Category Archives: Indonesia

All 189 on board Lion Air jet that crashed off of Indonesia ‘are likely dead’, say rescuers

All 189 people on board a doomed jet that plunged 5,000ft into the sea off Indonesia are ‘likely dead’, rescuers say.

Lion Air’s flight JT-610 was heading to Pangkal Pinang, an island north of the capital, Jakarta, when it lost contact with air control about 6.33am local time – just 13 minutes after take-off.

Shortly before the disaster, the plane’s pilot, Indian national Bhavye Suneja, had reported ‘technical difficulties’ and, minutes after take-off, asked to return to the airport, an official said. Traffic control allowed the return, but the aircraft then vanished from radar.

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Mass rally to promote moderate Islam in Indonesia canceled

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Organizers of an Indonesian movement to promote a moderate brand of Islam have canceled a mass rally after its youth supporters burned the flag of an outlawed hard-line Muslim group, sparking allegations of blasphemy.

The rally in Yogyakarta, predicted to draw 100,000 people, was canceled to prevent violence, said Yahya Cholil Staquf, general secretary of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization.

Video of members of Nahdlatul Ulama’s youth arm burning the flag of the outlawed group, Hizbut Tahrir, has stirred controversy in Indonesia because the flag is also emblazoned with the Islamic declaration of faith. Their uniforms indicated they’re part of the youth organization’s militia.

h/t TROP

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Indonesia: Most Muslims Are Opposed to Non-Muslims in Political Leadership

The survey by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) focused on public perception on democracy, corruption and intolerance in the country. The LSI interviewed 1,520 respondents who were eligible to vote at the time of survey, and found that there was an increase in political intolerance among Indonesian Muslims between 2016 and 2018.


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  1. person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald.
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Religion of Peace: Indonesian woman faces blasphemy charge for complaining about Mosque loudspeakers

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors have sought an 18-month prison term for a woman who was charged with blasphemy after she complained about the volume of a mosque’s loudspeakers.

The ethnic Chinese defendant, Meiliana, 44, was arrested on May 18 about two years after her case triggered a riot in Tanjung Balai, a port town in North Sumatra province.

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Indonesian Christian jailed for Facebook post ‘insulting’ Islam

An Indonesian Christian has been sentenced to four years in prison for a Facebook post that likened the prophet Muhammad to a pig in the latest conviction under a controversial hate-speech law.

Dozens of Islamic hardliners cheered and shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) as the court in Sumatra ruled that Martinus Gulo was hostile toward Muslims in his post, which also said Mohammed sanctioned bestiality.

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Indonesia: Falling to Radicals

An Indonesian family of six, repatriated from former Islamic State (ISIS)-controlled territory in Syria, separately targeted three Christian sites in Surabaya, Indonesia, in May. The suicide bombings killed at least 11 people, as well as all of the attacking family members. Indonesian authorities suspect the bombers are affiliated with Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), the Congregation of the Islamic State. While anti-Christian incidents are common in majority-Muslim Indonesia, until now, suicide bombings by Islamists were not often seen there.

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Indonesian Muslim leader sentenced to death over 2016 attack

An Indonesian Muslim leader was sentenced to death on Friday over his role in a deadly 2016 suicide attack at Jakarta Starbucks cafe carried out by an affiliate of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

Aman Abdurrahman, who police and prosecutors said is a key ideologue for ISIL, in the world’s largest Muslim nation, kneeled and kissed the floor as the panel of five judges announced the sentence.

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That wave of attacks on churches in Indonesia: Is the ‘moderate’ Muslim news hook gone?

If you asked typical American citizens to name the world’s largest Muslim nation, in terms of population, most would probably pick a land somewhere in the Middle East – not Indonesia.

However, if there is one fact that many Americans do know about Islam in Indonesia, it is that most Muslims in this sprawling and complex nation practice a “moderate” form of the faith (whatever that “moderate” label means). This has allowed believers in various faith groups to live in peace, for the most part.

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Family of IS-inspired suicide bombers attack Indonesian churches, at least 13 dead

Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy and police said the family who carried out Sunday’s attacks were among 500 Islamic sympathizers who had returned from Syria.

2 minute penalty for jihad before Ramadan Bombathon officially begins.

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