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New infrastructure projects to start in March 2015 The construction of new infrastructure projects will commence in March 2015 at the latest, stated President Joko Widodo, or popularly known as Jokowi. To realize the goal, Jokowi revealed that he will soon announce a Presidential Instruction to accelerate swifter absorption of the governments budget by governmental bodies.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 08 December 2014 19:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Basuki has not officially become Jakarta Governor yet Acting Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has yet to officially become Jakarta Governor, although Jakartas Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) held a plenary meeting to discuss the vacancy of Jakarta Governor.

Posted in Politics @ 14 November 2014 21:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian minister to crack down upon illegal fishing Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has vowed to step up efforts to curb illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, which has caused losses worth trillions of rupiah to the state and disadvantaged traditional fishermen.

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2014 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi status increased to alert level II The Geology Disaster Technology Development and Research Center (BPPTKG) of Yogyakarta on Wednesday raised the status of Mount Merapi from normal (alert level I) to Waspada (alert level II) due to increasing volcanic activity.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 April 2014 16:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Slamet volcano still on alert status The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said on Sunday Mount Slamet which straddles the five districts of Banyumas, Purbalingga, Pemalang, Tegal, and Brebes in Central Java, Indonesia remains on the third highest alert status.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2014 23:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satinah`s task force deplores minister`s statement The Head of Task Force to free Satinah, Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni, stated that he was deplored by Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandars statement, accusing his team of unprofessionalism.

Posted in Crime @ 16 April 2014 13:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President issues instruction on corruption prevention President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday signed presidential instruction no. 2/2014, entitled Drafting of Corruption Prevention and Eradication Action Plan (PPK). The presidential directive becomes effective on March 21, 2014, the cabinet secretary said on its website.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2014 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks Kelud refugees not to risk returning home yet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the refugees of the Mount Kelud eruption not to risk going back home before the area is deemed safe.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 February 2014 21:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud danger status raised to highest level The danger status of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, has been raised from alert to the highest caution level following its increasing activity.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 00:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung eruption isolates villages in Karo A number of villages in Namanteran Subdistrict, Karo District, North Sumatra, are now isolated as vehicles are hampered to reach the areas due to volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung eruption that blocks access roads.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 January 2014 15:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia marks International Anti-Corruption Day Indonesia marked International Anti-Corruption Day as well as Human Rights Day at a function held in the Presidential Palace, here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to continue investigating wiretapping issue Indonesia continued investigating and seeking clarification with regard to alleged wiretapping on a number of its officials including the president, presidential spokesman Aldrin Pasha said to Antara here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 18 November 2013 15:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor announces minimum wage for Jakarta 2.4 million Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said he has signed a monthly provincial minimum wage (UMP) order of Rp2.441 million for industrial workers in Jakarta on the basis of the Jakarta Remuneration Council`s recommendations.

Posted in Protests @ 01 November 2013 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport operator wants Merpati Nusantara to pay their bills PT Angkasa Pura I has revealed that the debt owed to them for airport charges by PT Merpati Nusantara Airline has reached Rp. 38.4 billion (US$3,84 million.) According to Bisnis.com, the head of corporate administration for PT Angkasa Pura I, Harry Budi Waluyo, said that state-owned Merpati also has debts for aeronautic services due to a number of airports managed by Angkasa Pura I and Angkasa Pura II.

Posted in Economy @ 26 August 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal immigrants from Iran detained in Bali`s hotels At least 95 illegal immigrants from Iran arrested in the sea off Benoa, Bali, on Sunday , have been detained in a number of hotels in this province. "No more place in our detention houses for the newly arrested illegal immigrants ," Head of the Denpasar Immigration Service Bambang Wisnu Wardana said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 13 May 2013 18:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta Thousands of workers from the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) of the greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek) held a rally here on Wednesday, demanding social security benefits and refusing low wages. "The rally also marks the organization`s 14th anniversary celebration," said the organization`s President Said Iqbal.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2013 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police stop investigation of driving simulator case The national police said they have stopped the controversial process of investigation of the driving simulator corruption case involving police`s traffic corps. Police are ready to hand over the case and the suspects to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), police`s chief spokesman Brig.Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 October 2012 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two tourists drown, 2 missing at Palabuhanratu beach Two local tourists have died and two others are missing, and are expected to have drowned at sea while visiting the Palabuhanratu beach of Sukabumi in West Java during the Idul Fitr holiday, a rescuer said on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 August 2012 19:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls for rehabilitation of damaged schools President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the rehabilitation of 91,634 damaged schools, consisted of 61,697 elementary school buildings and 29,937 secondary school buildings.

