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 Indonesia to execute six drug convicts Indonesia's attorney general announced on Thursday, January 15, that the country is ready to carry out the execution of 6 people on death row on Sunday. "The preparations for the implementation (of the execution) are almost final," Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo announced in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 January 2015 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US congratulates Indonesia on its successful elections The US government has congratulated the people of Indonesia on its successful presidential elections on Wednesday, the US here said on its official website.

Posted in Elections @ 10 July 2014 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants all parties to be merry during campaigns Presidential candidate Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has expressed hope that all parties will be merry during the presidential election campaigns between June 4 and July 5, 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 04 June 2014 18:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Islamic parties have possibility to coalesce Islam-based political parties in Indonesia have the possibility to join forces in the presidential race next July, according to a political party chairman. "It is possible for Islam-based political parties to coalesce," General Chairman of the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP) Suryadharma Ali said here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2014 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nasdem chief raises concern over increasing corruption The general chairman of National Democrat Party (NasDem), Surya Paloh, expressed concern over corruption in the country that still continued despite reform and has even spread to almost all sectors.

Posted in Politics @ 23 February 2014 23:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Do not let radicalism grow' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said radicalism and extreme ideas must not be allowed to grow in Indonesia because they would only disrupt current peaceful and harmonious relations between different religious followers.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to auction seized goods to foster anti-corruption spirit The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) plans to auction several of the goods it has seized during the past six months on Wednesday at the Gelora Bung Karno sports center in Central Jakarta, the Commissions Director for Anti-Gratification Affairs Giri Supradiono announced on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 December 2013 15:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 4.6 million elderly in Indonesia prone to be neglected Some 4.6 million out of 18 million elderly people in Indonesia are prone to be neglected, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 28 May 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks Kopassus to maintain profesionalism President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the Army`s Special Forces (Kopassus) to maintain professionalism in performing duties as the national special security forces.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto denies any deal made with Hary Tanoe The General Chairman of Hanura Party, Wiranto, said here on Monday that there had not been any political deals made with regard to Hary Tanoe`s joining his party. "There has not been any deal made. It all came out of a common view towards Indonesia`s future," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2013 21:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrat yet to name nominees for sports minister Democrat Party has yet to decide names of its figures who will replace Andi Malarangeng as Youth and Sports Minister, the party`s deputy secretary general Saan Mustafa said here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 January 2013 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP calls for social solidarity maintenance Vice President Boediono has called on all parties to maintain the values of social solidarity and prevent them from being eroded by the flow of modern life and globalization.

Posted in Politics @ 20 December 2012 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism growth for Bali expected to moderate As reported by The Jakarta Post, Bali is targeting 3.1 million foreign tourist visitors in 2013, based on the belief that improvements in the island’s infrastructure will add to the island’s appeal.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 December 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: Independence, firmness key to combating corruption President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Tuesday independent anti-graft institutes and firm law enforcement are the key to combating corruption in the country.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 November 2012 18:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs to increase its military strength Former Indonesian military chief retired Gen. Endriartono Sutarto said the country needs to modernize its military equipment to protect its sovereignty. The country needs to have a strong military to command respect from other countries, Sutarto said here on Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 18 November 2012 17:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary: 'There should be no discrimination against minorities' Visiting US State Secretary Hillary Clinton in her remark at a press conference here on Monday said there should be no discrimination against any minority in this world.

Posted in Politics @ 04 September 2012 00:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor urges Solo people to stay calm after terror attacks Central Java Governor Bibit Waluyo has called on the residents of Solo to keep calm despite a series of terror attacks in the city over the past two weeks. "The police are investigating the cases, so I want all people in Solo city to stay calm," he said here on Friday, adding that all the parties should cooperate in dealing with the problem.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 August 2012 21:41 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


Govt remains committed to fighting narcotics The chief of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), Commissioner General Gories Mere, said the government would never tolerate narcotics crimes and would always support fight against them.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 June 2012 09:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'May Day must be observed orderly' Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar called on the public on Sunday to observe the May Day on May 1 orderly and peacefully.

Posted in Protests @ 29 April 2012 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Guruh Soekarnoputra to run for president Guruh Soekarnoputra, a son of Indonesia`s first president, Soekarno, marked his 59th birthday on Friday with a statement he intends to run for president in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 16 January 2012 02:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto ready to be re-nominated for presidential candidate The General Chairman of the People`s Conscience Party (Hanura), Wiranto, expressed his readiness to be re-nominated as a presidential candidate for the election in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 23 December 2011 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir gets sentence reduced A radical Islamic cleric accused of setting up a terror training camp in western Indonesia had his prison sentence slashed from 15 years to 9 years, an appeals court said Wednesday. No reason was given for the decision.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 October 2011 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No sentence cuts for corruption, terrorism convicts' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has agreed that the government should stop granting sentence remissions for corruption and terrorism convicts.

