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Minister: '2 million hectares of Riau oil palm plantation illegal' Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan has urged the Riau Province Administration not to issue additional permit for oil palm plantation, as two million hectares of the plantation is illegal or has no permit.

Posted in Environment @ 06 August 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: armed civilian group in recent firefight in Papua The police force confirmed that an armed civilian group was responsible for the recent armed conflict in the Puncak Jaya district, Papua.

Posted in Violence @ 10 April 2014 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name 100 suspects in forest fires The Riau provincial police have named 100 people as suspects in alleged forest and plantation fire cases in the provinces several districts and cities. "The number increases from 90 suspects previously," Riau Police Chief Brigadier General Condro Kirono informed ANTARA here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2014 22:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK seizes six trucks from Wawan The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has confiscated six trucks from money-laundering and corruption suspect Tubagus Chaeri Wardana alias Wawan, the antigraft bodys spokesman, Johan Budi, said.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 March 2014 18:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunting down four suspects in Riau`s land fires Police are hunting down four people suspected of setting fire to forested land in Riau province. "The four people who are now put on the polices wanted list are investors and sellers of conservation areas," Chief of the Riau Provincial Police Brig. Gen. Condro Kirono said here on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terrorist squad involved in hunt for police killers Following the killing of two policemen, a manhunt is being carried out by the anti-terrorist squad Densus 88 from the National Police headquarters and a special team from the Jakarta Metropolitan Police.

Posted in Crime @ 17 August 2013 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tightens security against possible infiltration of terrorists Bali police tighten control at all entry gates to the tourist island to prevent infiltration of terrorists to the island which has twice suffered big terrorist bombings over the past several years. Units of police mobile brigade are placed at the ports of Gilimanuk, Badung and Padangbai, Bali Police Chief Insp. Gen. Arif Wahyunadi said here on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 August 2013 13:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Orangutans habitat displaced by oil palm expansion' The massive expansion of oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan has led to increased environmental damages and displacement of protected animals, such as orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus).

Posted in Environment @ 03 August 2013 17:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police still hunting down suspects of Tasikmalaya bomb The police is still hunting down suspects who allegedly had put a locally made bomb at Tasikmalaya district`s Police Precinct Office last Saturday (July 19) at 1.30 a.m, official said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2013 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police capture 102 escapees from Tanjung Gusta prison Police have captured 102 escapees from the Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan, North Sumatra, since the July 11 mass jailbreak that left five people dead.

Posted in Crime @ 16 July 2013 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunt for members of Malaysia ecstasy smuggling network Police are hunting two other members of an ecstasy smuggling network unveiled in a raid in Daan Mogot, West Jakarta, on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 June 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest five suspects over Palopo violence Police have arrested five suspects in connection with recent local election-related violence in Palopo, South Sulawesi, in which several government offices have been burned.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2013 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes model of world terrorist handling Indonesia now becomes a model of world terrorist handling, the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) Chief Ansyaad Mbai said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 March 2013 15:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Environmentalists capture endangered Sumatran rhino in Borneo Malaysian environmentalists on Monday announced the capture of a female Sumatran rhino which is on the brink of extinction, giving rise to a last chance to save the species before it is too late.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2011 13:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists: 'Sumatran rhino on the brink of extinction' Indonesian environmentalists on Thursday warned that the Sumatran rhinoceros in Lampung province is on the brink of extinction due to hunting and habitat destruction, just weeks after the Western Black Rhinoceros was declared extinct.

