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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


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


Bank official dies during fit and proper test Syafaruddin Ashari, the International Banking manager of the North Sumatra provincial bank, "Bank Sumut", passed away here on Wednesday while undergoing a fit and proper test.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 17 January 2013 23:20 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


Aceh ulema warn muslims against Valentines Day Islamic scholars (ulema) in Aceh have warned Muslims, the younger generation in particular, that observing Valentine`s Day is not allowed in Islam and against sharia law that is in force in all of Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 08 February 2012 12:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 3 school board members wanted for terrorism after bomb blast Three board members from the Umar Bin Khatab (UBK) Islamic boarding school, where a bomb blast over two weeks ago killed one person, are still wanted for their involvement in terrorist attacks, officials said Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2011 06:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic boarding school principal named terror suspect Indonesian National Police on Saturday officially announced the arrest of the principal of the Umar Bin Khatab (UBK) Islamic boarding school, where a bomb blast two weeks ago killed one person, and named him a terror suspect.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 July 2011 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest Islamic boarding school prinicipal after bomb blast Indonesian police on Friday arrested the principal of the Islamic boarding school where a bomb explosion killed one person last Monday, officials said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 July 2011 01:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police enter Islamic boarding school 2 days after bomb blast Two days after a bomb explosion in an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia killed one person, police were finally able to enter school grounds after struggling with armed students, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 July 2011 02:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb explosion in Bima Islamic boarding school kills one At least one person was killed after a bomb explosion targeted an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia, as police continue to struggle with students to enter school grounds, local media reported Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 July 2011 17:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia steps up security against terrorist attacks The government of Indonesia on Monday announced it would be increasing its security measures as the death of al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden could lead to extremist groups reacting violently.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 May 2011 02:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Anti-porn' lawmaker quits after ... watching porn! Indonesian anti-porn lawmaker Arifinto on Monday announced his resignation after being caught viewing pornography last week during a House of Representatives plenary session. Arifinto is one of the founders of the Justice Party that later merged with the Prosperous Justice Party that has advocated for Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 April 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Aceh couples caned for extramarital affairs Two Indonesian couples on Friday were publicly caned for having had extra marital affairs in a conservative Muslim province in Aceh, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 08 April 2011 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hizbut Tahrir denounces HKBP, demands Islamic state Hundreds of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia members rallied at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Thursday to support a regulation on houses of worship and implementation of sharia. “HKBP commits treason against the state,” read posters displayed by the Muslim group activists.

Posted in Religion @ 24 September 2010 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three convicted to public caning escape in Aceh Three men convicted of playing dominoes for money have escaped from jail moments before a public caning in devoutly Muslim Aceh province. Local Islamic police chief Muhammad Rusli said Saturday the men bolted during an unguarded bathroom visit minutes before the punishment for violating anti-gambling laws.

Posted in General @ 30 January 2010 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds forced to dress according to sharia Hundreds of residents considered to be wearing unacceptable clothing according to sharia regulations, were temporarily detained during an operation at the busy Mesra Darussalam traffic crossing in Banda Aceh, Aceh Nanggroe Darussalam, on Tuesday afternoon.

Posted in Religion @ 28 January 2010 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Sharia police arrested over rape case A serious blow to the credibility and morality of Sharia police in Aceh province, has occurred after several members were detained for an alleged gang rape in Langsa regency. Police in the regency said Tuesday they had arrested two Sharia police officers, or Wilayatul Hisbah, for reportedly raping a female detainee at the Langsa Sharia Police Station.

Posted in Religion @ 13 January 2010 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Commission: 'Scrap discriminating shariya-based bylaws' The National Commission on Violence Against Women urges the government to include the reviewing of a number of sharia-based bylaws deemed discriminative against women as part of its first 100-day program.

Posted in Religion @ 10 December 2009 07:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Women in West Aceh banned from wearing trousers Women wearing jeans and other trousers in the regency of West Aceh, in North Sumatra, will have to face the regional Sharia police. Vendors of trousers for women will also have to close down. The regent for West Aceh, Ramli, has issued the new controversial Islamic regulation yesterday. People who disobey, will be forced to wear loose-fitting attire when Sharia police cuts their trousers.

