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The Battle of Balikpapan

Friday, May 25th, 2012, by . No Comments

The Battle of Balikpapan in World War II featuring mercenary Dayak headhunters.


Sumatra Death Railway

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012, by . No Comments

Well something a bit different. By default and a bit of personal history I am always interested in military history so I have dug up an old presentation on the Japanese occupation of Indonesia. It is curious and perhaps symptomatic of the Indonesian Education system that the horrors inflicted by the Japanese on Indonesia barely register with the majority of Indonesians. Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia have detailed and highly researched educational resources available yet Indonesians pretty much ignore a critical time in their collective history.

Of course, the reality is there is a lot that occurred during the occupation and immediately after, that are at odds with the myth of the brave Indonesian freedom fighters and perhaps that is partly the reason. Never the less compare the presentation below of the Sumatra Death Railway and its evil twin the Thailand Death Railway

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I’ve been to Bali too

Friday, November 4th, 2011, by . No Comments

The classic Redgum song 'I've been to Bali too'.


Babies die & the Elite plunder

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011, by . No Comments

A child death through lack of money in one of the world’s most resource rich countries.


Bali, Drugs and Refugees

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011, by . No Comments

A 14 year old Australian boy arrested in Bali for buying drugs, shock horror.


Aburizal Bakrie for President

Thursday, September 15th, 2011, by . No Comments

Golkar tycoon Aburizal Bakrie has his sights set on national glory in 2014.


Kangaroos & Bali Bombs

Thursday, August 18th, 2011, by . No Comments

'Shinboners', a type of Australian football team, and their experience of the first Bali bombing.


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