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MUI demands drop of judicial review of interfaith marriage law The Indonesia Council of Ulemas (MUI) has asked the countrys Constitutional Court (MK) to drop the case of judicial review on inter-religious marriages as it would benefit no one.

Posted in Religion @ 18 September 2014 19:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Concept on poverty elimination must be changed The government should now change its poverty eradication concept and focus on improving the welfare of the people, a Democrat Party (PD)s presidential candidate convention participant said.

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2014 16:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police still investigating deaths caused by illegal liqour The police are still investigating the case of four people dying after consuming illegal home-brewed alcohol in Sleman, Yogyakarta. "Investigation is still going on, but we are yet to name a suspect who sold local home-brewed alcohol," Sleman Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Ihsan Amin, said on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2013 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Once again two killed after drinking oplosan in Jakarta Once again two people are killed after drinking oplosan, alcohol mixed with methanol. Supriyadi and Mulyani died after they unknowingly enjoyed themselves this toxic mix in Pademangan, North Jakarta. The two were rushed to a local hospital, only to die there as any aid came too late.

Posted in Health @ 24 August 2013 03:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs office destroys illegal cigarettes worth Rp4 billion The Directorate General of Customs and Excise of Tanjung Perak I Office, destroyed eleven million illegal cigarettes worth Rp4 billion in Kalianak Warehouse here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2012 16:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Narcotics unit destroys drugs worth 1 bln rupiah The West Jakarta Police narcotics unit has destroyed Rp1 billion worth of drugs, including 358 grams of cocaine, 1,486 grams of ecstasy and 1,975 grams of marijuana.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 September 2012 10:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Alert status Bromo volcano lowered to level 3 The alert status for the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province has been lowered from level 4 to level 3 earlier today. This decision was made because the volcano has showed further decreasing activity, especially compared to earlier this month. The volcano is still very active and an ash cloud can still be seen over the active crater.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 December 2010 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash rains Mount Merapi reach Solo Ash rains originating from the Mount Merapi volcano mixed with normal rain reached the city of Solo in the afternoon yesterday. The ash, originating from the most recent eruption of the volcano around 15:30 local time yesterday, forced the airport of Adi Soemarmo near Solo to close down for an hour.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 November 2010 00:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight dead after 'alcohol party' in Cirebon Eight people dead and two arrested is the result of a alcohol party that went slightly out of control. The police in Cirebon is still investigating the death of the eight 'party goers', but it is already clear that the two people that were arrested supplied the booze. Although the police reported an alcohol party is was most likely a gathering to get wasted as soon as possible.

Posted in Health @ 08 May 2010 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


' ... and I am Christian' Most lights were still on after the short introduction video of a 25-year-old ethnic Chinese who told that he was able to work hard. He worked at a well-known national bank and has his own car. He likes to spend his spare time traveling. This kind of description often lures a row of women that would like to take the gamble of creating a relationship with this person.

Posted in Religion @ 30 March 2010 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Eight dead after drinking oplosan alcohol Eight men have died after drinking so-called oplosan alcohol in Yogyakarta. Oplosan is alcohol that has been mixed with ethanol and then sold cheap for those who want to get drunk quickly. The local police is currently investigating the case. The first death occurred on Sunday, with the others following on Monday, according to a Yogyakarta police spokesperson.

Posted in Crime @ 09 February 2010 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The wrong kind of home industry: mixing alcohol The police in Surabaya has raided a house of which the owner though it would be a good idea to make some real Indonesian products by himself. Unfortunately he choose to process alcoholic drinks in his own house, which is not allowed unless you have a permit for it. But it didn't end there, so the police did not raid the house for nothing.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2010 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the 'real' tourism for Bali? According to respected Indonesian elder statesman, Prof. Dr. Emil Salim, although Bali has manage to become the icon of Indonesian tourism, it is destined to lose its true bearings as a religious, cultural and nature destination which will result in a decline in the quality of international tourists drawn to the Island.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2009 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


That water is really cold! However I don't see myself diving into the river to wash myself, it is still common practice here in the desa ('rural village'), especially for the children, to wash themselves when they are playing in the water they are already in. It doesn't get more easy, so why not just enjoy it? That is what they do indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 08 December 2009 06:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protest against non-Islamic leader of DPRD In a new show of pure discrimination dozens of supporters of several Islamic movements protested against the installation of a non-Islamic leader of the regional government, the DPRD, in the regency of Tangerang. The demonstrators wanted to force their way into the building of the regional government but failed.

