in Indonesia after spending nearly 20 years on death row. An 59-year-old mother and her 43-year-old son who murdered five people for revenge and a self-described shaman who killed eight were executed by firing squad overnight, an official said Saturday. Sumiarsih and her son Sugeng, were shot at shortly after midnight near Surabaya city in eastern Java.

Posted in Crime @ 20 July 2008 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy denies latest corruption charges Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra has denied charges about misappropriation of liquidity credits from Bank Indonesia which are said to be channeled to the Clove Marketing and Buffer Agency (BPPC). Tommy was chairman when the credits were disbursed and he said that the BPPC had returned all of the credits, which reached 759 billion Rupiah (59.76 million euro).

Posted in Corruption @ 18 August 2007 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians face up to 20 years for killings Prosecutors in Indonesia have asked for 15 to 20 year jail sentences for 17 Christians charged under anti-terror laws of the murder on two Muslims by an angry mob which presented itself after the execution of three Christian militants last year. The 17 were part of a gang that allegedly killed a Muslim fishmonger and his assistant in the region of Poso in Central Sulawesi. This area is a Christian pocket in the predominantly Muslim Indonesia.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 June 2007 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two wanted Muslim militants Policemen arrested on Thursday two men wanted as top members of a local Islamic militant group that has terrorized the country's Central Sulawesi province and had links to an Asian terror network, police said. Officers wounded one of them who had fired at the security forces, said a senior police official in Central Sulawesi's Poso regency, where raids on hideouts of suspected militants have intensified recently.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 February 2007 02:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police killings of alleged militants risk more violence The killings of 15 alleged Islamic militants by police on conflict-ridden Sulawesi island this week risk inflaming Indonesia's terrorist movements and should be independently investigated, a think tank said. The police defended the raid, denying allegations in local media that three of those killed were innocent bystanders and insisting that officers opened fire after they came under attack by well-armed militants.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 25 January 2007 08:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunbattle with suspected Sulawesi militants kills 3 Police raided a suspected Islamic militant stronghold in central Indonesia on Monday, touching off a gunbattle that killed an officer and two civilians, police said. The clash took place in Poso town on Sulawesi Island, the scene of bloody fighting between Muslim and Christian gangs six years ago and sporadic bombings and shootings by Islamic extremists since then.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 January 2007 08:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides and floods in Lampung, Mataram, Semarang and Sambas Heavy downpours continue to cause severe problems throughout the Indonesian archipelago. In several places flash floods and landslides occurred in the last few days. Indahnesia.com gathered several messages and put them together as a news item.

Posted in Weather @ 02 January 2007 12:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search continues for Indonesia ferry survivors Indonesian navy ships on Monday renewed efforts to reach survivors of a ferry disaster who spent a third night on the open sea as continuing rough weather hindered the search for hundreds still missing. "Navy ships are still searching now. We're still trying the best we can," Central Java navy commander Colonel Yan Simamora told AFP.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2007 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


30 victims of Senopati Nusantara Ferry recovered Rescue teams recovered some 28 survivors and two bodies in Mandalika waters, Jepara, Central Java, on Sunday night, sources said. Sources at the Search and Rescue Team said here that eight survivors were evacuated by a Navy warship to Rembang`s port on Sunday afternoon, nine were recovered by Caraka Jaya vessel and evacuated to Surabaya, East Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2007 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


