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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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 curbs live foreign news Indonesia is to begin enforcing a law that bans local broadcasters from relaying live news provided by foreign stations. The ban will affect programmes from the BBC and Voice of America (VOA), the communications minister said on Monday. Local media organisations protested against the law as an attack on press freedom when it was passed last year.

Posted in Media @ 30 January 2006 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Homeless adrift a year after Boxing Day tsunami Billions of dollars have been pledged and thousands of new homes built but the city of Banda Aceh is still a scene of devastation after the Boxing Day tsunami of last year. Tens of thousands are surviving in shanty towns of scrap wood and metal churned up by the terrifying force of the sea. There are 67,500 still living in tents. More than 200,000 survivors are thought to be staying with friends or relatives. Along the coast, towns and villages are nothing more than swampland and rubble. Survivors are jammed together in windowless plywood barracks hurriedly built by the army.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 December 2005 00:00 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


Bounty turns up heat on JI mystery man Southeast Asia's most wanted man is very similar to the terrorist groups he represents low profile, well travelled, little known and explosive. Dulmatin, now 35 and at the top of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation, won notoriety last week when the US State Department's Rewards for Justice programme put a $10-million bounty on information leading to his capture or death.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 October 2005 00:00 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


Funerals of Bali blast victims begin Funerals were taking place today for victims of three suicide bombers who killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 100 in Bali on Saturday. Hundreds of mourners crammed into the narrow streets close to the house of a waiter killed in the attack on Raja's restaurant in Kuta. In a traditional Hindu ceremony, chanting mourners beat gongs as they accompanied the body of Gusti Sedana, 33, which was carried on a golden yellow float before being cremated.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 19:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


UN officials say no terror alert in tsunami-hit Aceh The United Nations said Monday it had no information of a new security threat to aid workers in Indonesia's tsunami-hit Aceh province, despite an earlier warning from Denmark. "We haven't got anything on that," UN mission spokesman Bill Bergman told AFP. "We get various rumours at times, unsubstantiated rumours, but nothing that has developed into an issue that an alert has been issued."

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia scraps foreign troop pull-out deadline Foreign forces including the US Navy can continue tsunami relief operations in Indonesia beyond a March 26 deadline, the government said as the disaster's overall death toll topped 168,000. In Thailand the leaders of Canada, Sweden, Norway and Finland, which all lost citizens in the tragedy, were discussing reconstruction and efforts to identify the dead, while non-governmental organisations said 2,500 Myanmese migrant workers may have died in one province alone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia in for the long haul: PM Australian troops and aid workers would stay in Indonesia to help rebuild tsunami-torn areas for as long as they were needed, Prime Minister John Howard said today. In a speech broadcast to the nation tonight, Mr Howard said the south-east Asian tragedy demanded a long-term response. "A tragedy of this magnitude ... requires a long-term commitment of resources if shattered communities are to be rebuilt and survivors provided with some hope for the future," he said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN warns many more dead in Indonesia The chaotic operation to help Indonesia's tsunami survivors stalled after a plane crash blocked the relief effort's main airport, as the UN warned there could be tens of thousands of new deaths. Even as hundreds of workers backed by helicopters descended on Aceh province on Sumatra island, the area worst-hit, the UN's aid coordination chief said the full horror of the death and ruin had yet to be realized.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono faces a staggering array of problems — rampant corruption, continuing human rights abuses by the military, massive unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and a judicial and law enforcement system that is little more than a legalised mafia.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta intelligence chief says terror laws too weak Indonesia's anti-terrorism laws are too weak to allow security agencies to catch suspects before they carry out acts such as Thursday's car bombing outside the Australian embassy, Jakarta's intelligence chief said. Hendropriyono, who has long sought tougher laws to catch operators within militant Islamic groups such as the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah, said punishments meted out to those convicted of terror acts were not enough of a deterrent.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Campaigning by the five candidates contesting the politically powerful post of president of the Indonesian Republic officially ended on Wednesday. Voting in the country’s first-ever direct presidential election is due to take place on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 03 July 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto fights on as party divides FORMER Indonesian armed forces chief Wiranto is campaigning hard for the imminent presidential election, but some observers believe his efforts have been spoilt by the lack of support from his own Golkar party. One analyst told The Australian that he had even seen members of the party's youth wing campaigning for Mr Wiranto's main rival, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Elections @ 18 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto picks Islamic figure as presidential running-mate Former Indonesian military chief Wiranto will team up with an Islamic leader to contest the presidential election for the Golkar party, the party has announced. Solahuddin Wahid, a deputy chairman of Indonesia's largest Islamic social organisation the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), will be Wiranto's running mate, said Golkar leader Akbar Tanjung.

