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Prabowo - the Pentagon’s favourite Indonesian

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I was looking for information on a close associate of George Soros and Donald Trump in Indonesia – Hary Tanoe: ... t=40#p4590
Before I could post on that, I first had to check on General Prabowo, who has been working for the Pentagon for decades. Prabowo was trained in the USA by the US DoD.

Prabowo's father, Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, financed an armed rebellion against President Sukarno in 1957-58.
Sumitro was a cabinet minister under both President Sukarno and Suharto.
Prabowo married Suharto's youngest daughter, Titiek Suharto.
Prabowo's mentor and father-in-law, General Suharto, was Washington's man. The Clinton White House told the New York Times that Suharto is "our kind of guy".

Nicolau dos Reis Lobato became the first Prime Minister of East Timor after the declaration of independence in November 1975. After Lobato had become East Timor's second President, he was captured by Prabowo's KOPASSUS group on 31 December 1977 that shot and killed him.
A Timorese man told about having his leg and teeth broken by Prabowo.

In 1996, in West Papua foreign hostages were captured.
After a transfer already had been negotiated, this was quickly abandoned, when Prabowo was afraid that he wouldn’t get enough credit for the hostage rescue.
The aborted hostage transfer led to a brutal campaign of reprisal attacks by the Indonesian military (mostly by Prabowo’s group) against villages thought to be sympathetic to the OPM.

In August 1998, Prabowo had to resign from the Indonesian army, after revelations on his role in the kidnapping, torture and murder of peaceful democratic activists in 1997-98 (13 of the abductees are still missing, presumed dead) and his central role in sparking the 14 May 1998 anti-Chinese riots in Jakarta and several other major cities.
Prabowo confessed his role in the kidnappings, but said that his "conscience is clear".
Prabowo said about the 1998 Jakarta riots that featured murder, rape and anti-Chinese violence:
There were 128 fires at one time. This was an operation: planned, instigated, controlled.

The Asian Human Rights Commission on 21 December 2013 published about the shooting and killing by Detachment 88 of Hubertus Mabel and wounding second Papuan activist Natalis Alua while in custody. Mabel was also stabbed in the chest.
The Indonesian army shot 7 Papuan fishermen in West Papua, killing 4.
By the end of 2012, at least 22 Papuans associated with the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) had been murdered in cold blood by the Indonesian government:
(archived here:

ABRI personnel have confirmed that KOPASSUS Group 4's men were trained by US intelligence, which has been confirmed by US officials in private.
In 1997, KOPASSUS, with US support, was expanded from 3,000 to 4,800 men. The Pentagon trained KOPASSUS on more than 24 JCET exercises and backed Prabowo's plan to obtain US helicopters.

The USA also supported Prabowo's “rival”, General Wiranto, whose units were also JCET trained. Wiranto was hailed by Adm. Joseph Prueher (chief of the US Pacific Command) as "a man of integrity and a true Indonesian patriot".

In 1998, the ETAN group showed that US intelligence knew for months about the disappearances as they were taking place. The activists' situation was known by Colonel Charles D. (Don) McFetridge of the US DIA and by the US embassy. Yet it took until mid-April, after the public protests erupted, that the State Department went to Prabowo and pushed for the release of some activists.
Allan Nairn reported about interviews with Colonel Chairawan, the KOPASSUS Group 4 commander, who said he directly deals with McFetridge of the DIA.

When Suharto couldn’t remain dictator, General Wiranto consulted nonstop with the US Embassy, on how to cover the Indonesian Armed Forces (ABRI) bloody tracks.
Lieut. Gen. Prabowo, Suharto's hated son-in-law was demoted, and was suddenly blamed for all ABRI offenses of recent months. The Washington Post suddenly announced on 23 May 1998 that Prabowo was behind recent "disappearances" of Indonesian activists:

Prabowo was Indonesia's single most intensively US-trained officer, and arguably Washington's closest Indonesian protégé ever.
General Prabowo has repeatedly confirmed to be "very good friends" with the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), reporting to them on a weekly basis. He said that he was a go-between for US messages to Suharto. Prabowo was also involved in bringing US troops to Indonesia for exercises by the Pentagon on its "contingency plan for entry to Indonesia” (preparing for a possible invasion…).
Prabowo said he was on the phone frequently with Charles D. (Don) McFetridge (DIA) and others in US Intel. McFetridge also dealt directly with Prabowo's KOPASSUS Group 4 commander, Colonel Chairawan.