Posted in General @ 01 August 2012 14:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two command posts to search missing Sukhoi aircraft Two command posts have been prepared in Bogor and Sukabumi districts to help search for the missing Sukhoi Superjet-100 airplane that reportedly lost contact during a demonstration flight at the top of Mount Salak, West Java on Wednesday (May 9).

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar Party: 'It's not necessary to increase fuel prices' Golkar Party expressed its stance, saying that it is not necessary to raise the subsidized fuel oil prices as planned by the government and expected to be effective on April 1, 2012.

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2012 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police identify groups behind Aceh incidents Aceh police have already identified the groups responsible for the recent spate of deadly shooting incidents and the toppling of a high-voltage electricity tower in the province, a legislator said.

Posted in Violence @ 16 January 2012 00:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Islamic groups stone ministry over alcohol sales Members of Indonesia's hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) on Thursday stoned the Ministry of Home Affairs in Central Jakarta after the minister accused religious groups of "spreading lies" during an ongoing dispute over alcohol sales, local media reported on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 13 January 2012 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesians sew mouths shut in deforestation protest A group of Indonesian protesters have sewed their mouths shut in a protest against deforestation which took place in front of the parliament's House building in the capital of Jakarta this week, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Protests @ 22 December 2011 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Found: a clean toilet in Indonesia! Yes, it's true, they have found a clean toilet in Indonesia and have awarded it a prize as well. Okay, this is the result of a survey held among a number of airports in Indonesia, but hey, you have to start somewhere. And ask yourself, do you also hate it when you have to visit a dirty airport toilet because the queue for the plane toilets was just too long just before landing?

Posted in Culture @ 28 September 2011 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving Baliís traditional markets Regents across Bali are being urged by the governor to impose a moratorium on the opening of all new supermarkets or chain convenience stores. Beritabali.com reports that the widening network of convenience stores and supermarkets, even in otherwise remote regions of Bali, are seen as a threat to traditional markets.

Posted in Economy @ 29 August 2011 07:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Army helicopter attacked while transporting shooting victim An Indonesian Army helicopter was attacked on Wednesday as it evacuated the body of a soldier who was previously killed at his military post in eastern Papua province, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 04 August 2011 14:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two fresh eruptions at Indonesia's Mount Lokon Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted twice, as thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate the area, officials said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 July 2011 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands more evacuate as Mount Lokon erupts again Thousands more evacuated on late Thursday evening when Mount Lokon in Indonesia's North Sulawesi erupted again in full force, triggering panic among locals, officials said on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 July 2011 02:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forced relocation of villagers on slopes Mount Merapi The government of Sleman regency, in Yogyakarta province has made available plots of land for the relocation of villagers that live on the slopes of the Mount Merapi volcano in the province. The regent of Sleman, Sri Purnomo, asked villagers that are currently rebuilding their houses to still obey to the relocation program that will be starting soon.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 June 2011 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Germany to aid Indonesia fight deforestation The government of Germany on Friday agreed to aid Indonesia with its Forest and Climate Change program (ForClime), local media reported.

Posted in Environment @ 28 May 2011 01:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New immigration checks revoked at Bali's airport After angry complaints from arriving tourists compelled to stand in line at Bali's airport for up to four or more hours, the border control management (BCM) procedures requiring fingerprints and photos of arriving passengers have been ditched on instructions from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 May 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim civil servants obliged to read Koran The city council in Gorontalo, in northern Sulawesi, has ordered its Muslim civil servants to read the Koran - Islam's holy book - every Friday. Gorontalo mayor Adhan Dambea said Saturday that he was not yet satisfied with the implementation of his instructions.

