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Jokowi inaugurated as Indonesia`s new president Indonesia officially declared Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and M. Jusuf Kalla as its new president and vice president, respectively on Monday. The declaration was made following their swearing in as the countrys new leaders for the 2015-2019 term in a plenary meeting of the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR) broadcast live by various national television stations.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2014 20:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President-elect Jokowi gains international recognition The newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has gained international recognition with congratulatory messages trickling in from leaders across the globe.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Corby's parole will not undermine justice system' Justice and human rights minister Amir Syamsuddin said the governments decision to grant parole to Australian drug dealer Schapelle Leigh Corby would not undermine the countrys justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree on island construction project The governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands have reached an agreement on the five islands construction project near the Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya (East Java), for building the proposed industrial area.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 December 2013 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian, Australian foreign ministers hold meeting Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa meets with his visiting Australian counterpart Julie Bishop, here on Thursday at noon, to discuss ways to repair relations between both countries amidst spying allegations. The on going closed-door meeting is at the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry office building.

Posted in Politics @ 05 December 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono receives Abbott`s response letter to wiretapping President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has received a letter from Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott responding to spying allegations conducted by Australia in 2009.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2013 21:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia suspends police cooperation with Australia The Indonesian police have suspended cooperation with Australia police over spying row. The Indonesian government has been angered by alleged interception of phone calls of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and a number of other leaders of the country.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2013 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Netherlands asked to resolve palm oil export problems Indonesian Vice President Boediono has urged Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte to resolve obstacles in Indonesias palm oil exports. "Palm oil is a very important and sustainable industry in Indonesia. We hope that palm oil exports will increase again," Boediono said during Prime Minister Ruttes official visit at the Vice Presidential Palace here on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 22 November 2013 17:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree to improve bilateral relations Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed here on Wednesday to increase cooperation and improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive Dutch Prime Minister President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to receive Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the Merdeka Palace on Wednesday afternoon. The President will have a tete-a-tete with Rutte at 3:30 p.m., which will be followed by a bilateral meeting between the delegations from the two countries.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch prime minister visiting Indonesia Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will make an official visit to Indonesia from November 19 to 22, and will be accompanied by a business delegation.

Posted in Politics @ 19 November 2013 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Democracy must include peace, economic growth' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said democracy could not operate alone, but must proceed side-by-side with peace, stability and economic growth so that democracy benefits the people.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2013 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to visit three ASEAN countries President Susilo Yudhoyono is scheduled to visit three ASEAN countries, respectively Singapore, Myanmar, and Brunei Darussalam early next week.

Posted in Politics @ 20 April 2013 10:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives PM Xanana Gusmao President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao at Merdeka Palace here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 March 2013 17:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy ready to face Indonesian exodus from Sabah The Indonesian Navy is ready to deploy warships to ferry Indonesian migrant workers (TKI) from Sabah, Malaysia, if an exodus takes place in connection with the conflict between Malaysia and the Philippines` Sulu Sultanate.

Posted in Military @ 13 March 2013 16:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive several leaders in Bali President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Friday was scheduled to hold separate bilateral talks with several leaders attending the Bali Democracy Forum.

Posted in Politics @ 09 November 2012 11:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human rights protest mars Indonesia’s state visit to UK A demonstration by Survival International and dozens of human rights protesters has marred the start of Indonesia’s first state visit to London in 33 years.

Posted in Protests @ 01 November 2012 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono starts three-day visit in Britain Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and entourage, arrived at the Heathrow international airport, London at about 6.0 p.m. local time or 40 minutes earlier than the schedule.

