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Fallen tree kills four, injures 21 in Bogor Botanical Garden Fallen tree which occurred in the Bogor Botanical Garden in Bogor city on Sunday, left four persons died and 21 sustained injuries, an official quoted police as saying.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 January 2015 08:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nineteen volcanoes in Indonesia on alert level As many as 19 out of 127 volcanoes in Indonesia have shown increasing volcanic activities and their statuses have been raised from normal to alert level II (Waspada).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 February 2014 17:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Surabaya declares intention to be prostitution-free city Indonesias second biggest city, Surabaya, marked the commemoration of National Heroes Day on November 10 here on Sunday with a pledge to be a prostitution-free city.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2013 18:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MRT, better late than never After decades of delay, construction has finally begun on the landmark rail-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system, in Jakarta, a megaproject designed to help the capital catch up with those of neighboring countries in modern urban transportation.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 October 2013 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze forces temporary closure of schools in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru education office has temporary closed kindergartens and elementary schools partly in the city, which have been hit by haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy ready to face Indonesian exodus from Sabah The Indonesian Navy is ready to deploy warships to ferry Indonesian migrant workers (TKI) from Sabah, Malaysia, if an exodus takes place in connection with the conflict between Malaysia and the Philippines` Sulu Sultanate.

Posted in Military @ 13 March 2013 16:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers demand revocation of outsourcing system Thousands of workers took to the streets in many parts of the country on Wednesday to demand among other things revocation of outsourcing system they consider hurting workers.

Posted in Protests @ 03 October 2012 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US offers 24 F-16 fighters in grant to Indonesia The US has offered to provide additional F-16 fighter jets to Indonesia through a grant, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here on Wednesday. He noted that the offer was made when the defense ministry`s secretary general, Vice Marshal Eris Herryanto, visited the United States last week.

Posted in Military @ 15 August 2012 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5.6-magnitude quake jolts W. Nusa Tenggara A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook West Nusa Tenggara province on Thursday, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). The epicenter of the quake which struck at 06.04 p.m. was located 9.27 degrees southern latitude and 116.37 degree eastern longitude or some 60 km southeast of Central Lombok district at a depth of 77 km, the agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 August 2012 00:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No need to worry about Leopard purchase plan' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesians need not worry about the government`s plan to purchase leopard tanks from Germany because the tanks would only be used for defense purposes.

Posted in Military @ 10 July 2012 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia agree to protect fishermen in grey areas Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to protect fishermen from the two countries if they are found fishing in areas that are still under dispute.

Posted in Politics @ 24 May 2012 17:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Certain group seeking to topple government' The chief patron of the ruling Democrat Party, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said there were movements seeking to topple the government through an undemocratic way.

Posted in Politics @ 18 March 2012 19:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'No need to worry about US military base' The Indonesian people do not need to worry about the presence of the United States military base in Darwin, Australia, Dewi Fortuna Anwar, political analyst of the Habibie Center, said.

Posted in Military @ 07 March 2012 14:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'HIV/AIDS spreading in Indonesia at worrying rate' The rate at which HIV/AIDS is spreading in Indonesia is becoming increasingly worrying and needs to be reversed through concerted efforts by the government and society, a national AIDS eradication official said.

Posted in Health @ 02 March 2012 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court to arrange illegitimate child rights Chairman of the Indonesian Constitutional Court Mahfud MD called on the ministers of religious affairs and Interior affairs to immediately follow the decision of the Court relating to a judicial decision on Act No. 1 of 1974 relating to marriage.

Posted in General @ 28 February 2012 08:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Economist: Raising fuel price more realistic Raising the present gasoline price will be a more realistic policy than the government's plan to limit subsidized fuel oil consumption to reduce its subsidy burden, an economist here said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 January 2012 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians sew mouths shut in deforestation protest A group of Indonesian protesters have sewed their mouths shut in a protest against deforestation which took place in front of the parliament's House building in the capital of Jakarta this week, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Protests @ 22 December 2011 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Ausie hold bilateral talks Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held bilateral talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Ayodya Hotel here on Sunday. In his prelude to the meeting, President Yudhoyono expressed his gratitude to the Australian delegation led by Premier Gillard to the 6th East Asia Summit for their contribution to the meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2011 11:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Three-headed baby born in Sumatra, Indonesia A three-headed baby was reportedly born in North Sumatra, Indonesia, this weekend, medical officials told local media on Monday. The baby is not expected to survive for long.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 October 2011 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Lebaran not tomorrow, but the day after' Just a while ago it was decided upon during a sidang istbat - extraordinary 'meeting' with the Indonesian government, Islamic scolars and foreign guests, that the most important day of the Islamic year, the first day of the month of Syawal, or Idul Fitri, not falls on August 30, but one day later on August 31. This news broke after August 30 had been picked as Idul Fitri or Lebaran as official public holiday over a year ago.

