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SBY’s Pacific Propaganda Tour

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he would explain his policies on Papua during his visit to Fiji, where he will attend a meeting of Pacific Island leaders, some of whom have been critical of Jakarta’s handli ...

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PNG Takes Regional Lead In Supporting West Papua Freedom Campaign

Ordinary people in this part of the Pacific are painfully aware that the West Papuan people continue to live under the gun. It is the politicians in Melanesia who have been slow to take up the cause. But that may be ...

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West Papua’s Uncertain Future

We are always told how primitive the Papuan people are; that we are the nobles in fine clothes while they are the koteka-wearing savages. We know that God created one of the most-stunning paradises on earth there, wh ...

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Benny Wenda at the ‘Free West Papua’ Concert in Port Moresby, PNG

The West Papua struggle is a difficult one and what outcome will emerge in the years to come is still hard to see. A lot of thoughts crossed my mind on Wednesday night when I attended the Benny Wenda/Free West Papua ...

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Freeport-McMoran Protest in Phoenix on December 14th

Environmental and humanrights groups protest outside the headquarters of Freeport McMoRan in Phoenix AZ. Protest groups included Occupy Phoenix, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, and the Sierra Club. ...

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West Papua: Remembering 51 years of oppression

Dusk is falling across Melbourne and West Papua, but not over the dreams of the Papuan people. Today, remembering 51 years of oppression having been denied the right to self-determination, the West Papuan people gath ...

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‘West Papua can win’, exiled activists say

British oil giant BP has signed a deal with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for a $12 billion expansion of the Tangguh liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in occupied West Papua. The deal is typical of ...

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Arrest of Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell during State Visit of Indonesian President Yudhoyono

Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell joined the Free West Papua movement to protest against the state visit of the Indonesian President Yudhoyono in London. Peter finds it a disgrace that the Royal Family and Prime ...

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Defending West Papuan Activism

Jennifer Robinson: "it’s very well known in the history of West Papua that those who dare to stand up and lead their people and to speak out against Indonesian oppression have either been killed, people like Arnold ...

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East Timor All Over Again In West Papua

As violence escalates in West Papua, one cannot help but recall East Timor and wonder how much worse it must get before Australia and the international community will act. Last month, East Timor celebrated 10 years o ...

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Police Watchdog Warns Against Dispatch of Anti-Terror Unit to Papua

Indonesia Police Watch has cautioned the National Police against increasing the presence of its anti-terrorism unit in Papua, saying that move would instead worsen conflict in the restive province. ...

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Portia’s Lament: Western greed and the death of the indigenous cultures of West Papua

The truth is that everyone benefits from the exploitation of West Papua’s natural resources except the West Papuan’s themselves! The devastation wrought by mining and other resource extraction industries (such as ...

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If Taylor Can Be Tried For War Crimes, Why Not Kissinger, Putin, Bush, etc.?

Should Vladimir Putin be studying the conviction of Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president? What about Henry Kissinger? It’s striking that the very same legal reasoning could apply to those in Washington, M ...

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Maire Leadbeater: Treason Trial Threatens Fundamental Rights

Amnesty and Human Rights Watch say that Indonesia is defying its signed commitment to the International Conventions that protect the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the right to peaceful assembly. Inst ...

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Jennifer Robinson: The UN’s Chequered Record in West Papua

IN THE 1960S, WEST PAPUANS WERE SACRIFICED IN THE NAME OF COLD WAR POLITICS – AND THE UN DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. Thousands have taken part in rallies across West Papua and in Australia to mark the UN Secretary-Gener ...

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Copper and Gold: The Blood Diamonds of West Papua

By 1973, the mine was fully operational and production has continued to grow ever since, but the quality of life of the native West Papuans has not, lending weight to the guerilla separatist movement known as Organis ...

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What Does Papua Mean for US-Indonesia Relations?

Against a backdrop of continuing violence and instability, the United States must be prepared to take a stronger stand on Papua. Rising tensions there risk complicating critically significant U.S.-Indonesia relations ...

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The Jayapura Five face life in prison in West Papua

FIVE Papuan independence activists are facing life in prison, with their trial getting underway in Jayapura, Papua, on Wednesday, February 8. ...

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#OccupyWallStreet vs. Henry Kissinger

For years, sections of U.S. civil society have attempted to hold former leaders accountable, even if their actions took place decades ago. Have the Occupy Wall Street protests given such efforts a shot in the arm? On ...

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You can’t preach the moral high ground and walk in the gutter: Australia and West Papua

If Australia wants to continue being the Deputy Sheriff of the Pacific (albeit with a rusty badge), it has to dispense justice without fear or favour... ...

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