Corruption and democracy
August 12, 2008
If anything is going to cripple or even strangle Indonesian democracy, it is corruption.
Indonesian Military returns to politics?
Evan A. Laksmana, Singapore - In the past few weeks, a debate surrounding the 2009 general elections has revolved around the role of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in political parties where almost every major political party has former military officers Continue.
Embassy counters U.S. Congress letter
The Jakarta Post Monday, August 11, 2008
The United States supports Indonesia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and does not support independence movements in any part of Indonesia, including in Papua, its embassy in Jakarta said Saturday.
Indonesia corruption drive breeds fear
By Lucy Williamson BBC News, Jakarta Those taking dirty money are now under new scrutiny. A lawmaker here in Jakarta confided the other day that he no longer admitted what he did for a living. 'If I'm in a taxi,' he said, 'and the driver asks me what my job Continue.
Indonesian gov't urged to reject U.S. congress' request
JAKARTA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chairman of Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Hidayat Nurwahid called on the government on Sunday to firmly reject the U.S. Congress' request for the immediate and unconditional release of two sympathizers of the outlawed Free Papua Movement (OPM).Continue.
Thousands hold rally outside U.S. consulate office in E Java
Thousands of activists of the Indonesian Islamic Organization Hizbut Tahir Indonesia (HTI) staged a rally outside the office of the US Consulate General here on Sunday in protest against US Congress`s letter asking for the release of two detained sympathizers of the outlawed Free Papua Organzation (OPM).Continue.
HTI warns US against interfering in RI`s internal affairs
Tens of members of the Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) staged a rally outside the US embassy here on Saturday asking Washington not to meddle in Indonesia`s domestic affairs. Continue.
FM to reply to US Congress letter soon
Foreign Minister Hasan Wirajuda said on Saturday he will soon reply to the US Congress` letter demanding the "immediate and unconditional" release of two sympathizers of the outlawed separatist OPM (Free Papua Organization). Continue.
One dead in rioting in Indonesia's Papua province
Jakarta - One person died from gunshot wounds Saturday after Indonesian police opened fire in an attempt to stop rioting in the country's easternmost province of Papua, media reports said. MetroTV reported the riot broke out after police officers removed Continue.
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Muslims rally in Indonesia at US call for release of activists
AFP via Yahoo! News 2008-08-09 16:04:12
A hardline Muslim group staged a rally outside the US embassy in Jakarta on Saturday to protest over a call by Washington for the release of two Papuan activists.Continue.
TNI chief, minister split over Papua
Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono and TNI chief Gen. Djoko Santoso were divided Friday in their responses to a request from U.S. Congress members asking Indonesia to release two convicted Papuan separatists.Continue.
Indonesia's Antam to source nickel from Maluku mines
Reuters -2008-08-08 18:41:39
Indonesia's state-owned miner PT Aneka Tambang said on Friday it would tap nickel ore for its smelters from its mines in North Maluku after a contract with PT International Nickel Indonesia INCO.JK (Inco) ended Continue.
Papua legislator dismisses US Congressmen`s demand for release of OPM supporters 2008-08-08 14:55:58
A provincial Papua legislator said US Congressmen should not interfere in an Indonesian court`s decision regarding Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage, two Papua residents who were detained in 2004 for involvement in activities supporting the outlawed separatist OPM (Free Papua Organization).Continue.
U.N. urges East Timor not to drop violence probe
DILI (Reuters) - The United Nations urged on Thursday East Timor not to let those responsible for bloodshed surrounding Dili's 1999 independence vote from Indonesia off the hook, pledging to provide support to prosecute perpetrators. Leaders in East Continue.
President advised to ignore letter from US Congressmen
Antara News 2008-08-08 02:14:08
The chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR)`s Inter-parliamentary Cooperation Body, Abdillah Toha, said it was not necessary for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to respond to a letter from 40 members of the US Congress about two separatists in Papua.Continue.
US congressmen send letter on Papua to Yudhoyono
Some 40 United States Congressmen have sent a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono demanding the "immediate and unconditional" release of two sympathizers of the outlawed separatist OPM (Free Papua Organization), Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage.Continue.
Filipinos, Indonesians overwhelm Sabah state
The Manila Times 2008-08-06 08:14:59
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia: The influx of mostly Muslim migrants has also tipped the ethnic balance against indigenous tribes who used to dominate the population, say politicians in Sabah, which is struggling to cope with the influx.Continue.