Posted in Ramadan @ 29 August 2011 16:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police investigating NII for alleged subversion The National Police are investigating the Indonesia Islamic State (NII) movement over allegations of subversion, or planned subversive activities, as has been alleged by a number of its former members. National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said on Friday that the police could not act against the NII without sufficient evidence.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 01:58 CET by Jeroen · 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


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 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


Burning gas source found in field near Riau village A burning gas source was found in the village of Sukamaju in te Rumbai Pesisir district in Pekanbaru, Riau Province. The location of the burning gas is not too far from the oil field that is been exploited by PT Chevron Pasifik Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 March 2010 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abu Jibril: 'Densus 88 is not really polite' Abu Jibril, the father of fugitive terrorism suspect Mohamad Jibril, has said that the arrogance of which anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 executed their task. A 20-man team of Densus 88 searched the house of Abu Jibril last night. According to the father of eight children - yes the one who was pictured on this blog with a gun yesterday - they don't have any politeness in their guts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 August 2009 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prostitution zones in Blitar regency to stay open during Ramadan Prostitutes in the regency of Blitar don't have to worry any longer now the regional government has decided that not all prostitution areas in the district have to be closed down during the Ramadan this year. One of the three locations will stay open this year, so people that serve customers can go to that one place in the district of Selorejo. The red light areas in Talun and Ponggok will be closed however.

Posted in Culture @ 16 August 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five natural gas leaks appear in Banyumas rice paddies Natural gas leaks have sprung up in the village of Karang Lewas, in the district of Banyumas in Central Java. At the moment there are five locations where natural gas appears from the earth, where earlier this morning there were only two locations. Local police has taped off the areas concerned to prevent accidents from happening as hundreds of villagers gather around the gas leaks as a free form of entertainment.

Posted in Environment @ 12 May 2009 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: Really closed down? The afternoon after that, the second day of Ramadan, I made a walk through the town of Nagoya, which is the most important place on the island outside the industrial estates and shipyards which are spread on other parts of the island. Nagoya Hill is the biggest shopping center of the island. Entirely according to Indonesian standards this shopping center - also called 'superblok' - features a big Hypermart supermarket, a Matahari department store, half a floor of mobile communication and one floor of food court of mixed quality. It is directly noticeable that it is an entirely different world than outside. Restaurants outside behave themselves as chameleons by acting they are closed, while they are still open.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warns oil output to finish in 10 years’ time Indonesia’s oil watchdog, BPMIGAS, warned on Friday that the country’s dwindling oil reserves could be exhausted in 10 years’ time if no new reserves are found. Indonesia has struggled to develop its rich energy resources, turning into a net importer of crude oil in recent years.

Posted in Economy @ 04 August 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Natural gas leak near Indramayu worries residents A natural gas leak that has been found in an embankment in the village of Tambak, sub-district of Indramayu in western Java. The natural gas leak was first discovered by Mamang, a resident of Tambak. The gas leak smells like the familiar gas that is used for cooking, but the leak also exhausts some almost black mud. Residents now know that the gas is flammable as well.

