“Balinese Women now are more open minded”

A conversation with entrepreneur Yanthi Putu Sayanthi. We meet in a local coffee place where we sit at a safe distance near an open window, according to the pandemic rules. Yanthi Putu Sayanthi doesn’t let her family go out much, she tells me. They’re careful about the COVID-19 situation and take the new imposed government … Continue reading “Balinese Women now are more open minded”

Reflections on the decolonial Summer School

The Maria Lugones Decolonial Summer School asked us to write a reflection about the three weeks of following classes on the topic of "Learning to Unlearn Decolonially (Living, knowing, the university & the museum)". We could write a letter, a dialogue, an op-ed/ essay, a diary or memory. I decided to write an op-ed/essay kind … Continue reading Reflections on the decolonial Summer School

Journalists can strive for objectivity but can never be completely neutral

The Israel-Palestine conflict is in the midst of the worst unrest it’s seen in years. It started in the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem where Palestinians are forced out of their homes by Israeli settlers.  Needless to say, this conflict is one of the most sensitive issues to report on in journalism. And therefore … Continue reading Journalists can strive for objectivity but can never be completely neutral

“The Balinese women are doing so much for the island but they’re unseen”

A conversation with Balinese entrepreneur and priestess Luh Manis. When I first reached out to Luh Manis for an interview she invited me to join her on one of her “Sisterhood retreats” to Kintamani, the area in Bali where she is originally from. Together with eight other Balinese women and another foreign woman we went … Continue reading “The Balinese women are doing so much for the island but they’re unseen”

The latest violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict creates renewed momentum

There is so much going on at the moment, it’s almost hard to keep up with all the articles and posts that are being published about the Israel-Palestine conflict. One thing seems clear though: all the uproar brings cracks in the old beliefs about the justification of the state of Israel.And because it’s so easy … Continue reading The latest violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict creates renewed momentum

“Since COVID-19, the care for dogs in Bali has become less of a priority”

A conversation with Dewi Pertiwi and her father who take care of 80 dogs. When we walk towards the gate of Dewi’s house we’re welcomed by the noise of sixty barking dogs. They don’t just bark, they enthusiastically jump against the fence, happy to see strangers visiting their compound. The gate has two doors, one … Continue reading “Since COVID-19, the care for dogs in Bali has become less of a priority”

“Balinese women can’t progress by force”

A conversation with Laksmi Dewi Made, director of the Mahadaya Institute. The rainy season has just started in Bali when Laksmi Dewi Made expects us in her house in Denpasar on an early Friday morning. After a heavy downpour and a few attempts to figure out the Google maps directions to her property at the … Continue reading “Balinese women can’t progress by force”

The white privilege behavior of foreigners in Bali is counterproductive and disrespectful

The first thing I read this morning was an article at Voice of America (VOA) Indonesia in bahasa indonesia with the title “‘White Privilege' and the pros and cons of health protocols in Bali”. A few foreigners are quoted in the article, one of them a Spanish national called Jorge who said he was planning … Continue reading The white privilege behavior of foreigners in Bali is counterproductive and disrespectful

Why should we decolonize journalism? Here are 8 reasons.

The word 'decolonization' has become widespread since last year, at least to my perception. There are calls on social media to decolonize our education system, our traveling, our yoga, our food and so on. What does it actually mean to decolonize?The term is used when we’re talking about a country that withdraws from its colony, … Continue reading Why should we decolonize journalism? Here are 8 reasons.

We should stop parachuting Western journalists into foreign countries

CNN journalist Clarissa Ward shared the boarding pass of her flight to Myanmar on Twitter and immediately received a lot of backlashes. Her tweet has almost seven thousands comments, a lot of them calling her visit into question, as the country is under military rule since the coup in the beginning of February and she apparently … Continue reading We should stop parachuting Western journalists into foreign countries