Parties 'serve corporate interests'
The Jakarta Post2008-08-06 11:32:00
Indonesia has seen regime changes, but the tyranny of capital has always determined the road to power, with the democratic process benefiting only the wealthy groups at the expense of the poor poor majority,Continue.
Women and Youth Break the Cycle of Violence in the Moluccas
Christian News Wire 2008-08-05 20:44:51
The remains of flattened buildings at the Christian University of the Moluccas in Indonesia are a grim reminder of conflict. During 1999-2004 hundreds of Christians and Muslims died and millions of dollars worth of property was destroyed in a tragedy which more sober leaders and members of both faith communities regret. Continue.
Christians in Indonesia's Papua rally over sharia
Tue Aug 5, 2008 7:32pm
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (Reuters) - About 1,000 people from a Christian group in Indonesia's Papua held a rally on Tuesday to protest against any implementation of Islamic law in the province where an increasing number of Muslims have settled. The Continue.
A strong quake jolts Maluku
A strong earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hit Saumlaki sea in Maluku, on Tuesday early morning, according to the Meteorological and Geophysics Agency. Continue.
Indonesia says to charge top ex-spy with murder
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A former top Indonesian intelligence official will be charged with the murder of prominent human rights activist who died of arsenic poisoning during a flight from Singapore to the...Continue.
President Yudhoyono summons two ministers over alleged past graft case
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono summoned on Monday Forestry Minister MS Kaban and National Development Planning/Chairman of National Development Planning Board (Bapennas), Paskah Suzetta in connection with their alleged involvement in illegal fund flows from Bank Indonesia (BI) to the House of Representatives (DPR) in 2003. Continue.
Indonesia: Around 80 officials being probed for graft
Adnkronos 2008-08-04 17:42:45
A total of 78 regional high-ranking officials across three Indonesian provinces are either being tried or investigated for alleged corruption.Most of those involved in the three provinces - South Sulawesi, West Java and Yogyakarta - are incumbent and former legislators. The Makassar District Court in South ...Continue.
Attacks erode Indonesia's religious freedom
Los Angeles Times 2008-08-03 15:36:45
Muslim extremists have targeted the mosques of an offshoot sect, spurred, perhaps, by an official decree. The Muslim hard-liners arrived just before midnight armed with stones, clubs and flammable liquid. Continue.
Indonesia poll’s family ties
Financial Times 2008-08-02 02:33:29
Indonesia’s parliamentary elections are shaping up to be a family affair, with the children of political leaders featuring prominently among party lists. Continue.
RI`s public services system still unable to solve social problems
Indonesia`s public service system still lacks a significant capability to solve social problems such as poverty, unemployment, inferiority, and injustice, State Minister for Administrative Reforms Taufik Effendi said here on Friday. Continue.
Cross Rhythms - Stoke-on-Trent,England,UK
Indonesia: Churches in Maluku province fear extremists may be reviving a campaign of anti-Christian violence after four believers were murdered in one ...
Journalist Andrew Boyd presents the July/August update on ...
Justice delayed for Aceh's human rights abuse victims
Justice for victims of conflict and human rights abuses in once-restive Aceh could be a long time coming, with the government and the court yet to show any commitment to the establishment of a human rights court. Continue.
Timor Leste capital shuts down for movie invasion remake
DILI, EAST TIMOR - STREETS in East Timor's sleepy capital were closed down Thursday for a movie recreation of Indonesia's bloody 1975 invasion, United Nations police said. Between 60 and 70 local and 30 East Timorese soldiers dressed as Indonesian troops Continue.
Illegal logging damages 1.6 mln hectares of forests a year in Indonesia
Xinhua via COMTEX News Network 2008-07-30 22:12:44
Illegal logging damages between 1. 6 million and 2.4 million hectares of forests in Indonesia annually. 'The factors that encourage illegal logging activity include weak law enforcement, weak forest control, political Continue.
Ecumenical team tells Indonesian Govt: West Papuans 'traumatised'
Christian Today 2008-07-30 06:24:19
West Papuans have yet to recover from the trauma of human rights violations, whilst continuing migration inwards is threatening to marginalise them in their resource-rich province, an ecumenical team from the World Council of Churches (WCC) has told Continue.
