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Airports closed over Mount Kelud eruption Volcanic ash from a major eruption in Indonesia shrouded a large swath of the country's most densely populated island on Friday, closed three international airports and sent thousands fleeing.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Corby's parole will not undermine justice system' Justice and human rights minister Amir Syamsuddin said the governments decision to grant parole to Australian drug dealer Schapelle Leigh Corby would not undermine the countrys justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military control along Malaysian border area The Indonesian military guarding the border area with Malaysia in the regency of Nunukan, East Kalimantan, is tightening control in the frontier area against possible disruption of security as a result of conflict in Malaysian`s Sabah state across the border with the incursion of an armed group from the Sulu Sultanate in Southern Philippines.

Posted in Military @ 04 March 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Economic gap seen as cause of security problem in Papua Economic and social gap is the root cause of persistent security problem in Papua, Velix Wanggai, a special staff of the president on regional autonomy, said.

Posted in Violence @ 23 February 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali once again wants a part of VoA money Once again a movement has been launched in Bali to secure a share of the visa-on-arrival fees (VoA) paid by visiting tourists to Bali that is now entirely remitted to Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2012 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


E Nusa Tenggara braving for severe sun heat The people in East Nusa Tenggara are braving for scorching air temperature forecast to reach as high as 38 degrees Celsius next month.

Posted in Weather @ 24 September 2012 12:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia not a failed state' National Development Planning Minister Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana denied on Monday that Indonesia was a failed state, saying the country was making progress. "We are not a failed state because we are improving. By scoring 80.6 points in a recent survey, we are moving closer to a moderate level," she told a press conference here.

Posted in Economy @ 25 June 2012 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Ship with illegal immigrants capsized near Christmas island A ship carrying more than one hundred illegal immigrants has capsized in the waters between Indonesia and Australia`s Christmas Island.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 June 2012 12:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono says regionalism needed to build peace Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said lasting peace requires strong and dynamic regional development cooperation. "A lasting architecture of peace must be built based on strong and dynamic regionalism," he said in his speech at a dinner at the opening of the 11th Shangri La Dialog here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2012 18:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Marapi still highly active Mount Marapi, a volcano located in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra, continues to spew out volcanic ash after several brief eruptions last week, officials said on Monday.

Posted in General @ 05 March 2012 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious figures: 'Diversity brings harmony in Indonesia' Thousands of religious congregation representatives in Indonesia gathered at Nusantara Hall of Parliamentary Building in Jakarta on Sunday to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 with the theme Diversity Creates Harmony in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 13 February 2012 01:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians to get faster Schengen visa service Indonesians planning to travel to Schengen-visa countries in Europe are going to get faster visa application service, a press statement from the European Union office in Jakarta received here on Wednesday said.

Posted in Travel @ 25 January 2012 13:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Permits travel agencies Bali one big mess The results of  a formal letter issued by Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika calling for a moratorium or a halt to the issuance of new travel agency licenses in Bali has failed to bear any concrete results, despite an eager reception by travel professionals in Bali when the governor’s recommendations were initially made public.

Posted in Travel @ 19 December 2011 03:52 CET by Jeroen · 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


At least 212 hajj pilgrims die in the Holy Land The number of Indonesians who died in the Holy Land while making the hajj pilgrimage this year had by Saturday afternoon local time reached 212, official data showed.

Posted in Religion @ 14 November 2011 00:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


RI hajj pilgrims now staying closer to Haram Mosque The government has been able to provide lodgings for Indonesian hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia that are located closer to the Haram Mosque and make sure none of the rooms is occupied beyond capacity.

Posted in Religion @ 02 November 2011 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on nation to brace for economic crisis Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday called for readiness among citizens, warning that the current global crisis could strike the country's economy harshly.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2011 04:51 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


Bank Indonesia: Growth rate to reach 6.6 percent Indonesia's central bank, Bank Indonesia, on Thursday forecast that the country's economic growth will reach 6.6 percent this year.