Posted in Religion @ 29 October 2009 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Aceh legislators: 'F*ck you sharia law!' The newly inaugurated members of the legislative council in Aceh are planning on revising the sharia 'stoning'-bylaw recently passed by - now - former legislators. That law allows people that commit adultery to be stoned to death in the province. The turn-around is remarkable, but does more resemble the wishes of the people in the province than enacting such Islamic regulations in the first place.

Posted in Religion @ 23 October 2009 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Being gay in Aceh now punishable by sharia law In another huge step backwards, the regional government of Aceh, in the northern tip of Sumatra, has accepted the new - far more strict - Islamic laws. The ones now in place just tell people how to dress and obliges Muslems to pray, but the laws now accepted include a prison term of eight years for just being gay and being stoned to death if you decided to have sex with someone else then your spouse.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2009 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam police chief does not know his staff is raiding hotels Hotel operators in Batam have complained about raids on their hotels by local police. They say it hurts tourism more than it improves safety or anything else. The raids started with the start of the holy month of fasting, Ramadan, but the Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants' (PHRI) on the island has said that the national police is no moral police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 August 2009 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to issue first shariah bonds tomorrow After a long wait, the Indonesian government will finally issue government shariah bonds (SBSN) or the first 'sukuk'. They will be issued tomorrow. The newly introduced sukuk will be sold as 'akad ijarah' or sell and rent back with a length of seven and ten years. The general director of the state dept department of the Department of Finance, Rahmat Waluyanto, said that this SBSN will be the same as the normally issued bonds (SUN, surat utang negara). The only difference is that this SUN will follow the principles of shariah.

Posted in Economy @ 14 August 2008 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Executions are the new hype in Indonesia Two members from one family, mother Sumiarsih (59) and son Sugeng (43), were executed earlier this month after they had been on death row for an astonishing twenty years. They were sentenced to death in the 1980's over a murder on five members of their own family out of vengeance. After twenty years in prison, they names - and their story - reappeared in the news once again. The end of their story was clear for almost twenty years already, but it just did never materialize. Probably someone did not like cleaning his office, so these two death row candidates were only executed by firing squad earlier this month.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Aceh 'hand-severance' ordinance still being processed The provincial administration of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) is still processing a draft ordinance (Qanun) on theft - this particular one is popularly known as the 'hand-severance qanun'. In order to make it more acceptable from the human rights point of view, the provincial sharia official said. "The draft hand-severance qanun is now still in the making. We are also waiting for more inputs from the public on its substance," Al Yasa Abubakar, head of the provincial administration's Islamic Sharia Service, said on Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 25 March 2007 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Gays demand Indonesia revoke local ordinances inspired by Islam Gay and lesbian groups were demanding that the Indonesian government revoke local ordinances inspired by Islamic law that they claim violate their human and constitutional rights, a news report said Tuesday. The Association of Jakarta Transvestites; Arus Pelangi, a gay advocacy group; and the Srikandi Foundation, a women's advocacy group, appealed to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to immediately strike down the ordinances, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 October 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Aceh demanding gubernatorial candidates recite Koran Election officials in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province have ordered that potential candidates for upcoming provincial polls must be able to recite from the Koran, Islam's holy book, in order to run, a local report said Thursday. The order is the latest in a series of controversial moves to impose a strict version of Islamic Law, or Shariah, in Aceh, despite the rest of Indonesia being secular.

Posted in Politics @ 28 September 2006 05:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Need for speed in Indonesia Two years into his five-year term, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presents himself as a sincere, hard-working reformer, a long-distance runner pacing himself on a marathon run. But many Indonesians think the country needs a sprinter.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2006 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ICG: Women, the poor singled out by Aceh sharia enforcers Women and the poor are experiencing unfair treatment due to overzealous enforcement of sharia bylaws in Nanggroe Aceh Darusssalam, an influential think tank said. The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday that haphazardly recruited, poorly disciplined and inadequately supervised sharia police were practicing a form of moral vigilantism that singled out women and the poor.

