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Satinah`s task force deplores minister`s statement The Head of Task Force to free Satinah, Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni, stated that he was deplored by Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandars statement, accusing his team of unprofessionalism.

Posted in Crime @ 16 April 2014 13:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


39 Indonesian migrant workers face death penalty in Saudi Arabia Thirty-nine Indonesian migrant workers are currently facing a death penalty in Saudi Arabia for alleged involvement in various crimes, according to a foreign ministry official.

Posted in Crime @ 24 March 2014 21:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor to renegotiate monorail contract The regional government of Jakarta is renegotiating the contract of the Jakarta monorail project with PT Jakarta Monorail (JM). Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo stated that the renegotiation with PT JM laid emphasis on issues related to passengers and advertisements.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 26 February 2014 23:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China to provide free visa to Indonesian citizens In future, China will provide free visa to Indonesian citizens planning to visit the country, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao stated.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia eyeing Russian submarines The Indonesian military (TNI) chief Gen. Moeldoko, confirmed that TNI is studying the possibility of strengthening its submarine fleet with Russian Kilo Class submarines. "Currently we are still studying and calculating the plan to strengthen our defense in the water territory.

Posted in Military @ 29 December 2013 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'Workers, employers must build harmonious relations' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said employers and workers should develop harmonious relations so they could jointly decide upon a basic minimum wage without having conflicts.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2013 20:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Liberalisation strengthens foreign domination: NGOs Two Indonesian non-governmental organisations have criticised APEC`s decision to boost liberalisation, claiming that it would only strengthen foreign domination in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2013 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor asks not to obstruct public health program Populist Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo warns against attempt to derail the city`s public health program, saying any problem could be ironed out through negotiations. The people are entitled to health care, Jokowi, as he is popularly known, said.

Posted in Health @ 27 May 2013 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Small traders get their space on new Bali airport terminal After increasing pressure on a number of fronts, the managers of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP-I), has relented on strict qualifying requirements for traders currently operating from the airport and seeking commercial space in newly renovated air gateway for the Island.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2013 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy combat helicopters from United States Indonesia wants to buy a number of combat helicopters from the United States for the army , Defenses Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said. "The choice is Apache combat helicopters to strengthen the army weapons system," Purnomo said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 15 February 2013 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US $1.56 billion for modernization Indonesian Army The Indonesian Army will have Rp14 trillion (US$1.56 billion) to buy its main equipment of weapons system this year. "That is the amount approved by the House of Representatives for the army to buy new weapons," Army Chief of Staff General Pramono Edhie Wibowo said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 13 February 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lease company drops demand for Batavia Air bankruptcy Lease company International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has dropped their request that sought the bankruptcy of PT Metro Batavia, better known as Batavia Air. This was announced during the latest hearing of the case in a Jakarta court earlier this afternoon.

Posted in Travel @ 30 January 2013 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Border conflict still poses challenge for region' The border conflict taking place in Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific still poses a challenge to the region, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in his state of the nation address at a joint session of the members of the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Regional Representative Council (DPD) on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2012 17:15 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Presidents calls for closer govt and private cooperation President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said the government and the private sector must strengthen cooperation to boost the country`s economy. "The private sector and the government are often late in benefiting the real opportunities for our economy and businesses," Yudhoyono said on the plane heading to Mexico, Sunday, for the G20 Summit.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2012 15:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nike to pay $1 million to Indonesian workers for unpaid hours A group of Indonesian Nike factory workers have won a settlement against the sportswear company in which they will be awarded $1 million for unpaid overtime work hours, non-governmental organization (NGO) Educating for Justice said Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2012 03:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia: Purchase of six Sukhoi jets still under negotiation Indonesia's Defense Ministry`s plan to buy six Sukhoi Su-30MK2 jet fighters from Russia is still under negotiation, the ministry`s secretary general, Vice Marshal Eris Heriyanto, said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 11 December 2011 03:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police release 12 alleged separatists Indonesian police have been forced to release twelve alleged separatist rebels just a day after announcing they had made a major breakthrough in the war against the Free Papua Movement (OPM), local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police arrest 27 after violent wage protests At least 27 people have been arrested after two consecutive days of violent protesters in the Indonesian province of Riau Islands, police said on Saturday. Around 20 people were injured.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian workers sent to Saudi Arabia only after MoU Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said Indonesia would lift its moratorium on dispatch of workers to Saudi Arabia only after a memorandum of understanding was signed by the two governments and the private parties concerned.

