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Moderate quake hits Sumbawa An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale shook Sumbawa district, West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, at dawn on Monday but there was no immediate report of casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 February 2014 17:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three flights to Semarang diverted to Surabaya Three flights from Jakarta to Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang was diverted to Juanda Airport in Surabaya due to bad weather on Thursday.

Posted in Weather @ 23 January 2014 20:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror perpetrators in Poso increasingly aggressive Presidium Chairman of the Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) Neta S Pane said the perpetrators of terror acts in Poso, Central Sulawesi, had become more and more aggressive as reflected in the suicide bombing incident Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 June 2013 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police office hit by suicide bomb Poso Police office in Central Sulawesi Province was hit by a suicide bomb carried out by a male motorist on Monday morning. The suicide bomber`s body was torn into pieces, Sofyan, a local journalist, who was in the scene when the bombing happened, said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 June 2013 11:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bankers optimistic about economic growth Most bankers in Indonesia are optimistic the country`s economy would grow strongly in 2013 despite global uncertainties, a survey says. The survey by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) Indonesia said 87 percent of respondents said the country`s economy would post a stable growth with moderate inflation in 2013.

Posted in Economy @ 30 April 2013 22:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Storms destroy hundreds of houses in East Java Storms have swept across the regency of Jember in East Java destroying and damaging hundreds of houses, last weekend, the regional Natural Disaster Relief Agency said.

Posted in Weather @ 30 March 2013 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Whirlwinds strike S Sulawesi`s villages, killing one Whirlwinds hit 11 sub districts in Pinrang District, South Sulawesi Province, on Monday evening, killing one person and injuring another, an official said.

Posted in Weather @ 08 January 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Gamalama erupts Mount Gamalama in North Maluku province erupted at 01.22 p.m. and 02.15 p.m. on Sunday, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 September 2012 06:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


448 buildings damaged in Sukabumi earthquake The 6.1-magnitude earthquake that hit Sukabumi on Monday has damaged 448 buildings, reported an official of the Sukabumi disaster mitigation office (BPBD).

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 June 2012 08:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thirty-four houses damaged after quake in Sukabumi Thirty-four houses had been damaged following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Sukabumi, West Java, on Monday evening, according to the district`s natural disaster mitigation board (BPBD).

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 June 2012 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful earthquake off Indonesia triggers brief tsunami alert A powerful earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on early Wednesday morning, seismologists said, prompting a brief tsunami alert but causing no damage.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 January 2012 04:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate quake strikes south of Yogyakarta A moderate earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale struck Bantul district, Yogyakarta, province here on Thursday at 10.55 AM local time.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 November 2011 13:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Panic after strong earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia A strong earthquake struck the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia on early Monday afternoon, seismologists said, causing panic but no damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 November 2011 10:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir gets sentence reduced A radical Islamic cleric accused of setting up a terror training camp in western Indonesia had his prison sentence slashed from 15 years to 9 years, an appeals court said Wednesday. No reason was given for the decision.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 October 2011 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens injured in Bali earthquake A strong earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Bali on late Thursday morning, seismologists said, collapsing a number of buildings and injuring dozens of people. There were no immediate reports of fatalities.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 October 2011 07:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake strikes western Sumatra, Indonesia A strong earthquake struck Northern Sumatra in western Indonesia on early Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there was no immediate word about damage or casualties. No tsunami alert was issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 September 2011 20:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake strikes southwest of Sumatra, no damage A strong earthquake stuck southwest of Sumatra in Indonesia on early Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 August 2011 13:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake jolts Indonesia's Papua province A strong earthquake shook the Indonesian province of Papua on late Sunday evening, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 June 2011 22:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful earthquake strikes off Sulawesi, no tsunami warning A powerful earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on late Monday evening, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 June 2011 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake strikes off Java, no damage reported A strong earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Java on early Tuesday afternoon, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 April 2011 12:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate earthquake hits off West Sumatra A moderate earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on late Wednesday evening, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 January 2011 17:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong 6.5 magnitude quake hits off Southern Sumatra A strong earthquake struck off Southern Sumatra in Indonesia on early Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 January 2011 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas spirit: Christians top victims of intolerance in West Java An organisation run by Indonesian Muslim organisation Nahdlatul Ulama said that West Java tops reports of religious intolerance. Christians top the list of victims, followed by the Ahmadiyah Islamic sect.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2010 09:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Java island A moderate earthquake rattled the Indonesian island of Java on late Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 December 2010 05:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful earthquake, small tsunamis hit Sumatra A small tsunami was recorded after a powerful earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra, officials said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake at 9.42 p.m. local time (1442 GMT) was centered just off the Mentawai Islands, about 240 kilometers south of Padang, the capital and largest city of West Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 October 2010 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake hits eastern Indonesia, no damage expected A strong earthquake struck south of West Papua province in eastern Indonesia on early Tuesday evening, seismologists said, but no damage was expected.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 October 2010 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claws its way to economic superpower status Indonesia is one of the "rising stars" of emerging Asia and some economists believe this vast nation will one day become a regional superpower, behind only China and India, as global economic activity increasingly shifts towards east Asia, away from the faltering developed nations of the west and Japan.

