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People urged to give Jokowi time to select ministers A political observer from state General Soedirman University in Purwokerto, Central Java, has called on the people to give President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) time to select his ministers.

Posted in Politics @ 23 October 2014 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fighting against ISIS presence Indonesia, the worlds largest Muslim populated country, is doing its best to prevent the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), alerting all regional police forces and Muslim organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 09 August 2014 19:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rhoma Irama and the fake Professor title “Professor of Dangdut” Rhoma Irama may have to revert back to the less scholarly “King of Dangdut” in the not-too-distant future after Indonesia’s education minister indicated that the presidential candidate may be liable to criminal penalties if his illustrious certificate of education turned out to have been acquired from a scam college run by a colorful UK-Iranian educator.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2014 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former law minister to be Nazaruddin`s legal adviser The former law minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra has expressed interest to become the legal adviser to the former ruling Democrat Party treasurer M. Nazaruddin, who is currently serving a jail term on charges of corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 January 2014 21:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono discuss reconciliation over Shiite issue President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with Maduranese clerics and figures and local government officials to find a solution over Shiites who have been expelled from their homes on the island of Madura.

Posted in Religion @ 02 August 2013 08:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agricultural land conversion in Bali alarming Agricultural land conversion in Bali in the past five years has been alarming and potentially threatening food resilience in the tourist island, a local university professor said.

Posted in Environment @ 23 June 2013 14:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua police to probe Freeport`s collapsed tunnel case Papua police have formed an investigation team to probe causes of the collapse of an underground training tunnel at Freeport Indonesia`s Big Gossan mine in the country`s easternmost province of Papua.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 May 2013 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Leiden Library urged to return Indonesian ancient manuscripts The Javanology Institute of the Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Solo has continuously been seeking ways to get ancient Javanese manuscripts now kept in a Library in Leiden, the Netherlands, back to the country. These are believed to be the oldest Javanese manuscripts dating back to before the advent of Islam to Indonesia.

Posted in History @ 27 February 2013 20:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


500 pregnant women in Bali infected by HIV/AIDS every year Bali`s Aids Controlling Commission (KPA) said around 500 pregnant women in Bali carry HIV/AIDs every year.

Posted in Health @ 01 September 2012 20:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has opportunities to strengthen domestic industries Indonesia still has a lot of opportunities to strengthen its industries due to continuing investment growth, a presidential aide said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 August 2012 14:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono appoints Nafsiah Mboi new Minister of Health President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has named Nafsiah Mboi as the new health minister to replace minister Endang Sedyaningsih, who recently died from cancer.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2012 11:28 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


Russian DNA expert helps identify Sukhoi crash victims A Russian DNA expert has arrived here to assist in the identification of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims. Professor Paprov Ivanov joined the national police`s Disaster Victim Identification team on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 May 2012 12:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Culture preservation, tourism push to go hand in hand The preservation of culture and tourism promotion could go hand in hand, Culture and Education Deputy Minister Wiendu Nuryanti said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 May 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Energy deputy minister Widjajono dies at 60 Energy and Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Widjajono Partowidagdo passed away on Saturday afternoon after suffering a heart attack during a trip to Mount Tambora in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara. The Bandung Institute of Technology professor was 60 years old.

Posted in General @ 22 April 2012 01:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New wasp species in Indonesia shocks scientists An American scientist working with a team of Indonesians scientists has discovered a new giant black warrior wasp species. The wasp will be added to the list of items named after the country’s national symbol, the mythical bird Garuda.

Posted in Environment @ 02 September 2011 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the 'real' tourism for Bali? According to respected Indonesian elder statesman, Prof. Dr. Emil Salim, although Bali has manage to become the icon of Indonesian tourism, it is destined to lose its true bearings as a religious, cultural and nature destination which will result in a decline in the quality of international tourists drawn to the Island.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2009 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Tough laws needed to curb people-smuggling Indonesia has become a key transit point for illegal migrants in the region, but efforts to curb people-smuggling are being hampered by a dearth of stringent laws to punish offenders, officials say. Eko Daniyanto, head of the people-smuggling unit for the Indonesian national police, said international people-smuggling syndicates had operated in Indonesia since 2005.

