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Corby finally walks free under parole after years in jail Schapelle Leigh Corby, finally walked free under a parole on Monday morning from her jail in Bali where she had spent two third of her prison term for drug smuggling. Corby,36, from Queensland, Australia, walked out of Kerobokan prison in Denpasar at 08.00 western local time under heavy police guard .

Posted in Drugs @ 10 February 2014 14:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang mayor: 'My wealth comes from God' South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany remained philosophical on Wednesday after digesting the news that her husband, Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri Wardana, would be charged with money laundering over his alleged involvement in a crooked medical equipment procurement scheme. “One’s job, wealth and challenges all come from Allah and belong to Allah,” she said.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 January 2014 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garut regent impeached for illegal marriage The Garut Legislative Council (DPRD) on Friday recommended the dismissal of Garut Regent Aceng Fikri after finding him guilty of violating the code of ethics and breaking the oath of office - for his undertaking of an unregistered marriage with a teenager.

Posted in Politics @ 22 December 2012 00:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian maid becomes millionaire after inheriting property An Indonesian maid, whose name cannot be revealed for security reasons, has inherited 20 million Saudi riyals after her employer`s death. As reported by local Saudi daily Okaz on Tuesday (July 9), the Indonesian maid came to Saudi Arabia to work for a property tycoon in the city of Taif.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 July 2012 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court scraps unjust rule on extra-marital children The Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) has invalidated a long-standing legal rule stipulating that a child born outside an official marriage only has a civil relationship with its mother and not with its father.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2012 08:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Facebook blamed for higher divorce rate The social networking service Facebook has become quite popular in Indonesia but it is now believed to be a factor contributing to a rapid increase in the divorce rate, a local religious court official said.

Posted in Culture @ 21 January 2012 06:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cheating minister suddenly disappears The Indonesian minister of Public Housing, Suharso Monoarfa, has suddenly disappeared from the surface of the earth as it seems. This comes after news about him cheating surfaced and his wife now wants to divorce him.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 September 2011 06:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8 arrested in Malaysia over murder of Indonesian woman Malaysian police have arrested eight Bangladeshi men in connection with the murder of an Indonesian woman whose mutilated body was found last week in the western state of Selangor, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 August 2011 22:10 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


Indonesia approves long-awaited immigration law Indonesia's House of Representatives on Thursday passed into law the long-awaited immigration bill, the Jakarta Globe newspaper reported. The passage of the immigration law was labeled as a "breakthrough" by Fahri Hamzah, deputy chairman of House Commission III. The new law will significantly impact foreign spouses of Indonesian citizens.

Posted in General @ 07 April 2011 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: 'Ahmadis should live on isolated island' This weeks ten points for mutual understanding go to H.M. Busro, who is a legislator in the House or Representatives and also a member of the 8th Commission. During a meeting with Ahmadiyah members over the recent and violent attack on it's members he said that Ahmadiyah could best be put on an island together, somewhere in Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 February 2011 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Land tensions flare for former refugees Tensions between sharecroppers and landowners in Indonesia's western half of Timor island over limited cultivable land have led to outbreaks of violence that threaten to escalate, say local officials.

Posted in Economy @ 10 December 2010 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Man arrested for sexually abusing 12 boys Indonesian authorities on Wednesday arrested a 46-year-old man for allegedly sexually abusing 12 boys near an internet cafe in the southern area of Jakarta, officials said.

Posted in Crime @ 08 December 2010 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Muslim cleric charged for marrying 12-year-old A wealthy Muslim cleric is being charged with violating the country's Child Protection Act for marrying a 12-year-old girl and sexually abusing her, prosecutors said on Thursday. Wisiyanto claimed that under Islam, this unofficial marriage, which is his second, is acceptable. However, the news has outraged Indonesians nationwide.