Posted in Economy @ 03 October 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta blast caused by meteorite? Police and astronomers are investigating Thursday’s blast from a falling object that damaged three homes in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, which witnesses claim was a meteorite strike. Police ruled out earlier speculation that the incident was a gas canister exploding.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 May 2010 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.2 magnitude earthquake off Aceh A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has rattled Aceh and its surrounding areas on the northern tip of Sumatra Island on early Wednesday, prompting a tsunami watch for the areas. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the quake struck at 05:15 local time.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 April 2010 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two moderate earthquakes hit Aceh The province of Aceh has been shaken by a moderate earthquake twice yesterday. The first quake took place in the early morning while the second one took place somewhere in the afternoon. The first quake had a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter Scale while the second one was measured at 5.1. The earthquakes were not related to each other.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2010 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mentawai Islands The sleeping population of Mentawai and the city of Padang in West Sumatra were shaken from their beds by a moderate earthquake that struck the area just after 23:00 local time. The quake, with a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter Scale, had it's epicenter at 119 kilometers southeast of Pagai Selatan in the Mentawai Archipelago off the coast of West Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 March 2010 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari A moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter Scale has hit northwest of the town of Manokwari in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua. There were no immediate reports of injuries of damage, but since the earthquake hit a scarcely populated area, everything might just turn out to be fine.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 January 2010 00:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate 5.4 magnitude quake shakes West Java A moderate but shallow earthquake has shaken parts of West Java earlier this morning. The 5.4 magnitude earthquake had place at around 07:25 local time in the morning at a depth of just 14 kilometers. The quake caused panic among residents, some fleeing from their homes in fear of a much larger earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2010 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes West Java An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale just shook western parts of Java and southern parts of Sumatra. The quake was located at sea at just 42 kilometers of Ujung Kulon, off the western tip of the island of Java. The quake was felt throughout western parts of the island, but no information about casualties or damages is known at the moment.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 October 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Moderate earthquake hits Southeast Sulawesi A moderately strong earthquake struck Southeast Sulawesi early on Friyday morning local time. According to the U.S. Geological Survey the quake had a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter Scale, but the Indonesian BMKG reported it as a 5.8 magnitude earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 October 2009 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


724 bodies recovered after West Sumatra earthquake The West Sumatra disaster management coordination unit (Satkorlak) put the death toll from Wednesday’s devastating earthquake in West Sumatra at 724 as of Tuesday evening and 285 others were still missing. The board also recorded 746 residents suffering from major injuries and 1,344 from minor injuries, kompas.com reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 October 2009 04:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Series of quakes rock Indonesia A series of moderate earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.6, 5.4, 5.2 and 5.0 struck Indonesia on Wednesday, with no report of damage or casualties, meteorology agency said. The 5.6 quake jolted at 11:17 Jakarta time (04:17 GMT) with epicenter at 181 km southeast of Gorontalo in North Sulawesi and at 10 km in depth, an official of the agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 February 2009 15:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim hardliner sentenced to 18 months in jail An Indonesian court Thursday sentenced a Muslim hardliner to 18 months in prison for his role in a violent attack against an interfaith rally in June that left dozens of people injured. The Central Jakarta district court found Habib Rizieq Shihab, chairman of Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI), guilty of committing an act of inciting hatred and instigating violence.

