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Indonesian rock star stands trial over web sex videos

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

Deadly Indonesian volcano eases off: government

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 9:54 am

Indonesian religious unity an inspiration to world: Obama

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 3:51 am

More evacuated as Indonesian volcano erupts again

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

Indonesian volcano claims another 35 lives

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

Indonesian volcano spews heat clouds, ash

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 4:41 am

Survivor recalls terrifying power of Indonesian tsunami

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

PADANG, Indonesia, Oct 27, 2010 (AFP) – A wall of water triggered by an earthquake off Indonesia’s west coast smashed boats and houses like they were made of matchsticks and swept half a kilometer inland, survivors said.


At least 200 homes in 10 villages and a resort popular with surfers were in ruins after the tsunami struck the Mentawai group of islands off the west coast of Sumatra late on Monday.

Indonesian people displaced by the eruption of Mount Merapi queue for food in Sleman on October 27, 2010. AFP

More than 150 people were killed and 400 people remain missing, according to officials.


Survivors said Wednesday that they had no warning that a tsunami was on its way after the 7.7-magnitude quake struck offshore at 9:42 pm (1442 GMT) on Monday.


Borinte, 32, a farmer from Detumonga village on the coast of North Pagai island, said he managed to stay alive by clasping to a piece of wood. His wife and three children were killed.


“About 10 minutes after the quake we heard a loud, thunderous sound. We went outside and saw the wave coming. We tried to run away to higher ground but the wave was much quicker than us,” he told AFP.


“Our house, which is about 50 metres (yards) from the sea, was destroyed. Most houses in the village were destroyed. My wife and three children died as they were swept away. Their bodies were found the next day,” he said.


“I’m so sorry that I couldn’t save my wife and children as I panicked and didn’t know what to do. I was swept away as well but I managed to survive by holding onto a wooden plank.”


West Sumatra disaster management head Harmensyah said: “When the tsunami struck there were dozens of fishermen out at sea. Their bodies were found the next morning floating on the water or cast ashore on the beach.”


Dr. Dave Jenkins, the founder of SurfAid International, a non-profit community health organisation which operates on the islands, said the destruction was likely to be worse than initially reported.


“We have staff in a lot of villages and we have boats out there. There’s been a lot of more destruction and fatalities and people missing than has been reported, but we don’t know the (latest) official figures,” he told AFP.


“These islands are extremely remote. There are no roads and there are no phones in a lot of places,” he said, adding that the government was not well equipped to respond to the disaster.


A group of Australians had a lucky escape when the wave surged into Macaronis Bay near a well-known tourist resort and threw them off their charter boat, which smashed into another boat and caught fire.


“The boats were smashed by the wave and one was set on fire and destroyed. Everyone was washed into the sea and clung onto debris from the resort,” Jenkins said.


He said the tourists were washed inland and found their way back to the beach an hour or so later.


President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono left early from a summit of Southeast Asian leaders in Hanoi and was on his way to the islands to “feel the pain and burden of the victims”, a spokesman said.


“President Yudhoyono is very concerned, psychologically and morally, about the situation in West Sumatra and also in Merapi,” spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said.


Mount Merapi, a volcano in central Java island, erupted less than 24 hours after the Mentawai earthquake, killing at least 29 people, according to the latest official toll.

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Source: SGGP

Indonesian President on his way to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 5:35 am




Indonesian President on his way to Vietnam


QĐND – Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will make a State visit to Vietnam on October 27 as the Islamic nation will take over the ASEAN chairmanship from Vietnam in 2011.


The two countries first established diplomatic relations in December 1955 and constantly developed them when Vietnam’s first President Ho Chi Minh and President Suharto of Indonesia were both in power.


Two years later in 1957, the Vietnam-Indonesia Friendship Association was formed to promote relations between the peoples of both countries.


Bilateral relations witnessed a turning point when President Suharto visited Vietnam in November 1990. Ever since then, both countries have signed 23 treaties and agreements in various fields. The joint statement on the framework of friendship and comprehensive cooperation entering the 21st century and the agreement on the continental shelf were milestones in the two countries relationship.


Two-way trade reached 2.3 billion USD in 2009 and 1.86 billion USD in the first eight months of this year. Vietnam’s major exports included rice, crude oil and agricultural products while its imports were mainly fertiliser, machinery, fabrics, paper and confectionary.


Indonesia is Vietnam’s sixth biggest ASEAN investor and 30th out of the 89 foreign investors in Vietnam, with a total of 24 projects capitalised at 201 million USD.


Indonesian investments focus on oil and gas, coal, wood processing and textiles.


Indonesia has also provided scholarships for Vietnamese students in fields such as education, culture and languages.


Indonesia has given its full support to Vietnam in its role as chair of ASEAN and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Association-31 as well as the country’s taking part in G20 summit in its capacity as ASEAN President.


The forthcoming State visit is aimed at boosting friendship, cooperation and mutual support in regional and international forums.


Source: VNA/VOV


Source: QDND

US resumes ties with Indonesian special forces: Pentagon

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 11:17 am

JAKARTA, July 22, 2010 (AFP) – The United States said Thursday it would resume ties with Indonesian special forces after a 12-year hiatus, as part of efforts by Washington to reach out to the world’s largest Muslim nation.


The announcement, made during a visit by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates to Indonesia, comes as Washington seeks to resume training for the Kopassus unit as part of growing anti-insurgency and intelligence cooperation.

