Tuesday, December 26, 2006



Israel launches website in Indonesia

Pollycarpus Priyanto, a 45-year-old pilot, was originally sentenced to 14 years on charges of putting arsenic in Munir's food while the human rights campaigner was on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam two years ago.The Supreme Court quashed the conviction in October citing a lack of evidence, but upheld Priyanto's two-year sentence for falsifying flight documents. Indonesia traditionally cuts prison terms for some inmates on national holidays, and the justice ministry said Tuesday the pilot was one of more than 6,000 non-Muslim convicts to benefit on Christmas.His one-month reduction made him eligible for release and he left Cipinang prison in the capital, Jakarta, on Monday.Activists slammed the decision, saying it showed that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's government was not serious about finding justice for Munir.
Indonesia Frees Activist Murder Suspect

Munir Said Thalib - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Economic Hit Men



"His primary job was to convince Less Developed Countries (LDCs) around the world to accept multibillion dollar loans for infrastructure projects and to see to it that most of this money ended up at MAIN, Bechtel, Halliburton, Brown and Root, and other U.S. engineering/construction companies. The loans left the recipient countries wallowing in debt and highly vulnerable to outside political and commercial interests."

Economic Hit Men John Perkins

"Moslem Indonesia has a sex scandal, due to a widely circulating video of one of the country's most powerful politicians in a hotel room with a popular singer. Mr Zaini is the head of the religious affairs committee for the Golkar political party.The singer, Maria Eva, has admitted making the film."
Lawmaker summoned to explain sex tape
INDONESIA: Top Golkar official quits over sex video http://www.bartele.com/Dec07nl2006.htm
Maria Eva - Indonesia Matters

"Indonesia is to reactivate its grass-roots domestic spy network . Critics see this as a return to the oppressive polices of the Suharto era. Indonesia is run by a former Suharto General, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Key positions in government are held by members of the American-trained military."

25,000 families still homeless in tsunami-ravaged Aceh: Oxfam

"After being released very early from jail, a judges' panel at the South Jakarta District Court decided that PT Timor Putra Nasional (the car factory owned by Tommy Suharto) is the legal owner of a bank account worth almost Rp1.3 trillion." victory walks hand in hand with Tommy

The feudal system:
World's richest 1% own 40% of wealth, UN report finds·
First ever study of global household assets·
50% of world's adults own just 1% of the wealth.

Friday, December 01, 2006

"China's growing appetite for natural resources and Indonesia's position as Asia's resource-richest country are pulling the longtime regional adversaries together in a mutually beneficial commercial embrace." a symbiotic new relationship

Mud disaster. "Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said Lapindo has to pay compensation above normal prices to the people." Lapindo is a unit of PT Energi Mega Persada, partly owned by the Bakrie Group, which is controlled by the family of Indonesia's chief social welfare minister Aburizal Bakrie. controversy 'no one will cover the costs'