Posted in Politics @ 31 October 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to propose anti-religion denigration protocol at UN Indonesia will propose an international protocol against desecration of religion to prevent conflicts and maintain world peace during the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reiterated the plan at a press conference before leaving for New York to attend the UN meeting here on Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 22 September 2012 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President yudhoyono to visit US President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono will leave for New York, the United States, this weekend on a working visit until September 30.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 20:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A'lian premier to attend 10th anniversary of Bali bombing Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is scheduled to attend the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park in Bali on October 12, 2012.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 September 2012 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono denies trilateral military cooperation There is little possibility of a trilateral military pact among Indonesia, Australia, and the United States, according to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "Indonesia`s stance has been clear, firm and consistent: it would not let the region become a conflict arena," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 04 July 2012 15:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ship with illegal immigrants capsized near Christmas island A ship carrying more than one hundred illegal immigrants has capsized in the waters between Indonesia and Australia`s Christmas Island.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 June 2012 12:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President : 'Govt to station marine battalion in Riau islands' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government plans to station a marine battalion in the Riau Islands to maintain security in the Malacca Strait section in Indonesian waters.

Posted in Military @ 02 June 2012 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono meets with new Timor Leste President Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with newly-installed Timor Leste President Jose Maria Vasconcelos, popularly known by his nom de guerre Taur Matan Ruak (Tetum for "Two Sharp Eyes"), as part of his two-day visit in the neighboring country on Sunday.

Posted in Protests @ 20 May 2012 10:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian team coming to investigate Sukhoi crash A team from Russia is expected to arrive here on Thursday evening to investigate the crash of Sukhoi Superjet 100 near Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 14:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda signs agreement to purchase 11 Airbus planes Garuda Indonesia signed an agreement with Airbus on Wednesday to purchase 11 A330-300 planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 13 April 2012 12:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives British PM Cameron President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Merdeka Palace here on Wednesday afternoon for bilateral talks.

Posted in Politics @ 11 April 2012 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Marzuki: 'US military base to affect regional stability' House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Marzuki Alie said the presence of a US military base in Australia will definitely affect the stability the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) has been nurturing in the region.

Posted in Politics @ 24 November 2011 01:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Ausie hold bilateral talks Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held bilateral talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Ayodya Hotel here on Sunday. In his prelude to the meeting, President Yudhoyono expressed his gratitude to the Australian delegation led by Premier Gillard to the 6th East Asia Summit for their contribution to the meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2011 11:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Vietnam sign joint naval agreement The governments of Indonesia and Vietnam on Wednesday agreed to set up a joint sea patrol as several Asian nations continue to fight for the control of disputed waters.

Posted in Military @ 14 September 2011 17:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai PM: Cambodian troops must leave border to solve dispute Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said the border conflict cannot be solved if Cambodian troops remain at the ancient Preah Vihear temple, MCOT Online reported. "I think the problem lies in Cambodia's refusal to withdraw its troops from the disputed area around Preah Vihear temple," Vejjajiva said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


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


Australia and Indonesia sign agreement to tackle drug trafficking Australia and Indonesia on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement to tackle transnational drug trafficking, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Drugs @ 17 March 2011 16:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and India to begin economic cooperation talks With Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's scheduled visit to India next week, the two countries are expected to begin talks in order to enter a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), the Business Standard reported Thursday.

Posted in General @ 21 January 2011 04:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nearly 100 Indonesians evacuated due to flooding in Australia Indonesia's Foreign Ministry on Thursday informed that at least 97 Indonesians have been evacuated from Australia due to major flooding, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Obama cancels visit to Indonesia - again U.S. President Barack Obama has canceled, for the second time, a planned visit to the Asia Pacific that included a stop in Bali in mid-June. Citing the "on-going environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said: "President Obama spoke tonight with Prime Minister Rudd of Australia, and with President Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2010 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Alhamdulilah, wanted terrorist Dulmatin dead' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has confirmed that one of the terrorists killed is indeed the wanted Dulmatin. He was shot and killed by anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 when he was in an internet cafe and tried to open fire at the approaching police.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 March 2010 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


