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Archaeology office unearths prehistoric bracelets in Jayapura The Archaeology Office of Jayapura, Papua, has discovered prehistoric bracelet artifacts made from coral sea shells in Puay Village, East Sentani Sub-District, Jayapura, Papua. "Most of the coral sea bracelets found in the hill slopes have been eroded by the water flowing in Lake Sentani," Hari Suroto, an archaeologist, stated here on Monday.

Posted in History @ 12 January 2015 14:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Walhi opposes planned construction of Jakarta giant seawall The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has opposed the planned construction of giant seawall in Muara Angke, North Jakarta, citing it will destroy the environment and render thousands of fishermen jobless.

Posted in Environment @ 24 October 2014 18:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US congratulates Indonesia on its successful elections The US government has congratulated the people of Indonesia on its successful presidential elections on Wednesday, the US here said on its official website.

Posted in Elections @ 10 July 2014 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP visits Bengkulu to observe Pancasila birthday Vice President Boediono visited Bengkulu to observe the birthday of the state Pancasila ideology in the province and to tour a number of historic places where President Soekarno was once exiled.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2014 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi reads Pancasila in first campaign Presidential candidate of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Joko "Jokowi" Widodo read the text of Indonesian ideology Pancasila or five principles in his first campaign here on Sunday (March 16).

Posted in Elections @ 16 March 2014 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi begins PDIP campaign in Jakarta The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) began its first-day campaign in Jakarta by sending its presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to a number of historic places in the capital city.

Posted in Elections @ 16 March 2014 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Court meets Antasari's demand over judicial review The Constitutional Court (MK) met Antasari Azhars demand on Thursday allowing the former chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to file another judicial review over his case.

Posted in Crime @ 06 March 2014 21:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Free tourist bus tours for Jakarta visitors The Jakarta Tourism Agency welcomed the arrival of five double-decker tour buses Monday night as the capital, long listed as a sight best left unseen on a visit to Indonesia, began an aggressive push to double the number of foreign tourists visiting the city.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 January 2014 06:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anas Urbaningrum detained by KPK over corruption allegations On Friday, the former chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, was detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), after several hours of interrogation, in connection with his alleged involvement in a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Archeologists find prehistoric elephant fossils in Patiayam Archaeologists found fossils of tusk, legs and ribs of a prehistoric elephant at the Patiayam Site in Jekulo Subdistrict, Kudus District, Central Java. Spokesperson of Fossil House of Patiayam Site Ari Mustaqim stated here on Friday that the fossilized tusk is 0.5 meter long while the ribs are one meter long each.

Posted in History @ 03 January 2014 23:08 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


Indonesia, Netherlands agree to improve bilateral relations Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed here on Wednesday to increase cooperation and improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pagaralam citizens find three ancient human statues The citizens of Curup village, North Dempo district, Pagaralam city, South Sumatra province, have found three statues of human heads, which are allegedly prehistoric relics from 4,000 BC.

Posted in History @ 01 January 2013 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of World War II veterans invited to Morotai At least 100 World War II veterans from the United States, Australia and Japan are invited to attend the opening ceremony of "Sail Morotai" in the regency of Morotai, North Maluku on September 15.

Posted in General @ 24 August 2012 11:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists obliged to wear sarung at Javanese temples Central Java visitors to the ancient Hindu Monument of Prambanan, the Borobudor Temple of Borobudur and the Ratu Boko Palace are now required to wear a batik sarung.The new policy took effect from August 17, 2012.

Posted in Culture @ 21 August 2012 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Czech president: 'Borobudur greater than Pyramids' The renowned Buddhist temple of Borobudur in Magelang, Central Java, is greater than the Pyramids in Egypt, visiting Czech President Vaclac Klaus said here on Sunday. "Borobudur temple is greater than Pyramids because its architecture is more complicated," Klaus was quoted by Youth and Sports Affairs Minister Andi Malarangeng as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 08 July 2012 14:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali’s rice terraces a part of world heritage The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has finally ratified the Subak irrigation system in Bali and including it on the word heritage list during its just concluded 36th assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Posted in Culture @ 04 July 2012 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ancient inscriptions found in West Sulawesi Local residents in Majene district, West Sulawesi, have found three ancient inscriptions that are likely to be 400 to 500 years old, according to an official.

Posted in History @ 28 June 2012 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Old Indonesian manuscripts located in Netherlands Around 26,000 old Indonesian manuscripts are currently held in the library of Leiden University in the Netherlands, Indonesian National Library spokesperson Sri Sulasih said here on Monday.

