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US Navy works with Indonesia to protect sunken gravesite US Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is "consistent with the identification" of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), and that divers documented conclusive evidence of a pattern of unauthorized disturbance of the gravesite.

Posted in History @ 19 August 2014 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo visits Soeharto`s cemetery Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on Sunday visited former president Soehartos cemetery in Karanganyar, Central Java, on Sunday. He visited Soehartos grave at the Astana Giribangun cemetery in Matesih in concurrence with the anniversary of the former presidents death.

Posted in Politics @ 08 June 2014 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PPP leader voices concern over Islamic parties' future The United Development Party (PPP)s general chairman Suryadharma Ali said he was concerned about the prospects of Islam-based or Islamic parties in Indonesia here on Friday.

Posted in Elections @ 21 March 2014 20:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Mount Kelud evacuees allowed to return home The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has allowed evacuees to return to their homes on the slope of Mount Kelud after the volcanos status has been lowered from the top to the third alert.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 February 2014 21:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mt Kelud`s cold mud flow inundates farming areas A cold mud flow streaming from Mount Kelud and flowing into River Konto inundated farming areas in Kandangan sub-district, Pare district and Badas sub-district, Kediri district, East Java Province.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 February 2014 18:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud volcanic materials pose danger of floods Around 50 million cubic meters of Mount Keluds volcanic materials have posed danger of flooding in areas around the slopes of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 February 2014 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former chief justice calls to end political oligarchy Former constitutional court chief justice Mahfud MD has called on the people to put an end to political oligarchy, which has so far dominated governance and is not good for a democracy.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2014 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono inspects Kelud eruption evacuation centers President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inspected Mt. Keluds eruption evacuation center at An-Nuur Mosque in Kediri, East Java on Monday. "Together with the First Lady, I would only want to assure that everything has been handled well," he stated with the evacuees around him.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 February 2014 16:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven airports closed due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud Seven airports and one airstrip remain closed on Saturday, as of 10:00 am local time (GMT +7), due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud in East Java, an official said.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2014 12:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono expresses shock at arrest of chief justice President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he was shocked and deeply concerned upon hearing the arrest of the Constitutional Court`s Chief Justice Akil Mochtar by an anti-graft agency on Wednesday night.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mountt Rokatenda in East Nusa Tengara erupts Mount Rokatenda in Palue island, East Nusa Tenggara province, erupted early Saturday, spewing ash onto a number of villages on the island. The eruption, which occurred at nearly 01.00 a.m., also was accompanied by earthquakes, local resident Bertolomeus Pelle said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 August 2013 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Architects asked to create iconic buildings Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu has asked the country`s architects to develop creativeness and create iconic buildings.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2012 23:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two police officers killed in Poso Two police officers who had gone missing since a week ago in Poso, Central Sulawesi, have been found dead, believably after being killed. The bodies of First Brigade Andi Sapa and Brigadier Sudirman were found buried in one grave in the village of Tamanjeka, Poso, on Tuesday afternoon.

Posted in Crime @ 16 October 2012 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran tiger kills 5-year-old in western Indonesia A young girl was killed during the weekend when she was attacked by a Sumatran tiger while playing outside her house in western Indonesia, local media reported on Monday.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2011 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic groups demand Ahmadiyah group be outlawed Hundreds of conservative Muslims on Saturday rallied in the Indonesian capital to demand the government outlaw an Islamic sect, the Jakarta Globe reported. Almost 1,500 protesters wearing white robes gathered in Jakarta to urge the banning of the minority Ahmadiyah group. According to reports, some protesters held placards reading "Disband Ahmadiyah or Revolution."

Posted in Religion @ 30 July 2011 23:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Light sentences for Ahmadiyah killings spark condemnation A wave of condemnation greeted the verdicts imposed on Thursday against 12 people accused of killing three members of the minority Ahmadiyah group in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 28 July 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


EU voices concern at religious violence in Indonesia The European Union (EU) on Friday expressed "grave concern" due to the recent violence against religious minorities in Indonesia, mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the death penalty in India.