Posted in Economy @ 15 July 2011 02:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Up to 10 centimeters of ash after Mount Bromo erupts The current eruption of the Mount Bromo volcano that is still ongoing, causes ash rains in the entire district of Probolinggo. Ash is falling down in the entire area, but at some locations closer to the volcano, the situation can be referred to as serious.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 December 2010 12:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists that have shorter stays The length of stay for foreign tourist visiting Indonesia declined 10.33% in May 2010, becoming 1.91 days as compared to 2.13 days in May 2009. Downturns in the length of stay were recorded in Jakarta, Central Java, North Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, Riau, Lampung, Jambi and Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 July 2010 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Conservationists report mud flow case to KPK The non-government environment protection organization Walhi (Wahana Lingkungan Hidup) has reported a possible case of corruption in handling the well-known Sidoarjo mud flow in East Java province. A spokesperson of Walhi, Erwin Usman, said that state funds were misused. The report has been made based on an audit done by the Financial Control Board BPK in 2007.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 18 December 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the quiet of the desa After a completely messed up trip with a DAMRI bus from Jakarta we have arrived in the rural area of Java in the area of Cilacap. We have landed in the desa of Binangun in the kampung Sidamulya to be more precize. Most likely there are much more places named Binangun, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 07 December 2009 07:12 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


One dead in Serang whirlwind One resident of the village of Domas, in the underdistrict of Pontang in Serang, has been killed by a whirlwind that touched down in the village around 19:30 local time last night. The victim, Sukenah (50) died of a heart attack when he heard the village was about to be hit by a whirlwind.

Posted in Weather @ 06 September 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Southern Bandung and Cilacap report heavy damage The area of South Bandung, mainly areas like Ciwidey and Pangalengan, emerge as areas which have been worst hit by the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that his western Java earlier this afternoon. Based on information from search and rescue teams, almost all houses in the two areas are heavily damaged. The Hyatt Hotel in the city reports that the swimming pool is leaking.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 15:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Train tickets around Lebaran almost sold out However the holy month of fasting has not even started, most have already made plans to go home to celebrate the end of it. Yesterday all tickets for all classes in trains from Jakarta to various cities throughout Java were sold out. Tickets for departure five days before the end of the Ramadan were even sold out completely.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pickpocketed at the Busway It was about to happen of course. But for the first time in ten years Indonesia it happened on a place where I could expect it the most. On the Jakarta Busway. It was a rush hour trip from Halte Bunderan HI to terminal Blok M. I traveled during rush hour because I had a scheduled birthday to attend in southern Jakarta at seven. I would not make it, but that was less of a problem.

Posted in Culture @ 28 June 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gamalama volcano on alert after smoke from crater The Gamalama volcano on the island of Ternate in the province of North Maluku has been put on a higher alert and has now become an 'Aware'. This has been done after the volcano started to exhaust clouds of smoke with heights up to 400 meters into the air. Since last Tuesday the volcano continuously emits thick white smoke. The last eruption of the volcano was in 2003.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 January 2009 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The wet season arrived with thunder and rain It didn't last another five minutes again before I felt the first rain coming down. And it wasn't water thrown up by the tires of trucks and buses but rain. I assumed that I drove too far for the passing rainstorm, but that was an illusion. The real situation was much more wet than those few drops of rain, but it would only be clear later on. Since the rain was intensifying I decided to take a break somewhere along the road - no idea where - to drink a glass of hot jeruk hangat (hot water with a small orange squeezed in it) and a Sampoerna cigarette. Just to get oversight about the situation.

Posted in Weather @ 10 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects Australian prison transfer Indonesia's justice ministry has denied a prison transfer request by convicted Australian drug smuggler, Schapelle Corby. The ministry says Corby has only served four years of a 20 year sentence and her request may have been granted if she had served more of her sentence.

Posted in Crime @ 08 September 2008 05:55 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


Indonesia rejects Bali bombers final appeal A court official with the Bali court has said that the final appeal by the three Islamic militants that are convicted over the 2002 Bali bombings has been rejected, bringing them closer to being executed. The head of the court, Nyoman Gede Wirya, said that the men now formally had to ask the president for clemency if they want to avoid the death penalty.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 July 2008 10:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace campaign forces Unilever u-turn on palm oil Greenpeace today welcomed Unilever’s call for a moratorium on rainforest destruction in Indonesia, that is wiping out orang-utans and devastating the climate.

