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

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


Indonesia rejects propagation of ISIS ideology Indonesia has rejected the propagation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ideology in the country because it runs contrary to "Pancasila," chief security minister Djoko Suyanto said here on Monday.

Posted in Religion @ 05 August 2014 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer raises suspicion over Jokowi-Blake meeting A political observer accused US Ambassador Robert O Blake of seeking to implant US influence on Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo when they met here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 April 2014 19:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS expresses optimism to be in big three The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) expressed its optimism that it would become one of the big three political parties following the upcoming legislative elections on April 9, 2014.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2014 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Megawati calls on students to monitor 2014 elections Opposition party leader Megawati Soekarnoputri called on students here on Saturday not to become absentee voters, but to help monitor the upcoming general elections. "Do not become absentee voters, because if we do we might get a leader that we do not want. We, instead, must monitor the election to avoid fraud," she said before students of Surabaya University.

Posted in Elections @ 01 March 2014 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minimum wage set, Jakarta workers disappointed The Jakarta Labor Forum expressed disappointment with Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo for approving a minimum wage of Rp2.441 million per month for Jakarta workers.

Posted in Economy @ 01 November 2013 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Surabaya toll road plan must move forward: Minister State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Dahlan Iskan said the government`s plan to build toll roads, stretching from Jakarta to Surabaya in East Java, must move forward in spite of criticism from some quarters.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 18 October 2013 23:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 4,000 passenger buses needed, quickly Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi said the city administration gives priority to procurement of 4,000 buses to serve as means of mass transport to reduce congestion in the city`s streets.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 October 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expect low number of absentee voters if Jokowi runs A researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Prof Ikrar Nusa Bhakti, said voter turnout would be higher if Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) runs for president in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 27 September 2013 20:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Miss World contest to be staged only in Bali The Indonesian government has announced that the Miss World 2013 pageant will only be held in Bali. "We have revised the security permit (allowing) it to be held completely in Bali. So changes have been made with regard to Miss World activities according to what the public wanted and the development interests of Indonesian tourism."

Posted in General @ 07 September 2013 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No indication of toppling of President Yudhoyono A survey institute director has stated that there are no indications that suggest the toppling of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, despite the current legal and political climate in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 13 December 2012 21:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Ethics council question company directors over extortion The House of Representatives` Ethics Council said several state-owned company directors had confirmed some lawmakers had asked for fees in connection with the disbursement of state capital injected in their companies.

Posted in General @ 20 November 2012 22:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan said he was not afraid State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said that he was not afraid and would tell more names of legislators that have allegedly extorted state-owned companies. "Tomorrow I will submit more names and cases in writing to the House of Representatives` (DPR) Ethics Council (BK)," he said here on Tuesday after a ministry leadership meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 06 November 2012 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rohingya case good opportunity for Suu Kyi Myanmar`s Rohingya Muslim minority issue should provide a golden opportunity for Aung San Suu Kyi to prove to the world as a Nobel peace prize recipient, said an Indonesian Muslim scholar Azyumardi Azra here, Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 03 August 2012 03:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President says labor policies not politically motivated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that the government has no political interests with regard to its recent plans to improve the welfare of workers in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 03 May 2012 13:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Students reject bill on higher education institutes The Bandung Student Movement on Monday stated its opposition to a bill pertaining to institutes of higher education that is expected to be passed into law in August 2012.

Posted in Protests @ 30 April 2012 13:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hatta says restrictions not to begin on May 1 Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said that the government would not implement its restrictions on the use of subsidized gasoline as of May 1, as preparations for the implementation are still underway.

Posted in General @ 24 April 2012 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS to remain in government coalition: PKS president President of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq has said his party would remain in the government coalition, even though it was not invited to a recent meeting of the Coalition`s Joint Secretariat.

