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MUI demands drop of judicial review of interfaith marriage law The Indonesia Council of Ulemas (MUI) has asked the countrys Constitutional Court (MK) to drop the case of judicial review on inter-religious marriages as it would benefit no one.

Posted in Religion @ 18 September 2014 19:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono attends Cap Go Meh celebration President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, flanked by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, attended the "Cap Go Meh" celebration to mark the 15th day after the Chinese New Year here on Friday evening.

Posted in Religion @ 14 February 2014 22:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government decides Idul Fitri on August 8 The Indonesian government here on Wednesday declared the fall of Idul Fitri on Thursday, August 8. The decision was made in an Isbath meeting attended by representatives from various Islamic organizations in the country.

Posted in Religion @ 08 August 2013 00:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono talks about his retirement plans What would President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono do after he is no longer a president?. He has not made any decision yet but "we have often talked about it with Ibu (Madame) Ani, my beloved wife," he said at a press conference here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 08 March 2013 11:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi calls for religious tolerance The Governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, has urged the people of Jakarta to maintain religious tolerance and harmony.

Posted in General @ 07 January 2013 14:18 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Police neutralizes homemade bomb in Poso The Mobile Brigade (Brimob) Gegana team of the regional police of Central Sulawesi neutralised a homemade bomb in Tonipa Village, Poso Pesisir sub-district, Poso district, on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 October 2012 17:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims commemorate second Bali Bombings Survivors and families of victims of the second Bali bombings in 2005 gathered to commemorate the tragedy here on Monday. In their message read out on the occasion they called on all community elements, including the government to prevent terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2012 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic leaders support journalists` sharia caucus Aceh Islamic clerics and regional administration support the establishment of a caucus aimed to fully implement the Sharia Law in the province. The Caucus of the Sharia defenders has been established by a group of local journalists.

Posted in Religion @ 24 September 2012 13:16 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


Minister condemns violence against Shiites in Madura Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali has condemned the latest violence against the Shiite community in Sampang district, Madura Island, East Java Province. "Any violence in whatever form, including in the name of religion or sectarian differences, is unacceptable," the minister stated here on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 27 August 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh sets up counter terrorism unit The Aceh province has become a strategic hideout for a terrorist group, Governor Zaini Abdullah said in a statement on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2012 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption curriculum implemented in Manado The anti-corruption curriculum has been implemented at all schools in Manado, North Sulawesi, said the local education office spokesman Dante Tombeg here on Thursday. "We have applied the anti-corruption curriculum in the subjects of civics, social sciences and religion at all schools in Manado," Dante announced.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 May 2012 15:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP calls for regulation on mosque loudspeakers Vice President Boediono asked the Indonesian Council of Mosques here on Friday to start discussing a possible regulation about the use of loudspeakers at mosques.

Posted in General @ 27 April 2012 13:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious figures: 'Diversity brings harmony in Indonesia' Thousands of religious congregation representatives in Indonesia gathered at Nusantara Hall of Parliamentary Building in Jakarta on Sunday to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 with the theme Diversity Creates Harmony in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 13 February 2012 01:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on Muslims to increase tolerance President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has appealed to the country`s Muslims to make the Prophet Muhammad`s birthday a momentum to increase tolerance, togetherness and true understanding of religious teachings.

Posted in Politics @ 09 February 2012 01:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


95 Indonesians to be deported from US after 20 years Ninety-five Indonesian citizens living in Garrison City, New Hampshire, USA, are to be deported because their stay permits have expired. In view of the prospect, the government had urged the citizens to abide by the rules existing in the foreign country.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 February 2012 07:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pondok Pesantren Laki-laki As-Sodomiyah Last week it made some headlines, but I didn't have the time to get back to it right away. Well, that should be special new then, right? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that special. Hardly any attention was given to it in Indonesia, at least not of the stone-throwing and firebombing kind of attention that we should expect with this kind of news.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2012 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's halal food exports increasing Export of halal Indonesian food commodities to many Muslim and non-Muslim countries such as Japan, China and Singapore has increased. According to Trade Ministry data, halal Indonesian food exports to Japan was up 25 percent, to China and Singapore 23 percent higher.

Posted in Religion @ 18 January 2012 00:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Int'l urges Indonesia to protect Shiite minority Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to provide protection for hundreds of Shiites who have been forced to return to their village in East Java after being evicted from their homes in Madura by an anti-Shiite mob.

