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THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 503 (31/01/2006) #11710
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, January 29, 2006
UNDERSEA QUAKE ROCKS THE MOLUCCAS It was hardly possible not to be awakened by the 7.7 Richter scale earthquake that rocked the Moluccas and even was felt in places as distant as Sorong (Papua), Kupang (East Nusa Tenggara) and Makassar (South Celebes). It struck at 1:58 a.m. local time, January 28, in the Banda Sea, about 195 kilometers (120 miles) South of Ambon, at a depth of 342 kiloimeters (212 miles).

Quake sends Ambon residents fleeing for safety (31/01/2006) #11709
The Jakarta Post, January 30, 2006
The Jakarta Post, Ambon, Lampung. An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale shook the Maluku islands early Saturday, sending residents fleeing to higher ground in fear of a tsunami.

Noordin claims to be leader of new terror group (31/01/2006) #11706
The Jakarta Post, 1/30/2006 2:17:10 PM
JAKARTA (AP): A Malaysian wanted for his alleged role in terror attacks in Indonesia is now claiming to head a new Southeast Asian Islamic militant organization, Indonesia's police chief said Monday.

Moderate earthquake jolts Nias island (31/01/2006) #11705
The Jakarta Post, 1/30/2006 2:45:56 PM
JAKARTA (DPA): A moderate-strength earthquake rocked Nias Island off the western coast of Indonesia's North Sumatra province Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, a meteorological official said.

Papuan arrested for flying flag (31/01/2006) #11703
The Jakarta Post, January 30, 2006
JAYAPURA, Papua: A man was arrested by Jayapura Police officers Saturday, allegedly for hoisting the outlawed Morning Star flag, the symbol of the Papuan independence struggle.

Questions about Indonesian involvement (31/01/2006) #11702
with Papuans in Australia
ABC AUSTRALIA, 30/01/2006,22:06:55
Australian refugee advocates say they are alarmed by the Indonesian government making a direct request to Australia's prime minister for the return of 43 people from the province of Papua.

Soldier killed in dispute with police (31/01/2006) #11699
The Jakarta Post, January 30, 2006
MAKASSAR, South Sulawesi: A soldier was killed and three seriously wounded when a police truck rammed into a crowd of people amid a dispute between military troops and police officers in Manado, North Sulawesi.

Asylum seekers 'forced' to attack Christians (30/01/2006) #11698
The Age, January 30, 2006
A GROUP of West Timorese is seeking asylum in Australia from Indonesia claiming they have been pressured into carrying out attacks against Christians in their village.

Papuans tell of beatings and torture (30/01/2006) #11697
The Age, January 30, 2006
By Andra Jackson and Tom Allard. PAPUAN asylum seekers being held on Christmas Island have relayed graphic and disturbing accounts of beatings and torture by the Indonesian military, during interviews with Immigration officers over the past week.

Earthquake causes panic in Indonesia (30/01/2006) #11694
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 29, 2006
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake jolted a 2000-kilometre swathe of Indonesia for two minutes, sending panicked residents fleeing to higher ground, fearful of a tsunami.

West Papuan asylum seekers need our support (30/01/2006) #11691
Green Left Weekly, January 25, 2006
Sarah Stephen. On January 18, 43 West Papuans stepped onto Australian soil at Mapoon on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula. Amazingly, they had traversed 425 kilometres at sea in a 25-metre traditional dugout canoe fitted with an outboard motor. They were flying the West Papuan flag, outlawed by the Indonesian government.

Major quake triggers panic in Ambon (28/01/2006) #11690
The Jakarta Post, 1/28/2006 1:12:40 PM
AMBON, Maluku (Agencies): A major earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale rocked eastern Indonesia early Saturday, cracking walls and triggering panic, the U.S. Geological Survey and localresidents said.

Indonesian earthquake rattles Darwin (28/01/2006) #11689
ABC AUSTRALIA, Saturday, January 28, 2006. 7:05am (AEDT)
Darwin residents have been shaken from their sleep by an earthquake in the Banda Sea measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale.

Undersea quake rocks eastern Indonesia (28/01/2006) #11688
U.S. Geological Survey says no danger of tsunami
CNN, Saturday, January 28, 2006 Posted: 0609 GMT (1409 HKT)
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A magnitude 7.7 earthquake jolted a 2,000-kilometer (1,240-mile) swath of Indonesia for two minutes on Saturday, sending panicked residents fleeing to higher ground, fearful of a tsunami, officials said.

Huge quake off Indonesian coast (28/01/2006) #11680
BBC, Friday, 27 January 2006, 19:00 GMT
A massive underwater earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 has struck off the eastern coast of Indonesia, according to the US Geological Survey.