Posted in Politics @ 07 April 2012 17:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: PKS to quit coalition The Prosperous and Justice Party (PKS) intends to quit the government coalition, a minister said. "It intends to quit, but I think it is still under discussion," Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al-Jufri said here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2012 14:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP supports Yusril`s attempt to review budget law A legislator from an opposition party has expressed support for a former minister`s request at the Constitutional Court (MK) for a judicial review of a newly approved clause in the Law on the 2012 Revised State Budget.

Posted in Politics @ 02 April 2012 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS told to leave government over fuel price rebellion Democratic Party executive and lawmaker Umar Arsal said on Sunday the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) should withdraw its ministers from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Cabinet after refusing to support the government's recent plan to increase fuel prices.

Posted in Politics @ 01 April 2012 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie reports Ramadhan Pohan to police Golkar Party leader Aburizal Bakrie has reported Democrat Party (PD) politician Ramadhan Pohan to the police for alleged defamation. A lawyer of Bakrie, Rudy Alfonso, said the lawyers` team he was heading was certain the report would lead to a case in court.

Posted in Politics @ 02 February 2012 07:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament passes land acquisition bill into law The House of Representatives (DPR) passed the bill on land acquisition for public interests into law at a plenary session here on Friday.

Posted in Polio @ 18 December 2011 01:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Abraham Samad elected new KPK chief Abraham Samad was elected as the new chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for the period 2011-2015 here on Friday. Samad won 43 votes out of 56 from members of the House of Representatives` Commission III, defeating present KPK chief Busyro Muqoddas and other candidates.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 December 2011 06:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


WikiLeaks cable: U.S. believed 2007 Jakarta election 'rigged' A newly-released confidential cable from the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia shows that U.S. officials believed the historic 2007 gubernatorial election in Jakarta was rigged.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 September 2011 05:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Disaster-prone, but still hungry for nuclear energy In the hope of bringing electricity to some of Indonesia's 90 million people who are currently without it, the country is proceeding with plans to build four nuclear reactors, despite growing opposition sparked by the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan.

Posted in Power supply @ 22 March 2011 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling party invites opposition Gerindra to join coalition Indonesia's ruling Democrat Party on Thursday invited the opposition Gerindra party to join the government coalition, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2011 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian minister denies allegations of raping Indonesian maid Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim on Wednesday denied the allegations that state he raped his Indonesian maid four years ago, local media reported.

Posted in Crime @ 06 January 2011 04:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


US-backed elite Indonesian forces target churchmen and civilians A leading churchman in West Papua has called on President Obama to withdraw US cooperation with Indonesia’s elite ‘Kopassus’ forces, after finding himself on a military ‘enemies’ list. Kopassus soldiers murdered a previous ‘enemy’, Papuan leader Theys Eluay, in 2001.

Posted in Human rights @ 08 December 2010 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor confirms elimination of 110,000 dogs Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika confirmed via Kompas.com that 110,000 dogs have been eliminated thus far in the island's continuing drive to stem an outbreak of rabies." In the meantime, some 200,000 dogs have been vaccinated. The total number of dogs on the island is put at 540,000 animals," explained the governor in a meeting with the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.

Posted in Health @ 31 August 2010 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iranians on trial for smuggling crystal meth to Bali Bali's prosecutors have asked that 8 Iranian men standing trial in Denpasar for smuggling methamphetamine (sabu-sabu) be sentenced to 18 years in prison. The eight are: Daryoush Omid Ali, Alireza Safarkhanloo, Bahman Mirzaei, Mehdi Alinejad Golestan, Mohsen Mohammad Argasi, Saeid Soltani Nabizadeh, Masoud Soltani Nabizadeh and Shahbazi Saeid.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 May 2010 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overpass near Dewa Ruci Monument on Bali? The national news service Antara reports that governor I Made Mangku Pastika views the building of suspended overpass roads around the Dewa Ruci Monument (Simpang Siur) as the "way out" of Bali's current traffic congestion dilemma.