60 Australians feared missing in Padang The Australian government has started checking hospitals in and around the city of Padang in West Sumatra to find some 60 citizens which are thought to be in the area when the earthquake struck. An official said that they were still unaccounted for at the moment. Earlier Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd zaid that there were no reports of Australians being injured or killed in the quake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 October 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia ready to help Indonesia douse forest fires Malaysia is ready to help Indonesia put out its raging forest and open fires, the wind-blown smoke of which has caused a haze in some parts of Malaysia and reduced visibility and air quality. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the offer of assistance when asked whether Malaysia was prepared to help out, especially to extinguish the fires in Sumatra.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 June 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla's popularity campaign: 'War against Malaysia' Current vice-president Jusuf Kalla is working hard to promote himself for the upcoming presidential elections on July 8 as it seems. He is talking tough to Malaysia about an apparent border incident concerning the Malaysian navy. Nationalist feelings are flaring up once again as Malaysia is threatening Indonesian sovereignty once again, at least in Indonesian eyes.

Posted in Military @ 02 June 2009 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Teen model escapes 'abusive' Malaysian prince A teenage US-Indonesian model has returned to her family in Indonesia with tales of abuse, rape and torture at the hands of a Malaysian prince, after her dramatic escape with the help of Singapore police. Manohara Odelia Pinot, 17, told reporters she was treated like a sex slave after her marriage to Tengku Temenggong Mohammad Fakhry, the prince of Malaysia's Kelantan state, last year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 June 2009 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 12 reactions


Elusive terror suspect Kastari captured in Malaysia Mas Selamat Kastari, the suspected leader of the Jemaah Islamiah militant group had used an improvised flotation device to escape from the north shore of Singapore to Johor Baharu. Singapore Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng said this happened after his escape from the Whitley Road Detention Centre on Feb 27 last year where he was being held under the Internal Security Act.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 May 2009 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono returns from Thailand earlier Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono returned home from Thailand on Saturday, earlier than scheduled, after riots hit Pattaya, of Thailand, press officer of the Indonesian Presidential Palace Nachrowi said. "President has returned from Thailand at 19:00 Jakarta time today," he told.

Posted in Politics @ 11 April 2009 06:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 'regrets' Timor atrocities President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has endorsed a truth commission report stating his country was to blame for gross human rights abuses against the Timorese in 1999. But he has stopped short of a formal apology and rejected prosecuting those responsible.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 July 2008 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


189 countries to take part in climate change conference in Bali About 189 countries have said they will participate in the climate change conference which will be held in Bali, Indonesia from 3 to 15 December. This information was released by Minister of Environment Rahmat Witoelar on Monday. The minister told that some countries would send their prime ministers; over 120 ministers will be present at the conference which will be attended by more than 10,000 representatives.

Posted in Environment @ 09 October 2007 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Terrorists are losing their battle to spread hatred' Islamic terrorists blamed for a number of deadly suicide bombings in Indonesia have failed to further their 'cause of hatred' in the country, according to president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He made the statement at the opening of an eye-clinic on the island of Bali, a gift from Australia to victims of the 2002 nightclub bombings which killed 202, among them 88 Australians.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2007 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Border with East Timor stays closed The border between Indonesia and East Timor will stay shut despite Dili's request to open the crucial supply link. The consul of East Timor in Kupang said his country submitted an official request to open the border again as soon as possible. Governor Piet Alexander Tallo said in response that Indonesia had denied the request.

Posted in General @ 25 March 2007 05:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gets help from Australia after crash Australia offered more medical aid to Indonesia after a Garuda Indonesia plane crashed. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta contacted the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to offer more medical help, as was said by Prime Minister John Howard. "The Indonesians have indicated that they will be very ready to take that up if it is needed," Howard told on television on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2007 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Border between Indonesia and East Timor closed Indonesia has closed it's border with East Timor temporarily to prevent fugitives from sneaking into Indonesia. This move comes ahead of a tense lead-up to presidential elections, as was said by the military on Monday. Australia, with 800 troops in East Timor, has warned that violence may increase ahead of the April poll. This was said after clashes with it's peace keepers and East Timorese refugees left two civilians dead.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2007 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yeo: Linking Indonesian sand ban to extradition treaty unfortunate Indonesia's ban on sand exports to Singapore was one of the key concerns in Parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament were keen to find out about the impact of the ban on the construction industry and Singapore's relations with Indonesia. In his reply, Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said linking the sand ban to the extradition treaty being sought by Indonesia and border talks would be unfortunate and counterproductive.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Indonesia defends JI leader's acquittal The Indonesian supreme court's acquittal of militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual leader of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, on charges of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings should be respected, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday. "Indonesia can understand all reactions regarding the supreme court's decision on Bashir," a statement said.

