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FPI opposes Ahok as Jakarta governor Some one thousand FPI Muslim activists staged a protest rally on the premises of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), rejecting a plan to appoint Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as the Jakarta governor succeeding Joko Widodo.

Posted in Protests @ 24 September 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


GP Ansor throws weight behind Jokowi for president The Central Java provincial chapter of Ansor Youth Movement (GP Ansor) of Nahdatul Ulama, the countrys largest non political Islamic organization, said it threw its weight behind Joko Widodo (Jokowi), one of two candidates to contest the presidential election on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 27 May 2014 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi pledges to deal with Papua problems with 'heart' Presidential candidate of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo said he would deal with all problems in Papua with "heart." "I dont like to promise too much. I am confident the Papua problem could be sorted out with heart and hard work not with promises," Jokowi, as he is known, said.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2014 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants small group in political coalition Presidential candidate from Indonesian democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that he wanted a small group of party coalition if he gets elected as Indonesian president.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 15:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PPP leader voices concern over Islamic parties' future The United Development Party (PPP)s general chairman Suryadharma Ali said he was concerned about the prospects of Islam-based or Islamic parties in Indonesia here on Friday.

Posted in Elections @ 21 March 2014 20:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Political parties barred from accepting foreign funds Political parties in Indonesia participating in next years general elections have been barred from accepting donations from foreign countries, an official from the country's general election supervising agency (Bawaslu) has said.

Posted in Politics @ 29 November 2013 00:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Singer Agnes Monica becomes Blueberry owner Popular Indonesian singer Agnes Monica, or popularly known as Agnez Monica, has now become one of majority shareholders in Blueberry smartphones manufacturer PT Ninetology Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 30 October 2013 05:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Decline of rupiah test for Bali tourist industry The rapid decline in the value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. Dollar and a host of other currencies is presenting a myriad of challenges to Bali and its tourism industry.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic organisations against Miss World (of course) The Jakarta Globe reports that high-ranking Islamic leaders in Indonesia continue to object to plans to hold the Miss World Beauty Pageant in Bali in the week leading up to the final round on September 8, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 26 August 2013 03:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kontras calls for protection for minority shiite community An outspoken non-governmental organization (NGO) urges the government to provide protection for the minority Shiite community who has been forced to flee their villages to live in refugee camps after a bloody conflict with non Shiite Muslim community in Sampang, Madura, East Java Province.

Posted in Religion @ 10 July 2013 11:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


730 natural disasters hit Indonesia this year Some 730 natural disasters have hit Indonesia so far this year, according to Chairman of National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in General @ 20 December 2012 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'MRT constrained by subsidy schemes' Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa has stated that the construction of Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) is still constrained by the subsidy schemes that hamper the development plans of Jakarta provincial administration.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2012 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants MRT talks with central government Jakarta`s Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said he hoped to reach an agreement with the central government on sharing the repayment of loan used to built Jakarta`s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2012 13:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Most Indonesians agree to have nuclear power plant' A latest survey shows that the majority of Indonesians agree with plan to develop nuclear energy to better guarantee power supply in the country.

Posted in Power supply @ 23 November 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Level of satisfaction low with drive to eradicate corruption The level of people`s satisfaction with efforts to uphold the law and eradicate corruption under the present regime is low, a survey says.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 November 2012 21:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air flirts with AirAsia and fails Earlier in July this year, Batavia Air and AirAsia announced that Indonesia AirAsia would obtain an almost 80 percent share in Batavia Air. This lead to questions from the government as foreign companies are not allowed to own majority stakes in Indonesian companies. While this construction via an Indonesian investor are fully legal, it was an undesirable situation.

Posted in Travel @ 31 October 2012 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Implementation of Bali smoking ban too slow A survey conducted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at starred hotels in Kuta carried out by provincial enforcement officers (Satpol PP-Bali) and working units of the provincial government (SKPD) revealed that most properties have yet to implement the Smoke-Free-Law of 2011 in their public areas.

