Bali cruise development eyes the ‘rich guys’

A cruise terminal and marina development in Bali hopes to attract "the rich guy" and spread tourist dollars across Indonesia as the country seeks to boost visitors to 20 million a year. Sailing across the Java Sea from Benoa Bay in Bali's south sits ONEdeg15 Marina at Singapore's Sentosa Cove, touted as "evoking the glamour … Continue reading Bali cruise development eyes the ‘rich guys’

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Religion, lies and politics as Jakarta votes

When multi-millionaire Sandiaga Uno first considered contesting the governorship of Indonesia's swarming capital, he thought he was up against an unbeatable "rock star". Controversial but popular, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama - commonly referred to as Ahok - portrayed himself as having cleaned up Jakarta from corruption and the many hazards that clog its footpaths and waterways. … Continue reading Religion, lies and politics as Jakarta votes

Hunting Indonesia’s most wanted terrorist

He is Indonesia's most wanted terrorist who has "kept Jihad alive" in the world's most populous Muslim country. Despite large-scale manhunts over more than two years, Santoso and his men have been able to evade capture, pledge allegiance to Islamic State, kill police, stockpile weapons and hold claim over territory within Central Sulawesi's dense jungle. … Continue reading Hunting Indonesia’s most wanted terrorist

Vandana Shiva: Growing new ideas on India’s farms

Indian environmental activist and author Dr Vandana Shiva is this year’s winner of the Sydney Peace Prize. For decades, Dr Shiva has been fighting for the rights of small farmers across India. And while supporters of India’s 1960s Green Revolution, have trumpeted fertilisers, pesticides and modified crops like BT Cotton for saving India – Dr Shiva … Continue reading Vandana Shiva: Growing new ideas on India’s farms

Keralan migrants struggle amid Dubai’s splendour

  In Dubai, the international hub of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), everything seems possible. Mountains have been moved to create archipelagos of islands that fan into a map of the world off the coast. Man made canals surround hotels and an artificial ski slope allows shoppers to escape sweltering desert temperatures.The breadth of Dubai’s … Continue reading Keralan migrants struggle amid Dubai’s splendour