Posted in Environment @ 02 May 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake rocks Indonesia - East Timor region An earthquake with magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked East Timor and eastern parts of Indonesia on Saturday, no immediate reports of damages or casualty, Indonesian meteorology agency and health ministry said here. The quake struck at 18:21 time (10:21 GMT) with epicenter at 81 km northeast Dili the capital of the country and at 10 km under sea bed, an official of the agency Diana Rahayu told.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 April 2008 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air chief: Adam Air banned from flying Indonesian budget airline Adam Air has been banned from flying on safety grounds, the country's chief of air transport said Tuesday. "The transport ministry has decided to revoke Adam Air's operational specification, effective 17:00 Tuesday (local time)," Budhi Muliawan Suyitno told reporters here. "With this, Adam Air is banned from operating its aircraft. All of its planes must be automatically grounded."

Posted in General @ 19 March 2008 09:56 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


The luxury of a swimming pool in your hotel After the trip by train and a nice glass of teh hangat (see "Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time") it was time to continue our trip. We didn't reach our goal for the day, however it wasn't that far anymore. We had to end up at the Jayakarta hotel which was located in the northern part of Bandung. We realized that a free nights' stay in the hotel would not come totally free of course. I can admit - without any feeling of shame - that I don't want to spend my money on that kind of hotels. The 'free' part is a very important part in this story.

Posted in Travel @ 09 December 2007 00:00 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


Mount Kelud crater lake heats up even further Mount Kelud, the 1,731-meter volcano with a history of deadly eruptions, is still about to erupt, keeping tens of thousands of residents in refugee shelters. A scientist at one of the monitoring posts around the volcano said that the water in the 15-meter deep crater lake reached 39.0° C on Saturday morning, that is just below the 40.0° C before it's last eruption in 1990.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 October 2007 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merdeka! Merdeka! With just over two weeks to go, Indonesia is slowly turning into a more colorful country than usual. Independence Day is coming - the 17th of August. That will be celebrated as well. Of course the red and white flags will be everywhere around, but the celebration is more than just raising a flag in the early morning. Like I wrote a year ago, cleaning is done as preparation. Things that haven't been cleaned for almost a year are now cleaned to be finished just a few days short of the 17th - so they don't have to care about it for another year as well.

Posted in Culture @ 31 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest terrorist Yusron, close aide to Dujana Authorities have arrested a close aide to the most-wanted terrorist in Indonesia, police said earlier today. A suspect was shot in the leg when he tried to escape a raid on his hideout. "Yusron Ahmahmud was wounded during the raid, but is in good condition," said national police spokesman Sisno Adiwinoto. "He is being questioned by police."

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 June 2007 11:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia rises while European arrivals seek past glory As reported on balidiscovery.com, total foreign arrivals during the first four months of 2007 totaled 472,082 - representing an improvement of +38.38% over the same four months in 2006 and the strongest start to any year on record. The graphics presented here in 'Bali by the Numbers' examining Bali's top four source markets for the first four months of each year from 2000 - 2007 show:

Posted in Tourism @ 28 May 2007 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Experts worried over seismic trends Experts in Indonesia are worried that after the huge earthquake off the coast of Aceh in December 2004 - which was the world's strongest in the last 40 years - the center of seismic activity is gradually moving to the southeast, in the direction of Jakarta, where millions of people live. "We think that the next quake may take place in the Jambi Province but do not want to publicize this for fear of causing panic," said a source from the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) told after the earthquakes in West Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 April 2007 08:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


President: Be smart and creative in promoting tourism The Indonesian language website Bisnis.com reports that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on the Department of Culture and Tourism to optimize their work, be smarter and more creative in developing national tourism. The President's comments were made at the opening of a 3-day national coordinating meeting on culture and tourism held at the National Palace in Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 April 2007 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Huge stash of weapons found in Yogyakarta An anti-terrorist unit of the Indonesian police has found a huge stash of weapons and explosives in a house in Yogyakarta following tips from suspects arrested earlier this week. A spokesman of the police said this yesterday. On Tuesday night, a suspected militant was shot dead and another wounded while several others were arrested. They are believed to be linked to Abu Dujana, the leader of Jemaah Islamyah, the Southeast Asian militant network.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 March 2007 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


U.S. warns citizens in Indonesia on threat from cats The U.S. embassy warned its citizens in Indonesia on Wednesday that the country's wild and stray cats may carry the deadly bird flu virus and should be avoided and that care needed to be taken with pet cats. Most known cases of humans getting the H5N1 virus have involved contact with chickens or other infected birds. But last month experts called for closer monitoring of other animals after Indonesian scientists found it in cats near poultry markets.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 February 2007 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