Posted in General @ 01 November 2008 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


5.9 magnitude earthquake south of Java felt by residents A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's main island of Java on Sunday, but there was no threat of a tsunami and no immediate reports of damage, geologists said. The quake hit at 13.11 local time, (06:11 GMT), 135 kilometers south-east of Wonogiri in Central Java, the Indonesian meteorology and geophysics agency said via text message.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 July 2008 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hardline Muslems clash with moderate mayority after attack Supporters of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation clashed with Muslim hard-liners following a bloody attack on interfaith activists by the radicals. One person was injured in the brawl late yesterday between members of Nahdhatul Ulama and hard-liners from the Islamic Defenders Front in Yogyakarta on Java island. Angry crowds have gathered outside offices and homes of the FPI in two other towns on Java in recent days.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2008 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Islamic hard-liners break up religious tolerance rally A peaceful rally for religious tolerance was broken up earlier on Sunday afternoon by Islamic hard-liners from the radical FPI (Islamic Defender Front) when they beat other demonstrators with bamboo sticks and calling for the deaths of members of a Muslim sect they consider heretical, witnesses said.

Posted in Violence @ 01 June 2008 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 28 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


Crater lake Mount Kelud heats up quickly The temperature of the crater lake at Mount Kelud still continues to rise throughout Saturday and reached 52.9° C at a depth of fifteen meters, which is already 12.9° C higher than in the hours before the last eruption in 1990. At ten meters the lake now reached 47.8° C, the surface measures 46.7° C.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 November 2007 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two moderate earthquakes strike Aceh Two moderate earthquakes on Saturday struck Indonesia's Aceh province, site of a quake-triggered tsunami in 2004, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the temblors measured 6.1 and 6.0 on the Richter scale, but Indonesia's National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said they were 5.9 and 5.8.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 September 2007 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate earthquake hits Gorontalo A moderate earthquake with magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter Scale rocked eastern parts of Indonesia on Sunday, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said here. The quake struck at 22:53 Jakarta time (15:53 GMT) with epicenter 119 kilometers north west Gorontalo province in Sulawesi Island and at 10 kilometers under sea bed, an official of the agency told.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2007 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes fight for Soeharto millions to UK Lawyers from the Indonesian government will be in a courtroom on the island of Guernsey, south of Great Britain, claiming that the family of former president Soeharto siphoned off billions of dollars in public money. The case is aimed at seizing 50 million US dollar from an account in on the island, belonging to Hutomo Mandala Putra (commonly known as Tommy) , the son of the former president.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2007 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 February 2007 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate quake strikes south of Java island A moderate earthquake shook parts of Indonesia's central Java island on Friday, although there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, a meteorologist said. The magnitude 5.7 quake struck south of Java at 9.44 a.m. (0244 GMT) at a depth of 33 km, an official at Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said by telephone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 January 2007 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate earthquake rocks Papua A moderate earthquake rocked parts of Papua province on Wednesday but there were no reports of any damage. The 5.9 magnitude quake hit 140 kilometers southwest of Jayapura, the provincial capital, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 January 2007 19:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shares predicted to continue strong gains in 2007 Jakarta's main stock index is set for further heady gains this year, supported by improving economic conditions, firm commodity prices and subdued inflation which should give corporate earnings a boost, encouraging fresh capital into the sharemarket, analysts said. They are picking a gain of between 16-43 pct, after last year's 55 pct surge, which saw the composite index repeatedly setting new records to finish 2006 at an all-time high of 1,805.522 points.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2007 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Playboy trial closed to public The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor-in-chief was closed to the public Thursday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings. Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2006 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate earthquake strikes off Jawa; no reports of damage, casualties A moderate earthquake struck off western Indonesia early Sunday, meteorological agencies reported, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The 5.7-magnitude quake was centered 150 kilometers southwest of the Indonesian capital Jakarta and 86 kilometers beneath the Sunda Strait, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 December 2006 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indecency, Indonesian-style I do not have any official role within the Indonesian judicial system. But I do feel like I can provide an important advisory service in the trial of Erwin Arnada, editor of the new Indonesian edition of Playboy, who faces up to 32 months in prison for putting out a magazine with indecent pictures. I may not know much about the law or Islam, but I do know an awful lot about indecency.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Quake in North Sumatra kills 7, injures 100 A moderate earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 100 early Monday, spreading panic across a large swath of the Indonesian island worst hit by the 2004 Asian tsunami, witnesses and officials said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 December 2006 10:54 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


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


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

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


Indonesia proposes Muslim force in Iraq Indonesia`s foreign minister says a military force from Muslim countries should be deployed in Iraq ahead of the U.S. withdrawal to help resolve the conflict in the war-torn country. In an interview with the English-language The Jakarta Post, Hassan Wirajuda said moderate Islamic countries should participate in the 'intervening force', which would not be seen as an extension of the U.S.-led coalition or Iraqi security forces.

