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November 18, 2013

NSA docs: Australia targeted phones of Indonesian leaders

breakingnews:

The Guardian: Australia’s spy agencies have attempted to listen in on the personal phone calls of the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and have targeted the mobile phones of his wife, senior ministers and confidants, a top-secret document from whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.

The document, dated November 2009, names the president and nine of his inner circle as targets of the surveillance, including the vice-president, Boediono, who last week visited Australia.

Yet another revelation found from Snowden’s NSA document trove. 

8:20 // 11 months ago
September 17, 2012

Google rejects White House appeal to remove “Innocence of Muslims”

  • last week The White House sent a request to YouTube, asking that the “Innocence of Muslims” film be taken offline for violating the website’s Terms of Service. Parent company Google ultimately rejected the request.
  • this week Following a White House request to reconsider, Google has confirmed that the video will remain online. The company confirmed that “Innocence” was no longer viewable in several countries (including Egypt and Libya), but stressed that the restrictions were due to local law and not political pressure. source
19:48 // 2 years ago
May 9, 2012
Currently unaccounted for: A newly-made Russian jet in Indonesia, reportedly with over 40 people on board. The jet was being flown over mountains as a demonstration for journalists and people who might be interested in buying the plane. The Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 only made its first flight last year. (AFP file photo)

Currently unaccounted for: A newly-made Russian jet in Indonesia, reportedly with over 40 people on board. The jet was being flown over mountains as a demonstration for journalists and people who might be interested in buying the plane. The Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 only made its first flight last year. (AFP file photo)

11:06 // 2 years ago
April 12, 2012
This poor woman may just as well have been starting at a wall after China lost foreign internet access for roughly an hour on Thursday. A variety of reasons have been suggested — censorship, a potential tightening of the “Great Firewall,” an underwater cable damaged due to Wednesday’s Indonesia earthquake — but to put it simply, accessing the information superhighway wasn’t much fun for many in China. (photo by Dan Chung/The Guardian)

This poor woman may just as well have been starting at a wall after China lost foreign internet access for roughly an hour on Thursday. A variety of reasons have been suggested — censorship, a potential tightening of the “Great Firewall,” an underwater cable damaged due to Wednesday’s Indonesia earthquake — but to put it simply, accessing the information superhighway wasn’t much fun for many in China. (photo by Dan Chung/The Guardian)

10:27 // 2 years ago
April 11, 2012

Indonesia has strong quake, aftershock: No reports of major damage

  • 8.6 the magnitude of a powerful earthquake to hit off the coast of the Indian Ocean Wednesday
  • 8.2 the magnitude of an aftershock; neither quake caused significant damage as of yet source

» “The only problem we had was people panicking”: In Indonesia, one of the countries most damaged by 2004 earthquake and tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands, the quake stirred up terrible memories of that incident. Indonesia even called a tsunami warning. However, this quake was hundreds of miles off the coast and seismologists say it rattled horizontally, making a tsunami unlikely. Hours after the initial warning, there was no noticeable rise in sea level. Indonesia is however not out of the woods yet — the 8.2 aftershock was only one of the post-quake rattles in the region.

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8:40 // 2 years ago
November 18, 2011
nationaljournal:

PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama poses for a photograph with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, center, and his wife, Kristiani, upon his arrival for a gala diner at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Friday. (PHOTO: Romeo Ranoco, Pool/AP)

Obama should wear threads like this all the time.

nationaljournal:

PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama poses for a photograph with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, center, and his wife, Kristiani, upon his arrival for a gala diner at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Friday. (PHOTO: Romeo Ranoco, Pool/AP)

Obama should wear threads like this all the time.

13:57 // 2 years ago
June 13, 2011
… I feel more of an affinity for America than I do for Africa. I’m a black man in America. Barack Obama is more of an international. … he was raised in Kenya, his mother was white from Kansas and her family had an influence on him, it’s true, but his dad was Kenyan, and when he was going to school he got a lot of fellowships, scholarships… He spent most of his career as an intellectual.
GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain • Speaking to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, in an interview he wrote for Bloomberg View. Goldberg, to his credit, corrected Cain that President Obama spent some years of his childhood in Indonesia, not Kenya, to which Cain replied, “Yeah, Indonesia.” Whether this was a sincere mistake or not is impossible to say, and frankly doesn’t entirely matter — Cain is trying to paint Obama as mysterious and foreign, as opposed to himself, an American black man who rejects the term “African-American.” He also throws in some anti-intellectualism for good measure, but really, the story here is his stoking of, if not birtherism, the core belief that allowed that rumor to spread — he ain’t one of us. In trying to seize momentum with his recent, strident remarks, Cain’s campaign slogan could easily share a title with a classic 80s film — “Say Anything.” source (viafollow)
15:52 // 3 years ago
March 17, 2011

Jakarta’s terrorism concerns rise with recent “book bombs”

  • 4 mail bombs sent in Jakarta, Indonesia in just three days source

» Thankfully, only one has actually gone off. That occurred as authorities were attempting to disarm it, and it injured four. The bombs are reportedly being sent through the mail within books, the last of which was “The Militant Jewish,” addressed to Ahmad Dhani, a recording artist and vocal supporter of religious freedom. The other people targeted were Gorries Mere, a high-ranking anti-terrorism officer, Ulil Abshar Abdalla, a senior member of Jakarta’s Democratic Party and a vocal critic of fundamentalist Islamic groups, and Yapto Soerjosoemarno, also an advocate for religious freedom. Jakarta has absorbed a lot of pain from terrorism over the last several years- here’s hoping they get this under control right away.

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15:30 // 3 years ago
January 31, 2011

Nazril Irham, Indonesian pop star, jailed for sex tape

  • 3.5 years in prison for Nazril Irham over internet sex tape source

» Remind us not to bring the camcorder to Indonesia: Most everybody enjoys an amorous pleasure now and again, it’s only natural. What most of us don’t face, though, is having our private sexual pleasures made public, and then being thrown into prison for it. Such is the fate of Indonesian pop star Nazril “Ariel” Irham, who was jailed for three and a half years starting Monday, thanks to a sex-tape (made with his girlfriend) that found its way onto the internet. Irham denies he’s the man on the tape, while police say that his friend took the video off Irham’s computer and uploaded it without his knowledge. In any event, thanks to a 2008 anti-porn law, this dangerous deviant will be off the streets and pop charts of Indonesia. THANK. GOD.

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14:23 // 3 years ago
November 7, 2010

Indonesia’s erupting Mount Merapi not calming down anytime soon

  • 156 people have been killed by Mount Merapi’s massive eruption since October 26
  • 12.4 number of miles the volcano’s danger zone extends; ash has killed some living miles away
  • 200k people have been displaced by the volcano’s 3.7-mile-high wrath source
10:44 // 3 years ago