Posted in Religion @ 05 October 2009 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Confucian and Islamic prayers in temple A joint prayer among Chinese Indonesians and members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which is the biggest Islamic organization in Indonesia, was held in the Tay Kak Sie Temple in Semarang yesterday to pray for the health of former president Abdurrahman Wahid, better known as Gus Dur. The dual prayers were lead by Haksu Bing Buana Jaya and Muhammad Munif Zuhri.

Posted in Religion @ 07 September 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud leak occurs near Sidoarjo mud flow, again It is certainly not the first time that a new flow of mud occurs near the Lapindo mud flow in the district of Sidoarjo, East Java province. This time it is the residence of a local named Sudarmanto where the leak occurred. Based on information gathered, the new leak started from a drilled well around 06:00 local time yesterday. With a depth of 24 meters, the well started to produce gases mixed with water and mud.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 August 2009 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapindo-like mud eruption occurs in Serang A so-called mud volcano, which resembles the large 'Lapindo' mud volcano near Sidoarjo in East Java, has emerged in Serang, Banten province. The geyser-like structure exhausts sand mixed with mud as high as ten meters and also spreads a bad odor.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 June 2009 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Activity of Mount Slamet still increases The volcanic activity of the Mount Slamet volcano keeps on increasing. Where there were first some hundred tremors a day which lasted between 20 and 95 seconds, now the volcano also emits molten rock up to heights of 900 meters from the peak of the volcano. The volcano has now released lava some 80 times. The eruptions that occurred today were much bigger than those recorded yesterday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2009 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (II) The later it gets, the more clear it becomes that Kedai Kopi Jakal - Jakal is a subtraction Jalan Kaliurang, the street where the coffee house is located - has become a real gathering place. After ten in the evening the first groups of people decide to go out already. They will most likely be headed for one of the several nightclubs that Jogja has to spend the rest of the evening. Empty seats are filled up again in quite a short time, but they brought their laptop this time, so most likely they will be around for some time to come. That should not be a problem as well because they serve you until three in the morning of the next day.

Posted in Culture @ 12 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia keeps stock exchange closed Indonesia closed its stock exchange for the second day to halt a flurry of selling that sent the main stock index plummeting more than 20 percent this week, while Asian trading ended mixed. Stock exchange president Erry Firmansyah said it will remain closed to give investors a chance to "calm down before they make decisions."

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2008 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: Really closed down? The afternoon after that, the second day of Ramadan, I made a walk through the town of Nagoya, which is the most important place on the island outside the industrial estates and shipyards which are spread on other parts of the island. Nagoya Hill is the biggest shopping center of the island. Entirely according to Indonesian standards this shopping center - also called 'superblok' - features a big Hypermart supermarket, a Matahari department store, half a floor of mobile communication and one floor of food court of mixed quality. It is directly noticeable that it is an entirely different world than outside. Restaurants outside behave themselves as chameleons by acting they are closed, while they are still open.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


14 die in Indonesia in suspected alcohol poisoning Fourteen people working for cargo ship, including some Thai citizens, have died after drinking mix-drink suspected to contain alcohol, Indonesian national police spokesman Sulistyo Ishak said here Tuesday. The incident happened at a party on Sunday night in Merauke of Papua province in easternmost of Indonesia, the spokesman said.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2008 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old oil well spews out crude oil in Bojonegoro An old oil well in the subdistrict of Kedewan in the district of Bojonegoro in eastern Java spews out crude oil mixed with water. Villagers from the village of Hargomulio, near the well, have gathered around the well to collect the oil mixed with water in storage trays.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 May 2008 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar builds expansion to Indonesia with office in Jakarta Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based property developer with a significant presence in 36 markets globally, has accelerated its development plans for Indonesia with the opening of its country office in Jakarta. The office will steer the development of Emaar's first project in the country, the mega-tourism and mixed-use project in Lombok, and also explore new opportunities for growth.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 May 2008 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure from gas leaks in Siring Barat increases The water leaks mixed with gas which is easy flammable in a garage which is owned by a resident of Siring Barat, sub-district Porong in the district Sidoarjo is increasing in pressure. A number of villagers is forced to attach pipes from the leaks so they can divert the muddy water through their houses into the sewer. One of these places is a phone house owned by Siti Asiyah, a resident of Siring Barat. After they have attached the pipes, she hopes she will be able to open up her business again since it is the only form of income the family has.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 09 February 2008 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit Semarang city Floods have flooded dozens of homes in the city of Semarang. Heavy rain that hit the area since yesterday afternoon until yesterday evening was the cause of these floods which were mixed with mud as well. The flood originated from the Kaligarang river, which was already at a high level because of the heavy rainfall. The worst flood occurred in the sub-sub-district of Sukorejo in sub-district Gunungpati. Floodwaters here reached up to one meter. A part of the residents, mainly elderly and children, had to evacuate themselves to a mosque.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2008 10:11 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