Posted in Human rights @ 19 November 2009 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Majapahit village discovered near Mojokerto A joint archeology team for historical Majapahit (1293 to around 1500) sites has discovered a complete village from that age in one single area. The village is located near the city of Mojokerto in East Java. This is the first time that a complete village has been found. The village was most likely used by the elite of the Majapahit kingdom.

Posted in History @ 28 October 2009 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian coral reefs predict large quake within 20 years Researchers reported Thursday that a study of reefs in Indonesia found that corals record cyclical events in the environment, and that these events could foretell a considerable earthquake in the eastern Indian Ocean within the next twenty years. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology's Tectonics Observatory studied corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, and found them to include annual growth rings, similar to those in tree trunks, which document cyclical events such as earthquakes.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 December 2008 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud flow may collapse in coming years Indonesia's disastrous mud volcano is collapsing on itself, according to new research released on the second anniversary of the ever-growing environmental catastrophe. Every day, 100,000 cubic metres of hot, stinking sludge continues to ooze from the mud volcano, which burst through the earth two years ago during deep drilling at a nearby exploratory well, linked to Indonesia's richest man and also part-owned by Australian company Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2008 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Some 2.5 million abortions in Indonesia annually Although banned by law as well as an Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) edict, some 2.5 million abortions will happen in Indonesia every year, an academician has said. "The figure does not yet include abortions effected with non-medical assistance or with the help of shaman," Antara news agency Sunday quoted Professor Dr Jurnalis Uddin of Jakarta-based YARSI University as saying at a seminar here.

Posted in Health @ 25 February 2008 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesian beaches ravaged by 2004 tsunami still eroding The catastrophic damage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was mostly done within a few hours, but that was just the beginning of a different process that may take up to a decade or more to complete - the stabilization of new beaches and landforms in areas ravaged by this disaster. In continued studies, researchers at Oregon State University and the U.S. Geological Survey are finding that the beaches may continue to shift and change for several more years, as the lands adjust both to the tsunami impacts and the sudden drop of some nearby land by three to six feet.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dining with Lions in Bali What is almost certainly Bali's - and perhaps Asia's most unique dining venue has opened with the inauguration of the Tsavo Lion Restaurant at the Bali Safari & Marine Park, located just 20 minutes east of Denpasar on the new Jalan Bypass Professor Ida Bagus Mantra highway.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 December 2007 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra prepares after psychic 'predicts 8.5 magnitude quake' Officials in the province of Bengkulu in western Sumatra said on Monday that they were taking precautionary measures after a psychic from Brazil warned that a powerful earthquake was to strike the area next month. Husni Hassanuddin, a spokesman for the province, said that the Indonesian embassy in Brazil had sent a letter from a 'professor' predicting that an earthquake would strike the island on December 23.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 November 2007 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hobbits' wrist action shows they were little, not people Three wrist bones from one of the tiny "hobbits" of Indonesia provide the evidence that confirms they are a new species of humans, scientists report. Since the discovery of the prehistoric humans on the island of Flores was announced three years ago, debate has raged over whether the fossils are a new species, called Homo floresiensis.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2007 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu spread from humans to humans in 2006 In the first systematic, statistical analysis of its kind, infectious-disease-modeling experts at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center confirm that the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in 2006 spread between a small number of people within a family in Indonesia. The findings, by biostatistician Ira M. Longini Jr., Ph.D., and colleagues, will be published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Posted in Health @ 29 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian economy grows fastest in more than 2 years Indonesia's economy grew at the fastest rate for over two years in the second quarter as exports rose and lower interest rates helped fuel spending and investment. The largest economy of Southeast Asia expanded 6.3 percent in the three months ending at 30 June after gaining 6.0 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to the Central Statistics Bureau BPS. Economists had expected a growth of 6.1 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 15 August 2007 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report blaming quake stokes volcano row A new report that blames the earthquake of May 2006 for the mud volcano in eastern Java has stoked dispute on Tuesday about whether the drilling well or geology has caused the disaster that engulfed thousands of homes and businesses until today. Scientists tell that they may never find the exact trigger for the eruption of mud from the ground that engulfed an area four times Monaco and already forced 15,000 people to leave their homes.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 August 2007 13:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Irian Jaya to be known as West Papua The government in Indonesia has officially renamed West Irian Jaya province into West Papua province. This action angered self-determination groups who use the name West Papua to describe the entire Indonesian - western - part of the island of New Guinea. Several years ago the government decided to split the huge province of Papua into smaller provinces.

