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Ten Years after May 1998 Tragedy

May 8th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments 6 Comments »

This May we are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the May 1998 tragedy, which is better known as the May 1998 riots. This historic incident is an important life-changing milestone in many people’s lives, whoever they are. I lost my innocence in May 1998, politically and spiritually. In a few fast-paced heart-racing days, I realized many unthinkable and unimaginable things, including what human beings are capable of doing to fellow humans, which could have happened to a person like me: the targeted rape of Chinese women, the burning and looting of properties belonging to Chinese owners and the denial of such incidents by those in power.

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Foreign Flights Increase Could Benefit Tourism

May 5th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

To garner more visitors for Indonesia’s tourist program dubbed Visit Indonesia Year 2008, the government should grant more foreign airlines increased flight frequencies into Bali and other tourist destinations, an industry leader said. “If the government wants to be totally committed to making (the program) a success, it should start wooing other foreign airlines besides Singapore Airlines,” Tengku Burhanuddin, Secretary General of the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA), said.

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Community-Based Reforestation: East Java

April 29th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Villager Muhammad Yassin may not be aware Indonesia has reached a new record, it’s fastest deforestation rate ever, clearing an estimated 1.8 million hectares of forest each year. But the 59-year-old villager of Jatiarjo, East Java does care about the forests on the slopes of Mount Arjuno, near his home. Every morning, the grandfather of five leaves his home, walking to the forest three kilometers away. In the afternoon he returns home, carrying bundles of grass for his three cows.

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The Story of `Gatutkaca Luweng’

March 30th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Following is a synopsis of the Gatutkaca Luweng drama, which the Wayang Wong Bharata performed on Jan. 5, 2008, from 8:30-11:15 p.m. at their home theater:

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Bio-Coal Briquettes a Substitute

March 19th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Widiarti is no longer bothered by the soaring price of kerosene, nor does she have to queue for the increasingly scarce commodity after turning to organic waste-based briquettes as alternative fuel. “We housewives don’t need to line up or hunt for kerosene anymore now that we use organic waste briquettes,” said Widiarti, a mother of three.

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Bandung Badly Polluted: West Java

March 1st, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Nearby mountains and penetrating forests do not guarantee a city’s air quality, at least if West Java’s capital, Bandung, which sits 750 meters above sea level, is anything to go by. Bandung’s air pollutants are trapped by a combination of surrounding mountains and the city’s concave, bowl-like footprint, preventing their release into the upper atmosphere. Research conducted by experts at the Bandung Institute of Technology, using a series of air quality index boards, has shown city residents only enjoy about 55 days of clean air per year.

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Indonesians in Focus: Rasinah

March 1st, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

If only Jinggan Anom and Kelana Gandrung could talk — the two wooden masks might tell the sad story of how close they almost came to being separated from their longtime owner, Rasinah, the only surviving Indramayu mask dancer maestro. After many years accompanying their master in preserving the traditional dance of West Java’s north coastal region, the two masks were recently almost sold to the highest bidder to raise money to pay for their sick master’s hospital bills.

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Java Remains Prone to Landslides

January 6th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments 2 Comments »

A study has shown that Java island will remain the most prone area in the country for water-related disasters, because of violations of land use permits and the island’s rapid population growth. With the rise of rainfall reaching 50 millimeters per day from the monthly average of 200 millimeters, and the La Nina phenomenon expected until March, State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar said worse landslide tragedies would likely occur in the next two months.

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Indonesians in Focus: Diding Khaerudin

January 6th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-diding.jpgFarmers in Tajurhalang, Bogor, West Java, never seemed to be able to get ahead until they switched to growing decorative plants at the advice of Diding Khaerudin. “I was concerned by how hard farmers worked just to produce a few hundred thousand rupiah. Therefore, I encouraged them to grow decorative plants instead of taro, pineapples and bananas,” Diding said. Born in Bogor on Dec. 22, 1964, Diding has transformed the valley of Mount Salak into a decorative plant center. Diding, who graduated from Muslim junior high school Tsanawiyah, used to work at the PTP XI state plantation at Mount Salak, but resigned in 1996. He found work as a gardener at a golf course in Tangerang, but was more interested in farming and eventually returned to his home village.

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Villagers Saving Forest and Water Sources: East Java

January 4th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

A small mosque sits atop a spring in Toyomerto hamlet, Pesanggrahan village, Batu district in Batu city, East Java. It is used for religious activities and also as a meeting place for local villagers. The water source is one of 11 spread around the village, located between 900 to 1,000 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Panderman.

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