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Mily officer: 'Three victims of Papua`s landslide still missing' Three miners buried by a landslide that occurred in a traditional gold mining site in Baya Biru of Paniai District, Papua Province, on July 1, had yet to be found, a military officer said.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 July 2014 21:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian jet fighters hold drill in East Java Several Indonesian Air Force jet fighters held a drill in Situbondo District, East Java Province, on Wednesday during this years Joint Military Exercises. Jet fighters such as Sukhoi, F-16 and BAE Hawk flew in several maneuvers and spewed tens of bombs on a ground target in the Karang Tekok exercise range in the district.

Posted in Military @ 04 June 2014 18:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police checks video of gold robbery in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru Resort Police secured four CCTV units for the video recording of a robbery of 3 kilograms of gold and Rp500 million in cash from a Jenderal Sudirman Street store, Pekanbaru City, Riau Province.

Posted in Crime @ 21 April 2014 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer raises suspicion over Jokowi-Blake meeting A political observer accused US Ambassador Robert O Blake of seeking to implant US influence on Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo when they met here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 April 2014 19:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


T50i fighter jets strengthen Indonesian Air Force Indonesias Air Force (TNI AU) has been strengthened by new fighter jets T 50i Golden Eagle made in South Korea.

Posted in Military @ 13 February 2014 23:56 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


Two cultural heritage relics missing from Musirawas Two cultural heritage relics, a gold-plated elephant statue and a Tunggul Wulung spear, kept in the Musirawas Culture and Tourism Office in South Sumatra Province have gone missing.

Posted in History @ 26 December 2013 13:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK completes investigations of Rudi Rubiandini The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it has wrapped up investigations of former chief of the upstream oil and gas regulator (SKK Migas) Rudi Rubiandini , who is charged with corruption and money laundering.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 December 2013 20:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to question energy and mineral resources minister The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) intends to question Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik as a witness soon in an alleged graft case involving the Upstream Oil and Gas regulatory special task force (SKK Migas).

Posted in Corruption @ 26 November 2013 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rudi Rubiandini named suspect in money laundering case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named former Chief of Special Task Forces for the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory (SKK Migas) Rudi Rubiandini as a suspect in a money laundering case.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 November 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina president answers anti-graft body summons President Director of the states oil and gas company PT Pertamina Karen Agustiawan responded to the anti-graft bodys summons as a witness in the oil and gas bribery case of 2012-2013.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 November 2013 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Air Force holds static show in Biak The national air defense command of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, held a static air defense exhibition at the Manuhua airbase on Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 23 June 2013 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three illegal mine workers in Maluku buried after landslide Three illegal gold mine workers are believed to have died after being buried in the pit following a landslide at the illegal mine at Gunung Botak in the sub-district of Wamsait, Buru island, Maluku Province.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 May 2013 23:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua police to probe Freeport`s collapsed tunnel case Papua police have formed an investigation team to probe causes of the collapse of an underground training tunnel at Freeport Indonesia`s Big Gossan mine in the country`s easternmost province of Papua.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 May 2013 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


21 dead, seven workers still trapped inside Freeport`s mine At least 21 people are dead and seven others are still trap inside Freeport`s collapsed facility in Papua Province, the US gold and copper mining company`s Vice President Corporate Communications Daisy Primayanti said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 May 2013 11:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


23 Freeport workers still trapped in landslide area About 23 employees of US-based gold and copper mining compant PT Freeport Indonesia are still being trapped in a landslide occurring in underground mining area in Tembagapura, Papua Province, last Tuesday (May 14), spokesman said.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 May 2013 14:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of PT Freeport's workers buried in landslide Dozens of PT Freeport Indonesia's employees were buried in a landslide during a safety training in Big Gossan underground site, Tembagapura, on Tuesday at around 08.00 am Eastern Indonesia Time.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 14 May 2013 20:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers at Freeport projects end three-day strike Around 1,500 workers of three local contractors for PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua, resumed work on Friday ending a three day strike.

Posted in Protests @ 03 May 2013 14:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI deploys company of soldiers to secure Timika The Indonesian military (TNI) is deploying a company of soldiers to help the police protect Papua`s Timika city against possible subsequent clashes among traditional gold miners in the area.