Posted in Health @ 29 September 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clerics hold key to settle Sampang conflicts An influential Islamic leader said clerics hold the key to settle the conflicts between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Sampang Madura. A fresh conflict broke on Sunday last week between the two Islamic groups with mobs of Sunni Muslims attacking Shiite students and teachers with swords and machetes.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2012 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Clash in sampang not between Sunnis and Shiites' An Islamic leader has said the recent conflict in Sampang, Madura island, East Java province, was not between Nahdlatul Ulama (Sunnis) members and Shiites.

Posted in Religion @ 28 August 2012 22:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Denny ready to face OC Kaligis` legal challenge Vice Minister of Justice and Human Rights Denny Indrayana has said he is prepared to face a lawsuit from senior lawyer OC Kaligis in view of his recent statement that was considered to be offensive to lawyers.

Posted in Politics @ 28 August 2012 21:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government seeks to increase number of entrepreneurs The Government of Indonesia continues to take steps to increase the number of entrepreneurs in the country, Economic Minister Hatta Radjasa said here on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 12 May 2012 12:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Spokesman: 'Missing Sukhoi Superjet 100 still being traced' Search for commercial aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100 that was lost from radar monitoring on Wednesday is still ongoing, Indonesian Air Force head of public information sub-division Col. Agung Sasongko said.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 May 2012 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former GAM minister elected as Aceh governor Former Free Aceh Movement (GAM) foreign affairs and health minister Zaini Abdullah has been elected Aceh Province governor in the regional election on April 9, 2012.

Posted in Elections @ 17 April 2012 17:38 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


Amnesty Int'l urges Indonesia to protect Shiite minority Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to provide protection for hundreds of Shiites who have been forced to return to their village in East Java after being evicted from their homes in Madura by an anti-Shiite mob.

Posted in Religion @ 16 January 2012 07:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Poll: Young in Malaysia, Indonesia oppose polygamy The vast majority of young Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia appear to disapprove of the traditional acceptance of polygamy but remain reluctant to openly support interfaith marriages or premarital sex, a new survey shows.

Posted in Religion @ 13 July 2011 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 countries join UN Human Rights Council Fifteen new countries have been selected to join the United Nations Human Rights Council, including six countries that have never previously served on the Geneva-based body.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2011 02:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines in the hands of Saratoga Group The Saratoga Group, an investment company founded by Edwin Soeryadjaya and Sandiaga Uno, has announced that is had acquired 51 percent of Mandala Airlines stock. The remaining shares are in the hands of Tiger Airways with 33 percent and 16 percent for the old shareholders and creditors of the airline.

Posted in Travel @ 21 May 2011 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


IOM: Around 3,200 people smuggled into Indonesia in 2010 The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday said around 3,200 people from war-torn Middle Eastern countries were smuggled into Indonesia in 2010.

Posted in Crime @ 09 May 2011 15:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Aceh couples caned for extramarital affairs Two Indonesian couples on Friday were publicly caned for having had extra marital affairs in a conservative Muslim province in Aceh, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 08 April 2011 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim mob attacks Indonesia churches after blasphemy trial A Muslim mob on Tuesday destroyed at least three churches and clashed with Indonesian police in central Java after a Christian man was sentenced for blasphemy against Islam, the daily Kompas reported.

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


Christmas spirit: Decorations are 'excessive' and 'hurt's Muslims' feelings' The top Islamic body - who else - from the world's most populous Muslim country complained about over-the-top Christmas decorations in Indonesian malls and other places where the public gathers.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2010 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali deploys 8,000 policemen to safeguard Christmas festivities Bali Deputy Police Chief Komang Udayana on Thursday announced that 8,000 police officers were deployed to safeguard Christmas and New Year's eve festivities, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 23 December 2010 23:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions? Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 02:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI continues war against Christians On the morning of 12th December about 250 men from militant groups Front Pembela Islam (FPI), Forum Umat Islam (FUI), and Gerakan Reformasi Islam (Garis) raided seven houses believed to be being used as informal or illegal churches in the Rancaekek area of Bandung, West Java.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia increases security measures after Church attacks Two recent attacks against churches in the Central Java province of Indonesia has prompted authorities to open investigations and step up their security measures in fear of further attacks as Christmas season begins, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Religion @ 08 December 2010 15:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Matahari says four interested in acquiring majority Indonesia's Matahari Putra Prima on Thursday announced that there are four retailers lined up and interested in obtaining the majority shareholder.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2010 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Independent coalition demands politicians out of election commission A coalition of non-governmental organizations on Thursday demanded the Indonesian House of Representatives to cancel the membership of politicians for the General Elections Commissions (KPU), citing conflicts of interest.

