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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


President: Next govt must focus on fighting corruption' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stated that fighting corruption should become one of the main tasks of the next government. "We are aware that there are still several homework (left to be done), among others, corruption cases," President Yudhoyono clarified during the opening of a national development planning meeting here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 April 2014 16:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nasdem supports Jokowi as presidential candidate The general chairman of the National Democrat (NasDem) party, Surya Paloh, said his party has agreed to merge with the Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) and support PDIPs presidential candidate Joko Widodo.

Posted in Elections @ 12 April 2014 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President calls for heavier punishment for arsonists President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for heavier punishment for those who deliberately lit fires in forest, plantation and peat-soil areas. "The president has emphasized the importance of strict and indiscriminate legal enforcement. Light punishment for forest arson must be evaluated," the president tweeted on his account @SBYudhoyono on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 March 2014 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert reminds Indonesia of Indian Ocean future prospects An international sea law expert has emphasized the importance of Indian Ocean as Indonesia's future economic and political prospects in view of its natural resources.

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2014 23:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Democracy must include peace, economic growth' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said democracy could not operate alone, but must proceed side-by-side with peace, stability and economic growth so that democracy benefits the people.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2013 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ranks second in poor sanitation Based on the data published by the United Nations (UN), Indonesia ranks second in poor sanitation, said Johan Mantik, Assistant Brand Manager for Vixal & Domestos at PT Unilever Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2013 14:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Youths aware of waste management Many Indonesian youth are now aware of importance of waste management in preserving the national resources.

Posted in Environment @ 03 December 2012 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi performs Idul Adha prayer with president New Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, accompanied President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to perform Idul Adha prayers at the Istiqlal Mosque here on Friday. Besides Jokowi, Agus Harimurti and Edhie Bakoro Yudhoyono, sons of President Yudhoyono, also accompanied the head of state during the prayer gathering.

Posted in Religion @ 26 October 2012 14:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ketawanggede site in Malang stunted by McDonald`s A historian and archaeologist from Malang University, Dwi Cahyono has claimed to have discovered the existence of Ketawanggede, an archaeological site from the megalithic era, and has blamed the local branch of McDonald`s for neglecting its importance in the Dinoyo area, Malang in East Java.

Posted in Culture @ 11 October 2012 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has grand plans for family development The Indonesian government has a master plan for family development up to 2035, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri said at the 5th East Asia Ministerial Forum on Families, held in Brunei Darussalam, on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 05 October 2012 00:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary Clinton to visit Indonesia on September 3 US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Indonesia on September 3, to discuss with senior Indonesian officials about the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and respective engagements on regional global issues.

Posted in Politics @ 29 August 2012 14:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Belarus to open embassy in Jakarta Belarus will soon open an embassy in Jakarta, according to visiting Belarus Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Martinov.

Posted in Politics @ 11 June 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia promoting nuclear power plant in Bangka The government continued campaigning about the benefits and security of a nuclear power plant among the population of Bangka island in the Sumatran province of Bangka-Belitung.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 April 2012 15:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls for investigation into purchase of jets President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered law enforcement agencies and other departments to investigate alleged violations of laws occurring during the procurement of Sukhoi fighter jets.

Posted in Politics @ 25 March 2012 06:14 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


Parliament passes land acquisition bill into law The House of Representatives (DPR) passed the bill on land acquisition for public interests into law at a plenary session here on Friday.

Posted in Polio @ 18 December 2011 01:41 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


Tsunami buoy launched south of Bali Following a breakdown in 2007 linked to equipment failure, The Agency For The Assessment And Application of Technology (BPPT) in cooperation with the government of Australia, has re-launched a tsunami detector in the seas south of Bali.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 December 2011 02:47 CET by Jeroen · 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


Indonesia supports Palestine as UNESCO full member Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh said Indonesia joined supporting Palestine for UNESCO`s full membership in the UN General Assembly in France from October 25.

Posted in Politics @ 08 November 2011 17:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian workers sent to Saudi Arabia only after MoU Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said Indonesia would lift its moratorium on dispatch of workers to Saudi Arabia only after a memorandum of understanding was signed by the two governments and the private parties concerned.

Posted in Politics @ 08 November 2011 15:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President hands sacrificial animal to Istiqlal mosque President Susilo Yudhoyono handed a cow to the Istiqlal mosque's animal sacrifice committee shortly after performing Idul Adha prayers at the Southeast Asia's largest mosque on Sunday.