Posted in General @ 27 April 2007 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Veterinarian team says disinfectant kills bird flu virus A team of veterinarians says it has developed a disinfecting spray that is said to kill the bird flu virus on contact. The team from the Airlangga University in Surabaya said that the spray could be used to spray cages and areas where fowl have died from the virus, which can be lethal in humans. This to prevent it from spreading.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 February 2007 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong monsoons could mean increased droughts in Indonesia Fears of strengthening monsoons in Asia could spell trouble for parts of Australia and Indonesia which will see longer and more frequent droughts in the future, according to a study published in Nature on Thursday. By examining the chemical makeup of corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, researchers found that stronger monsoons in Asia 6,500 years ago led to greater ocean cooling in the eastern Indian Ocean, which reduced evaporation and, in turn increased the droughts in Indonesia and Australia.

Posted in Environment @ 18 January 2007 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adrianus Meliala: Pushing for reform of Indonesian police Asked about the progress of police reform in Indonesia, criminologist and police analyst Adrianus Eliasta Sembiring Meliala said that it was obvious, but the direct benefit for citizens would not be realized in one night.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another tsunami could hit Indonesia, experts say Another big tsunami could hit Sumatra within the next few decades, flooding densely populated regions south of where a giant wave hit in December 2004, U.S. and Indonesian researchers predicted on Tuesday. The same big geologic fault, called a megathrust, that caused the 2004 tsunami continues to run parallel to the southeast, along the Indian Ocean coast of Sumatra, with the potential to a affect areas to the south, the team at the California Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California and elsewhere reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 December 2006 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia haze back over Singapore A shift in wind direction brought the haze from Indonesia's land-clearing fires back to Singapore on Tuesday after an earlier clean air reprieve. The Pollution Standards Index (PSI) moved out of the healthy range to 57 and remained within the moderate category. Singaporeans have been out in force since last Wednesday, when heavy showers cleared the air of the weeks of haze that triggered warnings from environmental officials to stay indoors and in air conditioned rooms.

Posted in Forest fires @ 31 October 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia disaster shows risks of mud volcanoes In a village in Indonesia's East Java province, a man is struggling to watch television with a volcano erupting in his living room. Risks from volcanoes that ooze mud rather than spew lava have long been underestimated worldwide, even with a cataclysmic mudflow in another part of Java that has swamped an area the size of Monaco and forced 10,000 people from their homes.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2006 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Expert: Indonesia quake may trigger Merapi eruption The earthquake that killed over 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island is linked to the one that triggered the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and may signal the imminent eruption of a nearby volcano, an expert said on Monday. Indonesia sits in a seismically active "ring of fire", a region marked by regular volcanic and tectonic activity, and which bore the brunt of the December 2004 quake-generated tsunami which left more than 230,000 dead or missing.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists query discovery of 'Hobbits' in Flores A row has broken out about the scientific evidence purporting to show that a species of "hobbits" lived on a remote Indonesian island about 18,000 years ago. A team of scientists believes that the skull at the centre of the discovery is not from a metre-high member of another human species but belonged to someone with microcephaly - a congenitally small brained person.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second uni on black list in Indonesia A second Victorian university has fallen foul of the Indonesian Government over West Papuan independence, putting at risk a lucrative education market. Soon after Deakin University was effectively black-listed by Indonesia over the work of two academics, a spokeswoman for the Indonesian Ministry of National Education, Nur Samsiah, said it had also cut ties with RMIT University.