Posted in General @ 04 February 2010 01:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Suharto's son wants Indonesian presidency' Hutomo Mandala Putra, the son of late Indonesian president Suharto, has started his effort to finally become a president. An aide of Tommy, as he is widely known, has said this to the press. Tommy has built up quite an impressive 'track record' in legal matters, including a conviction for murder. He is now seeking to become the new leader of the Golkar Party, the political movement of his father, which has been in turmoil after loosing the recent elections.

Posted in Politics @ 21 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia is running out of imported alcohol quickly The Indonesian government has put new import regulations in place as well as a massive tax hike creating a Customs clampdown on Indonesia’s alcohol supplies leading up to the Christmas holiday season, according to a report in Bali Update this week. Much to the frustration of hotel and restaurant operators, alcohol supplies have been reduced to a trickle, leaving many guests disappointed by not being able to enjoy their favourite beverage.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2008 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police chief 'needs to' enforce new anti-pornography law While Bali's Governor has condemned the recently passed anti-pornography law as opposed to Balinese culture and therefore unenforceable in his province, the Bali Chief of Police Inspector General Teuku Ashikin Husein told the press that he will be compelled to enforce the new law once the legislation is formally promulgated.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 November 2008 00:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Bali rejects new anti-pornography law The adoption of the unpopular anti-pornography law by the national House of Representatives in Jakarta on Thursday, October 31, 2008, prompted a walk-out by the representatives of two political parties and the threat of civil disobedience from the people of Bali.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2008 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build four nuclear power plants by 2025 The Indonesian government plans to build four nuclear power plants by 2025 to meet electricity demand, an official said Wednesday. "If one nuclear power plant can produce 1,200 megawatts of electricity, we need four plants by 2025 to meet our demand," State Minister for Research and Technology Kusmayanto Kadiman was quoted by the national Antara news agency as saying.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 13 March 2008 01:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's governor rejects establishment of prostitution centers Bali's Governor Dewa Made Beratha has firmly rejected a suggestion by his Vice-Governor, IGN Kesuma Kelakan, to set up special localized centers for prostitution in Bali.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2007 08:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considers building its first casino on Bintan Politicians in Indonesia are planning on building it's first casino on the island of Bintan, close to wealthy Singapore. It would be a potentially lucrative but highly sensitive venture in mostly Muslim Indonesia. Gambling is not allowed according to Islam and over 80 percent is Muslim in the country. Earlier plans to build casinos in other locations have already failed because of opposition from Islamic activists.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2007 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine get death penalty for producing ecstasy in Indonesia Indonesia's Supreme Court sentenced nine men, including Chinese, French and Dutch nationals, to death Tuesday for producing millions of pills of the illegal recreational drug Ecstasy. The punishment for the foreigners was harsher than that rendered by a lower court last year which had ordered the execution of just the two alleged Indonesian ringleaders.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 May 2007 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy editor faces two years in prison Government prosecutors today demanded two years in jail for the editor of Playboy Indonesia for violating anti-indecency laws. They are supposed to have published 'porn' pictures in the magazine. Security was high when Chief Prosecutor Resni Muchtar told the court in South Jakarta that editor Erwin Arnanda 'damaged the nation's morality'. He has been given time until 22 March for their defense.