Posted in Religion @ 02 August 2006 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two caned for adultery in Aceh Two people in Indonesia's province of Aceh have been caned for adultery under Islamic sharia law. The punishment was handed down to a 23-year-old widow and a 35-year-old married man, according to Tengku Marnus Labsyar, Head of the South Aceh Sharia's office.

Posted in Religion @ 31 July 2006 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy tests tolerance in Indonesia When Erwin Arnada, editor in chief of Playboy magazine in Indonesia, answered a summons at the police headquarters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, he turned up smiling, behaved like a good citizen and, in turn, was treated politely during nearly six hours of questioning. The parrying, he recalled, went something like this:

Posted in Culture @ 26 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates the difference between porn and pawn Kartika Gunawan is not a typical men's magazine playmate. But even though not a nipple was visible in her starring role in the first issue of Indonesian Playboy — in a concession to hardline Islamists calling for the publication to be banned — she faces more than two years in jail for indecency.

Posted in General @ 09 July 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Abu Bakar Bashir addresses quake survivors Abu Bakar Bashir has blamed Indonesians' "damaged morals" for the devastating earthquake that hit Java last month and urged the government to implement Islamic law. In his first major public appearance since his release from prison after serving 26 months for conspiring in the Bali bombings, the militant cleric addressed around 1,000 people outside the headquarters of his hardline Islamic organisation in Yogyakarta.

Posted in General @ 26 June 2006 17:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Major Muslim groups spearhead moderate campaign Indonesia's two largest Muslim organizations Nadhlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah say they are committed to campaigning for moderate Islam to counter the emergence of militant groups, a local newspaper said Thursday. They pledged that they would not seek strict religious formalism in pluralist Indonesia -- meaning the upholding of the outward signs and practices of the religion -- nor tolerate the use of violence in the name of the religion, said The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Politics @ 22 June 2006 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia releases militant islamic cleric A militant cleric alleged to be a top leader in an al-Qaida-linked terror group was released from prison Wednesday to cries of "God is great" from supporters. Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, had served 26 months for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people and thrust Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, onto the front lines of the war on terror.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2006 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising radicalism, intolerance threaten Indonesia's diversity Fifty years ago, Clifford Geertz wrote: " ... archipelagic in geography, eclectic in civilization, and heterogeneous in culture, Indonesia flourishes when it accepts and capitalizes on its diversity and disintegrates when it denies and suppresses it". The comment, part of Geertz's assessment of the political situation in Indonesia in the late fifties, also anticipates the future of Indonesia.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group says Pancasila way to halt assault on pluralism Pro-democracy supporters and scholars are urging the upholding of the founding Pancasila state ideology to thwart hardline religious groups attempting to impose a monotheistic belief system. The group -- including socialist Rahman Toleng, lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis, economist Faisal Basri and former education and culture minister Fuad Hassan -- noted that Pancasila was not an absolute doctrine but a compromise reached by the founding fathers who realized the pluralistic nature of the new nation.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Sharia-based bylaws violate Constitution' Tangerang is firmly in the spotlight after the issuance of a controversial bylaw to eradicate prostitution in the municipality. It also issued another bylaw that bans liquor. Syafi'i Anwar, executive director of the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), shared his views with Ridwan Max Sijabat >on what is happening in the region.

Posted in Religion @ 04 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants non-Muslims tried by Islamic court in Aceh The government insisted Tuesday that Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam should be tried by the planned Islamic Court in the predominantly Muslim province. State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told the special committee deliberating a bill on the province's administration that non-Muslims accused of committing ordinary crimes, such as theft and adultery, would be tried under the sharia-inspired bylaws (qanun).

Posted in Religion @ 26 April 2006 21:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Implications of pornography bill and Islamic law In the past few months much has been in the local Press about Sharia regulations in regions of Indonesia as well as the frequently cited Pornography Law being deliberated on in the House. These clippings in the press have been anything but flattering of Sharia which to a practicing Muslim is the crux of his daily interactions. Sharia has been labeled oppressive to women and minorities of other faiths, a step backwards for Indonesia, and an inhibitor to the economy.

