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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Bali governor admits error tallying Agung volcano evacuees, thousands who shouldn’t have been told to go home

Bali governor admits error tallying Agung volcano evacuees, thousands who shouldn’t have been told to go home

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has apologized for a major miscalculation in the number of evacuees who have flooded into refugee camps amid a looming threat of volcanic...

An estimated 70,000 tourists will cancel trips to Bali over looming volcanic eruption threat: PHRI

An estimated 70,000 tourists will cancel trips to Bali over looming volcanic eruption threat: PHRI

Somewhere between 60,000 to 70,000 tourists are likely canceling their trips to Bali, afraid of a possible eruption from Mount Agung. Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika calmly said...

Balinese to hold full moon ceremony asking for safety from volcanic eruption at ‘Mother Temple’ Besakih, despite location inside Agung danger zone

Balinese to hold full moon ceremony asking for safety from volcanic eruption at ‘Mother Temple’ Besakih, despite location inside Agung danger zone

A Balinese Hindu ceremony coinciding with the full moon on Thursday will be held at Bali’s largest and holiest temple, Besakih, despite the complex’s position inside the...

Bali governor declares state of emergency to handle evacuees under looming threat of volcanic eruption

Bali governor declares state of emergency to handle evacuees under looming threat of volcanic eruption

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has declared a state of emergency to handle evacuees from Mount Agung. The governor has put on a brave face, insisting that Bali’s foreign...

Bali tourist arrivals have not been strongly impacted by volcanic eruption threat: Governor

Bali tourist arrivals have not been strongly impacted by volcanic eruption threat: Governor

Fears of an imminent eruption from Bali’s Mount Agung volcano have apparently not scared tourists away from vacationing on the island too badly, according to Bali Governor Made...

Bali governor tells tourists it’s still safe to travel to island

Bali governor tells tourists it’s still safe to travel to island

Governor Made Mangku Pastika has been hard at work, trying to quell fears of tourists with plans to holiday in Bali amid a possible eruption from Mount Agung. The governor stated...

Jokowi promises all Bali land under deed by 2019

Jokowi promises all Bali land under deed by 2019

During a trip to Bali this week, President Joko Widodo promised that all land on the island will be certified, under deed by 2019. On this visit, the Indonesian president saw the...

President Jokowi plans to visit evacuees in Bali from Mt. Agung volcano

President Jokowi plans to visit evacuees in Bali from Mt. Agung volcano

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has plans to visit evacuees from Mt. Agung volcano during his working trip to Bali. Last time the president came to the island to hand out...

Bali deputy governor distributes goats for sacrifice at mosques for Idul Adha: A message of tolerance and good PR ahead of gubernatorial race

Bali deputy governor distributes goats for sacrifice at mosques for Idul Adha: A message of tolerance and good PR ahead of gubernatorial race

Bali’s deputy governor, Ketut Sudikerta has been helping Muslims on the island get ready to celebrate the approaching sacrifice holiday, Idul Adha. The Golkar party politician...


 

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.