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       JANUARY 25-27, 2010

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RI-U.S. Interfaith Cooperation; Pradeep: Solving Three Major Global Problems            1
RI and U.S. Hold Interfaith Dialogue                                                    2
Indonesia-U.S.; Minister Marty Opens Interfaith Dialog                                  2
U.S. and RI Hold Interfaith Dialog                                                      3
Jakarta-Washington Holds Interfaith Conference                                          3
Vineet Chander, a Young Figure of Interfaith Dialog: Interfaith Dialog Must be
Materialized Concretely                                                                 4
Leila Muhammad, the Grandchild of the Founder of the Nation of Islam Elijah Muhammad:
Utilizing Opportunity as Minority in U.S                                                5
Gemaku Participates in Interfaith Dialog Staged by U.S. and Indonesian Government       5
Interfaith Dialog, the Pillar of Indonesia – U.S. Relations                             6
Three Men                                                                               6
RI-U.S. Interfaith Dialogue Produces Declaration                                        7
Religious Leaders Agree to Cooperate                                                    7
RI-U.S. Agree to Deal with Global Issues                                                8
RI-U.S. Leaders Campaign for Religious Tolerance                                        8
Visiting Mosque and Church After Holding Interfaith Dialogue                            9
Cooperation Not Just Recommendations                                                    9
RI-U.S. Religious Leaders Agree to Promote Religious Tolerance                          10
Religious Community to Deal With Global Problems                                        10
American Jewish Figure Proud Indonesia Cares for World Peace                            11
Fifty RI-U.S. Interfaith Leaders Gather in Jakarta                                      11
Most Influential Figure in Newsweek                                                     12

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Indonesia-U.S. interfaith dialogue to be held in Jakarta                                12
RI-U.S. interfaith meeting to take place in Jakarta                                     13
US, Indonesia Hold a Major Interfaith Meeting                                           13
RI, U.S. Cosponsoring First Interfaith Dialogue                                         14
Foreign Minister opens RI-U.S. Interfaith Dialogue                                      14
US-Indonesia to hold interfaith meeting in Jakarta                                      15
Indonesia-US interfaith dialogue to discuss education, climate change issues            15
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield at "Building Collaborative Communities" Conference               16
RI-US interfaith leaders visit Istiqlal mosque                                          17
RI-US interfaith meet stresses religious tolerance in schools                           18



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TITLE    : “RI-U.S. Interfaith Cooperation; Pradeep: Solving Three Major Global Problems ”
DATE     : January 26, 2010
SOURCE : Pelita
PAGE     : 1, with photo caption on page 5

SUMMARY:
  From yesterday through Wednesday (1/27), religious leaders from Indonesia and the U.S. sit together in
Jakarta to solve global problems facing the world at the RI-U.S. Interfaith Dialogue Building Collaborative
Communities: Enhancing Cooperation among People of Different Faiths. The dialogue opened at RI Foreign
Ministry's Pancasila Building on Monday (1/25) morning.
  Opening remarks were delivered by RI Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, Head of the U.S. delegation
Pradeep Ramamurthy and Foreign Ministry's Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy Andri Hadi,
who is also Head of the RI delegation. The U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron R Hume and a number of
Indonesian national figures, such as KH Hasyim Muzadi, Din Syamsuddin, Father Franz Magnis Suseno, Bahtiar
Effendy, and other religious leaders attended the opening ceremony.
  "This cooperation is very important. Regardless our different beliefs, we expect to be able to solve global
problems, including poverty, climate change, and health problems," said Pradeep Ramamurthy, Senior Director
of Global Engagement of the White House's National Security Council during a special interview with Pelita after
the opening ceremony. Pradeep explained that there is no limit to the global problems they are trying to solve
together. That is why cooperation and discussions are held.
  When Pelita asked whether the meeting would also discuss efforts to create world peace, Pradeep said
religious communities have always supported the promotion of world peace from the very beginning. Pradeep
told Pelita that in the interfaith dialogue, the delegations can listen to, understand, and cooperate with each
other. When asked what concrete steps will be done after the meeting, Pradeep said he would need to see the
results of the meeting first. This dialogue is part of broader cooperation and a longer process, said the career
civil servant who has served in the White House, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the U.S.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Photo caption:
Interfaith Cooperation - Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa gave opening remarks in the RI-U.S. Interfaith
Cooperation event at Foreign Ministry's Pancasila Building on Jalan Pejambon, Central Jakarta on Monday
(1/25). For three days, some 60 religious leaders from the U.S. and Indonesia meet to solve problems facing
the global community.