Posted in Religion @ 22 October 2010 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Islamist creep in Indonesia When Indonesia passed a strict anti-pornography bill in 2008, many feared radical Islamic groups would use it to impose their values on the public at large. If the case currently hitting the headlines is any indication, they were right.

Posted in Politics @ 25 June 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Married three times = fired M. Nasir Qamarullah, a judge in the religious court of Pare-Pare, South Sulawesi, has been fired without honor because he has violated the ethical code. He was married to three wives, while Indonesian civil servants, which he is one of, are not allowed to have more than one wife.

Posted in Religion @ 29 April 2010 02:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Father-in-law of Noordin M. Top arrested The National Police confirmed that they had arrested Bahrudin Latif alias Baridin, the father-in-law of slain Malaysian terrorist Noordin M Top. "We confirmed the information about Baridin's arrest. The police nabbed him in Garut regency, West Java, on Thursday morning, at 5 a.m," deputy police spokesman Insp. Gen. Sulistyo Ishak told.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 December 2009 14:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Don't sell your wife! Looking for hard cash, a resident of Sukabumi in West Java, sold his own wife to a person from Saudi Arabia for a so-called 'contract marriage'. Muhtar, the husband in question, and his friend Humidi, eventually ended up at the local police station of Cibadak in Sukabumi where he admitted that he had sold his 19-year-old wife Lia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 December 2009 05:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Beyond reality: 'Condoms are only for married couples' A person responsible for social welfare in the region of Papua, Indonesia's easternmost region, Lathifah Husna, has said that condoms should only be used by married couples. "The campaign promoting condoms does not explicitly say that sexual relations - and thus condoms - are only allowed within marriage. The focus in the campaign is only laid on the fact that condoms are safe," said Husna.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2009 00:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian child bride? No problem! Always had the desire to take a very young girl as your second wife but never found parents that wanted to sell their child and find a place where such actions are allowed? Indonesia might very well be the solution for this problem as it seems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 October 2009 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Farah Quinn the sexy TV-chef People who watch television in Indonesia probably know her. She presents a TV-program on Saturdays in which she prepares good-looking meals. Whether they taste as good as they look, I don't know because I never tried it, but there is more than just the cooking in the program 'A la Chef' she presents on Trans TV that looks good. The now 29-year old Farah Quinn, married with a bule ('Caucasian'), is quite a famous tv-person for women and men alike so it seems.

Posted in Sexy @ 18 September 2009 09:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


Residents: 'No terrorist in our graveyard!' Residents of Kampung Caringin in the village of Sampora, Kuningan, have refused the burial of Ibrohim in their graveyard. Ibrohim was one of the people that helped bomb the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel last month. Residents told that they don't want to have a body of a terrorist in their graveyard. The village head of Sampora, Nurohidin, confirmed the deman of his residents.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 August 2009 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trafficking fuels commercial sex work Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia's second-largest city, it is not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs). "I never chose to be a prostitute. It just happened," Isah, 19, told, describing her tenure in one of Southeast Asia's largest commercial sex venues.

Posted in Human rights @ 11 August 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Constitutional court allows voting by identity card The Constitutional Court decided on Monday evening that unregistered voters are allowed to exercise their voting right in next Wednesday`s presidential poll by showing their identity cards. "We hereby partially accept the judicial review request," Constitutional Court Chairman Mahfud M.D. said when reading the court's decision on a request for a judicial review of Law No. 42 / 2008 on Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections here on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President's relative faces 4-year jail term for corruption Indonesian prosecutors demanded four-year jail term for a relative of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in connection with a scandal of embezzling over 100 billion rupiah (some 71 million euro) of central bank funds, local media reported. Aulia Pohan, the former deputy of Indonesia's central bank, stood trial along with three other former top officials of the bank at the anti-graft court in Kuningan in South Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 June 2009 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian detained in Bali over alleged child sex offence An Australian man in his late 40s has been detained in Bali after a request from Australian authorities. Bali's Deputy Chief Police Detective, Erwin Chahara Rusmana, says that Paul Francis Callahan was arrested in Kuta around dawn last Saturday. He is wanted in Australia in connection with child sex offences allegedly committed in Canberra more than five years ago.