Posted in Politics @ 09 May 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Living on a fault line A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be?

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Britain covered up murders of 5 journalists in 1975 invasion of East Timor The British government tacitly backed Indonesia's 1975 occupation of East Timor and sought to cover up the subsequent murder of two British journalists by the invaders, according to newly declassified documents and media reports. "Certainly ... it is in Britain's interest that Indonesia should absorb (East Timor) as soon and as unobtrusively as possible; and that if it comes to the crunch and there is a row in the United Nations we should keep our heads down and avoid siding against the Indonesian Government," said a dispatch from British Ambassador John A. Ford in Jakarta on the eve of Indonesia's invasion of East Timor on Dec. 5, 1975.

Posted in General @ 01 December 2005 07:15 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


Govt plays down impact of new study on Papua vote The government plays down the controversial study by Dutch historian Prof. Pieter Drooglever on 1969 vote in Papua, saying that his report was purely academic. "We view the report as an academic study which is no different from other studies on Papua," Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Yuri Oktavian Thamrin said.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia likely to change economic team President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's plan for a long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle has fueled expectations of changes in his government's economic team. It is likely that "one or two" ministers will be out of their current jobs after a long-promised evaluation of their performance, Yudhoyono said Wednesday, without elaborating.

Posted in Politics @ 13 November 2005 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Casuarina trees create hope for coastal villagers Until five years ago, the coastal areas along the southern beaches of Bantul Regency were dry and infertile. No plants seemed to be able to survive the strong, burning wind and the land lay parched and barren. Agricultural efforts in the area were sporadic and often failed.

Posted in Environment @ 11 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to establish tsunami early warning system Indonesia will establish a tsunami early warning system in its most earthquake-prone region by the end of this year. The system, developed by German and Indonesian researchers, involves sensors on the ocean floor and buoys on the surface of the sea that transmit earthquake and tsunami activity to observation stations on the coast via satellite.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Keeping a collection of rare and banned books The dimness inside the Room of Rarities at the library of Surabaya's Medayu Agung Foundation gives way to brightness when Oei Hiem Hwie enters the room and turns on the main lights. Rows of neatly arranged books can be seen through the glass doors of a wooden cabinet ornamented with Jepara carving. "You will soon find out why this room is called the Hall of Rare Collection," Oei told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Culture @ 17 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest Dutchman for alleged child molestation Police in the Bali regency of Buleleng are questioning a Dutch national who has been arrested for an alleged sexual abuse of minors. The police have taken statements from three boys who said that the 44-year-old Dutchman, identified only by his initials as MC, had sodomized them. But detective chief Adj. Comr. M. Mughoni said he was looking for two more children who might have also fallen victim to the abuse.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2005 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia graft agency to question justice minister Indonesia's justice minister will be questioned this week by the country's anti-corruption agency in relation to an investigation of the election commission, the agency's chief said on Monday. The Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) has been investigating suspected kickbacks by private firms to the General Election Commission, of which Justice Minister Hamid Awaluddin was a member last year.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2005 18:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia quake shook earth's entire surface The great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake that generated the devastating tsunami in December was so powerful that the ground shook everywhere on the Earth's surface and weeks later the planet still trembled.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 May 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: 'Super volcano' could dwarf Indonesia earthquake catastrophes As Indonesians struggled to recover from the second deadly earthquake to strike them in three months, an Australian expert warned the country faced the prospect of a "super volcano" eruption that would dwarf all previous catastrophes. Professor Ray Cas of Monash University's School of Geosciences said the world's biggest super volcano was Lake Toba, on Indonesia's island of Sumatra, site of both the recent massive earthquakes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deadly ground Alinda-Jane Hannah, a New Zealander living in Phuket, was nearly killed by the Dec. 26 tsunami. Driving along a road in the beachside town of Kamala, she and her 3-year-old daughter Nakita-Rose were almost washed away by the waves as they swamped the eastern coast of the island. A sharp intimation of mortality revisited Hannah last week when a loudspeaker in a nearby mosque woke her shortly before midnight, warning of another tsunami on the way. Hannah fled to higher ground, together with tens of thousands of other locals and tourists. Now, she says, after three months of trying to forget the terror of Dec. 26, "all the awful thoughts are back."

