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People urged to give Jokowi time to select ministers A political observer from state General Soedirman University in Purwokerto, Central Java, has called on the people to give President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) time to select his ministers.

Posted in Politics @ 23 October 2014 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lake Toba officially declared as 'Toba Caldera Geopark' President Susilo Yudhoyono officially designated Lake Toba as Toba Caldera Geopark, in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, on Thursday. The confirmation of Toba Lake as a geopark is crucial in supporting Indonesia's plan to propose Lake Toba caldera geopark to be included in UNESCO's Geopark Global Network (GGN).

Posted in Environment @ 28 March 2014 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body questions brother-in-law of suspended governor The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Tubagus Haerul Jaman, the younger brother-in-law of the suspended Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah, in an alleged bribery case in a regional head election dispute in Banten province.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2014 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta festivals lure rising number of foreign tourists The increasing number of cultural festivals held in the capital has managed to attract more foreign tourist to Jakarta, an official said on Monday. “A number of cultural festivals and tourism events held by Jakarta in 2013 has been proven to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the city,” agency head Arie Budhiman said.

Posted in Culture @ 07 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two cultural heritage relics missing from Musirawas Two cultural heritage relics, a gold-plated elephant statue and a Tunggul Wulung spear, kept in the Musirawas Culture and Tourism Office in South Sumatra Province have gone missing.

Posted in History @ 26 December 2013 13:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Location of proposed new Bali airport still not clear The continuing tug-of-war over the location for a proposed new airport in North Bali entered a new phase with the announcement by the Regent of Buleleng that villages surrounding Kubutambahan are favored for Bali’s second air gateway.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 07 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK searches office of Ratu Atut`s brother The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has searched the office of Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah`s younger brother, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, in connection with his alleged involvement in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 October 2013 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The roundabout that 'eats' cars Don't be scared, it's less mysterious than it sounds. For those that know Jakarta a little bit, Bunderan HI, the roundabout in front of Hotel Indonesia, will most likely ring a bell. The roundabout has a pond with a statue that is known as Tugu Selamat Datang, built by then president Soekarno in preparation of the 4th Asian Games in 1962.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2013 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police name bus driver suspect in deadly accident Police have named Muhammad Amin, the driver of Giri Indah tourist bus, a suspect in a deadly accident at Tugu Utara Village, Bogor District, West Java, on Wednesday. "We have named the driver a key suspect in this accident," chief of the Bogor district police Adj. Snr. Comr. Asep Syafrudin said here on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 August 2013 19:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 20 after bus plunges into valley At least 20 people are known to have died after Giri Indah tourist bus plunged into an eight-metre deep valley in Tugu Utara Village, Bogor District on August 21, 2013, said the police. "Sulaeman, a resident of Bogor, died in Sentra Medika Hospital in Cibinong," added a Bogor police officer on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 August 2013 17:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


18 dead when bus plunges into valley At least 18 people were killed on Wednesday morning when a tourist bus plunged into a valley in a mountain resort in the regency of Bogor, West Java. The bus , Giri Indah, carrying 53 passengers rolled down the valley near the Ciliwung river in the village of Tugu Utara in the sub-district of Cisarua.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 August 2013 12:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for preservation of mangroves President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the preservation of 3.7 million hectares of mangrove forest which is crucial to prevent abrasion. Indonesia must safeguard its around 130 million hectares of forest area and 3.7 million hectares of mangrove forest, the head of state said when launching a mangrove save campaign here on Wednesday,

Posted in Environment @ 26 June 2013 11:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two former leaders of legislative assembly law fugitives Two former leaders of the Bojonegoro legislative assembly have been declared law fugitives after failing to honor summon for execution of the verdict of law court in corruption case.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2013 23:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven people die of dengue fever in Semarang At least seven people were reported to have died of dengue fever during the first three months of 2013 in Semarang, Central Java.