Posted in Politics @ 26 November 2010 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Growing 'Christianisation' and religious intolerance in Indonesia Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. Islamists use 'Christianisation' - a term that generally refers both to Christian efforts to convert Muslims and the alleged growing influence of Christianity in Muslim-majority Indonesia - as a justification for mass mobilisation and vigilante attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Commission shows film on discriminatory bylaws The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) premiered on Wednesday a documentary movie on regional ordinances which it said discriminated against women. Titled "Atas Nama" (In the name of), the movie features testimonies of people who fall victims to the bylaws, including the family of a woman who was detained for allegedly practicing prostitution in Tangerang, Banten, followers of the Ahmadiyah Islamic sect, and women in Aceh.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2010 05:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Porn broadcast inside Indonesian parliament An investigation is under way in Indonesia after pornographic images were broadcast on an internal TV channel in the country's parliament. The X-rated footage was visible to staff and journalists for 15 minutes before security staff were able to turn off the stream, local media report.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 August 2010 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia launches biometric verification for border control The Directorate General of Immigration at the Department of Law and Human Rights in Indonesia, locally known as imigrasi, today announced the rollout by SITA of a border control system that includes biometrics capture at 27 of the nation's air and sea ports.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2010 05:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Woman on trial for harboring terrorist An Indonesian woman went on trial Monday on charges of harboring Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorist at the home where he was slain last year in a shootout with police. Judges opened and then immediately adjourned the trial of 21-year-old Putri Munawaroh.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 April 2010 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dangdut is no porn!? Traditional Indonesian dances and clothing like the koteka, which is used in eastern Indonesia, are not pornography. Because they are not, they also are not bothered by the anti-pornography law that was adopted by the Indonesian parliament in 2008. The constitutional court has decided this yesterday.

Posted in Culture @ 26 March 2010 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Bishop: 'Islam terrorises minorities' The majority of Muslems in Indonesia terrorizes religious minorities like Christians. The local authorities have the obligation to guarantee that minorities are free in expression of their religion, but that doesn't stop Muslems from forcing their rules onto them. These words were spoken by bishop Johannes Pujasumarta of West Java when he was interviewed by the Catholic press agency AsaiaNews.

Posted in Religion @ 11 February 2010 13:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Religious idiot of the month: Tifatul Sembiring I don't know if it has to be something monthly, I am afraid that it will be something daily here in Indonesia. Still I am going to try it: putting down the most stupid religious talk from the mouth of an Indonesian person in this blog, so others with at least some common sense can 'finish him off' (proverbial that is).

Posted in Religion @ 29 November 2009 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beautiful city of Padang destroyed by earthquake The beautiful Minangkabau city of Padang, in West Sumatra, Indonesia, has been heavily damaged in the September 30 earthquake just three days ago. Images made by an Indonesian tv-network show the city from the air after the devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake. Hundreds have been killed while thousands are trapped in buildings with a majority feared dead already.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 October 2009 05:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playing fire chief in Jodoh It is something that children do, as well as adults. For adults it is a full-time job or volunteer job and not something you just do incidentally. But that last one is what happened two nights ago. It was just after six in the evening when a Dutch friend and I were having a beer in one of the many cafe's in the Jodoh area on the island of Batam. One of the Australians that entered before we did walked outside but came right back in. "There is a fire," he said with a normal voice.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 October 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh: the sick western tip of Indonesia The most strict Islamic region in Indonesia, the westernmost tip of the island of Sumatra, is to adopt a much stricter form of Islamic law than the one now in place. Married adulterers will be stoned to death in the new law, which will make Indonesia look like a complete fool if the law is eventually allowed to be adopted by the central government.

