Thanks, but no thanks
RI denies Israel allowed to send aid for Aceh
Jakarta, Jan 14 (ANTARA) - The Foreign Affairs Ministry has denied that the Indonesian government had allowed the Israeli government to send relief supplies to Indonesia including those for tsunami victims in Aceh and North Sumatra. "The ministry has never allowed air-flight clearance for humanitarian aid from the Israeli government," the ministry's spokesman, Marty Natalegawa, said here Friday.
Agency Blocked from Settling Muslim Orphans in Christian Orphanage
A Christian missionary group, based in the United States, says it has airlifted 300 children orphaned by the tsunami from Banda Aceh to Jakarta, where it says they will be brought up in a Christian children's home.
The group, World Help, has been seeking funds for its efforts, proclaiming on its website
(which I can't find) that it's working with Indonesian Christians "to plant Christian principles as early as possible" in the 300 children. But since the media began making enquiries, the group has removed the appeal from its website.
A battle for the allegiance of the living
By Bill Guerin: As the United States rides its sudden wave of popularity in the world's most populous Muslim country, Indonesia, the secular government there has been handed a very hot political potato. The government itself, Americans, radical and mainstream Muslim groups, the Indonesian military, and separatist rebels are all engaged in a struggle to sway the allegiance of the living in the staunchly Islamic province of Aceh.
Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI)
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(The first story is from the Antara News Agency, formerly used by Suharto to control the news flow. It has absolutely no connection with this site
- I feel we are all walking a squiggly path in life. Meandering along a thin chalk line that reminds us about how fragile we can be. As we take care of ourselves we have a responsibility to take care of our, "family", community, our cities and towns, our states, our nation, our world - carefully.)