Posted in Crime @ 16 September 2011 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two new hotels on indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 750 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 50 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Travel @ 21 May 2011 08:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant sentenced 10 years in jail over Aceh terror group An Indonesian militant on Wednesday was sentenced to ten years in prison for his involvement in an Aceh terror group and training camp, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 April 2011 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Traffic jam caused by 'possessed' security guard A security guard impersonating a monkey on Thursday caused massive traffic congestion outside Indonesia's Communications Ministry in Central Jakarta.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 March 2011 23:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim cleric Baashir denies funding al-Qaeda in Aceh cell Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Baashir on Thursday denied charges accusing him of funding the terrorist cell known as al-Qaeda in Aceh cell operating in Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 February 2011 16:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two terror suspects sentenced to ten years in prison The West Jakarta District Court on Monday sentenced two terror suspects to ten years in prison each for their involvement in a terror training camp in Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 February 2011 23:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mbah Maridjan’s home now tourist attraction Mount Merapi’s deceased spiritual guardian Mbah Maridjan’s home in Kinahrejo hamlet in Sleman, Yogyakarta, has now become a tourist attraction. The remains of Mbah Maridjan’s house are currently one of the most visited attractions for tourists.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 January 2011 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 28 killed after Mount Merapi violently erupts One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes spewed out clouds of ash and jets of searing gas on Wednesday in an eruption that has killed at least 28 people and injured 14. Authorities have been trying to evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the volcano, where many houses have been destroyed, the ruins lying covered in white ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2010 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Abu Bakar Bashir arrested on terrorism charges A lawyer says radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been arrested on charges of terrorism. Muhammad Ali says his client was taken in early Monday for alleged involvement with a new militant network in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh. Ali said Monday's arrest took place in West Java's Ciamis district.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 August 2010 05:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic figure as rapist That you should not be amazed about many things in Indonesia is something we all know, but sometimes an effort is made to move boundaries even further with a big failure as result. An ustad (Islamic community figure) in the village of Babakan Cikao near the city of Purwakarta. This very religious person was eventually found to be a marijuana smoking rapist.

Posted in Crime @ 05 June 2010 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long history of Jemaah Islamiyah and Indonesia, 2 The JI was established as a loose confederation of several Islamic groups. Sometime around 1969, two men, Abu Bakar Bashir,and Abdullah Sungkar, began an operation to propagate the Darul Islam movement, a conservative strain of Islam. Darul Islam was almost eliminated in the 1950s after members belonging to that sect instigated a rebellion in an effort to create an Islamic state in parts of Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 13:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners dead after drinking poisonous rice wine Holidaymakers in Bali have been given a grim warning: avoid traditional rice and palm wine on the Indonesian resort island or face an agonising death. At least 25 people have been killed in the past week, including four foreign tourists, after a batch of the liquor, known as arak, was heavily cut with methanol.

Posted in Health @ 03 June 2009 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Dragonfly Along one of the main streets of Jakarta is the anonymous Graha BIP, a office building like others along the same street. It is just a little stroll to the Kartika Chandra Hotel and the offices of government agencies like LIPI and BKPM are just around the corner as well. No clear indication that the basement of Graha BIP is home to a place that is currently known as Dragonfly.

Posted in Nightlife @ 13 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A deserted Kuta in November I have to admit, it is somewhere far outside any holiday season in the middle of November, maybe that will help create the almost deserted Kuta around this time of year. It was a short trip of about one hour from the beating cultural and religious heart of Bali, Ubud. With a virtually blue sky I left the spiritual village on a rented Mio (scooter), heading for the hot lowlands and crowds of Southern Bali. That crowd was a relative thing here, but seen from Ubud almost everything in the outside world looks crowded.

Posted in Travel @ 25 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


'Hari Nyepi' to bring absolute silence to Bali On that day the Balinese celebrate New Year or Nyepi - the Balinese equivalent of the word for silence. This is a day the Balinese Hindus dedicate to quiet introspection and spiritual cleansing.