Posted in General @ 13 March 2007 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Central Sulawesi situation may be exploding soon Australian and Indonesian intelligence reports signal that murderous sectarian violence is to return to the area of Poso, Central Sulawesi. Last week, information was released concerning islamic militants that have been blamed for a series of deadly bombings in Jakarta and Bali could be in the last stages of planning fresh attacks in Poso. Australia warned nationals to avoild travelling to Central Sulawesi. The United States and New Zealand have issued similar warnings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 February 2007 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia makes new efforts to curb spread of bird flu In a bid to stem a surge in human deaths from the H5N1 virus (bird flu), the Indonesian government will slaughter hundreds of thousands of backyard chickens over the next week, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said here Wednesday. This is a new and concrete measure taken by the Indonesian government in facing with a critical situation since several bird flu patents died recently. But the policy has met with different reaction and opposition from owners of fowls.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 January 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to import 520,000 tons of rice The Indonesian government finally made up its mind Thursday to end the rice crisis after stocks were declining and prices soaring with a decision to import 520,000 tons until March 2007. Vice President Jusuf Kalla told reporters here that stocks were run out at the State Logistics Agency (Bulog), and some 250,000 tons of rice were needed to be delivered every month to stabilize the price.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2006 16:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 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 considering widening polygamy ban after popular preacher takes second wife Indonesia is considering banning ministers, lawmakers and other government officials from practicing polygamy after the country's most popular Islamic preacher took a second wife, sparking renewed debate about the practice. There are no plans to outlaw polygamy all together in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Currently, men are only allowed to have a second wife if his first is an invalid, terminally ill or infertile. The regulation, however, is rarely enforced and most commentators say the practice is becoming more common.

Posted in Politics @ 07 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia gas sale fails amid Java mudflow row Indonesian energy and mining firm PT Energi on Tuesday lost a potential buyer of some gas assets as controversy over devastating mud flows from near a drilling site in East Java continued to rage. PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk wants to sell stakes in firms that control gas block operator Lapindo Brantas -- a company that has been blamed for causing mud to gush from near a drilling site for months.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 28 November 2006 16:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament drafting bill to ban cigarette advertising and sponsorship Indonesian lawmakers are drafting a bill that would ban tobacco companies from advertising or sponsoring sporting and entertainment events, local media reported Tuesday. The bill, which is sure to face opposition from Indonesia's powerful and wealthy tobacco lobby, also envisages doubling taxes on cigarettes to more than 60 percent in the country of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to press ahead with nuclear power despite protests Indonesia is pressing ahead with plans to construct nuclear power plants on the islands of Java and Madura, despite strong protests, mostly from environmental organizations. Facing spiraling energy demand and soaring global oil prices, Indonesia has been considering a number of alternatives to generate electricity and nuclear power is among them.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 17 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia says no objection to selling uranium to Indonesia A security agreement signed by Indonesia and Australia earlier this week has provided a basis for Indonesia to buy uranium from Australia for a planned nuclear power plant, according to a local media Wednesday. Local newspaper The Jakarta Post quoted Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer as saying that the provision about the nuclear industry was a very important step forward for the two countries, which have pledged to support the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Posted in General @ 15 November 2006 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns of protests during Bush Indonesia visit The U.S. embassy in Indonesia warned on Monday that demonstrations over a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush could turn violent and told Americans to be vigilant and avoid protest areas. Bush is scheduled to make a short visit to Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation and an ally in U.S.-led anti-terrorism efforts in Asia, on November 20.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2006 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opposition upset over helipad for Bush The construction of a helipad in Indonesia's famed botanical gardens for an upcoming visit by U.S. President George W. Bush will damage protected plants, an opposition party said on Tuesday. Bush will visit Indonesia this month on a brief stopover after attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam on Nov. 18. Details on the Bush visit have not been officially announced, but Indonesian media reports say it will take place on Nov. 20.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 November 2006 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia to buy 4 Israeli drones Indonesia will purchase four Israeli unmanned planes, or drones, through a Filipino distributor, a Defense Ministry official said on Sunday. Indonesia chose the Israeli Searcher Mark II drones after receiving 42 offers since February, including from companies in the Philippines, Russia and the Netherlands, ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Edy Butar Butar said.