Posted in History @ 14 May 2012 16:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


120 sailing ships to participate in Sail Morotai At least 120 sailing ships from Indonesia and other countries will participate in the upcoming international marine event of Sail Morotai, to be held in the Morotai Islands district, North Maluku, in mid-September 2012.

Posted in General @ 23 April 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 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


Boeing and Lion Air confirm historic $22.4 billion deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing on Tuesday announced that it has finalized a historic deal with Jakarta-based Lion Air to purchase at least 230 aircraft. The deal is valued at approximately $22.4 billion per list prices.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2012 08:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ratifies nuclear test ban treaty The Indonesian parliament on Tuesday ratified a treaty which will ban all nuclear explosions in all environments and for all purposes, officials said, making it the 156th country to do so.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2011 21:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing and Indonesia's Lion Air sign 230 aircraft deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Jakarta-based Lion Air on Friday signed a provisional order for at least 230 aircraft in a deal valued at approximately $21.7 billion per list prices. U.S. President Barack Obama witnessed the signing.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2011 09:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 6 reactions


Ministry denies Borobudur to be taken off UNESCO`s list A senior Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry official has denied allegations that the ancient Borobudur Temple in Central Java is to be scrapped from UNESCO`s world cultural heritages list.

Posted in History @ 13 November 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD 22! agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) today announced a chic selection of hotel deals in the exciting Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 November 2011 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake strikes western Sumatra, Indonesia A strong earthquake struck Northern Sumatra in western Indonesia on early Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there was no immediate word about damage or casualties. No tsunami alert was issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 September 2011 20:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


WikiLeaks cable: U.S. believed 2007 Jakarta election 'rigged' A newly-released confidential cable from the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia shows that U.S. officials believed the historic 2007 gubernatorial election in Jakarta was rigged.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 September 2011 05:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Batam to become 'tourism portal' by 2015? Batam in the Riau Islands is set a target to become a “tourism portal” for western Indonesia in 2015, the local administration says. Batam has the potential to become a hub for tourism promotion for western Indonesian regions, Batam Mayor Ahmad Dahlan said Monday in Batam.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 August 2011 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to observe Cambodia-Thailand border conflict Amidst the recent border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia, both countries have accepted Indonesia to observe both sides of the border, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 23 February 2011 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Shark sanctuary declared in eastern Indonesia Misool Eco Resort and Shark Savers on Tuesday announced that a Shark Sanctuary has been declared for the entire 17,760 square miles of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, located in the eastern region of the country. Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, the Regent of Raja Ampat, made this historic declaration, demonstrating leadership in marine conservation.

Posted in Environment @ 17 November 2010 01:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rumor: Ancient volcano rumbles into live near Yogyakarta Earlier today an Indonesian online news service reported that the prehistoric Nglanggeran volcano in the area of Gunung Kidul (lit 'Southern Hills') southeast of the city of Yogyakarta had come back to life. The volcano was said to produce a rumbling sound and small plumes of smoke were also said to be visible at the peak. Residents were reported fleeing from the area as well.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2010 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Southeast Asia’s richest in cultural heritage Cultural heritage in the form of old building in a number of cities in Indonesia does not function only as witnesses to the progress of the cities and their dwellers, but also a means to develop national solidarity, identity and pride, so that their existence has to be preserved.

Posted in Culture @ 12 September 2010 02:17 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


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


UNESCO eyeing Bali for three new cultural heritage sites Beritabali.com says three areas in Bali are targeted for designation as "Cultural Heritage Areas" by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010. The three areas singled out for the recognition on the island are: the rice terraces of Jatiluwih near Tabanan; the Pakerisan river valley in Gianyar; and the "subak" or traditional water irrigation system at Taman Ayung in Badung.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2009 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta: World's second most on-time airport As airlines continue to charge customers more while offering fewer services, at least the world's busiest airports are showing signs of improved performance. That's according to data published by FlightStats, an Oregon-based company that tracks historical and real-time flight information for airports and airlines around the world.

Posted in Travel @ 17 December 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


W. Sumatra earthquake damages 65 cultural heritage sites Some 65 cultural heritage sites in the province of West Sumatra have sustained damage in the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the province on September 30, 2009. The head of the cultural heritage conservation for West Sumatra, Riau and Riau Island, Fitra Alda, told that old and historically important buildings were damaged in the city of Padang.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 November 2009 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Majapahit village discovered near Mojokerto A joint archeology team for historical Majapahit (1293 to around 1500) sites has discovered a complete village from that age in one single area. The village is located near the city of Mojokerto in East Java. This is the first time that a complete village has been found. The village was most likely used by the elite of the Majapahit kingdom.

