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US Navy works with Indonesia to protect sunken gravesite US Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is "consistent with the identification" of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), and that divers documented conclusive evidence of a pattern of unauthorized disturbance of the gravesite.

Posted in History @ 19 August 2014 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogowonto train derailed after collision with truck An economy class train, the Bogowonto en route from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, derailed last evening after a collision with a truck on a railroad crossing in Ciledug, near the city of Cirebon in West Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 May 2014 07:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


732 Sinabung evacuees refuse to return home As many as 732 evacuees from Mount Sinabungs eruption in Karo district, North Sumatra, refused to leave the disaster command post at Telagah village in Langkat district on Wednesday. "We refuse to return to our villages unless we do that together," coordinator of evacuees Indra stated.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 March 2014 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 villagers killed by molten debris from Mount Sinabung At least 14 villagers were killed on Saturday by volcanic debris spewed by Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 February 2014 22:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi to modernize people's markets in capital city Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is popularly called, made another breakthrough by starting the modernization of peoples markets in the capital city on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar removes Chairun Nisa following arrest Golkar on Tuesday announced it has removed Chairun Nisa as a member of the House of Representatives following her arrest earlier this month for allegedly bribing Constitutional Court Chief Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A military command chief replaced The Indonesian Army Headquarters has replaced Maj. Gen Hardiono Saroso as chief of the Diponegoro Regional Military Command IV following the raid of a prison in Yoyakarta by Army`s Special Forces (Kopassus) members recently.

Posted in Military @ 06 April 2013 16:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No indication of toppling of President Yudhoyono A survey institute director has stated that there are no indications that suggest the toppling of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, despite the current legal and political climate in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 13 December 2012 21:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta residents deal with taxi problem themselves Community elements from the Kuta area of Bali have begun taking matters into their own hands in dealing with errant taxies illegally parked and waiting for their next fare in their area.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage to mangrove caused by highway construction to be repaired The contractors building the toll road connecting Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua (JDP) have publicly affirmed that they will repair any damage caused to the mangrove forest by the project.The contractors making the pledge are PT Wijaya Karya, PT Adhi Karya and PT Hutama Karya.

Posted in Environment @ 01 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNHCR: asylum seekers continue to increase in Indonesia The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the number of political asylum seekers in Indonesia continued to increase in the past five years due to prolonged conflicts in their country.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Evacuation of Sukhoi lies 1,500 meters deep The Sukhoi Superjet-100 airliner crashed in a location 1,500 meters deep in Mount Salak. "The debris of the ill-fated plane are scattered at the site at a depth of 1,500 meters," Suryakancana Military Area Commander Col AM Putranto said as OSC chief in the evacuation of Sukhoi at the Command Post in Cipelang, here, Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 May 2012 08:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Team to probe into three migrant workers` deaths Indonesia`s foreign ministry has set up a team to investigate the death case of three migrant workers in Malaysia, following allegations from the workers` families that some organs have been removed from the dead bodies.

Posted in Crime @ 24 April 2012 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to increase number of border patrol soldiers In 2012 the government plans to add an additional battalion of soldiers and build 15 new security checkpoints in West Kutai District, East Kalimantan, said an official here on Monday. "We have only three security checkpoints in the West Kutai region," said Indonesian Army Regional Military Commander VI Mulawarman Major General Subekti.

Posted in General @ 02 April 2012 08:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister denies increase in food prices Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa has denied that food commodity prices are increasing in the run-up to the fuel oil price hike scheduled on April 1.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2012 06:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


First lady Ani Yudhoyono`s gall bladder surgery successful The presidential team of doctors successfully completed Indonesian First Lady Ani Yudhoyono`s gall bladder surgery, at the Gatot Subroto Military Hospital on March 16. Spokesman of the presidential team of doctors, Dr. Aris Wibudi, said the surgery started at 8 am on Friday and was completed in an hour.

Posted in Politics @ 18 March 2012 02:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt warns against reducing anti-graft agency's authority Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights Denny Indrayana has warned against reducing the authority of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), saying that a strong KPK is still needed in the country.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 March 2012 14:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More violence in Bounty Discotheque Following the shooting of a security guard at the Santa Fe Café on December 5, 2011 , violence has once again occurred on the streets of Kuta.