Posted in Politics @ 08 November 2011 15:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police enter Islamic boarding school 2 days after bomb blast Two days after a bomb explosion in an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia killed one person, police were finally able to enter school grounds after struggling with armed students, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 July 2011 02:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands strike on 4th day of strikes at Freeport mine Around 8,000 workers at a gold and copper mine in the eastern region of Indonesia entered their fourth day of strikes, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 July 2011 01:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Germany to aid Indonesia fight deforestation The government of Germany on Friday agreed to aid Indonesia with its Forest and Climate Change program (ForClime), local media reported.

Posted in Environment @ 28 May 2011 01:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea Australian and Papua New Guinean officials said on Friday that the Manus Island detention center may be reopened, the Daily Telegraph reported.


Posted in General @ 06 May 2011 04:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All 20 Sinar Kudus crew saved The Indonesian military (TNI) and ship operator PT Samudera Indonesia on Sunday confirmed the release of the MV Sinar Kudus crew of 20 Indonesians from Somali pirates who took them hostage last month.

Posted in Crime @ 02 May 2011 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia FM: first time negotiating with Somali pirates Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa on Thursday said the government had never negotiated with Somali pirates, which are currently holding hostage 22 Indonesian sailors after hijacking their ship last month.

Posted in Crime @ 22 April 2011 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends troops to free hostages from Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Friday announced that it had deployed troops to rescue the 20 nationals that were captured by Somali pirates last month.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2011 01:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia prepares rescue operation against Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Thursday announced that it is prepared to deploy security forces to rescue the 22 nationals captured by Somali pirates last month if negotiations remain unsuccessful.

Posted in Military @ 14 April 2011 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'No use of military force against Somali pirates' The Indonesian government on Wednesday reiterated it will continue negotiating with Somali pirates to release 22 Indonesian sailors who were taken hostage during an attack last month, despite mounting calls for a military deployment.

Posted in Crime @ 13 April 2011 23:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia negotiates release of 22 hostages with Somali pirates Indonesia on Monday said it is negotiating with Somali pirates to release 22 Indonesian sailors who were taken hostage during an attack last month.

Posted in Crime @ 11 April 2011 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thailand rejects Indonesian observers in disputed border area Thailand on Wednesday rejected allowing the entrance of Indonesian observers in the disputed area on the Thai-Cambodian border, the Bangkok Post reported.

Posted in Politics @ 23 March 2011 23:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to observe Cambodia-Thailand border conflict Amidst the recent border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia, both countries have accepted Indonesia to observe both sides of the border, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 23 February 2011 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two parties interested in buying Mandala Airlines At least two investors are preparing to take over PT Mandala Airlines which is currently experiencing a financial crisis. They are PT LCNC which is a lessor of aircraft and also PT Manunggal Sejati Group Sinarmas Group.