Yeo: Linking Indonesian sand ban to extradition treaty unfortunate Indonesia's ban on sand exports to Singapore was one of the key concerns in Parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament were keen to find out about the impact of the ban on the construction industry and Singapore's relations with Indonesia. In his reply, Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said linking the sand ban to the extradition treaty being sought by Indonesia and border talks would be unfortunate and counterproductive.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu claims 62nd human life in West Java Bird flu has killed a woman in Indonesia, the 62nd death from the virus in the country with the highest human fatality rate, a health ministry official said on Saturday. The 19-year-old woman from West Java died on Friday, Dr. Muhammad Nadirin at the ministry's bird flu centre, told Reuters. "She was sick since Jan. 11, got a high temperature and cough and then entered Garut hospital on Jan. 17," he said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 January 2007 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


'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


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


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group files complaint against Miss Indonesia A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia's Miss Universe candidate accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organization said on Tuesday. Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Posted in Religion @ 25 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu in Indonesia, one death every 2.5 days in May Indonesia averaged one human bird flu death every 2 1/2 days in May, putting it on pace to soon surpass Vietnam as the world's hardest-hit country. The latest death, announced Wednesday, was a 15-year-old boy whose preliminary tests were positive for the H5N1 virus. It comes as international health officials express growing frustration that they must fight Indonesia's stifling bureaucracy as well as the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study warns residents to keep safe distance A university's four case scenarios for restless Mt. Merapi predicts local residents would escape harm in the event of an eruption -- as long as they stay eight kilometers from the volcano's crater. Soetoto from the Natural Disaster Study Center of Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University said Wednesday previous eruptions of the Central Java volcano had not caused the expulsion of smalls stones or rocks over a great distance, only dust clouds.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey shows prevalent conservatism Islamic conservatism is a growing force to be reckoned with across the country, with research indicating about 40 percent of citizens would support the replacement of state laws with sharia and one in 10 consider suicide bombings justified in some circumstances. A survey conducted in late January by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found 40 percent of respondents approved of adulterers being stoned to death, 34 percent did not want to see another female president and 40 percent accepted polygamy.

Posted in Religion @ 17 March 2006 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-discrimination law to be introduced A new citizenship bill will eliminate the ethnic and racial discrimination that exists in Indonesia's current law, the Jakarta post daily on Thursday quoted a legislator as saying. Lawmaker Slamet Effendy Yusuf, who heads a working team to discuss the final form of the bill, said on Wednesday the House of Representatives would revise Law No. 62/1958 on citizenship, which was widely deemed "discriminatory, not respecting human rights and gender-biased".

Posted in Human rights @ 09 February 2006 17:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Back to Bali: Bombs, cocktails and surfers I managed to hop over to Bali for a few days last week in order to both soothe my metro madness and also to see how the old island was faring after the recent bombings. Lion Air did the honors for about Rp 900,000 return, which is pretty good value, I guess, although anyone hovering around the six-foot-tall mark will have a few comfort issues to deal with when trying to squeeze into their cattle-class seats. After 90 minutes with my knees around my chin we touched down at Ngurah Rai airport in the rain and a taxi whisked me down to Legian.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV-positive Dolvince keeps spirit of life aflame The mere mention of the term "PLWHA" (person living with HIV/AIDS) will make people's imagination immediately form the image of a frail person characterized by a severe inferiority complex and a strong urge to keep himself aloof from society. This is a common image about a PLWHA because the people in this country, generally, still find it difficult to accept them.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys British arms against protesters British military equipment is being used by the Indonesian authorities against civilians in remote parts of the country. Despite promises by Foreign Office ministers that UK arms exported to the country are not used for internal repression, a photograph seen by The Observer shows a British-made Tactica water cannon vehicle deployed in the troubled eastern province of West Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2005 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead in police clash with sect in Sulawesi A clash between police and machete-wielding members of a shadowy Islamic sect on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island has killed four people, three of them officers, a senior policeman said on Wednesday. The fighting a day earlier on the rugged hills just outside the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu broke out when police sought to apprehend the leader of a tiny sect which has been branded deviant by local Muslim clerics.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 October 2005 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels begin surrendering weapons Dozens of rebels from the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, came to the regional capital of Banda Aceh Thursday to hand in a total of 78 weapons to international monitors from the European Union and Asian nations. Scores of GAM fighters rode onto a football field, and watched under the scorching sun, as their leaders handed over weapon after weapon to members of the Aceh Monitoring Mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia president warns of terror attacks Indonesia's president warned on Monday of possible terrorist attacks in the coming two months, and said he would also take steps to show the country was still a tolerant Muslim nation. Speaking at a seminar in Jakarta, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said bombmakers from the militant network Jemaah Islamiah posed a threat to the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 August 2005 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians face proselytism charges in Indonesia Three evangelical women in Indonesia are facing charges which could to prison for allegedly contravening a law against “Christianisation”. They have been accused by a chapter of the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics of trying to get Muslim children to convert to Christianity through “the use of lies, deception or enticement.”

