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INDONESIA: Vice president a possible presidential contender (28/06/02) #3475
ABC AUSTRALIA, 27/06/2002 20:38:53
Indonesia's Vice-President Hamzah Haz has won the backing of a powerful group from
his United Development Party for a possible presidential challenge in 2004. All 38
branches of the PPP's largest provincial chapter of East Java have agreed to push for
Haz's nomination as presidential candidate. The vice president shocked
Indonesia-watchers earlier this year, when he met with a Muslim cleric linked by
Singapore to regional terrorism.
Dominos in Southeast Asia (28/06/02) #3474
The Washington Times, June 27, 2002
Ximena Ortiz BANGKOK, Thailand. -- Just when you'd relegated firebrand ideology in
Southeast Asia to the secure corridors of history's libraries, a belief system of
domino-toppling potential is sweeping the waterways, jungles and cities of Southeast
Asia. More than two decades after the end of the Vietnam War, a familiar question
has once again become lamentably pertinent: Are we losing Southeast Asia?
Not a Ticking Time Bomb (27/06/02) #3473
NEWSWEEK, July 1, 2002 Issue
By Harold Crouch NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONAL The fundamental threat to
Indonesia's future does not come from radical Islam but from the government's inability
to uphold law and order
Armed militia group trains outside Jakarta (27/06/02) #3472
The Straits Times, Thu, June 27, 2002
JAKARTA - An armed Indonesian civilian group had held military training exercises
outside Jakarta, the country's top security minister said yesterday.
Indonesia: Megawati Decision Shows Growing Ties to Military (27/06/02) #3471
STRATFOR.com, Strategic Forecasting, June 26, 2002
Jakarta-based members of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic
Struggle Party (PDI-P) protested outside the City Council building after party officials
announced June 25 that the president will support Jakarta's incumbent governor,
Sutiyoso, for re-election. Local PDI-P chapters rejected Sutiyoso's bid, as they
believe the former military commander was responsible for a July 1996 police raid on
their headquarters that triggered widespread riots in the capital.
Maluku probe team told to listen to the people (27/06/02) #3468
The Jakarta Post, June 27, 2002
Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta A non-governmental group working
to find a comprehensive solution to religious conflicts in Ambon urged the
government-sanctioned investigative team to listen to people's aspirations if it wanted
Soldier faces five years in jail (27/06/02) #3466
The Jakarta Post, June 27, 2002
AMBON, Maluku: Army Chief Pvt. Hanafi from the Pattimura Regional Military
Command is facing five years in prison and dismissal from active military service for
allegedly being involved in a bombing incident.
Ten Indonesian soldiers to face court martials (27/06/02) #3462
ABC AUSTRALIA, 26/06/2002 02:59:46
Two Indonesian army officers and eight privates will face court martials for the
abduction of eight civilians and the murder of six of them in the riot-hit district of Poso
in Central Sulawesi last year.
FPI ransacks tourist area of Jl. Jaksa (27/06/02) #3461
The Jakarta Post, 6/26/2002 3:17:47 PM
JAKARTA (JP): After rejecting incumbent governor Sutiyoso's nomination as governor
for a second term, about 150 members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) ransacked
low-budget tourist area Jl. Jaksa in Central Jakarta.
N. Maluku to elect governor in July (26/06/02) #3460
The Jakarta Post, June 26, 2002
JAKARTA: Acting North Maluku Governor Sinyo Harry Sarundayang revealed on
Tuesday that the province's gubernatorial election would be held in July.
All eyes on rise of young Islamic party (26/06/02) #3457
atimes.com, June 25, 2002
By Prangtip Daorueng JAKARTA - Indonesia sees itself as a politically secular
country, but the emergence of a young political party with Islamic credentials and a
good amount of young, well-educated supporters is being closely watched by many.
A boost for the career of Indonesia's "LJ-supported" VP (26/06/02) #3456
ABC AUSTRALIA, 25/06/2002 17:31:22
Indonesia's Vice-president, Hamzah Haz, has won the backing of a powerful group
from his Islamic party for a possible presidential challenge in 2004.
Battle of the Greens (26/06/02) #3455
NEWSWEEK, July 1, 2002 Issue
By Melinda Liu and Joe Cochrane NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONAL The military and
radical Muslims square off once again in Indonesia, in a confrontation with far-reaching
consequences for the worldwide struggle against Islamic extremism
Inaction on Maluku violence 'reigniting separatist cause' (25/06/02) #3454
The Straits Times, Monday, June 24, 2002
By Marianne Kearney STRAITS TIMES INDONESIA BUREAU Independence
movements are emerging as Jakarta fails to crack down on religious militants
Two explosions rock Ambon over weekend (24/06/02) #3452
The Jakarta Post, June 24, 2002
The Jakarta Post, Ambon Two bombs exploded in separate locations in the city of
Ambon on Saturday, shaking the fragile peace in the troubled Maluku province.
THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS – Report No. 296 (24/06/02) #3451
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, June 23, 2002
GRADUAL CHANGE FOR THE BETTER – As a whole, there is an undeniable
tendency towards an improving mutual trust among the erstwhile mutually opposing
common people in Ambon. The road through the Galunggung area to the east of the
city is more and more frequently used by the Christians; and the Muslim residents of
Tulehu are not afraid any more to pass through the large Christian village of Passo.
Also the Pohon Mangga area (a Muslim enclave to the West of the city of Ambon) is
open now to all traffic, except to the "ojek"-s (motorbike taxis), since some of these
are regarded as unruly and apt to cause trouble.
Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 81 (24/06/02) #3450
14 - 21 June 2002
MALUKU * Mercy Corps found during its assessment in South Buru (4-18 June) that
105 displaced families have returned to Wamkana Village. The families fled to the
mountainous areas around their village and could not return earlier because their
houses were burned down. It was reported that the government planned to build 100
houses for the returnees and had already given aid in the form of building materials.
Mercy Corps reported that there is an urgent need for a school. In Kase Village, 75
displaced families had also returned from surrounding mountainous areas. Returnees
said that the government is planning to rebuild 50 houses and rehabilitate 15 others.
NORTH MALUKU * A local NGO, Lembaga Mitra Lingkungan (LML), with USAID-OTI
assistance, organised a dialogue on IDPs and returnees in Ternate from 18 to 21
June. Government officials from North Maluku, North Sulawesi, international and local
NGOs, and IDP camp coordinators attended the 3-day sessions and discussed
problems of returnees and IDPs. The organiser will submit the recommendations to
both local governments. LML also invited over 20 journalists from Jakarta, Manado and
local media to meet with the participants at the end of the dialogue. The media
representatives accompanied by local NGOs and IDP camp coordinators will visit IDP
camps in North Maluku and North Sulawesi and meet returnees and local
communities in North Maluku over the next few days.
U.S. Tries to Win Over Angry Indonesian Muslims (24/06/02) #3448
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Saturday, June 22, 2002
By JANE PERLEZ. GUNUNG TEMBAK, Indonesia — On the edge of the rich rain
forests and gold mines here in the world's most populous Muslim country, students at
an Islamic boarding school learn to abhor the United States.
A Tale of Two Madrassas (24/06/02) #3447
Far Eastern Economic Review, Issue cover-dated June 27, 2002
By Michael Vatikiotis/JOGJAKARTA and NAKHON SI THAMMARAT. IT COULD BE a
village anywhere in Central Java. Two small girls in colourful dresses play noisily on a
verandah. A mother nurses her child. Scrawny chickens scratch the bare earth. Then
a woman clad from head to toe in black wanders by wearing gloves. A group of young
boys, all wearing white robes and caps, appears at a street corner on the way back
3 killed in communal violence in Indonesia's Sulawesi island (24/06/02) #3444
ABC AUSTRALIA, 20/06/2002 20:16:23
Indonesian police say three people have been killed and 125 homes destroyed in
communal fighting in South Sulawesi province.
Indonesia's military chief concedes deserters fought in (20/06/02) #3441
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Wednesday June 19, 2002 4:57 AM ET
By SLOBODAN LEKIC, Associated Press Writer JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's
new military chief acknowledged on Wednesday that army deserters were responsible
for some of the bloodshed in the religious conflict in Maluku province, but said he
understood why they did it.
Communal Conflict Not Caused By Religions, Scholars Say (20/06/02) #3439
ANTARA, Tuesday, June 18, 2002 9:50:01 AM
Jakarta - Two Moslem scholars believed that religions do not lead to communal
conflicts, but the conflicts may originate from political, economic and social problems.
Deserters blamed for Maluku strife (19/06/02) #3438
The Jakarta Post, June 19, 2002
Tiarma Siboro and Oktovianus Pinontoan, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta/Ambon
Pattimura (Maluku) military commander and chief of Security Restoration Operations
Maj. Gen. Djoko Santoso has blamed the prolonged conflict in the Maluku city of
Ambon on military deserters.
Poso returns to normal despite recent incidents (19/06/02) #3437
The Jakarta Post, June 19, 2002
Jupriadi, The Jakarta Post, Poso, Central Sulawesi Six months after the signing of
the Malino peace deal the situation in the Central Sulawesi town of Poso is returning
to normal, despite the recent series of incidents that have claimed dozens of lives.
Truth, and reconciliation (19/06/02) #3429
The Jakarta Post, June 18, 2002
Skepticism greeted President Megawati Soekarnoputri's decision to establish a new
commission to thoroughly investigate the communal conflict in Maluku, which has
claimed more than 6,000 lives and displaced tens of thousands of people since it
erupted in January 1999.
Indonesian militants not a big deal, say lawmakers (19/06/02) #3428
The Straits Times, Tuesday, June 18, 2002
By Shefali Rekhi TWO visiting Indonesian lawmakers dismissed the problem of
militancy and terrorism in their country as 'not a big deal' yesterday.
