Saturday, September 01, 2007

Indonesia Raya



"Four Americans, including a Marine working at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, have been arrested for allegedly assaulting workers at an Indonesian swimsuit factory, police and an embassy official said Saturday... The incident appeared to have resulted from a dispute between U.S. company Manhattan Beachwear LLC and the Indonesian garment producer, to which it rented manufacturing equipment, news reports said." - US Embassy employee among 4 Americans detained in Indonesia on ...

"Jakarta's tepid response to the mudflow highlights the cronyism and collusion that still define Indonesian politics. The company blamed for the disaster, Lapindo Brantas, is a subsidiary of the business conglomerate of billionaire Aburizal Bakrie, a Golkar parliamentarian and major contributor to Yudhoyono's presidential campaign. In a mockery of the misery afflicted on the people of Sidoarjo, Bakrie continues to serve as the country's Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare... Yet the tireless efforts of Finance Minister Sri Mulyani and the anti-corruption commission created by Yudhoyono give hope that even this hurdle can be overcome. 'For the first time ever we have two active governors and ex-ministers in jail,' explains deputy commission chair Erry Riyana. 'And the anti-corruption spirit is spreading.'" - What's holding Indonesia back

Indonesia has made some progress toward religious freedom .... One step forward …

Reforming Indonesia’s security forces in a neo-conservative world order ...Security reform

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