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Kurds: The Muslim World’s “Unworthy” Victims

2011 marked the shift many Middle East observers had been anticipating. Since their formation, nations stretching between the Maghreb and beyond the Levanthave endured decades of authoritarian rule. Mohamed ...

Am I not a man and a brother: A campaign for someone else’s rights

What developed from that faithful meeting held on May 22, 1787 was one of the most ambitious and brilliantly organised citizens’ campaigns of all times. A grassroot social movement, in many ways a viral camp ...

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 ...

PNG: Shifting Island Feels Cyber Seismic Shift

As it has in the rest of the world, social media and the sudden explosion of mobile phone technology is bringing about profound changes in PNG culture, and its impact on politics is only beginning to be explored and ...

West Papua and the vote of no choice!

“We have gone beyond individual and family egoism, and we are beyond the borders of national egoism. The day will come when these things I’m talking to you about have to be the prevailing feeling in every human f ...

Slums in the City, Slums in Everyone

Chow Kit is a neglected part of humanity, and yet it follows us around, itching to break free and consume us. There is no point in denying what we can see, what we can taste, what we can smell and what we can hear. E ...

Vote Freeport McMoran the Most Evil Company of 2011

The annual Public Eye Awards selects 6 of the most unethical and abusive corporations from a long list of nominations. Support West Papua and vote for Freeport McMoran this year for worst company. ...

Indonesia and Australia: The Illegitimate States of the Asia Pacific Region

The notion of self-determination as a universal principle, whether viewed through a political, moral, or legal lens, has been and continues to be imprecise and in dire need of further clarification. U.S. president Wo ...

Embracing and Breathing Activism

From the earliest days to the present, activists have been deeply moved by beauty in all its forms: in music, language and art, in the innocence of children, in Nature, and in the bravery of the elderly. Beauty stirs ...

A Vision for Tomorrow: An Economic Bill of Rights

We are beginning to understand that our money is created, not by the government, but by banks. ...

Anarchy in Aceh: Pacific Punks Sentenced to Government Rehabilitation

Mohawks buzzed and noses free of piercings, dozens of youths march in military-style for hours beneath Indonesia's tropical sun — part of efforts by authorities to restore moral values and bring the "deviants" back ...

Resist State and Corporate Aggression in Papua

The conflict in West Papua has intensified greatly in the last half-year. Violence and aggression towards Papua’s indigenous people and natural environment takes the form of abuses by the state and corporations, mi ...

The Economic Inequality Undermining the Survival of Indigenous Papuans

Lack of development and basic services, militarization, and exclusion from the mainstream economy have made indigenous Papuans feel deserted and oppressed. ...

Who will control the drones watching you?

Whether they are being used for surveillance or all-out combat, drones will soon pose serious risks for all of the world's citizens. ...

Anti-Aboriginal racism in Australia has no bounds – NT Intervention extended by ten years

“In the days of self-determination, senior elders of every community were asked what we wanted to do, they would ask for our ideas. Now they just come and tell us “This is it! Non-negotiable.” Only community em ...

West Papua – Behind the Batik Curtain

As December 1st, West Papua's Independence Day, approaches, many are becoming concerned about the possibility of serious violence. ...

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 ...

West Papua: The Effect of Transmigration

In addition to the physical murder of Papuans, the more serious and greatest threat to Papuans is the effect of transmigration. ...

Flood Report: Migrant Workers Stranded & Abandoned By Corporations

Bangkok's migrant population is at risk. Many abandoned by their multi-national employers to fend for themselves. The corporations make money, and when things go against them, they flee to safety leaving their worke ...