Posted in Violence @ 19 December 2011 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Javan rhinos in Vietnam extinct; few left in Indonesia The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) on Tuesday confirmed the Javan rhinoceros have been driven to complete extinction in Vietnam, leaving only a few left alive in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 25 October 2011 16:05 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


Possible explosives found after bomb threat for Garuda flight Bomb threats forced a Garuda Indonesia flight to be grounded in the country's East Java province on Wednesday, as airport officials confirmed finding suspected bomb packages.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 May 2011 15:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven more arrested in relation to parcel bomb attacks Indonesia's National Police on Thursday arrested seven people suspected of being members of the Pepi Fernando-led terror network in Aceh, alleged responsible for the series of parcel bomb attacks.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 April 2011 18:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Twelve arrested over book bomb attacks Indonesian police on Monday said twelve terrorist suspects linked to the book bomb package are being held under custody.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 April 2011 15:34 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


Indonesia to appeal in Saudi Arabia tortured migrant worker case Indonesia announced on Wednesday that it will appeal the three-year jail sentence given to a Saudi Arabian woman for torturing her Indonesian maid, local media reported on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 13 January 2011 03:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir taken to hospital amidst tight security Indonesian terrorist suspect and Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was transported to a Jakarta hospital in an armored vehicle on Monday amidst tight security, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 December 2010 05:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple to be reopened later this month Earlier this year the Borobudur temple complex near the town of Magelang in Central Java was closed due to an eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano. Soon, this complex should be reopened to the public, at least partly. Reopening is scheduled for later this month.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 December 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men on trial for ATM card scheme Two men on trial in Bali accused of stealing funds from Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in various locations across Bali saw State prosecutors demanding prisons terms of 13 years and fines of Rp. 100 million (83.000 euro) for each of the men.

Posted in Crime @ 28 September 2010 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda reports strong loads on new Amsterdam route Bisnis.com reports that three weeks into the re-launch of Garuda Indonesia's Jakarta-Amsterdam service load factors are running at 70%. The commercial director of Garuda, Agus Priyanto, predicts that load factors on the new European route will reach 80% in July.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 27 June 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schapelle 'not my weed' Corby seeking clemency with Yudhoyono The Australian beautician academy student Schapelle Corby has reportedly filed a petition with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono seeking clemency in connection with her 20-year jail sentence for smuggling 4.2 kilogram of marijuana into Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 April 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To the gunung The word gunung means mountain, but that doesn't always mean that this mountain really is a mountain. A stretch of land that runs upward also is named a mountain. After this was clear, we - my girlfriend, her dad, a niece and me - went 'up the mountain' to bring a visit to the recently purchased rice fields where a gubug ('resting house') has been built as well by now.

Posted in Travel @ 10 December 2009 23:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia and KLM to cooperate Airliner KLM has signed a cooperation with Garuda Indonesia. General director of KLM, Peter Hartman, and his Indonesian colleague Emirsyah Satar, signed the agreement on the Indonesian resort island of Bali earlier. Separate from this agreement, earlier this year KLM already announced that it was to start flights to Bali again.

Posted in Travel @ 08 December 2009 07:03 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


 The mess at PLN Cikarang #2 Early July, I headed for the local office of PLN in Lippo Cikarang, located almost besides the local post office, so that was not too difficult to find. I expected it to be a short visit, but that would turn out to be a completely different. My address was not found in the system of the cashier as well and I was not able to pay my bill here as well for the time being.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 03 November 2009 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sancaka train derails near Nganjuk The Sancaka train on route from Surabaya to Yogyakarta derailed near the village of Awar-Awar, Wilingan, in the regency of Nganjuk in East Java last evening. The cause of the derailment is not known yet. The train left from Surabaya at 17:00 local time, and should arrive in Yogyakarta around 23:00. Many people on several stations were stranded because of the derailment.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 November 2009 00:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No shortage of stupid cops Not the first time and most likely also not the last time that I was 'aught in a 'trap' when on the road. This means that all motorcyclists are stopped by police to check their paperwork. Drivers of motorcycles should always bring a valid STNK ('license plate registration') and SIM C ('driving license for motorcycles') with them.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2009 12:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Discovery Channel put Tari Pendet in Malaysia ad Just a few days after it all started, it became very clear where it went wrong with the "Enigmatic Malaysia" tourism campaign. It was not Malaysia that put in the traditional Tari Pendet dance from Bali, but it was Discovery Channel that made the mistake when creating a trailer video for their tv-series about Malaysia, which are broadcasted around the Independence Day of that country.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


100.000 posts on the forum It has been a day or two ago now, and I didn't even notice it when we reached the number of posts. All together we succeeded in posting over 100.000 messages on the forum. In this number the removed messages - spam and those irritating users - not even counted. Those are few and far between however.