State planttion company to import 44,000 tons of sugar State plantation company PTPN XI will import 44,000 tons of sugar after the Trade Ministry on Monday issued permits to state firms to import 200,000 tons of sugar to meet domestic demand in 2007. "We are ready to perform this duty," PTPN XI corporate secretary Adig Suwandi said on Tuesday. The Trade Ministry on Monday licenced five state firms to import 200,000 tons of sugar with the first delivery scheduled for Janury 1, 2007 and the last delivery April 30, 2007.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2006 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power line breaks, causes accident on Cipularang highway Traffic at the Cipularang toll road came to a grinding hold on Friday evening when a high-voltage power cable (Saluran Udara Tegangan Ekstra Tinggi, SUTET), which crossed the road here, broke of and came down in the Sadang area, district of Purwakarta. The cable just missed the cars on the road below. After the cable broke, several small accidents occured. Three cars were damaged and two people were reported to have injuries. The power cable broke around 19.00 local time (WIB), in the middle of the busy time directly after Ramadhan month of fasting.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 October 2006 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Church set ablaze amid religious tensions A church was set on fire Tuesday in a central Indonesian region plagued by sectarian violence since last month's executions of three Roman Catholic militants, police said. No one was injured in the blaze. The arson attack in the town of Poso on Sulawesi island apparently followed rumors that an Islamic school had been torched, said police spokesman Lt. Col. Muhammad Kilat, urging residents to be on alert for "a campaign to fuel unrest."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 24 October 2006 17:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of masked people raid cafe's in Yogyakarta About fifty people dressed in black and white wearing a full-face mask raided a number of cafe's that stayed open in this Ramadhan month in Yogyakarta Saturday evening (7 Oct). A representative of the local police in Yogyakarta, Asep Taufik, told that a number of cafe's - among them Made Kafe and Ruwis Kafe in Jl. Parangtritis, anur Kafe in Jl. Mergangsan and Bamboo Resto in Jl Veteran - had become victim to a group raiding them. "A group of people that arrived on motorbikes broke tables, windows and available bottles of drinks in these cafe's".

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 October 2006 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 56 reactions


Indonesia moves to lengthen jail terms Jemaah Islamiah terrorists and Australian drug offenders will spend more years in jail with Indonesia deciding to curtail their sentence remissions. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has approved regulations forcing all terrorists, drug offenders and prisoners convicted of several other serious crimes to serve at least two-thirds of their original sentences. They will not be eligible for regular remissions issued to other prisoners until they have served at least a third of their jail terms.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 October 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stop abusive forced evictions of urban poor in Jakarta The Jakarta regional government has been forcibly evicting tens of thousands of the capital's urban poor from their homes, often leaving them homeless and destitute, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 115-page report, "Condemned Communities: Forced Evictions in Jakarta," describes the government's excessive use of force to clear out urban slums.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 September 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Border with East Timor monitored after prison break Indonesia has tightened security along its border with East Timor, as the search continues for more than 50 prison escapees. Indonesia's Koran Tempo newspaper has quoted Colonel Ediwan Prabowo as saying that the Indonesian security border force, under his command, has been asked to be on alert and to monitor East Timor's border, to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader and other prison escapees from entering the country.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2006 12:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia steps up security at Timor border Indonesian authorities have stepped up security at the border with East Timor to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader who escaped from jail from entering the country, a report said Sunday. Major Alfredo Reinado escaped with 56 other inmates from his Dili jail last week, triggering an ongoing manhunt by UN police and international peacekeepers.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's silence on Timor Leste crisis For two months Timor Leste has gone through its worst crisis since its independence. Much of the country's trade and economy depend on us. Much of the geo-political space in which it has to pursue its foreign policy, and to achieve stability and justice, depends on us. They use our language, even smoke the same kretek cigarettes as we do. And, in the most fundamental sense, they had suffered under "our" harsh occupation. Yet, with a few exceptions, many prefer to remain silent, ignoring their sorry plight. Why?

Posted in History @ 16 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


107 Sri Lankan illegal immigrants arrested in Bogor Indonesian officials Saturday said they have arrested more than 100 illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka in the latest crackdown on human trafficking. A total of 107 Sri Lankan men were detained when immigration officials raided two houses Thursday in the resort town of Cisarua, said Muhammad Indra, a director with Indonesia's immigration department.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