Posted in General @ 23 October 2006 04:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu-hit Indonesia to ban city backyard poultry Indonesia, which has the world's highest number of bird flu deaths, intends to bar city residents from keeping chickens and other poultry in their backyards, ministers said on Friday. Indonesia has become a frontline in the battle against the virus that has killed 55 people in the country, where millions of chickens roam freely in urban residential areas.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 October 2006 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo sludge starts to be dumped into the sea Indonesia started dumping mud surging from a gas exploration site in central Indonesia into the sea on Monday, hoping to minimize destruction from the disaster that has submerged entire villages and displaced thousands of people. The mud flow started after an accident occurred deep in a drilling shaft on the seismically charged island of Java four months ago. It now covers more than 450 hectares and is currently being contained by an ever-expanding network of dams.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 16 October 2006 14:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bird flu death toll rises to 52 An Indonesian man who had been suffering from bird flu for days died early on Thursday, a hospital official said, taking Indonesia's death toll from the disease to 52. "He died because of breathing problems which he had suffered since he was admitted to the hospital," said Hadi Yusuf, who heads the bird flu ward at Hasan Sadikin hospital in Bandung, West Java's provincial capital.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 October 2006 04:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia apologizes to its neighbors for smoke haze Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologized for the smoke haze that has choked parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, and agreed to hold a regional meeting to tackle forest fires in the country. "Under the name of the Indonesian government, I should apologize to the neighboring countries over this incident,'' Yudhoyono told reporters in Jakarta today. "Clearly, it's not something we want.''

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 October 2006 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What Indonesia can learn from Thai military coup Politics in new democracies like Thailand has always sprung surprises. While Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin led a bloodless coup and declared himself the temporary prime minister. It is interesting to observe that the coup did not spark social unrest, as if it were business as usual. On top of that, the tacit endorsement of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a crucial factor behind the smooth process of the coup.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam officially bans anti-IMF protests A move to protest International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank policies - right at Singapore's doorstep - has been officially banned by the Batam police. Unable to stage outdoor demonstrations in Singapore during the IMF-World Bank meet next week, about 1,000 delegates from non-governmental organisations around the world had decided to hold their protest at the nearby Indonesian island instead.

Posted in Protests @ 08 September 2006 14:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Israel drops objections vs. Indonesia Israel has dropped its objections to Indonesia joining the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, and the two sides are now discussing when Jakarta would send a promised 1,000 troops, a UN official said Friday. After talks that included UN peacekeeping officials, Israel reversed its claim that, because the two nations did not have diplomatic ties, it would not allow troops from Indonesia, the official said.

Posted in Military @ 02 September 2006 04:23 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


Indonesia debates the difference between porn and pawn Kartika Gunawan is not a typical men's magazine playmate. But even though not a nipple was visible in her starring role in the first issue of Indonesian Playboy — in a concession to hardline Islamists calling for the publication to be banned — she faces more than two years in jail for indecency.

Posted in General @ 09 July 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Indonesia braces for big May Day rallies Security forces were on top alert throughout Indonesia on Monday ahead of May Day rallies that could see tens of thousands take to the streets in Jakarta alone, police said. The demonstrations are taking place against a backdrop of government plans to revise a 2003 labour law, a move that has prompted a rising tide of worker opposition.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants non-Muslims tried by Islamic court in Aceh The government insisted Tuesday that Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam should be tried by the planned Islamic Court in the predominantly Muslim province. State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told the special committee deliberating a bill on the province's administration that non-Muslims accused of committing ordinary crimes, such as theft and adultery, would be tried under the sharia-inspired bylaws (qanun).

Posted in Religion @ 26 April 2006 21:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


No reprieve for Poso 3, officials say Prosecutors insisted Sunday the death sentence for three men convicted for their role in the sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, would be carried out soon despite mounting calls for a stay of execution. Central Sulawesi Prosecutor's Office head M. Jahja Sibe said technical difficulties were holding up the execution of Fabianus Tibo, 60, Marinus Riwu, 54, and Dominggus da Silva, 43, three Christians who were convicted of masterminding a series of attacks on Muslims in Poso in 2000.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla says no hike in power rates this year Vice President Jusuf Kalla confirmed Friday the government would drop a planned increase in electricity rates this year amid widespread opposition. Kalla said the government would likely provide around half of the extra subsidies needed by state electricity company PT PLN to cover rising fuel costs without having to increase rates, while the other half would have to be shouldered by PLN chiefly through efficiency measures.

