Jusman Masga

Monday, October 16, 2006

Acheh News

The changing of Identity Card (KTP) from Merah Putih ( special ID for Achehness people during The Martial Law implemented in Acheh ) to regular in the region as a changing climate to peace one year after Indonesian goverment agree to terminate conflict during last two decade By signing MoU ( between goverment and GAM )on august 2005,




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Friday, October 06, 2006

Noble Peace Price

JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesia's president said Tuesday he would be honored to accept this year's Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end a bloody war in Aceh province, but said it would be better if all parties involved in the deal were awarded.

Experts and bookmakers are predicting that the Norwegian committee that awards the prize will honor the Aug. 15, 2005, peace agreement between Indonesia's government and Aceh separatist rebels which ended 29 years of fighting that left 15,000 people dead.

Martti Ahtisaari, a former Finnish president who mediated the deal, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the former rebel movement have all been tipped as possible winners. Some experts say the committee is likely to split the award three ways.

Yudhoyono said dividing the award between Ahtisaari, himself, the former guerrillas, the negotiators, the Indonesian security forces, the peace monitors and local parliamentarians and religious leaders would be best.

"If Allah wants us to receive the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, then those parties who I mentioned surely have the right to the award," Yudhoyono said in a statement read by his spokesman.

Other favorites this year include exiled Chinese human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, Chechen lawyer Lida Yusupova, U.N. chief war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, Belarus human rights activist Aliaksandr Bialiats, as well as musicians Bono and Bob Geldof.

The Nobel Peace Prize, first awarded in 1901, will be announced on Oct. 13 in Oslo, Norway


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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

coffee Acheh

Jakarta, Indonesia-Relief -- The Aceh Tsunami Relief Fund, established by Coffee Kids in partnership with Forestrade Inc, has made a complete shift to supporting the reconstruction of local community infrastructure in the coffee-growing Gayo Highland region in Central Aceh. Currently the fund is rehabilitating 10 coffee processing facilities, rehabilitating 10 hectares of coffee farms with soil erosion losses, and reconstruction of 15 mosques.


In late April, the local implementing organizations PPKGO (Gayo Organic Coffee Farmers Association) and CV Trimaju (coffee processing company) created a summary plan for priority rebuilding projects in 20 villages that suffered physical losses during the devastating earthquake of December 2004 and subsequent aftershocks. An itemized budget was prepared containing specific locations, projects undertaken, and estimated costs per item.

Among the projects identified with a total budget allocation of Rp 2.513 billion (about US$271,231) are: rebuilding of 15 structurally-damaged mosques; repair of 7 community water supply systems; reconstruction of 11 village meunasah (Islamic schools); rehabilitation of 10 local coffee processing facilities, rehabilitation of approximately 10 hectares of coffee farms with soil erosion losses; repair of damaged housing in all 20 villages.

As reported by Coffe Kids in mid June, reconstruction activities have begun in most of the communities. However, only the highest priority work is underway as the 2004-2005 coffee harvests has still continued through the last two months.

On a parallel track, the centralized processing plant of CV Trimaju and the largest PPKGO-managed small-scale wet mill were rehabilitated in March-April using funds from Cordaid. Despite the early delays and difficulties, the harvest has proceeded well and the farmers and buyers alike are reporting that production volumes and product quality are normal to very good.

The bulk of the reconstruction efforts will take place from July-October during the period before Ramadhan and the resumption of the next harvest in November. A civil engineering student from Banda Aceh who survived the Tsunami in West Sumatra and who received financial support from the Aceh Tsunami Relief Fund will make visits to Central Aceh to monitor progress and provide technical support over the next several months.

A major positive development during the last several months has been the provision of temporary employment to a number of the estimated 10,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) that have located in Central Aceh near coffee farmers and local processing units. This will last until about July-August, when the harvest will end. However, plans are much needed to meet the long-term land, housing, employment, and educational needs of the IDPs so that they will be able to have an orderly and stable resettlement.

In recognition of the long-term reconstruction and resettlement needs in Central Aceh and many other parts of Aceh province and North Sumatra, Coffee Kids partner ForesTrade Inc. has formed an alliance with two U.S. non-profit organizations to carry on and expand the work of the Aceh Tsunami Relief Project. ForesTrade co-founder Thomas Fricke has initiated a mass consumer marketing initiative in the United States called Sustain Sumatra in partnership with Counterpart International (CPI), a Washington-DC based humanitarian assistance non-profit organization and the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (AICC).

The coffee aspects of the Sustain Sumatra campaign will undoubtedly be a major component, and will continue to be primarily channeled through current Aceh Tsunami Relief partners PPKGO and Trimaju. The program can be accessed starting June 17th 2005 at a dedicated website ( www.sustainsumatra.org ) designed for the use by a broad assortment of partner companies, customers, and consumers. This website will also link back to the Coffee Kids Website to direct potential individual and corporate contributors towards Coffee Kidss ongoing support for Sumatra and their broader global efforts.

Sustain Sumatra will feature a broad array of products with primary or defining ingredients produced in Aceh and Sumatra such as Arabica coffee, essential oils, spices, palm oil, cacao, furniture, and handicrafts.

