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

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


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


Indonesia rejects propagation of ISIS ideology Indonesia has rejected the propagation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ideology in the country because it runs contrary to "Pancasila," chief security minister Djoko Suyanto said here on Monday.

Posted in Religion @ 05 August 2014 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Communication ministry still awaits Vimeo`s official response The Indonesian Communication and Informatics Ministry is still awaiting a response from the representative of video-sharing website Vimeo.com following the Indonesian governments request that the site disable pornographic content from being accessed by Indonesian users.

Posted in General @ 16 May 2014 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police checks video of gold robbery in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru Resort Police secured four CCTV units for the video recording of a robbery of 3 kilograms of gold and Rp500 million in cash from a Jenderal Sudirman Street store, Pekanbaru City, Riau Province.

Posted in Crime @ 21 April 2014 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono campaigns for Democratic Party in Yogyakarta President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has delivered a 20-minute oration during the Democratic Partys campaign in Bantul, Yogyakarta on Monday. "I ask you to vote for Democratic Party at number seven to keep moving forward, instead of backward, for another five years ahead," Yudhoyono requested.

Posted in Elections @ 17 March 2014 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police uncover online sales of child porn videos The Jakarta Metropolitan police have uncovered online sales of child porn videos and arrested Mcay as a suspect. "Mcay has created an Internet site to market child porn videos," the Metropolitan Police spokesman, Senior Commissioner Rikwanto, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 11 March 2014 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Free tourist bus tours for Jakarta visitors The Jakarta Tourism Agency welcomed the arrival of five double-decker tour buses Monday night as the capital, long listed as a sight best left unseen on a visit to Indonesia, began an aggressive push to double the number of foreign tourists visiting the city.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 January 2014 06:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono visits Soeharto memorial President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited the Great General Soeharto Memorial at Soeharto`s birthplace in Kemusuk village, Sleman, Yogyakarta, in Central Java on Friday.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2013 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Susno looks relaxed when surrendering Former Police Headquarters` chief detective retired Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji looked relaxed and enjoyed a `nasi bungkus` (packaged rice meal) before he signed the minutes of his imprisonment execution on Thursday night.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 May 2013 17:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangkuban Parahu volcano suddenly erupts The Mount Tangkuban Parahu volcano, north of the large city of Bandung, has erupted earlier today. The eruption was clearly visible this time. The volcano has been increasinly active since the start of this year and earlier showed signs of being in eruption, but those were only visible with sensitive instruments.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 March 2013 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


ANTARA news agency marks 75th anniversary Indonesia`s national news agency ANTARA marked its 75th anniversary here on Thursday in a ceremony attended among others by its former chiefs. Its current president director, Saiful Hadi, in his speech said that ANTARA would always put forward public interests in its operations.

Posted in General @ 13 December 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption case hearings to be videotaped The Supreme Court has issued Circular No. 4/2012, directing all courts to videotape corruption case hearings, in light of the fact that corruption cases are of public interest.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 September 2012 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakartans urged not to be provoked by video clips Chief security minister Djoko Suyanto has urged the public in Jakarta not to be provoked by a video clip showing provocations and threats in an attempt to prevent people from participating in the next Jakarta gubernatorial election run-off.

Posted in Politics @ 23 August 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army assures that violent members will be punished The army confirmed that the man committing violence in a video that went viral through YouTube recently was its member.

Posted in Military @ 02 May 2012 12:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two rhinos born in Ujung Kulon National Park in 2011 Two Javanese rhinoceroses were born last year at Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK), Pandeglang District, Banten Province. "The rhino population has grown, because in 2010 three rhinos were born," said Hendra Purnama, an evaluation and data officer at TNUK, on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 07 February 2012 11:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: two dead in clashes with residents in Mesuji Police said two clashes happened between local residents and police in Mesuji district, Lampung province, during 2011. Lampung regional police command spokesperson Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sulistyaningsih said here on Thursday, during the clashes, two people were killed by police fire but harsh sanctions had been imposed on the officers who had opened fire in violation of standing procedures.