Indonesia expands cooperation in defence With Australia
Indonesia is currently expanding its cooperation in defence with Australia as a manifestation of the Lombok Agreement serving as a legal umbrella for security and defense cooperation the two countries signed two years ago.Continue.
Diarrhoea kills 156 in Indonesian Papua
AAP 2008-07-29 16:49:58
A diarrhoea outbreak in a remote area of Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua has killed at least 156 people and sickened hundreds of others, media reports say. Local church leaders feared the toll would rise because of limited drugs and medical personnel Continue.
Ambon to welcome int'l sail race participants from Darwin
Ambon will welcome all the participants of an international sailing race that started in Darwin, Australia, on July 26, says a local tourism official. Continue.
INDONESIA: Poor hit hard as fuel prices rise
IRINnews.org, NY - 2008-07-28 19:01:46
As a result, the number of poor people in Indonesia is expected to reach 41 million from 37 million last year, said Latif Adam, an economist at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. Continue.
Balibo film shows suffering of Timores...
Australian Paul Stewart was just 15 when Indonesian soldiers murdered his cameraman brother in East Timor. More than 30 years later, he hopes a new film about the Balibo Five killings will be as much about the suffering of East Timorese during Continue.
ETAN Urges New Rights Commissioner to Advocate for Justice for East Timorese Victims
July 25, 2008
Contact: John M. Miller, National Coordinator, +1/718-596-7668 July 24 -- The East Timor and Indonesian Action Network (ETAN) today congratulated Navanethem Pillay on her nomination as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 'As human rights commissioner, Continue.
SAfrican lawyer nominated as UN human rights chief
Las Vegas Sun - Fri, Jul 25, 2008 12:26 AM
One of South Africa's leading female jurists who won acclaim defending apartheid opponents was nominated Thursday to serve as the next United Nations high commissioner for human rights.
Rights body to launch Papua abuse probe
The National Commission on Human Rights will launch an investigation into alleged human rights violations in Papua, despite protests from the Attorney General's Office (AGO). Continue.
SBY's Timorese Triumph
Far Eastern Economic Review - July 2008 6:25 AM
Unlike his predecessors, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono can hardly be accused of shooting from the hip. He almost never appears in public without prepared remarks and has a reputation for choosing his words carefully. read more
Individuals may seek justice for Timor violence to UN
Dian Kuswandini, The Jakarta Post, 2008-07-22 14:05:21
Although the government has taken the blame for the East Timor violence in 1999, there remains an opportunity for individuals to seek redress through national or international courts, the National Commission on Continue
Police detain four people allegedly torching gubernatorial candidate house
Police have arrested people for allegedly torching North Maluku gubernatorial candidate Abdul Gafur's house here at the weekend.Continue.
Former president calls for Indonesia prosecution
Friday, 18 July, 2008
Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid has called for a war crimes tribunal to prosecute the perpetrators of the 1999 violence in East Timor, following the release of the Truth and Friendship Commission findings on Tuesday.
The Threat From Trees
NEWSWEEK July 7-14, 2008
Indonesia scores a whopping zero on the green index for forestry. The phrase "carbon emissions" usually conjures images of coal-burning power plants or smog-enveloped cities.
Jakarta protests Yale University over green index
Mon, 07/14/2008 - 10:09 AM
Jakarta vows to act on East Timor probe findings
Gulf Times 2008-07-13 01:42:54
The Indonesian military commander in East Timor in 1999, retired Major General Kiki Syahnakrie, rejected the findings of the report in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.Continue.
Inquiry says Indonesia largely to blame for 1999 violence in East ...
International Herald Tribune, France - 2008-07-11 18:28:17
AP DILI, East Timor: Indonesia carried out crimes against humanity during East Timor's 1999 break for independence and should apologize to its tiny neighbor ...Continue.
Candidates backed by PDI-P lead in Maluku
The pair of Karel Albert Ralahalu and Said Assegaf were in the early lead in vote counting for the Maluku gubernatorial elections on Wednesday.Continue.
Indonesian Islamist party eyes polls and presidency
Reuters 2008-07-10 14:33:29
JAKARTA - A small, influential Islamist party in Indonesia is alarming moderates who fear this secular but predominantly Muslim country may head for wider use of sharia law and become less t... Continue.
