Sunday, August 09, 2009


The best book about Indonesia is Culture Shock - Jakarta by Derek Bacon and Terry Collins

In August 2009, oil should start to flow from the huge Cepu oilfield in the centre of Java.

Exxon Mobil, Pertamina and Petrochina are all involved in oil production in this area.

(Indonesia's Texas? Rural Java braces for oil boom)

Don't believe the stories about Indonesia (or Scotland) running out of oil.

Indonesia is the fourth biggest country in the world and its economy is growing and it has valuable minerals.

(Indonesia's Growth May Have Been Near Fastest in Southeast Asia)


The USA has been interfering violently in Indonesia for many years.

Back in the 1950s, the CIA and MI6 were working with Moslem groups and sections of the Indonesian military to try to destabilise the Indonesian president.

President Sukarno was seen as being neutral rather than hostile towards Russia and China, and this did not suit the US and UK.

In 1958, CIA planes were bombing Indonesia, in the hope that the bombs would be blamed on Moslems. (Indonesia 1957-1958 KH)

"A plane bombed a ship in the harbor of the island of Ambon ... as well as hitting a church ...700 casualties had resulted from this single run...

"A CIA plane bombed the Ambon marketplace, killing a large number of civilians on their way to church...

"Three days later, during another bombing run over Ambon, a CIA pilot, Allen Lawrence Pope, was shot down and captured.

"Thirty years old, from Perrine, Florida ... was to spend four years as a prisoner in Indonesia before Sukarno acceded to a request from Robert Kennedy for his release.

"Pope was captured carrying a set of incriminating documents, including those which established him as a pilot for the US Air Force and the CIA airline CAT."

Blair knows a number of the Indonesian generals.

Here's a useful blog about Indonesia:

Here's a quote from it:

Ralph McGhee, a senior CIA operations manager... said Indonesia was a 'model operation…

You can trace back all major, bloody events run from Washington...' (Jakarta (Jakarta is coming))

A few years ago, at Inside Indonesia, Kurt Biddle wrote about Indonesia - US military ties :

"The Pentagon seems to be chomping at the bit for military involvement in Indonesia...

"Paul Wolfowitz ...has repeatedly argued that Washington should help Indonesia fight terrorists...

"It remains to be seen if and how the US will be involved in Indonesia, but with 600 US military 'advisers' on the ground in the neighbouring Philippines, some see Indonesia as the next battlefield."

Enter Noordin Top, allegedly a friend of the CIA.

Wolfowitz was once the US ambassador to Indonesia.

Here's one of many sites about Indonesia that appears to discourage the idea that there might be any serious link between terrorism and the CIA in Indonesia?

CIA & FBI Conspiracy Theories are made fun of?

And here's another that appears to discourage the idea that there might be links between terrorism and the CIA: - Welcome to - Discover Indonesia Online

ETAN is a valuable source on Indonesia:

Some favourite blogs and news sites on Indonesia:


More links can be found at Jakartass.

This fine blog, , "is in violation of Blogger's Terms of Service."

It must have been telling the truth about something important?


1 comment:

Jakartass said...

Ta for the book plug, A.

J - (aka T.C.)

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