Posted in Religion @ 06 November 2011 07:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


12-year-old Indonesian boy arrested for of sex attacks A 12-year-old Indonesian boy was arrested earlier this week for sexually abusing up to six young children, among them four of his playmates, local authorities said on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 08 October 2011 10:13 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


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts three more times Indonesia\'s Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, erupted three more times on Wednesday, local authorities said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 August 2011 04:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: Larger awareness for human rights concerns in Indonesia Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should raise military accountability for abuses, freedom of expression, and the rights of religious minorities during her visit to Indonesia from Thursday through Sunday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 July 2011 03:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia finds new gas, oil, and coal reserves in Sumatra New gas, oil, and coal reserves were discovered in Indonesia's island of Sumatra, which could have significant impact in the region's development, officials said Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 June 2011 00:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ministry says country needs multi-airport system Indonesia's Transportation Ministry on Thursday called for the country to develop multi-airport system to reduce density at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2011 05:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


ASEAN air force leaders agree to boost regional security In order to increase security measures and stability in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) area, air force chiefs from the region on Wednesday agreed to strengthen its cooperation.

Posted in General @ 16 June 2011 04:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia announces $22 billion in infrastructure projects The government of Indonesia on Friday announced 17 new infrastructure projects worth Rp.190 trillion ($22.23 billion).

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: per capita income to rise to $5,000 in 3 years They Indonesian Economic Ministry on Friday said it is pushing to increase the country's per capita income to $5,000 by 2014 and eventually become one of the world's largest economies.

Posted in Economy @ 21 May 2011 00:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Premier Jiabao and Pres. Yudhoyono to boost bilateral ties Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday met and discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in various sectors including trade and education.

Posted in Politics @ 29 April 2011 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Saudi Arabia to sign defense agreement Indonesia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday announced that it had agreed to establish a defense cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

Posted in Military @ 13 April 2011 00:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Pres. Yudhoyono orders probe on parcel bomb incidents Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday ordered the national police to conduct a thorough probe on Tuesday's parcel bomb incident, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Crime @ 16 March 2011 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to implement UN resolution on women The government of Indonesia on Monday announced it will soon implement the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security, the country's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Human rights @ 14 March 2011 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt, religious leaders and UNICEF to promote breastfeeding As Indonesia commemorates national Mothers Day this week, influential leaders from the government and the country's religious community have come together with the support of UNICEF to promote the importance of breastfeeding.

Posted in Health @ 22 December 2010 20:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Mount Merapi activity decreasing even further The Bureau of Volcano Research in the city of Yogyakarta has said that the alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano has not been lowered yet. The volcano has dramatically decreased in activity, especially compared to earlier this month, but this is not enough to lower the status just yet. The volcano is still on the highest alert status, level four.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 November 2010 04:08 CET by Jeroen · 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


238,400,000 Indonesians ... and counting The head of the department of Demographics at the Faculty of Economy at Universitas Indonesia, Sonny Harry B. Harmadi has said that the most recent estimation of the total number of Indonesians at the end of 2010 stands at 238.4 million. This number has been calculated based on a population growth of 1.26 per cent a year.

Posted in General @ 10 August 2010 06:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A fist look at Pangandaran Pangandaran has become a well-known - and of growing importance - tourist destination. Normally you will find hundreds of buses with thousands of passengers from the area of Bandung here. There are also foreigners though, several hundred of them are present at any time in this large village and some of them do actually live here.

Posted in Travel @ 16 May 2010 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamists ban non-Islamic TV in Aceh More and more Taliban-like regulations are repressing millions of non-Islamic and Islamic residents in Aceh, North Sumatra. Now the leaders there are working on a qanun (regional Islamic bylaw) that prohibits television stations from broadcasting programs that are not of any use to Islam.

Posted in Religion @ 05 May 2010 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waterbirds in mangrove forests under threat The number of species and the populations of waterbirds in Muara Angke natural conservation area, North Jakarta, have decreased because of water pollution and human encroachment into the area, an environmental organization says.

Posted in Environment @ 05 February 2010 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali needs more direct air access from Europe The Bali Chapter of the Association of Indonesian Travel Agents (ASITA) is recommending to the Department of Air Communications that they open more direct air access between Europe and Bali. As reported by Beritabali.com, this recommendation is being made by ASITA in order to increase tourism visits to Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 January 2010 07:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Government to simplify liquor import and distribution Bisnis Indonesia reports that the Indonesian Department of Trade is in the process of revising regulations pertaining to the import of alcoholic beverages. Currently under consideration is a simplification of the current rules that would unify the two different set of rules now governing imported and locally produced alcohol.

Posted in Economy @ 30 May 2009 15:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vice-President ends Bali airport depate Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla has apparently brought to an end the long-standing debate on the future of Bali's international airport by instructing that a Rp. 1.2 trillion (80 million euro) expansion must be completed by 2011. As reported by Bisnis Indonesia, the Vice President issued his instructions following an inspection visit to the airport over the Christmas/New Year period. He was accompanied on his visit by the Minister of Communications Jusman Syafii Djamal and the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik.