Posted in Others @ 14 August 2009 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia Bisa! Thoughts on a Thursday morning It is just past eight in the morning local time when the tukang arrive. They were indirectly hired by me to take care of packing all my stuff. You can assume from me that it is quite a lot that has to be moved to Lippo Cikarang, my new living environment in a few days from here, so I am glad that there are some people helping me here.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2009 05:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


The southern edge of Yogya: A truck on the run Departing from the flatlands from the beach of Parangtritis I decided to head east for a little while. The small mountain road up is a very nice route with generally good road conditions. It is a trip into history a little bit with houses made of bamboo and plaid work mats as walls which you will find here in some places. There are here, at just several dozen kilometers distance from the city of Yogyakarta, still villages that don't even have access to power at all.

Posted in Travel @ 14 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Air chief: Adam Air banned from flying Indonesian budget airline Adam Air has been banned from flying on safety grounds, the country's chief of air transport said Tuesday. "The transport ministry has decided to revoke Adam Air's operational specification, effective 17:00 Tuesday (local time)," Budhi Muliawan Suyitno told reporters here. "With this, Adam Air is banned from operating its aircraft. All of its planes must be automatically grounded."

Posted in General @ 19 March 2008 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia also scraps import duty on soybeans The Indonesian government has removed the ten percent import tax on soybean effective from today and is studying more measures to deal with the rising price of the commodity in global markets, an official said Monday. The tax could be re-imposed if the price of soybean falls, said Bayu Krisnamurti, Deputy Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs.

Posted in Economy @ 22 January 2008 06:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia files $1.5 billion lawsuit against Suharto Indonesia has filed a 1,5 billion US dollar case against former president Suharto and a foundation that gave education scholarships that was controlled by him in a bid to recover funds allegedly misused during his 32 years in power.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2007 01:27 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


Planes landing gear failed before crash Investigators that work on the crash of a Boeing 737-400 that burst into flames after skidding of he runway, said that it's front wheels broke off as is touched down. "We are trying to find out why the wheel broke," said investigator Marjdono Siswo Suwarno. Forensics struggled to identify the victims from Wednesday's accident on the airport of Yogyakarta, central Java. Many were burned beyond recognition.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 March 2007 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian pedophile jailed for ten years Australian pedophile Peter William Smith is sentenced to ten years in prison for sexually abusing street children in Jakarta. Judges in the South Jakarta District Court found that Smith had used 'economic coercion' in paying the teenage male victims to perform sexually related acts on each other and on him. The judges took in account this coercion and fined the English teacher 75 million Rupiah (6,276 euro) on top of the jail term.

Posted in General @ 26 February 2007 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Residents clear flood waste in Indonesia Deadly floods receded from much of the Indonesian capital Wednesday, leaving stinking debris blocking streets and a daunting cleanup for residents, many angry at the country's leaders following the latest in a string of disasters. "Every year the government promises there will be no more floods, but just look around you," said Endang Trisilowati as her children hauled sacks of black mud out of her house in downtown Jakarta. "I have to buy a new sofa, new beds, everything. It is a disgrace."

Posted in Flooding @ 08 February 2007 01:20 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


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia's crowded skies It's been four days since budget carrier Adam Air's Flight 574 disappeared over the Indonesian archipelago, and despite a search and rescue effort involving ships, planes and ground patrols, authorities are no closer to finding the wreckage or any possible survivors. The Boeing 737-400, which took off from Indonesia's main island of Java en route to the popular diving destination of Manado with 102 people on board, emitted a signal from its emergency beacon over the mountainous island of Sulawesi before dropping out of sight on New Year's Day.

Posted in Travel @ 05 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 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


Power line breaks, causes accident on Cipularang highway Traffic at the Cipularang toll road came to a grinding hold on Friday evening when a high-voltage power cable (Saluran Udara Tegangan Ekstra Tinggi, SUTET), which crossed the road here, broke of and came down in the Sadang area, district of Purwakarta. The cable just missed the cars on the road below. After the cable broke, several small accidents occured. Three cars were damaged and two people were reported to have injuries. The power cable broke around 19.00 local time (WIB), in the middle of the busy time directly after Ramadhan month of fasting.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 October 2006 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A lesson from Malaysia One more time I would like to look back to Malaysia a little bit. However I was only there for a week, I still had time to look around more than enough to get back to it for (maybe) one more time. Maybe it's just that I have too much time here, but I think it's rather because I would like Indonesia to have something of it as well. They will have to do most of the work however, I don't have much to tell here of course. I can at least tell about my ideas a little bit on the internet, to get it of my list and probably to never get back to it.