Posted in Religion @ 24 February 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mystics: 'Mount Kelud to erupt in a week' Volcanologists apparently are unable to determine the exact time of an eruption of the Mount Kelud volcano. It might be because of that reason that villagers have turned to local mystics ans soothsayers for their opinion. However their predictions are varied as well, they all agree on one thing; the volcano will erupt in the next week. An elder in the village of Sugihwaras, Mbah - which is Javanese to politely address a revered and older person - Mulyasih, 62, prepared twelve cups of hot coffee on Wednesday afternoon. These cups of coffee, and a pack of cigarettes, were meant for the spirit guardians of the mountain. Once a week she travels ten kilometers to the crater of the Kelud volcano and offers them there.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2007 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers forced to evacuate by armed police Dozens of police from the local police force in Kediri, eastern Java, have forced villagers out of the first danger zone at the Mount Kelut volcano to some evacuation camps in the village of Tawang, subdistrict of Wates, on Thursday night. These forceful evacuations started after villagers started to return to their villages after initial evacuation at free will. When the people arrived in their evacuation camps, there was no food, so they returned to their villages the next morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 October 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali runs out of alcoholic drinks A number of hotels and retail outlets across Bali are complaining of an increasingly critical shortage of wines and spirits posing a risk that holidaymakers to Bali may soon be without the liquid wherewithal for merrymaking. According to a report in the Indonesian language DenPost, the Indonesian Customs and Excise Department have banned the import of all imported alcoholic beverages following the recent discovery of a smuggling ring using illegal duty stamps.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebuilding Yogyakarta; One rice cone at a time A year ago today, the historic heartland of Java - Yogyakarta - was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. More than 6,000 people lost their lives and another 30,000 were injured in this densely populated part of Indonesia. The whole nation, just recovering from the onslaught of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, was again in tears. The international community responded with their generosity.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2007 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping connected in Yogyakarta One year on from the Yogyakarta earthquake, hundreds of thousands of people are rebuilding their lives, picking up the pieces that were so violently smashed. For a lot of survivors, the long road to recovery is compounded by feelings of grief and loss. Many people lost family members and friends in the earthquake. Some also lost the ability to walk. Nearly a thousand people suffered spinal injuries, a tragically common consequence of earthquakes, when collapsing buildings crushed occupants.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: H5N1 samples going to WHO again Indonesia's health minister announced today at the World Health Organization's (WHO's) annual meeting that the country has resumed sending H5N1 avian influenza virus samples to the WHO, appearing to end a 5-month standoff over developing countries' access to vaccines. "I am pleased to announce to all of you that Indonesia has resumed sending its H5N1 specimens to the WHO collaborating center in Tokyo," Siti Fadilah Supari said at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, according to a Reuters report.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2007 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Global Fund stops assistance; corruption suspected Global Fund, an organization that provides assistance to help deal with AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, stopped it's assistance to Indonesia last March on suspicion of fraud. Firman Lubis, deputy chairman for the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), told that the funds stopped flowing to Indonesia after an audit held by Price Waterhouse Cooper.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 April 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Legislator: 'Malaysian warships should be forced out' "It is time to drive the neighboring country's warships and fighter planes away from the Ambalat Block." Malaysian provocations in Indonesia's territorial waters have reached an alarming level according to a legislator. "Malaysia`s provocative acts in encroaching on Indonesian territorial waters in the Ambalat Block area cannot be tolerated. Therefore, I think it is now time to drive Malaysian warships and fighter planes out of the area," said Suparlan, member of the House of Representatives (DPR) on Friday.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2007 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends JI leader's acquittal The Indonesian supreme court's acquittal of militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual leader of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, on charges of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings should be respected, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday. "Indonesia can understand all reactions regarding the supreme court's decision on Bashir," a statement said.

Posted in General @ 23 December 2006 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Omran held talks with JI leader Bashir in Indonesia Melbourne cleric Mohammed Omran held talks with Jemaah Islamiah spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir in Indonesia as part of a longstanding alliance between groups headed by the two men. The meeting, which followed earlier talks between the pair in Melbourne, was revealed to the Australian Federal Police in a written account provided by one of Sheik Omran's followers, who was later arrested on terrorism charges.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 November 2006 02:52 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


Police foil attempted closure of church The suppression of religious freedom in this predominantly Muslim nation continues in West Java, where dozens of churches and places of worship have been forcibly closed by Muslim extremists over the past year. A mob of around 50 people attempted Saturday to demolish a house they claimed was being used illegally by Christians as a place of worship in the hamlet of Cibintinu, Arjasari village, some 20 kilometers south of Bandung.