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TITLE    : “RI AND U.S. HOLD INTERFAITH DIALOGUE”               TITLE    : “DIALOGUE BECOMES PILLAR”
DATE     : January 26, 2010                                     DATE     : January 26, 2010
SOURCE : Media Indonesia p.9,                                   SOURCE : Republika p.12
           Koran Jakarta p.5


SUMMARY:
  Indonesia is the best example of religious pluralism.This was stated by Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa in
the opening of RI-U.S. Interfaith Cooperation in Jakarta on Monday (1/25). The event is attended by religious
leaders from the two countries lasts through January 27. Marty explained that this interfaith dialogue and
cooperation would become a pillar of RI-U.S. relations.
  Senior Director of Global Engagement of the White House's National Security Council Pradeep Ramamurthy,
representing the U.S. government, said that religious institutions have tremendous power to encourage positive
changes in the society. According to Pradeep, religious institutions have always been in the forefront in dealing
with disasters and other humanitarian issues. He added that the policy of the U.S. government under President
Barack Obama wanted to promote a better understanding among religious communities all over the world.




TITLE    : “INDONESIA - U.S.; MINISTER MARTY OPENS INTERFAITH DIALOG ”
DATE     : January 26, 2010
SOURCE : Kompas
PAGE     : 8


SUMMARY:
  Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa on Monday (1/25) in Jakarta opened the Indonesia-U.S. Interfaith Dialog
that will be held for three days until January 27, 2010. “I hope the dialog will build a comprehensive cooperation
between the U.S. and Indonesia especially in social cultural field,” he said at Gedung Pancasila in the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs Pejambon, Jakarta.
  The dialog is a follow-up of the two governments to deepen bilateral relations and to provide mutual
understanding of the two countries which have different faith backgrounds and a manifestation of the meeting
between then-Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on April
18, 2009. The outcome of the dialog is expected to be implemented in real daily life.
  At that same occasion, Marty also launched a book titled Insight Indonesia: The Perspective of Americans. The
book is a compilation of writings of U.S. prominent figures about Indonesia such as former U.S. Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger and some U.S. congressmen.




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TITLE        : “U.S. AND RI HOLD INTERFAITH DIALOG ”
DATE         : January 26, 2010
SOURCE : Seputar Indonesia
PAGE         : 10

SUMMARY:
  The U.S. and Indonesia cooperate in staging an interfaith conference opened yesterday and lasting to January
27. A number of religious figures and representatives of community organization from various faiths meet to discuss
various topics.
  The event was opened by Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa. “I hope that the interfaith dialog will
build a comprehensive cooperation between the U.S. and Indonesia, especially in social and cultural areas,” said
Marty.



TITLE        : “JAKARTA-WASHINGTON HOLDS INTERFAITH CONFERENCE”
DATE         : January 26, 2010
SOURCE : Rakyat Merdeka
PAGE         : 10

SUMMARY:
  Indonesia and the United States hold an interfaith cooperation to solve global problems between the two
countries.     “We are seeking comprehensive efforts and one of them is to build communication or dialog in
religious field like we are about to do starting today,” said Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa on Monday
(1/25) in Jakarta at Gedung Pancasila in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pejambon, Jakarta.
   Marty said dialogs had already been held many times in Indonesia or in other countries. But, the interfaith
dialog is expected to expand existing topics.    “Not only security, but also climate change, poverty alleviation,
education, etc especially to make action-oriented programs and to plan concrete recommendations in the future,”
he said.




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TITLE        : “VINEET CHANDER, A YOUNG FIGURE OF INTERFAITH DIALOG:
              INTERFAITH DIALOG MUST BE MATERIALIZED CONCRETELY”
DATE         : January 27, 2010
SOURCE : Seputar Indonesia
PAGE         : 10

SUMMARY:
Vineet Chander, a young Hinduism figure, is one of U.S. delegates that participated in the first Interfaith Dialog
held between the U.S. and Indonesian governments. The following is an excerpt of the interview with him:

What do you thing about the position of Indonesia and the U.S. in the development and implementation of
interfaith dialog in the world?
I think the U.S. and Indonesia already have good cooperation. Both countries are at the right position to
implement and develop interfaith dialog. Moreover, both countries share similar commitment in pluralism and
diversity.


How can interfaith dialog eliminate perceptions of terrorism?
The issue is an important agenda item in the interfaith dialog. How a small group of people who claim that they
are religious interpret an ideology, but use religious teachings to hate people, exploit others, and even create
violence. They do that on behalf of their religion. However, the majority of religious followers share similar
viewpoints to utilize religious ideology in order to support peace, increase respect and mutual cooperation,
tolerance and understanding. And thus we could face fundamentalists who do their actions in the name of
religion.


How will interfaith dialog bring together views in handling global warming?
If all religious followers could unite their ideology and religious teachings and apply them in peace framework,
we could make use religious issues to resolve global warming issue in a constructive way. There are five billion
people in the world that embrace some form of religion, Islam, Christian, Hinduism, Judaism, or others, and if all
built a network to achieve one viewpoint then we could do many things.


How about the U.S. policy that uses a militaristic approach to deal with terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan?
So far, there haven’t been any interfaith dialogs conducted in both countries.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are countries in critical situations due to bloody conflicts and a history of violence and
terror. They have no time to think about interfaith dialog. However, I agree with the U.S. development of an
interfaith dialog in the region. I think President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo showed a strong commitment
that the U.S. cooperates and gets close with all sides, especially the Muslim world.


