ACEH'S CHILDREN: SCARRED AND SILENT

When you land at Banda Aceh airport today and drive into town, there is not much that seems different from any other smallish provincial city in Indonesia, except perhaps for a much higher percentage of women wearing jilbab head shawls and a…


OBAMA - THE ADDED BURDEN

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival has managed to pull in a number of interesting people over the years, some with overwhelmingly political backgrounds. This year is no exception, with Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and Fatima Bhutto in the……


CONNECTIVITY / RECEPTIVITY

Wired magazine, the issue with Brad Pitt glowing a blue tooth out his ear, tells me it's ok if I text when I am at lunch. Which I do sometimes (but I have double standards, part of me still speculates it's antisocial). I read on and realize they are…


DIVINE RIGHT IS SO WRONG

DIVINE RIGHT IS SO WRONG If anything, the Ayatollahs have proven it yet again. Whether feudal or religious, it is somehow amazing to see relics of medieval political structures now in the 21st century insisting on reimposing their will on their…


CODES OF COMMUNICATION

TAKING IT ALL FOR GRANTED Working on the voice-over for a documentary on autistic children and elephants that cameraman Michael Glowacki and I are doing for our prospective series on Asia, once again it struck me how much stimuli we ˜normal humansâ"…


THE RUNES AND SPELLS OF DANGEROUSLY FAST TIMES

My deeply analog orientated brother-in-law walked into the studio today and watched bemused as images were digitized across the computer screens, pixels healing, colors adjusting. He commented that it reminded him of Soviet propaganda days when…