Posted in Human rights @ 25 July 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto returns home Former Indonesian President Suharto has returned home less than a week after he was taken to hospital suffering from internal bleeding. Looking pale but relieved, he was wheeled out of Jakarta's Pertamina Hospital at 5pm local time (1000GMT).

Posted in Human rights @ 11 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Philip Morris offers to buy Sampoerna for US$5.2 billion Marlboro maker Philip Morris on Monday said it is offering US$5.2 billion for one of heavy-smoking Indonesia's largest cigarette firms to expand its share of one of the world's biggest markets. The US firm agreed to acquire a 40 percent stake in Sampoerna for 10,600 rupiah a share -- 20 percent higher than the closing price of 8,850 last Thursday -- and said it wanted to buy the remainder for the same amount.

Posted in Economy @ 14 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Twenty dead, 76 missing in Bandung landslide Twenty people were killed and 76 missing under rubble and mud after heavy rain caused a landslide on Monday near a garbage dump on the outskirts of the Indonesian city of Bandung, police said. Police in West Java province had earlier reported that 139 people were missing after a wall of mud and garbage up to 7 metres high crashed into houses about a kilometre away.

Posted in Weather @ 21 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta bans smoking under new pollution laws Indonesia's capital will ban smoking in workplaces, including restaurants, buses and bars to improve the city's air quality, reports said Saturday. The Jakarta city council approved the smoking ban on Friday as part of a law to combat pollution, The Jakarta Post and other media said. City hall will start a pilot no-smoking program before the law takes effect, sometime in the next year, according to the reports.

Posted in Health @ 05 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reaction to U.S. aid in Indonesia mixed In the world's most populous Muslim nation, not everyone is entirely happy to see Americans in helicopters handing out food and water to the hungry victims of last week's tsunami. Though Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday expressed hope that the sight of U.S. soldiers passing out aid would help ease anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, many Muslims say they cannot ignore that the same U.S. military that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan is now engaged in its largest operation in South Asia since the Vietnam War.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll hit's 26,000, 8 Americans dead The human toll from the earthquake-spawned tsunamis that swamped an epic swath of South Asia climbed to 26,000 dead yesterday, and with tens of thousands still missing is bound to soar even higher. At least eight Americans were killed and hundreds of other Yanks remain unaccounted for in the region, the State Department said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Disease fear as Indonesia battles devastation Indonesian soldiers and volunteers are searching for bodies in treetops and laying dead babies in fish crates, trying to clean up before disease could spread after a tsunami killed 4,500 people. Many of the dead were youngsters and elderly who drowned in waters churning with huge rocks, logs and the remnants of homes uprooted by earthquake-triggered waves that slammed into Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra island on Sunday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Troops try to quell Ambon unrest, 30 killed Snipers killed one policeman and wounded two in Indonesia's strife-torn Ambon on Tuesday as police and soldiers patrolled the streets to restore order, officials and witnesses said. The death toll from clashes between Christian and Muslim residents rose to 30, police said, but most of the deaths were from fighting on Sunday, and there were signs the violence in the capital of the eastern Moluccas islands was easing.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2004 00:03 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


Before he slipped into unconsciousness, six-year-old Kaptan Boonmanuj told his mother, "Mum, my chest feels like it's going to explode." On Jan. 26, after two weeks in a coma, Kaptan died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, becoming Thailand's first victim of avian flu. His parents returned home to the hamlet of Ben Ya Pad, deep in the country's rural western province of Kanchanaburi. Two days had passed since their son's death, and rice farmer Chamnan Boonmanuj and his wife Chongrak sat receiving friends and relatives, the smell of burning incense heavy in the front room of their concrete house. Behind them, Kaptan's body lay in a white coffin. Propped against it was his bicycle, along with a picture of Kaptan wearing his school uniform. Outside, a row of ornate wreaths was placed beside the wall of the house. One was from the Ministry of Public Health.