Posted in Religion @ 16 January 2012 07:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Public holidays in Indonesia in 2012 Here’s the national public holidays according to a joint decree from the Minister of Religion, Minister of Manpower and Transmigration and the Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform. Also included are the dates for Galungan and Kuningan in 2012 celebrated in Bali.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2011 06:31 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


Indonesian court sentences mob attack victim to prison A Muslim sect member was sentenced on Monday to six months in prison for disobeying police and violent assault in a deadly mob attack perpetrated against him and other Ahmadiyah members, The Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 August 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Light sentences for Ahmadiyah killings spark condemnation A wave of condemnation greeted the verdicts imposed on Thursday against 12 people accused of killing three members of the minority Ahmadiyah group in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 28 July 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: Larger awareness for human rights concerns in Indonesia Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should raise military accountability for abuses, freedom of expression, and the rights of religious minorities during her visit to Indonesia from Thursday through Sunday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 July 2011 03:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Poll: Young in Malaysia, Indonesia oppose polygamy The vast majority of young Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia appear to disapprove of the traditional acceptance of polygamy but remain reluctant to openly support interfaith marriages or premarital sex, a new survey shows.

Posted in Religion @ 13 July 2011 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious radio station to end national anthem ban Officials have prodded a religious-based community radio station in Balikpapan to resume broadcasting the national anthem as required by law.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2011 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt proposes increase in hajj pilgrimage price Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali says that the government has proposed that this year’s hajj pilgrimage price be raised US$505. The proposed increase, which would bring the cost to $3,847, is due to rising oil prices that lead to higher transportation expenses.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2011 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court begins trial of deadly Ahmadiyah attack An Indonesian Court on Tuesday began the trail of 12 men accused over the deadly attack on an Ahmadiyah community, the Jakarta Globe reported.

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


Legislator: parcel bomb issue should not be used against Islam An Indonesian legislator on Monday stated that the recent parcel bomb incidents should not be used to discredit Islam, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2011 01:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human Rights Watch: 'Revoke decrees against Ahmadiyah' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should void decrees recently adopted by two provinces that ban activities by the Ahmadiyah religious community, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 March 2011 10:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta cancels ban on Ahmadiyah religious group The Jakarta provincial government on Monday canceled the ban on the Indonesia's Ahmadiyah religious group and its activities, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 07 March 2011 16:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of Ahmadiyah follower unearthed after burial The body of an Ahmadiyah follower on Friday was unearthed by an unidentified group of people shortly after the burial in West Java, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 04 March 2011 20:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah religious sect officially banned in West Java The Ahmadiyah religious sect on Thursday was officially banned by the West Java provincial government in Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 March 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Not enough reason to disband Ahmadiyah' The government said it needed a stronger justification to disband Ahmadiyah than the fact that its doctrine was viewed by hardliners to "deviate" from orthodox Islam, a religious leader said Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 21 February 2011 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising religious violence in Indonesia gaining national attention In Indonesia religious violence has been on the rise for the past few years but the recent brutal attack on the Ahmadiyah sect has focused national attention on the problem. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for disbanding any Muslim groups involved in violence.

Posted in Religion @ 17 February 2011 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI: Valentine less haram than stated earlier For those who still don't want to believe that Indonesians don't want to be submitted to too much Islamic rules we have some good news. Valentine's Day, February 14, is a day like any other according tot he Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia, MUI. Earlier this week the same group of no-brainers announced that Valentine's Day would be entirely haram because it was not in line with Islam.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 February 2011 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Commission to investigate deadly Ahmadiyah attack Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights on Monday announced that it formed a team in order to investigate the deadly Ahmadiyah attack in Banten, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2011 18:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six people killed in religious clash in Indonesia Six followers of a minority sect declared heretical by the government died after clashing with about 1,000 Muslims in Indonesia's West Java province of Banten on Sunday, state-run news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Religion @ 06 February 2011 16:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government vows to tackle corruption in 2011 The Indonesian government has vowed to tackle corruption in 2011 as accorded in a meeting with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 December 2010 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt, religious leaders and UNICEF to promote breastfeeding As Indonesia commemorates national Mothers Day this week, influential leaders from the government and the country's religious community have come together with the support of UNICEF to promote the importance of breastfeeding.