Prabowo said he was "very good friends” with DIA officer George Benson, who in the mid-1960s ran US-ABRI covert operations to topple Sukarno, amid US-backed massacres that killed hundreds of thousands of Indonesian.
After leaving the DIA, Benson represented Suharto's Pertamina oil company in Washington.

High US officials have continued to praise Prabowo.
Prabowo once put on a special KOPASSUS show for visiting US Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Command (CINCPAC), Admiral Joseph Prueher.
In January 1998, Defense Secretary William Cohen praised the "very impressive … discipline" of KOPASSUS. When Secretary Cohen visited, he raised eyebrows in Jakarta by going to KOPASSUS headquarters and pending 3 hours with Prabowo.

After Prabowo was forced to resign, former US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Gelbard would call him:
perhaps the greatest violator of human rights in contemporary times among the Indonesian military.

After the ETAN group disclosed what was going on by releasing Pentagon JCET documents obtained with the help of the late US Representative Lane Evans, which focused on JCET drills with Prabowo's KOPASSUS, its founder (the writer of these articles) was arrested and interrogated by Suharto’s security forces.

Prabowo's brother, the billionaire investor Hashim Djojohadikusumo, said:
Prabowo is very pro-American. He went to American high school, American grade school. I mean, you know, he's been going to American school all his life. He went to Special Forces, he was in Fort Benning, Fort Bragg. You know, I'm pro-American. Until recently I was an investor in California, in a big way, in the oil business.
Prabowo, through his wife Titiek, was reportedly in business with Merrill Lynch.
Hashim and Prabowo's father, Sumitro, sat on USINDO boards. Corporate sponsors of USINDO have included the Lippo Group, Freeport McMoRan, Texaco, Mobil, Raytheon, GE, Hughes Aircraft and Merrill Lynch:
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The Lippo Group leads to the Arkansas of Governor Bill Clinton.
The Chinese Indonesian James Riady was sent to the USA by his father Mochtar in 1977, where he met Bill Clinton. Riady bought a stake in the largest bank of Arkansas, Worthen, from Jackson Stephens. Worthen was later shut down, because of illegal loans and embezzlement.

From Los Angeles James Riady set up the Lippo bank with the help of Taiwanese banker John Huang. This bank lost a lot of money due to bad loans and was involved with money laundering: ... -clintons/

The trusted aide of the Riadys, John Huang, got an important spot in the Clinton administration. During the presidency of Bill Clinton, Riady visited the White House more than 20 times. Joseph Giroir Jr, boss of Hillary at the Rose law firm, became an important lawyer for the Riady family.
In 1998 the US senate started an investigation into this affair. James Riady and John Huang pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance regulations by financing Bill Clinton with millions of dollars. The Lippo bank settled the case for 8.6 million dollar:

In June 1994 one of Riady’s companies paid Webster Hubbell (a former partner of Hillary at the Rose law firm) a 100,000 dollar “consulting fee”, right before Hubbell would go to prison for 21 months for refusing to testify against first lady Hillary Clinton (can anybody think of another reason, than he was paid to remain silent?). In 1995 Hubbell was hired to work for a Lippo Group affiliate.
Although Riady was formally not allowed to enter the USA again the Obama administration gave him a visa waiver so he could in 2009 on 2 occasions (Hillary Clinton denied being involved): ... bbell.html

The Riady family had strong connections with the Suharto regime.
To make the Indonesian coal mines of Mission Energy backed by Suharto and Mochtar Riady, a financial success; Bill Clinton simply had the possible place for coal mines in Utah declared a national monument, so now the USA had to import Indonesian coal, instead of mining their own.
The Entergy group based in Little Rock Arkansas, owned by the Lippo group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the North China Power Corporation to deliver Indonesian coal (with no competition of the Utah coal fields): ... oggle.html
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Re: Prabowo - the Pentagon’s favourite Indonesian

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According to a Wikileaks cable from 2006, Indonesia's ISIS-supporting militia FPI, has been financed by the Indonesian police, the Indonesian security services and Playboy:

Associates of Donald Trump in Indonesia have joined army officers and a vigilante street movement linked to ISIS in a campaign to manipulate the elections.