Poso executions to go ahead despite pleas for a stay (28/01/2006) #11677
The Jakarta Post, January 27, 2006
Ruslan Sangadji, The Jakarta Post, Palu. The Central Sulawesi Prosecutor's Office and local police will go ahead with the execution of three Christian death row inmates, found guilty of involvement in a series of murders in Poso several years ago, heedless of mounting demands for a stay of execution.

Violence linked to jihadist groups 'serious crimes' (28/01/2006) #11676
The Jakarta Post, January 27, 2006
The International Crisis Group's Southeast Asia project is analyzing recent developments of terrorism in Indonesia, which most recently saw a bomb explosion kill seven people in Central Sulawesi on New Year's Eve. The project's director Sidney Jones outlined conflicts in the area, and offered suggestions for resolving the crisis with The Jakarta Post's Duncan Wilson and Tiarma Siboro.

Police Rule Out Terror In Laboratory Blast (27/01/2006) #11669
Paras Indonesia, 01, 26 2006 @ 11:35 pm
Posted by: Roy Tupai. A powerful explosion that injured 32 people at a pharmaceutical college in Jakarta was purely accidental and not a terrorist bombing, police said Thursday (26/1/05).

Israel wants direct talk with Indonesia: Envoy (26/01/2006) #11665
The Jakarta Post, January 26, 2006
Last week, Israel's first Arab-Muslim Ambassador Ali Yahya visited Singapore to promote people-to-people contacts between Israelis and the people in Southeast Asia and to learn more about the region. In his written interview with The Jakarta Post's Veeramalla Anjaiah, Yahya discussed various topics, including the controversial issue of Israel establishing diplomatic relations with Indonesia.

JI orders theft for funding: Ex-member (26/01/2006) #11664
The Jakarta Post, January 26, 2006
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta. Despite the arrests of many of its members, Jamaah Islamiyah is still operating in Indonesia with its followers ordered to carry out armed robberies to raise funds, a former member said Wednesday.

AG told to delay Poso executions (26/01/2006) #11663
The Jakarta Post, January 26, 2006
JAKARTA: Calls are mounting for prosecutors to delay the execution of three men on death row for their roles in several murders during the conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi.

Poso Police chief nearly assassinated (26/01/2006) #11662
The Jakarta Post, January 26, 2006
Ruslan Sangadji, The Jakarta Post, Palu. Police officers in Poso have identified two gunmen who opened fire on a senior police office Wednesday morning, narrowly missing his head, in the latest violence in conflict-torn Central Sulawesi, a spokesperson said.

Komnas-HAM probes Papuan asylum bid (26/01/2006) #11661
The Jakarta Post, January 26, 2006
JAYAPURA, Papua: The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has started investigating the cases of 43 Papuans seeking political asylum in Australia and the shooting of three protesters, one fatally, in Waghete, Paniai district.

Jewish Group Thanked For Help In Aceh (26/01/2006) #11660
Paras Indonesia, 01, 25 2006 @ 01:31 pm
Posted by: Roy Tupai. Despite Indonesia's refusal to establish diplomatic ties with Israel, officials in staunchly Islamic Aceh province have reportedly honored a Jewish group for its tsunami relief assistance.

Police chief survives assassination attempt (26/01/2006) #11656
The Jakarta Post, 1/25/2006 11:20:16 AM
POSO, Central Sulawesi (AP): The police chief in an Indonesian town wracked by religious violence survived an attempt on his life Wednesday when a bullet fired by an assailant on a motorbikenarrowly missed his head, a spokesman said.

Sulawesi police on alert for trouble (26/01/2006) #11651
The Jakarta Post, January 25, 2006
PALU, Central Sulawesi: Police in Tojo Una-Una regency were guarding the council building and council speaker Masri Latinapa's residence Monday, a day after angry residents attacked the building and went in search of Masri.

Three jailed for terror attacks (26/01/2006) #11650
The Jakarta Post, January 25, 2006
YOGYAKARTA: A court here sentenced three men to between three and five years' jail Tuesday for their roles in two bomb attacks in Yogyakarta in January 2000.

Police patience paying off in terror hunt (26/01/2006) #11649
The Jakarta Post, January 25, 2006
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta. While police have arrested dozens of people for their roles in the bomb attacks in Bali and Jakarta during the past three years, one key terrorist leader, Noordin M. Top, is still evading them.

Police Threaten To Detain Lawyer Over Jaguargate (26/01/2006) #11647
Paras Indonesia, January, 25 2006 @ 06:19 pm
By: Roy Tupai. Police have threatened to detain controversial Muslim lawyer Eggy Sudjana if he fails to comply with a summons for questioning as a suspect in a criminal defamation case that involves corruption allegations against a media tycoon and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's inner circle.

Indonesia Mulls Importing Israeli Koi Vaccine (26/01/2006) #11644
Paras Indonesia, 01, 25 2006 @ 07:15 pm
Posted by: Roy Tupai. The government is considering turning to Israel for help to combat a herpes-like virus that is deadly to a popular species of ornamental fish kept as pets.

