Gili Trawangan – a paradise lost

Gili Trawangan – a paradise lost

This story was updated at 15:56 February 13, 2013 Additional material in green type Located only 35 kilometres to the east of Bali, the island of Lombok has long had a reputation for being the uncommercialised version of Indonesia’s best known tourism destination. However while Lombok proudly hangs on to its Lombok – Primitive slogan, […]

AFL slays Australian media

When Melbourne’s Channel Seven network broke the news last week that players at a Melbourne based AFL club were receiving therapy for illegal drug use and that a leading player from the same club had been investigated for drug trafficking they rapidly became the pariah of the Australian news media. Rival media organisations and commentators looking to gain favour with the AFL quickly whipped themselves into a frenzy in their attempts to use the most condemning superlatives they could think of to criticise the actions of Dylan Howard who broke the story, as well as the network.

Death of maid in Malaysia highlights endemic foreign worker abuse

Death of maid in Malaysia highlights endemic foreign worker abuse

The torture-murder of a 24-year-old Indonesian maid in her employers house in Malaysia last week is just the tip of the iceberg of a litany of human rights abuses foreign workers there are subjected to. Abuses that regularly result in workers who arrive in Malaysia full of dreams of improving their life and sending money […]

Killer PMA back in Aussie clubs

Club goers beware. If anyone offers to sell you a “Red Mitsubishi”, “Red Killer”, “Dr Death”, a yellow pill with a Euro (‚Ǩ) currency symbol embossed in it, or a pill that it unusually thicker than ones you are used to, just say no.

It’s highly likely that what you are being offered is PMA (paramethoxyamphetamine) and not MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) or ecstasy.

Visit Malaysia 2007 … why bother?

To celebrate 50 years of independence the Malaysian Government is spending RM 149 million (US$ 12 million) on it’s third “Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) promotion in the hopes of attracting more than 20 million foreign tourists. However skyrocketing street crime, increasing Islamic conservatism, an entertainment industry that shuts down at 2.00 am along with the […]