Posted in Religion @ 10 September 2009 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No Zivanna Letisha Siregar as Miss Universe Zivanna Letisha Siregar did not make it until the final 15 contestants for Miss Universe. However she lead the popular vote on the internet website with a fairly large majority, she was eventually not choosen to compete among the last fifteen. She failed to advance to the bathing suit round.

Posted in General @ 24 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abuse case highlights need for stricter laws Public outcry over an Indonesian domestic worker’s alleged abuse by her Malaysian employer has prompted the Indonesian government to demand better protection for its citizens working in the neighbouring country. With red blisters and scabs on her face and upper body, Siti Hajar fled her employer's house and sought shelter at the Indonesian embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, in June.

Posted in Politics @ 11 August 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati wants too much Defeated in the first round of the presidential elections held earlier this month, Megawati Soekarnoputri will do everything to disrupt the democratic process as much as possible. She and her campaign team are calling on the General Election Commission KPU to hold a second round of presidential elections, a runoff between her and current President Yudhoyono - who also won the first round with a vast majority of the votes.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long history of Jemaah Islamiyah and Indonesia, 1 Jemaah Islamiyah ("Islamic Congregation"), or simply JI, is a Southeast Asian militant Islamic organization dedicated to the establishment of an Islamic State in Southeast Asia incorporating Indonesia, Malaysia, the southern Philippines, Singapore and Brunei. JI was added to the United Nations 1267 Committee's list of terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaeda or the Taliban on 25 October 2002 under UN Security Council Resolution 1267.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU quick count shows clear victory for Yudhoyono The current quick count being performed by the General Election Commission KPU shows that current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is the clear winner of the presidential elections held yesterday. The results from almost 19 million votes was already sent to the KPU early this morning. These temporary results were send to the KPU by SMS from polling stations across the vast archipelago. Currently some 61.7 percent of the votes goes to Yudhoyono.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2009 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quick Count: Almost 60 percent of votes for Yudhoyono The three most important surveyors in Indonesia all put current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the lead in the presidential elections that were held earlier today. Currently an average of 59.5 percent of all votes cast would be for Yudhoyono, state press agency Antara reports. LP3ES, Lingkaran Survei Indonesia and Lembaga Riset Informasi now all give the current president an absolute majority in which no second round is required for him to extend his current presidential term with another five years.

Posted in Elections @ 08 July 2009 10:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Yudhoyono leads in exit polls Current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is currently on the lead in the exit polls held in various locations throughout Indonesia. Almost 180 million Indonesians are allowed to cast their vote today on who they would like to be their president in the coming five years. Earlier opinion polls already showed that Yudhoyono had a big lead over the other two presidential candidates; Megawati Soekarnoputri (former president, followed up by Yudhoyono in 2004) and Jusuf Kalla, the current vice-president.

Posted in Elections @ 08 July 2009 06:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling Indonesia from behind the scenes; MUI moves again They did it again. After they managed to get some 500 percent duty in all imported liquor - a draconian measure that is currently killing people daily, but 'religion above everything' seems to be the motto of the MUI - they now managed to stop beef imports from New Zealand all together. Some imports from Australia have been banned as well. This means a big part of the 70.000 tonnes of beef will not be imported anymore.

Posted in Religion @ 06 June 2009 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AIDS is cheap in Bali as well Bali now has the unenviable distinction of having the second highest rate of HIV/AID infections in Indonesia. Based on the number of AIDS cases among every 100,000 residents, Papua is the worst affected (129.35), Bali second (33.75) and Jakarta third (30.52). According to DenPost, if viewed merely from the total number of reported cases, Bali gets ranked fifth nation-wide after, in descending order, West Java, Jakarta, East Java and Papua.

Posted in Health @ 03 June 2009 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla's popularity campaign: 'War against Malaysia' Current vice-president Jusuf Kalla is working hard to promote himself for the upcoming presidential elections on July 8 as it seems. He is talking tough to Malaysia about an apparent border incident concerning the Malaysian navy. Nationalist feelings are flaring up once again as Malaysia is threatening Indonesian sovereignty once again, at least in Indonesian eyes.