Posted in Military @ 09 December 2006 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia central bank cuts key rate to 14-month low Indonesia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a 14-month low, the seventh reduction since May, to help revive consumer spending and boost investment. Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and his fellow policy makers reduced the rate used as a reference for bill sales by half a percentage point to 9.75 percent, a move predicted by 16 of 21 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, and indicated further cuts are likely next year.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2006 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls for more talks between Islam, West Only through dialogue can stereotypes such as Westerners regarding Islam as "a breeding ground for terrorists" and Muslims seeing the West as "deficient in morals" be removed, an Indonesian minister said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda told a conference on Islam and Europe that such inaccurate, sweeping generalisations existed in both communities because media and other sources failed to present the complete picture of those cultures.

Posted in Religion @ 23 November 2006 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of troops guard Bush on quick trip to Indonesia U.S. President George Bush arrived in Indonesia on Monday for a quick visit amid extremely tight security. More than 18,000 troops carrying rifles have been deployed in Bogor, on the outskirts of Jakarta, where Bush will spend his entire six-hour visit at a presidential retreat.

Posted in General @ 20 November 2006 15:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia issues terror warning ahead of Bush visit The Indonesian Intelligence Agency (BIN) on Saturday warned of terrorist strikes on the occasion of Bush visit on Nov. 20 in Indonesia, and called for high alert, BIN head Syamsir Siregar said here. The threat could come from the group led by the coordinator of the Southeast Asia al-Qaida linked terrorist network, the Jemaah Islamiyah Noerdin Moh. Top, or other groups, said Siregar.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 November 2006 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: ''El Nino may endure through next year' Indonesia may be affected by "moderately intense'' El Nino weather conditions that could last right through next year, parching Southeast Asia's largest economy, the meteorological agency said. Floods may follow. The events, caused by warming of equatorial waters in the Pacific Ocean, occur every two to seven years and shift normal weather patterns worldwide. Authorities would begin cloud- seeding, an official at the agency said at a briefing today.

Posted in Weather @ 09 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of hardline Muslims rally against Bush’s planned visit Hundreds of Islamic hard-liners rallied in front of the American Embassy in Jakarta on Saturday, denouncing President Bush’s planned trip to the world’s most populous Muslim nation. “Bush should not come to Indonesia,” shouted Muhammad Ismail Yusanto, saying Bush was responsible for the violence in the Palestinian territories, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2006 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The day before the fall of Suharto Controversy has surrounded the book written by former President Habibie, which reveals a number of new historical facts about the events of May 1998. The military is mentioned as having a hand in speeding up the downfall of the Suharto regime. Two major-generals and a number of colonels are suspected of having "allowed" university students to occupy the parliament building in Senayan. Tempo sorts out the important moments during the 24 hours preceding Suharto's downfall. Here is the report.

Posted in History @ 03 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze back over Singapore A shift in wind direction brought the haze from Indonesia's land-clearing fires back to Singapore on Tuesday after an earlier clean air reprieve. The Pollution Standards Index (PSI) moved out of the healthy range to 57 and remained within the moderate category. Singaporeans have been out in force since last Wednesday, when heavy showers cleared the air of the weeks of haze that triggered warnings from environmental officials to stay indoors and in air conditioned rooms.

Posted in Forest fires @ 31 October 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two years of SBY: Bouquet for Aceh, brickbat for economy As he heads into his third year as Indonesia's president on Friday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono enjoys respectable popularity, but is struggling to ignite Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say. The 57-year-old former general, who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for overseeing a peace pact with separatist rebels in Aceh, has crafted a respected image abroad, but at home the battles he faces are more complex.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2006 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate quake jolts Yogyakarta province A moderate earthquake struck the ancient Indonesian city of Yogyakarta Friday, four months after nearly 6,000 people died there in another tremblor. There were no reports of damage or casualties in the latest quake, which measured 5.7 on the Richter scale and struck off Yogyakarta province in Central Java at 1:54 a.m. (1854 GMT Thursday), according to a statement from the Jakarta-based Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 September 2006 15:23 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


Bomb blast kills one in Sulawesi A 20-year-old woman died when a small bomb hidden inside a flashlight exploded in Indonesia's strife-torn Poso region in Central Sulawesi province, police said on Sunday. The bomb went off when the woman turned on the flashlight lying outside her house in Kawua village late on Saturday. It was the second blast in Poso in a week. Last Wednesday, a 50-year-old man died when a bomb exploded in an empty building.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 10 September 2006 13:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate quake strikes off Nias island A moderate earthquake measuring 5.3 struck off Nias island near Sumatra island in Indonesia, the US Geological Survey said, but no damage or casualties were immediately reported. The quake hit the small island at 1620 GMT Sunday, some 256 kilometers southwest of the harbor town of Sibolga on the west coast of Sumatra, the survey said. It struck at a depth of 30 kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2006 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