Posted in Health @ 04 April 2013 13:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO: 'Batur`s caldera part of global geopark network' The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the caldera area of Mt Batur located in Kintamani district, Bali, as part of Global Geopark Network (GGN), a ministry official said here Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 04 October 2012 23:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs step up patrol to prevent sand smuggling Customs officers from Riau Islands province are increasing patrols to prevent sand smuggling to Singapore.

Posted in Crime @ 06 February 2012 02:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians to get faster Schengen visa service Indonesians planning to travel to Schengen-visa countries in Europe are going to get faster visa application service, a press statement from the European Union office in Jakarta received here on Wednesday said.

Posted in Travel @ 25 January 2012 13:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Woman on drugs kills 9 pedestrians in Jakarta A woman who drove her vehicle into a group of pedestrians in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Sunday morning has tested positive for drugs, officials said on Monday. The incident left nine people killed.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2012 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia recovers hijacked tug boat in Straight of Singapore An Indonesian tug boat which was hijacked with nine crew members in the Straight of Singapore last month was rescued on Monday, officials said on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2012 06:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rescues hijacked tug boat in Malacca Strait Indonesian authorities have rescued a tug boat with nine crew believed to have been hijacked in the Straits of Singapore, a sea lane seeing a rise in attacks, an official said Monday, as AFP told.

Posted in Crime @ 03 January 2012 01:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds still missing after boat sinking off Indonesia Up to 200 people remain missing after a ship carrying Australia-bound immigrants sank off the coast of Indonesia on late Saturday evening, officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 50 others have been rescued.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 December 2011 05:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stampede kills 8, injures 60 aboard Indonesian ship A passenger ship carrying more than 750 people caught fire off of East Java in Indonesia on early Wednesday morning, officials said, causing a deadly stampede among the passengers.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 September 2011 15:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three killed, 100-plus injured after fire on Indonesian boat Three people were killed on Monday and more than 100 others were injured when a passenger boat caught fire on a river in Indonesia, officials said on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 September 2011 13:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boat accident in Indonesia kills at least 6 At least six people are confirmed dead after a passenger speed boat carrying 40 people capsized on the Indonesian island of Borneo, local media reported on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 August 2011 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two pirated ships and 10 crew members freed after 4 days Two pirated Indonesian ships were freed after 10 crew members were held hostage for four days off the northern island of Kalimantan, officials said on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism suffers under ash from Mount Bromo volcano The volcanic activity of the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province has caused heavy damage to the tourism industry in the area. The volcanic ash, emitted by the volcano, covers a large area where normally people make a living from tourists. The areas most heavily hit are Cemorolawang, Ngadisari and Probolinggo.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 December 2010 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sriwijaya Air skids off runway at Makassar airport A Boeing 737-200 belonging to Indonesian airline Sriwijaya Air has skidded of the runway at the Sultan Hasanuddin in Makassar, South Sulawesi. The accident happened around 14:30 local time yesterday after a tire blew out upon landing. All passengers and crew were safe and the plane was evacuated shortly after the landing.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2010 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Destroying imported food part of strict import policy The Bali branch of the Agency for the Supervision of Food and Drugs (BPOM) has conducted on-site destruction of imported food items at several locations around Bali. On Friday, July 10, 2009, a total of 277 different products were crushed and burned in the parking lot of the Bali Deli. The items, not included on the BPOM's list of approved imports included products from Portugal, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, South Korea, U.S.A. and China.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 July 2009 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chinese pagoda with nine levels to be built in Tuban The construction of the highest Chinese pagoda in Indonesia at the Kwan Sing Bio temple in Tuban, eastern Java, has started earlier this week. A representative of the Department of Religious Affairs, Joko Wuryanto, laid the first stone for the pagoda which is to cost some 17 billion Rupiah (1.18 million euro). "The pagoda will have nine levels and it will also function as a tourist attraction," said Wuryanto in a speech. He also inaugurated the construction of a four story 20 x 89 meter building with a value of 8 billion Rupiah (560.000 euro).