Posted in Culture @ 25 March 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey shows prevalent conservatism Islamic conservatism is a growing force to be reckoned with across the country, with research indicating about 40 percent of citizens would support the replacement of state laws with sharia and one in 10 consider suicide bombings justified in some circumstances. A survey conducted in late January by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found 40 percent of respondents approved of adulterers being stoned to death, 34 percent did not want to see another female president and 40 percent accepted polygamy.

Posted in Religion @ 17 March 2006 07:29 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


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Govt set to examine sharia bylaws The Home Affairs Ministry will review regional bylaws amid the issuance of sharia-based regulations by several administrations, which critics say impinge on the rights of minorities. "We have asked local administrations to send their regional bylaws for evaluation," Home Affairs Minister M. Ma'ruf confirmed Monday. The review process would also involve other related ministries, he added.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Padang mayor defends sharia as good for development Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar dismisses concerns about his mayoralty's gradual enactment of sharia, arguing that Islamic law is beneficial to development because it makes people more devout. Fauzi told The Jakarta Post it was the duty of the state to encourage people to live according to religious teachings, not to prevent it.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Allianz launches Sharia-compliant insurance products Allianz AG said its Indonesian unit is launching Sharia-compliant insurance products, responding to 'growing requests' from its customers and banking partners. The insurer said customers can now buy life insurance, as well as fire and motor vehicle insurance, that will be Sharia-compliant. Under Sharia-law, it is forbidden to give or receive interest payments. Furthermore, Sharia-compliant banks will trade investments and share the profits with investors instead of offering interest on savings accounts.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2006 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radicalism extends roots, becoming institutionalized There is no danger that Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will be turned into an Islamic state. One reason for this is that most Indonesians practice a moderate strain of Islam and are tolerant of different religions. Another reason is that the nation's founding fathers, who included charismatic Muslim leaders and ulema, never wanted Indonesia to be an Islamic state.

Posted in Religion @ 26 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Are hard-liners deviants or true believers? Some of the moderate and liberal Muslims (I consider myself as part of this group) often charge that hard-liners, jihadists, terrorists and suicide bombers are not true believers. The jihadist and terrorists are more aptly called deviant Muslims, people with a fallacious understanding of Islam. We also blame their activities as tarnishing the name of Islam and harming its reputation before the hallmark of modern civilization. Their interpretation of Islam is also said to be destroying the religion's fundamental and truest mission. This is what we have to say about them.

Posted in Religion @ 18 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia embassy bomber gets death An Indonesian has been sentenced to death for helping to plan and carry out last year's bombing at the Australian embassy in Jakarta - the harshest penalty yet for the attack that killed 10 people. Iwan Darmawan, 30, said he would appeal Tuesday's verdict, which was the latest in a series of tough sentences against those found guilty of terrorist attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 September 2005 17:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians face proselytism charges in Indonesia Three evangelical women in Indonesia are facing charges which could to prison for allegedly contravening a law against “Christianisation”. They have been accused by a chapter of the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics of trying to get Muslim children to convert to Christianity through “the use of lies, deception or enticement.”

Posted in Human rights @ 25 July 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamist party likely to be future force When a young Indonesian Islamist party put more than 100,000 members on the streets of Jakarta last year to protest at the impending U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, people started to take notice. The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has caught the eye again during parliamentary elections this week, making strong gains that show it is an emerging power in Indonesian politics. But those gains came by shelving its conservative Muslim agenda in public and focusing on what irks Indonesians most -- graft, injustice and unemployment. Just what the party will do with its Islamist platform now remains an open question.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim party draws biggest election crowd A conservative Muslim party has drawn the biggest crowd yet in Indonesia's parliamentary election campaign, as an estimated 100,000-plus supporters massed at a Jakarta stadium on Tuesday to hear its anti-corruption message. Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) leader Hidayat Nur Wahid, wearing a white Muslim shirt, black pants and white Muslim cap, told an enthusiastic crowd the PKS would "fight for every level of society's prosperity, and the strategy is by eradicating corruption".