Posted in Violence @ 08 July 2011 16:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta cancels ban on Ahmadiyah religious group The Jakarta provincial government on Monday canceled the ban on the Indonesia's Ahmadiyah religious group and its activities, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 07 March 2011 16:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of Ahmadiyah follower unearthed after burial The body of an Ahmadiyah follower on Friday was unearthed by an unidentified group of people shortly after the burial in West Java, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 04 March 2011 20:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick volcanic deposits hamper search for victims The large amount of volcanic material that has been deposited by the Mount Merapi volcano in recent weeks, mainly in the Gendol river area in the district of Cangkringan, makes the search for victims even more difficult. Because the volcanic material is already settling down for some now, digging by hand is not enough to retrieve any of the missing bodies.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 November 2010 03:40 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


At least 113 dead after tsunami hits Mentawai Islands Navy ships packed with medicine and food and rescuers in helicopters headed to remote Indonesian islands on Tuesday that were pounded by a 3-meter tsunami, sweeping away villages and killing at least 113 people.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 October 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Repairing the road in between rainstorms The first evening and night in Pangandaran were rain-soaked. Fortunately it had become dry when the early morning had started, although the day started with a completely covered sky so the wet clothes from the night before did not dry quickly. Only when I saw the first neighbors arriving in a truck a little bit of sunshine started to break open the cloud cover.

Posted in Culture @ 20 May 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI gets to keep a grave as reward for murder He was most probably completely absent-minded when he decided that the grave of some dead descendant of Muhammad in Koja, northern Jakarta, should become a national historic monument. Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo made this decision less than 24 hours after a bloody riot between civil police and members of the radical islamic FPI ('Front Pembela Islam', Islamic Defenders' Front) yesterday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 April 2010 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Pelindo v.s. Islamists: two dead and counting The evacuation of the grave of Habib Hasan bin Muhammad al Haddad alias Mbah Priok, in Koja, North Jakarta, has ended in a big brawl between members of the civil police Satpol PP and members of the radical Islamic FPI (Front Pembela Islam) and FBR (Forum Betawi Rembug). The grave has to be demolished in favour of a new seaport terminal, but the Islamists have other plans obviously.

Posted in Religion @ 14 April 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of prostitutes arrested in Pangandaran As much as 23 prostitutes have been netted in a police raid in the area of Pangandaran in the district of Ciamis in West Java province early this morning. Police also reported some chasing around as some of the sexworkers did not want to just sit down and be arrested. Civil police Satpol PP brought a nightly visit to a number of cafe's and night spots in the area of Pasar Wisata, which is a well-known place for prostitution.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2010 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Eight dead in bus-truck collision Eight passengers of a bus died, while 13 others were wounded when their bus collided with a truck in the village of Socorejo, Tuban regency yesterday. All victims were residents of Sumber Mulyo village in the regency of Purbolinggo. They were among 65 people on board of a bus that was heading for a graveyard in the city of Kudus.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 November 2009 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim residents almost force Bashir to leave The leader of the Islamic boarding school in Ngruki, Abu Bakar Bashir, was almost forced to leave a village near the city of Serang in West Java early this morning. Some fifty residents of Kaujon village visited the residence of Mamah Suhaemi, a former leader of the Mujahidin Council of Indonesia, where Bashir spent the night.

Posted in Religion @ 01 November 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