Secretary of Defence Robert Gates (L) greets South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak (R) at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on July 21, 2010. AFP

“We will begin a gradual, measured process of working with Kopassus,” a senior US defence official said, referring to the elite Indonesian military unit with which Washington suspended ties in 1998.


The decision was made “in light of the progress that Indonesia and its military… has made in terms of reform and professionalisation since the fall of Suharto as well as recent pledges of reform,” he said.


The move is controversial as the Kopassus unit has been implicated in human rights abuses, including in East Timor, and some figures in the US Congress have opposed embracing the force before it has accounted for its past.


The United States broke off ties with the Kopassus under a law banning cooperation with foreign troops implicated in rights abuses.


The Indonesian special forces are accused of committing abuses in East Timor and Aceh under then dictator Suharto in the 1990s.


The senior US defence official played down fears that senior figures in the special forces had been implicated in past rights violations.


“Individuals who had been convicted in the past for human rights violations have in the past several months been removed from Kopassus,” he said.


The administration of President Barack Obama, who spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, sees the country as an increasingly important player in East Asia and key ally in the Muslim world.


Gates, who arrived from a visit to Seoul, was due to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro later Thursday.


Ernie Bower, a Southeast Asia expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said the Obama administration needed to handle its relationship with the Indonesian military carefully.


“I think it’s the view of the Indonesian military that without the ability to engage and train Kopassus, the American engagement and normalisation of the military-to-military relationship would be incomplete,” he said.


“If you don’t have the relationship with the Indonesian military normalised, you can’t really participate and be the leading partner in this architecture,” he added. “Gates needs to get it right with Indonesia.”


However, the Pentagon needs to find an acceptable compromise to seal the deal without encountering too many objections in Washington.


“We’ve been working for some time both within the US government and with the government of Indonesia to try to figure out how and under what conditions we can pursue reengagement with Kopassus,” said one senior US defense official.


He noted improvements made by Jakarta since the end of the Suharto regime.


However, leading voices in Washington such as Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy as well as human rights groups have opposed a normalisation of military ties until Kopassus commanders have faced justice for past rights violations.


“Before resuming military cooperation with the Kopassus, Robert Gates must make sure that there’s no senior military officers implicated in the past abuse who hold a structural position in the military,” said activist Usman Hamid.


Hamid, a prominent rights activist from the Indonesian Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), said any troops involved in abuses had to face trial.


“Those implicated in the rights violations should be removed from the Indonesian military and… should be tried in a public court or a special human rights crime court.”

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Source: SGGP

Indonesian finance minister resigns to join World Bank

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm

JAKARTA, May 5, 2010 (AFP) – Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati quit on Wednesday to take a top job at the World Bank after months spent battling politicians bent on her ouster, sending share prices plummeting.

Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrati (C) leaves her office in Jakarta on May 5, 2010. AFP photo

The surprise move was seen as a blow to economic reform in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and triggered a sell-off on the Jakarta stock market as analysts looked for a credible replacement for the respected technocrat.


“The news is correct. I’m still waiting for the approval of the president. For the time being, I will continue to carry out my duties at the finance ministry during this transition week,” Indrawati, 47, told reporters.


Indonesia’s share market closed 3.81 percent lower after Indrawati, once described as the most powerful woman in Asia, confirmed her resignation from the cabinet of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.


“This is a shock to the index,” Bhakti Securities analyst Reza Nugraha said.


“Investors have yet to see anyone credible to replace Sri Mulyani so they feel anxious. Shares will continue to fall for a while until investors know who will replace her.”


Yudhoyono praised Indrawati and said her new role as World Bank managing director was “strategic, important and honourable”.


He did not name a replacement despite revealing that he had known about the World Bank job since last week.


“I have to tell Indonesians that we have lost one of our best ministers. Sri Mulyani has worked hard to develop an accurate fiscal policy and carry out reform in the area of finance,” he said.


The resource-rich country of 234 million people now has no full-time central bank governor and no finance minister as it tries to attract billions of dollars in foreign investment deemed vital to maintaining high growth.


Acting central bank governor Darmin Nasution has been tipped as a possible replacement for Indrawati.


World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Indrawati, an economist and former International Monetary Fund board member, had guided Indonesia through the global recession and earned the “respect of her peers across the world”.


“She has been an outstanding finance minister with in-depth knowledge of both development issues and the role of the World Bank Group,” he said.


In a World Bank press release Indrawati said: “It is a great honour for me and also for my country to have this opportunity to contribute to the very important mission of the bank in changing the world”.


The independent policy expert has stayed aloof from domestic politics despite being targeted with corruption allegations from party leaders intent on wrestling control of her ministry.


Indrawati announced her resignation a day after being questioned by anti-graft investigators probing the 700-million-dollar bailout of mid-sized Bank Century in 2008. She has denied any wrongdoing.


Some analysts have traced her political problems back to 2008 when she upset the country’s most powerful tycoon, Golkar party chief Aburizal Bakrie, by refusing to shield his family’s Bumi Resources from a stock market sell-off.


The minister also clashed with Bakrie over unpaid mining royalties and taxes, and accused him of waging a public campaign to discredit her.


Indrawati’s uncompromising attitude to corruption — she punished almost 2,000 finance ministry personnel and dishonourably discharged at least 150 — also made her many enemies within the bureaucracy.


Despite the controversies, she has won plaudits as one of the main reformers responsible for putting in place the economic fundamentals that made her five years as finance minister a period of strong and steady growth.

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Source: SGGP