Posted in General @ 23 December 2006 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia to beef up security in Malacca Straits Indonesia and Malaysia on Friday agreed to strengthen their maritime cooperation to tighten security in the Malacca Strait due to several accidents in the waters between the two countries recently, Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said here. Minister Sudarsono made the statement in a joint press conference with his Malaysian counterpart Tun Najib Razak after days of regular meeting between the armed forces of the countries.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2006 03:39 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 eyes path for ex-Aceh rebels to form political party Indonesia will soon set the ball rolling to allow former rebels in Aceh to establish a political party and join the mainstream in the once volatile province, a top peace monitor said on Saturday. Aceh will hold landmark elections on December 11, the first ever direct vote for top executive posts in the province and seen as a key step toward consolidating a peace deal struck in August 2005.

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


Orangutans smuggled into Thailand to be repatriated next week Forty-eight orangutans smuggled into Thailand and which have been stranded in the country following a military coup will be repatriated to Indonesia this week, an official said Sunday. Pornchai Pratumratanatan, chief of a wildlife research center that has been sheltering the animals for several months, said the Indonesian government will send a C-130 military transport plane to pick up the apes on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 20 November 2006 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan eyes LNG deal in Indonesia pres visit: Jakarta Japan wants liquefied natural gas (LNG) included in agreements to be signed with Indonesia during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s visit this month, an Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday. Spokesman Desra Percaya did not elaborate, but Japan is concerned about maintaining massive imports of Indonesian natural gas in LNG form, after Indonesian officials have said drastic cutbacks could be coming, as it wants to use more gas at home.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Yudhoyono to visit Japan President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and entourage are scheduled make a state visit to Japan from November 26 to 29, 2006. The Culture and Information Office of the Japanese Embassy here told the press recently that while in Japan the President and his wife Mrs Ani Yudhoyono will pay a courtesy call on the Japanese Emperor and his consort.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2006 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rating Improvement for SBY any adults in Indonesia are content with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, according to a poll by the Indonesian Survey Institute. 67 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the president’s performance, up 12 points since March.

Posted in Politics @ 16 October 2006 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


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


Sugar being smuggled to Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Saturday that there were some quarters who smuggled out and sold sugar to neighbouring countries. He said the figures on production and demand in the country showed the supply of sugar was adequate. "The problem arises because prices of sugar in Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei are much higher.

Posted in Economy @ 30 September 2006 15:42 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


Aceh celebrates year of peace Tens of thousands of Acehnese gathered on Tuesday around the provincial capital's black-domed mosque to mark the anniversary of a landmark truce and to urge Indonesia's government not to water down the pact. At the governor's mansion, officials involved in the peace deal congregated in a hall to mark the Helsinki-signed pact, aimed at ending a 30-year war in which 15,000 people died.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 August 2006 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims in Asia protest Israeli attacks on Lebanon Muslims in Asia held angry but peaceful protests on Friday against Israel's bombardment of Lebanon, denouncing the Jewish state and demanding the United Nations take action to halt the violence. Demonstrators in Malaysia burned Israeli flags. In Indonesia they accused Israel of atrocities against civilians. In Bangladesh marchers shouted "Down with Israel.''

Posted in Protests @ 21 July 2006 14:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Timor Leste's PM to visit Indonesia Timor Leste's new prime minister, Jose Ramos Horta, will possibly visit Indonesia at the end of this week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said on Thursday. "We are trying to fix a mutually agreeable time and this will possibly be the end of this week," Antara news agency on Thursday quoted the foreign minister as saying after a meeting with the President at the State Palace.