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 April 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seismologist warns of more huge quakes off Sumatra island A prominent seismologist said he could not rule out the risk of a third big quake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where two massive temblors have occurred in just three months. "The probability of a third quake in the coming months and years, cannot be excluded," Mustapha Meghraoui, in charge of active tectonics at the Institute for Planetary Physics in Strasbourg, eastern France, told Agence France Presse.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists fear another major quake may strike Indonesia Seismologists say there is a heightened risk that a major earthquake may soon strike the western coast of Sumatra as a result of the monster quake that generated the December 26 tsunami. They warn that the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, which was already badly hit by the killer wave, could be at risk from a quake measuring up to 7.5 on the Richter scale and there is a potential for a tsunami-making 8.5 quake offshore.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hobbit folk 'were just sick humans' Trumpeted as a new species of human being, the 'hobbit' folk of Indonesia are really just sick members of Homo sapiens, it has been alleged. The claim - by Teuku Jacob, professor of paleoanthropology at Indonesia's Gadjah Mada university - threatens to trigger an academic row over the discovery of an extinct race of little hominid people, Homo floresiensis, on the island of Flores.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Harvest time in Indonesia Former Indonesian security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his advisers are moving ahead with preparations to assume the presidency, discussing policy plans and the formation of a cabinet at his home today, even though he has yet to be officially declared the victor of Indonesia's first direct vote for a head of state.

Posted in Elections @ 22 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Uncluttered by tenses, prepositions and grammatical quirks, Indonesia’s national tongue was once a gift to travellers who quickly grasped the basics. Now a bizarre passion for acronyms is threatening to engulf the language, leaving visitors and even locals lost in translation.

Posted in Culture @ 06 September 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Golkar widens lead over Megawati's party The leader of the party once led by Indonesian dictator Suharto claimed victory Wednesday in parliamentary elections that were a major setback to President Megawati Sukarnoputri. The Golkar party had 20.81 percent with about two-thirds the results counted from the April 5 vote. That's less than one percentage point ahead of Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, but ballots from Golkar's strongholds have yet to be counted and its lead is likely to increase.

Posted in Elections @ 17 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Before he slipped into unconsciousness, six-year-old Kaptan Boonmanuj told his mother, "Mum, my chest feels like it's going to explode." On Jan. 26, after two weeks in a coma, Kaptan died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, becoming Thailand's first victim of avian flu. His parents returned home to the hamlet of Ben Ya Pad, deep in the country's rural western province of Kanchanaburi. Two days had passed since their son's death, and rice farmer Chamnan Boonmanuj and his wife Chongrak sat receiving friends and relatives, the smell of burning incense heavy in the front room of their concrete house. Behind them, Kaptan's body lay in a white coffin. Propped against it was his bicycle, along with a picture of Kaptan wearing his school uniform. Outside, a row of ornate wreaths was placed beside the wall of the house. One was from the Ministry of Public Health.

Posted in Health @ 06 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military helps shape elections Indonesian generals, on the defensive since the ouster of the dictatorship they supported for 32 years, are becoming kingmakers again as the campaign for presidential and parliamentary elections heats up. And despite the danger that Indonesia's young democracy is being undercut by its inability to rein in the military, candidates and political parties are courting the brass for endorsements.