Posted in Religion @ 19 October 2009 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Made in Chian - for sale in Indonesia I was shopping earlier today and when queuing up the cashier - it was crowded because it is still Idul Fitri - I noticed a small pack of fireworks. Attracted to everything that burns, I grabbed it to take a closer look. I did not have the intention to buy it, since I am supposed to be an adult now, not playing with fireworks like I did when I was ten.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 September 2009 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Talang volcano shakes to life Activity of the Mount Talang volcano is increasing. The head of the observation post for the volcano, Dalipa Marjusi, strongly advised that people living on it's slopes should keep at least three kilometers distance from the summit. The volcano has become unstable by tremors in the area. Outside that there has also been a release of toxic gases at the main crater. There are also cracks appearing on the slopes near the summit.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 August 2009 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia checks airports and seaports for swine flu The Department of Transport follows the Department of Public Health in preventing swine flu from entering Indonesia. A number of airports and seaports have prepared themselves already according to Bambang S. Ervan, a spokesperson for the department earlier today.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 27 April 2009 06:59 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


TSA: Baliís Ngurah Rai airport now rated 'safe' On October 7, 2007, The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have that Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is once again considered to be compliant with the strict aviation safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The announcement reverses a December 23, 2005, declaration by the TSA stating the Bali airport fell below minimum safety standards that resulted in cautionary warnings to that effect being prominently posted at major airports across the U.S.A..

Posted in Tourism @ 15 October 2007 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chickens rule the world Earlier this month it finally came through - Jakarta was to forbid all chickens in, on, around, below and besides houses, huts and other structures - but since then not much happened elsewhere to reach the same effect. Of course that will not be easy. Not outside Jakarta but also not within the city limits of a city of 15 million souls. Whether the city is flooded or not, chickens will always be there. Just recently a small group of people started to understand that chickens and humans can be a dangerous combination. This are probably people which already lost someone dear to this disease with incredibly high mortality rates. For all the others they can't care less, they have to make some living from it. Without chickens no food and that is what the local government realizes.

Posted in Health @ 10 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes new efforts to curb spread of bird flu In a bid to stem a surge in human deaths from the H5N1 virus (bird flu), the Indonesian government will slaughter hundreds of thousands of backyard chickens over the next week, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said here Wednesday. This is a new and concrete measure taken by the Indonesian government in facing with a critical situation since several bird flu patents died recently. But the policy has met with different reaction and opposition from owners of fowls.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 January 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speaking in Islamic tongues in Indonesia For those recently heaping praise on Indonesia for its moderate Muslim and emerging democratic credentials, consider the case of Islamic preacher Yusman Roy. Last year Roy was sentenced to two years in prison on blasphemy charges for leading Muslim prayers at an East Java Islamic school in his native Bahasa Indonesia rather than Arabic as conservative religious councils require. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, the language issue pitches modern, liberal interpretations of Islam, known broadly here as abangan, against conservative orthodox views, represented broadly as santri.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military ordered Australian journalist deaths According to official omitted government reports, 5 young Australian journalists were executed on the orders of Indonesian military chiefs. George Brownbill, a top lawyer contests the official story that all 5 journalists were caught in a crossfire in Balibo while covering the 1975 invasion of East Timor by Indonesian forces.

Posted in General @ 09 December 2006 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to continue gas exports Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here on Friday Indonesia would continue exporting gas to several countries including Japan, but the export volumes still had to be determined after consideration of Indonesia`s gas consumption. "So we will continue exporting gas, but we cannot as yet the volumes," he said after Friday prayers.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2006 04:21 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


Secrecy, speculation surrounded prizes A Finn who helped mediate peace in Indonesia is tipped to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, while bookmakers favor a Turkish novelist for the literature award. But in the hyper-secretive world of the panels that have spent much of the year sifting through hundreds of nominations, it's all a guessing game until the announcements start tumbling out onMonday.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror guide spread in Indonesia A GUIDEBOOK urging jihad in the spirit of Osama bin Laden, "the conqueror of communist and American forces", is being distributed across Indonesia in an attempt to create small independent terrorist cells, a new report claims. The 82-page book has been secretly distributed over the past several months, according to a report yesterday in news magazine Tempo.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2006 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speedy release of Suharto's son raises questions In 2002, the superrich son of former dictator Suharto was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the murder of judge, a verdict hailed as a watershed in Indonesia's battle to create a legal system capable of punishing the powerful. But this month - just four years later - Tommy Suharto is due for release on parole.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia behind the learning curve Indonesia is arguably Asia's least well-educated country, and the government is largely to blame. With 30% of its 242 million population school-aged, the world's largest Muslim country ranks lowest among its Asian neighbors in terms of public education expenditure.