Posted in Violence @ 16 December 2011 03:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Environment @ 25 October 2011 16:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


YPTB: Timo Sea largely destroyed after 2009 Montara oil spill Recent undersea pictures and video have shown that conditions in Indonesia's Timor Sea have deteriorated at an alarming rate, largely caused by the 2009 Montara oil spill, the Care West Timor Foundation (YPTB) said.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2011 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor: 'Victims the blame for sexual assaults' Women’s rights activists condemned Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo for his statement that shifted the blame for a spike in rape cases onto women wearing tight and revealing outfits. Fauzi said on Friday that women should not wear miniskirts when riding public transportation vehicles to avoid "any unwanted consequences".

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 September 2011 03:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Light sentences for Ahmadiyah killings spark condemnation A wave of condemnation greeted the verdicts imposed on Thursday against 12 people accused of killing three members of the minority Ahmadiyah group in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 28 July 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian soldiers charged with torture after killing civilian Three Indonesian soldiers were indicted for killing a civilian in the province of Papua, which made international headlines after a torture video was made available on the Internet and showed the soldiers' brutality, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 21 July 2011 16:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: Larger awareness for human rights concerns in Indonesia Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should raise military accountability for abuses, freedom of expression, and the rights of religious minorities during her visit to Indonesia from Thursday through Sunday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 July 2011 03:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia denies allegations of dolphin, whale hunting Indonesia on Wednesday denied accusations that whales and dolphins were being hunted down in Indonesian waters, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Court begins trial of deadly Ahmadiyah attack An Indonesian Court on Tuesday began the trail of 12 men accused over the deadly attack on an Ahmadiyah community, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia to release 300 Indonesian prisoners Saudi Arabia pledged to release more than 300 Indonesians jailed in the country for various offenses after an Indonesian minister visited the Arab state to seek clemency for 23 Indonesians on death row, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Politics @ 17 April 2011 17:56 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


Human Rights Watch: 'Revoke decrees against Ahmadiyah' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should void decrees recently adopted by two provinces that ban activities by the Ahmadiyah religious community, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 March 2011 10:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex video involving Indonesian law maker leaked An Indonesian law maker appears in a leaked sex video, which is now circulating the internet after recently selling his laptop, local media reported Thursday. Irwan Fajarudin, a National Mandate Party lawmaker from East Java's Purwojero Legislative Council on Thursday met with the council chairman to discuss the sex video scandal in which he is featured with his wife.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 March 2011 03:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rare Javan Rhinos captured on video on Java island Two rare Javan rhinoceroses were captured on video by the World Wildlife Fund Indonesia (WWF-I) in a national park located in the western region of Indonesia's Java island, officials said Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 01 March 2011 04:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising religious violence in Indonesia gaining national attention In Indonesia religious violence has been on the rise for the past few years but the recent brutal attack on the Ahmadiyah sect has focused national attention on the problem. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for disbanding any Muslim groups involved in violence.

Posted in Religion @ 17 February 2011 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video shows Ahmadi corpses stoned, beaten Video recordings of the clash between local residents and Ahmadis in Banten on Sunday show dozens of people stoning and beating two almost-nude corpses. The videos were played at a press conference held by representatives of dozens of NGOs. Ahmadiyah Indonesia spokesperson Zafrullah Ahmad Pontoh attended the press conference.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2011 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Only' 3,5 years jail for Ariel Peterpan Popular Indonesian singer Nazriel Ilham, better known as Ariel Peterpan has been sentenced to 3.5 years behind bars and Rp 250 million in fines for charges pressed against his pornographic video. The verdict is lighter than the demand of the prosecutors, which was at least 5 years.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 January 2011 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldiers sentenced to prison for torturing Papuan men Three Indonesian soldiers on Monday were sentenced to prison for torturing two Papuan men after videos surfaced in YouTube, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 24 January 2011 17:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian soldiers face jail over torture video A prosecutor asked the Jayapura Military Court in Indonesia's Papua Province on Thursday to sentence three soldiers for torturing two Papuans, local daily The Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 January 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ignorance feeds cigarette habit among young in Indonesia Indonesia has a higher percentage of young smokers than any other country, but ignorance and a powerful tobacco lobby are making it difficult to stamp out nicotine addiction, say health workers and the government.