Papuans Worthy Asylum Seekers? (25/01/2006) #11641
Paras Indonesia, January, 25 2006 @ 06:54 am
By: Roy Tupai. Ever fearful of another East Timor-style secession scenario, Indonesia is warning Australia that bilateral ties could suffer if Canberra grants asylum to a 43 Papuans who fled the province earlier this month.

Police arrest another Noordin's aide (25/01/2006) #11640
The Jakarta Post, 1/24/2006 3:51:34 PM
JAKARTA (AP): Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a suspect who had ties to Noordin M. Top -- the Asia's most-wanted man -- and was providing authorities with information on the fugitive'swhereabouts.

Australia updates alert for Indonesia (25/01/2006) #11639
The Jakarta Post, 1/24/2006 1:38:46 PM
CANBERRA (Bloomberg): Australia updated its warning to its citizens visiting Indonesia, saying they shouldn't travel to the Central Sulawesi province because of the risk of violence and terrorism.

Enraged Papuans protest shooting (25/01/2006) #11637
The Jakarta Post, January 24, 2006
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura. Protesters stormed the Papua legislative council building Monday, demanding Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers be withdrawn from the province.

Two more declared suspects in Bali bombings (25/01/2006) #11636
The Jakarta Post, January 24, 2006
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta. Police have named two more suspects and arrested five other men in their ongoing investigation into the Oct. 1 Bali bombings, which killed 23 people.

A Miracle for Yulce (25/01/2006) #11634
Anchorage Daily News, January 22, 2006
By DEBRA McKINNEY. Carl Cady of Fairbanks was a long way from home. And even though he'd seen a lot and heard even more, he was feeling anxious. It was February 2004, and he was sitting in a split-bamboo hut on the island of Halmahera in the East Indonesian province of North Maluku.

Muslim, Christian refugees unite to demand houses (22/01/2006) #11632
The Jakarta Post, January 21, 2006
M. Azis Tunny, The Jakarta Post, Ambon. About 200 displaced Muslims and Christians rallied in front of the Maluku Legislative Council in Ambon on Friday, demanding the authorities build them adequate houses.

Noordin's followers admit role in robberies: Police (22/01/2006) #11630
The Jakarta Post, January 21, 2006
Blontank Poer, The Jakarta Post, Surakarta/Jakarta. At least two of the six men arrested recently for their alleged links with terror suspect Noordin M. Top, had taken part in armed robberies, the Central Java Police chief said Friday.

Security officers kill a protester in Papua (22/01/2006) #11629
The Jakarta Post, January 21, 2006
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura. Unidentified security officers opened fire on a group of protesters outside a police station in Paniai regency in restive Papua province on Friday, killing one person and injuring two others, a police spokesman said.

Security forces open fire on protesters in Papua, kill one (21/01/2006) #11627
The Jakarta Post, 1/20/2006 7:20:33 PM
JAKARTA (AP): Indonesian security forces opened fire on a group of protesters outside a police station in restive Papua province on Friday, killing one person and injuring two others, a police spokesman said.

Police arrest two militants (21/01/2006) #11626
The Jakarta Post, January 20, 2006
Suherdjoko, The Jakarta Post, Semarang. Antiterror police have arrested two more men alleged to have links with fugitive Malaysian terrorist Noordin M. Top, who has been accused of masterminding a series of deadly bombings in Indonesia.

Noordin's 'confidant' arrested in C. Java (21/01/2006) #11622
The Jakarta Post, January 19, 2006
The antiterror squad arrested Thursday a bus passenger in Boyolali, Central Java, believed to be another accomplice of most-wanted terrorist Noordin M. Top.

10 years demanded for terror suspect (21/01/2006) #11621
The Jakarta Post, January 19, 2006
AMBON, Maluku: Prosecutors demanded a 10-year jail sentence for terrorist suspect Nazarudin Mochtar in a trial at the Ambon District Court on Wednesday.

Maluku media rallies behind radio station (21/01/2006) #11620
The Jakarta Post, January 19, 2006
M. Azis Tunny, The Jakarta Post, Ambon. A media group in Maluku is calling on the local broadcasting authorities to support a radio station in its troubles with the Southeast Maluku regency administration.

Asia Gold Signs Agreement to Explore (21/01/2006) #11618
the Kaputusan Porphyry Copper-Gold Prospect Bacan Island, Maluku, Indonesia
Asia Gold Corp, Thursday January 19, 2006 4:29 pm ET
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 19, 2006) - Asia Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:ASG - News) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with PT Harita Multi Karya Mineral (HMKM), a member of the Harita Group of Indonesia, to set up a joint venture to explore and develop the Kaputusan porphyry copper-gold prospect on Bacan Island, Maluku, Indonesia. The Kaputusan prospect is within a 25,775-hectare KP (Kuasa Pertambangan) exploration lease granted to HMKM in January, 2005. The entire lease is within 15 kilometres of the ocean and the prospect is accessed by new logging roads.