608 bodies recovered; mass grave prepared The official death toll of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake in the area of Padang, West Sumatra, has now reached 608 people. 285 of the death were found in Padang Pariaman, 242 in Padang, 32 in Pariaman, 32 in Agam, 10 in Pesisir Selatan, 4 in Solok and 3 in Pasaman Barat. 343 others have been recorded as missing, but fears are that several thousand other are still buried under collapsed buildings and landslides.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 October 2009 06:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of terrorist refused by villagers The burial of the body of terrorist Urwah alias Bagus Budi Pranoto has lead to problems in the village of Mijen in Kudus regency. Villagers do not want the body to be buried in their graveyard. Urwah would have created a bad image for their village. The house of the family of Urwah in the city of Kudus also is quiet, not many people seem to want to day goodbye to the dead terrorist.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 September 2009 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schappelle Corby goes crazy in Bali prison Australian drug smuggler Schappelle Corby is going crazy in Balinese prison where she has to fulfill a 20-year jail term after trying to smuggle several kilograms of marijuana from Bali to Australia. In a psychiatric report she is said to be 'hanging by a thread', and should be reviewed as soon as possible for being sent home to Australia to finish her sentence there. An Australian psychiatrist was allowed to visit Corby last month.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 August 2009 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Residents: 'No terrorist in our graveyard!' Residents of Kampung Caringin in the village of Sampora, Kuningan, have refused the burial of Ibrohim in their graveyard. Ibrohim was one of the people that helped bomb the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel last month. Residents told that they don't want to have a body of a terrorist in their graveyard. The village head of Sampora, Nurohidin, confirmed the deman of his residents.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 August 2009 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group of wild orangutans discovered in Borneo Conservationists have discovered a large population of orangutans in the eastern part of the island of Borneo which is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. The most conservative estimates put the population count at several hundred, but biologists say it could possibly be in the region of 2,000.

Posted in Environment @ 12 April 2009 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto on his way to his final resting place The body of former president Suharto, who died yesterday afternoon, has been brought to the airport of Adi Soemarmo near Solo. From there he will be brougt to Astana Giribangun. Several airplanes from the Indonesian air force as well as private planes left from the military airport of Halim Perdanakusuma in Jakarta since this morning. One of the planes also brought the body of the former strongman.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2008 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's family grave being prepared for funeral tomorrow Astana Giribangung, the family grave of the family of former president Suharto in Karanganyar, central Java, is starting to see high activity. It didn't take long for activity to pick up after the news broke that the former president had passed away at 13:10 local time (GMT+7). Many preparations are executed by the police and the army. Some of the people that are at the scene of the family grave are the local police chief, the regional police chief, the regent of Karanganyar and the commander of the local army department.

Posted in General @ 27 January 2008 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto develops possible deadly blood infection Ailing former dictator Suharto has developed sepsis, a potentially deadly blood infection, and the 86-year-old's heart became unstable Tuesday, his medical team said. Sepsis, characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state caused by infection, can progress to blood circulatory dysfunction and eventually death. It is considered especially dangerous for the elderly or patients in critical condition and can lead to septic shock, which has a fatality rate of more than 60 percent.