Posted in Military @ 19 March 2013 08:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven suspected terrorists arrested in two days Police`s chief detective Comr. Gen. Sutarman said three suspected terrorists were killed and four other were arrested when police raided their hiding places in the Greater Jakarta area on Thursday and Friday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 March 2013 20:18 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


US Embassy in Jakarta one of terror bomb targets The US embassy in Jakarta is one of the targets of bombing by terrorist group of Harakah Sunny Untuk Masyarakat Indonesia (HASMI), police said. "There are four bombing targets planned by the HASMI Group," Insp. Gen. Suhardi Alius, head of the public relation division of the police headquarters, said here on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 October 2012 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rohingya case good opportunity for Suu Kyi Myanmar`s Rohingya Muslim minority issue should provide a golden opportunity for Aung San Suu Kyi to prove to the world as a Nobel peace prize recipient, said an Indonesian Muslim scholar Azyumardi Azra here, Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 03 August 2012 03:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US, Indonesian armies conduct joint exercise in Malang The Indonesian army and the US Army Pacific (USARPAC) are conducting a joint exercise, code-named "Garuda Shield 2012", in Singosari, Malang, East Java.

Posted in Military @ 11 June 2012 16:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide kills six illegal miners in Bogor At least six illegal gold miners were killed by a landslide in Gunung Pilar, Pangradin village, Jasinga sub-district, Bogor district, West Java province, on Thursday night.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 May 2012 12:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest three terrorists suspect in Purwakarta The National Police`s Densus 88 counter-terrorism unit arrested three terrorist suspects, identified by their initials U, AG, and D, in Purwakarta, West Java on Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 April 2012 13:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


French archaeologist discover 12th century shipwreck Fragments from a 12th century shipwreck have been discovered in Medan's China Town, supporting earlier claims about the discovery of an ancient shipwreck. Medan is a major city in Indonesia that support local and regional economy activities since a long time ago.

Posted in History @ 25 February 2012 01:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bima district chief revokes PT SMN's exploration permit Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik said the Bima district chief in West Nusa Tenggara has revoked the exploration permit of mining company PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara (PT SMN).

Posted in Politics @ 27 January 2012 08:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign NGOs to be banned from soliciting domestic donations Under a bill on societal organizations currently being deliberated in parliament, foreign non-governmental organizations will not be allowed to solicit financial donations from members of the Indonesian public, a legislator said.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2012 02:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Shiite followers’ houses looted in Madura People are reportedly looting houses of a Shiite community that was evacuated after a clash with alleged Sunnis on Thursday in Nangkreng hamlet, Karang Gayam village in Sampang on Madura Island in East Java, which resulted in a number of Shiite followers’ houses being burned down.

Posted in Religion @ 01 January 2012 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freeport continues to improve shortcomings The management of the US-based copper and gold mining firm PT Freeport Indonesia in Mimika, Papua, has continued to improve its shortcomings it has felt so far, a Freeport executive said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 13 December 2011 08:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll to 12 after bridge collapse Indonesia's Borneo The death toll after a bridge collapsed on the Indonesian island of Borneo during the weekend has risen to at least twelve, officials said on Monday. More than 30 others are still believed to be missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 November 2011 11:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two fans trampled to death during SEA Games soccer final Two people were trampled to death on Monday evening when anxious crowds of soccer fans rushed into a stadium to witness the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games soccer final in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2011 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian activists: 8 killed during clashes at gold mine Indonesian activists on Thursday claimed that at least eight people were killed during weekend clashes in the country's eastern Papua region, where officials previously confirmed one fatality.

Posted in Violence @ 17 November 2011 13:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mimika district preparing to buy Freeport stake Five-percent stake in mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia, is bought by the Mimika district, administration deputy administrator H Abdul Muis, said here Thursday. He said the district administration was eyeing a 9.38 percent stake in PT Freeport that was previously owned by Indo Copper company.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 04 November 2011 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace accused of illegal activities Lawmakers have called on the government to review the existence of Greenpeace in Indonesia following a series of incidents that they say were triggered by the organization's reluctance to comply with the country's laws.