Posted in Religion @ 25 September 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims begin observing holy month of Ramadan Indonesia's president urged his people on Sunday to be stronger in facing challenges as the world's most populous Muslim nation began observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk in order to focus on the spiritual.

Posted in Ramadan @ 24 September 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia militant cleric targets steamy TV shows Indonesian TV shows that feature scantily dressed women are more dangerous than bombs, a militant Muslim cleric who served a jail term for links to the Bali bombings was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Abu Bakar Bashir said local television stations should offer more religious programs instead of showing half-naked women.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Terror guide spread in Indonesia A GUIDEBOOK urging jihad in the spirit of Osama bin Laden, "the conqueror of communist and American forces", is being distributed across Indonesia in an attempt to create small independent terrorist cells, a new report claims. The 82-page book has been secretly distributed over the past several months, according to a report yesterday in news magazine Tempo.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2006 07:28 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


Yogyakarta Sultan told to withdraw from politics Yogyakarta Governor Sultan Hamengkubuwono X should leave politics and concentrate on culture and helping the province's poor, or he risks being abandoned by his people, an academic says. Sunan Kalijaga State Islam University lecturer Musa Asy'arie said Sunday the Sultan's withdrawal from practical politics would ensure the city-province remained a national center of culture.

Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2006 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Pirates attack three ships off Indonesia Pirates have attacked three ships, including two U.N.-chartered vessels and a Japanese bulk carrier, in Indonesian waters around the Malacca Strait in recent days, maritime and police officials said on Wednesday. Two attacks occurred on ships carrying relief material to tsunami-stricken Aceh province at the weekend, while a Japanese bulk carrier was targeted on Monday, Noel Choong, head of the piracy reporting center of the International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur, told Reuters.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 July 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lowers alert level at Merapi volcano An Indonesian state agency monitoring Mount Merapi has lowered the volcano's alert status after a decrease in emissions, officials at the vulcanology centre said on Tuesday. Merapi in central Java, near the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the Pacific "Ring of Fire". It has threatened a major eruption for weeks, forcing evacuation of thousands from its slopes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2006 15:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smouldering Mount Merapi slows tourism In the shadow of Mount Merapi, a 30-year-old woman selling snacks to tourists visiting the rumbling Indonesian volcano says business has never been this bad. Tourists who once thronged the area are too frightened to trek to Babadan, one of Merapi's observation points, just 4.5 km (3 miles) from the peak of the restive mountain. "I used to get 100 customers during weekends, but it's too quiet now," said Ngatini, a mother of two, sitting in her wooden hut covered with thick volcanic ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 June 2006 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bashir to be freed within days An Indonesian militant cleric jailed in connection with a 2002 Bali bombing will be free in a week, said a top Indonesian official. Indonesia's Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin said Tuesday that Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, would be released on June 14. Bashir has served 26 months of a 30-month sentence after being convicted of conspiracy in the nightclub bombing that killed 202 people, including two Canadians.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 June 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake victims put ghost fears to rest More than 120 earthquake survivors have cast aside their fear of spirits and built makeshift tents over tombstones in a small Indonesian cemetery in the badly-hit Bantul region. With tarpaulin stretched overhead and rugs thrown over graves, the survivors have managed to get sleep and escape nightly rain since the Saturday quake. Some even set up cooking equipment over larger, grander headstones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 16:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's cultural heart escapes worst of quake Indonesia's weekend earthquake shook the country's ancient Javanese royal capital, but left little damage in the cultural and educational hub that has endured both man-made and natural disasters before. Yogyakarta, a city of half a million long ruled by descendants of the Indonesian royal family and home to a centuries-old palace, was woken by the magnitude 6.3 quake at dawn on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Supplies arrive in Javanese quake zone Emergency aid began arriving Monday in areas devastated by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia, but officials said the supplies were not reaching survivors quickly enough as victims pleaded for money on debris-filled roads to buy food. An aid plane chartered by the U.N.'s children agency arrived in the city of Solo, about three hours from the hardest-hit district of Bantul on Java island. It was loaded with water, tents, stoves and cooking sets that officials said would be distributed later Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 10:10 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