Posted in Elections @ 10 May 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rais denies taking oil handouts from Saddam Hussein A leading Indonesian politician and presidential hopeful Amien Rais has denied reports that he had taken oil handouts from the regime of then-Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, a press report says. "I'm flabbergasted. Why am I included in the list out of the blue? It's big slander," Rais, chairman of the national assembly, was quoted as saying by Koran Tempo newspaper.

Posted in Politics @ 04 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recent violence in Central Sulawesi highlights the nature and gravity of the terrorist threat in Indonesia. Analysis suggests that while the shorter-term prospects are somewhat encouraging, there is an under-appreciated, longer-term security risk.

Posted in Religion @ 04 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia does about face and announces chicken cull Indonesia bowed to international pressure over its handling of a bird flu outbreak on Thursday, saying it would cull chickens instead of vaccinating them in a bid to contain the spread of the disease. The decision, announced by a cabinet minister, comes one day after the world's fourth most populous country came under fire at an international conference for putting domestic politics before international public health.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 30 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian churches and cops beef up security Around 150,000 police officers, about two-thirds of the total force, will be deployed in Indonesia to thwart possible terrorist strikes against churches during the Christmas season. At the same time, Christian communities from around the country are stepping up their own vigilance following warnings of possible attacks by Al-Qaeda and its Muslim militant associates during the year-end festive season.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia could ban inter-religious marriages Christian organisations may face curbs on preaching and people of different religions could be banned from marrying under laws being considered by Indonesia. With an eye on next year's elections, where Islamic-affiliated parties are expected to drain support from President Megawati Sukarnoputri's bid to retain office, hardline Muslim groups are drafting laws to combat Christianity's spread in the world's largest Muslim country.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's national day uncertainty This Sunday is Indonesia's national day, marking the country's freedom from Dutch colonial rule. As it celebrates its 58th year as an independent nation, it is a time of celebration, but also a time of reflection.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia renews ties with Indonesia military unit Australia said on Monday it had renewed military links with Indonesia's elite Kopassus unit to help fight terror in the region, despite previously banning work with the group due to its questionable human rights record. Australian Defence Force head Peter Cosgrove said Australia needed to cooperate with Kopassus because the special forces unit was responsible for counter-terrorism and hostage rescue in neighbouring Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Military @ 11 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia a worrying blip on American radar screens TURMOIL in Indonesia is surging onto American radar screens in Washington and at the United States Pacific Command's headquarters in Hawaii, where an officer with access to comprehensive intelligence lamented what he called 'a chaotic situation'. Particularly troubling are terrorist organisations, notably Jemaah Islamiah, despite the arrest of 130 suspects since the bombings in Bali in October last year that killed 202 people.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine civilians shot dead in Aceh A housewife and a newly-married man were among nine civilians killed in the past three days in the ongoing Government battle against separatists in Indonesia's Aceh province, the military and residents said. The housewife, 52-year-old Cut Zainabah, was executed by two unidentified men who arrived at her North Aceh house Friday night local time, a resident of the area said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia kills 15 rebels Indonesian troops waging war on separatist rebels in Aceh province have shot dead at least 15 guerrillas in one of the bloodiest days of their two-month offensive, the military said on Thursday. Government spokesperson Ahmad Yani Basuki said three members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) were killed in raids and 12 more in six firefights on Wednesday, but no soldiers were hurt.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Limited, but no ban on outside access Aceh The Indonesian Government has issued new rules restricting access by foreigners to Aceh, but has not imposed a feared complete ban. Under the terms of the decree by President Megawati Soekarnoputri released late on Tuesday, foreign and Indonesian aid organisations will be able to function in the province - which is under martial law - although they will be required to co-ordinate with the Ministry for People's Welfare in Jakarta.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 June 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has the tools to beat radical Islam The flames of Islamic fundamentalism are not confined to the Middle East and Central Asia. Indonesia is increasingly in the news because of its large Muslim population, the rise of fundamentalist rhetoric and purported connections to international terrorism. The emergence of violent Muslim vigilante groups employing jihad rhetoric and mobilising followers for jihad is one of the most conspicuous new phenomena in Indonesian Islam.

