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  • Reflections on Obama’s Indonesia Odyssey

    11/16/2010 4:56:44 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 11-16-10 | Howard Rotberg
    Obama is at it again. First, he awarded America’s highest civilian award – the Medal of Freedom – to Mary Robinson who presided over the infamous Durban Conference of 2001, where Islamic countries were allowed to highjack a conference about racism into a hatefest against the one country in the Middle East (Israel) that has a functioning justice system protecting minority rights. Then he went to Cairo and showed his intentions to appease radical Islam by accepting that tension between the West and Islam has had nothing to do with Muslim actions against the West but was “fed by colonialism...
  • Obama Hails Indonesia as Model for World

    11/10/2010 5:57:28 AM PST · by greatplains · 54 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | 10 Nov | unk
    US President Barack Obama has held up Indonesia as an example of how a developing nation can embrace democracy and diversity. (snip) Mr Obama said innocent people across the world were still targeted by militants but emphasised that the US was not at war with Islam.(snip) In his address, he touched on the four years he spent in the country as a child and emphasised the importance of Indonesia's example as a growing economy and a majority-Muslim nation that is largely tolerant of other religions. "Today, I return to Indonesia as a friend, but also as a president who seeks...
  • The Stakes are High for Obama’s Visit to Indonesia

    11/10/2010 8:02:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    PaJamas Media ^ | November 10, 2010 | Jay Speiden
    Obama’s visit to Indonesia is important, but it's more important he gets it right. Barack Obama touched down yesterday in Indonesia to cheers and fanfare, proving that, internationally, some of his pre-election luster still remains, at least in a country where his deep personal ties make many local people view him as one of their own. Throngs of office workers braved rain for a glimpse of Obama’s motorcade as it sped down a cleared and empty toll road en route to the presidential palace. “I’m so happy he’s finally decided to come back to Indonesia,” said Dewi Petrana, an office...
  • At home in Indonesia, Obama reaches out to Muslims

    11/09/2010 1:14:28 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 51 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 11/9/2010 | By BEN FELLER, AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller, Ap White House Correspondent – 6 mins ago
    JAKARTA, Indonesia – From the most Muslim nation on earth, President Barack Obama is reaching out to the Islamic world, declaring that efforts to build trust and peace are showing promise but are still clearly "incomplete." Obama on Wednesday will deliver one of the most personal and potentially consequential speeches of his presidency, reflecting on his own years of upbringing in Indonesia and giving an update on America's "new beginning" with Muslims that he promised last year in Cairo. At the same time, the path to lasting peace in the Middle East was hardly looking smoother. A reminder of that...
  • Obama Visits a Nation That Knew Him as Barry

    11/09/2010 7:12:54 AM PST · by thouworm · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | Nov 9, 2010 | NORIMITSU ONISHI
    JAKARTA, Indonesia — The two houses where he spent part of his boyhood stand pretty much the way they did when he went back to Hawaii four decades ago. The two schools he attended have grown larger but, in spirit, remain unchanged. Some of his old friends can still be found around the neighborhood. Near one of his homes here, the same family still runs a wooden stall selling gado-gado, an Indonesian salad covered in peanut sauce. Agus Salam, who took over the business from his mother years ago, played soccer with the American boy everybody here called Barry.
  • Hard-Line Islamic Groups React to Obama’s Indonesia Visit

    11/09/2010 6:52:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 9, 2010 | Jay Speiden
    U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive in Indonesia today, a country with the largest Muslim population on earth. While most people here see his visit as a sort of homecoming and take pride in the fact that Obama spent four years living and studying in the country as a child, not everyone sees the visit in such a positive light. On Sunday, two groups of hard-line Islamic fundamentalists protested outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta. A few hundred protesters from the radical groups Hizb ut-Tahrir (HPI) and the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) shouted, “Obama comes, we crush.” They...
  • Obama says U.S. earnest, reaching out to Muslim world

    11/09/2010 6:26:52 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Obama says U.S. earnest, reaching out to Muslim world 09 Nov 2010 13:57:02 GMT Source: Reuters * Acknowledges still a long way to go in Muslim ties * Tough talk for Israel on settlement report By Patricia Zengerle JAKARTA, Nov 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that Washington's effort to reach out to the Muslim world was earnest and would help improve U.S. security, although he acknowledged that there was still more work to do. Obama arrived on Tuesday on a twice-postponed trip to Indonesia, the world's most populous majority-Muslim state. Before leaving on Wednesday, he...
  • Welcome home, Barry

    11/09/2010 2:14:59 AM PST · by snowsislander · 25 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | November 9,2010 | Editorial staff
    President Barack Obama arrives in Jakarta on Tuesday for a whirlwind visit, assuming that the skies in Jakarta are clear of volcanic ash from Mount Merapi. This is a visit that is long overdue. Indonesia is the country where Obama spent four years of his childhood and where his late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, dedicated most of her professional life to helping the poor. For those very personal reasons, Indonesia must have a special place in the heart of the American president. The feeling was mutual, at least until recently. Indonesians cheered with Americans when they voted the first African-American...