General Prabowo Subianto was heavily involved in torture, kidnap and mass murder — like in 1965. Prabowo was a US trainee and protégé. As Commander of the Army Strategic Reserve Command, KOSTRAD, Prabowo repressed the 1998 Jakarta riots that led to the resignation of his then father-in-law Suharto.
President Trump, and his son Eric, welcomed Tanoe to Trump Tower and at the inauguration. They said they hoped Tanoe would serve as a bridge between Trump and Gen. Prabowo. An executive of Prabowo’s political party, Manimbang Kahariady, said he had met with Hary 3 days before.
See Hary Tanoe holding hands with former General Prabowo (thumbs up).

The Front Pembela Islam (FPI: Islamic Defenders Front) was founded in 1998 with military and police help, to terrorise targeted individuals for the army.
According to Allan Nairn, Prabowo and TNI generals are using Reformasi to preserve their privileges.
Nairn based his essay on KOSTRAD associate of Prabowo - Gen. Kivlan Zen. Kivlan points to the central role of Prabowo’s 2014 campaign manager Fadli Zon, who has publicly praised Donald Trump and appeared with him at a press conference at Trump Tower during the first days of Donald’s presidential campaign.

Kivlan, who helped arrange the massive November protests in Jakarta, is currently facing charges of treason for trying to overthrow the government .
Prominent supporters of the coup movement include Fadli Zon and Hary Tanoe. See Donald Trump and Fadli Zon.

Fadli Zon, Prabowo’s contact with Trump, has defended the FPI and appeared with their leader in the FPI-led anti-Ahok demonstrations.
According to intelligence reports the FPI-led protest movement was funded by son of the former dictator Suharto Tommy Suharto (who once served time for having a judge shot in the head and Trump’s business partner Hary Tanoe.
See Prabowo and Fadli Zon.

During the mass protests against the governor, FPI leader Habib Rizieq Shihab called for “hanging” Ahok. Joining Rizieq at the protests were the FPI’s spokesman and militia chief, Munarman, as well as Fadli Zon.
See Rizieq with Fadli Zon (on the right).

Freeport-McMoRan Mining Company hired attorney Munarman, spokesman and former military commander for the FPI. Munarman was videotaped at a ceremony where young men swear allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Mining colossus Freeport McMoRan, is controlled by Carl Icahn: ... wi/5588694
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See Donald Trump with his long-time friend and adviser Carl Icahn.
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Prabowo, Wiranto, Widodo, Allyn

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General Prabowo Subianto has confirmed that he worked for the US National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and other parts of the Pentagon.

Prabowo said that General Wiranto was responsible for the 1999 East Timor burning, rape, mass murder, and torture by the TNI militia.
According to US documents, Wiranto had the green light from British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Prabowo said that this massacre was orchestrated through Wiranto's main man General Zacky Anwar Makarim.
Prabowo knew Zacky because he had worked for Prabowo until he "abandoned" him for Wiranto.

Prabowo said:
Only they [the NSA] would have the evidence of Wiranto's militia operations.
All counterinsurgency operations need militias, paramilitaries. The US uses them.

Nine months before Prabowo was interviewed in 2001, the Jakarta stock exchange (JSX) was bombed.
Prabowo said one of those involved was an ex-member of Kopassus (Group 5).

In 2012, Vice Governor of Aceh, Muzakir, confirmed that former Kopassus commander General Sunarko had ordered the assassination of pro-GAM activists during the 2009 elections.
In February 2014, Muzakir also acknowledged that Prabowo's Kopassus had murdered Aceh civilians:
(archived here:

In 2004, Rob Allyn got involved in Indonesian politics when he was hired by Prabowo's younger brother Hashim Djojohadikusumo to make TV advertisements for Golkar in the parliamentary elections.
He later didn’t succeed in getting Prabowo Subianto elected as chairman of Golkar.

In 2012, Allyn was also hired to create commercials for Joko Widodo, Prabowo’s rival, when he ran for Jakarta governor.

See Rob Allyn in Indonesia.