Posted in Health @ 06 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There are no actual proof in the existence of ghosts. When approaching claims made by people who have seen ghosts, we should approach those claims with skepticism. Before we accept those claims to be true, we should consider every single aspect of those claims from every different angle until there's no room for doubts, which in this case, is unlikely.

Posted in Culture @ 23 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


Aceh resigned, unhappy as war looms Standing by stacks of fruit he sells in Aceh's capital, Maimum does not share Indonesia's confidence a new military operation will be more successful than past efforts to defeat rebels who have fought for independence for decades. "It will go on for a long, long time," Maimum said on Tuesday, a day after a government deadline passed for talks between the two sides, and Jakarta said a big military offensive against Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels was inevitable.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police find stash of explosive material in Palu Police on Tuesday found a half-tonne of ammonium nitrate, the same explosive material used in the Bali bombings. It was the second such discovery in a week.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials: Gunung Papandayan dangerous Relevant authorities warned on Friday that activity at Mt. Papandayan, which experienced a major explosion early on Friday, has reached alarming levels, forcing thousands of people living within a radius of four kilometers (km) from its peak to flee. Mas Atje Purbawinata, a volcanologist from the directorate general for volcanology affairs and mitigation at Bandung, West Java, declared here on Friday that the volcano's status was raised to that of dangerous due to an increase in its activities after a major eruption at 6:33 a.m. on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The residents of Banjarsari hamlet in Cilandak Barat subdistrict, South Jakarta, are among the handful of Jakartans who pay serious attention to their environment. Unlike many other places in the heavily polluted capital, Banjarsari, located near the Jl. TB Simatupang toll road and Jl. RS Fatmawati, is green and clean.

Posted in Environment @ 03 June 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In August last year, U.S. intelligence agents learned that Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist network had obtained a highly detailed, hand-drawn map of the U.S. diplomatic compound here.

Posted in Religion @ 11 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mixed reaction over fuel price Several legislators of the three largest factions of the House of Representatives gave mixed reactions on Monday to the government's proposal to raise fuel prices by 30 percent next year. Husni Thamrin of the second largest faction, Golkar, said the government should delay the plan given the hardships people suffer due to the prolonged economic crisis.

Posted in General @ 11 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati Sukarnoputri was born to power. But in order to wield it for the benefit of Indonesia, she will have to learn to work with, and control, the powerbrokers in parliament and the military. Can she do it? On a day when most business executives in Jakarta were chasing rumors about the possible shape of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's cabinet, investment banker Tim Gray was past caring. Let others worry whether her government will prove any more stable than that of her impeached predecessor, Abdurrahman Wahid. Gray is leaving town. "The type of deals I do, the movement of capital into this market, those sources of capital have dried up," he says. After more than 10 years in Jakarta, he left his job as president of Development Capital, a privately held investment bank, and headed to Dubai. It's a departure with regrets, says the American-born banker. But even with Megawati as president, there's no sense staying. "They've dug themselves a deep hole. To dig themselves out is going to take years."

Posted in Politics @ 06 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A story that I wrote a long time ago, but I never finished. Right now I finished it, and the texts that dates back from August 2000, I didn't change. Some information ( personal that is ) is already outdated, unfortunately.

Posted in Travel @ 05 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi villagers foresee eruption within 10 days Despite lava pourings, many Merapi residents are unwilling to evacuate just yet, although the village is on an 'imminent eruption' alert. Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano, which looked set to erupt on Saturday, appeared calm yesterday but villagers in the surrounding area predicted that a major eruption would begin around Feb 20.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Let's just use the word "foreigner" in discussing mixed marriages as some people get so upset with the use of bule (it can be either a blatant insult or a harmless naive term) The "f" word also carriesmore general meanings; it embraces all types of non-Indonesians -- Caucasians, Africans, Chinese and other races. If you asked normal, well-educated, healthy state of mind people why theydecided to have a foreigner as their spouse, they probably would give you an acceptable answer. But who needs other people's approval or acceptance anyway? What are the acceptable terms? That people marry their partners based on mutual love despite the difference of their skin color? It's sweet, true, absolutely the smart and the right answer -- though it soundscorny.

Posted in General @ 06 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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