Posted in Travel @ 31 January 2011 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Towards the danger? About one and a half year ago I moved out from Yogyakarta, where I stayed for three years. Those three years started two months after the destructive earthquake which was directly followed by a small eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano directly north of where I lived then - Jakal KM 5, as it is locally known best.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2010 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travelers from Indonesia affected by Europe ash cloud Indonesia and Asia are increasingly feeling the impact of the volcanic ash cloud hanging over Europe, with airlines forced to cancel dozens of European flights for a third day on Sunday and warning that the chaos could last up to a week, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2010 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-health minister faces prison for alleged embezzlement Former health minister Achmad Sujudi is facing a long jail term in an alleged corruption case. During his term in office, a procurement project has cost the state some 105 billion Rupiah (7,7 million euro). Achmad Sujudi was involved in a corruption scheme together with the general director of PT. Kimia Farma, Gunawan Pranoto and director of PT. Rifa Jaya Mulia, Rinaldi Yusuf.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 December 2009 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia and KLM to cooperate Airliner KLM has signed a cooperation with Garuda Indonesia. General director of KLM, Peter Hartman, and his Indonesian colleague Emirsyah Satar, signed the agreement on the Indonesian resort island of Bali earlier. Separate from this agreement, earlier this year KLM already announced that it was to start flights to Bali again.

Posted in Travel @ 08 December 2009 07:03 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


UN: 'Climate change worsening disasters' Climate change is contributing to more frequent and deadlier natural disasters, and governments need to speed up measures to mitigate their impact, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, warns.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2009 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Mandiri to buy 11% stake in Garuda Indonesia Bank Mandiri, the biggest lender in Indonesia, has announced that it will take an 11 percent stake in now state-owned Garuda Indonesia. All parties involved agreed on this share for Bank Mandiri. Under the plan, Mandiri will convert 100 million dollar of the bond debt into equity. The buy values Garuda Indonesia around 910 million dollar (635 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 August 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Three killed in raid on Papua airstrip At least three people are reported to have been killed after police from Indonesia's anti-terrorism unit stormed an isolated airstrip in Papua province. The airstrip was allegedly occupied by a group of unidentified gunmen. State news agency Antara quotes the province's police chief as saying the dead includes two suspected separatist rebels. They were killed after negotiations to end an occupation of the airstrip failed.

Posted in Violence @ 07 June 2009 15:39 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


Indonesia urges Australia to back global crisis fund The Indonesian Trade Minister has expressed hopes that Australia will support a key Indonesian proposal at the G20 meeting in April. Mari Pangestu says she would like Canberra to canvass rich nations to commit to a fund to support developing countries through the global financial crisis at the G20 talks in London.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2009 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes on agreement on bird flu virus specimen Indonesia hopes negotiations on the material transfer agreement for bird flu virus specimen can be rounded up at the inter-governmental meeting of WHO members in November, health minister Siti Fadillah Supari said. Indonesia hopes the agreement can be kept simple but it has to able to accommodate the interests of the developing countries, Antara news agency on Friday quoted the minister as saying.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 September 2008 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Corby may serve 9 more years before transfer' The convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby could still spend another nine years in an Indonesian prison under a prisoner transfer treaty being negotiated with Australia. There are still eight sticking points in negotiations between Australia and Indonesia over a prisoner transfer agreement which has been under discussion for several years.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 March 2008 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to delay open sky talks with EU The Indonesian government has linked open sky policy negotiations with the EU to the bloc's ban on Indonesian airplanes, effectively grounding the negotiations for the present, local press said Wednesday. Transportation Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal has said a decision had been made to "stop all discussions temporarily before it (EU) lifts its ban," reported English-language daily The Jakarta Post.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2007 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hosting global warming talks Leaders from many governments started to arrive in Bali on Sunday for what is expected to be a lengthly and contentious negotiation on how to fight global warming. It is believed that global warming can cause a devastating rise in sea levels, which would send hundreds of millions of people into poverty and cause mass extinction of animals.

Posted in Environment @ 03 December 2007 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tribal war breaks out in Nabire A tribal battle between the tribes of Me and Moni in the district of Nabire, which started yesterday morning, continued during Saturday despite the presence of a number of policemen from Nabire trying to stop the conflict. The two tribes shot arrows at each other while dozens of injured scattered the forest, as was reported by a news reporter via mobile phone.

