November 14, 2008

Continuing Excess and Greed

There is little sign the revolting excesses and greed of top executives of Western financial companies that are largely responsible for the global economic gout are being anyway curbed, and – Read More...
November 21, 2008

Terrorism on the High Seas

With the audacious hijacking of a Saudi supertanker off the Somali coast this week – for a total of at least eight such seizures in past days – the festering – Read More...
November 28, 2008

Indifferent Isle

Cultural and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik was quoted as saying this week that Bali is losing out in the tourism stakes, to neighboring countries, because of a lack of infrastructure – Read More...
December 5, 2008

Avoiding Rabies

Four apparent human fatalities from rabies in a southern part of Bali has sent the island into another health crisis, and led Governor I Made Mangku Pastika to order at – Read More...
December 12, 2008

Irrelevant and Dangerous Legislation

It seemed slightly clandestine to us, the president’s signing into law of the hotly contentious anti-porn law late last month, only to be announced this week. Was the popular leader – Read More...
December 19, 2008

Battling Currents

As we reflect on what 2008 has brought to Bali, and look ahead to the coming 12 months, this year is again closing at a time of turmoil. But our – Read More...
January 2, 2009

Ominous 2009 Sign

Reports that the authorities have slashed their budget for promoting Bali this year by 20 percent, leaving it at a paltry Rp4 billion (US$359,000), are disturbing, and a further unwanted – Read More...
January 9, 2009

Entrenched Warfare

The Palestinian Authority’s continued failure to rein in militants in its territory is the chief reason behind the latest, ongoing Israeli military action in Gaza to handicap terrorist activity there. – Read More...
January 16, 2009

Change, Finally – and a Great Big Sigh of Relief

When president-elect Barack Obama is sworn into office next Tuesday – an historic sight if ever there was one, and one that will rivet people right around the globe – – Read More...
January 23, 2009

Millionaire Ministers

Government ministers in our near neighbor Singapore will earn US$1.2 million each this year, under new legislation, even taking into account a 20-percent pay cut as the global downturn hits – Read More...

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