Posted in Environment @ 24 November 2011 21:18 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


Javan rhinos in Vietnam extinct; few left in Indonesia The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) on Tuesday confirmed the Javan rhinoceros have been driven to complete extinction in Vietnam, leaving only a few left alive in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 25 October 2011 16:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Suicide bombing can never be a form of jihad' A regional spokesperson of Nahdlatul Ulama (PWNU), the second largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia, has said that a suicide bombing could never be a form of jihad ('inner battle', but popularly 'holy war') because you hurt yourself and others during that act.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 September 2011 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia denies allegations of dolphin, whale hunting Indonesia on Wednesday denied accusations that whales and dolphins were being hunted down in Indonesian waters, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five suspected militants killed by police in North Sumatra Indonesian police shot dead five suspected Islamist militants and arrested four others in a raid on their hideout on Sumatra island, police said Sunday. The five suspects were killed and a policeman was injured in a gunbattle Saturday on an oil-palm plantation in Dolok Sagala village in North Sumatra province, provincial police chief Oegroseno told reporters.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2010 07:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police hunting down four top terror suspects The National Police identified on Friday at least four top terror suspects on the run, who are held responsible for the bank heist in Medan, North Sumatra last month and believed to plan more strikes in the country. National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said that Abu Tholut alias Mustafa was the brain behind the acts of terrorism in the North Sumatra capital.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 September 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 2,000 orangutans inhabit Kutai National Park At least 2,000 orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) have been found to be inhabiting Kutai National Park in East Kutai, East Kalimantan, the forests of which were thought to have been too damaged.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2010 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #23 A group of Papua-men, dressed in traditional clothing from that region, performs a traditional dance. Although residents of Papua nowadays have stopped head-hunting, other parts of their rich culture are still very alive. This sometimes leads to a tribal fight in remote regions in the easternmost provinces of Indonesia.

Posted in Picture guess @ 22 May 2010 07:51 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


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

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


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


Bomb found in terrorist hideout The police are working on defusing a bomb that has been found during an anti-terror raid on a house in the village of Kepuhsari, near the city of Solo in Central Java. Dozens of police have closed off the entire neighborhood after the raid, in which a long gunfight was heard by residents. At the end of the raid there were two loud explosions. It is suspected that the police was on the hunt for suspects of the twin bombings in Jakarta last July.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 September 2009 07:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House of suspected terrorist burned down A house that is located in the foothills of Mount Salak, near Bogor, has been burned by residents in the village. The house was burned down because the residents suspected that the house was a hideout place for terrorist leader Noordin M. Top. Villagers said that they have seen a person that has the same face as the the terrorists seen in Cilacap and Temanggung.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 August 2009 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.8 kilograms of heroin: in prison for life A court in South Jakarta has demanded a life sentence for Raysi Yolanda, which smuggled 1.8 kilograms of heroin. The head of the judges of the South Jakarta court, Setia Untung Arimuladi, said yesterday that the demanded sentence was read to the suspect one day earlier.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 July 2009 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hunt for Noordin Mohammad Top Indonesian police is stepping up the hunt for wanted terrorist Noordin Mohammad Top (picture below) after the bombings of the J.W. Marriot and Ritz Carlon hotels in Jakarta last Friday. Recent information shows that Noordin is most likely involved in the bombings of the hotels via the terrorist network of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). JI is known to have ties with the terror network of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 July 2009 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The easy life in the kampung The long trip by bus lay behind us when we arrived at what we called home at half past three in the night. Most of the family stayed awake to greet us, so not to be rude I sat down on the wooden bench to eat something. After that it was soon time to excuse me to catch some sleep. I just wanted to go along with the rest here, so getting up early is something obligatory. Of course there is the understanding that I didn't have much sleep, so I could get some sleep without any problems.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2009 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15-year-old girl kidnapped to work as whore in Malaysia The police has discovered a network in which people get kidnapped before they are 'sold' when they are sent to neighboring countries as an Indonesian foreign worker. A young girl from Lampung, South Sumatra, was forced to work as nothing more than a sex slave in Malaysia. This case only became known when the victim, only known as S.S., was able to escape before reporting the situation to the Pontianak police in West Kalimantan.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Komodo dragon disappearing from natural habitat The legendary Komodo dragon, a giant carnivorous lizard that feasts on water buffalo, and occasionally even attacks humans, is disappearing from its limited habitat, according to zoologists. The dragons, which grown to three meters long and weigh as much as 165 kilograms, are found only on Komodo and a handful of neighbouring islands in central Indonesia. Already endangered, their numbers are dwindling as a result of habitat destruction and hunting of their prey.