Spiritual keeper prays to calm volcano A spiritual keeper in Indonesia is performing a mystical ritual to calm the 'angry' volcano, Mount Merapi. The volcano has been rumbling for weeks and scientists say it can erupt anytime. Eighty-year-old Maridjan has taken a long and silent walk through the smoke-filled mountain.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 May 2006 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi brings back bad memories of 1994 eruption The sky went black, and a thunder-like roar filled the air. Some witnesses remember hearing one or two loud explosions. Few had time to see what Mount Merapi was bringing down upon them. Within seconds, a massive cloud of searing gas, volcanic debris and rocks had scythed into the village, incinerating everything in its path and killing 60 people, many of them attending a wedding.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 May 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano eruption countered with dance and food Many Indonesian villagers are refusing to evacuate the flanks of Mount Merapi despite scientists' and government warnings of the volcano's imminent eruption, according to news reports. Instead locals are preparing food offerings and performing ceremonies—such as the traditional Javanese dance seen in this photo taken on Sunday—in a bid to appease the volcano's spirits.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 22:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gas clouds shoot down Mount Merapi volcano Clouds of deadly ash, rock fragments and hot gas surged down Mount Merapi's slopes Monday as activity intensified to the highest level since the volcano rumbled back to life weeks ago. One eruption sent an avalanche of debris and ash rolling more than 2 miles down the mountain's western flank, said Ratdomopurbo, the region's chief vulcanologist. It was followed by several other huge explosions.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 12:49 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


'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


Volcano grows 10 metres in three days Mount Merapi has grown 10 metres in height in three days with pools of lava forming at its smoking summit. Experts fear an eruption could be imminent. Villagers living on the slopes of the 2,914-metre peak has been on standby alert for more than three weeks. That is one level below that which would require a mandatory evacuation for more than 29,000 people living around its fertile slopes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 May 2006 10:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists, locals marvel at might of Merapi Foreign tourists and locals alike have been marvelling at the spectacular sight of Indonesia's simmering Mount Merapi spewing smoke as experts monitor it for signs of imminent eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2006 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java prepares to evacuate as volcano trembles Indonesia prepared to evacuate thousands of villagers on Monday after a massive volcano in the heart of densely populated Java island started spewing thick clouds of smoke and hot lava, officials said. Authorities have placed Mount Merapi, which overlooks the ancient city of Jogjakarta, on Orange Code, or the second highest alert level, following fears of an eruption due to an increase in the number of tremors.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 April 2006 15:43 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


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


'Pesantren' communities unable to accept pluralism, tolerance The recent research conducted by the International Center for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), the Indonesian Islamic Boarding School Association (BKSPPI) and AusAID, in which I was involved, shows that many pesantren (Islamic boarding schools), both traditional (salaf) and modern, in West Java reject pluralism as they perceive this as an acceptance of the relativity of religion -- or rejecting the notion that Islam is the absolute truth.

Posted in Religion @ 26 January 2006 00:00 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


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


Indonesians observe peaceful Christmas Indonesians observed Christmas peacefully across the country as tens of thousands of police and troops remained on high alert for possible terrorist attacks. The security forces had earlier warned of possible terrorist attacks during the Christmas and New Year holidays as militants might seek revenge for the killing last month of Malaysian bomb-expert Azahari bin Husin, a senior member of the regional terror network Jamaah Islamiyah (JI), during a police raid in East Java.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage Thousands of Muslims from across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, departed Thursday for Saudi Arabia on the annual hajj pilgrimage. Minister of Religious Affairs Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni waved off 445 pilgrims, all dressed in white robes and with their passports hung on string around their necks, from a special Hajj Terminal at Jakarta's Sukarno-Hatta Airport.

Posted in Religion @ 09 December 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV-positive Dolvince keeps spirit of life aflame The mere mention of the term "PLWHA" (person living with HIV/AIDS) will make people's imagination immediately form the image of a frail person characterized by a severe inferiority complex and a strong urge to keep himself aloof from society. This is a common image about a PLWHA because the people in this country, generally, still find it difficult to accept them.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to monitor Muslim boarding schools Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, will monitor Islamic boarding schools as part of its effort to fight militant violence and suicide bombings, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said. Indonesia has been racked by a spate of bomb attacks in recent years, including one on the tourist island of Bali this month in which 23 people died, including three suicide bombers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 24 reactions


New fares scares taxi passengers and drivers "No way I am using a taxi! Not unless it's an emergency, it's just way too expensive now," Tika, an employee in Palmerah, South Jakarta, said on hearing that taxi companies had increased their fares on Monday. Several taxi companies in Jakarta -- including Blue Bird, Primajasa, Ekspress, Dian, and Tiffani -- began operating with the new increased fare in accordance with the gubernatorial decree issued on Oct. 10.