Rice shortages in Ambon markets push up prices (21/01/2006) #11617
The Jakarta Post, January 18, 2006
M. Azis Tunny, The Jakarta Post, Ambon, Maluku. An acute rice shortage in Ambon's city markets over the last few days has pushed prices up to Rp 6,000 (about 60 U.S. cent) per kilogram, prompting the provincial commodity regulating agency to sell rice from its stocks at lower prices Tuesday.

Three Fateful Days In Timika (21/01/2006) #11615
Paras Indonesia, January, 17 2006 @ 11:33 pm
By: Hans Gebze. The following is the chronology around the arrest of the 12 men allegedly involved in the
August 2002 killing of two Americans and one Indonesian in the Freeport mine area Mile 62 63, Timika. The information was gathered from witnesses of the events as well as from the men captured.

Muluku Hopes To Export Fresh Fruit To US, China (21/01/2006) #11610
Asia Pulse, Tuesday January 17 2006, 10:47 AM
AMBON, Jan 17 Asia Pulse - A fresh fruits distributor in Maluku is exploring the possibility of selling fresh fruits yielded by this province to the United States and China in the fourth week of this month.

One more step to martial law (17/01/2006) #11608
Paras Indonesia, January, 17 2006 @ 04:45 pm
By: Lian Gogali. "How are they going to catch the perpetrators if the government sent in the henchmen themselves?" asked a number of residents in the two most dangerous towns in Indonesia at the moment, Palu and Poso. But the government insisted on sending in TNI troops and even formed the Poso Security Task Force,
followed by a Security Operation Command (KOOPSKAM).

Refugees and hospital staff in Maluku are (17/01/2006) #11604
the latest victims of corruption
AsiaNews, 16 January, 2006
Ambon (AsiaNews) Maluku refugees returning to their home villages are finding that the housing pledged by the government has not yet been built. To compound matter, local doctors are on strike. Both problems are symptomatic of a wider problem, that of graft and corruption. In fact according to the Transparency International 2005 report, Indonesia is among the top 20 most corrupt countries in the world.

Former Jihad members get lecture (16/01/2006) #11601
The Jakarta Post, January 16, 2006
M. Azis Tunny, The Jakarta Post, Ambon. Dressed in distinctive attire of turbans and white robes, hundreds of former members of Muslim hardline group Laskar Jihad filed into the Al-Fatah Grand Mosque here.

C. Sulawesi unrest hard to handle (16/01/2006) #11600
The Jakarta Post, January 16, 2006
The government has decided to establish the security operation command (koopskam) to resolve the terror attacks and violent acts in the Central Sulawesi towns of Palu and Poso. One main task of the command is to integrate the services of the police, the military and the intelligence officers. Chairman of the counterterrorism coordinating desk at the Office of the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Ansjaad Mbai talked about the circumstances surrounding the decision with The Jakarta Post's Tiarma Siboro and Duncan Wilson.

THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 501 (16/01/2006) #11596
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, January 15, 2006
CORRUPTION - The provinces of the Moluccas and North-Moluccas are no exception to the national disease of corruption which is slowly strangling Indonesia. In our reports we seldom mention cases of corruption, for the number of cases is too large and the dire routine practices are too frequent to take stock of them. Those cases that are exposed by the mass media and of which the perpetrators are brought to court are just the tip of the iceberg. However, to mention a few recent samples, reported by Liputan6.com:

Arrests in Papua ambush boon to US ties (16/01/2006) #11594
Asia Times, Jan 14, 2006
By Bill Guerin. JAKARTA - An event in the remote Indonesian province of Papua, thousands of kilometers from Washington, seems certain to result in a much stronger position for Jakarta within the already fast-improving relationship between the two countries.

FBI Said Involved in Arrest of 8 Indonesians (16/01/2006) #11593
washingtonpost.com, Saturday, January 14, 2006
By Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post Foreign Service. JAKARTA, Indonesia, Jan. 13 -- Eleven men and a teenager met with two FBI agents at a small hotel in the remote Indonesian province of Papua on Wednesday night, expecting, they said, to be flown to the United States.

Lawyer: Indon murder suspects lured on false promises (16/01/2006) #11592
Morning Star, 01-14-06 06:15 AM EST
JAKARTA (AP)--The men accused of killing two U.S. teachers in Indonesia agreed to meet FBI agents at a hotel in remote Papua province because they were told they were going to be sent to the United States for trial, one of their lawyers said Saturday.

Police nab four suspected terrorists in Central Java (15/01/2006) #11588
The Jakarta Post, January 15, 2006
Suherdjoko, The Jakarta Post, Semarang. The police antiterror squad, Detachment 88, has arrested four suspected terrorists on Friday; three in Semarang, another in Klaten, both in Central Java.