Indonesia, Timor violence probe will not name names
AlertNet 2008-07-09 19:00:54
rights groups have said they will push for a trial of retired Indonesian military chief, Wiranto, under universal jurisdiction after the report is submitted. Continue.
Possible new evidence in Munir case
The Jakarta Post Wed, 07/09/2008 10:48 AM
A missing letter connecting the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) to the murder of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib may reappear as evidence against former BIN officer Muchdi Purwoprandjono. Continue.
Indonesia: President responsible for rise of radical Islam, says think-tank
Adnkronos 2008-07-08 12:31:23 Continue.
Despite internal reform, police force still 'lacks credibility'
2008-07-07 15:37:33 Continue.
Uncovered graft cases involving MPs only "top of iceberg": lawmaker
The graft cases involving a number of legislators uncovered by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) are only "the top of an ice-berg", a House of Representatives (DPR) member said. Continue.
KPK told to look into regional graft
JAKARTA: reports of the graft cases from residents of Banten, Gorontalo, Maluku and East Java,
Indonesia: Ex-general's arrest an attack on Islam, says Djafar Umar Thalib
Adnkronos 2008-07-04 00:46:48
Indonesia: Ex-general's arrest an attack on Islam, says Muslim militia leader (AKI) - The leader of an Islamic militia in Indonesia has said that the recent arrest of Muchdi Purwopranjono, a former general and high-level member of the Indonesian intelligence services, was politically motivated and part of an attempt to strike at pro-Islamic groups in the military. In an interview ...
Expect more Islamist terror in Indonesia
Indonesia: Ex-secret services chief Abdullah Mahmud Hendropriyono 'endorsed activist's murder'
Adnkronos 2008-07-02 23:10:03
The former head of Indonesia's secret services supported the plan to kill the prominent Indonesian human rights activist, Munir Said Thalib. This was confirmed by Soeripto, the vice-president of a parliamentary commission that deals with human rights, in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI). He said ...
Indonesia anti-terrorism unit nets suspects in raid
Straits Times 2008-07-02 16:30:24
JAKARTA - INDONESIA'S anti-terrorism police unit has found assembled bombs and detained suspects during a raid on a house in Palembang in South Sumatra province, the national police spokesman said on Wednesday.
National Police still perceived as corrupt and violent
Wed, 07/02/2008 10:52 AM
Indonesia police celebrations marred by torture claims
Indonesia's police force has marked its 62nd birthday, but few were celebrating across the vast archipelago where torture in police cells is accepted as routine, human rights activists said. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono avoided the open issue of
BIN has become "political player": nat`l rights watchdog
By its public statements about the recent demonstrations against the government`s policy to raise fuel oil prices, the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) has become a "political player," a spokesman for Indonesia`s human rights watchdog said.
Hundreds of billions of rupiah needed to develop Southwest Maluku
A tectonic earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale hit Saumlaki, Maluku province, at about 14:47 Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB) on Monday. Read
Readers' Comments Indonesia irate over Balibo five film
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia - 2008-06-30 22:56:17
THE PRODUCER of a new political thriller about five Australia-based newsmen killed in East Timor in 1975 says the film will tell the truth about their ...
NZ police back from workshops in Maluku and Banda Aceh
Radio New Zealand, New Zealand - 2008-06-30 06:32:23
New Zealand police officers have returned from Maluku and Banda Aceh after teaching their counterparts about non-lethal law enforcement. Community policing workshops ...
Aussie film should 'include Indonesia's point of view': official
JAKARTA - A NEW Australian film on the alleged killing of five foreign journalists by Indonesian troops in East Timor should include Indonesia's point of view, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday. The film Balibo, which is being shot in the
Ramos Horta passes on UN rights post
EAST TIMOR president Jose Ramos Horta has decided not to seek the position of UN Commissioner for Human Rights.
East Timor President accepts top UN human rights job
Thursday, June 26, 2008 01:41 PM
Corruption drama in Indonesian court
The Age, Australia 2008-06-26 06:44:47
Indonesia 'complacent' about terrorists
The Age, Australia - June 25, 2008 - 1:59PM
Poll: Majority of Indonesians support establishing Islamic law
A majority of Indonesians questioned in a national survey support establishing Islamic law, but fewer than half want stern measures such as cutting off the hands of thieves or
MPs want other BIN leaders summoned
Lawmakers are putting pressure on the National Police to summon ex-top intelligence officers in a bid to find the masterminds of the murder of human rights campaigner Munir Said Thalib.