Posted in General @ 09 March 2008 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 3 It didn't get better when I carefully lifted the plastic flap and reached outside with my head. A driver on a motorbike which was in some kind of a hurry could hardly avoid me. In front of us a long row of red lights in the streets. Between the vehicles I could mainly see water and more nearby I heard the water gush out of the draining canal onto the pavement and the street. Ooh well, it must be raining heavily somewhere close, because it was quite an amount of water that came rushing towards us. Slowly the three wheels of the bajaj disappeared under water. I was hoping that the water would not reach too high at the end, because after over half an hour in this kind of transport, sitting becomes quite uncomfortable.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 2 All of a sudden I got a rush that I would be able to find a bajaj - a terrible orange noise factory on three wheels - driver who was to drive me around through these 'floods', the water was less than 30 centimeters high, so it didn't seem that terrible through my untrained eyes. My girlfriend wanted to join me as well, but not directly because she wanted to see it, but mainly because I had a stupid idea like this once again. Safety was the main reason I guess, however I would be able to save myself here. If water levels would reach high enough which was pretty unlikely given the fact that the sea was less than a kilometer away with a flat landscape - I would be able to swim home as well. That is the worse-case-scenario however, I prefer to stay as dry as possible.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Ijen volcano alert status raised to level II Hundreds of sulfur miners are still working in the crater of the Mount Ijen volcano in Bondowoso, eastern Java, because the activity of the volcano looks still normal. Despite this the alert status of the volcano has been raised to level II, 'on watch'. The volcanic activity of Mount Ijen is still continuing in the border area of the districts of Bondowoso and Banyuwangi.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 November 2007 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crooked railway track in Porong repaired Repairs on the crooked railway track on the line between Siring and Jatirejo in Porong, south of Sidoarjo - close to the hot mud flow from the Lapindo Brantas drilling well - has been completed with success. The repairs started on Monday evening and lasted into Tuesday. The condition of the track between the villages of Ketapang (in Tanggulangin subdistrict) and Siring (in the Porong subdistrict) has been fully restored.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 October 2007 04:46 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


Marine crisis will destroy national marine resources In ten years the increasing marine crisis in Indonesia is believed to totally destroy the country's marine resources. The crisis began when it became harder to find fish of certain species on the local markes, which caused a drastic increase of the price of some fish. This was told by M. Riza Damanik, Coastal and Marine Campaign Manager and National Executive of the Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi).

Posted in Environment @ 17 April 2007 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


People asked to stay away from Mount Talang's peak The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has recommended that people stay outside a three-kilometer radius from the peak of the smouldering Talang volcano in West Sumatra. This warning came after the 2,597 meter high volcano showed signs of increased activity last Saturday. "Being within the 3-km radius will bring the risk of exposure to volcanic materials and probably toxic gas from the volcano," said PVMBG chief Dr. Surono Monday night.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 March 2007 09:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chickens rule the world Earlier this month it finally came through - Jakarta was to forbid all chickens in, on, around, below and besides houses, huts and other structures - but since then not much happened elsewhere to reach the same effect. Of course that will not be easy. Not outside Jakarta but also not within the city limits of a city of 15 million souls. Whether the city is flooded or not, chickens will always be there. Just recently a small group of people started to understand that chickens and humans can be a dangerous combination. This are probably people which already lost someone dear to this disease with incredibly high mortality rates. For all the others they can't care less, they have to make some living from it. Without chickens no food and that is what the local government realizes.

Posted in Health @ 10 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withholds vital bird flu data Indonesia, the country worst hit by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, has stopped sharing human genetic samples of the highly pathogenic illness with foreign laboratories, raising fears it could slow international efforts to prepare for a pandemic. Officials say Indonesia stopped providing samples internationally last month, hindering efforts to confirm whether the virus killing its citizens is H5N1 and limiting production of vaccines to help prevent its spread.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 February 2007 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Protesters urge monitors to stay in Aceh Human rights protesters demonstrated in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday, urging international monitors overseeing a historic peace deal between the government and separatist rebels to stay on. Thirty-five remaining European and Asian monitors grouped under the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) are due to leave the province on Friday, ending a 15-month stint there.

Posted in Elections @ 14 December 2006 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beheaded girls were Ramadan 'trophies' Three Christian high school girls were beheaded as a Ramadan "trophy" by Indonesian militants who conceived the idea after a visit to Philippines jihadists, a court heard yesterday. The girls' severed heads were dumped in plastic bags in their village in Indonesia's strife-torn Central Sulawesi province, along with a handwritten note threatening more such attacks. The note read: "Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul with soul, head with head."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 November 2006 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian gov't not to nationalize foreign firms Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Thursday that the Indonesian government did not have any plan or wish to take over or nationalize foreign companies in Indonesia and he asked foreign firms to continue doing business in the country without any worry.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2006 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with "catastrophic consequences", European experts said on Monday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground, according to a University of Oslo geology team.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