Posted in Environment @ 06 September 2008 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon kills boy in Indonesia Guards in a national park in Indonesia have started a search for a Komodo dragon which attacked and killed an 8-year-old boy when he was going to the toilet in a bush. The fatal attack on a human by a giant lizard is the first in 33 years and happened Saturday on the island of Komodo, according to a guard of the park.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 June 2007 16:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police say explosives found bigger than Bali bomb Indonesia police chief Sutanto has said that explosives found this month in different raids throughout the island of Java, exceeded the amount used in the 2002 Bali bombings. At that time, a bomb-laden mini-van killed 202 people when it was brought to explosion near nightclubs in Kuta Beach at 12 October 2002. The bomb was believed to be produced by Malaysian terrorist Azahari Husin, who killed himself in 2005 when police was hunting him down.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 March 2007 16:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegally imported skull returned to Indonesia A culturally significant skull that was smuggled into the country last year has been formally returned to Indonesia. The federal government seized the Asmat Skull in 2005 after it was illegally imported into the country. It was returned yesterday. Heritage minister Senator Ian Campbell said the skull was returned because the government was determined to protect important cultural heritage items from other countries.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh votes to decide life after war More than 2 million people are expected to vote in Indonesia's once-rebellious Aceh on Monday in landmark elections aimed at bolstering a peace deal between the government and separatists. Jakarta and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed the Aug. 15, 2005 truce under Finnish mediation to end almost three decades of fighting that had killed 15,000 people since the rebels launched a struggle for an independent state on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island.

Posted in Elections @ 11 December 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb recruiter shot dead ONE of Australia's most wanted terrorists, who recruited the suicide bombers to carry out the 2002 Bali bombings, has been killed in a shootout with Filipino soldiers. Umar Patek, a recruitment specialist for the Indonesian-based terror group Jemaah Islamiah, died in a stronghold of the Philippines militant group Abu Sayyaf. The group had been hiding Patek and his Bali bombing compatriot Dulmatin.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2006 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon brings tourists, not their money Mohammed Sidik used to sell goats to Komodo National Park to feed to the wild Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, in a gory display for tourists. Park officials banned the practice a decade ago because they worried that the dragons were becoming lazy. Now the 10-foot-long predators waddle three miles to this squalid coastal village, raid Sidik's herd and eat his goats for free.

Posted in Environment @ 08 July 2006 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lesson from nature The frantic effort to save thousands of lives from an imminent eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta may reflect the best disaster management so far in Indonesia since the December 2004 tsunami caused the deaths of more than 130,000 people in Aceh and Nias.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four more sought over shooting of Americans Indonesian authorities are hunting for four more people over the 2002 killing of two Americans in Papua province, police said on Monday after declaring eight men suspects in the case last week. The eight were arrested on Wednesday over an ambush that killed two Americans and an Indonesian, all teachers from a school run by PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of U.S.-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., which operates mines in Papua's mountains.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 January 2006 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia tightens security for fear of terror Indonesia has tightened security to prevent potential terrorist attacks ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivals, local media reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 December 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy orders hitman arrest dead or alive A marine soldier who was sentenced to death for killing a businessman in 2003 has managed to escape for the second time from the military prison in Cibinong, West Java. Following the prison break, Commander of the Navy's Military Police Commodore Sunarko A.G. issued on Monday an order to capture Suud Rusli, the marine soldier, "dead or alive."