Posted in Health @ 19 January 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police seize two million illegal porn videos in Jakarta More than two million illegal pornographic videos were recently seized by Indonesian authorities in Jakarta, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 22 December 2010 09:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US-backed elite Indonesian forces target churchmen and civilians A leading churchman in West Papua has called on President Obama to withdraw US cooperation with Indonesia’s elite ‘Kopassus’ forces, after finding himself on a military ‘enemies’ list. Kopassus soldiers murdered a previous ‘enemy’, Papuan leader Theys Eluay, in 2001.

Posted in Human rights @ 08 December 2010 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President pledges 1 billion tree planting program President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pledged a one-billion tree planting movement at the Jati Luhur Dam, West Java on Sunday. The ceremony took place at the dam at 9 a.m, attended by legislators, party leaders, ministers and politic figures, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Environment @ 28 November 2010 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spectacular footage of erupting Mount Krakatau volcano The Mount Krakatau volcano (also known as Krakatoa) is showing off in recent weeks. With increasing activity also comes nice footage of small eruptions of the volcano, complete with ash clouds shooting into the sky and pumice falling down on the slopes of the volcano. One of the most illustrative video's of this moment was shot earlier this month by YouTube user TyphoonHunter.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 November 2010 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four Indonesian soldiers sentenced for abusing Papuans Four Indonesian soldiers on Thursday were sentenced from five to seven months in prison after a video showed them torturing locals from the eastern island of Papua, an Indonesian military court said.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 November 2010 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says Papuan torture video is authentic Indonesian authorities on Friday said the torture video against two residents of Papua is authentic and shows members of the country's military, officials said.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'video shows Indonesian military torturing Papuans' Recent video footage from Indonesia's West Papua allegedly show the torture of indigenous Papuans by the Indonesian military, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said on Monday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 October 2010 01:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Numberi embroiled in affair scandal Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi has denied rumors romantically linking him with an unnamed TV news reporter. The hearsay has been circulating after online news portal Rakyat Merdeka Online on Wednesday broke the story, in which Freddy’s wife, Anni Numberi, allegedly confirmed her husband was having an affair with a newswoman.

Posted in Politics @ 03 September 2010 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Almost funny effort by firefighter to rescue person from burning building The video below shows you how Jakarta firefighters, encouraged and helped by dozens if not hundreds of witnesses that do not want to know how to keep a safe distance, tries to rescue a member of the cleaning crew trapped on the fourth floor of a burning building in downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 August 2010 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge undersea volcano mapped off Sulawesi Scientists on a deep-sea expedition off Indonesia have discovered a towering volcano: It rises 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) from the ocean floor, yet remains far from sight at the water's surface. U.S. and Indonesian researchers, using a powerful sonar system and a robotic vehicle with high-definition video, are exploring terrain off Sulawesi island in hopes of getting a glimpse into complex and little-known marine ecosystems.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2010 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamist creep in Indonesia When Indonesia passed a strict anti-pornography bill in 2008, many feared radical Islamic groups would use it to impose their values on the public at large. If the case currently hitting the headlines is any indication, they were right.

Posted in Politics @ 25 June 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pop star arrested in sex tape scandal Indonesian police have arrested pop star Nazril "Ariel" Ilham for his involvement in sex videos that allegedly feature himself and two other top Indonesian celebrities. The singer was named a suspect after the police questioned the three celebrities and expert witnesses over the last two weeks.