Posted in Military @ 02 June 2009 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protestant clergyman and wife killed with machetes Police found Rev Frans Koagow, 64, and his wife Femy Kumendong, 73, at their home, dead, killed with machetes. The couple lived in Manado, capital of North Sulawesi province, where a majority of Sulawesi Island Christians live. Most local Christians are Protestant.

Posted in Violence @ 28 April 2009 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali marks New Year's Day of Silence Residents and tourists on the popular Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday celebrated the annual Day of Silence, a Hindu New Year observance during which the island shuts down and people are banned from the streets. The New Year, called Nyepi, is one of the most important religious events for Balinese Hindus, and this year, they welcomed the Saka New Year of 1931.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party vows to win legislative elections The General Chairman of Indonesia's Golkar Party, Jusuf Kalla, said for the first time that his party should appear as the winner in the forthcoming legislative general elections. "Do we want to have presidential candidate from Golkar? Therefore we should have a big capital by winning the legislative general election with a majority vote exceeding other political parties," said Kalla during a get-together with his cadres in Tanjungkarang, Lampung, on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2009 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local Muslims reject arrival of Abu Bakar Ba'ashir The plan of religious leader Abu Bakar Ba'ashir to bring a visit to Lumajang has caused a strong reaction from local Muslims. They reject the arrival of the Muslem cleric from Solo. They say that a majority of the people in Lumajang will feel uneasy with a visit from him. "We strongly are against a visit of Abu Bakar Ba'ashir to Lumajang," said Abdurrohim, one of the Islamic leaders from the Tompokersan sub-district in Lumajang.

Posted in Religion @ 04 December 2008 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One third of transvestites in Jakarta is HIV positive Thirty-four per cent of transvestites in this city are infected with HIV, a survey has revealed. According to the Biology and Behaviour Survey (STBP), the number of HIV infection among the transvestite community in Jakarta has steadily risen since 1995, when only 0.3% was reportedly HIV positive.

Posted in Health @ 18 October 2008 01:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia records 295 deaths during Lebaran exodus Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, recorded 295 deaths from a total of 695 traffic accidents during the fast-breaking festival exodus this year, The Jakarta Post on Friday quoted Indonesian National Police as saying. "As many as 631 were badly injured while the number of those suffering from light injuries are 631," said National Police spokesman Abubakar Nataprawira, citing the police's log between Sept. 25 and Oct. 3.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 October 2008 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: everything closed down The first of September of this year was the official start of the Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Moslems in Indonesia. In general this comes with all kinds of threats from - in general - radical elements in the society that some places should better shut down for the entire month or otherwise be visited by people that are not visitors or customers. Fortunately those people are not the majority nor the government in this country, thus the local government on Batam has decided that the two weeks of obliged shut-downs is to be limited to only four days; the first day of fasting, the 17th day and the days of Idul Fitri (also known as the Arabic term Eid-ul Fitr). This however is the official regulation, outside that it will still be different than people hoped for.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24 foreigners housed in Bali's Kerobokan prison Antara News Agency estimates that 24 foreign nationals are now housed as prisoners in Denpasar's main Kerobokan prison. The prison’s warden, Yon Suharyono, said, "of the number, 18 are convicted prisoners and six detainees." Detainees are traditionally held at the prison while awaiting trial.

Posted in Crime @ 25 August 2008 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia’s debut rupiah sukuk falls short of expectations Indonesia has sold only 4.7 trillion rupiah of its debut rupiah-denominated Islamic bond, or sukuk, an amount slightly below its target. As a result, the government is likely to increase the size of its global dollar sukuk later this year in a bid to make up for the shortfall, people close to the deal told Dow Jones Newswires on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 24 August 2008 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali shuts down for 'Day of Silence' The normally vibrant Indonesian tourist destination of Bali came to a standstill Friday as the island's Hindu majority celebrated the start of the Hindu new year. The Day of Silence, known here as Nyepi, saw Balinese confined to their homes, unable to work, play and - for some - even talk or eat.

