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Pristine Mentawai reef by Francesco Ricciardi

Environmental Terrorism in the Mentawai Islands

An eerie undercover video posted on January 28th that shows coral reefs being illegally bombed for catching fish off the Mentawai island of Siberut has sparked a massive...

Karangasem Special Children’s Penitentiary

A Model for Rehabilitiation

The children’s penitentiary in Karangasem primarily houses young boys aged 12-18. It is a model for juvenile rehabilitation. Governor Ketut Artha, fondly referred to...

Bali’s Sashimi Tuna Journey to the World’s Biggest Fish Market

Five local Indonesian wooden longline vessels enter Benoa harbour within the space of two hours. They have been fishing for yellowfin and bigeye tuna in the Indian Ocean...

The A Team Van

The Unfortunate Anagram

Brian Warken was never going to win a Nobel Prize. He was the sort of guy you watched whenever he did anything just to see how badly it would go wrong. He was, however a...

Museum Fatahillah

Indonesian Heritage Society

Located on the 17th floor of Sentral Senayan 1, a square office tower next to the Sogo side of Plaza Senayan, this rather dull and uninteresting building does not do...

Joko-The Construction Worker

Joko: The Construction Worker

I am sure you have all noticed the huge shopping malls going up all over Jakarta in recent times. Behind the construction of these huge structures are thousands of...

Left Side, Right Side

Well if you heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times before, as the saying goes. So get ready, this is my version. I am back in the old U.S. of A. New Jersey...

Anita Scheeres: Independent Bookseller in Bali

Anita Scheeres fell into bookselling. Each time she would visit her family in Sydney, she would lug books back to Bali, accumulating by the early 1980s a mass of reading...

Legal Realities of Indonesian Expatriates – Family Matters

The purpose of this article is to explain some of the main family law related topics in the context of expatriate life in Indonesia. This includes a discussion on...

Finding Love in Bali

Finding true love anywhere these days is difficult or it seems maintaining the love buzz is more of the problem, as you just need to check the statistics of divorce...

Aquatic Alliance: Research & Conservation of Manta Rays in Nusa Lembongan

The Islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida are synonymous with wonderful coral reefs, amazing surf breaks, peace and tranquillity. For diving and snorkelling...

Pak Aseni

Pak Aseni: The Ojek Driver

Aseni was a Metro Mini driver for twelve years before deciding to become a motorbike taxi (ojek) driver. Ten years later he is quite content to battle the Jakarta macet...

The Un-Laws

Every so often the local English language media throws out a story so lacking in credibility no one could ever believe it. But believe it people do and many inches of...

Robin Lim

Meet Robin Lim, also known as ‘Ibu Robin’, Founder and Executive Director of Yayasan Bumi Sehat [Healthy Mother Earth Foundation].  Robin was awarded the...