Posted in Environment @ 27 October 2011 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunmen kill three people at Indonesia's Freeport mine A group of unidentified gunmen ambushed PT Freeport's concession area in Papua, Indonesia on Friday morning, killing three people and seriously injuring another, officials said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 22 October 2011 03:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Freeport mine workers killed in ambush in Papua Three mine workers were killed on Friday during an ambush near the Freeport-McMoRan Grasberg mine in the Indonesian province of Papua, police said. It remains unclear who is behind the killings.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 15 October 2011 02:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead as Indonesian military fires at Freeport strikers Indonesian security forces opened fire on striking workers at Freeport-McMoran's gold and copper mine early Monday, killing one and critically wounding another, a union official said. Police said it was too early to comment and officials from Freeport, based in the U.S. state of Arizona, were preparing an official statement.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 10 October 2011 10:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian killed by landslide at Freeport mine Papua An Australian man was killed by a landslide in an area controlled by mining giant Freeport Indonesia in the country's east on Tuesday, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 03 August 2011 02:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands strike on 4th day of strikes at Freeport mine Around 8,000 workers at a gold and copper mine in the eastern region of Indonesia entered their fourth day of strikes, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 July 2011 01:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BI imposes harsh sanctions on Citibank Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday it was imposing severe sanctions on Citibank following a massive embezzlement scandal by a bank employee and the suspected death of a customer at the hands of debt collectors recently. The bank possibly faces other sanctions if found guilty of the two crimes by a court.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2011 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 1 killed, 1 missing in Papua mining accident At least one person was killed and another remains unaccounted for after a roof collapsed at a mining area in eastern Indonesia, PT Freeport Indonesia said Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 April 2011 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


State secrets might be stolen from S-Korea hotel room The Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Sunday confirmed that one of the hotel rooms belonging to Indonesian envoys during a state visit to Seoul, South Korea was broken into.

Posted in Politics @ 21 February 2011 01:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Land tensions flare for former refugees Tensions between sharecroppers and landowners in Indonesia's western half of Timor island over limited cultivable land have led to outbreaks of violence that threaten to escalate, say local officials.

Posted in Economy @ 10 December 2010 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus can’t remember where he got Rp 74 billion The National Police says it is having trouble investigating Gayus H. Tambunan’s graft case because Gayus claims he cannot remember where he got cash and gold amounting to Rp 74 billion (US$8.2 million). Gayus said he "forgot' where he got the cash and gold that was stored in his safety deposit box.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 December 2010 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six injuries in latest attack near Freeport mine A group of unidentified gunmen opened fire at a convoy of vehicles carrying employees of US-based gold miner PT Freeport Indonesia and security officers on Sunday, the first shooting incident after a few months of peace.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 24 January 2010 10:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Injuries in clash between tribes continues in Papua At least nine people were injured when another clash erupted between two groups in Kwamki Lama district in the Papua regency of Mimika on Tuesday morning. Mimika Baru Police chief Adj. Comr. Langgia told that eight of the victims had been taken to a local hospital.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 05 January 2010 04:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua separatist Kelly Kwalik killed by police Kelly Kwalik, the leader of the separatist movement in the easternmost region of Papua in Indonesia has been shot dead by the Indonesian police in a shootout. Kwalik was shot when he tried to escape during a police raid in the town of Timika in the province. Kwalik was on the most-wanted list in Indonesia for many years.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 December 2009 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


20 percent of residents Mimika illiterate More than 22 percent of the population of the Mimika regency in Papua, or about 40,000 people there, are illiterate. Mimika, with a population of 175,000, ranks fifth in terms of the illiteracy rate in the province, after Wamena, Merauke, Paniai and Nabire regencies, said Yesaya Sombuk, head of Mimika Education Agency, on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2009 08:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two injured in shooting near Freeport mine Two people were injured in a new shooting incident at the PT Freeport mine yesterday morning. The injured are being treated at a local clinic. The shooting near the gold and copper mine took place around 09:30 local time (GMT+9) between mile 41 and 42 along the road between the town of Timika and the company's Grasberg mine.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 21 October 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security lacking at many Bali tourist class hotels Beritabali.com reports that 44 "Melati" or "tourist class" hotels recently failed to earn security and safety certificates issued by the government of Bali. The certificates are issued after visits and review by a team of officials from various departments of the island's government.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 October 2009 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two injured in shooting of Freeport bus Once again a group of gunmen opened fire at a bus belonging to the PT Freeport mine in Timika. The shooting that took place on Saturday morning injured two men. The bus was said to carry ten security guards and two cleaning service employees of PT Freeport when it was shot at near mile 42 to 43 along the main road leading to the mine around 08:50 local time (GMT+9).

