Secret files show US knew about Bali massacres

By Harry Pearl The US government was fully aware of a bloody anti-communist purge by the Indonesian army in the 1960s, with one diplomat at the time describing the bloodletting as “widespread slaughter”, recently declassified documents have revealed. The 39 US embassy documents cover the period from 1964-1968, at the peak of the Cold War, ...

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Mount Agung continues to rumble with warnings the volcano could still erupt

Mount Agung continues to rumble with warnings the volcano could still erupt

Heather Handley, Macquarie University It’s more than three weeks since the alert level on Bali’s Mount Agung was raised to its highest level. An eruption was expected...

Victims remembered on 15-year anniversary of Bali bombings

Victims remembered on 15-year anniversary of Bali bombings

Fifteen years have passed since tragedy struck Bali, when bombings took the lives of 202 victims in Kuta. Hundreds of people gathered at the Bali Bombing Memorial at busy Jl....

Rumbling Bali volcano triggers memories of deadly 1963 eruption

Rumbling Bali volcano triggers memories of deadly 1963 eruption

The last time Bali’s Mount Agung volcano erupted, a stream of molten lava flattened teenage Gusti Nyoman Dauh’s home, while cascading ash, rocks and hot gas killed...

A look at Mt. Agung’s last eruption and the wider consequences of a Ring of Fire explosion

A look at Mt. Agung’s last eruption and the wider consequences of a Ring of Fire explosion

Richard John Arculus, Australian National University A marked increase in the number of earthquakes happening below Mount Agung volcano in eastern Bali, Indonesia, over the past...

Bali Police unfurls record-breaking-long Indonesian flag at Pandawa Beach

Bali Police unfurls record-breaking-long Indonesian flag at Pandawa Beach

Just ahead of the country’s Independence Day, Bali Police unfurled one long Indonesian “Merah Putih” (red and white) flag on Monday, stretching 400 meters across Bali’s...

Former Afghan refugee, female pilot landing in Bali on solo flight around the world

Former Afghan refugee, female pilot landing in Bali on solo flight around the world

Afghan-American pilot Shaesta Waiz is due to land in Bali on Tuesday afternoon, one destination of many during her solo world tour. The 29-year-old, piloting a Beechcraft Bonanza...

Trump Tower Bali: Bali farmers were forced off ancestral land during Suharto era to make way for resort Trump is building over

Trump Tower Bali: Bali farmers were forced off ancestral land during Suharto era to make way for resort Trump is building over

The land where Trump is laying down his controversial six-star resort in Bali has a sordid history. It’s already bad enough that Trump’s Bali Tower threatens to cast a shadow...

Kartini Day honored in Bali with ladies surfing in kebayas

Kartini Day honored in Bali with ladies surfing in kebayas

Women will be surfing, donning the traditional Indonesian kebaya in Kuta on Thursday to recognize Kartini Day. The holiday, which actually falls on Friday, commemorates national...

VIDEO: Travel back in time and check out Bali in the 1920s

VIDEO: Travel back in time and check out Bali in the 1920s

"Hindu temples centuries old." 


 

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We can all agree that history has had a ‘monumental’ impact in shaping what Bali is today. Check our history section for discoveries, anniversaries and look-backs, as well as nods to some of the most badass Balinese history-makers. From where we’re standing, history is far from boring in Bali and we love ourselves a good blast from the past.