186 destructive quakes hit Indonesia 1629-2006 period The Center for Volcanic and Geological Disasters Mitigation (PVMBG) has recorded 186 destructive earthquakes hitting Indonesia in the past 377 years, including 110 quakes that triggered tsunami. Head of PVMBG Dr.Surono disclosed here early this week that the 186 destructive quakes hit different areas in Indonesia from 1629 to 2005, with Sumatra ranking first by recording 45 quakes and 26 tsunami disasters and Maluku ranking second by registering 41 quakes and 33 tsunami disasters.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 August 2006 14:22 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


Pope calls on Indonesia for clemency Pope Benedict has called on Indonesia to stop the imminent execution of three Christian militants convicted of killing Muslims, as thousands of Indonesians held a prayer vigil opposing the death penalty. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were to face a firing squad just after midnight at a secret location in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, a spokesman for the Indonesian attorney general has said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 12 August 2006 14:08 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


Major Muslim groups spearhead moderate campaign Indonesia's two largest Muslim organizations Nadhlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah say they are committed to campaigning for moderate Islam to counter the emergence of militant groups, a local newspaper said Thursday. They pledged that they would not seek strict religious formalism in pluralist Indonesia -- meaning the upholding of the outward signs and practices of the religion -- nor tolerate the use of violence in the name of the religion, said The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Politics @ 22 June 2006 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Volcano continues to spew glowing lava Coughing Mount Merapi, which is located between Yogyakarta and Central Java Province, Indonesia, continued to spew hot clouds and glowing lava in the southerly direction toward Gendol River on Saturday. "From the Babadan observation post, it was monitored that Mount Merapi expelled two hot clouds over a maximum distance of 1.5 kilometer in the wee hours on Saturday," Antara news agency quoted head of the Merapi Section of Yogyakarta's Volcanological and Technology Development Center (BPPTK) Subandriyo as saying.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 June 2006 15:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim hardliners vow to protest Playboy's second edition Hardline Muslim groups in Indonesia vowed to take to the streets to protest the second edition of the Indonesian Playboy magazine, local media reports said Friday. The June edition hit news stands this week after protests over the premier edition two months ago led editors of the Indonesian version of the US magazine to postpone publication of the second edition.

Posted in Protests @ 10 June 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate earthquake hits Papua province A moderate earthquake rocked Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua on Tuesday, sending panicked residents into the streets, but there were no reports of damage or injuries, officials said. The magnitude-5.9 earthquake struck at 12:28 p.m. (0328 GMT) and was centered about 147 kilometers (91 miles) south of Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 08:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands back anti-porn bill in Indonesia Tens of thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital Sunday in support of a proposed anti-pornography bill that critics say would chip away at the country's secular traditions. The protesters, who arrived in buses organized by mosques and conservative Islamic groups, urged parliament to immediately pass the bill, which in its current form would ban kissing in public - as well as erotic poetry, dancing, drawing, writing, photos and film.

Posted in Protests @ 21 May 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor: Bali bombings were to avenge Muslim deaths Four suspected Islamic militants went on trial today for their alleged roles in last year’s suicide bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, attacks a prosecutor said were aimed at avenging Muslims’ deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty under anti-terror laws. Security was tight at the Denpasar trials, the first to be held over the triple bombings that killed 20 people and were blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked south-east Asian terror group.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2006 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police chief asks 'Playboy' to leave town It took one week for a violent protest to erupt in Indonesia against a new local edition of Playboy magazine -- and one more day for police to say it should pack up its bunny ears and move out of the capital.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 18:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Police asks Playboy to stop publishing Indonesian police asked Playboy magazine on Thursday to stop publishing its local edition in the capital out of fears it could inflame Muslim anger, police and the magazine said. Ponti Carolus, the director of Playboy's publishing company, said the magazine would think about the request. "Give us 24 hours and we will let you know our decision," he told reporters at city police headquarters after meeting the police chief. "We are very glad to have input from the Jakarta police. It was quite wise."

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 April 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Playboy's offices in attacked by FPI-members Hundreds of Muslim protesters have attacked the offices of the newly-published Indonesian edition of Playboy magazine. On Wednesday, about 300 activists from the Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI) rallied outside the building to demand that the local version of the magazine, which carries no nude photos, cease publication. They tore up copies of the magazine and threw stones at the building, shattering windows.

