September 4, 2010


It is not unique to Indonesian politics that they can often degenerate into a self-serving affair, benefiting the officeholder far more than the people he or she was elected to – Read More...
September 20, 2010

EDITORIAL: Melting into Madness

It took a man and his wife two and a half hours to get through airport immigration and customs. He described it to this newspaper as “the most arrogant and – Read More...
October 4, 2010

EDITORIAL: On an Island of Plenty, Nothing to Live For

The sad reality of Bali is that as its economy grows ever more robust, generated by record rising numbers of people holidaying here, soaring numbers of Balinese are killing themselves – Read More...
October 18, 2010

BT Editorial: Let’s Just Move On

Another year has passed since suicide bombers blew up two clubs in Legian, killing 202 people, and this time around the news headlines were less about the eighth anniversary than – Read More...
October 25, 2010

Editorial: As Balinese Die, Chaos Lives

Following an announcement by the health authorities that 101 people — all Balinese — had now died of rabies in the past two years, news was uncovered by The Bali – Read More...
November 2, 2010

Editorial: Disasters Natural and Of Our Making

The country is once again mourning a significant loss of life due to natural disasters that we are largely powerless to do anything about. Tsunamis and volcanic eruptions are such – Read More...
November 8, 2010

Editorial: A Bilateral Irritant

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard met her commitment to the Schapelle lobby on her visit to Indonesia last week, her first as leader of her country, by making the same – Read More...
December 13, 2010

A Taxing Haven

Many people are dumbstruck by a central government scheme to charge people coming into Indonesia for bringing small personal items with them. Indeed the plan seems so ludicrous that you – Read More...
December 13, 2010

Training Wheels

A railway system for Bali is a great idea. Creating a workable off-road mass transit infrastructure makes sense in the crowded south where the streets are jammed on no particular – Read More...
December 13, 2010

Democracy Decorum

How strange it is that Bali hosts an annual forum about democracy when it is an island that is far from being democratic. World leaders arrived in Bali this week – Read More...

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