Posted in General @ 15 January 2008 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plonco, Ospek, Hazing The death of IPDN student Cliff Muntu is not surprising. In Indonesia, seniority is very much embedded into local education culture. I began to sense this when I enter junior high school, and as I moved up onto higher education in Indonesia, the sense of seniority is felt even more.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first plane It was less than one week before it really happened. I was in Kuala Lumpur to settle some official stuff, and when drinking an iced tea I took some time off in the evening to visit a friend. It was getting late and however we usually only 'speak' to each other on the internet, we had some serious issues as well. Sometimes it's best to make a small joke about accidents and disasters. The people on board of the missing Adam Air plane are having a splendid time diving there, things like that, whether they are fun or not. As long as it doesn't happen in your own direct environment, you can still say things like that. I also told that I always missed such events; earthquakes when I'm away; other disasters beyond my easy reach and other things like that.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid flows in as Sumatra buries earthquake victims Dozens of victims of the twin earthquakes in western Sumatra were buried on Wednesday as aid flowed in for thousands of displaced when their homes were flattened during the quakes. Disaster management told that 72 people were killed in these quakes, which were also felt in neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. Many had to spend a night in the open, frightened of another earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 March 2007 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels disband armed wing A year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield, Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency. The move paves the way for the guerrilla group to transform itself into a political party expected to make a strong showing in elections in April.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 December 2006 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising land price, lack of rules hamper relief work in Aceh The high price of land and lack of rules and planning by the local government have slowed the much-awaited reconstruction and rehabilitation in Aceh, that was hit by a tsunami two years ago, authorities said Tuesday. Head of the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (BRR) Kuntoro Mangkusubroto said that many requests of the agency to the local government to issue rules or blue-prints of the center of a city have not been met. However, spokesman of the Banda Aceh (capital of the province) administration Mahdi Ibrahim said that the limited budget has made the local government find it difficult to buy lands, whose price has gone up several folds.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2006 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian nations remember the 230,000 killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami Two years after a devastating tsunami crashed into Asian coastlines, villagers in hardest-hit Indonesia were preparing for future disasters, with thousands expected to flee their homes by foot and car Tuesday as part of an early warning drill. Elsewhere across the tsunami disaster-zone, survivors and other mourners will visit mass graves, light candles along beaches, and listen to temple bells chiming to mark the moment the 2004 waves hit.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2006 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia gas pipe blast hits 13 A 43-year-old man died on Sunday from injuries sustained after a gas pipeline explosion in Java island last month, taking the toll from the disaster to 13, media reports said. The Nov. 22 blast, which disrupted gas operations in the region covered by state oil company Pertamina's East Java Gas Pipeline, occurred in an area where hot mud has been gushing unchecked since the end of May following a drilling accident.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 04 December 2006 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia pipeline blast reaches 12 A man died late on Wednesday after suffering injuries from last week's gas pipeline explosion in the Indonesian area swamped by a devastating mudflow, pushing the incident's death toll to 12, a doctor said. The Nov. 22 blast, which disrupted gas operations in the region covered by state oil company Pertamina's East Java Gas Pipeline, occurred in an area where hot mud has been gushing unchecked since the end of May following a drilling accident.

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


Death toll from Indonesia pipeline blast climbs Two more bodies were found on Friday near the scene of a gas pipeline explosion in Indonesia's East Java province which was linked to a devastating mudflow, pushing the death toll from the incident to 10. "Rescuers found two more dead bodies this morning and we are currently preparing the identification and autopsy of those bodies," Sukamto Kasmuri, director of the main hospital in the East Java regency of Sidoarjo, told reporters.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 25 November 2006 14:32 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


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest 14 Christians over killings of Muslims Police arrested 14 Christians accused of bludgeoning two Muslim men to death amid anger at the execution of three Roman Catholic militants on Sulawesi island last month, a police officer said Monday. The fish salesmen were killed at an illegal roadblock on the island's main highway and their bodies were buried in a shallow grave nearby, said Central Sulawesi Police Chief Brig. Gen. Badrudin Haiti.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 October 2006 15:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia mudflow breaks barriers, injures six Barriers built to control a torrent of mud gushing out from an exploratory oil well in Indonesia failed to hold late on Monday, injuring six workers and inundating nearby villages. Several experts have said the mudflow, which started to spurt in late May, could have been triggered by a crack about 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) deep in East Java province's Banjar Panji well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calmer after Indonesia executions Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake victims put ghost fears to rest More than 120 earthquake survivors have cast aside their fear of spirits and built makeshift tents over tombstones in a small Indonesian cemetery in the badly-hit Bantul region. With tarpaulin stretched overhead and rugs thrown over graves, the survivors have managed to get sleep and escape nightly rain since the Saturday quake. Some even set up cooking equipment over larger, grander headstones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 16:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hospitals overflow amid fear, death Hundreds of injured men, women and children packed the grounds of Sardjito Hospital in this historic city Saturday, stretched out on pieces of bloody cardboard, as cries of agony pierced the evening air. Several relatives read the Quran to victims as they anxiously awaited treatment. But the staff was stretched to its limits by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 3,000 people and injured thousands when it struck central Java island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful quake in Java kills over 3,500 Desperate relatives searched rubble for survivors Saturday after a powerful earthquake flattened nearly all the buildings in this rice-farming town while residents slept, killing more than 3,500 people on Indonesia's densely populated Java island. The magnitude-6.3 quake wounded thousands more and was the nation's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. It also triggered fears that a rumbling volcano nearby would erupt.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 07:28 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


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


4 accused of plotting to ship weapons to Indonesia Four Asian businessmen plotted to buy hundreds of handguns, machine guns, Sidewinder missiles and aviation radar equipment for export to Indonesia, creating a threat to national security, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The four men - who have been charged in Detroit and Honolulu - were arrested Sunday after meeting in Hawaii with people they thought were representatives of a Detroit-area company, which authorities say the men believed would supply the military hardware. It was to be shipped to Indonesia through Singapore.