Posted in Elections @ 23 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


SUHARTO: A Political Biography

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This year we have still to see the worst of the floods. Former state minister for the environment and professor in business ethics Sonny Keraf, who served in the Cabinet of former president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, shares his views on environmental policy with The Jakarta Post contributor Dwi Iswandono. . Question: What is your comment on the recent floods? . Answer: The floods have been caused by human behavior. The root of this disaster is morality, as displayed in the form of bad practice in government, private enterprise and society. Such actions have ignored all the regulations we made to safeguard the environment.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A new World Bank report says that as many as 120 million Indonesians are either living in abject poverty or are staring poverty in the face. But does any one really care? You would be forgiven for thinking that the nation's political elite are either ignorant or simply cannot be bothered with the issue. Poverty was hardly mentioned in the recently concluded meeting of the People's Consultative Assembly.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati Sukarnoputri was born to power. But in order to wield it for the benefit of Indonesia, she will have to learn to work with, and control, the powerbrokers in parliament and the military. Can she do it? On a day when most business executives in Jakarta were chasing rumors about the possible shape of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's cabinet, investment banker Tim Gray was past caring. Let others worry whether her government will prove any more stable than that of her impeached predecessor, Abdurrahman Wahid. Gray is leaving town. "The type of deals I do, the movement of capital into this market, those sources of capital have dried up," he says. After more than 10 years in Jakarta, he left his job as president of Development Capital, a privately held investment bank, and headed to Dubai. It's a departure with regrets, says the American-born banker. But even with Megawati as president, there's no sense staying. "They've dug themselves a deep hole. To dig themselves out is going to take years."

Posted in Politics @ 06 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another Cabinet shake-up on Tuesday: Minister The nation is set to witness yet another Cabinet reshuffle involving not only the vacant post of attorney general, but also other ministries, a senior Cabinet minister revealed. The next reshuffle, prompted primarily by the sudden death of Attorney General Baharuddin Lopa, is expected to take place on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 09 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On February 20, a West Kalimantan panglima, a kind of witch doctor arrived in the Dayak village of Luwuk Bunter, 24 kilometers north of Sampit. The panglima, named Edi, cast a spell on some oil and gave it to selected warriors to drink.

Posted in Violence @ 13 April 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From his grief-gouged eyes to the way he presses his hands together to stop them from shaking, it's clear that if Syamsudin Noor makes it through the next few weeks, he is still a dead man inside. Syamsudin has pushed through a crowd of fellow refugees to tell his story, describing in patient detail how a visitation of almost unimaginable brutality destroyed his remote village of Sangai in Indonesia's Kalimantan province. "All my children, my grandchildren were killed," he mourns. "They cut off their heads and then cut them up and took them away to eat. There were a lot of Madurese in Sangai. Now 95% of us are dead."

Posted in Violence @ 10 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saludin, a newly hired driver for Coca-Cola in Jakarta, was waiting in his car in the underground parking lot of Jakarta's stock exchange when a bomb exploded last Wednesday. "There was a loud bang and the windows of my car were shattered," the 27-year-old Indonesian recalls. "There were flames everywhere." Saludin jumped out of the front window of the Mitsubishi Galant. The second-floor basement was filling up with black smoke, but he followed signs leading toward the exit ramp. He made it to the first floor and collapsed—"my lungs were full of smoke, and my heart felt it would explode from my chest." Rescue workers found him on the ground, bleeding from the ears and half-conscious, and carried him out to safety.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The oil-rich province of Riau generates 20% of Indonesia's wealth but gets back only a fraction of that. The locals are demanding more.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The prosperous, tree-lined streets of Bandung hearken back to an era earlier this century when the city was known as the Paris of Java. Dutch colonial administrators at that time enlisted European architects and town planners to transform Bandung into an elegant holiday destination dotted with Art Deco buildings and other designs of the day. This heritage, along with cool mountain air, makes the city of 1.8 million people the envy of other large Indonesian centers. Hotels are packed with crowds fleeing Jakarta during weekends. "A lot of government big-shots like to come here and whoop it up," says Rus Edi, a taxi driver.

Posted in General @ 06 June 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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