35 hurt as school roof caves in during TV shoot Thirty-five people were treated for injuries Sunday after the roof of a state-run high school collapsed during the shooting of a TV program in Bogor, West Java. Injured actors and crew from the Geng Lima (Gang of Five) show were treated for head, hand and back injuries at Azra Hospital.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 April 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim militant gets life over deadly Maluku attacks An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced a Muslim militant to life in prison for involvement in two terrorist attacks in violence-ravaged Maluku province. Ismail Fahmi Yamsehu was found guilty of violating the country's anti-terror law during a trial at the District Court in the Maluku provincial capital of Ambon.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 February 2006 15:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drug trial for young Australian postponed A court on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Monday postponed hearing the defence plea of a young Australian who may face life in jail for heroin trafficking. Judges in the trial of 20-year-old Scott Rush, one of nine Australians accused of involvement in a heroin smuggling ring, postponed the trial to Wednesday after his defence asked for more time to prepare their plea.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 January 2006 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pulls last troops from Aceh province Indonesian soldiers lugged guns and heavy bags up gangplanks Thursday as they completed the final phase of a troop reduction in tsunami-ravaged Aceh province ó a key step in an accord with separatist rebels to end a 29-year war. The last of 24,000 troops pulled out on five Navy ships and a Hercules air carrier, just days after Free Aceh Movement rebels completed the handover of their weapons and disbanded their military wing.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 30 December 2005 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia denies trying to take over island An Australian man says he is stunned by claims he banned locals from a remote Indonesian island where he runs a surf camp, sparking an intervention by the country's armed forces. David Wyllie, of Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast, says he was not even in Indonesia when the military said 17 soldiers landed on uninhabited Mengkudu island, where the camp is located.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 December 2005 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Back to Bali: Bombs, cocktails and surfers I managed to hop over to Bali for a few days last week in order to both soothe my metro madness and also to see how the old island was faring after the recent bombings. Lion Air did the honors for about Rp 900,000 return, which is pretty good value, I guess, although anyone hovering around the six-foot-tall mark will have a few comfort issues to deal with when trying to squeeze into their cattle-class seats. After 90 minutes with my knees around my chin we touched down at Ngurah Rai airport in the rain and a taxi whisked me down to Legian.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West New Guinea vote to join Indonesia in 1969 was 'a sham' A key 1969 vote on the future of the Indonesian island province of West New Guinea was "a sham" orchestrated by Jakarta, a Dutch government-commissioned study has found. That vote, which made the province part of Indonesia, has been followed by decades of abuse at the hands of the Indonesian military.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2005 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bounty turns up heat on JI mystery man Southeast Asia's most wanted man is very similar to the terrorist groups he represents low profile, well travelled, little known and explosive. Dulmatin, now 35 and at the top of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation, won notoriety last week when the US State Department's Rewards for Justice programme put a $10-million bounty on information leading to his capture or death.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Indonesia opposes U.N.-backed tribunal on E.Timor Indonesia has brushed off a call in a United Nations report for an international tribunal to try Indonesian and militia leaders blamed for a bloody 1999 rampage in East Timor. "We continue to oppose an international tribunal, which we find totally unnecessary," Foreign Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa said on Thursday, a day after a report issued by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended one.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian drug smuggler gets 20 years in jail The Indonesian court in Bali Friday morning sentenced 27-year-old Australian beauty therapist Schapelle Corby to 20 years' imprisonment for trafficking 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into the resort island last year, which is much less than the life imprisonment proposed by the prosecutors.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 May 2005 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia politicians visit ailing Suharto During ex-Indonesian dictator Suharto's weeklong hospital stay, the country's political elite stumbled over one another to visit the ailing strongman. Emerging from the elite Pertamina Hospital, they described him as a great leader and "father of the country.'' Neither current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono nor anybody else mentioned Suharto's dismal human rights record or his history of corruption on a staggering scale, sending the strongest signal yet that the dictator's long-dormant graft case for allegedly stealing $600 million would not be reopened.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 May 2005 18:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby urges judges to free her With her voice breaking, Schapelle Corby has made a last-ditch plea to three Indonesian judges to let her go free, claiming she was an innocent victim who had been punished enough.Before a packed Denpasar court decorated by her family and friends with yellow freedom ribbons, Corby denied any involvement with drugs and said her only crime had been to leave her luggage unlocked.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


President: 'No mercy' for illegal loggers in Indonesia Indonesia's president pledged to wage war against deforestation, promising harsh penalties for officials involved in the illegal logging that continues to destroy massive areas of woodland annually. Both foreign and Indonsian perpatrators must be "severely punished" as they cost the country millions of dollars, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on a visit to the Borneo island province of East Kalimantan, one of the hard-hit areas.