Posted in Crime @ 16 July 2008 03:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'Police killing, raping civilians in Papua' Security forces killed and beat unarmed civilians, raped women during operations against separatists in the province of Papua according to Human Rights Watch. Police chief General Sutanto denied any abuses were taking place in the remote region where mistrust between indigenous people and security forces runs high after years of military crackdowns.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2007 17:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia disputes report Obama attended radical Islamic school U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama fought back against an allegation that he was educated at a radical Islamic school as a child in Indonesia, determined to avoid being tripped up by unsubstantiated charges like those that undermined Sen. John Kerry in 2004. Interviews by The Associated Press at the elementary school in Jakarta found that it is a public and secular institution that has been open to students of all faiths since before the White House contender attended in the late 1960s.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 08:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adrianus Meliala: Pushing for reform of Indonesian police Asked about the progress of police reform in Indonesia, criminologist and police analyst Adrianus Eliasta Sembiring Meliala said that it was obvious, but the direct benefit for citizens would not be realized in one night.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top Golkar official quits over sex video A senior official of the ruling Golkar party resigned from his post after being linked to a sex scandal that tarnished the image of the party. Mr Yahya Zaini, 42, the head of the religious affairs committee in Golkar's Executive Board, had been identified as the man seen in a steamy video cavorting with a singer in a hotel room.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2006 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Sex tape scandal shocks Indonesia Indonesia is grappling with its first real political sex scandal — a widely circulated video of one of its most powerful politicians in a hotel room with a popular singer. Politicians have taken care to keep their lives private in this predominantly Islamic country. Many have playboy reputations but none has been caught on tape.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2006 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Husband reported to police for being lazy A husband in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta has been reported to the local authorities by his two wives for being lazy and refusing to work. Odita Rahman, 26, a jobless husband in Jakarta, was detained by North Jakarta city police after his wives Neli Simajuntak, 26, and Turaya, 31, reported that they were sick of their husband pretending to be sick to avoid working, local news agency Tempointeraktif reported today.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 November 2006 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Indonesia deports 5 Saudis in marriage scandal The Indonesian Immigration Office has deported five of seven Saudi Arabian nationals arrested on Monday for misusing their visas by entering into short-term marriages with local women, local media reported Thursday. The officials said the five held temporary visit visas but had married women in the Puncak resort in the Jakarta suburb of Bogor in a short-term arrangement.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two caned for adultery in Aceh Two people in Indonesia's province of Aceh have been caned for adultery under Islamic sharia law. The punishment was handed down to a 23-year-old widow and a 35-year-old married man, according to Tengku Marnus Labsyar, Head of the South Aceh Sharia's office.