Posted in General @ 12 April 2006 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide kills 12 in West Java A landslide in an unauthorised sand-digging location has killed 12 workers and injured two others in Indonesia's West Java province. The workers were collecting sand in a digging area in Cipatat district that had been shut down by local authorities when an avalanche of gravel came down on them.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 March 2006 07:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb site becomes car park Survivors of the Bali bombings have been shocked at the sight of cars driving over memorials to the dead. The site of Paddy's Bar in Kuta has been turned into a car park. There are also plans to transform the neighbouring Sari Club site, which also hosts shrines and tributes, into a car park. Both nightclubs were destroyed in the October 2002 bomb blasts that killed 202 people, 88 of them Australians.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 December 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Mourners reflect on the year since tsunami Mourners returned to battered shorelines Monday to mark one year since the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed ashore in a dozen countries, laying waste to coastal communities and sweeping away at least 216,000 lives. Under a clear sky and before a gentle sea, survivors, friends and relatives of those who died and world leaders commemorated those lost in one of the worst natural disasters the modern world has experienced.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 December 2005 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami baby boom on the horizon Giggling women swarm outside a little gray tent in Block D of a sprawling refugee camp. The attraction is one tiny miracle — 2-month-old Asmaul Tzuchina, swaying peacefully in a cloth hammock. The baby simply known as Tzuchi, which means “pure” in Acehnese, represents new life and hope for the women who lost children to the earthquake-spawned tsunami nearly a year ago.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2005 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Crashed Indonesia jet may have had fuel problem A preliminary probe into the crash of an Indonesian airliner that killed 149 people has found a fuel problem with one of the plane's engines, a transport safety official said on Wednesday. Setyo Rahardjo, head of the National Transport Safety Committee, told Reuters investigators had found a fault in one of the two engines on the Boeing 737-200, which slammed into a crowded neighbourhood in the city of Medan on Monday.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 19:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Young boy survives Mandala crash A 5-year-old boy given up for dead in a plane crash in Indonesia that killed 148 people has been found in a hospital and reunited with his parents. Investigators sifted Tuesday through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Indonesia to bury plane crash victims Indonesia said it would hold a mass burial Wednesday for unidentified victims of a plane crash that killed 148 people, even as a 5-year-old boy given up for dead was found in a hospital and reunited with his parents. Investigators sifted through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city Monday, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


U.N. warns of possible Indonesia polio epidemic Indonesia's polio outbreak could develop into an epidemic with the onset of the wet season, a U.N. official said on Tuesday, one week before the start of a campaign to vaccinate 24 million children nationwide. Polio returned in May to Indonesia, which had been free of the water-borne disease since 1995.

Posted in Polio @ 24 August 2005 08:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Cases of malnutrition also reported from Alor regency More malnutrition cases were reported on Thursday as the central government dispatched a team of health workers to West Nusa Tenggara to study the cases that were first revealed in the province a day earlier.