Posted in PT Freeport @ 12 September 2009 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


600 soldiers deployed at Freeport mine The Indonesian army has sent over 600 troops to secure the working area of the mines of PT Freemont Indonesia near Timika in the easternmost region of Papua. Starting tomorrow they will guard the area. The troops were sent in after a number of attacks on the road leading to the site. The regional commander of the army, Maj. Gen. Ahmad Yani Nasution has told that the national police chief had asked for the military presence.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 01 September 2009 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freeport partially closes road access to Timika Freeport McMoran partially closed down the main access to its mining complex in Timika on Monday a day after six workers with several companies working in the complex were wounded in an ambush. A spokesman for the US mining giant, Mindo Pangaribuan, said that “to ensure the safety of the workers and their family, we closed the access to the operation location of PT Freeport Indonesia.”

Posted in PT Freeport @ 18 August 2009 06:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's Airport: where does the money go to? While Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is the focus of much criticism concerning poor management, over-commercialization and appalling service, the managers of the airport recently presented “the other side of the story” detailing the many financial contributions made by the airport’s operation to the local economy.

Posted in Economy @ 18 August 2009 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono target of foiled attack Terrorists planned to kill Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in revenge for the execution of the Bali bombers. However late yesterday Indonesia's National Police chief, Bambang Hendarso Danuri, would not confirm that South East Asia's most wanted man, Noordin M Top, had been shot dead after a 17-hour siege in Central Java.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 August 2009 15:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven charged in deadly shootings at Freeport mine The police in Indonesia have charged seven people for their alleged involvement in a number of shootings, some of them with deaths as a result. The shootings were organized in the area of the Freeport gold mine in Indonesia's most easternmost and remote province of Papua. All of them have been charged with murder and possessing a weapon. Two of them are workers of Freeport.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 28 July 2009 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians flock to illegal gold mines on Lombok Poor people in Indonesia have been flocking to the island of Lombok, where they are finding gold, and it is transforming their lives. They are breaking the law but some have been able to earn more money in a day than they had in a year as farmers or labourers. Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen discovers that there are serious risks to the Lombok gold rush.

Posted in Economy @ 25 July 2009 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Another shooting near Freeport mine Another shooting near the gold and copper mine Freeport on Saturday morning. The shooting occurred on the road between the town of Mimika and the Grasberg mining site. The target of the shooting was a car with medical supplies. There were no fatalities in this latest shooting.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 25 July 2009 06:45 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


Two more killed at Freeport mine in Papua province Gunmen have killed two people in an attack at the world's largest gold mine in Indonesia's Papua Province. This is the latest in a series of attacks that began on July 11. Local aid officials are concerned the military will use the attacks as pretext to arrest independence activists.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 July 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Six kilo's of gold stolen in armed robbery in Bogor In broad daylight, a gold shop in Bogor was robbed of six kilo's of gold. Armed robbers stole the gold with a value of some 1.5 billion Rupiah (110.000 euro) and also took some 20 million Rupiah in cash money and two handphones that belonged to the owner of the store, Un Ket Fa. The robbery took place around eight o'clock in the morning, just after the shop opened, and just took a few minutes.

Posted in Crime @ 17 May 2009 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; B.A.T.S. From Aphrodite in Taman Rasuna we took an 'Express' taxi which brought us to the lobby of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in just a matter of minutes - all of a sudden it went quick because of a lack of vehicles on the protocol-roads of Jakarta. I was happy that I dressed myself decently and also brought enough clothes for the coming days, however an extra blouse with long sleeves would be welcome, but that was something to be taken care of later on.

Posted in Nightlife @ 15 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Freeport to look for efficiency as copper price falls PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold Inc., said on Wednesday that it will look for efficiency and was to delay exploration projects, following lower world copper prices. But spokesman of the company Mindo Pangaribuan said that the firm, which has cut 75 jobs at its Jakarta office recently, was still optimistic that the prices could recover in coming months.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 01 January 2009 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police raid massage parlors over prostitution The Jakarta regional police has once again raided two massage parlors where prostitution took place. As much as 50 women were brought to the central police headquarters. This was announced by the head of the Jakarta police, M. Iriawan, in a short text message earlier this morning.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2008 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected bomb explodes near Timika airport A suspected bomb detonated Sunday night near an international airport in eastern Indonesia, causing no injuries, a national police spokesman said. The explosion happened around 10:15 p.m. local time (GMT+9) at a small electrical hub about a kilometer from Moses Kilangin International Airport in Timika, West Papua, spokesman Abubakar Nataprawira told. Anti-terrorism teams and a bomb squad were immediately dispatched to the scene, he said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 14 September 2008 04:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two small bombs near Freeport mine in eastern Indonesia Two small bombs went off early Friday on a road leading to a massive mine operated by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in eastern Indonesia and a third unexploded mortar round was found nearby, police said. No one was injured and there was little damage. The near-simultaneous explosions targeted a bridge and a nearby security post 15 kilometers from the Grasberg mine in Papua province, said PT Freeport Indonesia spokesman, Mindo Pangaribuan, refusing to elaborate until the police probe was complete.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 12 September 2008 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide kills 12 near Freeport mine in eastern Indonesia Twelve people died in a landslide near a massive copper mine operated by Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold in Indonesia's Papua province, but the firm's mining operations were unaffected, officials said on Tuesday. A torrent of mud fell into a river, burying local miners who were working on Monday night, Godhelp Cornelis Mansnembra, the police chief in the nearest main town of Mimika, said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 06 May 2008 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First frog without lungs found in Indonesia Looks like a frog. Swims like a frog. But doesn't croak. A flattened, brown, aquatic species from Borneo has just become the only frog shown to have no lungs. The species, Barbourula kalimantanensis, is so rare that until last year only two specimens were known to science and no herpetologist had seen it alive, says David Bickford of the National University of Singapore.