Posted in Health @ 22 December 2010 20:10 CET by Blog Bot · 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


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

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


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

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


Indonesian court lifts law that allowed government to ban books An Indonesian court on Wednesday lifted a 1963 law that allowed the government to ban books deemed as offensive. "The 1960s Law on Securing Printed Materials whose content could disrupt public order is against the Constitution. The law is no longer legally binding," said Mahfud MD, the head of the court.

Posted in Politics @ 15 October 2010 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jambi province wants to test virginity schoolgirls Girls that are no longer a virgin, could be banned from school. A number of representatives in the province of Jambi on Sumatra is thinking about a decree. Before a girl is registered at high school, they will have to have themselves tested for their virginity. According to the representatives, this should 'solve' the problem of 'free sex' among teenagers and young adults.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 September 2010 03:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nineteen 'local' religions request for recognition Said Aqil Siradj, the chief of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama, said Sunday that 19 "local" religions across the country have requested the government for recognition in addition to the six sanctioned religions; Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism.

Posted in Religion @ 20 September 2010 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic council: 'Death penalty for corrupt persons' A head of the Islamic Council of Scholars (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or MUI), K.H. Effendi Yusuf, supports earlier words that corrupt persons should be allowed to receive a death penalty for their actions in certain cases. The organization that decides what is and what is not halal in Indonesia, is now tagging a large number of people in the country without much hesitation.

Posted in Religion @ 19 August 2010 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Commission shows film on discriminatory bylaws The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) premiered on Wednesday a documentary movie on regional ordinances which it said discriminated against women. Titled "Atas Nama" (In the name of), the movie features testimonies of people who fall victims to the bylaws, including the family of a woman who was detained for allegedly practicing prostitution in Tangerang, Banten, followers of the Ahmadiyah Islamic sect, and women in Aceh.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2010 05:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian public holidays in 2011 The Indonesian government has decided the national public holidays for the year 2011. As usual the public holidays account for free days during major religious events for different religions in the country, added with a number of public holidays around the most important ones. A list of all holidays as per government decree is listed below.

Posted in General @ 08 July 2010 05:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NGOs push for stronger child protection laws Millions of Indonesian children remain vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and discrimination because the government has not prioritised children’s rights, says a coalition of NGOs. On 25 May, the National NGO Coalition for Child Rights Monitoring launched its review report on the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) between 1997 and 2009, making a number of recommendations to better protect Indonesian children.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 June 2010 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamists ban non-Islamic TV in Aceh More and more Taliban-like regulations are repressing millions of non-Islamic and Islamic residents in Aceh, North Sumatra. Now the leaders there are working on a qanun (regional Islamic bylaw) that prohibits television stations from broadcasting programs that are not of any use to Islam.

Posted in Religion @ 05 May 2010 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Married three times = fired M. Nasir Qamarullah, a judge in the religious court of Pare-Pare, South Sulawesi, has been fired without honor because he has violated the ethical code. He was married to three wives, while Indonesian civil servants, which he is one of, are not allowed to have more than one wife.

Posted in Religion @ 29 April 2010 02:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


' ... and I am Christian' Most lights were still on after the short introduction video of a 25-year-old ethnic Chinese who told that he was able to work hard. He worked at a well-known national bank and has his own car. He likes to spend his spare time traveling. This kind of description often lures a row of women that would like to take the gamble of creating a relationship with this person.

Posted in Religion @ 30 March 2010 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bishop: 'Islam terrorises minorities' The majority of Muslems in Indonesia terrorizes religious minorities like Christians. The local authorities have the obligation to guarantee that minorities are free in expression of their religion, but that doesn't stop Muslems from forcing their rules onto them. These words were spoken by bishop Johannes Pujasumarta of West Java when he was interviewed by the Catholic press agency AsaiaNews.