Posted in Environment @ 07 March 2005 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] S. Sumatra shaken by 7.2 earthquake Location map of the 7.2 quakeA major earthquake occurred at 14:35:18 (UTC) on Sunday, July 25, 2004. The magnitude 7.2 event has been located in SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) This according to USGS.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blast kills one, hurts two in Sumatra An explosion killed one man and wounded two other people on Tuesday in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, police said. National police spokesman Paiman said the blast occured before dawn in a village in the South Binjai district, near the country's third-largest city of Medan. "It happened when people were still sleeping in a hut in the middle of fields far from anywhere. One man died in the incident," the police general said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Curse of the green underpants A half-man, half-beast, dubbed the "kolor ijo" or "green underpants", has been blamed for stalking Jakarta's outskirts, attacking people with its claws and raping lone women. Terrified residents set up special kolor ijo patrol squads, while others draped their homes in magic talismans to ward off the creature.

Posted in Religion @ 11 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security forces hunting Poso attack mastermind A joint police and military force are pursuing Mohamadong alias Ndang accused of masterminding a series of fresh attacks in Poso and the neighboring regency of Morowali, Central Sulawesi. Sources at Poso Police Station said on Monday that Ndang was a resident of Ampana subdistrict in Poso but he often moved to other places. Security forces have been tracking him after he was spotted in Lembo subdistrict, Morowali, they added.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One eviction, thousands homeless More than 1,000 people became homeless in a forced eviction on Thursday at a 15-hectare plot of land in Tanjung Duren Selatan subdistrict, West Jakarta. The eviction caused massive traffic jams along the Jakarta-Tangerang toll road, Jl. S. Parman and roads surrounding Mal Taman Anggrek as "illegal" occupants blocked the access to their neighborhood by burning tires on the toll road and feeder roads.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gangland style murders add to security risks Those and other mafia-style hits have raised fears that assassins for hire are spreading in Indonesia, adding to the sense of lawlessness that has hurt efforts to promote foreign investment and strengthen the rule of law in the world's fourth most populous country.

Posted in Crime @ 26 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ABDUL Latief unsteadily enters the office of a Jakarta human rights group with a young man at his elbow. He struggles to mouth an intelligible greeting, the consequence of a stroke he suffered some years ago. Latief, a retired colonel, is a member of a dwindling generation to have an intimate recollection of the rise of modern Indonesia. He was witness to, and a crucial participant in, the events that produced the regime of former president Suharto.

Posted in History @ 10 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bumpy road ahead to polls next year Brace yourselves - the next 18 months are going to be tense and turbulent as Indonesia heads down a bumpy road to the 2004 polls. Talk to political insiders and you will hear riveting accounts of how close some quarters of the Indonesian military came to seizing power two weeks ago, in the face of popular opposition to the Megawati government's slashing of some subsidies. The word 'coup' trips lightly off many lips.

Posted in Elections @ 04 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Map of the blast site at Sari Club Below is a map with the site of the Sari Club. Sari Club was located near the Jalan Legian entrance of Gang poppies II. The red circle indicated the location of the club.


Posted in Terrorism @ 13 October 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor wants less military at Indonesia border East Timor said on Monday it wants its land border with Indonesia to be gradually de-militarised and hopes all frontier disputes with its former ruler can be solved by next year. The tiny territory voted overwhelmingly to split from Jakarta's rule in 1997 but the vote unleashed an orgy of killing by pro-Indonesia militia gangs, some of whom still exist in the border areas.

