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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


Hary Tanoe to face legal action over Miss World contest National entrepreneur Hary Tanoesoedibyo said he is ready to face legal action if he had violated the law by organising the 2013 Miss World contest in the country.

Posted in Protests @ 16 September 2013 20:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Miss World`s final round moved to Bali CEO of MNC Group Hary Tanoesoedibjo expressed his disappointment over the government`s decision to centralise all activities of the Miss World 2013 beauty pageant in Bali, following protests from Islamic organisations.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2013 18:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Curator Batavia Air: passengers will be served last The curators of Batavia Air, which was declared bankrupt late last month, have announced that passengers will come last when it comes to dividing any refunds. First priority is with the large creditors that want to see the debts of Batavia Air paid as soon as possible.

Posted in Travel @ 03 February 2013 08:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN exposes nationwide narcotics distribution network The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) in East Java managed to uncover a narcotics distribution ring after the organisation received information from a suspect who was arrested earlier at Surabaya`s Juanda Airport.

Posted in Drugs @ 25 January 2013 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampang conflict settlement needs courage Courage is required to settle a religious conflict in Sampang, Madura, East Java province, said Waluyo, a senior official at the Social Affairs Ministry. Two Muslim siblings, Tajul Muluk and Roisul Hukama, began to fight, which resulted in a religious conflict in the area. We have to find a solution, he said on Tuesday.

Posted in Violence @ 01 January 2013 16:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Noken museum to be built in Papua The Indonesian government is planning to build a museum dedicated to Papua`s woven bag, Noken, in Jayapura, the capital of Papua, in 2013, said a local official.

Posted in Culture @ 06 December 2012 14:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Indonesian postal service employees on strike Around 5,000 employees of the Indonesian postal service provider, PT Pos Indonesia, will be on strike from June 28-30, 2012. "The striking employees represent PT Pos employees and retirees throughout Indonesia," said Gibson S Nababan, a spokesman of PT Pos Indonesia`s Labor Union (SPPI), here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2012 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament appoints of Financial Service Authority members The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) confirmed the appointment of the chairman and members of the Financial Service Authority (OJK) for the 2012-18 period at a plenary meeting here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 June 2012 18:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali welcomes Subak as a world cultural heritage The government and the people of Bali, especially the farmers, have welcomed the decision of the United Nations (PBB) to recognise subak, the Balinese traditional irrigation system in Dewata Island, as a World Cultural Heritage (WBD).

Posted in Culture @ 22 May 2012 08:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Management of hajj pilgrimage to remain in govt hands The management of the hajj pilgrimage will remain in the hands of the government, because the president has not issued any directive to transfer it to the private sector so far, a senior official said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 May 2012 14:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has 143 social-conflict-prone areas Indonesia contains 143 social-conflict-prone areas, according to the Disadvantaged Regions Ministry. "Indonesia has 183 disadvantaged regions, 143 of which are conflict-prone areas - many of them in eastern Indonesia," said the Deputy Minister for the Development of Special Regions at the Ministry for Disadvantaged Regions, Suprayoga Hadi, here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2012 16:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Java governor wants to stamp out prostitution East Java governor Soekarwo has said that all brothels and red light districts in East Java province have to be closed down at latest in 2014. This news was brought by the Jakarta Post Wednedsay. "The earlier they are closed, the better. This kind of immoral behavior is no longer tolerated," said the governor.

Posted in Culture @ 23 November 2011 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Suicide bombing can never be a form of jihad' A regional spokesperson of Nahdlatul Ulama (PWNU), the second largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia, has said that a suicide bombing could never be a form of jihad ('inner battle', but popularly 'holy war') because you hurt yourself and others during that act.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 September 2011 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Government: 'Lebaran not tomorrow, but the day after' Just a while ago it was decided upon during a sidang istbat - extraordinary 'meeting' with the Indonesian government, Islamic scolars and foreign guests, that the most important day of the Islamic year, the first day of the month of Syawal, or Idul Fitri, not falls on August 30, but one day later on August 31. This news broke after August 30 had been picked as Idul Fitri or Lebaran as official public holiday over a year ago.