Explosion damages five houses in Klender (18/06/02) #3425
The Jakarta Post, 6/17/2002 11:44:24 PM
JAKARTA (JP): A strong blast damaged five houses in a densely populated Kampung
Bulak area in Klender, East Jakarta, late on Monday, report said.
US warns us citizens in Indon to be wary following (18/06/02) #3424
ABC AUSTRALIA, 14/06/2002 06:02:55
The United States has cautioned US citizens in Indonesia to be wary of unattended
parcels after a weekend bomb blast outside a Jakarta disco and the discovery of two
other explosive devices near nightclubs.
Maluku team limited to recommendations (18/06/02) #3423
The Jakarta Post, June 18, 2002
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta The Maluku investigation team's mission is unlikely to
fulfill people's sense of justice as their authority has been limited to providing
recommendations to put an end to the conflict.
THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS – Report No. 295 (17/06/02) #3415
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, June 15, 2002
STERN STATEMENTS BY VICE-PRESIDENT – During his recent visit to Ambon,
Vice-President Hamzah Haz – when overseeing the weapons handover by Muslim
militants – stated that any sounds of explosives or gunfire that from now on will be
heard, are to be considered to originate from the RMS. The military chief commander
then must immediately arrest these evildoers. No wonder this remark evoked
astonishment among the christians (that are usually – but unduly – identified with
Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 80 (17/06/02) #3414
07 - 14 June 2002
MALUKU * Vice President Hamzah Haz visited Ambon on Tuesday (11 June) to talk
with the local government and communities in Ambon about the conflict in Maluku.
Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fishery Rokhim Dhahuri, Minister of Settlement and
Regional Infrastructure Sunarno, Minister of Health Achmad Sujudi, Minister of Social
Welfare Bachtiar Chamsyah, Minister of Religious Affairs Syaid Agil Siradj, Minister of
Cooperative and SME Alimarwan Hanan, TNI Military Commander Endriartono
Sutarto, and National Police Chief Da'i Bachtiar, accompanied the Vice President. He
visited Soya Village that was attacked on 28 April and handed over funds for the
rehabilitation of an old village church that was burned down during the attack. Haz
also visited the Kebun Cengkeh Area, publicly known as a Laskar Jihad base, to visit
the humanitarian posts of Laskar Jihad.
NORTH MALUKU * A team of 22 local government officials from North Sulawesi
visited Ternate 12-14 June to discuss the return and rehabilitation of 5,000 IDPs from
North Sulawesi to North Maluku in the next 6 months.
Give Maluku team time to prove itself: "LJ-supported" VP (17/06/02) #3413
The Jakarta Post, June 17, 2002
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Responding to public skepticism over the credibility of an
investigation team for Maluku, Vice President Hamzah Haz said Sunday the team
should be given time to prove itself.
Tentena still tense after bus bombing (17/06/02) #3410
The Jakarta Post, June 17, 2002
Jupriadi, The Jakarta Post, Poso, Central Sulawesi Tension remained prevalent in
the predominantly-Christian town of Tentena over the weekend following a series of
violent incidents which have claimed the lives of local residents.
Maluku Police vow good cooperation with military (17/06/02) #3409
The Jakarta Post, June 16, 2002
JAKARTA (JP): Maluku Police chief Brig. Gen. Soenarko Danu Ardianto vowed on
Saturday to run a good coordination with the military authorities in handling Maluku
conflicts, report said.
Rights activists slam team to probe Maluku conflict (17/06/02) #3408
The Jakarta Post, June 15, 2002
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta/Ambon Skepticism loomed on Friday over the neutrality
and capability of the newly established team to investigate human rights abuses in
Maluku because it is run by the government, human rights activists said on Friday.
With One Of Indonesia's Most Violent Islamists Under Arrest, (17/06/02) #3405
What Can Christians Expect Next?
Jubilee Campaign USA, June 14, 2002
On June 5, 2002, a pre-set bomb exploded on a bus carrying about 45 Christians as it
traveled from the Central Sulawesi capitol of Palu via a highway through Poso to the
Christian area of Tentena. Four were killed, including a Pentecostal pastor who had
been sent from Palu to assist a mission agency in rebuilding homes in the Poso
region. 17 others were injured in the attack. The bomb had been planted in the rear of
the bus. A second bomb planted under a seat near the front, failed to detonate.
INDONESIA: Rival gangs behind the weekend bomb blast (17/06/02) #3403
ABC AUSTRALIA, 14/6/2002
Indonesian police have brought in some twenty people for questioning, in relation to
last weekend's bomb blast outside a Jakarta discotheque, which injured five people.
Following an earlier warning for Jakarta's business community to be vigilant against
more bomb threats, it's now thought that the violence is the result of criminal rivalry in
the seedier sections of Jakarta's entertainment district.
Indonesia's generals go to war on a shoestring (17/06/02) #3397
atimes.com, June 15, 2002
By Bill Guerin JAKARTA - The Indonesian army is once again at the forefront. Last
week saw the rise of an army general to head the military, which has been under a
navy officer for three years, a clear illustration of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's
increasingly close links to the generals.