A visit to the Indonesian embassy It has been a short while, but still I think about that one day that I was headed for the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Because I had obtained a nice booklet of maps of the city, and I also bought a monthly card for the LRT (city trains), I would be able to drop in there to bring my paperwork. The embassy opened at nine o'clock in the morning, like usual, so if I would get up at around eight o'clock I would have enough time to prepare myself. That is what happened. Half past eight the alarm of my telephone went off and I took a short shower. The train station of Chinatown - that's the place where I found a nice little hotel for the week - was located at about 300 meters from the hotel. I waned to the central station of Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) because you can take the monorail from there. This route brought me in the direction of the Indonesian embassy, however I still had to walk quite some distance. With a bottle of water that should be possible however. I also got the chance to use the monorail trains, because waiting until the one in Jakarta is finished would mean I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur a few more times, because that one won't be ready for some time being, if I read the stories about that.

Posted in Travel @ 25 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia behind the learning curve Indonesia is arguably Asia's least well-educated country, and the government is largely to blame. With 30% of its 242 million population school-aged, the world's largest Muslim country ranks lowest among its Asian neighbors in terms of public education expenditure.

Posted in Economy @ 03 September 2006 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia leader upbeat on economy, vows to aid poor Indonesia's president pledged on Wednesday to use an anticipated pick-up in Southeast Asia's biggest economy to tackle poverty, and also to stick with a fight against corruption and encourage foreign investment. In an annual address to parliament ahead of Indonesia's Aug. 17 independence day, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono focused on the economy,but also hailed a peace deal in Aceh and repeated a willingness to commit troops to a U.N. force in Lebanon.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2006 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vanuatu is world's happiest country, Indonesia 23th The tiny South Pacific Ocean archipelago of Vanuatu is the happiest country on Earth, according to a study published Wednesday measuring people's wellbeing and their impact on the environment. Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica and Panama complete the top five in the Happy Planet Index, compiled by the British think-tank New Economics Foundation (NEF).

Posted in General @ 12 July 2006 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi spews lava and gas in large eruption Indonesia's Mount Merapi hurled lava and gas clouds down its slopes on Thursday in the volcano's largest eruption since it began heating up two months ago, officials and local media reports said. The eruption occurred at about 9:05 a.m. (02:05 GMT), reaching a record distance of five kilometres in the direction of the Gendol River, burning down part of the Kaliadem forest area in the district of Sleman, the state-run news agency, Antara, reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 June 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia placed on U.S. trafficking watch list Israel and Egypt, both U.S. allies, were demoted in a State Department ranking of countries judged on efforts to combat forced labor and other forms of exploitation. Three countries in Asia -- Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan -- were added to the watch list, cited as destinations or transit countries for forced labor and sexual exploitation. The Philippines was moved off the list.

Posted in General @ 06 June 2006 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: Indonesia quake may trigger Merapi eruption The earthquake that killed over 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island is linked to the one that triggered the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and may signal the imminent eruption of a nearby volcano, an expert said on Monday. Indonesia sits in a seismically active "ring of fire", a region marked by regular volcanic and tectonic activity, and which bore the brunt of the December 2004 quake-generated tsunami which left more than 230,000 dead or missing.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 14:01 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


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


Expert: Merapi volcano in no rush to erupt There is no immediate need to raise the alert status for Indonesia's volatile Mount Merapi, despite magma moving higher inside the volcano, a leading vulcanologist said on Thursday. Merapi, which towers over the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, has been spewing thick smoke for two weeks and triggering scores of tremors.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study warns residents to keep safe distance A university's four case scenarios for restless Mt. Merapi predicts local residents would escape harm in the event of an eruption -- as long as they stay eight kilometers from the volcano's crater. Soetoto from the Natural Disaster Study Center of Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University said Wednesday previous eruptions of the Central Java volcano had not caused the expulsion of smalls stones or rocks over a great distance, only dust clouds.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools for Indonesians in Sabah There will be schools and teachers for children of Indonesians working in plantations in Sabah. This was among the decisions made during bilateral talks between Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla here yesterday.

Posted in General @ 30 March 2006 08:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Faiths take joint stand against new decree Christian leaders and members of the Ahmadiyah group presented a united stand Friday in opposing the revised decree on places of worship, and threatened to ignore it unless it is changed to meet their demands. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), meanwhile, is also dismayed by what it considers the disproportional accommodation of other religions.