What do you think about pluralism figures in Indonesia?
I think Americans have learned about important Indonesian figures that contributed to pluralism and interfaith
dialog and their accomplishments. I really appreciate developed pluralism in Indonesia and it has become an
important study in the U.S.




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TITLE     : “LEILA MUHAMMAD, THE GRANDCHILD OF THE FOUNDER OF THE NATION OF ISLAM ELIJAH MUHAMMAD:
            UTILIZING OPPORTUNITY AS MINORITY IN U.S ”
DATE      : January 27, 2010
SOURCE : Seputar Indonesia
PAGE      : 10


SUMMARY:
  The number of Muslims in the U.S. has increased significantly and by being a minority, American Muslims face
lots of challenges as well as opportunities. This was the essence of the interview with the grandchild of the
founder of the Nation of Islam Elijah Muhammad, Leila Muhammad. Leila said that as a Muslim, she becomes
part of the minority among the majority of other faiths. “Therefore, we really understand the condition of being a
minority and we experience that in the U.S.
  The community strives to create understanding about the real Islam, especially about living with community,”
said Leila. She added that as she lives in a country that disseminates democracy around the world, she viewed
that democracy is a system that gives benefit to the people. She also pointed out the importance of interfaith
dialog to bridge differences. Leila also commends President Barack Obama’s move that encouraged the
implementation of U.S.-Indonesia interfaith dialog. “I think this interfaith dialog is something that President Barack
Obama wants.
  We gather and have dialog to share knowledge to become much better. We understand each other that we
are human beings and share various problems,” said Leila. Being part of the minority in the U.S., of course there
are challenges. Leila said that Muslims should respond to various issues around them rationally. Muslims should
practice Islam at its best in daily life, both in attitude and actions, so that the public could have a proper
understanding on Islam.




TITLE     : “GEMAKU PARTICIPATES IN INTERFAITH DIALOG STAGED BY U.S. AND INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT ”
DATE      : January 27, 2010
SOURCE : Indo Pos
PAGE      : 16

SUMMARY:

  The Confucianism Youth Generation (Gemaku) participated in an interfaith dialog called The 1st Interfaith
Cooperation Indonesia-America staged by the U.S. Department of State and the Indonesian Foreign Affairs
Ministry. The dialog involved six religions in Indonesia, including a representative of Confucianism. According to
Gemaku chairman Kris Tan, the dialog discussed various issues, such as global warming, humanity, peace, and
interfaith tolerance in both countries.
  “The activity is very useful for the development of religious tolerance in Indonesia. I hope that through the
dialog a better religious life could be achieved, not only at the elite level but also at the grass roots level,” he
said over the telephone yesterday.




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TITLE    : “INTERFAITH DIALOG, THE PILLAR OF INDONESIA – U.S. RELATIONS ”
DATE     : January 26, 2010
SOURCE : Sinar Harapan
PAGE     : 6



SUMMARY:
  Interfaith dialog is a key pillar in U.S. and Indonesia relations. “And in the discussion on interreligious relations,
Indonesia is the superpower because Indonesia is the model,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa
after officially opening Indonesia-U.S. Interfaith Cooperation in Jakarta Monday. Senior Director for Global
Engagement White House Pradeep Ramamurthy who is the head of U.S. delegation said that the meeting will
serve as the beginning of relations of both countries’ communities to cooperate mutually in dealing with global
challenges.
  He described the importance of the faith community which often serves as the front guard in resolving world
problems, such as health, education, peace process and humanitarian assistance. Minister Marty and Pradeep
Ramamurthy hope that the meeting will not only improve mutual understanding between both countries but also
give concrete, practical, applicable recommendations to deal with challenges faced by both countries. The
meeting that will take place through Wednesday, January 27, is attended by more than 50 religious leaders,
civilian figures, academicians, the media, and NGOs from both countries.
  Attendees exchange ideas and experiences on cooperation in empowering moderate groups, overcoming
negative stereotypes, promoting intercultural harmony, as well as improving cooperation in education and
government, and responding to challenges to global issues such as poverty alleviation and climate change.




TITLE    : “THREE MEN”
DATE     : January 27, 2010
SOURCE : Rakyat Merdeka
PAGE     : 10

SUMMARY:

  Kemenlu Director of Public Diplomacy Andi Hadi and Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa presented U.S.
Ambassador Cameron R. Hume with a book during the opening ceremony of “Building Collaborative
Communities: Enhancing Cooperation among People of Different Faiths,” a conference of religious leaders and
civic organizations. The conference is held in Jakarta from January 25 - 27.