Posted in Religion @ 29 July 2008 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time It is half past two in the afternoon on a warm Tuesday afternoon at the start of the wet monsoon. No guarantee for rain however, it has been strange weather for over a week now in Yogyakarta and elsewhere in Java it seems to be more of the same. The wind blows from the wrong direction I was told. Maybe that is just good, because that would mean I could have a dry trip to Bandung. However using the train is less reliable on the weather than flying, it is still prone to various delays.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: Indonesian military razed church in Dili Testifying at the Truth Commission Indonesia-Timor, former Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically burned the diocese's compound as well as other churches. Several clergy and an unknown number of others were killed in these fires. Bishop Belo, who headed the Archdiocese of Dili during the 1999 riots, was the main witness before the commission when they resumed public hearings in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 27 March 2007 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 February 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How fearful Australia deserted East Timor JUST three months after Indonesia invaded East Timor 30 years ago, the Australian government of the prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, was covertly supporting the tiny colony's complete integration into its giant neighbour, according to cabinet documents from 1976, released today.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia worried TB fight might be overshadowed Indonesia's battle against tuberculosis, which kills one person every four minutes in the country, should not be overshadowed by other high-profile diseases such as bird flu, the health minister said on Wednesday. Indonesia has the most deaths from bird flu with 57 fatalities since 2005 and has become one of the frontlines of the battle to prevent a possible human pandemic in which millions could die.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Censors ban Aceh film from festival Indonesia has banned a documentary on the once volatile Aceh province from being screened at an international film festival on the grounds that it could disturb security, the festival's organizers said. "The Black Road", a documentary by American freelance journalist William Nessen who was banned from entering Aceh in April, tells the story of the nearly 30-year separatist conflict in Aceh that killed some 15,000 people.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2006 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bali bomb recruiter shot dead ONE of Australia's most wanted terrorists, who recruited the suicide bombers to carry out the 2002 Bali bombings, has been killed in a shootout with Filipino soldiers. Umar Patek, a recruitment specialist for the Indonesian-based terror group Jemaah Islamiah, died in a stronghold of the Philippines militant group Abu Sayyaf. The group had been hiding Patek and his Bali bombing compatriot Dulmatin.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2006 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group files complaint against Miss Indonesia A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia's Miss Universe candidate accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organization said on Tuesday. Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Posted in Religion @ 25 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia allows aid into East Timor Indonesia is to open its border with East Timor to allow humanitarian aid to reach some 130,000 people affected by recent violence. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced the move at a meeting with his East Timorese counterpart in the Indonesian island of Bali. Meanwhile, the leader of East Timor's rebels has said his group has disarmed.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2006 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beefs up patrol near Timor-Leste border area Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Air Marshal Djoko Suyanto has told troops stationed near the Indonesia- Timor Leste border to intensify security patrol amid escalation of conflicts in the newly-established country. The security guards patrolling the border area only served Indonesian citizens leaving Timor Leste, and not foreigners, Antara news agency quoted Djoko Suyanto as saying here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 26 May 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


72 feared dead in Kupang ferry sinking About 72 passenger are still missing from a ferry that sank in waters off Kupang in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province, the Jakarta Post daily reported on Sunday. Search and rescue teams are still trying to find the missing passengers, a local official was quoted as saying.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 February 2006 10:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Belo supports Yudhoyono's nomination for Nobel Peace Prize The 1996 winner of Nobel Peace Prize Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo has expressed his sincere support to the nomination of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for the 2006 prize. In his statement by phone from Portugal to ANTARA News here on Wednesday, Belo said he sincerely supports President Yudhoyono`s nomination for this year`s Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted in Politics @ 01 February 2006 18:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


East Timor withholds UN abuse report The East Timorese Government has withheld publication of a report claiming as many as 180,000 civilians may have died as a result of Indonesia's quarter-century occupation of the former Portugese colony. Leaked copies of the report by the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CRTR) point to alleged widespread abuses by the Indonesian military including rape, the use of napalm and the poisoning of food supplies.