DAS plane breaks wheel upon landing An passenger plane broke its front wheel while landing after aborting a flight Thursday, an airport spokesman said, in the latest of string of aviation incidents here. All 18 passengers and three crew were unhurt after the accident, involving a Dirgantara Air Services Casa-212 plane at Hasanuddin airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 January 2007 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Starbucks denies coffee report, Nestle says sorry Giant multinational coffee-shop chain Starbucks denied a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) allegation Thursday that it purchased illegally-planted coffee in Lampung province, while Switzerland-based food producer Nestle said it regretted buying the beans. Ratih Gianda, head of investor relations for PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, Starbucks' Indonesian partner, said in a written statement sent to The Jakarta Post that the WWF report alleging that Starbucks had bought illegally-planted coffee from the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in southern Sumatra was inaccurate.

Posted in Environment @ 19 January 2007 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong monsoons could mean increased droughts in Indonesia Fears of strengthening monsoons in Asia could spell trouble for parts of Australia and Indonesia which will see longer and more frequent droughts in the future, according to a study published in Nature on Thursday. By examining the chemical makeup of corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, researchers found that stronger monsoons in Asia 6,500 years ago led to greater ocean cooling in the eastern Indian Ocean, which reduced evaporation and, in turn increased the droughts in Indonesia and Australia.

Posted in Environment @ 18 January 2007 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's crowded skies It's been four days since budget carrier Adam Air's Flight 574 disappeared over the Indonesian archipelago, and despite a search and rescue effort involving ships, planes and ground patrols, authorities are no closer to finding the wreckage or any possible survivors. The Boeing 737-400, which took off from Indonesia's main island of Java en route to the popular diving destination of Manado with 102 people on board, emitted a signal from its emergency beacon over the mountainous island of Sulawesi before dropping out of sight on New Year's Day.

Posted in Travel @ 05 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


First A1 victory for New Zealand on Sentul track New Zealand secured its first-ever victory in the A1 Grand Prix series on Sunday with a dominant lights-to-flag drive from Jonny Reid in the sprint race at the Sentul circuit, Indonesia. Team Mexico's Salvador Duran put Reid under pressure in the closing laps of the race to finish a fighting second ahead of Great Britain's Robbie Kerr.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General, rebel among candidates in Aceh A former Indonesian general and a separatist rebel are among eight candidates running for governor in the once-volatile province of Aceh next month, an election official said on Monday. The poll, the first ever direct vote for top posts in the province, are a key stage in efforts to permanently end a conflict that has killed 15,000 people since the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) launched a rebellion against Jakarta in 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 06 November 2006 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shares rise to new record high led by blue chip stocks Indonesia shares rose to a new record high Thursday on combination of local fund share purchases and buoyant investor sentiment as well as expectation of cut next week in the central bank's one month rate. The Jakarta Stock Exchange Composite index closed up 17.828 points, or 1.12 percent at of 1,606.696 as gainers led losers 80 to 4.

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2006 03:41 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


Indonesia apologizes to its neighbors for smoke haze Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologized for the smoke haze that has choked parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, and agreed to hold a regional meeting to tackle forest fires in the country. "Under the name of the Indonesian government, I should apologize to the neighboring countries over this incident,'' Yudhoyono told reporters in Jakarta today. "Clearly, it's not something we want.''

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 October 2006 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 5 Looking back in a bunch of old airline tickets, entrance ticket and whatever more, I again found some 'remarkable' items. A part of a boarding pass for a flight with Garuda Indonesia, which haven't been flying to the Netherlands for quite some time now. Also an entrance ticket to the Prambanan temple complex as well as a lunch in the Via Via Cafe in the well-known Jalan Prawirotaman in Yogyakarta. Several months after the earthquake I happened to be there accidentally because I was looking for something completely different. Still a reminder to get on my motorbike and see what became of the place. Especially going there for that one thing didn't have to, because I would go there anyway for renting a car for some friends coming over from Bali.