Posted in Politics @ 25 March 2006 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets Traveling in Indonesia, whenever you attempt to do this, you will notice the vast amount of small paper - sometimes even like toilet-paper - tickets you get. On virtually every occasion you will get at least one. Not one, but one for your car, motorbike, your friends, your family, your kids. And it gets even worse, since you don't get tickets for everyone, but also for everything. This becomes clear when you take the ferry. It doesn't matter which ferry, but you will get a ticket to enter the seaport, for parking, for boarding the boat, for bringing your car and to be insured during your trip. This results in a handful of tickets, and then you only got onto the ferry.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10 volcanoes in Indonesia declared in alert status Head of the Volcanological and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center(PVMBG) Yousana OP Siagian said at least 10 volcanoes in Indonesia have been declared to be in alert status. "PVMBG office will continue its coordination with volcanoes-monitoring posts in the country in a bid to watch their activities," he said as contacted by Antara through a phone call here on Friday, Kazinform cites ANTARA.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 January 2006 08:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Living on a fault line A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be?

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boediono takes on economy President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday aimed at boosting his government's economic performance against a background of high inflation and unemployment. The changes to the one-year-old Cabinet saw Boediono, a former finance minister in the administration of President Megawati Soekarnoputri, take over the coordinating minister for the economy post, replacing Aburizal Bakrie, who was given a new assignment as the coordinating minister for people's welfare.

Posted in Politics @ 06 December 2005 17:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh hit by bird flu Hundreds of chickens have died of bird flu in Aceh province, Indonesia says. Bird flu has been found in more than 20 other provinces in the country, but its emergence in Aceh is especially worrying, analysts say. This is because thousands of Acehnese still live in crowded refugee camps as a result of last year's tsunami.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 November 2005 19:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bounty turns up heat on JI mystery man Southeast Asia's most wanted man is very similar to the terrorist groups he represents low profile, well travelled, little known and explosive. Dulmatin, now 35 and at the top of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation, won notoriety last week when the US State Department's Rewards for Justice programme put a $10-million bounty on information leading to his capture or death.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A boat trip from Bali to Lombok Only for the first time since 1999, I was about to make some boat trips. After planning a trip by motor from Yogya all the way to Sumbawa Besar (yes, on Sumbawa island), I soon discovered there was no road all the way, but there were some stretches of sea to cross as well. By plane was one option, but then I had to check in my motorbike several times. I didn't even think about using a plane, since it was most likely a lot of work arrange six flights to and back from some of Indonesia's eastern islands.

Posted in Travel @ 19 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tour d' Indonesia: Peter van Agtmaal wins stage Cagey veteran Nathan Dahlberg went looking for a stage win - and some redemption - in Thursday's leg of the 2005 Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia. He very nearly got both, just losing the fourth stage to Dutch rider Peter Van Agtmaal (The Jong en Laan), who took Dahlberg in a two-up sprint in Solo.

Posted in Sports @ 15 September 2005 18:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christian inroads worry top Indonesia Muslim body Christians are making worrying inroads in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, delegates said at a meeting of the nation's top Islamic clerical group, the Jakarta Post newspaper said on Thursday. It said the clerics told the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI), during the meeting in Jakarta that Christians were expanding their presence in the provinces, and in the capital itself.

Posted in Religion @ 28 July 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Indonesia prepares hospitals for bird flu care, checks Indonesia is preparing 44 hospitals across the sprawling archipelago for treatment and detection of bird flu after the country recorded its first deaths from the virus, the health minister said on Thursday. Siti Fadillah Supari also told reporters authorities were yet to determine how a government official and his two young daughters living in a Jakarta suburb contracted the virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 July 2005 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Asia quake death toll tops 14,000 As dawn broke Monday across the Bay of Bengal, countries struck by tsunamis in the wake of the most powerful earthquake the planet has seen in 40 years focused on relief and rescue efforts, and said the death toll from the giant waves -- already more than 14,000 -- is expected to rise further. The tsunamis also left thousands injured, thousands missing and hundreds of thousands homeless in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Korea Gas says LNG imports from Indonesia won't be cut in 2005 Indonesia on Wednesday dismissed concerns that plans to prosecute a subsidiary of U.S.-based Newmont Mining on pollution charges would hurt foreign investment, saying clean companies had nothing to worry about. "I am sure that foreign investors won't be scared away," said Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar. "I and the president personally guarantee to protect companies who manage their operations well." "We welcome the honest ones. There is no need for the crooked ones," he told reporters.