Posted in Violence @ 21 April 2007 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: 'Malaysian warships should be forced out' "It is time to drive the neighboring country's warships and fighter planes away from the Ambalat Block." Malaysian provocations in Indonesia's territorial waters have reached an alarming level according to a legislator. "Malaysia`s provocative acts in encroaching on Indonesian territorial waters in the Ambalat Block area cannot be tolerated. Therefore, I think it is now time to drive Malaysian warships and fighter planes out of the area," said Suparlan, member of the House of Representatives (DPR) on Friday.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2007 08:02 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


Indonesia accused of risking flu fight Public health experts have warned that an exclusive H5N1 vaccine deal Indonesia has struck with a pharmaceutical company may jeopardise the world's access to a pandemic vaccine, if the country becomes the epicentre of a global outbreak. Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with US drug manufacturer Baxter Healthcare to develop a human bird flu vaccine.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 February 2007 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says still apart with Exxon over Natuna Indonesia and Exxon Mobil Corp. played down a deadline on Monday for the expiration of a contract to operate the Natuna D-Alpha gas block, although an official at oil watchdog BPMIGAS said the two sides remained far apart. Indonesia says it has terminated the contract, while Exxon Mobil has said its Natuna contract remains valid until January 2009 and still plans to develop the field.

Posted in Economy @ 08 January 2007 13:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesters urge monitors to stay in Aceh Human rights protesters demonstrated in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday, urging international monitors overseeing a historic peace deal between the government and separatist rebels to stay on. Thirty-five remaining European and Asian monitors grouped under the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) are due to leave the province on Friday, ending a 15-month stint there.

Posted in Elections @ 14 December 2006 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 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


Aceh votes to decide life after war More than 2 million people are expected to vote in Indonesia's once-rebellious Aceh on Monday in landmark elections aimed at bolstering a peace deal between the government and separatists. Jakarta and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed the Aug. 15, 2005 truce under Finnish mediation to end almost three decades of fighting that had killed 15,000 people since the rebels launched a struggle for an independent state on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island.

Posted in Elections @ 11 December 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia eyes path for ex-Aceh rebels to form political party Indonesia will soon set the ball rolling to allow former rebels in Aceh to establish a political party and join the mainstream in the once volatile province, a top peace monitor said on Saturday. Aceh will hold landmark elections on December 11, the first ever direct vote for top executive posts in the province and seen as a key step toward consolidating a peace deal struck in August 2005.

Posted in Elections @ 03 December 2006 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian foreign minister to sign security pact in Indonesia next week The Australian foreign minister will visit Indonesia next week to sign a security pact the government says signals an end to diplomatic rows over East Timor and Papuan asylum seekers, a statement said Friday. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer will visit the island of Lombok on Monday to sign the Australia-Indonesia Agreement on the Framework for Security Cooperation with his Indonesian counterpart, Hassan Wirajuda, according to a statement released by Downer's office.

Posted in Politics @ 10 November 2006 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ExxonMobil to negotiate Natuna gas field in Indonesia The U.S. giant oil and gas company ExxonMobil is ready to discuss for renewing its rights to operate on the major offshore gas field Natuna off Indonesia's Borneo island, the company said here Friday. After terminating contract with ExxonMobil last month, Indonesia has given a top priority to the company to reach a new deal on operating agreement for the field containing around 222 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Posted in Economy @ 04 November 2006 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN signs deal on 1,200 MW power plant Indonesia state electricity firm PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) signed a preliminary deal with U.S. energy firm AES Corp.), Japanese trading firm Sojitz and local firm PT Triaryani to build a 1,200 megawatt coal-fired power plant, the energy minister said on Wednesday. The cost of the project, to be located in South Sumatra, in the west of the archipelago, is estimated at about $1.5 billion.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 November 2006 14:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 Japan, Indonesia wrap up free trade negotiations Japan and Indonesia wrapped up four days of negotiations toward a possible free trade agreement, an official said Friday. The two countries concluded the round of talks in Tokyo and made progress in areas including goods and services and investment rules, said Foreign Ministry official Yuichi Watanabe. Negotiations are still needed in other areas such as energy, Watanabe said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 October 2006 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exxon stands firm on Natuna contract Despite uncertainty over its contract, giant oil and gas company ExxonMobil has expressed optimism that it will start developing the D-Alpha gas field in the Natuna Sea in 2008. "The contract is still valid and stands as it is. There have been no official talks about the contract being revised, let alone terminated," Peter J. Coleman, the company's president and general manager for Indonesia, told the press in Jakarta on Thursday evening.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2006 13:26 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