Posted in Travel @ 09 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet markets must be cleaned up to fight bird flu Cleaning up Indonesia's popular wet markets and shifting live birds to separate sanitary locations is a crucial first step in the nation's fight against the deadly bird flu virus, an expert said. Indonesia became the nation worst affected by the H5N1 virus this week, with 44 confirmed human deaths, putting its efforts to combat bird flu under the international spotlight.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 August 2006 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mate, you can now move to Aussie jail There is some good news for Australians serving jail terms in Bali's Kerobokan prison. Thanks to a prisoner transfer agreement to be signed between Australia and Indonesia, they will be able to serve out their sentences in their home country, closer to their own families. One would think they would be happy, especially as Kerobokan prison has been described as a hell-hole where sanitary and health standards are sorely lacking.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 July 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudflow scatters villagers in East Java Three weeks of an unceasing, foul- smelling mudflow from a gas well accident have uprooted more locals in Porong district of East Java province and forced them to shelter in cramped markets, schools and government offices. On Sunday, more than 3,800 residents from the four worst-hit villages near Sidoarjo were staying at newly built Pasar Baru Porong market, which was scheduled to begin operation in July. Others are camped out in school buildings, offices and local mosques, local newspaper the Jakarta Post daily reported on Monday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 June 2006 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bird Flu campaign to start as human tally climbs A campaign to warn Indonesians about bird flu will start next week, a United Nations official said, almost a year after the virus infected the first of 49 people in the world's fourth-most-populous country. Thousands of government workers and members of social and religious groups will be involved in the nationwide effort to stem avian flu outbreaks in poultry, avoid human cases and help prepare for a pandemic, said John Budd, head of communications with the United Nations Children's Fund in Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bird Flu infects Papua province as virus moves east Bird flu was found in fowl in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, evidence the lethal virus is moving closer to the South Pacific and Australia. The H5N1 strain of avian influenza earlier this month reached the province that borders Papua New Guinea, Laurence Gleeson, an official with the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, told reporters yesterday in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. The H5N1 virus has reappeared in Laos and may spread to Bangladesh, Gleeson said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mt Merapi's condition getting more serious Mount Merapi's condition is getting more worrisome eight days after it was declared under an alert status, a volcanology agency official said here on Wednesday. Sunarto, the official from the Volcanological Technology Research and Developemnt (BPPTK), told newsmen "The ready status of Mt Merapi has entered the eighth day and its development is more worrisome."

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 April 2006 19:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Yudhoyono meets Balkenende President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Saturday met with visiting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who seeks closer ties between the two countries. The two leaders met for 30 minutes, which was followed with bilateral talks between officials of the two countries. But, there was no immediate report about the result of the talks.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2006 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Implications of pornography bill and Islamic law In the past few months much has been in the local Press about Sharia regulations in regions of Indonesia as well as the frequently cited Pornography Law being deliberated on in the House. These clippings in the press have been anything but flattering of Sharia which to a practicing Muslim is the crux of his daily interactions. Sharia has been labeled oppressive to women and minorities of other faiths, a step backwards for Indonesia, and an inhibitor to the economy.

Posted in Culture @ 25 March 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono's plan for Indonesia's resurrection Indonesia is trying to bring back the glory days when it was prominent in Asia. It is doing so by playing a larger role as a negotiator throughout the region, acting as a mediator between the Koreas, and pushing for democracy in Myanmar. At the same time, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is trying to unify the Indonesians by promoting a nationalism that hinges on this role as a leader in Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


A handful of tickets Traveling in Indonesia, whenever you attempt to do this, you will notice the vast amount of small paper - sometimes even like toilet-paper - tickets you get. On virtually every occasion you will get at least one. Not one, but one for your car, motorbike, your friends, your family, your kids. And it gets even worse, since you don't get tickets for everyone, but also for everything. This becomes clear when you take the ferry. It doesn't matter which ferry, but you will get a ticket to enter the seaport, for parking, for boarding the boat, for bringing your car and to be insured during your trip. This results in a handful of tickets, and then you only got onto the ferry.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Subsidy cut to fuel the fire In the wake of a two-month "mini crisis" that saw the rupiah hit a four-year low of 11,750 per dollar on August 30, Jakarta has finally announced an imminent and substantial reduction in fuel subsidies. The exact date and the level of cuts have yet to be announced, though there is widespread speculation over both. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said fuel prices may rise as early as October 1 while National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said an increase in November would be too late to help reduce subsidies to the level of Rp89.2 trillion. She said fuel prices might increase by at least 50% in October.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polio vaccination drive largely successful Indonesia's nationwide drive last week to vaccinate about 24 million young children against a spreading polio outbreak was largely successful though some parents continued to resist, health officials said Monday. The Indonesian health ministry reported the campaign had reached 90 percent of children under five years old despite lingering concerns among both parents and medical workers about the safety of the vaccine.