Indonesian arrest could spell end to military immunity
ABC International Radio Australia 2008-06-21 08:57:25
Presenter: Karon Snowdon
Speakers: Usman Hamid, Coordinator of the Human rights group Kontras in Jakarta; Damian Kinsbury, Deakin University
Indonesia's former Kopassus head charged over activist death
Radio Australia, Australia - 2008-06-20 17:17:38
A former head of Indonesia's Kopassus special forces has been charged with the pre-meditated murder of a prominent human rights activist. ...
Indonesia Loses Its Way
Washington Post, United States - 2008-06-20 01:20:16
Pancasila is the embodiment of Indonesia's basic pluralism, the philosophical glue that binds together Indonesia's diverse populations. ...
Indonesian police arrest former top intelligence official over activist murder
the International Herald Tribune 2008-06-20 04:30:24
JAKARTA, Indonesia: Indonesian police arrested a former top official in the intelligence agency Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in the mid-air poisoning death of a top human rights activist in 2004. The announcement is a major break in the probe
Advocacy groups urge Indonesia to join International Criminal Court
AP 2008-06-19 15:14:16
A coalition of legal advocacy groups urged Indonesia Thursday to honor a promise to join the International Criminal Court by 2009. The world's first permanent war crimes tribunal, based in The Hague, Netherlands, has the backing of more than 100
Indonesia graft body in spotlight
Aljazeera.net 2008-06-19 16:01:40
Indonesia's corruption watchdog has itself become embroiled in a bribery scandal with half of the top prosecutors in the attorney-general's department under investigation.
Indonesia Supreme Court Under Corruption Probe - Report
Nasdaq 2008-06-18 12:42:54
JAKARTA (AFP)--Indonesia's Supreme Court has become the latest institution to come under the spotlight of the country's aggressive anti-corruption drive, a report said Wednesday.
Indonesia under fire over ETimor report delay
AFP 2008-06-18 02:17:49
JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia refused Tuesday to give a date for the publication of a Truth Commission report on rights abuses during East Timor's 1999 independence vote, despite growing criticism of the delay. The Indonesia-East Timor Commission of Truth
Risk of religious strife in Indonesia
Reuters.co.uk 2008-06-17 03:04:18
JAKARTA (Reuters) - There is a growing risk of conflict between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia's Papua, partly fuelled by migration and a growth in fundamentalism, International Crisis Group said in a report on Monday.
Indonesia: Communal Tensions in Papua
International Crisis Group - Asia Report N°154
Jakarta/Brussels, 16 June 2008
Police more dedicated than govt in solving murder: Widow
The Jakarta Post | Mon, 06/16/2008 10:03 AM
Review: State terrorism and political identity in Indonesia
Inside Indonesia 2008-06-15 22:58:18
State Terrorism and Political Identity in Indonesia: Fatally Belonging is a challenging read. This is not to imply that the book is impenetrable. ...
Manila Times, Philippines -2008-06-15 04:30:42
Members of the Nadhlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia?s largest Muslim organization, took part in the rally together with Christians and Ahmadiyah followers. ...
ETAN Protests Promotion of New Indonesian Special Forces Commander
The New York based, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) today said the promotion of Brigadier General Pramono Edhie Wibowo to chief of Kopassus, Indonesia?s notorious Special Forces unit, the latest example of Indonesia?s failure to deal
Indonesia is still a tough political test
The Age June 14, 2008
"The International Criminal Court: Success or Failure?"
Nick Grono, openDemocracy, 9 June 2008
HUMAN RIGHTS: BROKEN PROMISES
IPS MAY 2008
Column by Irene Khan
Amnesty International Report 2008
Former UN human rights chief debates with MEPs
Human rights - 10-06-2008 - 17:38
Human rights need to be at the centre of globalisation - this was the message former UN high Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson brought to parliament on Monday. Promoting her Ethical Globalisation initiative she told Members of the human rights sub-committee that it was important the poorest thought of human rights as a "birthright". Ms Robinson also stressed the need both for accountability and capacity building.