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TITLE     : “RI-U.S. INTERFAITH DIALOGUE PRODUCES DECLARATION”
DATE      : January 28, 2010
SOURCE : Media Indonesia
PAGE      : 9



SUMMARY:
  Interfaith and civil society leaders from Indonesia and the United States are determined to work together. In a
joint statement declared in the closing of the RI-U.S. Interfaith Cooperation forum in Jakarta yesterday, delegations
from both countries agreed to work together to educate the public about poverty, climate change and
environmental degradation, religious diversity, and the importance of good governance. In addition, they also
intend to promote partnerships among religious believers.
  "We are committed to interfaith collaboration in carrying out partnerships with civil society and government,"
says the joint statement. "We believe religious communities should continue to strengthen multi-religious structures
to partner with civil society and government." The three day meeting was attended by U.S. and RI interfaith
leaders, think tanks, NGOs, academicians, media, and government representatives from both countries.




TITLE     : “RELIGIOUS LEADERS AGREE TO COOPERATE ”
DATE      : January 28, 2010
SOURCE : Republika
PAGE      : 5

SUMMARY:

  Religious leaders from Indonesia and the United States agreed to establish cooperation in various fields. This
was the result of the RI-US Interfaith Cooperation forum held in Jakarta from Monday (1/25) to Wednesday
(1/27). The declaration was read by Bahtiar Effendy representing the RI delegation and Cardinal Theodore
McCarrick representing the U.S. delegation.
  The cooperation will be established in various fields, including poverty alleviation, climate change, education
and good governance. Head of U.S. delegation Pradeep Ramamurthy said that this kind of interfaith meeting
was the first time for the U.S. “This meeting with Indonesia is the first of its kind for us. This can be an example
for similar meetings with interfaith figures from other countries,” he said.

Photo caption:
U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron R Hume talked with several delegates during the closing ceremony of
the RI-US Interfaith Cooperation in Jakarta, Wednesday (1/27). Religious leaders from the two countries agreed
to cooperate in dealing with both religious and contemporary problems.




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TITLE    : “RI-U.S. AGREE TO DEAL WITH GLOBAL ISSUES ”
DATE     : January 28, 2010
SOURCE : Koran Jakarta
PAGE     : 5

SUMMARY:
  Religious leaders from Indonesia and the United States agreed to work together in dealing with global issues
such as poverty, climate change and education. RI Foreign Ministry’s Director General of Information and Public
Diplomacy, Andri Hadi, said that interfaith dialogue between U.S. and RI societies can bridge differences and
misunderstandings. “The U.S. view of Muslims has been greatly shaped by the violent incidents happening in the
Middle East. Whereas in Indonesia – the country with the largest Muslim population – it is not like that,” he said
during the closing ceremony of the RI-US Interfaith Cooperation at Hotel Borobudur, Wednesday (1/27).

Photo caption:
Interfaith Cooperation - Several delegates visited Istiqlal Mosque as part of the RI-US Interfaith Cooperation
program in Jakarta, Wednesday (1/27). The visit was an effort to improve cooperation in poverty alleviation,
climate change, education and good governance.




TITLE    : “RI-U.S. LEADERS CAMPAIGN FOR RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE”
DATE     : January 28, 2010
SOURCE : Suara Karya
PAGE     : 4

SUMMARY:
  Religious and youth leaders from Indonesia and the United States have agreed to campaign for religious
tolerance in schools in both countries. This was stated in a written commitment produced from the RI-U.S. Interfaith
Dialogue forum in Jakarta yesterday. “Religious and youth leaders from both countries will promote the importance
of understanding and respecting adherents of other religions,” said executive director of the Center for Religious
and Cross-Cultural Studies (CRCS) Zainal Abidin Bagir. The dialogue concluded with four shared commitments,
i.e. poverty alleviation, environmental protection, promotion of education on religious diversity, and creation of
good governance.




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TITLE     : “Visiting Mosque and Church After Holding Interfaith Dialogue”
DATE      : January 28, 2010
SOURCE : Indo Pos
PAGE      : 1

SUMMARY:
  Indonesia-U.S. Interfaith Dialog ended yesterday. After the event, 33 figures from different faiths of both
countries travelled around Jakarta to visit places of worship. First stop of the entourage was the Istiqlal Grand
Mosque. Then, they proceeded to the Jakarta Cathedral. They were chosen due to their proximity. The visit also
showed the world that Indonesia can maintain the harmony of religious followers quite well. “There are no
disputes and conflicts among religious followers. We help each other when there is religious activity,” said a
guide that escorted the entourage. The interfaith dialog was held from January 25-27. The U.S. delegation was
led by Pradeep Ramamurthy, senior director of Global Engagement for the White House National Council.