Posted in Economy @ 03 September 2006 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New proposal could put Indonesia on same time A proposed merged time zone would put an end to residents of the eastern part of the country showing up red-eyed for work after watching prime-time television shows broadcast from Jakarta. The advantages for businesses -- operating in the same work hours instead of dealing with a one or two-hour difference -- also could be considerable.

Posted in General @ 10 May 2006 11:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Burmese migrants blown off course to Indonesia A boatload of 77 Burmese men has landed on a small island off the coast of Indonesia's northwestern Aceh province after bad weather blew them off course. Their original destination was Malaysia, where they were hoping to find work. The men, all ethnic Rohingyas, told Indonesian officials they fled Burma on April 15 and were sailing to Malaysia. Storms sent them off course and washed them up Monday on Rondo Island, which lies just off the northern tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 April 2006 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 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


Padang mayor defends sharia as good for development Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar dismisses concerns about his mayoralty's gradual enactment of sharia, arguing that Islamic law is beneficial to development because it makes people more devout. Fauzi told The Jakarta Post it was the duty of the state to encourage people to live according to religious teachings, not to prevent it.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


200 BUMN officials probed over graft At least 200 officials at state-owned companies (BUMNs) are being investigated for their alleged involvement in graft and abuse of authority, State Minister for State Enterprises Sugiharto said Saturday. Sugiharto said several of the officials being questioned had officially been named suspects, but he declined to give their names at this early point in the investigation.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nipah Island's existence threatened Chairman of Commission of VII of the House of Representatives Agusman Effendi said the government should issue an instruction to forbid any kind of illegal sand quarrying on Nipah Island as it would threaten the existence of the most distant island marking the border with Singapore.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2005 08:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina, ExxonMobil to sign Cepu deal this month State oil-and-gas firm PT Pertamina and ExxonMobil Oil Indonesia Inc will sign this month a joint operation agreement (JOA) for the development of the Cepu block, Pertamina president Widya Purnama said. 'The deal for a joint operation agreement with ExxonMobil for Cepu will be definitely completed this month,' Purnama said.

Posted in Economy @ 05 December 2005 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'Bird flu outbreak an epidemic' Indonesia has described an outbreak of bird flu in its capital Jakarta as an epidemic after a five-year-old girl suspected of having the virus died. Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said sporadic human cases of bird flu had surfaced in recent months in and around parts of Jakarta, home to 12 million people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A year later, Munirís killers evade justice One year after a leading Indonesian human rights activist was murdered after boarding a flight from Jakarta to Europe, the Indonesian government has failed to properly investigate and prosecute those behind Munir Said Thalibís death, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Politics @ 08 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Indonesia leader urges energy conservation Indonesia's president called on government departments to cut down on air conditioning and take other energy-saving measures in the face of nationwide fuel shortages.

Posted in General @ 11 July 2005 21:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Threat to US Embassy highlighted by website attack instructions A website viewed by The Associated Press offers chilling instructions of how to attack a U.S. Embassy with a rocket launcher or suicide bomb and includes a partial diagram of the facility including the ambassador's office.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 May 2005 13:02 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


On a usual early morning, around seven, I woke up from my last night in Bira, a small coastal town on the lifted coral sediments of the south-western tip of Sulawesi. It was time to get dressed, have some breakfast, which isnít much choice here, but well, itís Bira, a place with only a handful of people living here, compared to other places in Indonesia. Getting dressed and packing my backpack again I was thinking I would not be here for quite some time. I hadnít planned a second trip to Sulawesi yet, so this is probably the last I would see of Bira in quite some time.

Posted in Travel @ 06 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Harvest time in Indonesia Former Indonesian security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his advisers are moving ahead with preparations to assume the presidency, discussing policy plans and the formation of a cabinet at his home today, even though he has yet to be officially declared the victor of Indonesia's first direct vote for a head of state.

Posted in Elections @ 22 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PBR backs Mega, Susilo wooes PPP Megawati Soekarnoputri's reelection bid received another boost on Monday after the Muslim-based Reform Star Party (PBR) decided to support her in the Sept. 20 election runoff. PBR chairman Zaenuddin MZ said in a press conference on Monday that the party had undertaken a series of discussions before deciding to throw its weight behind Megawati.