Posted in General @ 06 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 5 Looking back in a bunch of old airline tickets, entrance ticket and whatever more, I again found some 'remarkable' items. A part of a boarding pass for a flight with Garuda Indonesia, which haven't been flying to the Netherlands for quite some time now. Also an entrance ticket to the Prambanan temple complex as well as a lunch in the Via Via Cafe in the well-known Jalan Prawirotaman in Yogyakarta. Several months after the earthquake I happened to be there accidentally because I was looking for something completely different. Still a reminder to get on my motorbike and see what became of the place. Especially going there for that one thing didn't have to, because I would go there anyway for renting a car for some friends coming over from Bali.

Posted in Travel @ 09 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi activity slows down, but still dangerous Activity of Mt. Merapi slowed down on Saturday, but Yogyakarta's Volcano Research Center had not removed the red code status of the volcano as its activity could still increase anytime, an official said. Data collected by the Center from midnight to 6 a.m. on Saturday showed that the volcano spewed 43 times of hot gas, flowing some one kilometer away from the peak.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 June 2006 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ailing ex-president sees light of redemption Ailing ex-president of Indonesia Soeharto sees the possibility of being redeemed from corruption and atrocity charges, as incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday planned to confer with top lawmakers over whether to drop such charges against him because of his deteriorating health.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Couple told to support boy they adopted in Indonesia The Irish-Azerbaijani couple who adopted a two-month-old Indonesian boy in 2001, and two years later handed him over to an orphanage, have been ordered by the High Court in Dublin to support him until he reaches 18. Carol Coulter, Legal Affairs Correspondent, reports.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 February 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Policeman fired after FPI raid A middle-ranking police officer here was removed from his post on Wednesday, a day after FPI (Muslim hard-liners) raided at least two local restaurants and destroyed hundreds of bottles of alcoholic beverages. The dismissal of Adj. Comr. Zaenal Arifin was for his failure to prevent the Muslim extremists from taking the law into their own hands, said a top Surakarta police officer. Zaenal is believed to be the first police officer in the country to receive such stiff punishment for failing to prevent an attack of this type during Ramadhan.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 October 2005 07:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Indonesia may raise fuel prices by 50% in October Indonesia's government may raise fuel prices by at least 50 percent in October to avoid missing the budget deficit target as surging global prices boost the cost of subsidies, Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 September 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Some hotels have their stories Over about seven years of travelling to Indonesia, I have spend many of my nights at houses with relatives in Jakarta, Bali and Yogyakarta, but as a traveller it's not possible to forget all about the hotels, even if you want to. But in fact, most hotel guests won't mention their stay there when talking about their holiday with friends and family. Probably because hotels are a need and not a desired place of stay during their holiday. Why stay in a hotel when you have all the luxury at home? That is holiday of course.

Posted in Travel @ 23 July 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to rebuild Banda Aceh port Australia will provide more than $2.5 million to fund the critical restoration of the Ulee Lheu port in Banda Aceh, the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Bruce Billson, announced today during a visit to Aceh.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2005 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says will lift Aceh's emergency status A civilian emergency law imposed on Indonesia's Aceh last year to deal with a simmering rebellion will be lifted this month, the head of the tsunami-hit province's reconstruction agency said on Sunday. The move could signal Indonesia's willingness to intensify efforts to strike a peace deal with rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) when a fourth round of peace talks is held in Helsinki from May 26-31.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 08 May 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogya from the air It's not the world as I know it, an aerial view over the city. Normally I will only see cities from the roads I drive on by motorbike. It's much more cheap to do so, because using a helicopter to have a look in town is not for the average man. Still I had the chance to make some pictures from the window upon arriving in Yogyakarta in December last year. Since the airport is close to the city and the weather was clear, I made a handful of pictures.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives up counting its dead Indonesia has given up on trying to count the exact number of dead from Sunday's Indian Ocean tsunami so it can get on with the task of burying tens of thousands of disaster victims whose corpses lay rotting on the devastated island of Sumatra. As the sun set on Asia for the last time this year, millions were homeless, many of them with no clean water to drink and little or no food.

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


Indonesia military helicopter crashes; 14 killed A military helicopter crashed in Indonesia’s Central Java province on Thursday, killing all 14 air force personnel on board, officials said, citing bad weather as the cause of the incident. It was the second military helicopter crash in as many days, after a Navy aircraft went down on Wednesday killing four people. “It is a Super Puma helicopter. The time of the accident was just after midday,” Rasendro, an air force official, told Reuters from Yogyakarta, 270 miles east of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Year of Living Dangerously' airs in Indonesia The Oscar-winning movie The Year of Living Dangerously, set during the emergence of Indonesia's Suharto and banned by the former dictator, has been broadcast for what is believed to be the first time, in a sign the country may be coming to terms with its brutal past. But Indonesian viewers watching Sunday's broadcast of The Year of Living Dangerously were spared one of the film's most graphic scenes, a gunpoint massacre during the murderous chaos surrounding Suharto's 1965-1966 rise to power.