Photo caption:
Building Partnership – Indonesia-U.S. interfaith delegation at the Istiqlal Grand Mosque yesterday, the biggest in
Southeast Asia. Then the delegation visited the Jakarta Cathedral



TITLE     : “COOPERATION NOT JUST RECOMMENDATIONS”
DATE      : January 28, 2010
SOURCE : Jurnal Nasional
PAGE      : 4


SUMMARY:
One of the ways to forge comprehensive relations which are not dominated by one group is to conduct a dialog,
including interfaith dialog. The cooperation is expected to not only produce recommendations but also an action
plan to be implemented. This was stated by Foreign Affairs Ministry Marty Natalegawa in the opening of
Indonesia-U.S. Interfaith Cooperation early this week. “The most important thing is how to make a program or
result that is action-oriented, and not just add to a list of recommendations. Recommendations should be
implemented concretely in the future,” said Minister Marty. This is the first kind of dialog staged by both countries.
It is the follow up of the views of both countries leaders on relations between Islam and the West, as conveyed
by U.S. President Barack Obama in his speech in Cairo June last year and Indonesian President Yudhoyono’s
speech at Harvard University September last year.




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TITLE     : “RI-U.S. RELIGIOUS LEADERS AGREE TO PROMOTE RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE ”
DATE      : January 29, 2010
SOURCE : Pelita
PAGE      : 5

SUMMARY:
  Religious and youth leaders from Indonesia and the United States have agreed to campaign for religious
tolerance in schools in both countries. This was stated in a written commitment produced from the RI-U.S.
Interfaith Dialogue forum in Jakarta yesterday. “Religious and youth leaders from both countries will promote the
importance of understanding and respecting adherents of other religions,” said a panelist of the interfaith
dialogue Zainal Abidin Bagir, who is also executive director of the Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies
(CRCS).
  “This is in order to reduce discrimination and violence against minorities,” he explained. The Indonesian
delegation was led by RI Foreign Ministry’s Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy Andri Hadi,
whereas the U.S. delegation was led by Senior Director of Global Engagement of the White House’s National
Security Council Pradeep Ramamurthy.



TITLE     : “RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY TO DEAL WITH GLOBAL PROBLEMS ”
DATE      : January 28, 2010
SOURCE : Sinar Harapan
PAGE      : 6


SUMMARY:
  The religious community can actively deal with global problems, such as poverty, climate change, education
and even good governance. The religious community is also committed to forge interreligious relations to alleviate
poverty, protect the environment, promote education about religious diversity and good values, and recommend
a transparent and accountable government.
  This joint commitment was declared by participants of Indonesia-U.S. Interfaith Dialog closed on Wednesday
(1/27). In a three-day meeting with religious figures representing Indonesia, the U.S., Cambodia, Japan,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand, Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy Andri
Hadi stated that the meeting provided an opportunity to learn from each other, which is part maintaining peace,
stability and prosperity.

Photo caption:
Interfaith Delegation – A number of delegations visited Istiqlal Mosque during Indonesia – U.S. Interfaith
Cooperation in Jakarta Wednesday. The visit served as an effort to improve cooperation in current issues faced
by the world like poverty, climate change, education and good governance.




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TITLE        : “AMERICAN JEWISH FIGURE PROUD INDONESIA CARES FOR WORLD PEACE”
DATE         : January 31, 2010
SOURCE : Rakyat Merdeka
PAGE         : 10

SUMMARY:
   From January 25-27, 2010, more than 50 interreligious leaders from the U.S. and Indonesia gathered in
Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta to hold an interreligious dialog. The event was the first ever held by the U.S. Embassy
in Indonesia and the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.      One of the U.S. delegation members was a rabbi named
Brad Hirschfield of the National Jewish Center for Learning Leadership in New York.          Brad calls himself a
pluralist.    “Basically, it’s not about what one believes. One does not have to be the same.    We must believe
that we are different and we don’t destroy each other,” he said.
   Regarding conflicts based on religious issues, Brad said religion plays an important role in creating world
peace.       He believes that no religion teaches violence and misery.   However, he disagrees with countries that
leave religion behind and become so secular. “Those who linger for world peace but leave religion behind are
stupid. It will never happen,” he asserted. Brad also said that he was proud of the Indonesian Government for
holding an interfaith dialog with the U.S. Government because the two governments talked about serious issues
concerning human development, poverty alleviation, environment, and education to reach world peace.



TITLE        : “FIFTY RI-U.S. INTERFAITH LEADERS GATHER IN JAKARTA”
DATE         : January 31, 2010
SOURCE : Rakyat Merdeka
PAGE         : 10


SUMMARY:
   After a 3-day dialog from January 25-27, 2010 in Jakarta, a number of interreligious and youth leaders in
Indonesia and the United States agreed to promote religious tolerance in schools in their community, as stated in
a written commitment from the Indonesia-U.S. interfaith dialog forum in Jakarta on Wednesday (1/27).
   “Religious and youth leaders of the two countries will promote the importance of knowing and respecting other
religions,” said Zainal Abidin Bagir, Executive Director of Center for Religious and Cross Cultural Studies (CRCS).
Bagir also said that the two countries believe that it is important to disseminate religious pluralism and create a
community with tolerance for a better future.