Posted in General @ 08 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As soon as Tana Toraja was introduced to me, it was taken away as well. I still remember the fact that I agreed on those meagre four days in Tana Toraja ‘because my schedule is too tight’, as it always is. In the van, just leaving the hotel for the last time, I was asking myself when I would really stop taking about schedules at all. Probably never, because I will always have to take an airplane in and out Indonesia again, but the time between those fixed points is merely a collection of things to do and things done in the past. For now, I was on my way to Makassar again, this very same evening I would have dinner with the owner of Caraka Travelindo, which has provided me with this wonderful trip.

Posted in Travel @ 27 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just outside Sengkang we brought a visit to some houses with traditional weaving installations under their house. In this way they are protected from the sun’s direct heat and they are working close to home. It’s nice to see the fabrics being produced in front of your nose, too bad it’s nothing for me to buy something like it. If you ever want to buy something like it, you can choose from all kinds of natural dyes. If you which they can put real gold in it as well. Everything is for sale, however the people producing it, do wear it themselves as well.

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


PKS promises not to take hard-line on nightspots Known for its Islamic outlook, the emergence of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) as a major faction in the Jakarta City Council has raised concerns for businessmen who own entertainment spots, who worry that the councillors will take an narrow view on nightspots. This fear, however, was dismissed by council PKS faction chairman Gunawan on Thursday since a hard-line policy would spark unrest in society. He added that a repressive approach would be counterproductive if the public was not ready to accept it.

Posted in Elections @ 24 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australians rate Indonesia as their greatest military threat The Australian public ranks Indonesia as the country’s greatest military threat, a study by a defence think-tank said on Wednesday. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute surveyed opinion polls on defence issues dating back to the 1960s and found Australians now saw less chance of an foreign security threat than at any time in the past 30 years. “However, to the extent that the public identifies a security threat to Australia, there is a greater consensus than ever before that the threat comes from one country: Indonesia,” it said.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All over the world bilateral relations and regional cooperation are flourishing, even if only a few people have noticed. The globalization of the economy is being followed by the globalization of politics. In the next ten years new worldwide networks will arise in response to global issues. Governments and societies are seeking closer ties with one another in the face of new threats and challenges.

Posted in Politics @ 25 August 2004 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


Indonesia polls favor former general The strains of a hearty tenor filtered out from behind the closed door of hotel room 103. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the front-runner in Indonesia's presidential race, was rehearsing a tune he would sing that morning to voters in this highland town in western Indonesia. "I know you love me, so you will choose me," the thickset former general could be heard crooning in the local Batak dialect, practicing the lyrics he learned minutes earlier, just as he has been practicing for the country's top job for the last several years.

Posted in Elections @ 28 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto says political opponents behind arrest warrant Indonesian's ex-military chief Wiranto has formally announced his presidential candidacy whilst dismissing an arrest warrant issued against him by an East Timor judge as "character assassination." "There are several pieces of information that are behind these charges, there clearly is an involvement of political activities in this country," Wiranto told reporters.

Posted in Elections @ 12 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Election becomes family affair Indonesia's parliamentary election is largely a tale of two former strongmen and their daughters. As the April 5 election approaches, the three daughters of Sukarno, Indonesia's founding president, and one of ex-dictator Suharto are hoping to capitalize on their political pedigrees and on nostalgia for a past many Indonesians think was better than the current messy democracy. It shows the power of a famous face in a country where few parties have coherent political platforms or policies to deal with endemic corruption.

