Papuan students in Denpasar call for justice, end to discrimination against Papuans

Dozens of college students in Bali took to the streets of Renon in Denpasar yesterday to demand justice and an end to discrimination against Papuans. 

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Defeated candidate in NTB sues winner for allegedly editing her ballot photo to appear prettier

Defeated candidate in NTB sues winner for allegedly editing her ballot photo to appear prettier

Pictures can be deceiving, and there are undoubtedly scores of people out there who look much better in photos than in real life. But a recent case brought to Indonesia’s...

Bali governor remains adamant on recommending Balinese families have 4 children

Bali governor remains adamant on recommending Balinese families have 4 children

Bali Governor Wayan Koster said he will go forward with his plans to advise islanders to consider having four children even if his policy is rejected by the central government. 

Traditional police clash with Papuan student activists during peaceful rally in Denpasar

Traditional police clash with Papuan student activists during peaceful rally in Denpasar

On Saturday, dozens of activists from the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) who were holding a rally to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Biak massacre in Denpasar clashed with...

ForBALI claps back at Bali politician, challenges island’s legislators to announce clear stance on reclamation issue

ForBALI claps back at Bali politician, challenges island’s legislators to announce clear stance on reclamation issue

The Balinese People’s Forum to Reject Reclamation (ForBALI) has clapped back at a member of the Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) in Bali, Nyoman Parta, after the latter...

To tackle a looming energy crisis, Bali gov’t set to issue new regulation on clean energy

To tackle a looming energy crisis, Bali gov’t set to issue new regulation on clean energy

With the possibility of an energy crisis looming large in Bali’s future, the provincial government said this week they are working to issue a new regulation that aims to harness...

Bali students stage protest in Denpasar rejecting Prabowo supporters’ ‘people power’ movement

Bali students stage protest in Denpasar rejecting Prabowo supporters’ ‘people power’ movement

Dozens of college students in Bali gathered in Denpasar on Tuesday to represent a coalition of student alliances staging a protest rejecting the “people power” movement...

It’s official: President Joko Widodo beats Prabowo Subianto to win 2nd term in office

It’s official: President Joko Widodo beats Prabowo Subianto to win 2nd term in office

Indonesia's Joko Widodo has been re-elected as president of the world's third-biggest democracy, the elections commission said early Tuesday, beating rival Prabowo Subianto, a...

Bali plans to levy tax on tourists, promises benefits for visitors and province

Bali plans to levy tax on tourists, promises benefits for visitors and province

The Bali Provincial Government says it’s still considering introducing a tax for tourists on the island — with funds collected going towards environmental and cultural...

Real count reflects quick count as Jokowi currently leads Prabowo 55-45 in General Election Commission’s tally

Real count reflects quick count as Jokowi currently leads Prabowo 55-45 in General Election Commission’s tally

We won’t get the official tally by the General Election Commission (KPU) for last Wednesday’s presidential election until May 22 at the latest, but already we can see that...


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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.