Posted in Ramadan @ 29 August 2011 16:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia as new Pakistan It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI continues war against Christians On the morning of 12th December about 250 men from militant groups Front Pembela Islam (FPI), Forum Umat Islam (FUI), and Gerakan Reformasi Islam (Garis) raided seven houses believed to be being used as informal or illegal churches in the Rancaekek area of Bandung, West Java.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI forces waria model contest to stop The true face of radical Islam in Indonesia, represented by the Islamic idiots that call themselves Front Pembela Islam (Islamic Defenders Front, FPI), have closed down a modeling contest for waria (men dressed as women). Their demand was that no such activity was to be held in any circumstance.

Posted in Religion @ 02 December 2010 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Growing 'Christianisation' and religious intolerance in Indonesia Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. Islamists use 'Christianisation' - a term that generally refers both to Christian efforts to convert Muslims and the alleged growing influence of Christianity in Muslim-majority Indonesia - as a justification for mass mobilisation and vigilante attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amost 7.000 volunteers for 'Crush Malaysia' The Center of National Defense (Posko Bela Negara), which has been opened just recently in Cikini, Central Jakarta, is currently seeing a flood of people willing to register themselves as volunteer for a 'Crush Malaysia' campaign. Until yesterday, over 6,500 volunteers registered themselves. It seems that old times from the Soekarno-era are revived somewhat once again.

Posted in Protests @ 01 September 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A strange wish: three-year tourist visas A proposal from a group of Japanese tourist that the visa period beyond the current 2 months maximum to three years has received support from the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) and the Bali Tourism Authority (Diparda). A sign that both organisations have lost their common sense in supporting ideas originating from the people in the street.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 May 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unilever and Nestle ban palmoil giant Sinar Mas After Unilever, Nestle also decided to ban Indonesian palmoil giant Sinar Mas as a supplier for their factories. The world's biggest food producer has done this after pressure from environmental organisations like Greenpeace, which accuse Sinar Mas of destroying the Indonesian rain forests.

Posted in Environment @ 19 March 2010 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nicolaas Jouwe: 'Papua is an integral part of Indonesia' Nicolaas Jouwe (85), the founder of the Organisation for an Independent Papua, Organisasi Papua Merdeka or OPM, has said that Papua now is a part of the unitary state of Indonesia. He also apologises for the violence he ordered against the Indonesian army and the police. Jouwe also said that he had already forgiven the violence of the Indonesian army in the region where he was born.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 January 2010 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Displaced mudflow victims to get aid from foreign agencies Over three years after the start of the 'Sidoarjo mudflow', thousands of displaced residents of Porong, near Sidoarjo in East Java, now start receive aid from foreign agencies. A humanitarian organisation sponsored by Norway has started to give free medication and medical treatments for the hundreds of refugees in shelters at the Pasar Baru market in Porong.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia healthcare system failing millions Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Muhammadiyah: Ramadan starts at 22 August In the run up to the holy month of fasting Ramadan, the Muhammadiyah in East Java has already decided that the start of the fasting period - or 1 Ramadan 1430 - will be on 22 August. Secretary of the Muhammadiyah in East Java, Najib Hamid, said that the end of the Ramadan - 1 Syawal 1430 - would be on 20 September.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 July 2009 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Yudhoyono officially wins presidential elections Incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won a second term after the General Elections Commission completed its count of votes in the Indonesian presidential election late Thursday night, local media organisations reported. An official announcement of the count, completed two days ahead of schedule, is expected on Friday, The Jakarta Post said.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2009 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The long history of Jemaah Islamiyah and Indonesia, 2 The JI was established as a loose confederation of several Islamic groups. Sometime around 1969, two men, Abu Bakar Bashir,and Abdullah Sungkar, began an operation to propagate the Darul Islam movement, a conservative strain of Islam. Darul Islam was almost eliminated in the 1950s after members belonging to that sect instigated a rebellion in an effort to create an Islamic state in parts of Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 13:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch boy suspected of having contracted Mexican Flu A student from the Netherlands which is visiting Maumere in the district of Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara province, is suspected of having contracted H1N1 Mexican flu. A medical team has already isolated the 13-year old in a special department of the T.C. Hillers general hospital. The identity of the boy has not been released. According to a doctor, the boy was brought to the hospital last Saturday.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 13 July 2009 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quick count: Secular parties win over Islamic parties The democratic party of current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono comes up as the winner during quick counts made by several different organisations. The party gets around 20 percent of the votes nationally. Numbers two and three are the Democratic Party of Struggle from former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and Golkar, the labour party of former president Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police fire on Papuan independence rally Indonesian police have shot and injured 11 people at a pro-independence rally in Papua province. Four are in a critical condition at the Nabire Regional Public Hospital. The demonstrators were urging an election boycott of Thursday's parliamentary elections on Thursday and July's presidential election.