Posted in Religion @ 31 July 2006 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four more suspected cases of bird flu Four people showing symptoms of bird flu have been hospitalised in Indonesia, with doctors saying they became ill after coming into contact with sick chickens, hospital officials said. Three members of the same family were transferred to the Sulianti Saroso hospital for infectious diseases in Jakarta on Sunday from the west Java town of Cirebon, said hospital spokesman Ilham Patu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 February 2006 19:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends troops to monitor Australian surfies Indonesia has sent a small detachment of troops to a remote island to secure it against an invasion of Australian surfers and to monitor their activities. Seventeen Indonesian soldiers have been sent to Mengkudu Island, one of almost 700 small, largely uninhabited islands which lie between Bali and West Timor. Indonesia's Antara newsagency quotes Colonel APJ Noch Bola, the military commander in the province of East Nusa Tengarra, as saying the Australians came to the island to surf, but one of them had married the daughter of the tribal chief.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 December 2005 18:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Post-tsunami baby boom on the horizon Giggling women swarm outside a little gray tent in Block D of a sprawling refugee camp. The attraction is one tiny miracle — 2-month-old Asmaul Tzuchina, swaying peacefully in a cloth hammock. The baby simply known as Tzuchi, which means “pure” in Acehnese, represents new life and hope for the women who lost children to the earthquake-spawned tsunami nearly a year ago.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2005 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One-third of Indonesians want more sex An online, global sex survey carried out by condom manufacturer Durex revealed that 31 percent of the Indonesian respondents said they wish to have sex more frequently, while only 34 percent of the total 1,112 respondents said they are happy with their sex lives.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2005 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia debates kissing ban Indonesia’s government is considering a law banning unmarried couples from kissing in public – and harshly penalising those who do, The Jakarta Post reported today. The campaign against kissing is part of a proposal of sweeping reforms to laws adopted by the country’s Dutch colonial rulers in the late 19th century. Drafted by a panel of experts, the revised laws would set environmental protection standards and punish human rights violations and terrorism, the newspaper said.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Migrants face raids in Jakarta Budi, a 30-year-old resident of Bogor, West Java, was anxious when he learned that Jakarta would launch raids on rented houses starting Thursday, to weed out unregistered newcomers to the city. "I'm afraid of being arrested. Who would pay the Rp 5 million (US$555.56) fine so that I could walk free -- certainly not my employer," said the food stall employee. "Do I have to have a Jakarta ID even though my house is in Bogor?"

Posted in General @ 02 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms two women hostages taken in Iraq Two Indonesian women working for a British company in Iraq were among 10 people kidnapped by an Islamic militant group, officials in Jakarta confirmed on Friday. Indonesian foreign ministry officials said the women, who were pictured wearing Muslim headscarves in video shot by the militants and aired on Arabic television, were from Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo team reports tabloid for smear campaign Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's campaign team has reported the Fakta tabloid newspaper to the General Elections Supervisory Board for articles it says are part of a dirty tricks campaign by supporters of President Megawati Soekarnoputri to smear the presidential challenger. Team lawyers Harry Witjaksono Sh, Antawiriya and Bambang called for Panwaslu to investigate the irresponsible reports and to stop the distribution of the tabloid.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


My mobile phone had been ringing incessantly and beeping a series of text messages when I first learned that my husband was hurt in the blast at the Australian Embassy on Thursday. I was ignoring it as I was in the middle of an interview during an assignment to East Nusa Tenggara, nearly 2,000 km from Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 September 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singing general poised to win Hafi, a 35-year-old businessman, is nostalgic for the old days of military dictatorship in Indonesia. Six years after the democratic overthrow of military ruler Suharto, he is fed up with the turmoil that he blames on civilian leadership. And so on Monday he will vote for one of Suharto's former generals, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a charismatic populist who has soared dramatically to the top of the polls in Indonesia's presidential contest.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2004 00:01 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


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

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


Indonesian movie breaks sexual taboos A candid home-grown tale featuring gay kissing has become an unlikely box office hit in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, challenging and wowing audiences in equal measure. Playing to packed cinemas in Jakarta, "Arisan!" is a satirical comedy mocking the life of the rich in the nation's capital and tackling the taboo subject of homosexuality.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inter-religious marriage defended Over the last three decades, marriages between couples of different religions have generally sparked controversy as the state does not recognize inter-religious marriage. A graphic designer with a foreign advertising company said he "converted" to Islam and the next day his Muslim girlfriend took an oath before a priest in a Catholic church to officiate their marriage.

Posted in Religion @ 29 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ever since my first experience with Indonesia, back in 1999, I also had the experience of being together with a woman. It’s not that I have had that experience before in my life, but being together with a woman here is totally different as being together with a woman in The Netherlands, and I’m not mentioning some form of a fixed relation like engagement or marriage. Hey, I’m still young, not yet okay?