Posted in Crime @ 08 November 2005 09:04 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


Funerals of Bali blast victims begin Funerals were taking place today for victims of three suicide bombers who killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 100 in Bali on Saturday. Hundreds of mourners crammed into the narrow streets close to the house of a waiter killed in the attack on Raja's restaurant in Kuta. In a traditional Hindu ceremony, chanting mourners beat gongs as they accompanied the body of Gusti Sedana, 33, which was carried on a golden yellow float before being cremated.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 19:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Grisly photos of Bali suicide bombers released Indonesian police last night released grisly photos of the three men they believe launched a trio of suicide bomb attacks in Bali as chilling amateur video footage captured the final moments before one youth triggered one of the blasts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 17:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tour d' Indonesia: Peter van Agtmaal wins stage Cagey veteran Nathan Dahlberg went looking for a stage win - and some redemption - in Thursday's leg of the 2005 Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia. He very nearly got both, just losing the fourth stage to Dutch rider Peter Van Agtmaal (The Jong en Laan), who took Dahlberg in a two-up sprint in Solo.

Posted in Sports @ 15 September 2005 18:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Govt: Not enough evidence to outlaw JI The government says there is still not enough evidence that Jemaah Islamiah is a terrorist organisation to pass a law banning its existence. Despite last week's bombing of the Australian embassy - the third major bombing in two years for which JI has been blamed - Indonesia's acting Security Minister, Hari Sabarno, said the Government still had no plans to outlaw the organisation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambon talks end in disaray A meeting of Christian and Muslim leaders and National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar ended in disarray here on Monday, after conflicting parties failed to reach an agreement to cease the renewed clashes in Ambon, Maluku. The breakdown in the talks is expected to worsen the sectarian conflict in the restive city, where at least 38 people have died in renewed clashes that erupted on April 25, triggered by a separatist rally.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 04 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta, a city which is famous for its night life, discos, pubs has also a hidden unmasked Zorro's which we call gigolos who never show up them selves freely in normal daily life.

Posted in Culture @ 21 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta sends crack troops to Aceh The Indonesian military (TNI) has escalated its security crackdown on rebels of the Free Aceh Movement with the dispatch on Christmas of three battalions of the newly-formed elite Raiders Unit to the troubled province. The crack troops - each Raider is touted to be equivalent to three normal soldiers because of the improved training and weaponry - will be tasked with hunting down leaders of the separatist movement who have waged an insurrection against Jakarta rule for the last three decades.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's top Islamic body bans terror Indonesia's highest Islamic authority has said Muslim law forbids terrorism and suicide bombings, but that jihad, or holy war, is a religious obligation if Islam is under attack. The Indonesian Ulama Council deputy chairman Din Syamsudin said yesterday that it had issued an edict on the issue late on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 18 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest five over Sulawesi attacks Indonesian police said on Saturday they had killed three men and arrested five suspected of involvement in a string of deadly attacks in Central Sulawesi province. The suspects were captured after a gunfight near the town of Poso, about 1,600 km (1,000 miles) northeast of Jakarta, on Friday night, Central Sulawesi police spokesman Agus Sugianto told Reuters via telephone from Poso. "We arrested a total of eight men, three of who were killed in a gunfight last night," said Sugianto.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso calm as more troops arrive Calm returned on Monday to Poso regency, Central Sulawesi, after around 300 paramilitary police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel arrived in the religiously divided town. Residents in the attack-hit villages of Saatu, Pantangolemba and Pinedapa resumed their daily activities. No further violence was reported after Sunday's dawn attacks there by masked gunmen, who killed at least nine people.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 14 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braces for December attacks Indonesia is reported bracing for a massive terrorist attack against its international hotels during the busy holiday season. A new breed of homegrown "twentysomething terrorists" is poised to strike with a wave of suicide bombings in December, Singapore's Sunday Straits Times reported. International hotels in Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan will be targeted along with residential areas with large expatriate communities, the newspaper said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hunt for bombs as new alert issued for Bali Indonesian police are hunting terrorists who have prepared two bombs, and hope to apprehend the suspects before the October 12 anniversary of last year's Bali bombings, the island's police chief said. The announcement comes as a new warning was issued today by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade about the risk of more terrorist attacks on Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fourteen killed in Aceh's latest violence Fourteen people, including a policeman and 11 suspected separatist rebels, were killed in the latest violence to hit the restive Indonesian province of Acheh, police and the military said Monday. Troops shot dead one rebel and confiscated one rifle and one grenade launcher after two successive clashes in Tiro, Pidie district, on Monday, Acheh Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Yani Basuki said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: JI 'very likely' planning new attacks Indonesia has warned that the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah is "very likely" to be planning fresh attacks in the region. The unusually blunt warning by Indonesia's chief security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono comes two days after a bomb exploded at Indonesia's Parliament building and a senior JI operative escaped from jail in the Philippines.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hunt for Aceh separatises extends offshore Police in the Indonesian province of Aceh say they are hunting civilian activists suspected of supporting separatist rebels. They say activists who give support or assistance to the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) are violating the law and could face charges of subversion that carry the death penalty. The police claim many are student activists at an institute for religious sciences in Banda Aceh or members of non-governmental organisations.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 04 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military takes two rebel islands in Aceh province Indonesia's military said Friday it captured two islands from separatist rebels in Aceh province, while thousands of refugees fled fighting elsewhere in the region. The military said in a statement that it had killed 58 guerrillas during the five-day offensive, up from the 38 it reported earlier Friday. The statement gave no more details, but clashes occurred in several parts of the province Friday, rebels and witnesses said. Rebels say 12 of their fighters have been killed, along with 53 civilians.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombing attempts foiled Indonesian police have foiled fresh bombing attempts in Indonesia and the Philippines with the recent arrest of Jemaah Islamiyah's (JI) new leader Abu Rusdan, the country's chief detective revealed late Thursday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police find stash of explosive material in Palu Police on Tuesday found a half-tonne of ammonium nitrate, the same explosive material used in the Bali bombings. It was the second such discovery in a week.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


