Toward “The 60th Asian African Conference Commemoration” – Bandung, 24 April 2015


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Asian-African Conference (AAC) in Indonesia planned to be held in Bandung and Jakarta in April 2015, the theme of cooperation the promotion of peace and prosperity of the world. The theme that will be displayed is strengthening south-south cooperation. The Indonesian government also wants this cooperation to contribute in promoting world peace and prosperity.

Though now most of the participating countries Asian-African Conference is independent of colony colonialism, but there are still many who have not been apart of poverty, this is the reason for the return AAC in Jakarta and Bandung in April 2015. The conference is still very relevant to be implemented. If the first goal first AAC across the country gathered for independence, now all also work together to seek to liberate Asian-African countries from poverty. One of the main agenda AAC in Indonesia, which will be attended by 109 heads of state is about economic progress.

The Government of Indonesia through the support of other countries will strive to encourage and promote south-south cooperation, which provide concrete results and tangible contribution to the welfare state in Asia, Africa and also will revitalize other strategic partnerships. As is known, 75 percent of world population in Asia-Africa. GDP in the Asia-Africa also reached US $ 21 trillion. A total of one billion citizens come from the middle class, there is a large market opportunity. In addition to the economic problem, KAA would also address a number of topics, such as solidarity in politics, development, and socio-cultural relations between countries of Asia and Africa.

Meeting of senior officials from the Asia-Africa will be held in Jakarta on April 22 to 23. Then, on April 24, all the representatives of the state will go to Bandung to perform pilgrimage procession AAC.

The closer to the time of implementation, preparation of the organizing committee of the foreign ministry and other ministries has a maximum cross. Where a meeting with stakeholders, editorial director of media, academia, and the seniors to inform AAC has undertaken. In addition, the dissemination of information has also been implemented, where the committee has coordinated with the foreign ministries of other countries and their embassies in Jakarta.

Appointment of Indonesia to host the Asian-African Conference warnings (AAC), of course, be a precious moment for Indonesia to return to contribute to world peace. In the history of the Asian-African Conference was first held on April 18 to 24 year 1955.

Indonesia and other countries such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, and Pakistan became iitiator. In addition to promoting economic cooperation and the Asia-Africa, the movement is also considered a stance against colonialism United States and the Soviet Union and other imperialist countries. And the discussion board is also the origin of the formation of the Non-Aligned in 1961. In addition to commemorating 60 years of the Asian-African Conference, the event will also be celebrated 10 years of strategic cooperation countries of Asia and Africa, the New Asia-Africa Strategic Partnership (NASP).

 

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President Sukarno chose Bandung as the Asian-African Conference on 18 to 24 April 1955 ago. Not without any reason when Bung Karno chose the ‘City of Flowers’ a gathering place for 5 heads of state and representatives of 24 countries in Asia and Africa.
In the book ’50 years of Indonesian and Asian-African Conference ‘which published the State Department (now Ministry of Foreign Affairs) stated that Bandung handpicked by President Sukarno that time.
“He (Sukarno) would like to confirm to the world that was the beginning of the Bandung-independence movement led begin the fight against colonialism and imperialism,” as set forth in the book ’50 years of Indonesian and Asian-African Conference ‘as quoted by AFP on Monday (13/4 / 2015).

The history of the independence movement is echoed by Sukarno indeed many do in Bandung. In 1926, Sukarno founded the Algemene Study Club in London which is the result of inspiration from Indonesische Study Club by Dr. Soetomo. This organization became the forerunner of the National Party of Indonesia, which was founded in 1927.

In December 1930 before a court of Landraad Bandung, Bung Karno read the court was entitled, ‘Indonesia Sues’. Defense that explore the lives of the people under colonial Indonesia is compiled by Sukarno from behind prison. Defense ‘Indonesia Sues’ This then became the forerunner of politics against colonialism and imperialism.

On Bumi Parahiyangan also Bung Karno on March 30, 1933 compiled treatises, ‘Achieving Indonesia Merdeka’ which contains the vision and mission of Indonesia’s independence.
Three Bung Karno movement activities that are, among others, the reason for choosing Bandung as the convening of the conference

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Bali Airport (Ngurah Rai) Denpasar – Indonesia


Ngurah Rai International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Ngurah Rai) (IATA: DPSICAO: WADD), also known as Denpasar International Airport, is located in southern Bali, 13 km south of Denpasar. Ngurah Rai is the 3rd busiest airport in Indonesia after Jakarta‘s Soekarno–Hatta International Airport and Surabaya‘s Juanda International Airport.

The airport is named after I Gusti Ngurah Rai, an Indonesian republican who died on 20 November 1946 in a puputan (fight to the death) against the Dutch at Marga in Tabanan where the Dutch defeated his company with air support, killing Rai and 95 others during the Indonesian Revolution in 1946.[1]

Lieutenant Colonel I Gusti Ngurah Rai (30 January 1917 – 20 November 1946) is an Indonesian National Hero who commanded Indonesian forces in Bali against the Dutch during the Indonesian War of Independence. He was killed in the Battle of Margarana.

Ngurah Rai was born in Carangsari, Badung Regency, Bali on 30 January 1917. He studied at a Dutch elementary school, then went to high school in Malang, East Java. He then received Dutch military training at the Military Cadet School in Gianyar, Bali and Magelang, Central Java. After graduating, he joined the Dutch-sponsored military as a second lieutenant in Bali

After the Indonesian Declaration of Independence he established the People’s Security Army, the forerunner of the military of Indonesia, for the Lesser Sunda Islands. He then left for the republican capital, Yogyakarta to receive orders before returning to Bali to oppose the approximately 2,000 Dutch troops who had landed on 2 and 3 March 1946.[3]

Ngurah Rai found that the republican forces were divided and he worked hard to reunite them. He then organized the first attack against the Dutch forces headquarters at Tabanan. The Dutch then attempted to locate Nguraha Rai’s base and offered negotiations, which he refused.

On 20 November 1946, the Dutch launched a large attack on Marga with the assistance of troops from Lombok and supported by aircraft. Lt. Col Ngurah Rai ordered a Puputan, or fight to the death. He died along with all of his troops. The battle is now known as the Battle of Margarana.# (Wikipedia)

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Peek the Night, Embrace Lonesome


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Its not the great pictures (some are blurry), but I love to put them here. I took these picture on the 3rd week of February 2015, around Padma Street, Legian, Bali.  I remember at that day, Saturday was hard rain and hard wind.  My flight was delay around 5 hours from Bandung.   In the night (Saturday Nite) was not too hot in Legian. It was reat to walk.  I was going around Bali Mandira Hotel.. just alone, and talked with bartender and people at the bar.  I got 1 glass Long Island, that make me sleepy enough

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