Posted in Elections @ 24 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recount ordered in poll chaos Indonesia's election authority last night ordered a nationwide recount of votes as the country's first direct presidential election descended into confusion over millions of votes wrongly declared invalid. A spokeswoman for the General Election Commission, Sinta Satriana, told the Herald recounting would take place in all 32 provinces in an attempt to work out the total votes for each of the five pairs of presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:06 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


Icons, not issues, fill Indonesian campaign ads He's 82, ailing, and doesn't get out much, but Indonesia's autocratic ex-president Suharto is all over TV screens these days in ads for a political party whose main campaigner is his tycoon daughter Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana. The ads for next month's parliamentary election start with a housewife suggesting that viewers "don't think too much, just go for Suharto". Then farmers are seen saying that they crave a return of what is called the Suharto era of economic stability.

Posted in Elections @ 24 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar rejects its old image Growing resentment against calls to become loyalists of former president Soeharto has led the former dominant party, Golkar, to exercise a good measure of damage control in its campaigns by removing itself from symbols of the past regime. Soeharto was the main patron of Golkar and calls from a political party set up by his former aide, R. Hartono, for people to again become the second president's loyalists has provoked indignant cries of rejection. Hartono made the call when campaigning for his Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PPKB) in Soeharto's hometown of Yogyakarta, just as campaigners for Golkar said that the past years have been better than the current "reform" period.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions




Posted in Culture @ 07 December 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU worries about late party screening Less than half of 32 provincial elections commission (KPUDs) have submitted the results of their field verification on 40 political parties, raising fears the slow progress would severely affect preparations for next year's elections. KPU deputy chairman Ramlan Surbakti said over the weekend that only 14 provincial KPUDs had submitted their reports by Saturday, two days after the deadline lapsed last Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 01 December 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to visit Aceh in December President Megawati Sukarnoputri will in December visit Aceh province for the first time since she placed the rebellious territory under martial law nearly six months ago, an official said Wednesday (12/11/03). Aceh Governor Abdullah Puteh said the president would inaugurate a number of projects during the visit and open a congress of about 4,000 Muslim leaders from across the province.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lebaran transportation team to alter traffic routes The Lebaran Transportation Team 2003, decided that on November 21, 2003, or minus 4 days (4 days before Idul Fitri), all means of public passenger and cargo transportation from the East to Pantura (northern coastal route) in W.Java, will have to use the southern route.

Posted in Ramadan @ 06 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh faces state of emergency Indonesian Military Commander Gen. Ryamizard Ryacudu said that in line with the president's instructions, the military and police in Aceh would take tough action against members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). Indonesian press reports quoted the official news service Antara as saying the government had exhausted avenues for dialogue with GAM, adding that murders and kidnappings carried out by the separatists amounted to "acts of terorism."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students required to wear Muslim attire in school Brawls, robbery, and drug abuse are offenses now commonly committed by students. And some teachers in West Jakarta are now hoping that forcing students to wear religious attire and perform various rituals might be a quick solution to the chronic problems. "We make a good program in line with the West Jakarta mayor's instructions to oblige students to wear Muslim attire and perform religious rituals to strengthen their faithfulness and morality," said Ali Arsyad, the principal of state junior high school SMP 229 in Kebon Jeruk on Thursday.

Posted in Religion @ 31 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Business as usual for Jakartans despite rumors Jakartans appear to have attained a certain level of nonchalance when confronted with rumors of disturbances connected with the current political tension, saying simply that they've seen it all before. In separate interviews with The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, a number of interviewees said that they had heard rumors of riots, but so far they had failed to materialize.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian show of force Indonesian police have stepped up their hunt for separatists in Irian Jaya, after a big show of strength in the capital, Jayapura, ahead of an independence rally on Friday. Jakarta has warned the separatists they will face a tough crackdown if they declare independence, and has sent an extra 1,300 elite reserve troops to the province in anticipation of unrest. Separatist tensions have long been brewing in this restive, most easterly province in the archipelago, which Jakarta took over from Dutch colonial rule in the early 1960s.

Posted in Politics @ 30 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Student clash with police near Cendana Angered at being repeatedly blocked by tight security, about 800 anti-Soeharto protesters attacked police with rocks and Molotov cocktails on Thursday, burning a traffic police post near the Central Jakarta residence of the former president. The attack by members of Jarkot (City Network) sparked retaliatory measures by about 200 officers, who ran after the protesters and fired several rounds of tear gas. Several students were badly beaten and enraged officers also attempted to grab the cameras of photographers from The Jakarta Post and Pos Kota daily, roughly confiscating their film.

Posted in Violence @ 28 May 2000 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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