Posted in Economy @ 11 January 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourist arrivals approach record territory The foreign arrivals figures to Bali covering the first six months of 2008 are now in. Month-after-month of record breaking arrival totals support the increasingly popular view that 2008 will see 2 million plus foreign tourists pass through Bali's International airport - the first time Bali has penetrated the 2 million barrier.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 August 2008 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'No concern over re-assortment of avian, human flu virus' Indonesia dismissed fears of a virus re-assortment between avian and human seasonal influenza strains in a 2007 human death involving bird flu infection, the country's health ministry senior official said here. Director General of Communicable Diseases I Nyoman Kandun said the possibility of re-assortment between the avian influenza virus and other flu viruses was always possible, but had not yet happened.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 March 2008 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jemaah Islamiyah’s publishing industry The Indonesian government should more closely monitor publishers associated with Indonesia’s most prominent extremist organisation, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 March 2008 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between volcanoes There are those period in which the normal life gets a little bit more exciting. It is mainly the many volcanoes which show off at the most strange times and can cause the most strange events. In the middle of 2006 it was the Mount Merapi volcano which caused people to flee it's slopes with an outflow of lava and some lahar (hot or cold mud flows with volcanic rocks), right now I am virtually half way between the Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait and the Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Clove Marlboro launched in Indonesia Philip Morris International has launched 'Marlboro Mix 9', a Marlboro cigarette in Indonesia flavored with clove, seeking to boost sales in one of the world's biggest markets where smokers in Europe and the United States stop smoking. The company, a unit of New York-based Altria Group, last year bought a controlling stake in cigarette manufacturer Sampoerna for 5.2 billion US dollar. It was the largest foreign takeover in Indonesian history.

Posted in General @ 04 July 2007 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rare striped rabbit found in Sumatra highlands


Posted in Environment @ 09 April 2007 04:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud in East Java threathens railroad The flow of mud after the breaking of the dam near pond A in Desa Kedungbendo, Tanggulangin, is still growing. It doesn't only flood the TAS housing complex, but it also flows to the west and approaches Desa Ketapang, Tanggulangin. Since last Saturday morning, the mud started to overflow the flood channel in front of primary school Kedungbendo 3. Not long after it started to overflow the area of the school, not long after the school had been evacuated.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 December 2006 15:30 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


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks deserted as fasting month draws to end As the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan draws to close, Indonesia's capital city Jakarta's boisterous hustle and bustle receded as of Sunday because many residents returned to their home villages or towns to celebrate the Islamic festive days of Idul Fitri which will fall on Monday. According to local media reports, the quietness of the city was felt in the last three or two days.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2006 04:44 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


Goodbye pluralism Houses of worship are an important topic of discussion for many people, as the recent debate over them showed. The impression was that people put more importance on the buildings themselves than on practicing the good deeds taught inside them. The heated debate revolved around drawing up new rules on church or mosque construction to replace an antiquated joint ministerial decree. If any issue reflects the nation's progress, it is this one. After 61 years as a free nation we are still fighting over rudimentary matters of religion.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market movements and impact on Indonesia Currency markets are attracting considerable attention from international investors and politicians. In particular, investors are showing increased sensitivity to stories that investors (particularly central banks) may reduce holdings of U.S. assets. The dollar has recently exhibited vulnerability in stories that China or Middle Eastern government's may switch their holdings of U.S. dollars into some other. Even if denied, the effects of these stories often linger in the currency markets.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes antigraft fight to Interpol meeting Asian police forces should cooperate to strengthen efforts to fight corruption and money laundering, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Tuesday. "We should send a signal loud and clear to the corrupt everywhere that there is no safe haven anywhere for them to hide their stolen money," he said in a speech opening a three-day meeting of Asian police in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 12 April 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blair visits Indonesia to build ties with moderate Muslims Indonesia prepared to welcome British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday on a visit aimed at strengthening ties and anti-terror cooperation between Britain and the world's most populous Muslim nation. The trip is the first by a British prime minister to Indonesia in more than two decades, showing the country's renewed importance for Western nations seeking to build alliances with moderate Muslims.

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Locals grow crops in protected Kendari forest "Don't just blame us for stripping the forest -- first take a look at what local people have done to conserve it," said Haji Naim, 58, one of a group of farmers standing at the foot of the hilly Murhum Forest Park in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Along with the others, Haji is cultivating crops in the protected forest park -- part of what he calls an "agroforestry" system.