Posted in Violence @ 08 April 2009 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch journalists arrested in Indonesia Four Dutch journalists have been arrested in the Indonesian province of Papua, Dutch news wire ANP reported Tuesday. The four were arrested in the city of Jayapura while reporting on a rally calling for Papua's independence. Dutch international radio Wereldomroep confirmed that the incident involved three of its freelancers and a correspondent for the leading Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

Posted in General @ 25 March 2009 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 31 Two people have died from bird flu near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. According to the country's health ministry, the victims were a 29-year-old woman who died in December and a 5-year-old girl who died earlier this month.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 January 2009 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to plant 100 million trees this year Indonesia, which has been losing forests at a rapid pace in recent years, plans to plant 100 million trees across the country this year in an effort to limit deforestation, a forestry official said on Wednesday. Indonesia has lost an estimated 70 percent of its original frontier forest, but it still has a total forest area of more than 91 million hectares, with a host of exotic plants and animals waiting to be discovered.

Posted in Environment @ 21 November 2008 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 30 Health officials in Indonesia say a 15-year-old girl has died of bird flu in central Java, bringing the country's death toll from the disease to 113. The girl died last week after being treated at a hospital in the Central Javanese city of Semarang.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 November 2008 00:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Report: 'Indonesia to export oil in five years' Indonesia is hoping to be an oil exporter again in five years, the vice president reportedly said Thursday after Jakarta announced it was quitting the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries. "Our target is that in five years we can be an exporter again given that our oil fields have been explored efficiently and we are saving energy domestically," Vice President Jusuf Kalla was quoted as saying.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2008 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Missing Malaysian girls believed to be in Indonesia Many Malaysian girls reported missing by their families have ended up in Indonesia, PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa said. Husam through his non-governmental organisation Kijang Care and in collaboration with other NGOs, has traced two Malaysian girls who were taken to Lombok, Indonesia, without the consent of their families.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2008 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans Islamic Ahmadiyah sect Indonesia's Attorney General has banned a controversial Islamic sect from practising in the country. But the government has stopped short of disbanding the Ahmadiyah sect altogether.

Posted in Religion @ 18 April 2008 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Islamic cleric Bashir likens tourists to 'maggots' Hardline Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has compared tourists to "worms, snakes, maggots" and called for signs to be placed in Muslim areas warning them to dress modestly, a report said Monday. The preacher made the comments in a speech to an Islamic youth organisation in east Java in October. "Worms, snakes, maggots - those are animals that crawl. Take a look at Bali... those infidel tourists. They are naked," he said.

Posted in Religion @ 24 March 2008 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Jemaah Islamiyah’s publishing industry The Indonesian government should more closely monitor publishers associated with Indonesia’s most prominent extremist organisation, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 March 2008 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hoisting of Morning Star flag to be stopped directly Hundreds of students who name themselves the Morning Star Youth Movement Anti-colonial Indonesia have raised the Morning Star flag yesterday. Hoisting the flag took place in a ceremony held in the deep forests near Jayapura. The ceremony was held to remember the day that the independence of Papua Barat was proclaimed. Outside a number of youth, the ceremony was attended by a number of members of the National Freedom Army of the Papua Independence Organisation TPN OPM.