Posted in History @ 28 October 2009 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


50 shops at Prambanan complex burned down Some 50 small shops selling snacks and souvenirs at the Prambanan Temple complex in Central Java were completely lost in a fire. The fire broke out at around 19:30 local time (GMT+7), when shops were already closed for about two hours. There were no people at the scene of the fire when it occurred so there were no injuries.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 September 2009 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sail 2010 to be organised near Banda After a successful Sail Bunaken 2009, held in Manado in North Sulawesi, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will organize a similar event next year as well. The location for this event will be Banda, one of the island is the Moluccan archipelago. The event is already named 'Sail Banda 2010'.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 September 2009 11:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Centuries old mummy found on Bali A coffin with a mummy has been discovered in the district of Gianyar, on the resort island of Bali. The historical coffin is said to be some 2.500 years old. The location of the finding is a field where clay for bricks is mined, in the village of Keramas, Blahbatuh, Gianyar. The sarcophagus, which contains a human mummy, has been found at a depth of 2.5 meters and measures 150 centimeters in length and 100 centimeters in width.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 January 2009 11:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batik design to become world heritage this year The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will appoint batik designs from Indonesia as one of the cultural heritages in May this year. The secretary of Coordinating Minister for Social Welfare, Indroyono Soesilo, said that the Indonesian people are hoping to establish batik design as heritage as soon as possible. "If UNESCO will recognize batik designs, it will be good for Indonesia since it will recognize our ancestors across the world," said Indroyono in Yogyakarta yesterday.

Posted in General @ 09 January 2009 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three partial statues and relief found in Kediri villige Three artifacts, a relief and hundreds of pieces of stone blocks which are thought to originate from a wealthy kingdom in the area, were found in the village of Sumbercangkring, sub-district Gurah in the district of Kediri in eastern Java. Head of the Cultural and Tourist department in the region, Suradi, said earlier today that the historical items were, amongst others, a head of a Dwarapala with a height of 98 centimeters, a partial head of Ganesha with a height of 16 centimeters and a head of an unknown statue with a height of 48 centimeters.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seeking recognition for Bali's heritage The Jakarta Post reports that a team representing Bali is expected to visit the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris soon in a continuing effort to lobby for three sites in Bali to be names as World Heritage Sites.

Posted in Environment @ 15 March 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 24 A 29-year-old Indonesian woman from Tangerang, west Jakarta, has died of bird flu while another 38 year-old woman from West Jakarta has been infected by the virus. This puts the total death to 103 out of 126 contracted people, Health Ministry said here Monday. "All of their laboratory tests showed that all the women were positively infected by the lethal disease," said Lili Sriwahyuni Sulistyowati, head of information center of the ministry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 February 2008 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 21 A 30-year-old man from Tangerang near Jakarta died of avian influenza on Thursday, putting the total fatalities to 98 out of 120 contracted people in the country, Indonesian health ministry said here. The man had been treated in a bird flu designed hospital of Persahabatan in east Jakarta since Jan. 18, an official of anti-bird-flu center of the ministry Suharda Ningrum said. All his laboratory tests was positive on Tuesday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 January 2008 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia: Youth key to new political party In the lead-up to Indonesia’s 2009 elections, a new left party has been formed. The National Liberation Party of Unity (Papernas) was founded on the basis of three main demands: the cancellation of Indonesia’s foreign debt, the nationalisation of the minerals sector, including oil and gas, and national industrialisation.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebuilding Yogyakarta; One rice cone at a time A year ago today, the historic heartland of Java - Yogyakarta - was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. More than 6,000 people lost their lives and another 30,000 were injured in this densely populated part of Indonesia. The whole nation, just recovering from the onslaught of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, was again in tears. The international community responded with their generosity.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2007 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch government to return historic documents on Aceh The Dutch government will return historic documents and books on Aceh to the provincial administration in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD). This was told by governor Irwandi Yusuf. "Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia Nikolaos van Dam is scheduled to return the copies of all documents and books on the history of Aceh on February 28," Irwandi said.