Posted in Polio @ 06 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia rejects proposal on E-Timor war crimes tribunal The United Nations Security Council has been handed a report that recommends an International War Crimes tribunal on atrocities in East Timor, if Indonesia fails to retry those accused of masterminding the violence in 1999. But Indonesia has rejected the proposal.

Posted in Human rights @ 30 June 2005 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Finland venue for Aceh peace talks Aceh rebels and an Indonesian government delegation have arrived in Helsinki ahead of six days of talks aimed at bringing a lasting peace to the tsunami-ravaged region. Rebel leaders said Monday they will demand that Indonesian troops cease all anti-insurgency operations in Aceh before discussing a solution for self-government.

Posted in Politics @ 12 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake toll up to 2000, says Indonesia A massive earthquake is believed to have killed between 1000 and 2000 people on Indonesia's Nias island, the country's Vice President Jusuf Kalla said today. Already reeling from fatalities caused by the Boxing Day tsunami disaster, the 600,000-strong popular surfing island found itself near the epicentre of the 8.7-magnitude quake, which struck at 11.15pm local time (2.15am today AEST).

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuelling reforms in Indonesia It is the single most unpopular decision any Indonesian president could make, with the potential to trigger immediate political unrest. But the move by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut costly fuel subsidies and so push fuel prices up by 30 per cent in a poor nation is also the single most important decision for the recovery of the ailing Indonesian economy. And with half the Indonesian population scraping by on less than $2.50 a day, economic growth - and spending on basic services such as health, education and infrastructure - is the key to social and political stability on Australia's northern doorstep. The former president, Megawati Soekarnoputri, long understood this link, but lacked the political courage to take on the protesters. Yesterday, however, fuel prices did finally rise, despite the unhappy mobs and panic buying at the petrol bowsers.

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


Indonesia tries to dispel aid corruption charges Indonesia on Tuesday moved to dispel charges that corrupt officials were siphoning off aid earmarked for tsunami-battered Aceh province, as Southeast Asian nations sought to lure back foreign tourists scared off by the disaster. Indonesia’s Health Ministry, meanwhile, significantly changed the way it tallies deaths due to last month’s waves, saying it would only count victims who have been buried and that the missing would retain that status for a full year.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives up counting its dead Indonesia has given up on trying to count the exact number of dead from Sunday's Indian Ocean tsunami so it can get on with the task of burying tens of thousands of disaster victims whose corpses lay rotting on the devastated island of Sumatra. As the sun set on Asia for the last time this year, millions were homeless, many of them with no clean water to drink and little or no food.

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


Indonesia kicks off arms expo A major defence industry showcase opened in Indonesia Wednesday, moving the country closer to the high-tech weapons it wants to fight militants and crush rebels but doing little to ease concerns of those who want it held to account for past military abuses. The four-day expo comes as Jakarta is struggling to overhaul its military under a US embargo imposed in response to abuses by Indonesia's armed forces in insurgency-hit Papua and Aceh and during East Timor's 1999 independence vote.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All over the world bilateral relations and regional cooperation are flourishing, even if only a few people have noticed. The globalization of the economy is being followed by the globalization of politics. In the next ten years new worldwide networks will arise in response to global issues. Governments and societies are seeking closer ties with one another in the face of new threats and challenges.

Posted in Politics @ 25 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Election could be bad for Australia Churchill caught the complexity of democracy in his famous line about it being the worst way to choose a government, except for all the other ways. Indonesia will be demonstrating both sides of this aphorism over the next few months. The good news is that Indonesia is about to choose its next government through peaceful elections. The bad news is that the outcome is unlikely to be good, and could be quite bad - for Indonesia and for ourselves. Australia's security depends on an Indonesia that is stable, prosperous, cohesive and democratic. It seems our chances of getting all four are slim.

Posted in Elections @ 01 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamists go mainstream in election As the band launches into the popular 1980s song "The Final Countdown" by rock group Europe, several thousand Indonesians at an election rally in central Java start cheering. They join in as a speaker on stage exhorts them to chant -- not the words of the song -- but Allahu Akbar (God is greatest). Welcome to a rally for one of Indonesia's most conservative Islamist parties, the Prosperous Justice Party. Instead of pushing Islamic issues, party leaders promise to tackle graft and the economy. Along with Islamic prayers and strident condemnation of Israel, there is Western music.