Suspects in Timika killing moved to Jakarta (15/01/2006) #11587
The Jakarta Post, January 15, 2006
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura. Eight men arrested in connection with the murder of two American teachers and their Indonesian colleague in Papua over three years ago have been flown to Jakarta for further questioning, Albert Rumbekwan, one of their lawyers, says.

Idul Adha marked by body piercing in Maluku village (14/01/2006) #11581
The Jakarta Post, January 14, 2006
M. Azis Tunny, The Jakarta Post, Tulehu, Central Maluku. On the 10th day of the Muslim month of Zulhijah, Muslims around the world commemorate Idul Adha, or the Day of Sacrifice, by saying prayers and sacrificing animals, with the meat given to the poor. In a village in Central Maluku, the day is marked by a unique and exotic ritual.

Terror suspect arrested in Malang (14/01/2006) #11580
The Jakarta Post, January 14, 2006
MALANG, East Java: Officers from the Malang Police arrested on Friday a man they suspect was recruited as a would-be suicide bomber by the terrorist network linked with Noordin M. Top and the deceased Azahari.

Familial kinship among Islamists (14/01/2006) #11579
The Jakarta Post, January 13, 2006
Noor Huda Ismail, London. Wearing a gray sarong and white T-shirt, Ahmad Rofiq Ridho, who is now on trial for surveying possible bombing targets, including a Christian school in East Java, recently told me his mother took his arrest calmly.

Leaders slam government plans to split Papua (12/01/2006) #11570
The Jakarta Post, January 12, 2006
Tiarma Siboro and Tony Hotland, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta. A government's plan to go ahead with an earlier administration's plan to split the province into five has met with strong opposition from Papuan leaders.

Indonesia Holds 12 in Deaths of Americans (12/01/2006) #11567
washingtonpost.com, Thursday, January 12, 2006; 12:40 AM
By CHRIS BRUMMITT, The Associated Press. JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Police arrested 12 suspects in the killings of two American schoolteachers in a 2002 ambush, including a man indicted by a U.S. grand jury over the slayings, officials said Thursday.

Indonesia detains 12 rebels over killing of US teachers (12/01/2006) #11566
The Jakarta Post, 1/12/2006 4:01:58 PM
JAKARTA (AFP): Police in Indonesia's Papua province said Thursday they had arrested 12 separatist rebels as suspects in the killing of two US teachers and an Indonesian colleague more than three years ago.

More Troops Not The Solution To Sulawesi Unrest (12/01/2006) #11565
Paras Indonesia, January, 12 2006 @ 05:05 am
By: Roy Tupai. The government has ignored calls for an independent inquiry into ongoing violence and terror attacks in Central Sulawesi and instead decided to form a new security command in the province. The result so far? An exchange of fire between rival military police and officers, a small explosion near a church and a fire at local government buildings.

Indonesia blamed for deaths (12/01/2006) #11563
Ireland On-line, 11/01/2006 - 15:30:23
East Timor's prime minister blamed Indonesia for the death of three suspected militiamen, saying it should have better control over its citizens along the border.

East Timor defends shooting deaths of three Indonesians (12/01/2006) #11561
The Jakarta Post, 1/11/2006 7:14:30 PM
DILI (AFP): East Timor Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said Wednesday that his country's police force had acted in self defense when they shot dead three former pro-Jakarta militiamen near the border.

Indonesian court rejects appeals by embassy bombers (12/01/2006) #11560
The Jakarta Post, 1/11/2006 6:07:23 PM
JAKARTA (AP): An Indonesian appeals court has upheld the death sentences of two militants in the 2004 suicide bombing at the Australian Embassy, a lawyer for the men said Wednesday.

Islamic militant goes on trial on terrorism charges (12/01/2006) #11559
The Jakarta Post, 1/11/2006 5:23:27 PM
JAKARTA (AFP): An Indonesian Islamic militant went on trial Wednesday on charges of helping fund terrorist operations.

Police, military clash in Poso (12/01/2006) #11558
The Jakarta Post, January 11, 2006
Ruslan Sangadji, The Jakarta Post, Palu. Already shaken by religious violence and terrorist attacks, residents of Poso regency in Central Sulawesi were forced to take cover late on Monday when rival police and military units became involved in an armed clash.

Blast causes panic in Poso (12/01/2006) #11557
The Jakarta Post, January 11, 2006
Ruslan Sangaji, The Jakarta Post, Palu. An explosion occurred near a church in the religiously divided town of Poso, Central Sulawesi, hours before Muslims observed Idul Adha, but there were no casualties, police said on Tuesday.

