Trump is coming: Bali’s Pan Pacific Nirwana closing so Trump can move in

Say goodbye to Pan Pacific and hello to Trump’s ultra luxury, 6-star project While there’s been chatter aplenty with little to no developments for the past couple of years about Donald Trump expanding his hotel empire’s reach to Bali, things really do seem to be moving forward now The closure of Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort under the seven-year management of Pan Pacific Hotels, has been announced for...

Politics

featured

7 epic ideas for a memorable bachelorette/hens trip to Bali

Australia’s Tigerair to quit Bali flights after impasse with Indonesia

By Jamie Freed SYDNEY (Reuters) - Tigerair Australia said on Friday it would permanently quit flying to Bali after Indonesian authorities said it would have to switch to a new...

Australia’s Tigerair to quit Bali flights after impasse with Indonesia

Kofi Annan to speak at Bali Democracy Forum

The annual Bali Democracy Forum has some big names poised to speak at this year’s conference, among them, former United Nations secretary general, Ghanaian diplomat, Kofi...

Kofi Annan to speak at Bali Democracy Forum

Bali police chief pleads with residents to keep out of Jakarta for anti-Ahok demos

Bali Police Chief Insp Gen Sugeng Priyanto has been urging Bali residents to stay home and not travel to Jakarta to march in demos scheduled for Nov 25 and Dec 2  The...

Bali police chief pleads with residents to keep out of Jakarta for anti-Ahok demos

Bali governor moving to ban ‘erotic’ and ‘pornographic’ Joget Bumbung dance

Bali’s governor says he’s taking action to shut down the practice of a Balinese dance that’s often “erotic” and “pornographic” since it’s “embarrassing” for...

Bali governor moving to ban ‘erotic’ and ‘pornographic’ Joget Bumbung dance

Watch: Bule’s response video to Nov. 4 Indonesia protest goes viral as he preaches ‘unity in diversity’

In the wake of the Nov 4 protest in Jakarta that turned violent, a German guy has posted a video urging Indonesians to remember their political creed of “unity in...

Watch: Bule’s response video to Nov. 4 Indonesia protest goes viral as he preaches ‘unity in diversity’

Bali governor’s proposal to move Kerobokan Prison to Suwung ‘under review’

For years we’ve been hearing Bali’s governor talk about the necessity of moving Bali’s infamous, overcrowded penitentiary, Kerobokan Prison  Governor Made...

Bali governor’s proposal to move Kerobokan Prison to Suwung ‘under review’

Minister Susi speaks on misunderstandings about proposed Benoa reclamation

Minister of Maritime Affairs Susi Pudjiastuti revealed numerous errors in the general understanding of the execution and legal permits of land reclamation in...

Minister Susi speaks on misunderstandings about proposed Benoa reclamation

Bali transport alliance drivers protest Grab and Uber in Renon

Hundreds of Bali drivers, members of local transport alliances, set up in front of the regional council and marched down to the governor’s office on Wednesday morning in...

Bali transport alliance drivers protest Grab and Uber in Renon

Galungan arrest was not about activist’s anti-reclamation position, released early to maintain public order: police

An arrest of an anti-reclamation activist on the day of the Balinese Galungan holiday turned out to be a grave miscalculation by Bali Police  Hundreds of villagers and...

Galungan arrest was not about activist’s anti-reclamation position, released early to maintain public order: police

Coconuts Bali Politics

If you want to be engaged in politics and live in a place where people love chatting about the latest election or bill to go through, then get the heck out of Bali and pack your bags for the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Bali, the Island of the Gods, is really not known for political activity and has a very laid-back, island mentality. That said, there is one big political, hot-ticket issue in Bali that we have been regularly covering since launching here: the controversial proposed reclamation of Benoa Bay. The reclamation would turn 700 hectares of the bay into a “special” tourist area, filled with artificial islands, complete with hotels, restaurants, and even an F1 track. The usually apolitical people of Bali have made it exceedingly clear they don’t want the reclamation to go through, with activist movement FORBali at the helm of the “Tolak Reklamasi” (anti-reclamation) campaign. However, when there’s so much money and power involved, there’s never an easy out and this issue has been dragging on for years. One of the other political issues that gets talked about in Bali is the death penalty. This has especially been big in Bali with a number of death row prisoners locked up in Bali, most notably Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan of the Australian Bali Nine. Sukumaran and Chan were ultimately executed in April 2015 as drug traffickers, but Bali is very still much waiting to see how the death penalty will be imposed in the future in Indonesia.