Posted in Culture @ 21 September 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine civilians shot dead in Aceh A housewife and a newly-married man were among nine civilians killed in the past three days in the ongoing Government battle against separatists in Indonesia's Aceh province, the military and residents said. The housewife, 52-year-old Cut Zainabah, was executed by two unidentified men who arrived at her North Aceh house Friday night local time, a resident of the area said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the early hours of 2003, the very early hours, I decided it was about time to expand my world of Indonesia on the world wide web. Since about 4 years I have maintained a Dutch links-website under Startpagina ( indonesie.pagina.nl, Startpagina.nl ). I’m doing fine with that one, collecting more and more visitors over the year. Most are still Dutch, and that’s the big reason why I made the second step in uniting the Indonesian-loving community in the Netherlands. I started a forum, which was offered by Startpagina for quite some time, but I didn’t want to start because I was busy working on my websites.

Posted in General @ 15 June 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh offensive breeds chaos, fear The Indonesian military says it is trying to help Aceh's 4 million people by imposing martial law and launching a land, sea and air offensive to crush separatist rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). But less than two weeks after the launch of the operation, it has brought only heartbreak and fear for many Acehnese. "We are anxious and on edge," a transportation worker said. "We are at a loss what to do."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three years ago, Kadir Faizal commanded great respect on the waterfront. Nobody cared that the Muslim leader of the longshoreman's union was married to a Christian and lived in her neighborhood. But now, Faizal is an infidel in the eyes of his Muslim colleagues at the harbor.

Posted in Religion @ 05 February 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The past 12 years have hardly been normal for Suraiya Kamaruzzaman. As a women's rights activist in conflict-torn Aceh, intimidation and terror have been part of the 33-year-old's daily life.

Posted in Politics @ 30 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta stands out like a gleaming beacon to the rest of the country, attracting a wave of migrants each year. And the largest influx of migrants to the capital takes place each year following Idul Fitri, when thousands of Indonesians from the rural areas stream into Jakarta full of hopes for a better life.

Posted in Culture @ 24 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cirebon train crash kills 41, injures 62 At least 41 people were killed and another 62 were injured after an incoming passenger train rammed into a locomotive in the railway station here early on Sunday. "The accident occurred because the train entered the station without waiting for our signal," head of Cirebon station Bijak Filsadjati told The Jakarta Post in his office.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The presidential palace complex has been witness to momentous changes in the country's history, and the changing of the guard of the highest powers in the land. But while the powers that be may come and go, it seems that some "residents" stay put no matter what. This is the 78th article in our series on Old Batavia. If Dutchman J.A. van Braam, the first owner of what is today the present presidential palace complex, were still alive, he could see that his former home is now an abode for supernatural creatures.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamzah elected Vice President Hamzah Haz was elected the country's ninth' vice president on Thursday, bringing with him renewed hope for peace with a call for political parties to come together to support President Megawati Soekarnoputri's government. Speaking before a plenary session of the People's Consultative Assembly, Hamzah said harmonious cooperation between major political parties was needed to help the nation emerge from its prolonged crisis.

Posted in Politics @ 27 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


A visit to a shopping mall always has the potential to become ugly for "Bill" and his wife, "Sita". There are the stares, the double-takes and, frequently, the hurtful comments, spoken in a stage whisper so the American and his younger Indonesian wife will be sure to hear.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saludin, a newly hired driver for Coca-Cola in Jakarta, was waiting in his car in the underground parking lot of Jakarta's stock exchange when a bomb exploded last Wednesday. "There was a loud bang and the windows of my car were shattered," the 27-year-old Indonesian recalls. "There were flames everywhere." Saludin jumped out of the front window of the Mitsubishi Galant. The second-floor basement was filling up with black smoke, but he followed signs leading toward the exit ramp. He made it to the first floor and collapsed—"my lungs were full of smoke, and my heart felt it would explode from my chest." Rescue workers found him on the ground, bleeding from the ears and half-conscious, and carried him out to safety.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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