Posted in Health @ 27 May 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia reduces possible tsunami death toll Indonesia has drastically reduced the possible death toll from the December 26 tsunami, removing more than 50,000 from its total number of people listed as missing. A statement released by Indonesia's welfare ministry's disaster management centre said the number of people believed missing was now 37,063, compared to the last reported figure of 93,458.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami victims still being recovered in Indonesia The body squad has been doing its dirty, dangerous and unavoidable work here for nearly a month. Yet, every day, incredibly, there are still more victims of the Asian tsunami to be found, bagged and buried. The squad — Indonesian soldiers and Red Cross volunteers — gathers in the Punge neighborhood of this provincial capital. The Indonesian army says more than 17,600 bodies have been pulled from this area. The Indonesian Red Cross says more than 92,700 bodies have been found in Aceh province, the area hit hardest Dec. 26 by the earthquake and tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll to 94,000, millions of survivors await aid Indonesia said on Monday that its death toll from last week's massive earthquake, that triggered powerful tsunamis, has reached 94,081, which brings the death toll in all 11 affected countries in the Indian Ocean basin to at least 137,321. On Monday, the Health Ministry announced that Indonesia's death toll had increased by nearly 14,000 people to 94,081 and that 271,908 people had been displaced made homeless.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia struggles to aid stricken coast Military pilots struggled to drop food into cliff-rimmed villages Thursday along the ravaged coast of Sumatra, where towns strewn with bloating corpses remained isolated for a fifth day after a huge earthquake and tsunami devastated the region. UNICEF estimated 60 percent of this provincial capital was destroyed, along with severe damage across the northwest coast, a stretch of about 250 kilometers (155 miles).

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia struggles to reach quake victims Military ships rushed to get desperately needed aid to the ravished coast of Sumatra island on Thursday, as villages strewn with bloating corpses remained isolated for a fifth day after a huge earthquake and tsunami devastated the region. Though health experts warned that contaminated water and rapidly dwindling food supplies were a bigger danger, officials here focused on the grisly task of disposing of the masses of the dead.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Solo plane crash revised down to 25 At least 25 people were killed and 61 injured when a passenger plane skidded off a rain-slicked runway after landing in Indonesia's Central Java province, an official said, revising downward an earlier toll of 31 dead. "As of 11:00 am (0400 GMT), there are 25 bodies which have been identified and laid at seven hospitals in Solo," said Rudi Patrianto, commercial administration division chief at Adi Sumarmo airport.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono faces a staggering array of problems — rampant corruption, continuing human rights abuses by the military, massive unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and a judicial and law enforcement system that is little more than a legalised mafia.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Candidates availing of every opportunity to woo voters Two weeks to go before the election runoff on Sept. 20, 2004, both presidential candidates are availing of every opportunity they can to woo the voters. As the Central Jakarta District Court was slated on Monday to hand down its verdict in a high-profile defamation case against three Tempo magazine journalists, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono used the opportunity to seek the support of the media. He said there should be no journalists sent to prison for articles they wrote.

Posted in Elections @ 07 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will celebrate its 59 anniversary on Tuesday and many people nationwide are planning to welcome the anniversary by holding festivities around the special day. The Jakarta Post talked to city residents on what they planned to do on Aug. 17.

Posted in History @ 17 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Devastated Yogyakarta tries to cope with bus inferno Thursday was officially declared a day of mourning in Yogykarta for the victims of the grisly bus crash in which at least 54 people from Sleman regency in Yogyakarta were burned to death. Hundreds of sobbing parents, relatives and local residents gathered at the Yapemda I senior high school in Sleman to check the bus's passenger list after hearing of the tragic accident.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pager set at seven, being paged at 6:18 and 6:49, being picked up at 7:30. It’s not an easy life when you are on holiday, as you may have read before. But having the ultimate first and last chance to celebrate Indonesia’s 58th Independence Day in Indonesia, is a chance that I would definately not want to pass. Since a few days I’m able to drive the bebek (motorbike for two persons) myself, so I don’t need to rent one, as I only did one time before in my life. No, it’s much more fun doing it all yourself, though it was late again last night, watching some women having a nice game of billiards.