Corruption still rampant in Indonesia: Report
Despite tougher measures to combat graft, Indonesia remains at the top of the corruption index in the East Asia region, the latest UN Development Program report says.
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ADOPTS OUTCOME OF UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW ON REPORTS ON INDONESIA, UNITED KINGDOM, INDIA AND BRAZIL
The Human Rights Council this morning adopted the outcome of the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review on the reports on Indonesia, the United Kingdom, India and Brazil. Concluding the consideration of the outcome on the report on Indonesia,
Rudd begins tour of Indonesia
Perth Now - June 13, 2008 05:13am
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd begins a two-day visit to Indonesia today, with security and climate change likely to dominate the agenda.
Does Rudd's vision change Australian policy on RI?
Jakarta Post 2008-06-13 00:13:21
Indonesia Less Tolerant of Minorities, Say Faith Leaders
The Christian Post Thu, Jun. 12 2008 02:49 PM ET
SBY's in-law named Kopassus chief
The Jakarta Post Thu, 06/12/2008 10:18 AM
Malnutrition kills many children in eastern Indonesia
Jakarta - Poverty-triggered malnutrition has killed at least 21 children this year and more than 100 others were hospitalized in an eastern Indonesian province, a local media report said Thursday. Eas...
Jakarta stands firm over tight grip on Papua
Sydney Morning Herald - Jun 11 7:13 AM
SENIOR Indonesian political leaders are looking to Kevin Rudd to restore the warmth in bilateral relations felt under the previous Labor prime ministers Gough Whitlam and Paul Keating.
Support to Promoting Pluralism In Indonesia
Norway is supporting Alliansi Nasional Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (ANBTI) in 'Promoting Pluralism and Women's Human Rights in Indonesia'. The goal of the project is to make use of and create opportunities for building a truly gender sensitive pluralistic
Indonesia still reeling from ‘Suharto effect’
Gulf Times - Tuesday, 10 June, 2008, 02:05 AM Doha Time
Scandals bring the House into disrepute
The House of Representatives has come under public scrutiny and derision for a series of scandals involving lawmakers, ranging from corruption to sexual harassment.
Indonesia acts vs radicals but intolerance remains--analysts
June 8, 2008
JAKARTA--A police crackdown dealt a blow to Islamist extremists in Indonesia last week but the government's headaches with political Islam are only going to increase ahead of elections next year, analysts say. Normally cautious President Susilo Bambang
Orphanages are booming in Indonesia
The Straits Times June 7, 2008
ON THEIR OWN: Street children attending a makeshift school in a slum area in Jakarta. -- PHOTO: REUTERS JAKARTA - MORE orphanages have been built in Indonesia over the past decade as persistent poverty forces more parents to turn to them to help feed and
Golkar upset with SBY's democracy
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Frustrated with a series of regional election defeats, the Golkar Party faction on Friday threatened to withdraw its political support of the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration.
Eastern Indonesia still prone to food insecurity: Official
June 06, 2008
'The infrastructure problem in eastern Indonesia will hamper the capacity for food distribution to areas stricken by a lack of access to staple foods,' Iskandar Andi Nuhung, an expert at the Minister of Agriculture, said in a seminar Thursday. Of the 35
Comment: Battle for pluralism? - Farish A Noor
Daily Times Friday, June 06, 2008
Indonesia in a Bind?
CNBC 2008-06-05 13:25:00
Jakarta fails to reduce graft
INDONESIA'S Finance Minister has apologised for 'failing to live up to the people's expectations' after raids on customs offices in recent days netted 500million rupiah (,760) in cash bribes, including money stuffed down officials' socks. Sri Mulyani
International Coalition Urges UN to Take Active Role Promoting Justice for East Timorese
For Immediate Release Contact: John M. Miller (ETAN), New York +1/917-690-4391; firstname.lastname@example.org In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, an international coalition of more than 90 human rights and other organizations urged the UN and the
Jakarta on the verge of a civil war as moderate and radical Muslims battle it out
Jakarta The spark that set off the whole chain of events was an attack with sticks and stones by activists from the FPI, Indonesias best known radical Islamic group, against hundred of members of the National Alliance for Religious Freedom (Aliansi
Indonesia's population increasing by 3 mln yearly - Xinhua
Indonesian carrier Garuda hopes for EU ban to be lifted
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
The EU ban upon all Indonesian carriers is hopefully over, as Indonesian flag carrier Garuda recently passed an international safety audit. The company president, Emirsyah Satar, said that the Opera...