Posted in Elections @ 30 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamists go mainstream in election As the band launches into the popular 1980s song "The Final Countdown" by rock group Europe, several thousand Indonesians at an election rally in central Java start cheering. They join in as a speaker on stage exhorts them to chant -- not the words of the song -- but Allahu Akbar (God is greatest). Welcome to a rally for one of Indonesia's most conservative Islamist parties, the Prosperous Justice Party. Instead of pushing Islamic issues, party leaders promise to tackle graft and the economy. Along with Islamic prayers and strident condemnation of Israel, there is Western music.

Posted in Elections @ 29 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says Bashir not a terrorist The Indonesian Government says there is no evidence to label Abu Bakar Bashir, a Muslim clerk and alleged spiritual leader of a radical Muslim group, as a terrorist. The statement comes after international criticism over a reduction of his prison term that will allow for his release next month.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First Sharia court for Aceh Indonesia's troubled Aceh province is to establish the country's first criminal court based on Sharia law, an official said on Wednesday. Indonesia already has religious courts which handle disputes about marriage or inheritance, but not criminal cases.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cops: Bombers planned X-Mas attacks The suspects in the fatal bomb attack on a McDonald's restaurant earlier this month also planned to blow up churches on Christmas Eve, police said Monday. Maj. Gen. Firman Gani, the South Sulawesi police chief, said the plot was revealed in interviews with the suspects and searches of their houses that uncovered church blueprints and bomb-making materials including TNT.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clues yet to emerge linking cleric to Bali bombs Picking through the charred ruins of the Sari nightclub, Indonesian investigators and FBI agents must wonder if they will stumble across a clue to the Bali bomb that will lead them to the door of a bespectacled Islamic cleric. Four days ago the names of Abu Bakar Bashir and the Jemaah Islamiah (Islamic Community) -- of which some foreign intelligence agencies say he is the spiritual leader -- were little known outside Southeast Asia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 October 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says Iraq war could be destabilising Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation, has warned that the unilateral use of force in Iraq would pose a "grave" danger of destabilising the region. In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said mechanisms exist within the U.N. system to deal with the challenges of Iraq and "peaceful efforts must be fully exhausted".

Posted in General @ 19 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grapples with Islamic law Women in miniskirts gyrate in all-night discotheques, where designer drugs circulate as freely as alcohol. Friday, the Islamic sabbath, is a regular work day. Pork is widely available in restaurants and supermarkets. These and other violations of Islamic law - or sharia - are the norm in Indonesia, the world's largest Islamic country, where secularism has long held sway in national legislation. Although some religious parties asked for sharia law to be included among a set of constitutional amendments adopted Saturday by lawmakers, the measure was dropped because of overwhelming opposition within the national legislature.

Posted in Religion @ 15 August 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On a Friday just before noon prayers in the simple wooden mosque, soldiers stormed into this village, herded the people together and, according to two residents, marched them toward a neighboring hamlet, setting fire to houses as they went. After six weeks, the village elder, Bin Ali, 52, and his neighbor, Agus Salim, 35, summoned the courage to return to the ashes of their life's possessions. In the debris of Mr. Bin's home, only a white porcelain serving dish, a present to his wife, survived intact. Next door, Mr. Agus, choking with emotion, fingered the charred wreckage of his motorcycle. It had been his sole means of livelihood. Empty military ration cans were strewn on the red earth, silvery reminders of who had been here last.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 June 2002 00:00 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


Security in Aceh intensified ahead of Gus Dur visit The government said on Wednesday that they were beefing up security in Aceh ahead of President Abdurrahman Wahid's visit to the troubled province on Tuesday. "We are going to clean up places that are going to be visited by the President three days before he arrives," National Police Chief Gen. Surojo Bimantoro told journalists before a Cabinet meeting at Bina Graha presidential office.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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