Posted in Violence @ 12 April 2006 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


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

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


Keep your kisses short in Tangerang Unrelated people who kiss each other on the lips for more than five minutes at public places in the Indonesian city of Tangerang will face arrest, local media said on Friday. The government in Tangerang, a suburb west of Jakarta, defended the regulation as a practical guideline for its officers to follow up on tough and heavily criticised anti-prostitution laws passed by the city council last year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 April 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia to get its own Playboy A toned-down edition of Playboy will go on sale Friday in mostly Muslim Indonesia, defying protests from Islamic leaders who have called on the government to ban the magazine, publishers said. The magazine does not feature nude women, and its photos of female models are no more risque than those in other magazines already for sale in the country, according to an Associated Press photographer who saw an advance copy.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 21 reactions


Anti-pornograpy laws stir debate about an open society Since taking office as Indonesia's sixth president 17 months ago, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has grown from a former general into agraft-buster, an economic reformer and a peacemaker. Now add social conservative to the list. Addressing a Jakarta audience last week, Mr Yudhoyono complained about young women baring belly buttons in public and recounted how a singer hired for a presidential event had been sent packing for exposing her navel. "I was disturbed," he said. "I told her to go home. And she did just that without having the chance to sing a song."

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Blair visits Indonesia to build ties with moderate Muslims Indonesia prepared to welcome British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday on a visit aimed at strengthening ties and anti-terror cooperation between Britain and the world's most populous Muslim nation. The trip is the first by a British prime minister to Indonesia in more than two decades, showing the country's renewed importance for Western nations seeking to build alliances with moderate Muslims.

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2006 06:57 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


Muslims rally demanding US pull out of Iraq, Afghanistan Thousands of Muslims rallied in front of the tightly guarded U.S. Embassy in Indonesia yesterday, demanding American troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan and calling U.S. President George W. Bush a terrorist. The protesters, many of whom were from the hardline group Hizbut Tharir, were kept well away from the mission, which is ringed by two concrete walls and barbed wire. Some 2,000 police stood watch and two water cannons stood by, but the rally ended peacefully.

Posted in Protests @ 06 March 2006 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build world-class bird flu laboratory The Indonesian government has planned to build a laboratory to test bird flu virus with international standards as human cases of bird flu have been on the rise in the country, a health official said Thursday. "We will build a laboratory with bio security level (BSL) 3," said Hariadi Wibisono, director of animal-borne disease eradication with the Ministry of Health.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 January 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sets up team to tackle Sulawesi violence Indonesia has set up a special counter-terrorism team to try to halt bloodshed in the country's east after a bomb attack on a Christian market which killed seven people, the chief security minister said on Wednesday. The bombing last Saturday hit a market in the city of Palu, capital of Central Sulawesi province.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 04 January 2006 20:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radicalism extends roots, becoming institutionalized There is no danger that Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will be turned into an Islamic state. One reason for this is that most Indonesians practice a moderate strain of Islam and are tolerant of different religions. Another reason is that the nation's founding fathers, who included charismatic Muslim leaders and ulema, never wanted Indonesia to be an Islamic state.

Posted in Religion @ 26 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Are hard-liners deviants or true believers? Some of the moderate and liberal Muslims (I consider myself as part of this group) often charge that hard-liners, jihadists, terrorists and suicide bombers are not true believers. The jihadist and terrorists are more aptly called deviant Muslims, people with a fallacious understanding of Islam. We also blame their activities as tarnishing the name of Islam and harming its reputation before the hallmark of modern civilization. Their interpretation of Islam is also said to be destroying the religion's fundamental and truest mission. This is what we have to say about them.

Posted in Religion @ 18 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt boosts security after girls beheaded Police beefed up security patrols on Sunday in the Poso area, plagued by sectarian violence for years, after mysterious assailants in black beheaded three teenage Christian girls. Six machete-wielding men attacked the 16 to 19-year-old students as they were walking to their school on Saturday on Indonesia's eastern island of Sulawesi, police said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 30 October 2005 08:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police say baffled in Bali blast probe The police chief in Bali on Tuesday expressed frustration at the lack of progress finding those behind triple suicide bombings on the resort island this month that killed 20 people. Made Mangku Pastika, who led the successful investigation of the 2002 Bali nightclub attacks, said national distribution of leaflets showing the decapitated heads of the three bombers as well as electronically enhanced pictures had yielded little.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 October 2005 17:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction
    
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