Posted in General @ 24 June 2010 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NU youths: 'Porn more dangerous than drugs' A youth department of Nahdlatul Ulama has said that the spread of porn videos is more dangerous for youths and especially children than drug use. Because of this, spreaders and makers of porn should be punished severely. These strong words were used to express the meaning of the youths after a porn tape with three famous Indonesian artists - Luna Maya, Cut Tari and Ariel - started spreading among Indonesians earlier this months.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister against sex education in schools Sex education has been in place in many schools across the country, but Education Minister Muhammad Nuh expressed on Thursday his objection to the extra curricular subject. Nuh said children did not need formal education about sex as they would learn it by nature.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2010 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police investigates 'porn with famous artists' The police in Jakarta has started an investigation about the spread of an amateur porn movie that has become very popular on the internet in recent days. The team that has been put together has the grueling task of investigating who is responsible for spreading the 'indecent' video in the first place, something that will not be easy at all.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 June 2010 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


' ... and I am Christian' Most lights were still on after the short introduction video of a 25-year-old ethnic Chinese who told that he was able to work hard. He worked at a well-known national bank and has his own car. He likes to spend his spare time traveling. This kind of description often lures a row of women that would like to take the gamble of creating a relationship with this person.

Posted in Religion @ 30 March 2010 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


WWF catches Sumatran tiger family on tape A hidden camera from the WWF in Indonesia has captured a female tiger and two of it's cubs in the jungle in central Sumatra. This is the first tiger family that has been recorded by a camera belonging to the WWF. Four cameras were placed in the Rimbang Baling conservatory forest and the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, located in Riau and Jambi.

Posted in Environment @ 08 January 2010 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five-minute 'porn movie' spreads in Kediri A couple of schoolchildren of one Kediri high school have become actors in their own porn movie. In the last week, this movie has been spreading quickly under mostly minor students of the school and the city. The five-minute porn movie is a big hit in the city. The video is easily transferred from one mobile phone to another using Bluetooth connection.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2009 04:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video of damage caused by Padang earthquake A short movie from a news item broadcasted on Indonesian television shows damage and destruction caused by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit the cities of Pariaman and Padang in West Sumatra, Indonesia, almost 24 hours ago. Until now, some 476 bodies have been recovered from the rubble, with thousands feared dead after hundreds of buildings collapsed completely. This video contains images of people in distress.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 October 2009 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Made in Chian - for sale in Indonesia I was shopping earlier today and when queuing up the cashier - it was crowded because it is still Idul Fitri - I noticed a small pack of fireworks. Attracted to everything that burns, I grabbed it to take a closer look. I did not have the intention to buy it, since I am supposed to be an adult now, not playing with fireworks like I did when I was ten.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 September 2009 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video's show panic during 7.3 magnitude earthquake The two video's below show the panic that occurred during the two-minute long 7.3 magnitude earthquake that was felt in big parts of western Indonesia. In Bandung, the third largest city in the country, power was out for several hours after the quake. Buildings in the city sustained damage varying from cracked walls to broken windows and fallen objects in supermarkets.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Record company: 'Malaysian anthem belongs to Indonesia' To stir the current cultural war between Indonesia and Malaysia, an Indonesian record company has reacted to the recent mishap with the traditional Balinese Tari Pendet showing up in an video commercial for Malaysia. Allthough Discovery Channel has said they made the mistake, and were sorry for it, the fire is burning once again.

Posted in Culture @ 29 August 2009 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


August 17, Liberation Day Every August 17th, the Indonesians celebrate the fact they threw out the Dutch in 1945. Merdeka! Now wait a second, they had to wait a few years more for that to materialise, so officially the day is called Hari Proklamasi, the day they proclaimed the Republik Indonesia. Whatever, it is a national holiday anyway, and it is celebrated all over Indonesia.

Posted in Culture @ 11 August 2009 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'DemoCrazy' on video Almost a month ago already, but I just recently downloaded the video below from my hape (mobile phone). Recorded in the Semanggi area on July 4, just a few days before the presidential elections in Indonesia. Tens of thousands of demonstrators went to Jakarta to show their support for president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Some 25 political parties supported SBY in his re-election, so it was a bright mix of all kinds of parties, harmoniously together.

