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Indonesian Shootings Could Force Military Reform

The deaths in late May of four peasants at the hands of Indonesian marines in a tiny East Java hamlet have put Jakarta under strong pressure to rein in the Indonesian military. The incident has angered huma...
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Indonesia’s Yudhoyono Gets a Black Eye

Indonesia’s voters who swept President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono into office in 2004 as what they hoped as a clean and transparent leader, are growing increasingly disenchanted with his ...
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Dodging Sectarian Strife in Indonesia

East Java is walking a tightrope over the arrest and arraignment of 41 Christians for blasphemy in early May on allegations that they had made a 10-minute video that vilified Islam. The lid appears to be staying on at the moment, partly becau...
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Yudhoyono Paints Himself into the West’s Corner

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ignited a storm of criticism in his predominantly Muslim country by backing last month’s UN Security Council resolution to escalate sanctions against ...
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Politics and Free Expression in Indonesia

Once a week in Jakarta, the antics of a fictitious president named Si Butet dari Yogya – whose initials are “coincidentally” the same as those of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudho...
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Suharto Scion’s Channel Islands Treasure Hunt

The shadowy world of offshore British financial hideaways is the latest battleground for efforts by Indonesians to come to terms with the legacy of their former dictator, Suharto, and his children. The case demonstrates how closely intertwined the disg...
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Sand in Singapore’s Gears

It started with a barge-load of Indonesian sand, or a whole fleet of them, delayed for the last two months on their way to Singapore to be used in reclamation projects. At first Indonesian officials i...
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Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi May be Primed to Explode

Intelligence reports in Indonesia and Australia are signaling that murderous sectarian violence is about to return to the Poso area of central Sulawesi by such fundamentalist organizations as Jemaah Islami...
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Smoker’s Paradise

From the terraced emerald slopes of Bali to the jam-packed kampungs of Sumatra, the 13,500 islands of Indonesia reek with the sweet scent of clove cigarettes, known as kretek for the crackling sound they make when they burn.. Indonesia remains a smoke...
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The High Risk of Travel in Indonesia

The discovery on the sea bottom Monday off West Sulawesi of what is believed to be the wreckage of a Boeing 737-400 that crashed on New Year’s day dramatically points up Indonesia’s astonishingl...