Posted in Protests @ 01 December 2007 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'bird flu medicine before sharing samples' Indonesia has confirmed it will not cooperate with the World Health Organisation (WHO) by sharing live samples of the bird flu virus until it has guarantees that they will get access to affordable drugs to fight the disease. The WHO has accused Indonesia of putting the world at risk by failing to share the live samples. Indonesia currently has the highest number of deaths related to the disease in the world.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 12 August 2007 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU to send air safety experts to Indonesia The European Union will send safety experts to Indonesia for the review of an EU ban on Indonesian airlines which started last Friday, said the ambassador of the EU to Indonesia. All 51 airlines, including national carrier Garuda Indonesia, have been barred from entering European airspace because of safety concerns. Although no Indonesian airline currently flies to the EU, the ban obliges tourist agencies to warn customers that the airlines are unsafe if they sell package tours with these carriers.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2007 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests Jemaah Islamiyah chief Indonesian police said yesterday they had captured the head of Southeast Asian extremist network Jemaah Islamiyah, blamed for some of the deadliest terror attacks in the region. They said Zarkasi had been heading the militant Muslim outfit since 2004 and that he had been seized in raids last weekend which also netted the alleged head of a JI special forces unit.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 June 2007 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police finds more material related to Jemaah Islamiyah Police in Yogyakarta say they have found maps and charts mapping the structure of Jemaah Islamiyah, the Southeast-Asian extremist branch of Al-Qaeda, responsible for terror attacks including those on Bali in 2002. A board governed the group, according to the photocopied charts, which contain handwritings of suspected group leader Abu Dujana, as was told by anti-terror police chief Brigadier General Surya Dharma.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 April 2007 08:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two more reported dead from bird flu Indonesia has announced two more deaths from bird flu on Thursday. The Health Ministry said a 14-year-old and boy and 28-year-old woman had died, bringing tot total death toll in Indonesia alone to 71. The boy was from West Sumatra and died last Saturday, while the woman from Jakarta died on Wednesday. Indonesia announced three deaths just yesterday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 March 2007 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will accept 83 Sri Lanka refugees Indonesia announced it would take in the 83 Sri Lankan asylu seekers. But only on the condition that they would be deported to their homeland as soon as possible. "We are ready to receive them, to receive 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to Indonesia, with the understanding that this is only for transit," Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman Desra Percaya said earlier today.

Posted in General @ 02 March 2007 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV population among fastest-growing in Asia The HIV population in Indonesia is among the fastest growing in Asia, officials said yesterday at the presentation of a World Health Organisation (WHO) review concerning the epidemic. Director general of the contagious diseases department of the Health Ministry, I Nyoman Kandun said HIV was spreading quickly among so-called high-risk groups and in parts of the country where health care is of low quality.

Posted in Health @ 18 February 2007 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


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

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


Indonesia defends flu vaccine deal Indonesia has defended its decision to stop sharing samples of the deadly bird flu virus with the World Health Organisation after it signed an agreement with a US drug manufacturer. The government said it would resume cooperation with the WHO only if it stopped providing samples to other commercial vaccine makers.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 February 2007 10:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian company sued over Indonesia mudspill The Australian mining company Santos has been named in a Jakarta lawsuit lodged by an Indonesian environmental organisation. As Indonesia correspondent Geoff Thompson reports, since May last year a 'mud volcano' has spewed from the earth submerging villages, factories and fields and displacing thousands in Sidoarjo in East Java.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 14 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to disinfect flood-hit capital Tens of thousands of people remained camped out in shelters or under bridges in Indonesia's flood-hit capital yesterday, as authorities said they would spray the city with disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2007 01:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2007 01:55 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, Baxter sign MOU on bird flu vaccine Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with a unit of U.S. company Baxter International Inc. on Wednesday to develop a human bird flu vaccine, as Jakarta came under fire for not sharing samples of the virus. Earlier reports of the deal had stirred controversy because it had been linked to Indonesia's decision not to share H5N1 bird flu virus samples with foreign laboratories.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 February 2007 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withholds vital bird flu data Indonesia, the country worst hit by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, has stopped sharing human genetic samples of the highly pathogenic illness with foreign laboratories, raising fears it could slow international efforts to prepare for a pandemic. Officials say Indonesia stopped providing samples internationally last month, hindering efforts to confirm whether the virus killing its citizens is H5N1 and limiting production of vaccines to help prevent its spread.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 February 2007 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