Posted in Power supply @ 18 March 2006 07:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt states porn bill must target materials The government made its position clear on the pornography bill on Wednesday, stating the focus should be on limiting distribution of obscene materials instead of criminalizing personal conduct, particularly of women. "The government believes the eventual anti-porn law should be effective in protecting the nation from excessive exposure to pornographic material, thus it should touch more on how to regulate its distribution," State Minister for Women's Empowerment Meutia Hatta Swasono said after accompanying President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a meeting with the National Commission on Violence Against Women.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big factions want porn bill changed The two largest factions in the House of Representatives are expected to push for major changes to the pornography bill currently being deliberated, as the controversy over the issue continues to grow. The Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) occupy 128 and 109 seats respectively in the 550-seat House.

Posted in Politics @ 11 March 2006 14:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


W. Irian Jaya political showdown brewing With only two days left before the direct gubernatorial elections in West Irian Jaya, the divide between supporters and opponents of the polls deepened on Thursday. The Papuan People's Assembly (MRP), representing Papuans opposed to the elections, met with political leaders in Jakarta and warned of civil unrest if the elections proceed as planned in the province, whose establishment they claim is illegal.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali sentences stoke tensions with Indonesia Australia was last night bracing itself for more tension with Indonesia following the death sentences handed down to two Bali Nine ringleaders and the life sentences that will possibly see the other ring members die in Indonesian jails. Andrew Chan, 22, and Myuran Sukumaran, 24, were convicted of drug smuggling at Denpasar District Court and face death by firing squad unless they launch a successful appeal or are granted a presidential pardon.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 February 2006 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Adult magazine Playboy to make debut in Indonesia The U.S. pornographic magazine Playboy reportedly plans to make first publishing in Indonesia in March despite strong opposition from clerics and lawmakers. Local on-line media Detikcom reported Friday that the magazine's local promoters earlier this week have arranged an audition for local models who will be required to wear bikini and sexy night dress.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2006 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 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


Indonesia plane seller insists on cash, not barter The managing director of the Indonesian aircraft firm involved in a sale to Thailand has directly contradicted Thai government claims it will take 300,000 tonnes of Thai rice for the sale - and insists the deal will involve cash.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather hinders famine relief in Papua No relief has arrived as yet for starving Papuans, after bad weather prevented on Saturday the delivery of food aid and medicines to a famine-stricken area of Papua. Only small amounts of food and medicines trickled into the famine-affected area of Yahukimo regency, while most of the aid was still piling up in Wamena, including assistance that had been brought by a military transport plane dispatched earlier from Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2005 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Ex-president Megawati in hospital for exhaustion Former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri is being treated in hospital for exhaustion but her condition is stable, an aide said on Thursday. Pramono Anung, a member of Megawati's political organization, the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), said the former president was admitted to the Metropolitan Medical Center hospital in Jakarta earlier this week.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2005 18:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY in control, but tougher challenges ahead Despite a number of decisions that many consider burdensome to the public during his first year in office, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has managed to keep his support intact. The latest survey conducted by the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) confirmed on Wednesday that Susilo remains popular, albeit to a lesser degree than when catapulted to the presidency last year. But stiffer challenges lie ahead, especially given that some of his policies will provide ammunition to opposition groups.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2005 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Howard to discuss JI ban with Indonesia Prime Minister John Howard says he will raise with Indonesia the issue of banning Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the group suspected of being behind the weekend's Bali bombings. The Opposition wants the Government to step up pressure on Indonesia about JI, arguing that if the group's schools were shut down, it would make it harder for terrorists to find recruits.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 October 2005 18:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


SBY warns against fueling violence While protests are mounting ahead of the government's announcement of the new fuel prices, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned the public against turning violent. "Go ahead if you want to express yourselves by protesting, but don't burn or destroy things. (Peaceful expression) is what democracy is all about," Susilo said during a meeting with university rectors at the State Palace on Wednesday.