Posted in Religion @ 11 February 2010 13:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


150 ways to discriminate women in Indonesia The slow response from the government on a recommendation to revoke over 150 bylaws that are seen as discriminative against woman have made it possible that another 15 new bylaws that are also seen as such, may be enacted any time soon now. This worrisome news was released by the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) earlier.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 January 2010 12:31 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


Public holidays in Indonesia in 2010 Every year, Indonesia has a number of public holidays that are a collection of religious holidays from various religions and some additional national holidays. Here’s the list of public holidays in Indonesia for 2010:

Posted in General @ 07 December 2009 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beyond reality: 'Condoms are only for married couples' A person responsible for social welfare in the region of Papua, Indonesia's easternmost region, Lathifah Husna, has said that condoms should only be used by married couples. "The campaign promoting condoms does not explicitly say that sexual relations - and thus condoms - are only allowed within marriage. The focus in the campaign is only laid on the fact that condoms are safe," said Husna.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2009 00:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


List of most influential Muslems: Congratulations Indonesia! Congratulations! Indonesia did not win again. They did not loose either, but are just playing a small role in this case. Most likely that is the best solution as well. Huh? What? Not winning is still okay? For sure, since it is all about the small representation of Indonesians in the list of 500 most prominent Muslems in the world.

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono inaugurated as president The speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly, Taufik Kiemas, has officially inaugurated Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Boediono as Indonesian president and vice president for the 2009-2014 period on Tuesday. Both took their oaths based on their religion, Islam.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2009 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Science in the land where gods reign Iyan Nurmansyah, living in Oxford in the United Kingdom wrote an opinion on the website of The Jakarta post last week. I will just copy the reaction below. He seems to point at the exact problems Indonesia is facing; corruption, religion and ignorant people. Speaks for itself I suppose.

Posted in Religion @ 18 October 2009 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


'Ahmadiyah should be respected as well' A series of attacks on followers of the Ahmadiyah religious sect in Indonesia has once again drawn criticism, with an expert in religion and democracy urging the government to exercise its authority when there are violations of human rights.

Posted in Religion @ 16 October 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian child bride? No problem! Always had the desire to take a very young girl as your second wife but never found parents that wanted to sell their child and find a place where such actions are allowed? Indonesia might very well be the solution for this problem as it seems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 October 2009 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleric cleared of sex abuse over child bride An Indonesian court has acquitted controversial Muslim cleric Pujiono Cahyo Widianto over child sexual molestation charges for marrying an underage girl, aged 12 last year. Widianto risked up to 15 years in jail, had he been convicted of the charges. Prosecutors said they would appeal the court ruling. The girl is his second wife.

Posted in Religion @ 15 October 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protest against non-Islamic leader of DPRD In a new show of pure discrimination dozens of supporters of several Islamic movements protested against the installation of a non-Islamic leader of the regional government, the DPRD, in the regency of Tangerang. The demonstrators wanted to force their way into the building of the regional government but failed.

Posted in Religion @ 05 October 2009 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Muslims declare fight against terrorism Some 5.000 Muslims from several districts in the Surakarta region gathered yesterday to declare their fight against terrorism. A number of Islamic organizations and leaders of boarding schools gathered on the central square of Kotabarat to denounce acts of terrorism which have already killed hundreds in Indonesia alone in the past decade.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 September 2009 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Confucian and Islamic prayers in temple A joint prayer among Chinese Indonesians and members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which is the biggest Islamic organization in Indonesia, was held in the Tay Kak Sie Temple in Semarang yesterday to pray for the health of former president Abdurrahman Wahid, better known as Gus Dur. The dual prayers were lead by Haksu Bing Buana Jaya and Muhammad Munif Zuhri.

Posted in Religion @ 07 September 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI doesn't agree with how it goes - again The head of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam, 'Islamic Defenders Front') has said that the current Cipta Kondisi operation held by the police during the holy month of Ramadan is provocative. Habib Rizieq Shihab said that the operation by the police was like terrorism and intimidate religious persons like in the time of Suharto. "It violates human rights and the constitution," he said in an SMS while he was in Samarinda, Kalimantan.

Posted in Religion @ 30 August 2009 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Police looking for haram money before Ramadan It happens every year. In the run up to the holy month of fasting Ramadan, a part of the Indonesian police force is panicked slightly. They have to pay for their mudik (a trip back to their home town) at the end of the period of fasting and will have less work during the month itself because millions of people go home as well and public life changes drastically.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 August 2009 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For a NO against sharia in Indonesia As we all know, many Indonesians like to have a beer or some other alcohol sometimes. And why not? It is their right to choose whether they want to have a nice cold beer, a cocktail or some other drink containing alcohol. Even if they are Muslim because it is not up to a state or institution to decide whether people from a certain religion can not drink alcohol.