Indonesia growth may reach 10 percent Economic growth in Indonesia, ASEAN's largest member with 245 million people, is forecast at around 6.2 percent this year, Pangestu said. Indonesian officials have said they are trying to tap new energy sources in the archipelago to replace its dependency on crude oil. Energy minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said earlier it was setting aside at least 6 million (14.83 million acres) for the development of biofuel, including the use of palm oil.

Posted in Economy @ 24 August 2006 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes for Aceh elections in August Elections in Indonesia's volatile Aceh province may be held in August if the parliament passes a bill on governing the region by next month, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Sunday. Elections are a key component of a landmark Finnish-brokered peace pact signed between Indonesia and the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 April 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cardig acquires Mandala Airlines from military Cargo transporter Cardig International has owned 100 percent of Indonesia's cash-strapped carrier Mandala Airlines under a purchase agreement earlier this month, an executive said Monday. Mandala president Diono Nurjadin told reporters here the negotiation began in September last year, several days after a Mandala plane crashed near an airport in the North Sumatra capital of Medan, killing 149 passengers and people on the ground.

Posted in Economy @ 20 April 2006 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S'pore, RI negotiating Bintan management Singapore is negotiating with Indonesia to seek concessions to partly manage Bintan Island in Riau Islands province by turning it into free trade zone (FTZ), which could accommodate more foreign manufacturing companies. The first round of negotiation, which looks likely to trigger controversy among local politicians, began on Batam island Saturday, with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Singapore's Foreign Affair Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo at the forefront of the talks.

Posted in Economy @ 19 March 2006 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina, ExxonMobil reach Cepu deal State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina and U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil Corp. announced Monday they had finally reached an agreement to jointly operate the Cepu oil block, ending a protracted four-year dispute. Under the agreement, expected to be officially signed on Wednesday, Pertamina and ExxonMobil will form a joint-operating organization, to be known as Cepu Organization, that will run the oil-and-gas-rich block under a 30-year production-sharing contract with the government, they said in a press release.

Posted in Economy @ 14 March 2006 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Revealing BPK audit may slash power rate hike The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) has found the actual cost for electricity generation for this year will be 4.3 percent lower than state power firm PT PLN's projection, sparking hope that a planned rate hike will be minimal or scrapped altogether. BPK revised down costs by Rp 4.9 trillion (US$524 million) to Rp 93.23 trillion, or Rp 833 per kiloWatthour (kWh), agency chief Anwar Nasution told reporters after submitting the audit report to the House of Representatives on Thursday. PLN previously estimated the average cost to generate one kWh of power at Rp 870.

Posted in Economy @ 09 March 2006 15:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freeport mine production halted for third day Production at a mine operated by PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc, remained suspended for a third day as negotiations with protesters staging a blockade pushed on, police said. The stand-off began late Tuesday after security forces attempted to evict small-scale miners who were looking for gold in the waste deposits from the massive Freeport-McMoRan mine in a remote Papua province, claiming they were acting illegally.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 24 February 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