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TITLE     : “MOST INFLUENTIAL FIGURE IN NEWSWEEK”
DATE      : January 31, 2010
SOURCE : Rakyat Merdeka
PAGE      : 10

SUMMARY:
  Rabbi Brad Hirschfield is the President of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a
leadership training institute, think-tank, and resource center committed to pluralist issues and religious practices in
America. CLAL reaches not only the U.S. region but also the world. CLAL is tasked to ensure that followers of
certain religions can perform their religious activities consistently but still remain open to influences of other
religions. Listed as one of the nation's 50 most influential rabbis in Newsweek, and one of the top 30 "Preachers
and Teachers" by Beliefnet.com, Rabbi Brad earned his M.A. and M. Phil from the Jewish Theological Seminary
and B.A. from the University of Chicago, U.S.




                                                ONLINE ARTICLES


TITLE     : “INDONESIA-U.S. INTERFAITH DIALOGUE TO BE HELD IN JAKARTA”
DATE      : January 22, 2010
SOURCE : Xinhua, Bernama


SUMMARY:
  Indonesia is scheduled to host an interfaith dialogue aimed at promoting understanding among faith followers
that would be attended by representatives of various faiths from Indonesia and the United States, Indonesian
Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said on Friday. Teuku said that the dialogue sessions were
scheduled from January 25 to 27 in the capital city of Jakarta. It would provide more space for representatives of
"less radical" groups among the faith followers so as to stamp out radicalism in faith groups.
  "Besides developing understanding, results of the dialogue are also expected to eliminate certain stereotypes
that cost followers of certain religion," Teuku added. In a larger scope, the result of the dialogue is highly
expected to foster appreciation for others who adhere to other religions, respect the faith diversity among people
living in the world, he said.




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TITLE     : “RI-U.S. INTERFAITH MEETING TO TAKE PLACE IN JAKARTA ”
DATE      : January 22, 2010
SOURCE : Antara



SUMMARY:
  A group of religious and civil society leaders from Indonesia and the United States will meet in Jakarta to
strengthen interfaith cooperation, a government official said. The meeting on January 25-28 provides participants
with opportunities to improve their mutual understanding, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Teuku Faizasyah, told
reporters on Friday (1/22). Faizasyah said that Foreign Minister Marty M.Natalegawa was scheduled to
officially open the interfaith dialogue. "It is the first interfaith cooperation between the U.S. and Indonesia, though
the two countries have been involved in sharing information about religion within the respective countries since
1970," he said.
  Participating religious and civil society leaders and scholars from different faiths will focus their talks on issues
such as empowering religious moderates, deal with misperceptions and stereotypes, and promote harmony within
different civilizations. The Jakarta meeting will also help participants to find ways of promoting better educational
and governmental cooperation, to deal with poverty and climate change.



TITLE     : “US, INDONESIA HOLD A MAJOR INTERFAITH MEETING ”
DATE      : January 25, 2010
SOURCE : VIVANews


SUMMARY:
  The United States and the Indonesian are co-sponsoring a major interfaith conference in Jakarta, Indonesia
during 25-27 January 2010. Influential religious leaders and civic organizations of different faiths are meeting
to discuss the topic of “Building Collaborative Communities: Enhancing Cooperation among People of Different
Faiths.” According to the US Embassy, this is the first such conference held world-wide and presages a series of
similar forums in other parts of the globe later this year. Following up on President Obama’s pledge to support
increasing interfaith cooperation, this conference is bringing together top Indonesian religious leaders, prominent
American religious figures, and a number of religious leaders from neighboring Asian countries.                Several
non-governmental organizations will also participate.
  Participants will focus on sharing best practices and enhancing collaboration in areas such as poverty
alleviation, education, environmental protection, and local governance. The working conference is generously
hosted by the Republic of Indonesia, and will be facilitated by an international non-governmental organization,
Religions for Peace. This conference will inaugurate a regional interfaith working group in South-East Asia that
will work to build new partnerships between faith and civic communities to address challenges of community
development in the region. Additional interfaith working groups in other regions of the world are being planned
and will begin later in 2010 and in 2011.




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TITLE    : “RI, U.S. COSPONSORING FIRST INTERFAITH DIALOGUE”
DATE     : January 25, 2010
SOURCE : Antara



SUMMARY:
  Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa officially opened the first Indonesia-US Interfaith Dialogue, in Jakarta on
Monday. This event is the first such conference held world-wide and sets a precedence for a series of similar
forums to be held throughout the world later this year. As a follow up to President Obama’s pledge to improve
interfaith cooperation, the conference has brought together top Indonesian religious leaders, prominent American
religious figures, and a number of religious leaders from neighboring Asian countries.
  Several non-governmental organizations will also participate. Attendees will focus on sharing best practices
and enhancing collaboration in areas such as poverty alleviation, education, environmental protection, and local
governance. The working conference is hosted by the Indonesian Government, and will be facilitated by
Religions for Peace, an international non-governmental organization. The conference will establish regional
interfaith working groups in South-East Asia to build new partnerships between faiths and civic communities and
to address the challenges of community development in the region. Planning for future interfaith working groups
in other regions of the world has begun and will take place later in 2010 and in 2011.




