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TNI leaving barracks to root out radicalism

Officials from the National Antiterrorism Agency (BNPT), the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police agreed that the TNI must take the initiative domestically to curb religious radicals.

“We have demanded the TNI’s participation through their vast network of territorial commands to persuade individuals or groups to abandon radical teachings,” BNPT chief Ansyaad Mbai.

“For example, the TNI might visit a cleric who spreads hate speech and radicalism during Friday prayers, and persuade him to deliver more peaceful sermons.”

The TNI, Ansyaad said, could also enlist the Babinsa, non-commissioned officers assigned to villages to promote development, to counter radicals.

The decision to involve the TNI was emphasized during an inaugural BNPT coordination meeting on Tuesday that was attended by all 151 of the TNI’s military district (Kodim)commanders and around 350 district police chiefs.

The meeting was also attended by Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto, TNI chief Adm. Agus Suhartono, Army chief Gen. Pramono Edhie Wibowo and National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo.

Despite the fall of the Soeharto’s authoritarian New Order in 1998, the TNI’s leaders continue to believe that internal threats to the nation’s stability are greater than external threats.

Ansyaad emphasized that the TNI would not have the authority to detain people, which was the sole remit of the National Police as the enforcers of security.

“Don’t get me wrong. The TNI is not authorized to detain people, but they can grab hold of somebody who might harm others, and then transfer him or her to the police for prosecution,” Ansyaad said.

The story of a sociologist who went undercover inside NII

Dewi Triana found herself sitting cross-legged in a small room listening to sermons denouncing Indonesia and exhorting her to help make the country an Islamic state. But Dewi wasn’t looking to overthrow the government; she was going undercover to learn the secrets of the outlawed Indonesian Islamic State (NII).

Indonesia is facing an identity crisis of sorts. Islamic fundamentalism is seen making inroads here, eroding support for the country’s inclusive state philosophy, Pancasila. People point to regional bylaws requiring Islamic dress and mobs of Muslims shutting down churches and closing bars as proof that the country is losing its pluralism.

It is against this background that the NII and the Al Zaytun boarding school in Indramayu, West Java, allegedly affiliated with the movement and seen as a breeding ground for radicals, have re-emerged as hot topics of discussion. The movement has been around for decades, but now its stated goal of establishing an Islamic state here seems someone more of an actual threat to some people.

Dewi, a sociologist who graduated from the University of Indonesia, decided to look beyond the headlines to find out what the NII was really about after a few of her friends were recruited by the organization.

She went undercover in the group in 2008 and 2009 and turned her findings into a book, “Mengapa Saya Memilih Negara Islam” (“Why I Choose an Islamic State”), which was released last month.

In the book, Dewi shares her firsthand accounts of the NII’s recruitment methods and details interviews with six former members of the organization. Perhaps her most surprising finding was that the NII is hardly the threat to the state that is portrayed in the media.

Book: Mengapa Saya Memilih Negara Islam’ (‘Why I Choose an Islamic State’)
Dewi Triana, Mizan Pustaka, 265 pages, In Indonesian

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Gunmen ambush Indonesia soldiers in Papua, killed one

Unidentified gunmen ambushed Indonesian soldiers and killed one of them Thursday in the easternmost province of Papua, a military officer said.

Maj. Gen. Erfi Triassunu, the army chief in Papua, said the attackers ambushed a group of soldiers outside a village in the hilly district of Puncak Jaya.
The soldiers were attacked while taking their food supplies near the district capital of Mulia, Triassunu said, adding that soldiers are still chasing the gunmen.

He identified the victim as a first private who died instantly after being hit by a gunshot to his head, No information was available on the other soldiers.

Papua, a former Dutch colony on the western part of New Guinea, was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot.

However, a small, poorly armed separatist group, known as Free Papua Movement, or OPM, has battled for independence ever since.

The attack was the third this month against the army and came one day after a military tribunal indicted three soldiers for killing a civilian in Puncak Jaya last year.