Posted in Travel @ 17 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian forces kill 7 Aceh separatists Indonesian forces killed seven separatists of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) Tuesday, July 1, in several gunfights, as the country’s human rights investigators were verifying reports of new mass graves in the turbulent region. Government troops also arrested 13 separatists and seized 15 time bombs and seven grenades, spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Yani Basuki said, arguing there were no air strikes against GAM posts on Tuesday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldiers search for more bodies in Aceh after 20 corpses found Soldiers and civilians worked Friday to recover more bodies from two mass graves in Indonesia's Aceh province, where the military is fighting a separatist insurgency, officials said. Twenty bodies were recovered earlier this week at two sites in the central Aceh villages of Guci and Krueng Pase, police say. Villagers have told authorities there may be as many as 300 bodies in the graves.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 28 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh offensive breeds chaos, fear The Indonesian military says it is trying to help Aceh's 4 million people by imposing martial law and launching a land, sea and air offensive to crush separatist rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). But less than two weeks after the launch of the operation, it has brought only heartbreak and fear for many Acehnese. "We are anxious and on edge," a transportation worker said. "We are at a loss what to do."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: '76 rebels killed, no civilians shot' Indonesia's armed forces reported 76 separatist rebels killed so far in Aceh province since an offensive began on May 19. As the assault went into its ninth day, the military repeated denials that seven people killed in a shooting incident last week were civilians. A military spokesman said two more Free Aceh Movement (GAM) members were killed on Tuesday in West Aceh, bringing the total to 76.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 28 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Food crisis looms in troubled Aceh region Soldiers guarded trucks carrying fuel and other staples into Indonesia's Aceh province Saturday as the military warned that food was running out in parts of the region. Prices have doubled in some areas because of the dangers of traveling since Jakarta launched an offensive Monday to crush a 27-year-old separatist rebellion. On Thursday, UNICEF warned of a "grave humanitarian crisis" in the province. It said basic health services and programs for assisting poor families and their children had collapsed.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 25 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cannibal on trial A man who has reportedly confessed he engaged in cannibalism to obtain supernatural powers went on trial on Thursday in Indonesia’s Central Java province. Prosecutors charged Sumanto, dubbed by newspapers the Hannibal Lecter of Indonesia, with stealing a body and destroying a grave. Defence lawyers said Sumanto's action was not a crime under existing law.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says Iraq war could be destabilising Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation, has warned that the unilateral use of force in Iraq would pose a "grave" danger of destabilising the region. In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said mechanisms exist within the U.N. system to deal with the challenges of Iraq and "peaceful efforts must be fully exhausted".

Posted in General @ 19 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blood shed to the ground. A big black buffalo is just slaughtered to dead. But its soul is now ready to accompany the soul of its deceased master on his future journey in the realm of the death. "So blessed be thy buffalo in Tana Toraja as here, thy become the most important of all animals. Thy is the status symbol and plays a part in many myths, even ancient warriors look upon thee as example of bravery".

Posted in Tourism @ 26 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian media ban raises fears Lindsay Murdoch has been working for Australia's Fairfax media group in Jakarta for the past three years and has written a number of articles highly critical of the Indonesian administration.

Posted in Media @ 18 March 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy rains bring more floods Constant overnight rain triggered more flooding in Indonesia's capital Jakarta on Friday, exacerbating hardship for hundreds of thousands of residents already forced to flee their homes.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 February 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


History is all about today. It helps us understand where we are and where we are heading. Indonesians are confused about the future because so much of their past has been covered up.

Posted in Economy @ 19 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President repeats state of emergency threat Beleaguered President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid finally said on Friday that he would address the nation in the much-anticipated August 1 special session of the People'sConsultative Assembly (MPR), but remained firm about not delivering an accountability speech. Speaking during a visit to Babakan Ciwaringin Islamic Boarding School in Cirebon, West Java, Abdurrahman said as quoted by Antara that he would deliver a speech on Indonesia's future challenges instead of an accountability speech.

Posted in Politics @ 13 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trisakti marks 35th anniversary Trisakti University marked its 35th anniversary here with anoration by Prof. K.G.P.H. Haryomataram in front of the university's senate on Wednesday. The oration, titled "Upholding Human Rights in a Comprehensive and Consistent Way in a Bid to Strengthen the Nation's Unity", stressed the importance of exercising political and civil rights that were neglected during past regimes.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 November 2000 00:02 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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