Posted in Religion @ 07 March 2008 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 3 It didn't get better when I carefully lifted the plastic flap and reached outside with my head. A driver on a motorbike which was in some kind of a hurry could hardly avoid me. In front of us a long row of red lights in the streets. Between the vehicles I could mainly see water and more nearby I heard the water gush out of the draining canal onto the pavement and the street. Ooh well, it must be raining heavily somewhere close, because it was quite an amount of water that came rushing towards us. Slowly the three wheels of the bajaj disappeared under water. I was hoping that the water would not reach too high at the end, because after over half an hour in this kind of transport, sitting becomes quite uncomfortable.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court rejects Bali nine death penalty challenge The Constitutional Court in Indonesia has rejected a challenge to the death penalty which was brought by three members of the so-called 'Bali Nine', who are on death row. Convicted drug trafficker Scott Rush and the ringleaders of the Bali Nine, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were the initiators. The Constitutional Court rejected the challenge to the death penalty in Indonesia saying that the ultimate punishment is according to the Indonesian law.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 October 2007 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mud flow that doesn't end While former Indonesian president Suharto was known as the 'Smiling General', current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is known as the 'Crying General'. He shed tears when he talked with the victims of the mud flow near Sidoarjo when they recounted their struggle. Back then, Yudhoyono promised direct compensation. More than one year later, the only company to have paid up is Australian oil and gas explorer Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2007 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bare breasts of Djarum It has to be said that it is somewhat strange to see when you are browsing the internet and you end up looking at a number of pictures where some women with bare breasts advertise an Indonesian cigarette-brand. In this case it was Djarum that was doing its best in Hungary to have their brand settled in the local market. Whether the clove-cigarette-producer will be able to build a brand as strong as it is in Indonesia, I can't tell, but would having women with their breasts bared have any positive impact in this entire story?

Posted in Culture @ 09 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Lombok International Airport to open in 2010 PT Angkasa Pura I is targeting to commence operations of a new international airport in Lombok, Bali's near neighbor to the east, by 2010. To be built at an estimated cost of Rp. 665 billion (approximately 51.95 million euro), the new airport for Lombok will be located in the central province of that island. Construction on the new Lombok air gateway commenced in 2006 and is expected to be completed by 2009, with formal operations to commence the following year.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 September 2007 02:39 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


Indonesia offers visa on arrival for Middle East tourists Indonesia's tourist industry is experiencing a boom as the nation has the highest number of foreign arrivals since 2001. This year around six million tourists are expected to visit the country. Thamrin Bachri, director-general of tourism at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, said that the government is focusing on visitors from the Middle East as well. 60.000 tourists from that region visited Indonesia last year, while this number is expected to grow to 100.000 this year and to 150.000 in 2008.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 May 2007 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Unemployment targeted below 10 percent' The government will try to lower the official unemployment rate to a single digit. The number of fully unemployed in Indonesia had reached just 10,98 million. "One way of dealing with unemployment, is to develop domestic investment," said Secretary General of the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry Hari H. Saleh in Bandar Lampung yesterday. Upon the opening of a national working and consultative meeting of the Indonesian Businessmen's Association (APINDO), he said that there were still some issues to overcome however.

Posted in Economy @ 14 April 2007 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Giant concrete balls in attempt to stem mud eruption Authorities will try to slow down the gushing mud volcano today. The volcano has already inundated villages and factories. They will drop hundreds of giant concrete balls into the location of the mud volcano, an official reported. Every single day, around one million oil drums of hot, noxious mud - about 50 Olympic swimming pools - flows out of the hole at a drilling site. This is a continuing event for the last nine months. Already 11,000 people have been evacuated from the area.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 23 February 2007 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