Posted in Elections @ 01 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aviation, tourism industries hit by bird flu outbreak As the bird flu continues to sweep through Asia, airlines and tourism agencies worry that the epidemic could revive the SARS nightmare that wreaked havoc on both the aviation and tourism industries in the region last year.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taiwan suspends chicken imports from Indonesia The Council of Agriculture yesterday announced an immediate ban on the importation of poultry and birds from Indonesia in its effort to keep Taiwan free of the H5N1 avian flu virus that has ravaged the Asian poultry industry and claimed human life. The move follows a similar ban placed on Thai poultry on January 23 by the COA's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spreading bird flu scare hits some Asian currencies The spreading bird flu scare hit Asian currencies, including the Sing dollar, in Asian trade on Monday as Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan and Laos all confirmed cases. The news sparked short-covering of the US dollar, amid concern the outbreak could weigh on Asia's economic growth and scare tourists and potential investors away. In the Sing dollar's case, lingering bearish sentiments towards the greenback helped the currency recover later in the day.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia welcomes capture of Saddam Indonesia has welcomed news of Saddam Hussein's capture by US forces, saying his arrest should help Iraqis to govern their own nation. "The capture of Saddam Hussein is long overdue," Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa was quoted as saying by Reuters. "It is our hope that his capture will help speed up the process of reconciliation and the transition toward a democratic government of Iraq, where sovereignty is restored in the hands of the Iraqi people," he added.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braces for December attacks Indonesia is reported bracing for a massive terrorist attack against its international hotels during the busy holiday season. A new breed of homegrown "twentysomething terrorists" is poised to strike with a wave of suicide bombings in December, Singapore's Sunday Straits Times reported. International hotels in Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan will be targeted along with residential areas with large expatriate communities, the newspaper said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


"Oh, you have to visit Lombok, it's very different from other islands in Indonesia, and Bali. It's much more quiet and the people are more friendly." That was what I was told when I told people there was a small chance I would go to Lombok. A very definate 'must see' island.

Posted in Travel @ 24 August 2003 00:00 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


Indonesia's national day uncertainty This Sunday is Indonesia's national day, marking the country's freedom from Dutch colonial rule. As it celebrates its 58th year as an independent nation, it is a time of celebration, but also a time of reflection.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Arriving at Yogya by train and getting too little sleep over the last week, would come back to me, I was already preparing for that, and I was hoping to prevent it by getting to bed much more early than the days before. Unfortunately the night became all friendly and nice, which caused it to be a late night again… What a shame.

Posted in Travel @ 15 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the midst of a true anti-teroris atmosphere I was leaving for Jakarta today. Very early in the morning (read in the night) polisi was driving around Bogor with a hurry. The newspapers now reported that they are behind several terrorists in Surabaya, the same is happening with those in Bogor, because the police were in a hurry for a mass-arrest. I don’t know whether they actually found someone, probably they arrested a few for display in “Patrolli”.

Posted in Travel @ 08 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian attacks on rebels continue Hundreds of paratroopers jumped into combat while warplanes swooped in to fire rockets at a suspected rebel base in the hills outside the provincial capital. Staged more for TV cameras than for tactical needs, the spectacular attack last Monday launched Indonesia's biggest military operation since it invaded East Timor in 1975. But a week into the campaign against separatist rebels in Aceh province, the fighting already looks a lot like the guerrilla war that people here have endured for 27 years, one marked by few strategic victories and allegations of widespread rights abuses.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may dump dollar for oil Pertamina, Indonesia's state oil company, dropped a bombshell recently. It's considering dropping the U.S. dollar for the euro in its oil and gas trades. With war unfolding in Iraq and a mysterious pneumonia spreading around Asia, few noticed. News that Indonesian government officials favor the euro also fell through the cracks. Yet it could have major implications for the world's biggest economy.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mega support wanes as protests continue When she became president 18 months ago, Megawati Sukarnoputri was lauded as a champion of the poor, a mother figure who promised to look after the "orang kecil" - the downtrodden little guy. But mention her name in the narrow alleys of Indonesia's hideously overcrowded slums and impoverished rural villages nowadays and you'll hear cries of "sellout" and "traitor."

Posted in Protests @ 20 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourists desperate to pack up At The Pub, a traditional watering hole for Australians visiting Kuta, a solitary young couple were finishing their drinks and preparing to set off for the airport. Tenille Harris and her boyfriend Shaun Amiss - both from Perth and in their mid-twenties - had been in Kuta for just a day when the bomb exploded at the Sari Club. They had stopped for a quick beer in the nightclub and left shortly before the bomb went off.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven die as troops attack police Seven people were killed and dozens injured when Indonesian soldiers repeatedly attacked two police stations in north Sumatra after detectives refused to release a soldier's friend detained on drug charges. Four police officers, one soldier and two passersby died in the weekend carnage in the town of Binjai, 900 miles north-west of the capital, Jakarta.

Posted in Crime @ 01 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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