Posted in Politics @ 20 July 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Indonesia allows aid into East Timor Indonesia is to open its border with East Timor to allow humanitarian aid to reach some 130,000 people affected by recent violence. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced the move at a meeting with his East Timorese counterpart in the Indonesian island of Bali. Meanwhile, the leader of East Timor's rebels has said his group has disarmed.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2006 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's silence on Timor Leste crisis For two months Timor Leste has gone through its worst crisis since its independence. Much of the country's trade and economy depend on us. Much of the geo-political space in which it has to pursue its foreign policy, and to achieve stability and justice, depends on us. They use our language, even smoke the same kretek cigarettes as we do. And, in the most fundamental sense, they had suffered under "our" harsh occupation. Yet, with a few exceptions, many prefer to remain silent, ignoring their sorry plight. Why?

Posted in History @ 16 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI envoy returns to Canberra, ties 'back on right track' Signs of a thaw in frosty Indonesia-Australia relations are apparent after Jakarta sent its ambassador back to Canberra ahead of a meeting between the countries' leaders later this month. Foreign Ministry spokesman Desra Percaya said Friday that T.M. Hamzah Thayeb, who was recalled on March 24 during a rancorous dispute over Papuan asylum seekers, would arrive back in the Australian capital this weekend.

Posted in Politics @ 10 June 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY denounces Timor Leste PM for linking unrest with Indonesia Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday denounced Timor Leste Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri for accusing pro-Indonesia militiamen of involving in the bloody riots in the tiny country in the last few weeks. Susilo said Alkatiri's remarks could spark a new problem in the bilateral ties between Indonesia and its former province, which seceded in 1999 under a U.N.-sponsored referendum and gained independence three years later.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2006 08:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Former President Suharto rushed to hospital Former Indonesian president Suharto has been rushed to a Jakarta hospital suffering intestinal bleeding, a news report says. Jakarta-based private television network Metro TV reported in its midnight program the former strongman was admitted to Pertamina Central Hospital in South Jakarta at 6.30pm on Thursday, with some of his children and grandchildren accompanying him.

Posted in General @ 05 May 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia's special envoy visits over Papua issue Australia's head of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Department Michael L'Estrange held meetings Friday with Indonesian officials to discuss the controversial issue of protection visas granted by Australia to 42 asylum seekers from Papua. Presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said he met with the special envoy at an undisclosed location earlier in the day but declined to elaborate.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia sends envoy to repair Indonesia ties Australia's top diplomat will visit Jakarta this week to try and ease tensions with Indonesia caused by Australia's decision to grant refugee visas to 42 Papuans who fled Indonesia in an outrigger canoe. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said his country's relationship with Australia should be reviewed following the decision, but Prime Minister John Howard on Tuesday said Australia had no reason to apologise for its policies.

Posted in Politics @ 18 April 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges Netherlands to invest, trade in Papua Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Saturday that the Netherlands could play a role in Papua by focusing on investment. "You were asking what the Dutch can do in Papua. Cooperation in investment and trade can be a good avenue," Susilo said while responding to a question raised by the media.

Posted in Economy @ 10 April 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to visit four Middle East countries Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to visit four countries in the Middle East later this month to enhance ties with fellow Muslim nations, the country's official news agency reported Sunday. Yudhoyono plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates during an eight-day trip in late April, said Alwi Shihab, the president's special envoy to the Middle East.

Posted in Politics @ 09 April 2006 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Islam is not a danger, Dutch PM says Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende called for a rapprochement between Muslims and people of other faiths on Friday. "It causes me pain to see that people regard Islam as a danger. Islam is not a danger. The people who misuse Islam to spread terror are the danger," Balkenende said during a speech at an Islamic university in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2006 10:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Review cooperation with Canberra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a review of Indonesia's cooperation with Australia, as a row over Canberra's decision to accept asylum seekers from Papua deepens. 'Relations between Indonesia and Australia are entering a difficult time, full of challenges,' he said yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fears cartoon could damage Australia - Indonesia relationship There are concerns that a cartoon in the Weekend Australian newspaper will damage the relationship between the Australian and Indonesian governments. The cartoon depicts an Indonesian man as a canine copulating with a West Papuan. A similar cartoon making fun of the prime minister John Howard and the foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer appeared in an Indonesian newpaper in recent days.