In 1994, Rob Allyn helped George W. Bush get elected governor of Texas.
In 2000, Allyn helped to get Vincente Fox elected president of Mexico: ... o-campaign
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Arms sales to Indonesia

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Firestarter wrote: Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:31 pmMore than 60,000 people were slaughtered in the first 3 months of the invasion. In the 20 years since Indonesia illegally invaded East Timor, at least 200,000 people have died. According to Gabriel Defert, the real figure is closer to 300,000.

On arrival in Indonesia, Robin Cook gave one of the world's most vicious dictatorships a “deal on human rights”. At the time, Suharto’s Indonesia were conducting “Operation Finish Them Off in East Timor”, with British arms whose delivery he refused to stop.
Indonesia's special forces, Kopassus, patrol East Timor in civilian dress in unmarked vehicles, armed with Heckler and Koch automatic weapons from British Aerospace. Their marksmen train on simulators used by the SAS and their death squads train in British equipment. Indonesian military officers and pilots are trained in Britain.


John Pilger – Hidden agendas (1998): ... ohn_Pilger

Two days before the brutal invasion of East Timor President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gave the green light for the invasion at a state dinner with President Suharto in Jakarta.
Since Suharto was brought into power of Indonesia in 1965, the US has been the biggest arms supplier of Indonesia, particularly after the invasion of East Timor in 1975.

US arms sales to Indonesia more than quadrupled from $12 million in 1974 to $65 million in 1975, while US military aid to Jakarta more than doubled from $17 million in 1974 to $40 million in 1976.
In 1977, Congressional hearings confirmed that major US weapons systems were sold during this period (some used in East Timor), including: 16 Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" counterinsurgency aircraft, 3 Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft, 36 Cadillac-Gage V-150 "Commando" armoured cars, S-61 helicopters, patrol craft, M-16 rifles, pistols, mortars, machine guns, recoilless rifles, ammunition, and extensive communications equipment.

During the 1977 House International Relations Committee hearing, the State Department's Deputy Legal Advisor George H. Aldrich testified that "roughly 90%" of Indonesia's weapons during the 1975 invasion of East Timor came from the United States.
A high-ranking Indonesian general bluntly pointed out: "Of course there were US weapons used [during the attack on East Timor]. These are the only weapons that we have”.


During the last 2 years of the Ford Administration US arms sales to Indonesia levelled off at $10 to $12 million annually.
In the 4 years that Jimmy Carter was US president (hypocritically on a platform of human rights), arms sales to Suharto skyrocketed to nearly $60 million per year, of which $112 million in 1978.
In May 1978, Vice President Walter Mondale sold Indonesia 16 A-4 "Skyhawk" attack planes, which is capable of spraying weapons fire and explosives over wide areas. Besides the "Skyhawks also a batch of 16 Bell UH-1H "Huey" helicopters were sold to the ruthless dictatorial regime of Suharto.

The Reagan administration maintained a steady weapons flow to Jakarta, of more than $40 million per year in arms sales during its first 4 years in office. In 1986, the Reagan administration approved a record more than $300 million in weapons sales to Suharto. This was the year that the US sold Indonesia its first batch of 12 F-16 fighter planes.
Arms sales to Indonesia dropped during the Bush Administration, to a still impressive $28 million annually.

The Clinton Administration was pushing Indonesia to buy more F-16’s. The total F-16 package, would be worth roughly $200 million (but I don’t know if the sale went through). If the sale of 9 to 11 F-16s went ahead as planned, the Clinton Administration will have approved roughly $270 million in arms sales to Indonesia in just over 4 years, over $67 million per year. This represents the highest US sales since the second Reagan term or the early Carter period.
In the second term of Bill Clinton as US president, the US has announced steps to “ensure” that sold arms to Indonesia won’t be used for internal repression.

There are several ways in which the US taxpayers have paid for arms sales to Indonesia in the 1990s.
The US Export-Import Bank offered guaranteed loans; including the "dual use" new program, which was intensive lobbied by the Aerospace Industries Association. In late 1995, Indonesia received a $22 million loan guarantee from the ExIm Bank to refurbish 7 of its U.S.-origin C-130 and L-100 transport aircraft.
The Pentagon during the Clinton administration created the $15 billion arms export loan guarantee fund.
Another form of indirect subsidy for arms exports is the practice of providing "offsets": steering business to the purchasing country (Indonesia). In May 1996, Indonesia's state minister of Research and Technology B.J. Habibie told to expect at least a 30% offset for the F-16 sale.