Posted in Human rights @ 14 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to close conflict-hit Aceh to foreigners Indonesian authorities are to close the conflict-hit province of Aceh to foreigners following the shooting of two German tourists last week, a report said Sunday. Security Minister Sudilo Bambang Yudhoyonom, speaking in northern Aceh's Lhokseumawe, said the move, to be made within two days, would protect foreigners and keep them away from military strikes on rebels, Media Indonesia reported.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 08 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hunt for Aceh separatises extends offshore Police in the Indonesian province of Aceh say they are hunting civilian activists suspected of supporting separatist rebels. They say activists who give support or assistance to the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) are violating the law and could face charges of subversion that carry the death penalty. The police claim many are student activists at an institute for religious sciences in Banda Aceh or members of non-governmental organisations.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 04 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to win points on quick Aceh war Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri is gambling on a quick victory in the war in Aceh. If the military crushes a 27-year insurgency for independence in the oil and gas-rich province within the six months commanders have promised, her chances for re-election next year look good.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta general found guilty in Timor rampage Indonesia's human rights tribunal yesterday convicted Brigadier-General Noer Muis, a former military chief in then-East Timor, of crimes against humanity committed just before its independence referendum in 1999. Gen Noer, who served as a colonel in charge of 10,000 troops at that time, is the highest-ranked Indonesian military officer to be found guilty by the courts on Timor-related charges to date.

Posted in Crime @ 13 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High court asked to cancel price hikes Opposition to recent price hikes in Indonesia mounted Wednesday as groups urged the Supreme Court to block the move and protesters attacked offices of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party. Protests have continued almost daily across the country since early January in the most widespread public challenge to Megawati's 18-month administration.

Posted in Protests @ 16 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim body launches own cigarette brand Indonesia's largest Muslim organisation, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has come up with its own brand of kretek cigarettes in an attempt to cash in on the industry's good business. The Tali Jagat ('rope of the universe') kretek hit the market last week after it was launched in the town of Pasuruan, East Java. Mr H. Sulaiman, the head of NU's Sirkah Muawwanah cooperative in Pasuruan, was quoted by Radar Bromo daily as saying: 'NU has a lot of members in Pasuruan. That is why we chose to launch the cigarettes there.'

Posted in Religion @ 12 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia split over terror response Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's hand in fighting growing militancy in the country was strengthened yesterday after the two largest Muslim groups here backed her government's tough new anti-terrorism regulations. But the support from the Nadhlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah organisations was tempered with a warning to security forces: The law should not be used carte blanche against all Muslim radicals in Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim body opposes U.S. war with Iraq One of Indonesia's leading Muslim organisations has warned the United States not to launch an attack on Iraq, saying it had no moral grounds to do so, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. The U.S. is debating an attack on Iraq to topple the regime of President Saddam Hussein, seen as a threat over efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction. "I don't see that the planned attack will be a popular move for the country because the U.S. doesn't have the moral ground to attack other countries, even if they are accused of terrorism," the Post quoted Muhammadiyah Chairman Syafii Maarif as saying.

Posted in Religion @ 10 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian groups press for Islamic law Muslim groups are upping the pressure on lawmakers here to introduce Islamic law in the country, with thousands taking to the streets in several cities yesterday calling for the Syariah to be incorporated in the Constitution. In Jakarta, members and supporters of 10 Muslim groups were led by clerics, including terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir, to the National Assembly (MPR), where they urged legislators to amend the Constitution and make Islamic law applicable to all Muslims. The groups were backed by Vice-President Hamzah Haz, who earlier in the day praised their movement in a speech marking the fourth anniversary of the radical Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI).

Posted in Religion @ 06 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian nations vow to step up fight against piracy Maritime authorities and experts vowed Wednesday to step up efforts to eliminate pirates from the Asian region, where more than half of the world's sea attacks occur. Officials from 15 Asian nations along with representatives from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) and the International Maritime Organisations (IMO) attended a two-day meeting on piracy in Tokyo which ended Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unlike the Suharto era, Indonesia now has quite radical Islamic groups operating in the open. Among them, the Islamic Defenders Front (Front Pembela Islam, FPI) is infamous for unleashing paramilitary gangs on 'iniquitous' nightspots. The Sunni Communication Forum (Forum Komunikasi Ahlusunnah Wal Jamaah, FKAWJ) fights for Muslims in Maluku. The Liberation Party (Hizbut Tahrir) is a branch of the Middle Eastern movement of the same name. It calls for the Indonesian nation-state to be abolished and replaced by the classic model of an Islamic state, the caliphate. Both FKAWJ and Hizbut Tahrir bluntly reject democratic models as a Western invention, incompatible with Islam. The campus-based Hizbut Tahrir shows restraint in its actions, but the other two frequently operate in a grey area of the law (see accompanying article).

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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