Bali Nine: Open Letters to Indonesia

Dear Indonesia, One of the great things about the world today is how so much of the world is catching up with quality of living, human rights, democratisation, and equality everywhere. The progress is so strong that it is now more accurate to use the expression “developing nations” rather than the more sanctimonious “undeveloped nations” […]

Heading off MIFEE in New Regime

By Reinardus L Cabuy On July 5th, 2014, during the last presidential debate, Mr. Jokowi (President Candidate at the time) made an amusing statement regarding carefully planning requirements in handling large scale agricultural land extensification in Papua Province. Without doubt, that statement was targeted for the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) program which […]

June 04-10, 2010

The Ugly Expat is an Alarming Creature Dear Sir In the past few years, years in which Bali has experienced a huge influx of new expats into Bali, I have noticed an alarming ambivalence, as well as an abject disregard for Balinese culture and customs. This observation is not uniquely mine.  In discussions with many […]

April 16-22, 2010

Rabies: Culling Never Works Dear Sir IT is interesting that more people keep dying in Tabanan (Latest Rabies Death Sparks Angry Row Over Vaccine Non-Supply, April 9). One would have thought that after 17 months of extensive culling of dogs (last reported by Tabanan: 50,000 dogs poisoned, or 90 percent of their estimated overall dog […]

April 2-8, 2010

Pricing Bali Out of Its Market Dear Sir, BALI is getting too expensive. People are now getting 20 percent less in rupiah against the euro than last year. Thailand is now 50 percent cheaper. The cost of hotels and going out to dinner is crazy. Drinks are up 50 percent in two or three years […]

January 22-28, 2010

From our website feedback page at this week: Our report on brawls and crime at the Bounty Discotheque in Kuta (Page 1 last week) drew reader reaction, as did the continuing saga of the future of the Sari Club bombsite. Here’s a selection of comments: On the Bounty nightclub complex I DOUBT it makes […]

Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2009

Airport Shocker Dear Sir In the hope that someone will take an interest, I would like to tell the following story. I arrived at Bali’s airport on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 15) with my lady friend after more than 30 hours of travelling. We were absolutely exhausted. An off-guard man approached me in the luggage hall, […]

MAy 22-28, 2009

Dear Sir Too much is being written for English speakers about what’s wrong with the dog situation in Bali with little specific information for what those English readers can do to help. We can do a great deal even as visitors to this island. What the Balinese do in their culture is not my business. […]