According to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, from 1992 to 1994, Indonesia received 53% of its weapons imports from the United States.
The US, wasn’t the only country supplying the brutal Suharto regime with weapons. Since the mid-1980s, Indonesia has relied almost entirely on the US and Western European countries, particularly the UK, France, Netherlands and Germany for imported armaments (an estimated 91 to 100% of its imported weapons).

In the 1980s and 1990s the Dutch Hollandse Signaal Apparaten (daughter of the French Thompson-CSF) was the biggest arms and military services suppliers to ABRI (armed forces) from the Netherlands. During this period most sales of Dutch arms were to the Indonesia navy. The Netherlands supplied 9 major surface vessels and is pushing to sell more naval equipment.
In the period 1988-92, the Netherlands was the largest arms exporter to Indonesia after the US, according to the SIPRI.
A leaked report showed that in the period 1990-1995, Indonesia was the twelfth largest recipient of Dutch arms outside NATO, with a total value of $ 17.7 million: ... esia_0.pdf
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Re: Prabowo - the Pentagon’s favourite Indonesian

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The following October 1999 article gives more information on the support of the Indonesia of the ruthless dictator Suharto since 1965, who was forced to resign on 21 May 1998.
Since then the IMF has expanded its control of Indonesia even more…

The economic interests of the Suharto family in Indonesian society are vast; the Suhartos own an estimated $15 billion (if so, how much do the dictators of Britain, Netherlands and Spain have stashed away?). A World Bank internal document described that since 1967 a third of the loans meant for Indonesian development, $24 billion, were embezzled by Suharto's family members and business cronies.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers reported that $70 million of the IMF's $43 billion “bail-out” package ended up in GOLKAR-linked bank accounts. The report found numerous indicators of fraud, concealment, bribery and corruption.
With the Indonesian occupation of East Timor since 1975 top generals profited as they hijacked the Timorese economy, and the Suharto family controls nearly 40% of East Timor.

In February 1998, General Prabowo (Suharto's son-in-law) was made commander of the Indonesian Army strategic reserve, KOSTRAD.
After Suharto resigned, Dr Habibie was immediately endorsed by General Wiranto (former Commander-in-Chief of KOSTRAD) and the armed forces (ABRI). The electoral system in Indonesia was rigged to guarantee victory to the ruling GOLKAR party. The police, who played a political role in suppressing opposition to Suharto, were under ABRI control.
In July 1998, Habibie appointed General Wiranto as Defence Minister. General Raden Hartano (Army Chief of Staff) became Minister of Information and for new KOSTRAD C.O. General Sugiano (former C.O. of the Presidential Security Unit).

On 27 January 1999, Habibie announced a referendum on East Timor. Up until the referendum, brutal paramilitary operations in East Timor killed hundreds of Timorese and forced 40,000 people to flee their villages. 78.5% of the votes (344,500) favoured independence from Indonesia.
Then Habibie imposed martial law in East Timor, after which even worse violence followed. According to the UN, an estimated 500,000 of the 890,000 population were displaced of which 150,000 were locked up in Indonesian camps in West Timor. Many were killed.

Habibie announced a democratic general election for 7 June 1999, with elections for President in the autumn of 1999.
The process was assisted by “aid” from Australia, Japan and the European Union and $50 million from the UN Development Fund.

General Wiranto was nominated as GOLKAR's Vice-Presidential candidate, but unexpectedly withdrew his candacy on 18 October 1999. Habibie also pulled out of the Presidential election. Abdurrachman Wahid (a.k.a. Gus Dur), leader of the National Awakening Party (PKB), was elected President on 20 October by 373 votes to 313 over Megawati Sukarnoputri, who became Vice-President.
Habibie had pledged to implement the economic reforms demanded by the IMF. In the 1997 elections, Wahid had campaigned with Suharto's daughter and has links to the military elite, including General Wiranto.
Even Megawati Sukarnoputri, daughter of Sukarno who was overthrown by Suharto in 1965, has links to the military and is supported by many retired military officers.