A religious conflict tamed (11/01/2006) #11556
The Christian Science Monitor, January 11, 2006
By Eric Unmacht | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor. PALU, INDONESIA - Despite a flurry of warnings about possible violence over the holidays, residents in this capital of Central Sulawesi Province, thought the bomb blast that ripped through a nearby pork-selling market on New Year's Eve was an earthquake.

"Asking the Right Questions to Fight Terror" (10/01/2006) #11546
Sidney Jones in The Jakarta Post
The International Crisis Group (ICG), 09 January 2006
2005 brought a sobering reminder of the lethal power of terrorism:
* 6 Indonesians shot as they slept in Ceram, Maluku on May 16;
* 22 Indonesians killed by a bomb in a crowded Saturday morning market in Tentena, Central Sulawesi on May 28;
* 14 Indonesians and 6 foreigners killed by suicide bombers in Bali on 1 October.

Man released after questioning (09/01/2006) #11538
The Jakarta Post, January 09, 2006
PALU, Central Sulawesi: Police released one Mulyono alias Mul on Saturday after no evidence was found that he was involved in a bomb blast at a Christian market in Palu last week that killed seven people. Mulyono had been detained since Dec. 31 after a report from locals that he was at the bomb scene a few hours before the powerful blast went off on Dec. 31.

Ex-militiamen rally against killing of comrades... (09/01/2006) #11537
The Jakarta Post, 1/9/2006 3:46:47 PM
ATAMBUA, East Nusa Tenggara (AFP): Around 1,500 protesters burned pictures of East Timorese President Xanana Gusmao on Monday following the killing of three former pro-Jakarta militiamen by East Timor police near the border with Indonesia.

Another Islamic militant goes on trial on terrorism charges (09/01/2006) #11536
The Jakarta Post, 1/9/2006 3:46:47 PM
JAKARTA (AFP): An Indonesian Islamic militant went on trial Monday on charges of smuggling firearms for terrorist operations, including some weapons which went to top terror suspect Noordin Mohammad Top.

Police release suspect held for Palu market blast (08/01/2006) #11534
The Jakarta Post, 1/8/2006 1:07:02 PM
JAKARTA 8 (AFP): Indonesian police said Sunday they had released one suspect detained over a New Year's Eve bombing in restive Central Sulawesi province that killed seven people, but were still questioning a second man.

Ex-militiamen killed on Indonesian border (08/01/2006) #11533
ABC AUSTRALIA, Saturday, January 7, 2006. 10:42pm (AEDT)
East Timorese police have shot dead three former pro-Indonesian militiamen at the border with Indonesia, the military and a witness says.

Poso Police upgraded amid rampant terror (07/01/2006) #11526
The Jakarta Post, January 07, 2006
Ruslan Sangadji, The Jakarta Post/Palu. After a series of terror attacks that have rocked Poso regency, the National Police plan to upgrade the Poso police precinct to the Poso Special Police Precinct.

Terror must be 'overcome by non-violence' (07/01/2006) #11521
The Jakarta Post, January 07, 2006
Hera Diani, The Jakarta Post/Jakarta. Indonesia must be very cautious in the fight against terrorism, otherwise its efforts could be counterproductive and create more problems, George Soros, on a visit to Indonesia, told a news conference here on Friday.

Bishop calls for amnesty for militia (07/01/2006) #11520
The Jakarta Post, January 07, 2006
KUPANG, East Nusa Tenggara: Atambua Bishop Anton Pain Ratu has called on the Timor Leste government to grant amnesty to former pro-Jakarta militia as part of efforts to end refugee problems in West Timor, East Nusa Tenggara province.

Symposium: Indonesian Jihad (07/01/2006) #11515
FrontPageMagazine.com, January 2, 2006
By Jamie Glazov
Because of the ambivalence of government, Jama'ah Islamiah has greater capability to run bigger attacks with their new approaches on every level of operation. Security forces have found that some radical groups like Laskar Mujahidin, KOMPAK Solo and Laskar Jundullah have played a role in bringing Jama'ah Islamiah influence in local regions of Maluku and Poso to fight against infidels (Christians) for more than three years. Government with anti-terror laws can ban these groups.

Talking to Jihadis (07/01/2006) #11514
Spiegel, January 5, 2006
By Michael Scott Moore
The message was war: Sulawesi is half-Christian, but jihadis there think the island should be sanitized for Islam. The idea is to win a limited war for shariah law in an area where radicals think they can set up an Islamic government. Scattered "secure areas" for shariah have existed in other countries, like the Philippines. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front built base camps there in the early '90s, for example, and within a few years a network of Muslim villages on Mindanao Island answered to "the Bangsamoro Islamic government" instead of Manila.

Palu violence hurts RI's image (07/01/2006) #11512
The Jakarta Post, January 06, 2006
Aleksius Jemadu, Bandung. Each time terrorists kill innocent people in markets, churches, cafes or hotels they dehumanize their own existence to the level of social outcasts. Whatever justification they might have in the Palu bombing on Dec. 31, 2005, is beyond the grasp of human conscience. The taking of other people's lives through merciless killing like this clearly indicates the spiritual poverty of the perpetrators even when measured by the most atheistic standards.