Posted in Environment @ 12 April 2008 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiger body parts sold openly in Indonesia Laws protecting the critically endangered Sumatran tiger have failed to prevent tiger body parts from being openly sold in Indonesia, according to a Traffic report released Wednesday.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2008 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead in tribal violence in Papua province Armed rival tribes fought close to a gold mine in Papua province on Thursday. This clash is the latest in a series of clashes that have killed four people according to police and an official from the U.S. company. At least 45 people were injured in the fighting in the remote region since Tuesday, told local police chief Godhelp Mansnembra.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 18 October 2007 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There she is, the Indonesian Playboy However I have been asked for it several times before, I didn't own my very own Indonesian version of the very well-known magazine for the male part of the population. Until today, because I happen to run into a brand new one today, partially hidden behind other well-known names like FHM, Cosmo and Maxim. Directly I picked the dark-colored cover with gold-colored print from the top shelf. The beautifully thick glossy cover has been sealed in a thin plastic cover; if you want to see inside you first have to pay 50.000 Rupiah for it. Free is not for Playboy, you can pick any other magazine with a more 'modest' cover; a women just as pretty as the one in Playboy, but then wearing a Jilbab to cover her long black hair.

Posted in General @ 30 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia in Guinness Book of Records for deforestation rate Greenpeace is using a novel marketing ploy to raise awareness about forest loss in Indonesia: the Guinness Book of World Records. The green group has convinced the publisher of to recognize Indonesia as the "country with the fastest rate of forest destruction on the planet." According to Greenpeace, the text will read:

Posted in Environment @ 05 May 2007 18:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's largest environmental group upset over Newmont ruling Chalid Muhammad from Indonesia’s largest non-governmental environmental group Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI), translated “the Friends of the Earth,” has accused the five judges in the Newmont trial of being biased toward the U.S. miner. The group said it will lodge complaints of bias against judges.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2007 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strike at US-owned mine Freeport in Papua continues Thousands of workers from a mine in the easternmost province of Papua continued to strike for a third day yesterday, disrupting work at one of the biggest copper mines in the world. The workers moved their rally to a site outside the local headquarters of PT. Freeport Indonesia in Timika while protest leaders resumes talks with the company's officials in an attempt to reach a deal.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 20 April 2007 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police releases hotel safety ratings As part of Bali's continuing commitment to security, all major hotels in Bali are obliged to undergo a thorough security audit conducted by the Bali Police. Each security review is carried out by a team of officers from the Bali Police headquarters and addresses personnel issues, equipment, physical facilities, security software, training and public order issues.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 April 2007 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia preps controversial mining law Indonesia’s Director General of Mining said the government is hoping Parliament will approve a new mining law in March forcing companies to process ore within Indonesia instead of exporting it to foreign smelters. Director General Simon Sembiring said the new law aims to ensure that "mining ore must be processed into metal in Indonesia" but that it will allow existing mine operations a period of transition.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 05 January 2007 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Batminton: Indonesian men's double fails to grab gold in Doha Indonesian men`s double Luluk Hadiyanto/Alvent Yulianto failed to follow the step of their countrymate Taufik Hidayat who succeeded in contributing gold in men`s single after defeating his Chinese arch rival Lin Dan. In a game held at Aspire building, Sport Center of Doha, double Luluk/Advent were easily overpowered by their Malaysian rivals Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong in a strait set, 13-21 and 14-21.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stripped of bronze medal at Asian Games Indonesia has been stripped of their equestrian bronze medal which has been awarded to fourth-placed India in the three-day Event Team, equestrian officials said. Britain's Andrew Griffiths, the technical delegate for equestrian eventing, said Indonesia has used illegal spurs and were demoted to fourth following a protest from India's German equestrian eventing Chef d'Equipe Ralf Ehrenbrink.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed in clash in Papua province Two people including an Indonesian military officer were killed in a clash between security forces and separatists in the remote eastern province of Papua, a military official said on Saturday. The clash occurred on Friday after the officer and some residents tried to enter a separatist camp in Puncak Jaya regency, about 325 km southwest of Jayapura, the capital of Papua, Imam Santosa told Reuters. No other details were available.