In return for the IMF’s $43 billion “loan” to Indonesia, they demanded economic reforms like cutting food and fuel subsidies. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has demanded a veto over Indonesia's economic policy.
At the end of 1998, Indonesia owed Western banks – including UK banks HSBC, Standard Chartered, Schroders, NatWest and Barclays - £30.75 billion. Indonesia also owed the World Bank and IMF £12.75 billion, and £13.5 billion to Western governments.

In May 1997, Julian Robertson and George Soros, with credit from a group of international banks including Citigroup, orchestrated the crash of the Thailand baht and stock market. The same team crashed the economies of the Philippines, Indonesia and South Korea.
From July 1997 to late January 1998, the rupiah lost 85% of its value against the US dollar and the Indonesian stock exchange index lost 50%, with inflation soaring to over 50%. Industrial development was abruptly halted when 80 projects were stopped.
In 1996, some 4.5 million Indonesians were unemployed; by early 1999 an additional ten million had lost their jobs. Food shortages became common especially in rural areas. Absolute poverty at the end of 1998 had risen from 22.5 million before the crisis to 118.5 million Indonesians (from 11.2% to 60.6% of the population in only a couple of years).

In 1978, the UK started selling Hawk jets of British Aerospace (BAe) to Indonesia. The Hawk-209 is a single-seat, radar equipped, lightweight, multi-role combat aircraft, providing comprehensive air defence and ground attack capability.
On 22 November 1996, 16 Hawk-209 aircraft were licensed for export to Indonesia. The UK government assisted the deal by DTI's Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) with a £280 million guarantee (87% of the ECGD support for military exports for Indonesia in 1995-6 and 80% of the purchase price). By February 1998, this sum had risen to £362 million.

In 1996, Indonesia spent $4.7 billion on their military, in 1997 $4.8 billion, but because of the crisis (only) $1.7 billion in 1998. Total Indonesian imports from the UK fell by 50.3% in the first quarter of 1998.
With a moratorium on arms purchases, 5 Indonesian private companies illegally imported firearms, gas and electric shock weapons.

In 1994, Robin Cook stated that Hawk aircrafts were used to bomb East Timor in most years since 1984 but after he became Foreign Secretary he did nothing to stop the arms sales. On 29 August 1998, Cook announced police training in Indonesia, of the cops that were heavily involved in repression.
The Blair government also permitted UK institutions to train Indonesian military officers, sometimes using taxpayers' money. The UK taxpayer was also paying for training Hawk pilots. By July 1998, the RAF had trained 5 instructors and 24 pilots. British Aerospace also provided training for Hawk pilots.
On 11 September 1999, Cook finally announced that existing arms export licences to Indonesia were suspended for (only) 4 months until 16 January 2000. While this sounds almost impressive, in reality Indonesia had no plans to buy more Hawks.

Heckler & Koch is a subsidiary of British Aerospace that manufactures the 9mm MP5 sub-machine gun that can fire 800 rounds per minute. The MP5 is used by special units in Indonesia.
In 1995, more than 500 MSG 90 sniper rifles were delivered to Indonesian Marines and the Indonesian Police Department, manufactured under licence from BAe by Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKEK) near Ankara in Turkey.

On 9 December 1996, Ian Lang announced a licence for 50 Alvis Scorpion vehicles with equipment including 90mm guns and 2 machine-guns per vehicle, adaptable to convoy escort, internal security or light tank.
This deal was also covered by the ECGD with £65 million in 1996 and $3.2 million in 1997.

In May 1998, Kaman tried to sell shipborne anti-submarine helicopters to Indonesia.
In May 1998, GKN Westland offered their Super Lynx 300 helicopter to Indonesia.

The UK taxpayer has also paid for military aid from the Defence Military Assistance Fund to Indonesia when Tony Blair was Elizabeth’s PM. This money is mainly used to support UK defence exporters: in 1995-6: £691,880 (of which £583,000 for military exports); 1996-7: £1,675,280 (of which £1,629,080 for military exports); 1997-8: £62,400 (of which £19,700 for military exports)

British colony Australia has also provided diplomatic and military support to Indonesia’s regime. In January 1978, Malcolm Fraser's government recognised Indonesia's East Timor annexation, after which drilling for oil in Challis and Jabiru in the Timor Gap was allowed.
Between 1986 and 1991, the Australian government gleaned AUS$31 million from the sale of permits to oil companies to exploit natural resources in the region.
Australia sold 20 Nomad maritime patrol aircraft to Indonesians which arrived in January 1997. According to the IISS, Australia provided US$4 million worth of military aid to Indonesia in 1996; in 1997 another $4.5 million and in 1998 $3.5 million.
In May 1997, Australia and Indonesia agreed on a $1 billion military package to protect the Natuna gasfield in the South China Sea, including airborne early-warning systems, maritime patrol aircraft, frigates, SAMs and air-surveillance radar

In October 1998, British colony New Zealand made a deal to refurbish two US TA-4J Skyhawks for the Indonesian Air Force.
The Skyhawk is a ground-attack aircraft.