The terrorist attacks in the United States last week has provided a new dimension to the political relationship between the West, particularly the U.S., and the signs of a reemergence of global political Islam in the post-Cold War era. This era has enabled the emergence of culture and religion as a new mainstream in global interactions. Religion is even seen to pose a serious threat to international relations. The revival of political Islam has become a significant ideological force in the third world, particularly in the Muslim world.

Posted in Politics @ 22 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

Posted in Culture @ 01 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Long-simmering tensions between indigenous Dayaks and immigrant Madurese suddenly exploded in the town of Sampit, Central Kalimantan, in the middle of February 2001. Within days, isolated killings perpetrated by both sides had developed into a one-sided massacre of Madurese by enraged Dayaks. In the following weeks the killings spread to other areas in the province and by early April almost the entire Madurese population had fled the province. The massacre of about 500 and possibly many more - Madurese by Dayaks and the flight of virtually the entire Madurese community closely resembled two similar events in the Sambas district in the northern part of West Kalimantan in 1996-7 and in 1999 and highlighted the danger of violence spreading to West and East Kalimantan.

Posted in Violence @ 27 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On February 20, a West Kalimantan panglima, a kind of witch doctor arrived in the Dayak village of Luwuk Bunter, 24 kilometers north of Sampit. The panglima, named Edi, cast a spell on some oil and gave it to selected warriors to drink.

Posted in Violence @ 13 April 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pemuteran village, Gerokgak subdistrict, Buleleng, Bali, is gaining fame as a haven for tourists with a deep love for meditation and the sea as well as a site for a captive breeding program of three rare turtle species. Until the 1980s, many turtles were laying eggs in the sands of Bali's beaches. Of the world's six turtle species, five have their home in Bali. Unfortunately, turtle hunting has not only left the island's turtles nearly extinct but has also discouraged them from ever visiting Bali's beaches any more.

Posted in Environment @ 29 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrations by Gus Dur supporters turn violent Disgruntled supporters of the incumbent President Abdurrahman Wahid continued venting their anger in East Java on Monday by vandalizing the National Awakening Party (PAN) and Golkar Party offices in the town of Gresik, some 30 kilometers northwest of Surabaya. No fatalities were reported, but the police said that they had failed to curb the violent actions committed by at least 2,000 people.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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