Posted in General @ 26 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A third of Borneo to be conserved, new declaration passed An historic declaration to conserve the "Heart of Borneo" was officially signed today between the three Bornean governments - Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The tri-country declaration will conserve and sustainably manage one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. The Heart of Borneo is an area of equatorial rainforest larger than Kansas, covering nearly a third of the island.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Sumatra: Another killer tsunami looms Scientists predict a repeat of the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that killed more than 280,000 lives. Their warnings gained added weight with a fresh earthquake that killed seven and injured 100 more when it struck Sumatra on Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 December 2006 14:33 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


Protesters urge monitors to stay in Aceh Human rights protesters demonstrated in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday, urging international monitors overseeing a historic peace deal between the government and separatist rebels to stay on. Thirty-five remaining European and Asian monitors grouped under the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) are due to leave the province on Friday, ending a 15-month stint there.

Posted in Elections @ 14 December 2006 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 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


The day before the fall of Suharto Controversy has surrounded the book written by former President Habibie, which reveals a number of new historical facts about the events of May 1998. The military is mentioned as having a hand in speeding up the downfall of the Suharto regime. Two major-generals and a number of colonels are suspected of having "allowed" university students to occupy the parliament building in Senayan. Tempo sorts out the important moments during the 24 hours preceding Suharto's downfall. Here is the report.

Posted in History @ 03 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Writers fest highlights poverty and human rights Freedom and human rights are common themes which persist across international literary festivals around the world. The third annual Ubud Writers and Readers festival which closed last week was no exception. The five-day event featured workshops, seminars and panel discussions on topics ranging from the effects of globalization to understanding of Islam in the modern world.

Posted in Culture @ 14 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt slams N. Korea over nuclear test, predicts regional tensions ndonesia condemned North Korea over its announced test of a nuclear weapon on Monday, saying the test would add to regional tensions. "The Government of Indonesia reiterates its position that the recent nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is unacceptable under any justifiable reason," a statement from the Foreign Ministry said. "The nuclear test conducted by the DPRK will only create new tensions and threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region."

Posted in Politics @ 09 October 2006 15:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia militant cleric targets steamy TV shows Indonesian TV shows that feature scantily dressed women are more dangerous than bombs, a militant Muslim cleric who served a jail term for links to the Bali bombings was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Abu Bakar Bashir said local television stations should offer more religious programs instead of showing half-naked women.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia tries to save historic rack railway Indonesian tourism is synonymous with Bali - the jet-set crowd, European tourists and hippy backpackers flocking to the resort island to hit the beaches and health spas. But for travellers with more discriminating tastes, specifically a thirst for the country's railway history, an historic town on the main island of Java is the place to be.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:37 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


U.S. Navy halts sunken war ship's photography St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips' efforts to photograph the inside of the sunken cruiser USS Houston have been halted by the Navy before he could get his remotely controlled underwater camera into the ship. The photos of the ship, sunk by the Japanese during World War II, were for the USS Houston Survivors Association, which contacted him because of his experience using a remotely operated vehicle camera.

Posted in General @ 13 August 2006 13:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans militants from going to Mideast Indonesian police said on Monday that the government had banned Islamic militants from travelling to the Middle East or elsewhere to fight Israel. The comments by a police spokesman came after the self-styled head of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Muslim Youth Movement said more than 200 militants had been sent on missions to attack Israel's interests and countries that support the Jewish state.

Posted in General @ 07 August 2006 15:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia allots 6M hectares for biofuel Indonesia has earmarked 6 million hectares for development of its biofuel industry, part of plans to reduce its dependence on crude oil and susceptibility to price fluctuations, its energy minister said Friday. "Our target to develop our biofuel industry is by 2009-2010," said Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "And we have plans for 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres) of development, worth about US$20 billion (euro15.6 billion)."

