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Poso Bombings

Saturday, December 31st, 2005, by . No Comments

A bomb in Palu, Sulawesi.


Terrorist Jewelry Shop Robbery

Friday, December 30th, 2005, by . 1 Comment

Indonesian police have stated that Malaysian terrorist Noordin Mohammad Top, long active in Indonesia, was responsible for a fatal jewelry store robbery in Yogyakarta province earlier this month, December, 2005.

Noordin Mohammad Top


Radicalism and National Security

Friday, December 30th, 2005, by . No Comments

A speech by an Indonesian police chief on radicalism and national security.


Bomb Threats in West Timor

Thursday, December 29th, 2005, by . 1 Comment

Sms text messages sent to a radio station in Kupang, capital of East Nusa Tenggara province, in West Timor, threatened to bomb thirty-one churches in the city on New Year’s Eve.

The message was sent to the Suara Timor (Voice of Timor) station by a person claiming to be a leader of the Jamaah Islamiyah terrorist network. An official at the station, Silvester Sega, immediately reported the threat to the police.


Muslim Radicalism in 2005

Thursday, December 29th, 2005, by . 3 Comments

The Indonesian state and political system is a peculiar compromise between secularism and Islamism. The two are often in conflict, naturally, and it is often not clear which one has the upper hand at any particular time. While attempts by Islamist political parties to enforce sharia law consistently fail to win support at the national level, other, more localised forms of Islamism, or creeping Islamicisation as we like to call it, have gained ground in 2005.


Indonesian Democracy and Islam

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005, by . 6 Comments

According to the Freedom House annual report on democracy in the world there exists one democracy in the middle east. Despite the regular attacks and hatred that this lonely democracy in a sea of Muslim terror and repression attracts from many in the West Israel remains the only bright spot on an otherwise darkly painted canvas.


Sandhya Jain

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005, by . 5 Comments

Indian Hindus often seem to prostrate themselves before Islam and find common cause with Muslims in their dislike of the West, one such of these being the Hindu columnist Sandhya Jain.


Javanese Christmas Picture

Monday, December 26th, 2005, by . 6 Comments

A picture of a Christmas service in Java.


Christmas Eve in Jakarta

Saturday, December 24th, 2005, by . 2 Comments

Christmas Eve security in Jakarta.


Hysteria in Aceh

Saturday, December 24th, 2005, by . 16 Comments

Islamic leaders in the Indonesian province of Aceh have claimed that aid and charity workers are secretly attempting to convert the Acehenese to Christianity.


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