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

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


Post-tsunami aid and building civil society in Aceh Donors often say that the major obstacle in the post-tsunami relief and reconstruction work is poor co-ordination of the organizations involved. This may be true, but the observation does not help much unless we discuss why.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Aceh rebels complete weapons handover Former rebels in Aceh completed a weapons handover on Monday under a peace pact that ended one of Asia's longest running civil wars, foreign monitors said. "Today we could confirm that the (Free) Aceh Movement has offered the last of their weapons, thereby completing their commitment under the Helsinki MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)," Pieter Feith, chief of the European Union-led Aceh Monitoring Mission, told a news conference.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 December 2005 18:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Leslie story could 'humiliate' Indonesia Michelle Leslie could do serious harm to Australian interests in Indonesia if she sells her story, former Federal Court Justice Marcus Einfeld says. Leslie, who returned to Australia yesterday, was believed to be in negotiations to sell her story after spending three months in a Bali prison for drug possession. Justice Einfeld said the media should not seek her story, particularly if it involves more than a recount of her court trial for the possession of two ecstasy tablets.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 November 2005 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia threatens to seize oil field Indonesia threatened on Tuesday to take over the $2 billion Cepu oil block unless Exxon Mobil Corp. and state oil firm Pertamina resolve a row by the end of the year over who will operate the resource-rich field. "If there is not an agreement, then we can take it over and give it to someone else," chief economics minister Aburizal Bakrie told reporters in comments overshadowing one of Exxon's 10 biggest global undeveloped projects.

Posted in Economy @ 15 November 2005 17:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Exiled GAM leader returns to Aceh An official of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) exiled leadership arrived in Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday after a 25-year absence to see the peace process aimed at ending nearly three decades of conflict. The Stockholm-based GAM and Indonesia's government were pushed back to negotiations partly by the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated Aceh, and made some on both sides re-think the fight over whether Aceh should be independent.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 02 November 2005 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Dutch make historical gesture: foreign minister to independence day Of all the anniversaries marking the end of World War II, one of the most difficult for the Netherlands is the ragged conclusion of the war in Indonesia, the former Dutch colony that declared itself a sovereign nation 60 years ago this month. For the first time, the Dutch government is sending a Cabinet-level official, Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, to Jakarta to join the Aug. 17 Independence Day celebrations - a deliberate yet grudging move meant to paper over a longstanding historical dispute.

Posted in Politics @ 04 August 2005 14:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 19 reactions


Peace deal raises doubts, hopes in Aceh People in Aceh reacted cautiously on Monday to a deal aimed at ending 30 years of civil war in the Indonesian province that was more devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami than any other place.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 July 2005 18:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and rebels agree formula for Aceh peace Indonesia and Aceh rebels have agreed the formula for a peace deal to end a 30-year-old conflict that has cost 12,000 lives in the province that was laid waste by last December’s tsunami, Indonesia said on Sunday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 July 2005 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia dampens hopes of prison transfer for Corby A prisoner transfer agreement between Australia and Indonesia is far from a certainty, a senior Indonesian official says. Australia will send a team of negotiators to Indonesia next week to thrash out a deal which could allow Schapelle Corby to serve part of her sentence on home soil.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 May 2005 14:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Downer warns against Indonesia boycott Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has warned that any backlash against Indonesia as a result of Schapelle Corby's guilty verdict will not help her return to Australia. Mr Downer says the trial was conducted in line with Indonesia's justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 May 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


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

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


Indonesia hopeful of peace talks with GAM The Indonesian Government says it hopes to be in talks with the Free Aceh separatist movement (GAM) in Aceh before the end of the month. Indonesia's Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said there must be a silver lining to the catastrophe and he said contacts were already being established to re-start peace negotiations with GAM rebels in Aceh. He said no time or location had been fixed for direct talks.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Munir investigation stalls in Netherlands The National Police's commitment to thoroughly investigating the suspicious death of rights campaigner Munir is likely to soon be put to the test, with the police team now in the Netherlands apparently at a loss to know where to start with its probe. The team's primary objective of collecting the original autopsy report appears unlikely to be fulfilled as the Dutch government says it will hand over the document only if the investigating team can produce a formal request from the Indonesian government.