Posted in Politics @ 19 January 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


City to go high-tech in flood watch The city administration plans to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems in flood-prone areas throughout the city to monitor water levels. The head of the Jakarta Natural Disaster Relief Body, Haryanto Bajuri, said the planned installation of the CCTV systems was part of the city's efforts to modernize its water level monitoring system.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2006 19:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Xanana Gusmao to attend X'mas in Jakarta cathedral Timor Lorosae President Xanana Gusmao will attend a Christmas mass at Jakarta`s Cathedral here Saturday evening. "President Xanana has already sent a letter to the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry indicating his intention to attend Christmas mass at the Cathedral at 10 p.m. local time," said Janhars Yukti the chairman of the Cathedral`s Christmas Celebration Committee here Friday.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2005 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Britain covered up murders of 5 journalists in 1975 invasion of East Timor The British government tacitly backed Indonesia's 1975 occupation of East Timor and sought to cover up the subsequent murder of two British journalists by the invaders, according to newly declassified documents and media reports. "Certainly ... it is in Britain's interest that Indonesia should absorb (East Timor) as soon and as unobtrusively as possible; and that if it comes to the crunch and there is a row in the United Nations we should keep our heads down and avoid siding against the Indonesian Government," said a dispatch from British Ambassador John A. Ford in Jakarta on the eve of Indonesia's invasion of East Timor on Dec. 5, 1975.

Posted in General @ 01 December 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to host A1 Grand Prix in January The Sentul Circuit in the Indonesian province of West Java will host the A1 grand prix, the first motor sports in which drivers compete for their countries, in January next year, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday. The host country has been asked to upgrade the 4.1-km circuit to make it suitable to the fast racing of the so-called World Cup of motor sports, reported Jakarta-based Kompas.

Posted in Sports @ 18 October 2005 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy apprehends overloaded barge Navy patrol ship KRI Kakap-811 has apprehended a tugboat Putra Taliabu and a barge Nelly 22 for carrying 5,000 cubic meters of white teak wood without the proper documentation, a Navy official said on Saturday. The tugboat and the barge were apprehended -- along with their cargo, captain and crew of 11 -- in Sulawesi waters, near Selayar Strait in South Sulawesi, on Thursday evening and were then taken to the Navy port in Makassar. The case will be submitted to the South Sulawesi Forestry Office for further investigation.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 17 October 2005 18:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Securing Jakarta: police concentrate on three locations The Jakarta Police have changed the security concentration towards places assumed to be used as protest sites by students and other members of the general public. “Yesterday, we estimated that there were 14 points. However, there were some changes that we will only concentrate on three locations. These are the State Palace, the Vice Presidential Palace and the Hotel Indonesia Round,” said Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Firman Gani in Jakarta on Thursday (29/09).

Posted in Protests @ 30 September 2005 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Australian consulat murdered in Depok home An unidentified man attacked and killed Australian Frans Louis Merre, 70, in his house in Tugu subdistrict, Depok, on Tuesday morning, police said. The victim reportedly suffered severe wounds to his neck, hands and legs as he tried to fight off the attacker. Depok Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Firman Shantyabudi said on Tuesday the police were still trying to establish a motive for the murder, but suspected the attacker knew Merre.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2005 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opposes U.N.-backed tribunal on E.Timor Indonesia has brushed off a call in a United Nations report for an international tribunal to try Indonesian and militia leaders blamed for a bloody 1999 rampage in East Timor. "We continue to oppose an international tribunal, which we find totally unnecessary," Foreign Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa said on Thursday, a day after a report issued by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended one.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia eases visas from first of August It is now confirmed that the 14 additional countries slated for visa on arrival facility in Indonesia (TTG Asia, July 8 issue) will be able to do so from August 1. This brings to 36 the number of countries eligible for the facility.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 July 2005 18:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia leader's tsunami action gets mixed grades When Indonesia's Aceh province was hit by one of the worst natural disasters the world has seen, the country looked to newly-elected President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for leadership and were not disappointed.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 June 2005 13:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


From Jogja, it’s just a short trip by motorbike to Solo, also known as Surakarta. Short is relative, because it takes about as long as a train ride from my current hometown of Eindhoven to Amsterdam, somewhere between 75 and 90 minutes. The road to Solo is quite easy. In fact it’s one long road which starts near the Tugu monument, in downtown Jogja. Travelling to the east the road is named Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Jl. Urip Sumoharjo, Jl. Adisucipto and finally Jl. Solo, starting outside the Jogja outer road, which can bring you to any side of Jogja in a matter of 30 minutes by motorbike.

