Local residents take tourism into their own hands

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Anton Muhajir, Contributor, Nusa Ceningan, Klungkung | Thu, 06/25/2009 11:23 AM  |  Surfing Bali

Dressed in a dark-blue T-shirt and shorts, Kadek Sukadana accompanied seven foreign tourists walking around Nusa Ceningan, one of the Nusa Penida islands in Klungkung regency, about 70 kilometers east of Denpasar.

Sukadana’s main occupation is as a seaweed farmer, and does this part-time job of tour guide for any visitors who drop by his little island. Unlike other registered tour guides, Sukadana doesn’t have to change his “fashion style” and put on intricate Balinese traditional costumes while accompanying his guests.

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Ritualistic battle honors the ancestors

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Anton Muhajir, Contributor, Tenganan | Thu, 06/18/2009 1:19 PM |  Surfing Bali

With a tiny safety pin, 13-year-old Kadek Juliantara picked the sharp thorns out of the scratches carved into the shoulder of his best friend, 12-year-old Kadek Anjasmara. He did it with carefully, gently, so as not to cause any pain.

Yet these same wounds were inflicted by none other than Juliantara himself during the Perang Pandan battle held earlier in the morning. As always, best friends Juliantara and Anjasmara took opposite sides in the annual event.

As Juliantara carefully cleaned Anjasmara’s wounds, the other Tenganan youths gathered nearby amused themselves by teasing 8-year-old Bagus Saptana. Saptana looked a bit nervous: It would be his first time participating in the fight, known locally as mageret pandan or makare-kare. Naturally, the prospect of hurting his opponent or being hurt had shaken the boy up a little bit. And the older kids weren’t going to miss a chance to frighten the boy a bit more.

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Revolusi Hijau, Menjerat Petani dengan Racun

Petani Bali

Upaya mengusir hama wereng di sawahnya justru mendatangkan kematian bagi Wayan Jojol, petani di Banjar Wang Bung, Desa Guwang, Kecamatan Sukawati, Gianyar. Petani palawija dan padi ini jatuh pingsan setelah menyemprot hama wereng di lahannya dengan pestisida. Ketika petani lain hendak menolongnya, Jojol sudah meninggal.

“Kami menggotongnya dari sawah sudah dalam kondisi meninggal. Tidak jelas penyebabnya. Tapi kemungkinan besar dia keracunan karena pestisida,” Ketut Rena, petani di banjar yang sama, mengenang kematian Jojol yang terjadi pada pertengahan 1985 tersebut.

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Indonesian AIDS Policy: "On the ground" Isn't as Good as "On Paper"

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by Anton Muhajir
Published at Asia Report

For Agus, fictitious name, the end of life was not the end of a journey. As a former injection drug user (IDU), he faced a new problem when he passed away. Two days ago, the IDU died from complications arising from AIDS. Often in Bali, a person who dies is the responsibility of not only their families, but also of the traditional local community, called banjar.

Normally, this care consists of bathing, burying, cremation, and a traditional farewell ceremony. But not for Agus.  Agus’s body was rejected not only by his family, but by his community, as well.

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Tumbuh Tanpa Dukungan Pemerintah

Hira Jhamtani, teman yang juga aktivis dan peneliti tentang globalisasi, mengirim kabar gembira pekan lalu. Tulisanku tentang pertanian organik di Indonesia dimuat Jurnal Third World Resurgence.

Pengantar di tulisan yang diterjemahkan ke Bahasa Inggris tersebut sebagai berikut.. “While figures and statistics are increasingly showing that sustainable agriculture is viable in ensuring food security and rural livelihoods, it is important to note that agriculture is also about human experiences.  Sustainable agriculture is a story about lives, about how farmers struggle to make changes for a better future.  Drawing on the Indonesian experience, this article presents a set of such stories about farmers in Indonesia who have proven that sustainable agriculture works.”

Ini tulisannya dalam Bahasa Indonesia..

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Gubernur pun Pusingkan Bintang

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Aaah, akhirnya ada juga pejabat yang mengkritik Bali Post secara terbuka soal banyaknya berita bintang di koran ini. Bukan sekadar pejabat, tapi orang terpenting di Bali saat ini, Gubernur Bali! Salut buat Pak Mangku Pastika..

Ini beritanya diambil dari Kompas Online Sabtu (25/4/2009) yang ditulis Ayu Sulistyowati. Salut juga buat Bu Ayu yang sudah mau nulis soal ini. Hehehe..

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Residents indifferent to elections

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Anton Muhajir,  The Jakarta Post,  Denpasar | Wed, 03/25/2009 1:09 PM | Bali

Farmer Made Jaya, 67, is weeding his rice fields on the outskirts of North Denpasar district on a sunny day.

He prefers tending to his 1,700-square-meter field than taking part in any of the campaign activities leading up to the April 9 legislative elections.

“The upcoming election is confusing because there are so many candidates to pick from and so many candidate pictures to punch on the ballot,” he said, when asked to comment on the elections.

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Caretakers dedicate themselves for the elderly

Anton Muhajir, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar | Mon, 03/23/2009 1:24 PM | Bali

It was 5 p.m. at the Panti Sosial Tresna Werdha Wana Seraya elderly nursing home in Kesiman, East Denpasar district, when 85-year-old Ni Ketut Suntreg whispered – to her volunteer caretaker Tri Sukristawati – she wanted a bath.

Suntreg was sitting with her friend on the veranda of one of several pavilions in the nursing home, before Tri took her to bathe.

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KKM members celebrate modest Galungan

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Anton Muhajir, The Jakarta Post, Karangasem | Fri, 03/20/2009 1:12 PM | Bali

This year, there is no imported fruit on the gebogan (fruit platter served as an offering) prepared by Kadek Andariani during ceremonies to celebrate the Balinese Hindu holiday of Galungan in Karangasem.

In the past, Andariani would have picked imported Guan Juan apples, Sunkist oranges, pears and green grapes for the offerings.

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Bias Kelas dalam Ketidakadilan Iklim

Tulisan terpanjangku sampai saat ini. Aku tulis atas permintaan Jurnal WACANA, salah satu jurnal yang -menurutku- terbaik di Indonesia terutama di kalangan aktivis. Sayang, akhirnya batal dimuat karena kurangnya tulisan untuk jurnal bergengsi terbitan Insist Press tersebut.

Baru minggu ini aku dapat pemberitahuannya. Jurnal WACANA edis climate change tidak jadi terbit sampai bulan ini. Yah, gimana lagi. Daripada hanya nongkrong di komputer, aku taruh tulisanku di blog saja. Ini lengkapnya..

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