Human right issues remain challenge to RI diplomacy (07/01/2006) #11511
ANTARA, Jan 06 2006 13:41
New York (ANTARA News) - Issues related with human rights enforcement in Indonesia will remain a challenge to its diplomacy in the United Nations this y! ear, Indonesia`s envoy accreited to the world organization said here.

Three alleged pro-Indonesia militiamen (06/01/2006) #11510
shot dead in clash near border
The Jakarta Post, 1/6/2006 7:33:03 PM
DILI, East Timor (AP): Three pro-Indonesia militiamen were fatally shot Friday as they tried to infiltrate into East Timor, a senior police official said.

Terror expert says JI split into bombing faction (06/01/2006) #11504
The Star Online, Thursday January 5, 2006
SINGAPORE (AP) - Terror group Jemaah Islamiyah is divided between a few dozen militants involved in bombings and a larger "mainstream'' of up to 1,000 people who pose a long-term threat to Indonesia as their leaders try to regroup, an expert said Thursday.

Conflict resolution in Papua (06/01/2006) #11503
The Jakarta Post, January 05, 2006
Jaap Timmer, Jakarta. As an anthropologist dedicating much research to Papua, I follow developments in the region closely. Encounters with critically informed people and careful reading of public sources highlight to me an ongoing paradox in the way Papua and Jakarta approach each other.

Man questioned over market bombing (06/01/2006) #11499
ABC AUSTRALIA, Wednesday, January 4, 2006. 10:11am (AEDT)
By foreign affairs editor Peter Cave. Police in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province say a bomb that killed seven people and injured 54 in a pork butchery on New Year's Eve was made from a mortar round and ball bearings.

Militants stand trial on terror charges (06/01/2006) #11498
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 4, 2006 - 10:05PM
Four Indonesian militants went on trial in a Jakarta court on Wednesday, accused of assisting a senior operative of Jemaah Islamiah, a group seen as the South-East Asia arm of al-Qaeda.

Indonesia tense after 6 die in blast (06/01/2006) #11497
The Age, January 3, 2006
By Tom McCawley, Jakarta. A BOMB attack on a Christian marketplace in a strife-torn Indonesian province killed six and wounded 45 on New Year's Eve, highlighting the security challenges facing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Five militants on trial in Indonesia (06/01/2006) #11496
The Age, January 2, 2006 - 7:14PM
Five Indonesian militants went on trial in Jakarta on Monday, accused of hiding fugitive terrorist leader Noordin Top after a 2004 car bombing outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta that killed 10 people.

Terror expert says JI split into bombing faction (05/01/2006) #11495
and 'mainstream' group
The Jakarta Post, 1/5/2006 6:32:18 PM
SINGAPORE (AP): Terror group Jamaah Islamiyah is divided between a few dozen militants involved in bombings and a larger "mainstream" of up to 1,000 people who pose a long-term threat to Indonesia as their leaders try to regroup, an expert said Thursday.

New Poso command draws opposition (05/01/2006) #11492
The Jakarta Post, January 05, 2006
Tiarma Siboro and Muninggar Sri Saraswati, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta. The government's decision to establish a Security Operation Command (koopskam) to investigate and curb the violence in Palu and Poso has sparked strong reactions from local non-governmental organizations.

Does war on terror benefits the military, or the nation? (05/01/2006) #11491
The Jakarta Post, January 05, 2006
Tiarma Siboro, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta. Despite the precious little progress the Indonesian Military (TNI) has achieved in the area of internal reform, it has does have something to be proud this year: the lifting of the arms embargo by the United States.

New team formed to combat central Sulawesi conflict (05/01/2006) #11490
Paras Indonesia, 01, 05 2006 @ 03:11 am
The government is forming a special counter-terrorism team that will seek to halt carnage in Central Sulawesi province, where a bomb blast at a Christian market killed seven people on New Year's Eve.

Indonesia sets up team to tackle central Sulawesi violence (05/01/2006) #11489
The Jakarta Post, 1/4/2006 6:22:00 PM
JAKARTA (Reuters): Indonesia has set up a special counter-terrorism team to try to halt bloodshed in the country's east after a bomb attack on a Christian market which killed seven people, a senior minister said on Wednesday.

Bomb Rips Christian Market in Palu on New Year's Day (05/01/2006) #11484
Jubilee Campaign, January 4, 2006
Efforts to hold onto peace in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, were again battered New Year's Day in yet another in a series of unexplained bombings and shootings targeting the Christian community. With eight dead and 54 injured, the Christian community started the new year in anguish and mourning. Christians in Palu, the capitol of Central Sulawesi, face yet another challenge to their faith and to their trust in the Indonesian government's promises to protect them. To date, the government has made no progress whatsoever in locating, arresting or bringing to justice the perpetrators of the relentless bombings and killings of the Christian community carried out in 2005.