Posted in Travel @ 13 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine crew missing off Indonesia after pirate attack Nine crew members of a ship were missing after pirates threw them overboard in Indonesian waters, just a few days before military patrols begin in the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's strategic shipping lanes, an ocean crime watchdog said on Wednesday. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said the attack occurred on a tug called the Global Semesta Satu in the Bangka Straits, south of the Strait of Malacca on Sunday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, E Timor sign border demarcation accord Indonesia and its former province of East Timor have signed an accord to mark their border, just two years after independence. The foreign ministers from East Timor and Indonesia signed the border demarcation agreement Wednesday in Jakarta, where The Association of Southeast Asian Nations was meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 01 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More paramilitaries sent to troubled Ambon, toll rises to 38 Another 100 paramilitary police have been sent to the troubled Indonesian city of Ambon as the death toll from a week of violence between Christian separatists and Muslims rose to 38. An 18-year-old man shot in the head by a sniper on Wednesday died from his wounds overnight at the Al Fatah hospital, a doctor there said. Authorities had on Saturday said that 37 people had died in a renewal of clashes which killed 5,000 over three years until a pact was signed in February 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 02 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Policeman shot dead in third day of unrest in Ambon A sniper shot dead a paramilitary policeman and injured another on Tuesday in the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon, where hundreds of police and troops have deployed to quell Muslim-Christian battles. A witness and a hospital doctor confirmed the death of First Private Lalu Safruddin, who arrived only on Monday when reinforcements were sent from Jakarta to the city in the Maluku islands.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2004 00:01 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


Thousands attend memorial service for Bali bombing victims More than 2,000 people gathered in an open-air amphitheater on Bali island on Sunday to remember the 202 people from 22 countries who were killed in last year's Bali bombings. Australian Prime Minister John Howard also attended the early morning service, which featured Christian hymns, Bible passages and popular songs. The names of the dead were read out.

Posted in General @ 12 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One eviction, thousands homeless More than 1,000 people became homeless in a forced eviction on Thursday at a 15-hectare plot of land in Tanjung Duren Selatan subdistrict, West Jakarta. The eviction caused massive traffic jams along the Jakarta-Tangerang toll road, Jl. S. Parman and roads surrounding Mal Taman Anggrek as "illegal" occupants blocked the access to their neighborhood by burning tires on the toll road and feeder roads.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In fact it was two days of doing nothing. Well, doing nothing is nothing for me, so that’s not exactly what I did. I was driving around on my motorbike with Cabe, and that’s something which is a little bit more than doing nothing. Not too early in the morning we left for a drive around the city again. First we would have a look at Gunung Merapi again, since that can be viewed in the morning, because fog tends to spoil the view somewhere in the afternoon. When we arrived at around eleven o’clock, there was nothing to see anymore. The clouds had already taken over the view over Gunung Merapi. We decided not to continue the trip, and to head back for Jogja for lunch and something else, no plans made yet.

Posted in Travel @ 20 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to win points on quick Aceh war Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri is gambling on a quick victory in the war in Aceh. If the military crushes a 27-year insurgency for independence in the oil and gas-rich province within the six months commanders have promised, her chances for re-election next year look good.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta withdraws forces from Papua The Indonesian military has started withdrawing its Kopassus special forces from Papua province where members of the elite unit have been linked to the murder of an independence leader two years ago, military officials said on Thursday. "The TNI will withdraw all Kopassus troops from Papua because the security situation there is improving," said Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) chief General Endriartono Sutarto.