Posted in Environment @ 22 February 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


Post-tsunami aid and building civil society in Aceh Donors often say that the major obstacle in the post-tsunami relief and reconstruction work is poor co-ordination of the organizations involved. This may be true, but the observation does not help much unless we discuss why.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to withdraw last troops from Aceh on 29th December Indonesia will pull out the last of its special forces from Aceh on Dec. 29 after rebels surrendered their last weapons this week, marking an end to a conflict that has claimed 15,000 lives in the tsunami-devastated province. The fourth and last phase of relocation started on Dec. 20 with 1,621 "non-organic'' military troops withdrawing from Lhokseumawe port, northeast of the provincial capital Banda Aceh, said the Aceh Monitoring Mission, which monitors the implementation of the peace agreement between the government and the Free Aceh Movement rebel group.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 December 2005 10:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US restores military ties with Indonesia The United States has lifted an arms embargo against Indonesia, ending a six-year ban on military aid to the world's most populous Muslim nation imposed due to human rights concerns. The Bush administration has long argued that isolating Indonesia, which has been hit by several bombings by al-Qaida linked terrorists in recent years, was not in Washington's strategic interests.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2005 06:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Singapore's Valuair to start flights to Surabaya Valuair Ltd., a Singapore-based low-fare carrier, said it will start offering daily flights to Surabaya from the island state to meet rising travel demand between the two countries. Valuair will fly Airbus SAS A320 aircraft for the new services starting Oct. 23 with fares from S$199 ($118) for a round trip ticket, the airline said today in an e-mailed statement.

Posted in Economy @ 21 October 2005 15:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Malaysia, Indonesia agree to launch cloud seeding Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to launch cloud seeding to put out fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan on Borneo island, a Malaysian senior official said Wednesday. Cloud seeding will be carried out over the Indonesian provincesof Riau, North Sumatra and West Kalimantan, and, if necessary, extended to other areas, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Adenan Satem said.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore launch maritime security patrols Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are launching coordinated patrols to improve security in the Malacca Strait, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. The waterway is already notorious for piracy and there is increasing concern it could become a target for terrorists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple rises in an immense dark stone pyramid from a fertile volcanic plain, a spiritual monument at the centre of a battle over tourism and commerce.

Posted in Culture @ 10 June 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1 million visitors for indahnesia.com The recent increase of the number of visitors has caused a rally towards the one millionth visitor recently. Just last night (Dutch time) this barrier was broken. The first million visitors have seen this website since it's start back in April 2000.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Al-Qaeda names Australians as top targets Australians have been named in an Al-Qaeda terror manual as the main targets for terrorist attack in Indonesia, a newspaper report said. The Australian said the 11-page manual, "Targeting the Cities", specifies which foreign nationals to target in Muslim nations, such as Americans in Saudi Arabia, French in Algiers and Australians in Indonesia. It did not say where or how it had obtained the document.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 May 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Every day now onwards since the busy way project has launched in Jakarta the media has been following it like Tom and Jerry cartoons. The media has not left any single incident happened unheard, from ever the busway has launched like long queues, drivers protest, accident s, and small incidents which make them look big in paper and television. Why are they doing this? Do they want to prove that that this transportation would be of no use in the city? And if this is the prime objective of them it’s a sign of pessimism of these characters in a developing country like Indonesia. But instead they should stand united to support a project that is for the middle class and the poor who are the 60% population of their own country.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Military @ 07 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police and military in a show of force More than 5,600 armed military and police personnel, two police helicopters, numerous armored vehicles, water canon and hundreds of motorcycles were deployed on Tuesday as part of a dress rehearsal for protecting the upcoming special session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR). Witnessed by the Assembly leaders in the MPR compound, the security personnel, drawn from the Jakarta Police and Jakarta Military Command, demonstrated their skills in maintaining security inside the buildings and around the compound.

Posted in Politics @ 18 July 2001 00:01 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


Defiant Wahid brushes off impeachment attempt Struggling to hold together the world's fourth most-populous nation, Indonesian's beleaguered president said he is confident he will defeat any effort to impeach him over financial scandals. In an interview with The Associated Press, President Abdurrahman Wahid said he had lobbied individual lawmakers and was prepared to fight an impeachment measure in court, if needed.

Posted in Politics @ 21 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24% export growth targeted in 2001 The Economy Team targets 24%-export growth in 2001. The figure is lower than in 2000, where the export growth reached 30%, reflects a declining global demand. Coordinator Minister for the Economy Rizal Ramli made these announcements following his meeting with Minister of Industry and Trade Lt. Gen. (ret.) Luhut B. Panjaitan and Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) at the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) Building on Friday afternoon, January 5.

Posted in Economy @ 08 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It is really to be regretted that finding a solution for the Bank Indonesia case seems to take forever. Central banks anywhere in the world, are very respectable institutes, they are honored for their exalted position. Why? For reasons that our economy is no longer a primitive one, when everything was bartered for agriculture products.

Posted in Economy @ 13 December 2000 00:00 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


Reform is a process of dismantling and putting things back together. As such, the more unbending and unyielding an institution, the greater the pain it will feel when undergoing a process of reform. The Indonesian Military (TNI), like any other military organization in other parts of the world, is an organization that is intrinsically conservative. Consequently, the price of reforming it has become relatively more taxing compared with the reform of other institutions.

Posted in Military @ 25 October 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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