Posted in Religion @ 21 July 2009 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Leaders of islamic groups condemn terrorist attacks In the last few days it has become clear that the idea to blow up the restaurants of the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Hotel might have originated from the Malaysian terrorist-on-the-run Noordin Mohammad Top, which is related to the Southeast Asian terrorist network of Jemaah Islamiyah. Also some pesantren (islamic boarding school) in Central Java are closely watched for their possible connection to that person.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling Indonesia from behind the scenes; MUI moves again They did it again. After they managed to get some 500 percent duty in all imported liquor - a draconian measure that is currently killing people daily, but 'religion above everything' seems to be the motto of the MUI - they now managed to stop beef imports from New Zealand all together. Some imports from Australia have been banned as well. This means a big part of the 70.000 tonnes of beef will not be imported anymore.

Posted in Religion @ 06 June 2009 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex cult leader named suspect for insulting religion He encouraged spouse-swopping and wild orgies, and gave sermons in his underpants. On a news website, police are said to describe him as looking 'cool... just like youngsters nowadays', with dyed brown hair and fair skin. But he's no love guru. He is the leader of a deviant sect in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 01 February 2009 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


ICW reports suspected corruption in Department of Religious Affairs to KPK Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has evidence in the form of papers in which loans, which are signed by the minister of Religious Affairs Maftuh Basyuni and the general director of the Islamic department of the ministry, Taufik Kamil, are used to donate money to members of the parliament. The evidence has been handed over to the anti-corruption watchdog KPK last week.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 December 2008 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim hardliner sentenced to 18 months in jail An Indonesian court Thursday sentenced a Muslim hardliner to 18 months in prison for his role in a violent attack against an interfaith rally in June that left dozens of people injured. The Central Jakarta district court found Habib Rizieq Shihab, chairman of Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI), guilty of committing an act of inciting hatred and instigating violence.

Posted in General @ 01 November 2008 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of FPI members demonstrate against Ahmadiyah in Makassar Dozens of members of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam) have demonstrated in front of the regional representative office of Ahmadiyah in Makassar earlier today. They asked the government to release a presidential decree about the Ahmadiyah sect because it is said to have stained Islam.

Posted in Religion @ 20 June 2008 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian govt mulls freezing FPI over brutality The Indonesian government is considering suspending the FPI (Front Pembela Islam - Islamic Defenders Front) for its attack on activists at the National Monument in Jakarta last Sunday. Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Widodo AdiSucipto said the government was looking at a 1985 law that allows for the suspension of a mass organization.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2008 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


AKKBB: 'FPI tries to divert attention to Ahmadiyah sect' The coordinator for the National Alliance for Free Religion and Belief (AKKBB), Anick Hamin Thohari, said that the delay of the final 'verdict' from the government about the Ahmadiyah sect in Indonesia was not the main reason for the FPI (Front Pembela Islam - Islamic Defenders Front) to stage the attack against a peaceful demonstrations two days ago. He said that the acts of violence were nothing more than anarchism by the FPI.

Posted in Violence @ 03 June 2008 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Three dead in clash between villages on Seram Island Three people were killed on Saturday in a fierce clash between two villages on the island of Seram in the Malulu archipelago in eastern Indonesia. At least 60 homes, several schools and places of worship were burned down in the riot as well. Hundreds of anti-riot police were deployed to the area to restore order. Brig. Gen. Guntur Ariyadi told that hundreds of panic-stricken residents had fled to temporary shelters.

Posted in Violence @ 04 May 2008 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to officially ban Ahmadiyah sect soon The Indonesian government will officially ban the Ahmadiyah sect next week, following the edict by the country's Ulema Council and a decision made by the Attorney General Office to outlaw the sect, Indonesian Attorney General Hendarman Supandji said on Friday. The Ahmadi movement was prohibited from performing its belief because of deviating from the true Islamic teaching.

Posted in General @ 25 April 2008 16:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia blockbuster film shows gentle face of Islam An Indonesian film seeking to shatter religious stereotypes and show the compassionate face of Islam has become one of the biggest blockbuster hits in the would's most populous Muslim nation. More than three million people, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and top government officials, have flocked to cinemas to watch Ayat Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love), an Islamic romance released in the middle of January.