Bomb suspects face nine years in jail (04/01/2006) #11480
The Jakarta Post, January 04, 2006
YOGYAKARTA: Prosecutors requested on Tuesday that a court here sentence three men to nine years on charges of a bombing outside the Yogyakarta office of Bank Indonesia on New Year's Eve in 2000.

More bomb victims moved to Makassar for better care (04/01/2006) #11479
The Jakarta Post, January 04, 2006
Andi Hajramurni, The Jakarta Post, Makassar. More victims of last weekend's bomb attack on a market in Palu, Central Sulawesi, have been referred to a better-equipped hospital in Makassar, South Sulawesi, as police continue trying to uncover the role of key Malaysian terror suspect Noordin M. Top in the incident.

Independent inquiry sought over pork market blast (04/01/2006) #11478
Paras Indonesia, January, 04 2006 @ 05:23 am
Roy Tupai. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is under increasing pressure to launch an independent inquiry into ongoing violence in Central Sulawesi province due to concerns that members of the security and intelligence forces may be part of the problem.

Change strategy in dealing with Palu blast (04/01/2006) #11477
ANTARA, Jan 04 2006 01:08
Surabaya (ANTARA News)- General Chairman of the Muhammadiyah, the second largest Islamic organization in Indonesia, Prof Dr HM Din Syamsuddin has suggested the government to change its strategy and approach in responding to bombing cases like the blast in a pork market in Palu which killed seven people and injured 54 others.

Palu bombing related to Noordin M Top terror network (04/01/2006) #11474
ANTARA, Jan 03 2006 16:17
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Last Saturday`s bombing incident near a meat kiosk n Palu, Central Sulawesi, is linked to the terrorist group led by Noordin M Top, a security official said here Tuesday.

Still no suspects in Palu bombing (04/01/2006) #11471
Paras Indonesia, 01, 04 2006 @ 05:25 am
Posted by: Roy Tupai. Police say they still have no suspects in the December 31 bombing that killed seven people at a Christian market in Palu, Central Sulawesi, although they are continuing to intensively question a man detained on the day of the blast.

Muslim countries' trade ties with Israel (04/01/2006) #11470
The Jakarta Post, January 04, 2006
Emanuel Shahaf, Jerusalem. Ever since Israel signed the Oslo agreements with the Palestinians 1993, most Muslim countries have overcome their traditional reluctance to trade with Israel despite the ongoing conflict. It stands to reason that to no small degree, the commercial relations that have been established contribute to improving relations between Israel and the Muslim world and thus will also help, in the final analysis, resolve the issue of Palestine.

Palu bomb used mortar round, ball bearings: Police (03/01/2006) #11464
The Jakarta Post, 1/3/2006 5:13:41 PM
JAKARTA (AFP): The bomb detonated at a market in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on Dec. 31 morning that killed seven people was packed with the head of a mortar round and ball bearings, police said Tuesday.

Dozens questioned over Palu market bombing (03/01/2006) #11463
The Jakarta Post, January 03, 2006
Ruslan Sangadji, The Jakarta Post, Palu. Police continued questioning dozens of local residents on Monday to unravel Saturday's bombing of a pork stall at a market in Palu, Central Sulawesi, but no one has yet been declared a suspect.

Fact-finding team 'needed to unravel Palu violence (03/01/2006) #11462
The Jakarta Post, January 03, 2006
Tiarma Siboro and Ruslan Sangadji, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta/Palu. Local leaders, human rights groups and Regional Representative Council (DPD) members joined forces on Monday in demanding an immediate withdrawal of non-local military and police personnel from Central Sulawesi.

Palu Blasts Into Year 2006 (03/01/2006) #11457
Paras Indonesia, January, 01 2006 @ 01:20 am
Enrico Aditjondro. Somebody seems to want to end the year 2005 with a blast (or more), literally. While Christmas celebrations were free from any serious incident, three Indonesian cities were terrorized as people prepare for New Year's Eve.

Squad removes bag suspected containing bomb in Ambon (03/01/2006) #11450
ANTARA, Jan 02 2006 18:49
Ambon, Maluku (ANTARA News) - A bomb dispo! sal squad of the Maluku Police removed a bag suspected of containing a bomb found in front of Ligina Future coffee shop at Jl.A.M.Sangadji, here at noon on Monday.

People exchange greetings to mark new year in Ambon (03/01/2006) #11449
Harian Berita Sore, Senin, 02 Januari 2006
Ambon ( Berita ) : Residents in Ambon city and its surroundings, Maluku province, have exchanged greetings in public places and visited one another to mark New Year.

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