Category Archive: History

Memories of the Tsunami, ten years on

It’s ten years since one of the worst natural disasters on record claimed almost 250,000 lives in 14 countries, when a Tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean. Indonesia was hardest hit, followed by… Continue reading

The time to reconcile is now

A chilling documentary about one of the worst massacres since World War Two is up for an Academy Award this weekend. If it does win, don’t expect the Indonesian co-director to go on… Continue reading

Indonesia welcomes Dutch’s apology on World War II atrocities

Indonesia welcomed official an apology statement conveyed by the Netherlands over atrocities committed by its troops from 1945 to 1949 that had killed thousands of civilians in several areas in Indonesia, Foreign Minister… Continue reading

Tons of skeletons

Indonesian archeologists have planned to conduct excavation again in a cave inSouth Sumatra of the country in April as they predict there are still many prehistoric neo-mongoloid human bones in the cave, an… Continue reading

Indonesia waves the Palestinian and the White flags

Indonesian police have fired tear gas to push back nearly 200 protesters at the U.S. Embassy in the capital angry over Israel’s offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza. Members of the Islamic Student… Continue reading

Hunted down by Hungry Dogs

If the caste system existed in Indonesia the 10 elderly people who live in Jakarta’s Jalan Kramat would surely be untouchables: for decades they and their families have been banned from jobs and… Continue reading

Bali remembers, without SBY

Today (Friday) marks the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks that rocked the resort island of Bali. The bombings on Oct. 12, 2002 at two nightclubs in the Kuta resort area killed 202… Continue reading

Soekarno forever

One of Asia’s most important national and international leaders and politicians, Indonesian founding father President Soekarno, will become a key attraction at Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, the world’s leading wax attraction featuring wax… Continue reading

SBY Wanted

A West Papua pro-independence group has offered a £50,000 reward to anyone who places President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono under “citizen’s arrest” during his visit to the United Kingdom for human rights offenses committed… Continue reading

The Art of Killing (War Crimes are Defined by the Winners)

Here is a new film that should stir more controversy in Indonesia than the trashy “Innocence of Muslims”, one that every concerned Indonesian must watch: “The Act of Killing” is a documentary about… Continue reading

Indonesia’s collective amnesia

Last week, the National Commission on Human Rights, an independent state body, released its findings from a four-year investigation into the 1965 purge of suspected communists. The commission concludes that the Army-led campaign… Continue reading