UN: Bird flu endemic in Indonesia Avian influenza is now endemic in Indonesia because of past delays in dealing with H5N1 bird flu, with the virus now well established and a major concern in SouthEast Asia, says an Australian veterinary scientist. But Laurence Gleeson, a regional manager with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other UN officials, were positive over steps taken to control bird flu in SouthEast Asia when speaking to reporters today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 January 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia floods drive timber prices Massive flooding in Malaysia and Indonesia, the world's top two exporters of tropical timber, has forced timber prices up sharply, according to a new industry report. "The incessant rainfall and widespread flooding drove prices for Malaysian timber products sharply up," the International Tropical Timber Organisation was quoted by AFP as saying in its latest newsletter.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2007 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bird flu raises its head again in Indonesia A 37-year-old woman has tested positive for bird flu in Indonesia and is being treated in a hospital on the outskirts of the capital, a Health Ministry official said on Tuesday. The case comes after a 14-year-old boy tested positive for bird flu at the weekend, the country's first new infection in almost two months.

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


How fearful Australia deserted East Timor JUST three months after Indonesia invaded East Timor 30 years ago, the Australian government of the prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, was covertly supporting the tiny colony's complete integration into its giant neighbour, according to cabinet documents from 1976, released today.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tightening grip of media reins American magazine Playboy, three films about East Timor's struggle for independence and a television wrestling show called Smackdown don't appear to have much in common. But in recent weeks, they've all come under fire in Indonesia for being too raunchy, too politically sensitive or too violent.

Posted in Media @ 16 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia worried TB fight might be overshadowed Indonesia's battle against tuberculosis, which kills one person every four minutes in the country, should not be overshadowed by other high-profile diseases such as bird flu, the health minister said on Wednesday. Indonesia has the most deaths from bird flu with 57 fatalities since 2005 and has become one of the frontlines of the battle to prevent a possible human pandemic in which millions could die.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Omran held talks with JI leader Bashir in Indonesia Melbourne cleric Mohammed Omran held talks with Jemaah Islamiah spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir in Indonesia as part of a longstanding alliance between groups headed by the two men. The meeting, which followed earlier talks between the pair in Melbourne, was revealed to the Australian Federal Police in a written account provided by one of Sheik Omran's followers, who was later arrested on terrorism charges.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 November 2006 02:52 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


Beheaded girls were Ramadan 'trophies' Three Christian high school girls were beheaded as a Ramadan "trophy" by Indonesian militants who conceived the idea after a visit to Philippines jihadists, a court heard yesterday. The girls' severed heads were dumped in plastic bags in their village in Indonesia's strife-torn Central Sulawesi province, along with a handwritten note threatening more such attacks. The note read: "Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul with soul, head with head."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 November 2006 02:49 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


Ceremony honours Bali blasts victims WHITE frangipani flowers and red rose petals were cast across Jimbaran Bay's gentle waves by weeping survivors of suicide bombs that ripped through its beachfront cafes a year ago. Twenty innocent people died in the blasts in the second attack on Bali by the terrorist network, Jemaah Islamiah. Yesterday morning 40 Australian survivors and victims' families joined about 50 local victims and dignitaries to commemorate the first anniversary.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2006 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms another retrospective case of bird flu Indonesia has confirmed another retrospective case of bird flu in the archipelago nation, which the World Health Organisation said may have resulted from human-to-human transmission. The additional case brings Indonesia's total to 65, of which 49 have been fatal -- the world's highest human death toll from the virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 September 2006 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb recruiter shot dead ONE of Australia's most wanted terrorists, who recruited the suicide bombers to carry out the 2002 Bali bombings, has been killed in a shootout with Filipino soldiers. Umar Patek, a recruitment specialist for the Indonesian-based terror group Jemaah Islamiah, died in a stronghold of the Philippines militant group Abu Sayyaf. The group had been hiding Patek and his Bali bombing compatriot Dulmatin.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2006 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bird flu toll hits 48 The World Health Organisation on Saturday acknowledged one more human bird flu death in Indonesia, making the total death toll in the worst hit country 48. The newest case acknowledged by the WHO was the death of a 14- year-old female from Makassar, South Sulawesi Province. She developed symptoms on 18 June, was hospitalised on 23 June and died the following day.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 09 September 2006 11:58 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