In the first 12 months of operations, the program is targeting raising at least $2 million through revenue sharing from sales, designated corporate contributions, and matching funds from collaborating organizations. An independent trust fund administered by a reputable Indonesian NGO will provide programming support and financial oversight in the field. A number of companies such as Green Mountain Coffee, Equal Exchange, Taylor Made Farms, and Frontier Cooperative Herbs have made commitments to participating in the campaign, and several other major corporations have expressed an interest as well once the campaign is off and rolling. nas source:

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Acheh - History

SUMATRA, ALSO KNOWN AS SUMATERA ISLAND IN THE WESTERN Indonesia, westernmost of the Sunda Islands, bordered by the Indian Ocean. The island extends in a southeastern to northwestern direction; it is separated by the Strait of Malacca from the Malay Peninsula on the northeast and by Sunda Strait from Java on the southeast. Sumatra consists of the region of Acheh and the provinces of Riau, Jambi, Bengkulu, Lampung, and North, South, and West Sumatra. The chief cities include Palembang and Padang. Area, 473,605 sq km/ 182,860 sq mi; population (1995 estimate) 40,830,400.

The island has a maximum length of about 1770 km (about 1100 mi) and a maximum width of about 435 km (about 270 mi). A great volcanic mountain chain, known as the Barisan Mountains and including several parallel ranges, traverses Sumatra, following the western coast. The highest peak on Sumatra is Kerinci (3805 m/12,484 ft). Along the eastern coast is a broad, gently sloping plain where all the main rivers flow, including the Musi, Hari, Indragiri, and Kampar, of much importance for interior navigation. The largest of the many Sumatran lakes is Lake Toba, about 80 km (about 50 mi) long. The equator passes nearly through the center of the island, and the mean annual temperature ranges from 25° to 27° C (77° to 81° F). Annual rainfall varies between 2286 and 4699 mm (90 to 185 in). Earthquakes and destructive storms, often causing injury and loss of life, are common. The soil is extremely fertile, and most of the island is densely forested; banyans, palm, rubber, and teak are among the trees found here. Fauna comprise the elephant, orangutan, siamang (black gibbon), tiger, tapir, and other animals common to the Malay Archipelago. Mineral deposits are large and include bauxite and petroleum. Agriculture, the predominant activity, is pursued on small farms or on large plantations. The principal indigenous food crops are rice, by far the largest, and corn. Estate cultivation is primarily of rubber, tea, coffee, coconuts, and spices, principally for export.

The indigenous Sumatrans belong, linguistically and culturally, to the Malayan peoples and are sometimes grouped as Indonesians. Among the most important ethnic groups are the Achenese and Gayos in the north, the Bataks in the interior, the Lampongs in the south, and the Malays throughout Sumatra. Islam is the prevailing religion. The population includes large groups of Indians, Chinese, and Arabs and some Europeans, who live principally in the coastal regions.

Marco Polo, the Venetian explorer, visited the island about 1292, and in 1509 Portuguese traders established stations here. In the 17th century the Dutch obtained a foothold on Sumatra and gradually extended their dominion. In the late 17th century the British also began establishing themselves in Sumatra. Anglo-Dutch rivalry was bitter until 1824, when the British gave up their claims to Sumatra to the Netherlands in return for Malacca. Throughout the 19th century the Dutch continued to extend their authority over local rulers; the last great struggle (1873-1903) was with the Achenese. Almost all Sumatra was occupied by Japanese troops during World War II (1939-1945), from 1942 until the conclusion of the war. Sumatra became a principal component of the Indonesian struggle for independence following World War II.' (Encarta Encyclopedia)

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coffee news

News from Sumatra
Update from the Aceh Tsunami Relief Fund
The Aceh Tsunami Relief Fund has made a complete shift to supporting the reconstruction of local community infrastructure in the coffee-growing Gayo Highland region. In late April, the local implementing organizations created a summary plan for priority rebuilding projects in 20 villages that suffered physical losses during the devastating earthquake of December 2004 and subsequent aftershocks.

Reconstruction activities have begun in most of the communities. However, only the highest priority work is underway as the 2004-2005 coffee harvest has continued. Despite the early delays and difficulties, the harvest has proceeded well and the farmers are reporting that coffee quality is very good.

About the Cooperative
The Gayo Organic Coffee Farmers Association is an organic Fair Trade cooperative located in the Gayo Highlands of the Aceh province of Sumatra, Indonesia. Co-op members are small-scale coffee farmers dedicated to producing 100% shade-grown, organic coffee. In a region known for political conflict, the co-op has continued to produce, process, and export high quality Sumatran coffee.

Co-op farmers live in an environmentally sensitive region, the buffer zone to Gunung Leuser National Park, which contains critical watershed areas and sanctuaries for endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger. Fair Trade price incentives and technical support provided by the cooperative have encouraged sustainable agriculture and resource conservation.

Significant revenues earned from selling to the Fair Trade and organic markets allow the co-op to contribute to a wide variety of programs, including: Community nurseries to provide improved and grafted coffee and shade tree seedlings; rehabilitation of degraded lands and unproductive coffee trees; a weed cutter program to help farmers avoid the use of herbicides; a credit union to extend small loans to families in the cooperative and community infrastructure improvements.

This coffee is Fair Trade Certified by TransFairUSA and Certified Organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. It is grown in shaded conditions by small farmer cooperatives.

All of our coffee is roasted to order and shipped fresh daily. We package in air-tight, foil-lined bags with one-way degassing valves to preserve freshness.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Introduction

Hi, I am jusman masga, in New Delhi right now, on Ist Ramadhan I try to learn and creat the blog with helping of my friends and blog master Mr. Fatih and Ms. Rini, they are guided me to know the important thing how to sign in, editting and setting etc, so I am Happy today, thank a lot for both my guidance and others, and I hope they never stop to teach me.

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