Posted in Elections @ 31 July 2009 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Falling wheels new chapter in Indonesian air safety Where it used to be falling planes that scared Indonesians, Indonesian skies are much safer these days. Yesterday afternoon a plane belonging to Merpati Nusantara with flight number MZ 761 on the route Jayapura - Biak - Makassar - Jakarta only lost one tire when departing from Biak Airport in the province of Papua. One of the left wheels of the plane which was flown by pilot Haryogi and co-pilot Eko Laksono, fell off shortly after taking of for Makassar.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 July 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic hard-liners break up religious tolerance rally A peaceful rally for religious tolerance was broken up earlier on Sunday afternoon by Islamic hard-liners from the radical FPI (Islamic Defender Front) when they beat other demonstrators with bamboo sticks and calling for the deaths of members of a Muslim sect they consider heretical, witnesses said.

Posted in Violence @ 01 June 2008 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 28 reactions


Indonesia blockbuster film shows gentle face of Islam An Indonesian film seeking to shatter religious stereotypes and show the compassionate face of Islam has become one of the biggest blockbuster hits in the would's most populous Muslim nation. More than three million people, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and top government officials, have flocked to cinemas to watch Ayat Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love), an Islamic romance released in the middle of January.

Posted in General @ 01 April 2008 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Report: Islamic cleric Bashir likens tourists to 'maggots' Hardline Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has compared tourists to "worms, snakes, maggots" and called for signs to be placed in Muslim areas warning them to dress modestly, a report said Monday. The preacher made the comments in a speech to an Islamic youth organisation in east Java in October. "Worms, snakes, maggots - those are animals that crawl. Take a look at Bali... those infidel tourists. They are naked," he said.

Posted in Religion @ 24 March 2008 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Bali police taking bribe gets unwanted international attention As reported on Balidiscovery.com, a Balinese policeman recently was the object of unwanted international attention when he was caught receiving a bribe from two Canadian tourists in Bali who surreptitiously recorded the encounter on video.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2007 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mud flow that doesn't end While former Indonesian president Suharto was known as the 'Smiling General', current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is known as the 'Crying General'. He shed tears when he talked with the victims of the mud flow near Sidoarjo when they recounted their struggle. Back then, Yudhoyono promised direct compensation. More than one year later, the only company to have paid up is Australian oil and gas explorer Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2007 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's big earthquake 'on it's way' A team of international earthquake specialists says that Indonesia is currently facing another potential 'giant' earthquake in the near future. The scientists, among them a team from the California Institute of Technology, says that the three major earthquakes that struck off western Sumatra last week, have actually increased the chances of a renewed major disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Playboy editor faces two years in prison Government prosecutors today demanded two years in jail for the editor of Playboy Indonesia for violating anti-indecency laws. They are supposed to have published 'porn' pictures in the magazine. Security was high when Chief Prosecutor Resni Muchtar told the court in South Jakarta that editor Erwin Arnanda 'damaged the nation's morality'. He has been given time until 22 March for their defense.

Posted in General @ 13 March 2007 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


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

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


Playboy trial closed to public The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor-in-chief was closed to the public Thursday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings. Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2006 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian jailed over child sex offences in Lombok A 48-year-old Australian man has been sentenced to four years' jail on the Indonesian island of Lombok after being found guilty of child sex offences. Four boys aged between 13 and 15 accused Don Storen of sexually molesting them in his room as he encouraged them to watch pornographic videos. The boys said Storen had promised gifts of shoes and other items.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top Golkar official quits over sex video A senior official of the ruling Golkar party resigned from his post after being linked to a sex scandal that tarnished the image of the party. Mr Yahya Zaini, 42, the head of the religious affairs committee in Golkar's Executive Board, had been identified as the man seen in a steamy video cavorting with a singer in a hotel room.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2006 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Sex tape scandal shocks Indonesia Indonesia is grappling with its first real political sex scandal — a widely circulated video of one of its most powerful politicians in a hotel room with a popular singer. Politicians have taken care to keep their lives private in this predominantly Islamic country. Many have playboy reputations but none has been caught on tape.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2006 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. wrestling TV show 'SmackDown' under fire SmackDown, a popular U.S. professional wrestling television show, should be taken off air in Indonesia, a cabinet minister says after speculation a boy may have been killed by children mimicking the fight moves. Authorities have yet to decide whether the blows received by the 9-year-old boy in October caused his death a month later. However, widespread media coverage and public discussion has focussed on that possibility.