TITLE    : “FOREIGN MINISTER OPENS RI-U.S. INTERFAITH DIALOGUE”
DATE     : January 25, 2010
SOURCE : Antara


SUMMARY:
  Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa officially opened the first Indonesia-US Interfaith Dialogue, in Jakarta on
Monday. He said he hopes the dialogue will further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries,
especially in social and cultural issues. Themed "Building Collaborative Communities: Enhancing Cooperation
among People of Different Faiths", the dialogue follows actions from both countries to enhance bilateral
relationships and to understand different backgrounds and religious beliefs.
  Throughout the three day conference, think tanks and scholars from both countries will discuss possible bilateral
cooperation in the empowerment of moderate societies and the management of negative images already
constructed among people from both countries. Other issues to be discussed are plans to promote harmonious
lives in human civilization, ways to tackle poverty, and climate change and how to enhance cooperation in
cultural and governmental sectors.
  The results of the discussion are expected to be applicable to the everyday lives of people in both countries.
On the same occasion, Minister Natalegawa also launched a book containing comments by prominent US
figures about Indonesia. The book entitled "Insight into Indonesia: The Perspectives of Americans", contains
writings from former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and several Congressmen.




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TITLE     : “US-INDONESIA TO HOLD INTERFAITH MEETING IN JAKARTA ”
DATE      : January 26, 2010
SOURCE : Zeenews.com



SUMMARY:
  Washington – The United States, along with Indonesia, will hold an interfaith meet in Jakarta with an aim to
bridge gap between the people and seek opportunities to work together to address challenges of community
development in the region. Top religious leaders from the US, Indonesia and those from the neighbouring Asian
countries would participate in the event, the State Department said.
    "Participants would focus on sharing best practises and enhancing collaboration in areas of poverty
alleviation, education, environmental protection, and local governance," it said, referring to President Barack
Obama's speech in Cairo. Obama, in his speech, had said that around the world, we can turn dialogue into
interfaith service, so bridges between peoples lead to action. "The working conference was being generously
hosted by the Republic of Indonesia, and would be facilitated by the international non-governmental organisation
'Religions for Peace'.
  This would open the way for new working partnerships between faith groups and civic leaders in South-East
Asia," the State Department said. Participants would seek opportunities to work together to address challenges
of community development in the region, it said, adding events to inaugurate interfaith working groups in other
regions of the world were also being planned.




TITLE     : “INDONESIA-US INTERFAITH DIALOGUE TO DISCUSS EDUCATION, CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES”
DATE      : January 26, 2010
SOURCE : Xinhua


SUMMARY:
  An interfaith cooperation dialog between Indonesia and the United States on Jan. 25-26 will discuss
education, poverty eradication, diseases and climate change issues, among others, a minister said on Monday.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said that interfaith dialogue is often discussed in forum of the
Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and others. "The interesting
thing in this dialogue is that we will talk about education, poverty eradication, disease, security, and climate
change that are action-oriented, not only additional for previous recommendations," Marty told reporters.
  Marty said it is important that the talks could contribute to solve problems in other areas, making the talks more
comprehensive. "We hope that the talks will result in a real change that could be implemented," Marty said. He
said that the talks will be followed by countries that participate in the dialogue.




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TITLE        : “RABBI BRAD HIRSCHFIELD AT "BUILDING COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITIES" CONFERENCE”
DATE         : January 27, 2010
SOURCE : Clal - VOA Indonesia



SUMMARY:
"…far more important than what I could or couldn’t eat, was who could’ve imagined…a rabbi from America to
travel thousands of miles as a guest of his own government and government of Indonesia to sit…with a bunch of
wonderful young people and answer all their questions about what was a Jew, what was kosher, and how we
could talk more than we ever expected. For me that…is far more nourishing…than whether or not they made me
lunch...."


Listen to the edited interview which was voiced over in Indonesian...
From Voice Of America Indonesian Service:
http://www.clal.org/Audio/newsmaker_interview_brad_hirschfield_1-27-2010_breakfast.Mp3


The synopsis of VOA of Indonesia’s Jimmy Manan’s interview is as follows:


I interviewed Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL).
He is attending "Building Collaborative Communities" at Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta.


The most meaningful encounters, according to Brad was not the formal sessions, but the informal ones. For
example, kosher precluded him from enjoying the meals provided by his host, and he assured the embarrassed
conference staffers that it was OK.


"I explained to them that far more important than what I could or couldn’t eat, was who could’ve imagined that
it was possible for a rabbi from America to travel thousands of miles as a guest of his own government and
government of Indonesia to sit at a table with a bunch of wonderful young people and answer all their questions
about what was a Jew, what was kosher, and how we could talk more than we ever expected. For me that
conversation is far more nourishing and far more promising than whether or not they made me lunch."