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2006 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourist heart torn out of tsunami-hit Indonesia resort The tsunami that ripped through the south coast of Indonesia's West Java province landed a brutal blow on the economy of this popular beach resort, in a country where tourism has already been reeling from bombs, bird flu and earthquakes. Monday's tsunami left the beach front at Pangandaran, formerly clustered with hotels and souvenir shops, looking like a war zone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 July 2006 15:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami warning for Australia, Indonesia after quake Indonesia and Australia were advised of a possible local tsunami after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck the Indian Ocean south of the Indonesian island of Java.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 July 2006 13:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China calls on Indonesia to abide by one-China policy Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan on Monday calls on Indonesia to faithfully abide by the one-China policy. Tang told visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda that China firmly supports Indonesia's efforts in maintaining national unity and appreciates its contribution to promoting China-ASEAN relations. "To support each other on major issues concerning national sovereignty and territorial integrity is an important embodiment of China-Indonesia strategic partnership," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2006 18:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US boosts contribution to Indonesia The United States has again upped its contribution for assistance to victims of this weekend's devastating earthquake in Indonesia, allocating $5 million in emergency aid, the White House said Tuesday. The Bush administration initially announced $500,000 in aid after the quake struck early Saturday, and by the end of the day had increased that amount to $2.5 million.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 17:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: Indonesia quake may trigger Merapi eruption The earthquake that killed over 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island is linked to the one that triggered the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and may signal the imminent eruption of a nearby volcano, an expert said on Monday. Indonesia sits in a seismically active "ring of fire", a region marked by regular volcanic and tectonic activity, and which bore the brunt of the December 2004 quake-generated tsunami which left more than 230,000 dead or missing.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 14:01 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


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

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


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

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


Schools around rumbling Merapi send children home Elementary schools around Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi on the world's most crowded island of Java suspended classes indefinitely as the volcano continued to heat up, a local media report said Wednesday. Faculty members said the decision was made to allow children to go on indefinite holiday after demands from parents fearing the crater's imminent eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: the ongoing militant threat The Australian government issued an advisory April 20, saying militants planned an attack against Indonesia that day and warning against all nonessential travel to the country. Although warnings for a specific date can be triggered for various reasons, such as the anniversary of a past attack, they are unusual. In this case, then, either Australia believed it had credible intelligence on an imminent attack -- or intelligence services simply lost sight of a suspect they believed was in the late stages of an attack operation. Although the day passed without incident, there is reason to believe the threat remains.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 April 2006 08:59 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


Ousting demons to usher in new year It has been unnervingly quiet on the tourism front in Bali of late - many have been laid off or put on part-time - giving the Balinese more time at home, more time to just be ... Balinese.

Posted in Culture @ 02 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-pornograpy laws stir debate about an open society Since taking office as Indonesia's sixth president 17 months ago, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has grown from a former general into agraft-buster, an economic reformer and a peacemaker. Now add social conservative to the list. Addressing a Jakarta audience last week, Mr Yudhoyono complained about young women baring belly buttons in public and recounted how a singer hired for a presidential event had been sent packing for exposing her navel. "I was disturbed," he said. "I told her to go home. And she did just that without having the chance to sing a song."

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesia invites North Korean leader to Jakarta President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to Jakarta for talks on how to reduce tension with South Korea, presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said on Wednesday.Kim Jong Il, who rarely travels abroad, has said he "welcomed" the offer and also invited Yudhoyono to North Korea, Dino said. He said possible dates for both trips were still being discussed.

Posted in Politics @ 08 February 2006 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia narrows loss for 2005 Struggling Garuda Indonesia said its losses narrowed in 2005 due to improved cost efficiencies but earnings were hard-hit by bombings on Bali and high oil prices. The flag carrier's losses declined by 17.14 percent to Rp 672 billion (US$71.60 million) in 2005, its president Emirsyah Satar told a parliamentary commission. The already-ailing flag carrier has been hit hard by plunging arrivals on the Indonesian resort island of Bali after a triple suicide bombing there in October, as well as historically high oil prices.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 January 2006 08:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


VP Kalla holds historic meeting with GAM chiefs As snow floated down from the dark skies over Finland's capital Helsinki, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and exiled leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) held a historic meeting aimed at building a long-lasting peace in Aceh. Kalla met for the first time with GAM leaders Malik Mahmud and Zaini Abdullah here Friday evening (early Saturday in Indonesia), following the signing of a peace accord Aug. 15, 2005, to end nearly three decades of separatist fighting.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 January 2006 15:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


East Timor withholds UN abuse report The East Timorese Government has withheld publication of a report claiming as many as 180,000 civilians may have died as a result of Indonesia's quarter-century occupation of the former Portugese colony. Leaked copies of the report by the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CRTR) point to alleged widespread abuses by the Indonesian military including rape, the use of napalm and the poisoning of food supplies.

Posted in Politics @ 19 January 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Living on a fault line A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be?

