Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Bangbang, terror and massive poverty

Bangbang rules the world's fourth largest country in terms of population.

Bangbang is a former Suharto general and he was involved in East Timor.

Bangbang was trained by the US military and came to power partly because of the Bali bomb.

Bush and Blair like Bangbang.

Bangbang's country has oil and Exxon.

Bangbang's country has massive poverty due partly to policies introduced by the IMF and World Bank.

John Aglionby, in The Guardian 5 April 2006, wrote about Bangbang:,,1747400,00.html

If the number of prominent statespeople beating a path to his door is anything to go by, Indonesia's president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, can arguably claim to be the pin-up of the developing world: the person global leaders want to be seen with.

First there was the American president, George W. Bush, who asked to sit next to Mr Yudhoyono (or SBY as he is usually referred to) at a United Nations lunch in New York last year.

More recently there have been Jakarta visits by - in addition to Indonesia's neighbours - the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, the American secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and last week, Tony Blair (the first by a British leader since 1985).

Aglionby admits that:

"The visitors are also conspicuously turning a blind eye to many issues which remain uncomfortable to discuss. These include escalating tensions in the easternmost Papua province, rampant illegal logging and environmental destruction, the oppression of religious minorities, a half-hearted approach to bird flu (more deadly for humans in the last four months in Indonesia than anywhere else in the world), the slow pace of military reform, the paucity of resources allocated to healthcare and education, and endemic corruption. Mr Blair... decided to 'normalise' defence ties with Jakarta, without explaining what that means, despite Indonesia's senior military commanders remaining largely above the law and the armed forces still not fully under civilian control."

Some points that Aglionby did not find space for:

By 1997, the UK was the largest exporter of arms to Indonesia in the world. Among their exports were the Hawk jets used for bombing East Timor, and the Scorpion tanks, armoured cars and water cannon used by Suharto to suppress pro-democracy demonstrations in Indonesia.

Is Indonesia doing well? Over 32 million children are living below the poverty line.

In the early 1980s, 'the IMF and the World Bank pushed through a highly risky banking deregulation that opened up the banking system without any protection or control. This policy left the Indonesian economy vulnerable to the financial catastrophe that eventually ensued.'

Soros denies being behind the 1998 Asian economic crisis.

By late January 1998, the rupiah had lost 85% of its value against the US dollar.

Debt service now consumes roughly half of the state's revenues. Social spending has fallen by 40% in real terms since 1995/96.

As a result of the crisis, the number of people living below the poverty line has risen from 11% of the population in 1997 to approximately 50% in 2001. This means that over 100 million Indonesians have been reduced to poverty.

Since 1997, it is estimated that 39 million Indonesians have lost their jobs.


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