Jakarta: Indonesia braces for high tides
INDONESIA'S capital is preparing sand bags to shore up flood defences ahead of unusually high tides that are expected to hit the city from early next week, officials said. 'There will be several areas that could be affected by extreme tides, particularly
Police, military in wildlife trade: Conservationists
Non-governmental organizations have accused the police and military of systematic involvement in illegal trading of endangered species in northern Sumatra.
Indonesia: Music recalls life of murdered activist
Indonesia: Music recalls life of murdered activist (AKI) - A group of Indonesians has recorded an album of music dedicated to the life of murdered human rights activist Munir Said Thalib. "Music is a medium which attracts people. Our objective is to make Munir's story known to people and to raise support for our fight for justice," Andhy Panca, from Solidarity Action of Munir, told ...
Indonesia's poor crippled by soaring fuel prices
ABC News 2008-05-30 11:09:59
Millions of Indonesians are struggling to get by on less than $2 a day as fuel prices soar.
World Bank warns tidal flood may engulf Jakarta next week
International Herald Tribune 2008-05-30 11:09:59
JAKARTA, Indonesia: The World Bank has warned that an exceptionally high tide could inundate the Indonesian capital next week, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and cutting off a major highway. The situation ? exacerbated by global
Policy to put TNI out of business in on the way
A policy to guide the government in taking over military businesses will be completed by September, according to the national team responsible for the report.
Uncovering Indonesia's hidden shame
By Aubrey Belford, Agence France-Presse SRUWEN BOYOLALI, Indonesia: In the bloody history of the 20th century, the killing fields scattered through the lush greenery of Indonesia's islands are a rarely mentioned footnote. In clumps of one or two or even
Wall Street Journal 2008-05-27 12:19:42
Rising gas prices are a political headache everywhere, but especially in Indonesia. Fuel costs helped topple Suharto in 1998, and street protests erupted ...
Is Indonesia Slipping Back from its Historic Tolerance?
26 May 2008 Jennie S. Bev
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the reformasi movement in Indonesia. Begun with the shootings of four Trisakti University students in Jakarta, ...
TNI territorial function to stay despite decade of reform: Sjafrie
Indonesia needs second edition of Reformation Movement
Antara 2008-05-25 01:03:40
The reform movement which resulted in the ouster of authoritarian President Soeharto after ruling this world largest archipelagic country for 32 years had been facing away, as the political elite in the country failed to implement it thoroughly. Read
Five former US Ambassadors to RI to talk about Soeharto
Five former US ambassadors to Indonesia are to take part in a panel discussion on various aspects of former President Soeharto`s regime here on Friday (Saturday in Indonesia).
Indonesia marks a decade since fall of Suharto
Listen: More Indonesia Stories: Ten years ago Indonesia's late President Suharto stepped down after 32 years in power. That provided the backdrop for three days of rioting that left one thousand Indonesians dead and brought the New Order regime to its
Indonesia's Road Towards Democracy - Ten Years On
Radio Singapore International
May 24, 2008
In Perspective this week with me ? Melanie Yip, a look at Indonesia?s democratic reforms one decade after the late President Suharto?s fall from power.
UNEP report: Warmer world may mean less fish
Climate change is emerging as the latest threat to the world`s dwindling fish stocks a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) suggests.
Growing fuel price protests meet repression
GLW 23 May 2008
Waves of protests against the national governments plan to raise fuel price are intensifying. They have spread to and involved almost all popular sectors (workers, students, peasants and the urban po...
Ten years on, Indonesia activists disillusioned
Khaleej Times Online (Reuters) 20 May 2008
JAKARTA - Indonesian student activists dreamed of far reaching political reforms after helping topple the often brutal rule of President Suharto, but ten years on, many feel their hopes have been dashed.
Indonesia searching for direction
Stephen Fitzpatrick, Jakarta | May 19, 2008
US historian Benedict Anderson, the godfather of modern Indonesian studies, famously banished by Suharto for adroitly questioning the founding myths of the strongman's rule, wrote in a scathing obituary that "cynics joke that there used to be one big Suharto; now there are hundreds of little ones".