Posted in Crime @ 22 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Antam seeks financing for massive bauxite project State-owned mining company PT Aneka Tambang (Antam) said it would seek financing for its massive bauxite processing project in Tayan, West Kalimantan, next year after it completed negotiations with overseas partners to form a joint venture for the project. "We expect to start seeking financing for the project next year after we sign a joint venture deal for the project with our partners," said Antam President Director Dedi Aditya Sumanagara during a meeting with the House of Representatives' energy and mining commission on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


He has established direct air links with Singapore and is negotiating similar links with Malaysia. And now, the Sultan of Yogyakarta province in central Java wants to change the value system of his bureaucrats to make them more entrepreneurial and understand the needs of foreign investors.

Posted in Travel @ 30 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia prepares for day of the generals DESPITE enduring 32 years of brutal military rule, Indonesia has not lost its respect for gold braid and epaulettes. Two of the three front-runners in the presidential race are former generals, and both served the monolithic New Order regime that finally crumbled in 1998. General Wiranto, chosen this week as the Golkar party's presidential candidate, was Indonesia's armed forces commander until 2000 and responsible for the military brutality in East Timor.

Posted in Elections @ 24 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Govt to hold direct negotiations with Aceh rebels Indonesia says its prepared to hold negotiations with separatist rebels in Aceh to secure the release of hostages in the first direct talks between the sides in over eight months. Security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said a central government team would head to the restive northern province on Tuesday for the first direct contact with the Free Aceh Movement since a state of emergency was imposed in May.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia puts tourist visa plan on hold Indonesia has put on hold a controversial plan to charge tourists for visas, which would mean Australians holidaying in Bali would have to pay up to $48.50 to visit. President Megawati Sukarnoputri made the decision today to allow more discussion with Indonesia's tourism industry, which has described the fee as incomprehensible at a time when Bali is still struggling to overcome a slump caused by last year's terrorist bombings in Kuta.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati asks military to avoid excesses in Aceh Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri has told the Indonesian military to avoid excesses in the fight against separatist rebels in the province of Aceh. Speaking during a ceremony to mark the 58th anniversary of the Indonesian Armed Forces in Surabaya, Mrs Megawati said she was aware of civilian victims in the province. She said soldiers should remember that they were deployed in Aceh to assist the police in maintaining security and order.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to relaunch power projects The Indonesian government is to relaunch Wednesday the development of 26 power projects that were halted in late 1997 by an economic and monetary crisis, senior government officials said Monday, the Kyodo News Service reported. A dispute with Karaha Bodas Co. of the United States still needs to be settled, but renegotiations with most independent power producers are already complete.

Posted in Power supply @ 09 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian attacks on rebels continue Hundreds of paratroopers jumped into combat while warplanes swooped in to fire rockets at a suspected rebel base in the hills outside the provincial capital. Staged more for TV cameras than for tactical needs, the spectacular attack last Monday launched Indonesia's biggest military operation since it invaded East Timor in 1975. But a week into the campaign against separatist rebels in Aceh province, the fighting already looks a lot like the guerrilla war that people here have endured for 27 years, one marked by few strategic victories and allegations of widespread rights abuses.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 23000 in Aceh Flee, rebel toll at 58 Indonesia said on Friday 58 separatist rebels in Aceh province have been killed, and 23,000 civilians have fled their homes, since the military began its biggest offensive in years. An Indonesian military document, seen by reporters on Friday afternoon, listed 58 rebels killed, up from a figure of 38 given in the morning.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calls for restraint as Indonesia steps ups offensive Hundreds of Indonesian troops poured into Aceh province to crush pro-independence rebels today but the United States and Australia urged the government and the insurgents to get back to negotiations. The military began one of its biggest operations yet after President Megawati Sukarnoputri declared martial law in Aceh just hours after peace talks in Tokyo with the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) broke down late yesterday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia urges diplomatic solution in Aceh Malaysia hopes a diplomatic solution will be found to the crisis in neighbouring Indonesia's Aceh, a junior minister said Monday, as hundreds of troops parachuted into the province and rockets blastedsuspected rebel positions. "I hope it will be resolved amicably and in a very peaceful manner," deputy defence minister Mohamad Shafie Apdal told reporters.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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