Posted in Military @ 02 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What intrigues me about the 'old Indonesia' is the Dutch part. Maybe because I'm Dutch myself, but mainly because there is fairly little I know about it actually. If I think about how little information I got in school over the years I actually was in school. I wrote about this earlier, and about the facts that the Dutch maybe aren't proud of what they did in the Far East. But now the other side, there is no denying that the Dutch actually have been in Indonesia if it only were for that they left behind in buildings only.

Posted in History @ 04 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the very early hours of a day in july, 2000, we left home in Pondok Labu for a five-day trip to Yogyakarta. With we I mean Fifi, one of my relations in Indonesia and myself. We would go there to visit Candi Borobudur and Candi Prambanan, and to have pleasant stay outside Jakarta for a few days. That early morning already meant a surprise to me. Jakarta could be quiet like a rural area as well, but you had to go out very early. And that would not be the last surprise.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor wants less military at Indonesia border East Timor said on Monday it wants its land border with Indonesia to be gradually de-militarised and hopes all frontier disputes with its former ruler can be solved by next year. The tiny territory voted overwhelmingly to split from Jakarta's rule in 1997 but the vote unleashed an orgy of killing by pro-Indonesia militia gangs, some of whom still exist in the border areas.

Posted in Military @ 07 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Counting under way in East Timor Election officials said Monday that ballot counting after East Timor's first presidential vote was proceeding well, and that initial results would be known in two days. Both supporters and opponents of Xanana Gusmao predicted he would win Sunday's historic vote by a landslide. The charismatic Gusmao had led East Timor's guerrilla army against Indonesia's occupation forces.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Red-faced Sutiyoso admits owning villa in forbidden area City Governor Sutiyoso probably feels a bit reluctant to deplore any further the development of villas in mountainous Puncak resort, Bogor, which were believed to have contributed to the recent floods in the city, after he was"caught red handed" owning a villa himself.

Posted in Politics @ 19 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta halts activities People in Jakarta halted their activities on Saturday following an overnight heavy downpour that triggered massive flooding, including at city's protocol roads.

Posted in Flooding @ 02 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cirebon train crash kills 41, injures 62 At least 41 people were killed and another 62 were injured after an incoming passenger train rammed into a locomotive in the railway station here early on Sunday. "The accident occurred because the train entered the station without waiting for our signal," head of Cirebon station Bijak Filsadjati told The Jakarta Post in his office.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It's the road from nowhere, but it's surprisingly busy. Mafalda Florindo and Isabella Antonine walk along it, smiling betel-stained grins as they talk about cloth they had just bought for a good price. A little farther, Alicin Soares, a rice grower, maneuvers his truck along the dusty track. His vehicle is filled with people, some of them smoking, and five jerricans of gasoline. Later Antonio Serrano arrives in a van filled with Coke and Fanta, 50 cases in all, to be sold at a tidy profit of $1 a case. He does the trip every day.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands stranded as train derails in Central Java Thousands of travelers were left stranded at railway stations in Central and East Java when a train bound for the Senen railway station derailed in Karang Gandul, Purwokerto, Central Java, early Tuesday morning. The derailment, which disrupted the southern railway line, caused other train services to be delayed for several hours.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia names 19 as suspects in East Timor violence An East Timorese fisherman on Friday paddles by graves of those killed by anti-independence militiamen in last year's violence in Maubara, west of Dili, East Timor List includes three generals, but omits Wiranto.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2000 16:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fighting continues to rage Ambon Shooting and explosions continued to rage some parts of Ambon in Maluku Tuesday morning despite the imposition of a civil emergency for the whole Maluku islands starting Tuesday midnight. Antara reported that gunfire and mortar explosioins were heard in Batugantung, Talake, OSM, Petak Sepuluh, and Kudamati areas in Ambon. Bomb explosions were also heard in Baguala subdistricts.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 June 2000 09:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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