Posted in Media @ 29 November 2006 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia asks Malaysia for explanation of fatal shooting Indonesia is seeking clarification from the Malaysian government about a report that five Indonesian citizens were killed in a shooting incident involving police in the country's Pahang state during the weekend. "We asked our officials in Kuala Lumpur to seek an official explanation from the Malaysian government about what really happened that day as soon as we heard the news," Foreign Ministry director for Indonesian citizens protection Ferry Adamhar told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2006 09:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3G services now becoming available Indonesia has become the latest country to have started implementing 3G networks. Telkomsel, an associate company of Singapore Telecommunications has now started offering high-speed wireless service for mobile phones. They have been testing this technology since sometime now and are ready to roll it for broader usage.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2006 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3 militants arrested for beheading Christian schoolgirls Three militants suspected of beheading three Christian schoolgirls have been arrested in the Indonesian restive town of Poso and the video of their confession was shown here on Friday at the police headquarters. In the five-minute video, the suspects appeared separately to confess their crime or express remorse with the absence of their lawyers.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 12 May 2006 19:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor: Bali bombings were to avenge Muslim deaths Four suspected Islamic militants went on trial today for their alleged roles in last year’s suicide bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, attacks a prosecutor said were aimed at avenging Muslims’ deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty under anti-terror laws. Security was tight at the Denpasar trials, the first to be held over the triple bombings that killed 20 people and were blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked south-east Asian terror group.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2006 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name 41 suspects in the Tuban violence The police have identified 41 suspects in riots linked to the Tuban regental elections and are focusing on seven people believed to have masterminded the unrest, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said Monday. The naming of the suspects came after the questioning of 104 people believed to be involved in Saturday's vandalism, where the incumbent regent's residence and the office of the Tuban chapter of the General Election Commission were among the buildings burned down, Anton said.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2006 20:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security advisory: Labour Day strikes planned in Indonesia "As Indonesian Workers' Unions continue to defy government appeals to all workers not to go on a mass strike on World Labor Day (May 1st), Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Firman Gani plans to deploy some 12,000 police personnel across the capital in anticipation of widespread rallies on 1 May. The Jakarta Military Command is also scheduled to have approximately 5,000 soldiers standing on alert and the Jakarta Public Order Agency will have 7,000 public order officers on stand-by as well, a day before the planned strike action commences.

