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Female Circumcision

Thursday, August 31st, 2006, by . 235 Comments

The Ulema Council, Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), says female circumcision is necessary for Muslims.


NU TV Boycott & Monitoring

Thursday, August 31st, 2006, by . 8 Comments

Members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) are threatening to boycott television, unless they get their way on the gossip show issue.


Porno Channels

Thursday, August 31st, 2006, by . 4 Comments

The Broadcasting Commission is examining the question of "porno" on cable television channels.


Balinese Tensions

Thursday, August 31st, 2006, by . 13 Comments

Concerns over the influx of Javanese immigrants into Bali and the effect of this on the unique Balinese culture.


Warnet User Monitoring

Thursday, August 31st, 2006, by . 2 Comments

The owners of warnets, or internet cafes, will be required to take down the identity card details of warnet users, a new law says.


Least Educated

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006, by . 3 Comments

The standard of education in Indonesia comes in for some criticism.


Freedom To Demonstrate Law

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, by . 3 Comments

The government plans to revise the freedom to demonstrate law, in an effort to reduce instances of mob violence.


Salafiyah, Salifi Sect in Lombok

Monday, August 28th, 2006, by . 41 Comments

Lombok Muslims keep up the pressure on deviant Islamic sects as the homes of Salafiyah members are attacked in the west of the island.


Yossi Sarid

Monday, August 28th, 2006, by . 8 Comments

A journalist was refused a visa because he is Israeli.


Agni Pratistha Arkadewi Kuswardono

Monday, August 28th, 2006, by . 51 Comments

Agni Pratistha wins the 2006 Putri Indonesia contest.


Papua Situation

Monday, August 28th, 2006, by . 2 Comments

Human rights violations in Papua have increased in recent times, says one observer.


Survey Results

Sunday, August 27th, 2006, by . 1 Comment

A survey says over a third of Indonesian Muslims desire an Islamic state, while half don't, among other things.


Contagious Palestinian Pain Virus

Saturday, August 26th, 2006, by . 2 Comments

The pain felt by the Palestinians is spreading across the world like a virus, Antara tells us.


Inul Turns Off Mataram

Friday, August 25th, 2006, by . 20 Comments

Sexy dancer Inul Daratista is not welcome in the righteous town of Mataram, in Lombok.


Strange Islam

Friday, August 25th, 2006, by . 13 Comments

Hasyim Muzadi warns the Islamic faithful to be on guard against weird religious teachings.


Dolly, Surabaya

Friday, August 25th, 2006, by . 40 Comments

The denizens of "Dolly", the red light district in Surabaya, East Java, are spreading the safe sex message.


PKB IPO

Friday, August 25th, 2006, by . No Comments

The Partai Kebangkitan Bangsa (PKB) seeks to broaden its base, IPO style.


Wong Cilik

Friday, August 25th, 2006, by . No Comments

The PDI Perjuangan sees itself as defender of the interests of the little people, or wong cilik.


PKS Winning Streak

Friday, August 25th, 2006, by . No Comments

The PKS has won positions in about 60% of elections for regional heads of government in recent years.


Homeless “Ninja” Immolated

Friday, August 25th, 2006, by . 4 Comments

A homeless, mentally disturbed man was burnt to death by a mob in west Java.


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