War on poverty declared, but hopes not high The president of Indonesia has a very hard job. Being the first directly elected head of state of a country comprised of some 17,000 islands inhabited by the world's fourth largest population, broken down into literally hundreds of distinct languages and cultures, all further divided by five officially recognized religions, of which Islam, currently the world's most controversial, forms the vast majority, requires a juggling act of extraordinary dexterity. Include the dozens of political parties and the fine judgements that have to be made to accommodate all their special interests and it looks like a juggling act done on a high wire.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns of possible terrorist attacks in Indonesia Americans and other Westerners in Indonesia should remain alert to the possibility of militant attacks over the Christmas and New Year period, the U.S. embassy in Jakarta said on Monday. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has in recent years been hit by a series of bomb blasts blamed on Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 December 2006 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timorese people begin to regret secesion from Indonesia Many people in East Timor which gained independence from Indonesia through a United Nations-sponsored referendum in August 1999 have begun to regret the secession, Mrs. Domingos, an East Timorese woman visiting her relatives here said on Friday. "Independence from Indonesia is being enjoyed by only a certain group of people while the majority in remote areas have been living in deepening misery since the secession," Domingos said.

Posted in General @ 24 November 2006 16:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia's bird flu cases far from a pandemic' Indonesia, which has the highest number of human bird flu infections and fatalities, was unlikely to be hit by a pandemic of the disease in the immediate future, an official has said. "We are still far from a pandemic," said Bayu Krisnamurthi, the chief executive of the Indonesian National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (Komnas FBPI.)

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 November 2006 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beheaders in Indonesia face death penalty The trial has begun of three Muslim men accused of beheading three Christian schoolgirls in Indonesia's volatile regency of Poso in the province of Central Sulawesi. The three men, Hasanuddin, Lilik Purnomo, and Irwanto Irano, all face the death penalty under Indonesia's anti-terrorism law if convicted of beheading the three schoolgirls in October 2005.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 November 2006 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeking US$12 billion for infrastructure projects Indonesia Indonesia will seek US$12 billion (€9.4 billion) in private capital to fund infrastructure projects at a conference that kicks off Wednesday, but it faces challenges overcoming an image of corruption that may scare off investors. Topping the list of deals on offer are the construction of a US$1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) fiber optic network and two coal-fired power plants worth nearly US$2.48 billion (€1.9 billion), said Conference Chairman Chris Kanter.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eleven-year-old boy dies of bird flu in Jakarta An 11-year-old Indonesian boy has died of bird flu, marking the country's 53rd death from the virus, an official at the Health Ministry's bird flu centre said on Sunday. Ministry official Djoko told Reuters the boy from South Jakarta died on Saturday night in a Jakarta hospital. The boy "was positive for bird flu, so confirmed cases (in Indonesia) now are 71, 53 of whom died".

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 October 2006 05:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu found in pigs in Bali The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Monday. "There were two pigs that were infected by bird flu in Bali. These were old cases that happened last July," Musni Suatmodjo, agriculture ministry director of animal health, told Reuters.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 October 2006 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gays demand Indonesia revoke local ordinances inspired by Islam Gay and lesbian groups were demanding that the Indonesian government revoke local ordinances inspired by Islamic law that they claim violate their human and constitutional rights, a news report said Tuesday. The Association of Jakarta Transvestites; Arus Pelangi, a gay advocacy group; and the Srikandi Foundation, a women's advocacy group, appealed to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to immediately strike down the ordinances, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 October 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Fresh attack on Bali could cause sectarian violence A Muslim religious leader in the predominately Hindu island of Bali in Indonesia has said that any fresh terrorist attack on the island could spark sectarian violence. "The relations between the majority Hindu people and the Muslim minority are still good but I fear this could change if there were another attack," Wayan Sahdan, a Balinese Muslim and director of a private Islamic school on the island told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2006 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Man dies of bird flu, cluster case unlikely A 20-year-old Indonesian man who health officials thought had been part of a family cluster of bird flu cases died of the disease on Thursday, a hospital official said. The man's 25-year-old brother died on Sunday after displaying bird flu symptoms but there has been no positive confirmation he had the disease because no samples were taken for testing. A third sibling, a 15-year old girl, is being treated at Hasan Sadikin hospital. Tests for her have been negative.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 September 2006 05:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for speed in Indonesia Two years into his five-year term, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presents himself as a sincere, hard-working reformer, a long-distance runner pacing himself on a marathon run. But many Indonesians think the country needs a sprinter.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2006 14:47 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


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
    
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