Posted in Protests @ 29 September 2005 08:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia embassy bomber gets death An Indonesian has been sentenced to death for helping to plan and carry out last year's bombing at the Australian embassy in Jakarta - the harshest penalty yet for the attack that killed 10 people. Iwan Darmawan, 30, said he would appeal Tuesday's verdict, which was the latest in a series of tough sentences against those found guilty of terrorist attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 September 2005 17:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


India and Indonesia react to oil price rises India on Tuesday made a long-awaited move to increase retail prices of diesel and petrol. Indonesian officials also indicated they were considering bringing their own price rise forward to as early as October 1, following disappointment in financial markets over a vague plan unveiled last week.

Posted in Economy @ 07 September 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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 leader's tsunami action gets mixed grades When Indonesia's Aceh province was hit by one of the worst natural disasters the world has seen, the country looked to newly-elected President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for leadership and were not disappointed.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 June 2005 13:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans first nuclear power unit in 2017 Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest economy, plans to start generating electricity at a nuclear power plant in 2017, Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro said on Friday.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 03 June 2005 17:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia's Canberra embassy shut after scare Indonesia shut its embassy in Australia on Wednesday after receiving an envelope containing a "biological agent," as a public backlash rages against the conviction in Bali of an Australian on drug charges.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2005 20:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Attack in Indonesia sparks fears An attack killing five paramilitary policemen last week in eastern Indonesia have raised fears that Muslim-Christian violence may resume in the Moluccas Islands. Since 1999-2002, violent clashes have killed 5,000 people.

Posted in Violence @ 23 May 2005 20:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Judges in Corby trial likely to dismiss letter as evidence While Australian-based lawyers have welcomed the Federal Government's letter, its contents appear to have disappointed Schapelle Corby's Indonesian legal team. And the prosecutor in the case is also unimpressed. Ida Bagus Wiswantanu says it's a pointless move and that the material comes too late to be tested in the trial process or to be considered as evidence.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 May 2005 11:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Japan PM seeks to meet China's Hu in Indonesia Officials are working hard to arrange a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Chinese President Hu Jintao in Indonesia soon, Japan's top government spokesman said on Friday, as the two Asian giants deal with a slide in relations to their worst in decades.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build nuclear reactor Indonesian authorities have given the go-ahead to build the country's first nuclear power plant on the densely-populated island of Java, with the aim of producing electricity by 2016.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 18 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests fall flat after Indonesia hikes fuel prices A fuel hike that will hit Indonesia's poor hard came into effect Tuesday, but the expected large-scale demonstrations failed to materialize as the government promised to beef-up anti-poverty assistance programs. The government announced late Monday it was cutting fuel subsidies, amounting to an average 29 percent increase in prices from gasoline to diesel oil. Fuel prices have been a sensitive topic since riots over a price hike in 1998 hastened the collapse of former President Suharto's dictatorship.

Posted in Protests @ 01 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh buries dead, peace hopes fade Nearly 5,000 tsunami victims have been buried in Indonesia's Aceh province over the past week, but uncertainty surrounds the region's future after talks between the government and rebels broke down. Five weeks after a quake triggered massive waves around a dozen nations bordering the Indian Ocean, authorities in Indonesia say they found 5,000 more people killed by the disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S&P upgrades Indonesia sovereign ratings Standard & Poor's raised Indonesia's sovereign credit ratings on Wednesday, citing "ongoing progress" in the management of south-east Asia's largest economy. S&P lifted its long-term foreign currency rating one notch to Single B-plus from Single B and its local currency rating two notches to Double B from Single B-plus. It also said the outlook for Jakarta's ratings was positive, meaning future upgrades were likely.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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