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia eyes Brunei, new destinations in Indonesia, Cambodia Malaysia's low-cost carrier AirAsia said Sunday it soon hopes to fly to Brunei and to new destinations in Indonesia and Cambodia following the arrival of two new Airbus A320 aircraft in December. "We are waiting for approval to fly to Brunei from Kuala Lumpur," AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes told AFP.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 November 2005 12:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists in Indonesia find evidence of another 'Hobbit' Scientists digging in a remote Indonesian cave have uncovered a jaw bone that they say adds more evidence that a tiny prehistoric Hobbit-like species once existed. The jaw is from the ninth individual believed to have lived as recently as 12,000 years ago. The bones are in a wet cave on the island of Flores in the eastern limb of the Indonesian archipelago, near Australia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 October 2005 20:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia withdraws troops from Aceh Indonesia will withdraw 2,600 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province Tuesday with another 3,500 slated to go by month's end as part of a historic peace accord to end three decades of fighting, a military spokesman said. The agreement signed last month in Finland calls on the Indonesian military to more than halve the 60,000 troops it has in the province by the end of the year and for separatist rebels to hand in all of their self-declared 840 weapons.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 September 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels begin surrendering weapons Dozens of rebels from the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, came to the regional capital of Banda Aceh Thursday to hand in a total of 78 weapons to international monitors from the European Union and Asian nations. Scores of GAM fighters rode onto a football field, and watched under the scorching sun, as their leaders handed over weapon after weapon to members of the Aceh Monitoring Mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to pay fuel subsidies to poorest Indonesia is to pay the equivalent of $10 a month to about 15.5m impoverished households for three months in an effort to soften the political impact of a fuel price rise expected in early October. The move, which officials said might become the foundation of a social security system in the world’s fourth largest nation, is thought to be unprecedented for Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 13 September 2005 10:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia July car sales rise 28.34% year-on-year Car sales in Indonesia rose 28.3 percent in July compared with the same period in 2004, data from the largest automotive distributor showed on Saturday. PT Astra International Tbk, controlled by Singapore’s Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd, said a total of 49,388 cars were sold by all distributors in the country last month, bringing the year to date national sales to 345,167 units.

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2005 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia commemorates 60th anniversary of independence Indonesia commemorated the 60th anniversary of independence on Wednesday with celebrations across the world's fourth most populous nation. In the capital Jakarta, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono kicked off the day with a ceremony in front of the presidential palace attended by thousands of invitees, including former president Abdurrahman Wahid and former vice presidents, foreign diplomats, high-ranking military and government officials

Posted in General @ 17 August 2005 19:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch to apologise to Indonesia for 'police actions' Two Dutch church groups have applauded the "historic decision" by Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot to attend celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Indonesia's Independence on Wednesday. The Kerkinactie and ICCO groups also called on Bot to use the opportunity to apologise to the Indonesian people for the two bloody military campaigns the Dutch military carried out in a bid to regain control of the former colony following World War II.

Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


British intervention Indonesia Sixty years ago on Aug. 17 Indonesia's Founding Fathers President Sukarno and Vice-President Mohamad Hatta issued the Proclamation of Independence or Proklomasi as it is known. An historic event. The national leaders, under great pressure from militant nationalist youth, had seized the hour.

Posted in History @ 16 August 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch make historical gesture: foreign minister to independence day Of all the anniversaries marking the end of World War II, one of the most difficult for the Netherlands is the ragged conclusion of the war in Indonesia, the former Dutch colony that declared itself a sovereign nation 60 years ago this month. For the first time, the Dutch government is sending a Cabinet-level official, Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, to Jakarta to join the Aug. 17 Independence Day celebrations - a deliberate yet grudging move meant to paper over a longstanding historical dispute.

Posted in Politics @ 04 August 2005 14:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 19 reactions


Indonesia and rebels agree formula for Aceh peace Indonesia and Aceh rebels have agreed the formula for a peace deal to end a 30-year-old conflict that has cost 12,000 lives in the province that was laid waste by last December’s tsunami, Indonesia said on Sunday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 July 2005 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia-Africa leaders pay nostalgic Indonesian visit Leaders of nations from South Africa to North Korea came to this former Dutch colonial hill station on Sunday to honor political pioneers who set the stage for the Non-Aligned Movement 50 years ago. Arriving from Jakarta in a fleet of jetliners, leaders and representatives of some 100 countries retraced the steps taken by the heads of 29 Asian and African governments who met here in 1955 to seek a path apart from the Soviet and U.S. sides of the Cold War divide.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian-African summit opens in Indonesia The summit of Asian and African leaders, which will adopt a strategic partnership declaration that will be aimed at strengthening cooperation among countries of the two continents, began in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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