Indonesia says targets $100 mln for bird flu fight Indonesia hopes to secure about $100 million to fight bird flu next year, the vice president said on Friday, after criticism the country is not doing enough to control the disease. Indonesia has the world's highest death toll from bird flu and scientists and even the World Bank have called on the government to step up the fight to control a disease that is endemic in almost all provinces.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 September 2006 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five in Sulawesi tested for bird flu Five people have been admitted to hospital on Indonesia's Sulawesi island with bird flu-like symptoms and local authorities have sought funds from the government to help cull poultry, officials said on Wednesday. Samples from the patients in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, have been sent to a government laboratory in Jakarta to be tested for bird flu, said Runizar Ruesin, head of the ministry's bird flu information centre. No further details about the five people were available.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 August 2006 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bekasi girl tests positive for bird flu-official A 6-year-old girl being treated in hospital tested positive for bird flu on Tuesday, a government official said, as the World Health Organisation ruled out human transmission in a village with a series of confirmed and suspected bird flu cases. The girl from Bekasi, an eastern suburb of Jakarta, is the 60th case of avian influenza in Indonesia, 46 of which have been fatal.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 August 2006 15:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plays down likelihood of bird flu cluster Indonesian health authorities have played down the likelihood of a bird flu cluster case in an area in West Java where at least three people have been infected with the deadly virus. A cluster case -- where human-to-human transmission occurs rather than infection through sickened poultry -- heightens the chance of the H5N1 virus mutating to become easily spread among people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 August 2006 17:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombing season is back, warns expert A TERRORISM researcher has warned of a new "bombing season" in Indonesia, as Islamic militants seek to repeat a pattern established since October 2002 of attacking Western targets between August and October. The International Crisis Group's Sidney Jones, who is based in Jakarta, said she had initially dismissed speculation about a specific season for attacks against foreigners, preferring to think the attackers had simply "done it when they got around to it".

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 August 2006 15:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Main Islamic group mulls ban on TV gossip programs Indonesia's largest Islamic movement, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is considering issuing an edict that would ban Muslims from producing or watching popular television gossip shows, an NU official said Sunday. "It is still being debated and any final decision will have to be taken in a plenary later today," said Ali Machsan Musa, head of NU's East Java chapter.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In Indonesia, a tsunami of useless medicines Tonnes of drugs and medical equipment that have poured into Indonesia in the wake of a slew of major disasters are often damaged, out of date and unusable, aid workers said. Donors jumped into action following disasters ranging from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which killed 168,000 people in Aceh province, to a massive earthquake on Java in May that claimed some 5,800 lives.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 July 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


54th case of bird flu confirmed The World Health Organisation has confirmed Indonesia's 54th case of human infection of H5N1 avian flu. A 44-year-old Indonesian fried chicken vendor from East Jakarta has died of the disease.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 July 2006 14:12 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


Abu Bakar Bashir addresses quake survivors Abu Bakar Bashir has blamed Indonesians' "damaged morals" for the devastating earthquake that hit Java last month and urged the government to implement Islamic law. In his first major public appearance since his release from prison after serving 26 months for conspiring in the Bali bombings, the militant cleric addressed around 1,000 people outside the headquarters of his hardline Islamic organisation in Yogyakarta.

Posted in General @ 26 June 2006 17:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta calls in bird flu experts amid criticism An international team of experts will this week conduct an urgent study of measures to reduce bird flu in Indonesia, as the country's human death toll continues to rise. Indonesia and Vietnam have the highest number of cases of the deadly H5N1 virus – accounting for 81 of the 123 confirmed human deaths from the virus since 2003 – and the archipelago is soon expected to account for more human cases than anywhere in the world.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 19 June 2006 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Lack of funds hits Java quake relief Aid organisations helping the survivors of last month's massive earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java have warned that emergency relief operations are being hampered by a shortage of funds from international donors.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu kills 37th victim in Indonesia The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed an Indonesian teenager who died last week was infected with bird flu, a Health Ministry official said, taking the country's total of deaths from the virus to 37. Nyoman Kandun, a director general at the ministry, said the 15-year-old boy from Tasikmalaya in West Java had had contact with poultry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 June 2006 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms two more bird flu cases Two more Indonesians have been confirmed as infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus, a health official said on Monday, citing results from a World Health Organisation-recognised laboratory in Hong Kong.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 May 2006 15:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