Posted in Military @ 07 October 2002 00:02 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


Grenade kills one near U.S. depot in Jakarta A grenade exploded in a car outside a U.S. embassy warehouse in the centre of Indonesia's capital on Monday in a botched attack that killed one of the occupants, police said. The incident came at a time of heightened security at U.S. embassies worldwide following what Washington called credible threats of terrorist attacks marking the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government will soon decide whether to impose a state of emergency in Aceh, the rebellious and resource-rich region on the tip of Sumatra island. But if Jakarta were serious about ending the separatist rebellion in Aceh, it would not be talking about a military solution. It would be talking instead about ending corruption, upholding the law, and making the conflict less profitable for all parties concerned. Now more than ever, the war in Aceh is about money, and no one is clean. An autonomy law, adopted last year, has created a giant slush fund for provincial officials from oil and gas revenues, with no effective controls over how the money is spent. Every day, the local press carries stories about misspent funds, missing budget allocations, suspected cronyism, or crooked contractors.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cow dung served as MPR breakfast Dozens of students from several universities in Greater Jakarta sent a bag of cow's feces to members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) staying at Hotel Mulia Senayan in Central Jakarta to protest the legislators' poor performance during the Annual Session. "We have been disappointed to see that ever since the first day of the session, there have been clandestine attempts (from some of MPR's members) to scrap the amendments of the Constitution," said Rico Marbun, chairman of the University of Indonesia's Student Executive Body (BEM).

Posted in Protests @ 03 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb blast wounds 5 outside Jakarta discotheque A bomb has exploded outside a Jakarta discotheque, wounding five people. Indonesian police were able to defuse two other explosive devices before they detonated. The bombing, in the early hours of Sunday morning, occurred outside a Jakarta discotheque in the city's Chinatown entertainment district. The crude device was planted in a nearby food stall. Two additional bombs were discovered - one in front of another Chinatown nightclub; the other in a parking lot in the city center. Bomb squad officials defused both explosives.

Posted in Crime @ 09 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bus bomb kills 4 Police on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi say a bomb explosion has ripped though a crowded commuter bus killing at least four people and injuring 17. The blast occurred Wednesday but news of the bombing did not reach the Indonesian capital until Thursday, the Associated Press in Jakarta reported. The bus was traveling to the city of Poso, capital of Central Sulawesi province -- a region of Indonesia with a history of sectarian bloodshed.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 06 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tension grips Malaka after brawl Tension was still evident in Malaka, Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, on Sunday evening following a brawl between two groups of residents in the early hours on Sunday, a report said. At least one person was severely injured in the incident, which involved stone-pelting and Molotov cocktail throwing, Metro TV reported.

Posted in Violence @ 02 June 2002 00:02 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


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


Kebayoran Baru, the first housing complex Living in Kebayoran Baru area remains just a dream for most Jakartans. The area not only offers luxurious housing but also hang out spots such as malls, hotels, cafes and the like. However, history has shown that Kebayoran Baru needed years before developing itself into an "attractive" neighborhood. In the 1950s, it was still an "unwanted" living area as it was located eight kilometers from the city center, considered quite far at the time. In addition, road access to the area was inadequate as the housing was built on a plantation.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mass demonstrations today Around one hundred thousand supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) plan to stage a grand meeting and demonstration themed " Aspirations of the Jember People" at the town square in Jember, East Java, today. The ulemas and religion`s figures will pray for the country currently suffering unabated political disturbance caused by the actions of the political elite to prioritize their respective group`s interests. Deputy chairman of the organizing team, Abdul Muis, said this meeting will provide `concrete evidence` that Jember people are consistent in supporting Abdurrahman Wahid as Indonesia`s President until 2004. He said that Wahid is the constitutionally chosen President. As such, if unconstitutionally ousted from power in the middle of his term, the action will destroy the basic system of the country.

Posted in Protests @ 13 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically powerful rivals bent on using terror campaigns in their struggle for supremacy?

Posted in Politics @ 25 January 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia names 19 as suspects in East Timor violence An East Timorese fisherman on Friday paddles by graves of those killed by anti-independence militiamen in last year's violence in Maubara, west of Dili, East Timor List includes three generals, but omits Wiranto.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2000 16:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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