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A Time for Hope in West Papua

In the wake of West Papua’s long awaited acceptance as a part of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, the time is coming for the cries of the Papuan people to be heard. ...

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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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Indonesian military gears up for oppression in West Papua

The Indonesian military has big plans and has made some big purchases. They have just acquired 8 units of AH-64 Apache combat helicopters as well as a number of submarines. Will they end be used for defense or to s ...

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Greenpeace calls for halt in the granting of deep seabed mining licences

Environmental organisation Greenpeace International has called for a suspension in the granting of deep seabed mining licences. A new report from the organisation has found that deep seabed mining could have a seriou ...

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West Papuan cause getting new international support

New support for the West Papuan movement becoming member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and the New Caledonian Kanak nationalist coalition FLNKS (already an MSG member) are the stro ...

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Another PNG Government Official Speaks Up About West Papua

The Papua New Guinea Health minister Michael Malabag, speaking as a private citizen, has said it is time PNG made a bold stand for the independence struggle of the mostly Melanesian indigenous people of the Indonesia ...

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Public Servants Bearing Witness Vol. 3

Public Servants BEARING WITNESS serves as a supplement to mainstream news’ output. P.S. BEARING WITNESS was created to help maintain an informed public by covering the major international stories mainstream media h ...

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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 Papuan Leaders Apply For Melanesian Spearhead Group Membership

Officials from the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL) have submitted an application for Melanesian Spearhead Group membership at the organisation’s headquarters in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Dr John Onda ...

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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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Applying the wisdom of traditional Melanesia to Modern Society

"A long time ago, our people discovered the secret of life — live well, love well, have something good for every person and die a happy death" - Bernard Narakobi ...

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West Papua is not an Indonesian issue says Ayamisiba

The decision by Prime Minister Sato Kilman and Leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to accept Indonesia is a mockery to the people of Vanuatu. ...

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