Posted in Economy @ 19 October 2005 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Malaysian bombmakers key Bali suspects Two Malaysians accused of orchestrating the bombings in Bali three years ago are suspected of having a hand in the latest terrorist attack on the Indonesian island. However, Malaysian authorities claimed to have eradicated terrorist cells in the country. Indonesian authorities believe terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) is behind the suicide blasts that ripped through the popular tourist destination Saturday night, killing 26 people including three Australians.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 13:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Indonesia cuts Bashir sentence An Indonesian court has cut a 30-month sentence handed to militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for his role in the Bali bombings by more than four months, a prison official said today. "He received a remission of four months and 15 days," Dedi Sutardi, the head of Cipinang penitentiary, said at a press conference to announce remissions for 2000 prisoners to mark Indonesia's Independence Day today.

Posted in Politics @ 17 August 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia-Africa leaders pay nostalgic Indonesian visit Leaders of nations from South Africa to North Korea came to this former Dutch colonial hill station on Sunday to honor political pioneers who set the stage for the Non-Aligned Movement 50 years ago. Arriving from Jakarta in a fleet of jetliners, leaders and representatives of some 100 countries retraced the steps taken by the heads of 29 Asian and African governments who met here in 1955 to seek a path apart from the Soviet and U.S. sides of the Cold War divide.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian-African summit opens in Indonesia The summit of Asian and African leaders, which will adopt a strategic partnership declaration that will be aimed at strengthening cooperation among countries of the two continents, began in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia-Africa Summit aims at new cooperation After 50 years of suspension since the Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung in April 1955, nearly 60 leaders of Asian-African countries are expected to gather in Jakarta from next week to rebuild a bridge and structure for strengthening political and economic cooperation between the two continents.

Posted in Politics @ 17 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ba'ashir found guilty of Bali bomb plot Fiery Muslim preacher Abu Bakar Bashir was found guilty of an "evil conspiracy" to commit the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings by an Indonesian court on Thursday and sentenced to two and a half years in jail. But the court found the 66-year-old cleric not guilty of involvement in the 2003 bombing of the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush and other leaders quick to offer condolences and aid From President Bush to Pope John Paul II, the world's political and spiritual leaders urged support on Sunday for victims of the giant waves in Asia as relief agencies and governments girded to offer technical help and aid. The United States said assistance was already on its way to some of the most stricken areas. The speed and scale of the disaster - with thousands dead - left some relief specialists struggling to keep pace with events. "The needs are enormous," said Louis Michel, a senior official of the European Union, which offered $4 million in emergency funds.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bashir faces trial over Jakarta hotel bombing Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual leader of Southeast Asian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, faces trial today for criminal involvement in terrorist activities, the presiding judge said. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Jakarta time in a special compound at the Agriculture Ministry in South Jakarta, to accommodate anticipated crowds, Judge Soedarto said in a telephone interview. Mahendradatta, Bashir's lawyer, didn't answer calls made to his cellular phone.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


An informed electorate could cost Megawati Heavyweight political parties have long held sway in Indonesia, but the emergence of a new breed of voter more likely to listen to the media or even mystics for guidance has robbed them of their former dominance, analysts say. Despite this shift from the days when parties extended influence into the lowest echelons of society, President Megawati Sukarnoputri has gambled on her credibility to win the backing of political titans ahead of September presidential polls.

Posted in Elections @ 24 August 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says will proceed with Bashir case Indonesia said on Monday it would continue with plans to prosecute Abu Bakar Bashir, suspected spiritual leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network, despite a court ruling curbing anti-terrorism laws. Bashir, 65, is in detention waiting for prosecutors to bring formal charges against him. He was detained on April 30 after spending 18 months in jail for minor immigration offences.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple rises in an immense dark stone pyramid from a fertile volcanic plain, a spiritual monument at the centre of a battle over tourism and commerce.

Posted in Culture @ 10 June 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free election marks crossroads for Indonesia Six years into the uncertainties of multiparty democracy, Indonesians are electing a new legislature Monday after a campaign shadowed by nostalgia for two former authoritarian rulers -- one dead, the other disgraced. President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government is struggling with economic weakness, secessionist rebellions and the emergence of Muslim terrorists. But there is little debate on economic policy or Muslim extremism, critical though these issues are to this sprawling country of 210 million people scattered across 17,000 islands.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:02 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


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
    
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