Posted in Protests @ 28 April 2006 17:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to question FPI over attack on 'Playboy' office Police plan to question Monday a member of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) over Wednesday's attack on the building housing the editorial office of Playboy Indonesia in South Jakarta. A spokesman for the South Jakarta Police, Comr. Suyudi Arioseto, said the police would summon the rally coordinator to begin their investigation underway. He refused to name the coordinator.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Yudhoyono meets Balkenende President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Saturday met with visiting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who seeks closer ties between the two countries. The two leaders met for 30 minutes, which was followed with bilateral talks between officials of the two countries. But, there was no immediate report about the result of the talks.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2006 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia names two more Bali bombing suspects Two Indonesians arrested this month, including a close aide to the country's most wanted militant, were named suspects on Monday for involvement in last year's restaurant bombings on Bali, a police spokesman said. Police last week declared four other men suspects in the same case on charges of helping hide accused militant mastermind Noordin M. Top during and after the bombings that killed 20 people at three eateries on the famed resort island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 January 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Back to Bali: Bombs, cocktails and surfers I managed to hop over to Bali for a few days last week in order to both soothe my metro madness and also to see how the old island was faring after the recent bombings. Lion Air did the honors for about Rp 900,000 return, which is pretty good value, I guess, although anyone hovering around the six-foot-tall mark will have a few comfort issues to deal with when trying to squeeze into their cattle-class seats. After 90 minutes with my knees around my chin we touched down at Ngurah Rai airport in the rain and a taxi whisked me down to Legian.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Masked militant on Indonesia video threatens West A masked man believed to be one of Asia's most wanted militants has warned Western countries, especially Australia, of more attacks in a video found last week by Indonesian anti-terrorist police. The video was broadcast on Indonesia's Metro TV on Thursday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 November 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police chief: More bombmakers are still on the loose National Police chief Gen. Sutanto warned Monday that master bombmaker Azahari Husin, who was killed in a raid last week, had trained several followers in bombmaking and they are still on the loose. "There are several individuals who have not yet been caught and they have already learned to make bombs, although not at a level as sophisticated as Azahari's," Sutanto told journalists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 November 2005 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Slain terrorist was planning more attacks One of Asia's most wanted terrorists was poised to launch a fresh series of attacks when he was killed by police earlier this week, Indonesia's president said Saturday. New details were emerging on last month's Bali bombings from a video made by the three suicide bombers and found at the safe house of Azahari bin Husin the Malaysian explosives expert shot and killed by police on Wednesday during a raid on his hide-out in Malang, east Java. Azahari was accused of coordinating four deadly strikes in Indonesia since 2002.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Officials criticize U.S. over escaped terror suspect Security has been tightened at the U.S. military prison in Afghanistan following the escape of a suspected Al Qaeda leader, a U.S. official said Wednesday, as Indonesian terror officials accused Washington of failing to inform them of the breakout. Omar al-Farouq, born in Kuwait to Iraqi parents, was considered one of Usama bin Laden's top lieutenants in Southeast Asia until Indonesian authorities captured him in 2002 and turned him over to the United States.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2005 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police holding 'bomb suspect' Two people have been taken in for questioning over suspected involvement in weekend bombings on Bali island that killed up to 22 people, Bali's police chief Made Mangku Pastika told reporters on Tuesday. Authorities have said al-Qaeda-linked militants blamed for earlier blasts are top targets in the manhunt over the three suicide bombings on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 October 2005 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Funerals of Bali blast victims begin Funerals were taking place today for victims of three suicide bombers who killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 100 in Bali on Saturday. Hundreds of mourners crammed into the narrow streets close to the house of a waiter killed in the attack on Raja's restaurant in Kuta. In a traditional Hindu ceremony, chanting mourners beat gongs as they accompanied the body of Gusti Sedana, 33, which was carried on a golden yellow float before being cremated.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 19:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Manhunt launched for Bali bomb suspects Police in Indonesia are attempting to piece together the identities of the three suspected suicide bombers who killed at least 19 people in attacks in Bali on Saturday. Chilling footage has been released showing one of the suspected bombers walking into a restaurant in the Kuta area moments before an explosion, reports the BBC.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 10:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Security tightened after Bali suicide bombings Security was tightened across Indonesia Sunday after suicide bombers detonated a string of explosions at tourist hot-spots on the island of Bali, killing 19 and injuring at least 132. The attacks -- two at cafes near Jimbaran and one at a restaurant in Kuta's main square -- came less than two weeks ahead of the third anniversary of 2002's deadly nightclub bombings in Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Grisly photos of Bali suicide bombers released Indonesian police last night released grisly photos of the three men they believe launched a trio of suicide bomb attacks in Bali as chilling amateur video footage captured the final moments before one youth triggered one of the blasts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 17:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All Mandala crash passengers feared dead A passenger jet has crashed into a residential area after taking off from an airport in Medan and scores are feared dead, officials said. The Associated Press, citing a government spokesman, said all 117 people aboard were killed in Monday's crash. Video from the scene shows crews battling a huge fire, with cars and structures in flames.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 08:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby's last hearing brings in two Aussies After hearing testimony on Wednesday from two Brisbane-based employees of Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd., the Denpasar District Court closed the second trial for an Australian woman convicted of smuggling drugs into Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 August 2005 14:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Monas park has new Las Vegas-style fountain A touch of glamor has been lent to the National Monument (Monas) park -- already home to deer and colored pigeons -- with the opening on Saturday night of a fountain that emulates the Las Vegas Bellagio fountains. With music and choreographed laser beams, the Rp 26 billion fountain, which is in the west of the park in Central Jakarta, accompanies Monas, the city's principal landmark, a 132-meter-high column topped with a glittering flame.

Posted in General @ 24 July 2005 19:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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