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Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 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


Keeping Baliís mother temple sacred The provincial government of Bali has prepared a small team to review input from a number of sources on how best to create a Pura Agung Besakih Authority to control and oversee the operation of Baliís Mother Temple.

Posted in Religion @ 02 February 2014 06:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI Attempting to March on Bali Tempo.com reports that around 100 members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) from East Java are attempting to cross over on the ferry crossing from Ketapang, East Java to Gilimanuk, Bali. The group is reportedly intent on disrupting the Miss World Competition being held at Nusa Dua, Bali.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2013 01:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Buddhist students campaign for Borobudur preservation Buddhist students campaigned for preservation of Borobudur Temple on the sidelines of Vesak 2557 BE (2013) celebration in Borobudur Sub-district, Magelang District, Central Java Province, Saturday.

Posted in Culture @ 25 May 2013 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Catholic sacred place Sendangsono to be renovated Catholic sacred place Sendangsono in the sub-district of Kalibawang, Yogyakarta, will be renovated to serve not only as a place for devotional visit by Catholics but also as a tourist object. Renovation will be made by phases depending on the available fund collected from donators and philanthropists.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2012 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wildfire rages on Mount Agung slopes A forest fire is burning on the northern slopes of Baliís sacred Mount Agung volcano - near the villages of Ban, Munting and Kubu, approximately 50 kilometers from the City of Amlapura.

Posted in Forest fires @ 04 September 2012 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese hold ceremony for Mount Batur volcano Thousands of devout Balinese Hindus converged at Bali's Mt. Batur on Sunday, December 5, 2010, to participate in two sacred ceremonies dedicated to preventing a cataclysmic explosion of the still active volcano.

Posted in Religion @ 12 December 2010 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search halted for missing students on Mount Agung The search on Bali's Mount Agung for two missing students from Bandung's Widyatama University - Eko Saputra Sudirman and Yunita Indah Savitri has been halted. As reported earlier, three trekkers went missing on December 26, 2007, with a search effort commenced on December 30, 2007. The body of one of the hikers, Muhammad Ikbal (21) was discovered by searchers on January 6th but the remaining 2 students are still missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 January 2008 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks deserted as fasting month draws to end As the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan draws to close, Indonesia's capital city Jakarta's boisterous hustle and bustle receded as of Sunday because many residents returned to their home villages or towns to celebrate the Islamic festive days of Idul Fitri which will fall on Monday. According to local media reports, the quietness of the city was felt in the last three or two days.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim group damages 'sacred' tree in The governor of Jakarta has filed a complaint with police after a Muslim youth group hacked and damaged a 100-year-old banyan tree in the Indonesian capital in a bid to dispel rumours the tree harbours special powers. "The city government tried hard not to cut the tree when we built a new bus lane. It is more than 100 years old and it is important for the environment," said Susi Marsitawati of Jakarta's park agency.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 October 2006 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


U.S. Navy halts sunken war ship's photography St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips' efforts to photograph the inside of the sunken cruiser USS Houston have been halted by the Navy before he could get his remotely controlled underwater camera into the ship. The photos of the ship, sunk by the Japanese during World War II, were for the USS Houston Survivors Association, which contacted him because of his experience using a remotely operated vehicle camera.

Posted in General @ 13 August 2006 13:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Tengger of Bromo: Magic, mystique and modernism Legend has it that the Tengger ethnic group in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru area of East Java is descended from the ancient Majapahit royal family. The name "Tengger" itself is said to be an acronymic derivation of two legendary figures from the region, Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger. As it has been long told, during a time of chaos for the Majapahit kingdom, Princess Rara Anteng took refuge in the area around Mount Bromo. While she was being evacuated, Rara Anteng met Jaka Seger, the son of a priest from the kingdom of Kediri, which was also in great turmoil. Their meeting was the beginning of a love story, and the area was later christened after their combined names.

Posted in Culture @ 28 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Myths and mysticism that surround Merapi Discussion on Mt. Merapi volcano, expected imminently to erupt, would be considered incomplete unless it included the myths and mysticism that surround it. Reaching magnificently up to the sky on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, the 2,968-meter volcano is believed, by the traditional Javanese communities that live in its vicinity, to be a sacred place.

Posted in Culture @ 12 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lava spills into valley Lava flowed on Friday from Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, which experts say could erupt at anytime, threatening thousands of people in the country's central Java heartland. Several thousand people have moved away from Gunung Merapi -or Fiery Mountain- which has been simmering for weeks, but officials put the total number of residents on and near the country's most active volcano at around 14,000.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 May 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Ousting demons to usher in new year It has been unnervingly quiet on the tourism front in Bali of late - many have been laid off or put on part-time - giving the Balinese more time at home, more time to just be ... Balinese.

Posted in Culture @ 02 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt states porn bill must target materials The government made its position clear on the pornography bill on Wednesday, stating the focus should be on limiting distribution of obscene materials instead of criminalizing personal conduct, particularly of women. "The government believes the eventual anti-porn law should be effective in protecting the nation from excessive exposure to pornographic material, thus it should touch more on how to regulate its distribution," State Minister for Women's Empowerment Meutia Hatta Swasono said after accompanying President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a meeting with the National Commission on Violence Against Women.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The noisy young demons of Tegalalang The quiet of the afternoon was shattered when hundreds of children stormed out of the majestic gates of Duur Bingin Temple into the streets of Tegalalang village. In terms of sheer volume, five children are enough to outscream an entire supermarket floor filled with busy adults. Imagine what an uproar a group of some 700 children can make in a quiet village!

Posted in Culture @ 19 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Well donít get scared or shocked after having a look at the pictures above because thatís not pics from Iraq, Somalia, Palestine or even Aceh. But from my most favorite military enthusiast club Code 4 where I myself am a member Ė a club that is very different from any sports club. A sport where one can almost feel the hardship, experience of a true fighting soldier in a fun simulated war situation.

Posted in General @ 28 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali says no to stripteases A tourism official in Bali has criticized certain nightclubs on the resort island that entertain visitors with striptease performances. "If a striptease that doesnít correspond with the local peopleís culture is freely performed in the countryís famous tourist resort, it will harm Balinese tourism culture, which predominantly reflects Hinduism," head of the provincial tourism department Gde Pitana was quoted as saying by state news agency Antara on Saturday (14/9/02).

Posted in Tourism @ 16 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blood shed to the ground. A big black buffalo is just slaughtered to dead. But its soul is now ready to accompany the soul of its deceased master on his future journey in the realm of the death. "So blessed be thy buffalo in Tana Toraja as here, thy become the most important of all animals. Thy is the status symbol and plays a part in many myths, even ancient warriors look upon thee as example of bravery".

Posted in Tourism @ 26 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The presidential palace complex has been witness to momentous changes in the country's history, and the changing of the guard of the highest powers in the land. But while the powers that be may come and go, it seems that some "residents" stay put no matter what. This is the 78th article in our series on Old Batavia. If Dutchman J.A. van Braam, the first owner of what is today the present presidential palace complex, were still alive, he could see that his former home is now an abode for supernatural creatures.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

Posted in Culture @ 01 September 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


Merapis rumblings a sobering forewarning Mount Merapi's return to activity in recent weeks is much more than a natural phenomenon for many Javanese. For them, viewing Merapi as part of a trio of sacred kingdoms in Central Java, it is a sobering warning that all is not well with the country.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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