Posted in General @ 01 April 2008 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia; a country without Playboy and porn In between breakfast and lunch yesterday, Indonesian lawmakers gave their support for a law that is officially named 'Electronic Information and Transaction Law'. This indirect anti-porn legislation will be effective two days from now. Because of the quick pace this new monster against (press-)freedom was pushed ahead, there is little attention for it in mainstream Indonesian media. It almost looks like something that happens every day here, but it is completely absurd that a law that has been approved yesterday will become active in a matter of days, especially a law that has as many implications as this one. In theory that is.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia: 'Dutch anti-Islam film can disturb interfaith harmony' Indonesia on Friday warned a Dutch lawmaker not to release an anti-Islam film which could destroy interfaith harmony, the country foreign ministry said here. Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who heads the Freedom Party, will release his short film this month, which he says will depict the Koran as a 'fascist book', despite mounting protests and disagreement from the Dutch government.

Posted in Religion @ 14 March 2008 11:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 16 reactions


Bali shuts down for 'Day of Silence' The normally vibrant Indonesian tourist destination of Bali came to a standstill Friday as the island's Hindu majority celebrated the start of the Hindu new year. The Day of Silence, known here as Nyepi, saw Balinese confined to their homes, unable to work, play and - for some - even talk or eat.

Posted in Religion @ 07 March 2008 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Yogyakarta organises 'celebrate your birthday' record event To help the people in Yogyakarta in their recovery after the earthquake of 27 May 2006 and also to celebrate the 252th birthday of the city of Yogyakarta (7 October 1756 - 7 October 2008) everyone is invited to join the effort to set a new national or even international record so that the name of Yogyakarta will be known all over the world soon.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 January 2008 00:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Dr Love brings good sex to Indonesia When Singapore's Dr Love invites you up to his hotel room, you don't say no. And once you're inside, he doesn't disappoint. The doctor has plans for educating about the entire world about sex. He starts with pointing at his laptop - and Indonesia. People there can send questions via cellphone text messages anonymously. An avatar called 'Nova' - a virtual character with artificial intelligence - will give an answer.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 July 2007 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian public holidays for 2008 3 ministries of the Indonesian Government have officially decreed the schedule of public holidays for 2008. Jointly agreed between the Minister of Religion, the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, and the State Minister for Administrative Reform - the schedule covers both traditional religious and political holidays in addition to "shared holidays" creating extended holidays.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2007 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nyepi: Bali prepares for day of silence The mostly Hindu island of Bali was preparing for the Day of Silence today, ushering the Hindu New year. Households were performing rites to purify the soul and cleanse individuals from past sins, while young men were finishing their huge papier-mache effigies of demons that will be used for parades in the streets after dusk to ward off evil. Each village will have their own noisy parade, known as Ogoh-Ogoh, before they are burned before sunrise to symbolize all evil leaving the island just before the new year.

Posted in Religion @ 18 March 2007 15:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Bali bombing film to premiere in Indonesia A controversial new movie about the 2002 Bali bombings premieres in Indonesia Thursday. More than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists, died in the bombing of a nightclub by Muslim extremist group Jemaa Islamiya. The Long Road to Heaven goes where Indonesia's timid media have feared to tread, examining the role of religion in the attacks.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 21:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia disputes report Obama attended radical Islamic school U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama fought back against an allegation that he was educated at a radical Islamic school as a child in Indonesia, determined to avoid being tripped up by unsubstantiated charges like those that undermined Sen. John Kerry in 2004. Interviews by The Associated Press at the elementary school in Jakarta found that it is a public and secular institution that has been open to students of all faiths since before the White House contender attended in the late 1960s.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 08:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls for more talks between Islam, West Only through dialogue can stereotypes such as Westerners regarding Islam as "a breeding ground for terrorists" and Muslims seeing the West as "deficient in morals" be removed, an Indonesian minister said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda told a conference on Islam and Europe that such inaccurate, sweeping generalisations existed in both communities because media and other sources failed to present the complete picture of those cultures.

Posted in Religion @ 23 November 2006 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia continues to print religion on ID-cards Indonesia’s House of Representatives and government have agreed to continue listing one’s religion on identity cards. Members of different faiths have criticized the agreement as a violation of fundamental human rights and myopic political opportunism.

Posted in Religion @ 21 November 2006 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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