Posted in Elections @ 29 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Further avian influenza outbreaks in Indonesia Avian influenza has been found closer to Australian shores, with more outbreaks in Indonesia. The spread of the disease has slowed across most Asian countries, but in Indonesia it's spread as far south as Lombok and West Timor. Hans Wagner from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation says Indonesia doesn't have the resources to control bird flu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The power behind the throne smiles. Mr Taufik Kiemas, the garrulous husband of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, sips hot Javanese tea and munches kueh lapis as he talks animatedly about his wife's impending re-election. He should know. The 59-year-old Sumatran-born business tycoon is the dalang or puppet master in the courts of power, working quietly behind the scenes to build alliances and destroy her foes.

Posted in Politics @ 24 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of House Speaker Akbar Tanjung landed with the thud of a police baton on the future of reform in Indonesia. The ruling will have its most direct impact on the July 5 presidential election, but ripples will be felt throughout society. Despite some potential bright spots in the verdict and its aftermath, it's a dark day for justice and hope for this nation of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN to add 5000 MW new power capacity by 2010 Indonesia's state-owned PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara, or PLN, is looking to add 5,000 megawatts of new generating capacity to Indonesia's power network by 2010, according to Ulysses Simanjuntak, senior officer at PLN's commerce and finance division.

Posted in Power supply @ 12 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces three national elections in 2004, including a presidential vote, but they are unlikely to bring fundamental change. Citizens are increasingly disillusioned with the half-decade of democracy and “money politics” they have experienced since the collapse of Soeharto’s authoritarian New Order.

Posted in Politics @ 18 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Violence between rival political parties kills 2 in Bali Political violence has flared on Indonesia's Bali Island, leaving two dead. The deaths occurred in a clash between supporters of Indonesia's two largest parties. At least two people were killed and a number of others injured when supporters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDIP, attacked the offices of rival political party Golkar in the town of Petandakan in central Bali.

Posted in Elections @ 26 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants closer Europe ties A two-day meeting of European and Asian finance ministers has called for closer economic ties between the two regions as they struggle to shake off the impact of war, terrorism and SARS. The fifth Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), hosted by Indonesia on the resort island of Bali, was officially opened by Indonesia's top economics minister Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti and Finance Minister Budiono.

Posted in Politics @ 07 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim leader warns of Indonesia war reaction An attack on Iraq by the United States and Australia would be a golden opportunity for radical fundamentalists in Indonesia and other Muslim countries to expand their support, the leader of Indonesia's biggest Islamic organisation has warned. Hasyim Muzadi, chairman of the 40-million-strong Nahdlatul Ulama, said a Western war on Iraq would undo all the good done by a joint campaign by all faiths in Indonesia to reduce religious tensions after the Bali bombing.

Posted in Religion @ 13 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least five die as ferry capsizes A ship with about 200 passengers on board sank near Ambon island in central Indonesia, killing at least five people, officials said Monday. Ambon police spokesman Lt. Tony Sugadra said that emergency vessels and local fishermen picked up 127 survivors after the ferry went down late Sunday. About 80 of them were being treated at hospitals in the region.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police to release bomber sketches Police investigating the nightclub bombing that killed almost 200 people on the resort island of Bali were today working on sketches of possible suspects. And they confirmed that the attack bore the hallmarks of Jemaah Islamiyah, the Muslim militant group accused of ties to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 October 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Osama gave Bashir money for Bali bombs Osama Bin Laden sent money to Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader of the Jemaah Islamiah, to buy C4, the powerful explosive used in the Bali bombings, according to a former top lieutenant of the Al-Qaeda leader. He said that £48,000 ($133,440) was transferred to the JI terror network - thought to be behind the attack in Bali that killed more than 180 people - from an account in the name of Sheikh Abu Abdullah Emirati, one of Osama's pseudonyms.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Bin Laden linked to Bali bombing Terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden has been linked to last week's Bali nightclub bombing, which killed at least 183 people and injured more than 300 mostly foreign tourists, following a testimony by one of his senior lieutenants. According to a confession made by Omar Faruq, described as Bin Laden's envoy in Southeast Asia, who was arrested in Indonesia in June and handed over to the CIA in Afghanistan, a series of plots were hatched to kill westerners, Indonesians and Israelis.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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