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

Not watching Derek Chauvin’s trial is the same as white silence during the Black Lives Matter protests

When reading the excerpts of the trial of Derek Chauvin - the policeman who killed George Floyd, it really made me sick for a moment. A nauseating feeling, a powerless, weak feeling and a lump in my throat.The defence in the case brought witnesses to the stand saying “drugs killed George Floyd” and “the knee … Continue reading Not watching Derek Chauvin’s trial is the same as white silence during the Black Lives Matter protests

Why it’s important (and uncomfortable!) that I as a white woman am able to empathize with racists

In my newsletter of last week I wrote about empathy and the importance of being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to really understand their thoughts and feelings. The article of Burmese-American journalist Aye Min Thant about the coverage of Myanmar by CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward had inspired me to highlight empathy. Ward … Continue reading Why it’s important (and uncomfortable!) that I as a white woman am able to empathize with racists

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.

Both Covid-19 and racism need root level solutions

The pandemic caused by COVID-19 and the growing awareness around antiracism have a lot of dynamics in common. Last Friday I got my first vaccine in the banjar (Balinese neighbourhood) of my village. My landlord asked me the evening before if I wanted to be vaccinated and the next morning she messaged me “you can … Continue reading Both Covid-19 and racism need root level solutions

There is no comfortable shortcut to inclusion

I promised myself to write a new blog every day for at least a month. This is blog number three and I already wanted to skip it. Not because I don’t know what to write, more like the opposite: my head is full of thoughts and ideas but there is also a washing machine waiting … Continue reading There is no comfortable shortcut to inclusion

White silence about the Clarissa Ward report for CNN is more disturbing than the news itself.

My blood is boiling after reading all the comments on Twitter on the Clarissa Ward report about Myanmar. In my blog yesterday I explained why the CNN journalist’s visit to Myanmar is problematic. Yesterday her report was broadcasted and the 8 minutes and 34 seconds of her (excusez le mot) dumbness reporting totally proves the … Continue reading White silence about the Clarissa Ward report for CNN is more disturbing than the news itself.

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