In 1994, Indonesia ordered 20 Light LG1 105mm cannons from the French Giat, in 1996 another 18 VBL wheeled amphibious scout vehicles, and in 1997 18 ULTRAF reconnaissance vehicles. In the beginning of 1997, the French Thomson-CSF won a $50 million contract to supply mission systems for Indonesian maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters.
France exported roughly double the UK total of £112,490,000 to Indonesia in 1998.

In June 1997, France awarded President Habibie a medal for promoting French-Indonesian relations and industrial development.
France and the Netherlands lobbied the EU to restrict the arms embargo to Indonesia, announced after the events in East Timor, to only 4 months.

In 1997, Germany made a deal for 5 Type 206 second-hand diesel attack submarines to Indonesia.
In 1997, the German companies STN Atlas Elektronik and Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard were also trying to sell a midget-submarine to Indonesia.

In 1995, the Belgian company SABCA was contracted to upgrade Indonesia's 12 F-5 fighters for $40 million, to give them communality with F-16s and Hawks.

In April 1996 Sweden approved the export of 3 Bofors naval cannon to Indonesia.

In August 1997, Indonesia reportedly decided on buying 12 Su-30K fighters and 8 Mi-17IV helicopters from Russia for $650-1000 million: ... ia/exports

Indonesians have had enough of the austerity program forced on them by the World Bank, IMF and the Indonesian political puppets selected to sell it to the masses…
Indonesia has already suffered since the US-sponsored military coup in 1965.

People are protesting against the changes which president Jokowi announced – curbing labour rights and “opening up” the economy to foreign “investment”. Jokowi is used to implement brutal Thatcherite capitalism.
New legislation will make it illegal to criticise re-elected President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

This administration is even worse than any since Suharto’s dictatorship.
In West Papua already around 500,000 lost their lives since the beginning of occupation.

Jokowi met with the US President Donald Trump asking him “on behalf of millions of the Indonesia people” to come and visit Indonesia: ... e-know-it/

How did the not very popular Joko Widodo get re-elected in the first place?!?
His rival is the same son-in-law of the late dictator Suharto, General Prabowo Subianto, who is hated even more in Indonesia than Hillary Clinton in America after orchestrating the torture of activists in 1998.

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Destroying rainforests in Indonesia

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I’ve earlier posted on the crimes against humanity by the World Wildlife Fund: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1648&start=10#p6318
Here’s more information mostly on the destruction of the habitat of the orang-utan in Indonesia with the assistance of the WWF.

When I was about 10 years old, I found the environment catastrophe stories very convincing and troubling.
Now I’ve grown cynical and think that philanthropic organisations like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) actually have a motive for first destroying wildlife and then come in as the saviour for the same wildlife that they conspired to eliminate...

I started this investigation after stumbling on the following May 2019 video from the Dutch state media. Knowing the level of censorship in the Netherlands it is surprisingly good.

The World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) battle for nature conservation in India includes: Birth control programs like sterilisation of men and women.
The fight against “poachers” includes wrongly accused inhabitants that are tortured and sometimes even killed.
Guards from Kaziranga National Park admit that they are allowed to shoot “unwanted people”.

A complete village was evicted to make room for the wildlife.

Also a Dutch “expert” is interviewed, who thinks it’s strange that when in a Dutch nature reserve there are too many wild animals they are killed, but in India the people have to move to make way for wildlife.

Some sections are in Dutch or Indian, all English subtitled (39:52).

