Scuba porters content with small earnings

A dark cloud glided slowly over Tulamben beach that quiet morning. Two local women walked along the shoreline carrying scuba tanks on their heads.

They belonged to a group of local porters, who carry all the heavy equipment for scuba divers.

Tulamben is one of the island’s most favorite diving spots. Around 20 meters from the shoreline, the famous World War II’s wreck of the USAT Liberty lies on Tulamben’s sandy bottom, waiting for the divers.

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Foreigners brave age-old pandanus battle ritual

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Anton Muhajir, Contributor, Karangasem | Mon, 06/28/2010 10:00 AM | Bali

Maurizio Rosenberg Colorni was trapped in a fierce battle, but showed no fear in facing his enemy in the centuries-old ritual of pandanus battle, held during a special ceremony in the Tenganan Indigenous community in Karangasem, East Bali, recently.

Despite a wound in his neck and back, Colorni was brave enough to answer a local boy’s challenge to finish the duel.

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Disabled children cross right into borderless world

Anton Muhajir,  Contributor,  Badung  | Thu, 11/26/2009 1:29 PM  |  Surfing Bali

Twenty-three-year-old Luh Putu Eka Swandewi was excited as she read a message in her laptop screen. Staring at her laptop screen, she read the message from Yahoo!: “Congratulations, Eka.”

“Hooray.I made it!” she said while raising her hands. Some of her friends in the room gave her applause.

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Obama, Internet, dan Kebebasan

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Tulisan menarik tentang internet dan kebebasan informasi di Kompas. Dikopas sebagai bagian dari penyebarluasan informasi dan dukungan pada Ninok Leksono, penulis artikel, salah satu wartawan Kompas yang tulisannya selalu membuatku harus membacanya sampai selesai..

Obama, Internet, dan Kebebasan

”Saya pendukung berat (pandangan) yang tidak membatasi penggunaan internet. Semakin kita terbuka, semakin mampu kita berkomunikasi, dan hal itu juga akan membuat dunia bersatu.” Presiden AS Barack Obama mengatakan itu di hadapan mahasiswa China di Museum Sains dan Teknologi, Shanghai, hari Senin (16/11).

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Drug users not treated humanely

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Anton Muhajir, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar | Fri, 08/14/2009 2:11 PM | The Archipelago

Drug users in Asia and Pacific regions face discrimination and limited access to proper medical treatment since many of these countries still regard human rights as minor problems, a forum was told Thursday.

“It requires comprehensive policy changes at the national, regional and international levels to enable these persons to receive needed medications and treatments,” said a speaker in a forum on Injecting Drug Users (IDU), with the theme Reform: Toward Human Rights Drug Policy, in Sanur, as part of the 9th International Congress on AIDS in the Asia-Pacific.

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Stringer, Tuyul Modern Jurnalisme TV

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Ada mayat di kolam lapangan Puputan Badung,” kata suara di telepon seluler Putu Sujana Kamis awal Maret lalu. Sujana sedang duduk-duduk di depan gedung rektorat Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Denpasar di jalan Nusa Indah, Denpasar Timur. Ada demo mahasiswa dan dosen di kampus itu menuntut pergantian rektor.

“Demonya tidak asik. Cuma begitu-begitu saja,” kata Sujana. Maka, Sujana segera pergi dari kampus ISI setelah ada telepon tersebut. Dia naik sepeda motor Shogunnya di antara lalu lintas Denpasar. Di antara gerimis, dia menyalip motor dan mobil sepanjang jalan.

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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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