As for his hopes coming out of this conference is that Indonesian will commit to more encounters and continue
this conversation, because it is both interesting since it admits to our similarities, and honest, since it admits there
are differences. The willingness to talk together and grow together will be good for all of us.


The meeting was held from 25—27 January 2010, sponsored by Indonesian Foreign Ministry, US State
Department, and the White House office on Faith Initiatives.




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TITLE    : “RI-US INTERFAITH LEADERS VISIT ISTIQLAL MOSQUE”
DATE     : January 28, 2010
SOURCE : Antara



SUMMARY:
  Interfaith leaders from Indonesia and the United States visited Jakarta’s Istiqlal Grand Mosque on Wednesday
(1/27) as part of their three-day (Jan 25-27) dialogue hosted by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry. The visit to the
biggest mosque in Southeast Asia was intended to give the participants a clearer picture of Islam in Indonesia.
"I am amazed by the structure of the mosque and religious activity here. People always come here to conduct
prayers even during working hours," Jean Duff, Executive Director of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global
Poverty (CIFA), said in an interview.
  Duff admitted she knew little about Indonesia. In fact, she added, most people in the U.S. tended to associate
Islam in Indonesia with negative stereotypes such as terrorism and brutality. "Now I can tell that these assumptions
are all wrong. Indonesia is a modern and democratic country with Islam as the religion of the majority," Duff said.
William Vandley, the Secretary General of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP), said the
majority of the people in Indonesia and the U.S. tended to have negative perceptions about each other. He said
the media’s tendency to only cover conflicts or tensions between Indonesia and U.S. had their share in forming
the negative opinions.
  "This first ever interfaith dialogue is expected to reduce such negative stereotypes between the people of the
two countries," Vandley said. Sharing the Vandely`s view, Andri Hadi, Director General of Public Information and
Services at the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, said he hoped that the interfaith dialogue could erase all
misunderstandings between the people of both countries.




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TITLE    : “RI-US INTERFAITH MEET STRESSES RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN SCHOOLS ”
DATE     : January 28, 2010
SOURCE : Antara

SUMMARY:
  Religious leaders and youth figures from Indonesia and the United States participating in first RI-U.S. Interfaith
Dialogue in Jakarta have agreed to promote religious tolerance in schools in their respective communities.
"Religious and youth leaders from both countries will make schools aware of the importance of giving students the
ability to understand and respect other faiths, to avoid discrimination or violence, especially against minorities,"
said Zainal Abidin Bagir, Executive Director of the Center for Religious and Cross Cultural Studies (CRCS), who
was a panelist at the dialogue that took place on January 25-27. Bagir said delegates from both countries
discussed the need to familiarize communities on religious diversity.
  This is an important step in order to create a tolerant society which is able to cooperate in efforts to improve
the quality of life, he adds. On the same occasion, the Secretary General of the World Conference on Religion
and Peace, William Vandley, said people in both countries need to establish more direct contacts with each other
to erase all negative stereotypes and ways of thinking which have formed over the years. "More direct contacts
will allow people in both Indonesia and US to understand each other better. In the end, they will realize that all
negative stereotypes are not true," Vandley said. He also suggested that the mass media should not only cover
conflicts but also the peaceful life of people embracing different religions in given areas. Vandley said media that
only covered the negative aspects of diverse cultures were actually contributing to the formation of a negative
world image of certain communities.
  The Indonesia-US interfaith dialogue also ended with its participants committing themselves to eight goals,
including ending poverty, protecting the environment, promoting education on religious diversity for the common
good, and advancing good governance. Held for the first time ever, the dialogue is expected to further enhance
bilateral relations between the two countries and contribute to religious communities’ ability to cooperate in
creating concrete programs to help solve world problems. Themed "Building Collaborative Communities:
Enhancing Cooperation among People of Different Faiths", the dialogue’s results will be reported to the
governments of both countries.
  The three-day event with think tanks and academics from both countries discussed possible bilateral
cooperation in such things as empowerment of moderate societies and ways to cope with negative images
already constructed among people in both countries. The Indonesian delegation during the event was led by the
Foreign Ministry`s Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy, Andri Hadi, while the U.S. Delegation
was led by Senior Director of Global Engagement for the White House National Security Council, Pradeep
Ramamurthy.




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                                                   TELEVISION
ANTV (1/28)
In morning newscast covered the visits to Darunnajah Islamic boarding school, Istiqlal mosque, and the
Cathedral.


Metro TV (1/25)
In its news ticker, using the Embassy press release, says the U.S. and Indonesia are co-sponsoring an interfaith
conference in Jakarta 25-27 January.


Trans 7 (1/30)
Aired a 30-minute Indonesian Foreign Ministry-supported program “Inilah Kita” (This is Us) featuring the interfaith
events.


TV ONE
Is planning to report about the interfaith dialogue in “Kabar Petang” (Late Afternoon News).




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Embassy of the United States of America,
    Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan 3-5
        Jakarta 10110 Indonesia

								
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