Most people probably don’t even know that much of the packed food we eat includes palm oil.
In 2013, the WWF reported the following:
Much of Riau’s forests have been cleared to develop palm oil plantations and meet worldwide demand for pulp and paper. Analysis by WWF experts found that two of the world’s largest palm oil companies—Asian Agri and Wilmar—purchased palm oil fruit that was illegally grown within the boundaries of the Tesso Nilo Forest Complex, an area that includes Tesso Nilo National Park and surrounding forest concessions where it is illegal to plant palm oil.

Stopping illegal action
WWF reports at least 50 palm oil mills, with a processing capacity of 14.5 million tons of palm oil fruit, surround the Tesso Nilo Forest Complex. While this situation makes it impossible for both Asian Agri and Wilmar to avoid accepting illegal fruit with absolute certainty, our study suggests it is likely both companies were directly involved in the development of illegal plantations inside Tesso Nilo. ... ed-forests

For the production of palm oil, rain forest is destroyed at a rapid pace in Indonesia, which has made the orang-utan into an endangered specie (is it really?)...

In 2015, so many forests were set on fire that Indonesia became the world’s biggest climate polluter.
Member of the Palangka Raya city parliament Umi Mastika commented:
Companies keep burning the forest every year but it's time for the government not to search for who did or didn't do it, but it's time for the government to take care of the health of the cities' children and the general economy.
Compared to previous governments, the current government of Joko Widodo is not acting as quickly as the previous central governments.
In other words... Widodo lets the forest burn!

Both the Wilmar Group and the company Sinar Mas have interests in destroying these rainforests: https://www.institut-fuer-sozialstrateg ... ngutan.pdf

In September 2013, Indonesian local NGOs reported that the Bumitama subsidiary PT Andalan Sukses Makmur (PT ASMR) was destroying the forest in the Tanjung Puting National Park and bu"er areas. The company intends to establish a palm oil plantation within the national park.
After this a formal complaint was filed with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Tanjung Puting and adjacent forest bu"ers are important areas for the orang-utan.
Andalan Sukses Makmur was given an exploration permit based on a misleading Environmental Impact Statement.

Since April 2012, Bumitama Agri Ltd is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange; its IPO book runners were HSBC and DBS Bank.
A group of “cornerstone investors” in the IPO included: Wilmar International subsidiary Wii Pte Ltd, UOB Asset Management;
Value Partners Hong Kong;
Malaysia based Hwang Investment Management;
Singapore based Target Asset Management.

Bumitama’s top shareholders are Fortune Holdings Pte Ltd (52.63%), which is controlled by Bumitami Agri’s founders, the billionaire Lim family, and IOI Corp Bhd (31.19%).

In October 2013, Bumitama had $455 million in outstanding loans.
Financial institutions providing these loans include HSBC and DBS (as lead banks);
Japanese based Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp;
Singapore based OCBC and UOB;
Indonesia based Bank Ekonomi (majority owned by HSBC), Bank Permata (jointly owned by PT Astra International and Standard Chartered Bank) and Bank Mandiri (60% owned by the Indonesian government);
Netherlands based Rabobank International;
Malaysian state owned CIMB Bank: ... inance.pdf

Bumitama Agri was founded by mining business conglomerate the Harita Group, controlled by the Indonesian billionaire Lim Hariyanto Wijaya Sarwono.
Bumitama Agri owns and/or controls approximately 200,000 hectares of plantation land in Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan and Riau, Sumatra.

In the financial year 2012, Bumitama Agri generated revenues of € 277 million and a net profit of $71 million).
At the end of 2012, Bumitama owned a total in assets of € 714 million).

In 2011, Wilmar International bought 56.8% of Bumitama’s total Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and Palm Kernel Oil (PKO) production.

Major financiers of Bumitama Agri and/or Wilmar International include:
Vanguard Group
J.P. Morgan Chase
Fidelity Investments
State Street Corporation
Capital Group of Companies

From the Netherlands (historically Indonesia was (is?) a Dutch colony): ING Group; Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn; ABP; Aegon; ABN Amro Bank; Rabobank: ... ov13_0.pdf

Now for the WWF link...
The WWF has established the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), to give these companies a platform to collaborate in the destruction of rain forest, labelled “sustainable palm oil”.

Members of the RSPO include:
Wilmar International
Bumitama Agri

Deutsche Bank
Bank Permata
Bank Mandiri

ING Bank
ABN Amro Bank:
For some reason internet “search” engines block my posts: ... orld/page2

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