Posted in Politics @ 02 April 2006 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


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

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


Schools for Indonesians in Sabah There will be schools and teachers for children of Indonesians working in plantations in Sabah. This was among the decisions made during bilateral talks between Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla here yesterday.

Posted in General @ 30 March 2006 08:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Rakyat Merdeka publishes, and removes, cartoons The simmering controversy over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a number of European media as well as a local newspaper's website ignited protests here Friday. In Jakarta, hundreds of members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI) held a protest against Rakyat Merdeka online on Friday after the website ran the cartoons -- showing the image of the Prophet, which is forbidden in Islam -- earlier this week.

Posted in Protests @ 04 February 2006 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


VP Kalla holds historic meeting with GAM chiefs As snow floated down from the dark skies over Finland's capital Helsinki, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and exiled leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) held a historic meeting aimed at building a long-lasting peace in Aceh. Kalla met for the first time with GAM leaders Malik Mahmud and Zaini Abdullah here Friday evening (early Saturday in Indonesia), following the signing of a peace accord Aug. 15, 2005, to end nearly three decades of separatist fighting.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 January 2006 15:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


East Timor withholds UN abuse report The East Timorese Government has withheld publication of a report claiming as many as 180,000 civilians may have died as a result of Indonesia's quarter-century occupation of the former Portugese colony. Leaked copies of the report by the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CRTR) point to alleged widespread abuses by the Indonesian military including rape, the use of napalm and the poisoning of food supplies.

Posted in Politics @ 19 January 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb site becomes car park Survivors of the Bali bombings have been shocked at the sight of cars driving over memorials to the dead. The site of Paddy's Bar in Kuta has been turned into a car park. There are also plans to transform the neighbouring Sari Club site, which also hosts shrines and tributes, into a car park. Both nightclubs were destroyed in the October 2002 bomb blasts that killed 202 people, 88 of them Australians.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 December 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Indonesia guarded on straits patrol Indonesia has given qualified support to a plan for Australian navy patrol aircraft to help guard the strategic Malacca Straits against terrorist attacks and piracy. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohammad Najib discussed the plan with Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, asking if Canberra would consider sending long-range RAAF P-3C Orion patrol aircraft to help oversee the 1000kilometre waterway.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2005 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa-on-arrival in Indonesia harbinger of closer cooperation Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s appreciation of Indonesia’s adoption of a visa-on-arrival policy for Indian nationals during the visit of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday set the tone for a whole range of MoUs to be signed between the two countries. Both countries agreed to work together to improve connectivity and people-to-people contacts between their countries through enhanced tourism, civil aviation and shipping links.

Posted in General @ 24 November 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Masked militant on Indonesia video threatens West A masked man believed to be one of Asia's most wanted militants has warned Western countries, especially Australia, of more attacks in a video found last week by Indonesian anti-terrorist police. The video was broadcast on Indonesia's Metro TV on Thursday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 November 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Claims of bird flu cover-up in Indonesia The Indonesian government has been accused of covering up a bird flu epidemic in its poultry industry for nearly two years. The Washington Post newspaper says Indonesian health experts believe bird flu first broke out in the country on commercial poultry farms. The virus spread to chickens raised in back yards across Indonesia and then began to infect humans, killing at least three people since July.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 October 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Police seek five over Bali attacks Indonesian police are searching for five men from the far western Javanese province of Banten over suspected involvement in Saturday's deadly bombings on the holiday island of Bali. Banten Police Chief Senior Commissioner Badrodin Haiti told Indonesia's official Antara news service the five were members of a ring led by Imam Samudra, who has been sentenced to death for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 October 2005 08:16 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
    
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