Gunmen ambush Indonesia soldiers in Papua, killed one

Unidentified gunmen ambushed Indonesian soldiers and killed one of them Thursday in the easternmost province of Papua, a military officer said.

Maj. Gen. Erfi Triassunu, the army chief in Papua, said the attackers ambushed a group of soldiers outside a village in the hilly district of Puncak Jaya.
The soldiers were attacked while taking their food supplies near the district capital of Mulia, Triassunu said, adding that soldiers are still chasing the gunmen.

He identified the victim as a first private who died instantly after being hit by a gunshot to his head, No information was available on the other soldiers.

Papua, a former Dutch colony on the western part of New Guinea, was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot.

However, a small, poorly armed separatist group, known as Free Papua Movement, or OPM, has battled for independence ever since.

The attack was the third this month against the army and came one day after a military tribunal indicted three soldiers for killing a civilian in Puncak Jaya last year.

Indonesian population to hit 450 million

Indonesia’s population is projected to hit 450 million by 2045 if the current growth rate continues.

The country’s National Family Planning Coordinating Board said figures from a census carried out last year showed the population had grown by 3.4 million over the past 12 months.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, now has a total population of about 241 million.

Planning board secretary Sudibyo Alimoeso said the current growth rate meant that “by 2045 there could be 450 million people in Indonesia”.

The results of the census have prompted calls for the government to take a more serious approach to family planning.

Indonesian population to hit 450 million

Indonesia’s population is projected to hit 450 million by 2045 if the current growth rate continues.

The country’s National Family Planning Coordinating Board said figures from a census carried out last year showed the population had grown by 3.4 million over the past 12 months.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, now has a total population of about 241 million.

Planning board secretary Sudibyo Alimoeso said the current growth rate meant that “by 2045 there could be 450 million people in Indonesia”.

The results of the census have prompted calls for the government to take a more serious approach to family planning.

Indonesian population to hit 450 million

Indonesia’s population is projected to hit 450 million by 2045 if the current growth rate continues.

The country’s National Family Planning Coordinating Board said figures from a census carried out last year showed the population had grown by 3.4 million over the past 12 months.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, now has a total population of about 241 million.

Planning board secretary Sudibyo Alimoeso said the current growth rate meant that “by 2045 there could be 450 million people in Indonesia”.

The results of the census have prompted calls for the government to take a more serious approach to family planning.

Indonesian population to hit 450 million

Indonesia’s population is projected to hit 450 million by 2045 if the current growth rate continues.

The country’s National Family Planning Coordinating Board said figures from a census carried out last year showed the population had grown by 3.4 million over the past 12 months.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, now has a total population of about 241 million.

Planning board secretary Sudibyo Alimoeso said the current growth rate meant that “by 2045 there could be 450 million people in Indonesia”.

The results of the census have prompted calls for the government to take a more serious approach to family planning.

Hundreds of kings and sultans gather in Bandung

Over 200 kings and sultans from across the archipelago walked from the Savoy Homann Hotel to Gedung Merdeka in Bandung on Saturday as part of the national gathering of the archipelago’s kings and sultans.

Jl. Asia Afrika was closed for the event, Kompas.com reported.

Vice president Boediono officially opened the event. “Silatnas [the national gathering] is hoped to strengthen the national ties and diverse culture and the blessing of diversity,” he said as quoted by Tribunnews.com.

Also attending the opening were Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik, State Administrative Reform Minister E.E. Mangindaan and West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan.

The event will run until Sunday.

Hundreds of kings and sultans gather in Bandung

Over 200 kings and sultans from across the archipelago walked from the Savoy Homann Hotel to Gedung Merdeka in Bandung on Saturday as part of the national gathering of the archipelago’s kings and sultans.

Jl. Asia Afrika was closed for the event, Kompas.com reported.

Vice president Boediono officially opened the event. “Silatnas [the national gathering] is hoped to strengthen the national ties and diverse culture and the blessing of diversity,” he said as quoted by Tribunnews.com.

Also attending the opening were Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik, State Administrative Reform Minister E.E. Mangindaan and West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan.

The event will run until Sunday.