Posted in Violence @ 09 December 2006 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Freeport looks beyond Indonesia, sticks to copper For the founders of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, this weekend's deal for Phelps Dodge Corp. marks a step away from the source of their wealth - and the belief that its product has still a long way to run. New Orleans-based Freeport in a friendly deal that would forge the world's biggest publicly traded copper miner. The acquisition would spread out Freeport's source of its copper to the Americas, where Phelps Dodge operates mines in the U.S., Chile and Peru.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 21 November 2006 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court convicts 7 Papuans for killing Americans An Indonesian court on Tuesday convicted seven men of leading an armed ambush that killed two American school teachers in remote Papua province four years ago, and sentenced the alleged ringleader to life imprisonment. Chief Judge Andriani Nurdin of the Central Jakarta District Court said defendant Antonius Wamang had 'committed a gross violation of human rights for attacking civilians' and deserved harsher punishment than the 20-year sentence asked by prosecutors, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 November 2006 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes Dutch to chase World Cup dream Indonesia is looking to plunder the soccer leagues of former colonial rulers the Netherlands in a bid to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since independence 57 years ago. The country's soccer chiefs say dozens of youngsters of Indonesian descent are playing for top Dutch clubs, and they hope to lure them back to give the national team a much-needed boost.

Posted in Sports @ 01 November 2006 14:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


43 illegal miners detained in Papua Indonesian police on Friday detained 43 indigenous Papuans for blocking a main road to the world's largest gold and copper mine with burning tires, an official said. The illegal miners, including two women, were picked up at dawn Friday outside the Grasberg mine operated by the New Orleans-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., said local police chief Lt. Col. Jimmy Tuilan. The protest did not effect activities at the mine, he said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 07 October 2006 06:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Aceh celebrates year of peace Tens of thousands of Acehnese gathered on Tuesday around the provincial capital's black-domed mosque to mark the anniversary of a landmark truce and to urge Indonesia's government not to water down the pact. At the governor's mansion, officials involved in the peace deal congregated in a hall to mark the Helsinki-signed pact, aimed at ending a 30-year war in which 15,000 people died.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 August 2006 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to enact Aceh governance law Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) will endorse a governance bill for Aceh province on July 11, with the main focus of establishing a direct gubernatorial election, a local media reported on Saturday. Chairman of the DPR's special committee on the bill Ferry Mursyidan Baldan said that a team was honing the wording of the 261-article bill before it was delivered to a plenary session for endorsement.

Posted in Politics @ 01 July 2006 09:04 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


Myths and mysticism that surround Merapi Discussion on Mt. Merapi volcano, expected imminently to erupt, would be considered incomplete unless it included the myths and mysticism that surround it. Reaching magnificently up to the sky on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, the 2,968-meter volcano is believed, by the traditional Javanese communities that live in its vicinity, to be a sacred place.

Posted in Culture @ 12 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY: Freeport Papua mine closure not an option The Indonesian government won't consider a unilateral closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s (FCS) massive Grasberg mine in Papua despite allegations of poor environmental management at the facility, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Monday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 April 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Axes, arrows and AK-47s used in clash in Papua Four people died today in an exchange of fire between soldiers and suspected separatists in Indonesia’s remote resource-rich province of Papua, a military spokesman said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 10 April 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Implications of pornography bill and Islamic law In the past few months much has been in the local Press about Sharia regulations in regions of Indonesia as well as the frequently cited Pornography Law being deliberated on in the House. These clippings in the press have been anything but flattering of Sharia which to a practicing Muslim is the crux of his daily interactions. Sharia has been labeled oppressive to women and minorities of other faiths, a step backwards for Indonesia, and an inhibitor to the economy.

Posted in Culture @ 25 March 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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