H5N1 kills 2 more in Indonesia Tests have confirmed that two more people have died of bird flu in Indonesia, says a senior health ministry official. One of the victims belonged to a Sumatran family at the centre of fears of human-to-human transmission after six members of the family died this month of bird flu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 May 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO tests confirm 24th bird flu death Indonesia's 24th bird flu death has been confirmed by World Health Organisation tests, a hospital spokesman said. 'The latest results from the WHO were received yesterday concerning a man who died at (Sulianti Saroso hospital) on April 8 or 9,' hospital spokesman and spokesman for the national bird flu team, Ilham Patu, told Agence France-Presse.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert terms Indonesia a bird flu ‘time bomb’ Indonesia has become a bird flu “time-bomb” because of its failure to eradicate high numbers of deadly H5N1 sites, the head of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health said yesterday. “Indonesia is a time-bomb for the region,” organisation head Bernard Vallat said calling the situation in the southeast Asian arhcipelago a cause for “great concern”.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 April 2006 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Papuans prepared to 'risk lives' for asylum There are reports that groups of Papuan students in Jakarta may be preparing to storm the Australian Embassy in a mass attempt to demand asylum, in an effort to draw attention to their demands for independence. The reports come as an Indonesian business association announces a boycott of Australian goods.

Posted in Violence @ 06 April 2006 15:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia says 22nd human bird flu death confirmed Bird flu has killed its 22nd human victim in Indonesia, a 12-year-old girl, according to tests by the World Health Organisation's Hong Kong laboratory, an Indonesian health ministry official said on Friday. The confirmation came just hours after Indonesia reported its 21st human bird flu victim, a three-year-old child, according to tests by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 March 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pregnant woman dies of suspected bird flu in Jakarta A pregnant woman died of suspected bird flu in the Indonesian capital Jakarta early today, doctors said. They were awaiting laboratory test results to confirm the cause of death. The 25-year-old patient was admitted to Sulianti Saroso Hospital last week with fever and respiratory problems – symptoms of the H5N1 virus that has killed 20 people in Indonesia, said Ilham Patu, a doctor at the hospital. She was five months pregnant. The baby also died.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 March 2006 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Young boy dies of bird flu in Semarang A three-year-old boy has died of bird flu in central Indonesia, a senior health official said today. Blood and swab samples for the child – who died this week in a hospital in Semarang, Central Java province – have been sent to a World Health Organisation-sanctioned laboratory in Hong Kong for confirmation, said Hariadi Wibisono.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 March 2006 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Muslim preacher detained under terror law Indonesian police have detained a Muslim preacher in the restive eastern town of Poso as part of a nationwide hunt for one of Southeast Asia's most wanted Islamic militants, police said on Monday. Police in the province of Central Sulawesi said authorities detained the preacher because of his suspected links to Malaysian Noordin M.Top, who is accused of playing a key role in a spate of bombings in Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 February 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police: 'Militant mastermind hiding in Indonesia' One of Southeast Asia's most wanted militants is hiding in Central Java province, police said on Friday as they declared more suspects in attacks on the holiday island of Bali last October. Deputy national police spokesman Brigadier-General Anton Bahrul Alam said police had arrested 12 suspects for their involvement in last year's October 1 suicide bombings on restaurants in Bali, which killed 20 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 February 2006 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt condemns publication of prophet's caricatures Indonesia, which has the biggest Muslim population in the world, Saturday condemned the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad by a Danish newspaper late last year and their reprint in several Western European countries recently. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, leader of 212 million people, said the publication of the caricatures clearly showed insensitivity towards the views and faiths of other religions.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 February 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 58 reactions
    
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