The censorship of Facebook and Instagram to posts about #Palestine shouldn’t come as a surprise

It was when I watched the documentary "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix when I realized that the most influential social media companies are built by white people with a capitalistic goal. The film was revelatory regarding the huge power these networks have over our lives on many levels, socially, culturally and politically. And the fact … Continue reading The censorship of Facebook and Instagram to posts about #Palestine shouldn’t come as a surprise

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

Our hypocrisy on social media shows that our egos are still very big

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians reignited and social media platforms are full of posts about the unequal war and the colonial history of the state of Israel as a settler colony. I also shared a post on my Instagram with stills from the documentary “Born in Gaza” by Italian-Argentinian war correspondent, writer and … Continue reading Our hypocrisy on social media shows that our egos are still very big

“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”

Is our world broken? Not as long as there is empathy.

It’s been a few intense days. After sending my last newsletter I started to feel a bit sick. It didn’t worry me because I’ve been working a lot and I felt already that it was time to take a pause. Everything felt so heavy lately. The world news seems so depressive with a never ending … Continue reading Is our world broken? Not as long as there is empathy.

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