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By Richard C. Paddock and Richard C. Paddock,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 24, 2003
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Abu Bakar Bashir, the accused leader of the Jemaah Islamiah terror network, went on trial on treason charges yesterday just as police arrested another terror suspect they identified as his replacement. Police announced the arrest of 18 Jemaah Islamiah members, including little-known terror suspect Abu Rusdan, who was allegedly picked by Bashir to run Jemaah Islamiah after the militant 64-year-old cleric was arrested in October. "He was given the authority after the arrest of Abu Bakar Bashir to lead Jemaah Islamiah," said Erwin Mappaseng, national police chief of detectives.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 5, 2000
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Trying to send a strong message that widespread violence and corruption will no longer be tolerated in Indonesia, President Abdurrahman Wahid said yesterday that he would not to pardon the convicted son of former dictator Suharto and ordered the arrest of the country's most notorious militia leader. But Wahid's actions could lead to further unrest. Violence and public disorder have erupted during past government efforts to bring the Suharto family and the militias to justice, underscoring the difficulty of this impoverished country's struggle to forge a democracy after decades of authoritarian rule.
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By Paul Richter and Paul Richter,Tribune Washington Bureau | February 19, 2009
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Indonesians yesterday that she wants to open a "robust partnership" with their fast-growing country, President Barack Obama's boyhood home. Arriving here on the second stop of her first trip as the top American diplomat, Clinton also announced that the Obama administration intends to sign a treaty moving the U.S. closer to a key regional group, the Association of South East Asian Nations. The Bush administration declined to sign the treaty, a move that critics took as a sign of its lack of interest in the region and preoccupation with the Middle East.
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July 25, 2001
WHY ON earth should anyone in Maryland pay attention to faraway Indonesia? Because that archipelago of 13,000 islands spread between Asia and Australia is the world's fourth most populous - and largest Muslim - country. For years now, this extraordinary, diverse nation - its various ethnic groups speak 300 languages - has experienced turmoil and political stress. This week, its democratically elected president was forced aside. Power was transferred to the vice president, Megawati Sukarnoputri.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 16, 1998
SAMARINDA, Indonesia -- Borneo is burning again.Just months after blazes in Indonesia sent a devastating cloud of smoke across much of Southeast Asia, flames have blanketed )) much of the island's drought-stricken east coast with a haze so thick that planes can land only a few hours a day and visibility so poor that boat captains cannot navigate the rivers.The effect is surreal here along the equator. Children kick soccer balls through piles of fallen leaves as though it were autumn -- a season that doesn't exist on Borneo.
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By Bob Kemper and Bob Kemper,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | October 22, 2003
SINGAPORE - President Bush arrived today in Bali, Indonesia, the site of a devastating attack one year ago, to reassure leaders of the world's largest Muslim nation that his global war on terrorism is not a war on Islam. Amid extraordinary security, Bush will spend just 3 1/2 hours in Bali, where a bombing of a nightclub killed 202 people. He is expected to praise Prime Minister Megawati Sukarnoputri's crackdown on terrorists while emphasizing the need for Indonesia to remain on a moderate, democratic path despite internal threats from Islamic militants.
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April 11, 1998
THE THIRD TIME that President Suharto promised the International Monetary Fund to make economic reforms, he may have meant it.Twice before, Indonesia's elderly dictator agreed to close insolvent banks and end cartels and monopolies enjoyed by his family, if the IMF and rich countries would lend money to cover $74 billion in private-sector international debts.Twice he reneged, made his government more crony-infested and pushed his daughter Siti Hardijanti Rukmana (better known as Tutut) forward as heir apparent.
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October 21, 1996
LIKE WATERGATE, this may turn out to be a campaign scandal with more legs than a spider. President Clinton and his entourage, including the Democratic National Committee, have received contributions of up to $5 million through persons associated with a multi-billion-dollar Indonesian banking conglomerate, the Lippo Group.Taken even in its best light, this may just be another result -- though one involving foreign interests -- of a campaign-financing system loaded with big bucks and soft money and ample avenues for corruption.
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March 1, 1998
THE MEETING of the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia, starting today, is the last chance President Suharto has to commit his nation to reforms to end its economic crisis, meet International Monetary Fund requirements, diminish his family's stranglehold on the national wealth and promise the people a better future. There is scant hope that he will.When the assembly winds up March 11, "electing" the military dictator to a sixth term as president and presumably his anti-reform crony, B. Jusuf Habibie, as vice president, it may be too late.
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July 24, 1996
IT WAS 30 years ago that General Suharto seized power in Indonesia from the leftist independence leader, Sukarno, during a period of strife and a failed Communist power grab. He has ruled ever since, as president since 1968, and he wins elections in which the phony opposition supports him. This has produced an authoritarian state in which prosperity and capitalism are booming, yet another Asian miracle. Regional rebellions flare, FTC along cultural and racial fault lines, on just two of the archipelago's islands.
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