Posted in Media @ 28 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second cell poised for Indonesia attack Militants behind the deadly bombing of Australia's Jakarta embassy have a second group poised for attack, Australia's top policeman warned as Canberra said on Saturday all its diplomatic missions would be made bomb-proof. "There is intelligence suggesting that there is a second group active in the area," Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty told ABC radio.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt delays implementation of new visa policy again The government has again postponed the implementation of the new policy revoking the visa-on-arrival facility extended to nationals of 48 countries, saying the President must consider opposition from tourism industry players. The implementation of the controversial policy had earlier been delayed on Oct. 1 because its operational regulations had not yet been issued.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit Langkat, 92 killed Flash floods ripped through a popular resort town in North Sumatra late Sunday night, killing at least 92 people, including five foreign tourists. Hundreds of others were missing feared dead, while downed communication lines and demolished bridges hampered rescue efforts, officials said on Monday. Around 420 houses, including five tourist cottages, were destroyed or damaged when floodwaters, mud, trees and other debris hit the Bukit Lawang resort in Bahorok subdistrict, Langkat regency.

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian cleric taken from hospital amid clash Indonesian police removed a militant Muslim cleric suspected of regional terror links from his hospital bed in central Java on Monday as his supporters and security forces clashed outside. A police spokesman said Abu Bakar Bashir would be flown straight to Jakarta, where he faces questioning over several extremist acts in Indonesia, although not the October 12 bomb blasts on the resort island of Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 28 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two wounded in Indonesia mall blast An explosive device blew up at a shopping mall in the city of Bandung on Thursday, slightly wounding two people, and police safely removed two others at a different mall. The devices were small and apparently intended to frighten rather than kill, Police Lt. Col. Masguntur Loupe told Metro TV, an Indonesian television station.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta seizes seven ships smuggling sand The Indonesian navy has impounded seven ships that were reportedly attempting to smuggle thousands of tonnes of sea sand from Riau province. Colonel Adyaman A.S. told the Antara national news agency that the ships did not have proper documentation to export the sand that was taken from the province. 'We are still studying the exact amount of sea sand that the ships had been trying to smuggle abroad,' he said yesterday. Indonesian officials estimate that every year sand worth US$200 million (S$350 million) is smuggled to buyers in countries like Singapore and elsewhere.

Posted in General @ 28 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


22 die, 8 severely injured as bus plunges into river An intercity bus traveling between Jakarta and Yogyakarta plunged from a bridge into a river here in the early hours of Sunday, killing at least 22 people and severely injuring eight others. The bus, which was driven by Budi Santoso, 34, a resident of Jl. Adi Haryo in Bantul near Yogyakarta, was carrying 49 passengers when it suddenly swerved and plunged into a river. The bus landed upside down with half of the bus body submerged.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The moment of Megawati Megawati Soekarnoputri could well have been thinking, "She who laughs last laughs longest," as she was sworn in as the country's president on Monday. Before the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) members who voted against her in the 1999 presidential election, Megawati vowed to cooperate with all elements of the nation to cope with the problems the country was facing.

Posted in Politics @ 24 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid renews state of emergency threat Indonesia's beleaguered President, Abdurrahman Wahid, says he will call a state of emergency if his political rivals go ahead with impeachment proceedings. The President's office has previously denied Wahid would resort to this tactic, although they admit he has canvassed the conditions which would allow him to do so.

Posted in Politics @ 27 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur: I will campaign again if impeached Embattled President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid said on Tuesday that he would run again for the presidency if he was impeached by the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR). "If that (impeachment) happens, I will not be scared. I will campaign again to become president," Abdurrahman told a delegation of the National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) at Bina Graha presidential office late on Tuesday as quoted by Antara.

Posted in Politics @ 15 May 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


PDI-P members plot to unseat Megawati Despite mounting political support for the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) chairperson, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri, to lead the country, there have been signs of an effort to unseat her from the party's top post, PDI Perjuangan secretary general Soetjipto said on Sunday. Speaking to journalists on Sunday in Surabaya, Soetjipto admitted that there were illicit efforts made by the party's cadres to hold a special congress against Megawati.

Posted in Politics @ 12 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police gear up for Irian rally Hundreds of security personnel paraded throughthe main streets of Jayapura, the capital city of Irian Jaya province on Thursday as a show of force ahead of a mass rally on Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the 1961 declaration of independence. The parade of security personnel, comprising members of the police, Army,Marines and Navy special forces along with two armored vehicles received a cold shoulder from most of the residents.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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