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Patients decry fraudulent practices of religious healers in Indonesia

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Ellya Rossa’s search for a traditional healer to treat a chronic heart ailment brought her to Guntur Bumi, an ustad, or Islamic cleric, who has often appeared in television commercials plugging his “alternative healing” clinic. She first came to the ustad, popularly known as UGB, on February 10, after making a telephone appointment and being [...]


Indonesia enlists religious leaders to stop population boom

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In 1968, Indonesia’s Muhammadiyah issued a fatwa that would help change the course of the country. Under the edict delivered by the leaders of one of the nation’s largest Islamic groups, birth control could be considered permissible in emergency cases, or because of impoverishment. Three years later, Muhammadiyah’s fatwa grew broader – birth control for [...]


Greenpeace stages high-visibility protest over Indonesia

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Nine activists with the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace rappelled down the 17-story twin towers of the Procter & Gamble headquarters in downtown Cincinnati today (March 4) and unfurled two enormous banners to protest deforestation linked to palm oil. One of the 60-foot banners read: “Head and Shoulders wipes out dandruff and rain forests.” The other read: “Head [...]


Volcanic eruption kills 15 in Indonesia

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At least 15 people including a group of students were killed when Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupted on Saturday, emitting hot ash clouds. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Board, told ucanews.com on Monday that the number of dead could be higher, as emergency workers continued searching for other victims. Two other victims [...]


Is it truly un-Islamic to respect Christmas?

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Together, Muslims and Christians constitute over 95 percent of Indonesia’s population. If they do not live in harmony then the country is in huge trouble. Despite the media hyperbole, the overwhelming majority of Indonesian Muslims and Christians do live in peace, but the increasingly visible cases of discrimination, including the sealing of several churches, is [...]


Chorus of protest against Miss World in Bali

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Muslim hardliners in Indonesia have threatened to disrupt this year’s Miss World beauty pageant, due to be held in Bali next month. The contest goes against moral values, local wisdom and particularly Islam, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) said on Sunday. “We demand the government not allow the Miss World to take place in Indonesia,” [...]


Indonesia: Nazi-themed cafe in Bandung to reopen

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A controversial Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia will be reopened with a broader World War II theme – without the swastika symbols but retaining images of Adolf Hitler, the owner’s lawyer said yesterday. The SoldatenKaffee (“The Soldiers’ Cafe”) – ornamented with Nazi-related memorabilia – was voluntarily shut down on Friday following death threats to the owner [...]


Ganjuran: Javanese Catholic church in Jogja

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Indonesia’s Yogyakarta (affectionately called “Jogja”) is a heritage destination more popular to international tourists for the 9th-century ancient temples that surround it: the Mahayana Buddhist Borobudur and Hindu Prambanan. What makes Jogja arguably more interesting than other temple cities in Asia is its diverse and rich Javanese arts and culture. These are evident not just [...]


Smog-choked Singapore berates Indonesia

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Indonesia’s president has demanded immediate action over haze pollution caused by burning peat lands, which has drifted over to Singapore and created the country’s worst smog problem in 16 years. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made the call yesterday following a letter sent by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in which he expressed alarm at [...]


Indonesia: Marchers demand end to intolerance

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Hundreds of people including religious leaders from various denominations and faiths took to the streets yesterday to peacefully protest against restrictions on freedom to worship. The rally, organized by the Religious Leaders Forum in Greater Jakarta, followed the recent closure and demolition of places of worship by local authorities and officials from the government’s Public [...]


Indonesia: Humble pope may signal change for Asia

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Catholic leaders and civil society organizations said on Friday that the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis signals hope that the Vatican will pay closer attention to the needs of the poor throughout the world, particularly Indonesia. Archbishop Johannes Maria Trilaksyanta Pujasumarta of Semarang said the selection of the name Francis, which is [...]


Death of nun and two children: ex-priest confesses

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A man claiming to be responsible for the death of three people, whose remains were recently unearthed in the compound of a seminary in East Nusa Tenggara, has turned himself in to police. A Sikka district police official and head of the criminal investigation unit said Tuesday that Herman Jumat Masan was in their custody [...]


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