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Is This What Democracy Looks Like in Indonesia?

Despite the glaring human rights concerns Indonesia is emerging onto the world stage with ferocity, but increased exposure leads to greater scrutiny and with each gross injustice inflicted upon the people of West Pap ...

Fear of “catastrophic violence” against Myanmar Muslims

The attitudes behind the deadly and systematic violence against Muslims in overwhelmingly Buddhist Myanmar could, if left unchecked, lead to “mass atrocities,” Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said in a report r ...

The fearless Freedom Flotilla sails for occupied West Papua

On August 17th, a group of heroic activists set sail from Cairns, Australia, bound for West Papua in the Freedom Flotilla. Their mission is land on West Papuan soil and use their journey to draw attention to the hum ...

Culture Conflicts And Advancement

You are not what you say you are, you are not what you think you are, and you are not what your father is, you are what you are, and you may be surprised when you figure out what that is. ...

Beyond Internet Activism

The opposite of internet activism is not street activism but no-activism. Internet activism is sometimes equated with impotence but at least it exists. We are still in the stage of experimentation on how the internet ...

MIFEE: Racist agribusiness land grabs in West Papua reported to UN

A coalition of organisations has requested the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Commission to take action under its Early Warning and Urgent Action procedures to address the dire situation bei ...

PsyOps: Studying Narrative Comprehension and Persuasion

ITS calls your attention to a DARPA-funded research project studying the effectiveness of different narratives in efforts of mass persuasion. Using MRI and EEG they will map areas of the brain involved in narrative ...

Echoes of Past Wars

Winona LaDuke's "The Militarization of Indian Country" tells a history that isn't over, and describes a scene that cannot escape from its past... numerous outrages to convey a picture of purposeful devastation on a s ...

Has Snowden Inadvertently Unmasked the World’s Real Rogue Power?

His goal: to expose a vast surveillance structure built in the shadows in the post-9/11 years and significantly aimed at Americans. The result has been a global spectacle, as well as a worldwide debate about the spyi ...

Benny Wenda’s Mission to Free West Papua

Benny Wenda’s campaign for West Papuan independence is embarrassing Britain and enraging Indonesia... For Wenda, it’s all been in the service of a single goal: independence for West Papua and an end to what he de ...

Cambodia: Sweat and Tears of Human Perseverance

The people of Phnom Penh, nowadays and those fortunately to go through university, will toil to secure jobs. They work in the city, keeping their heads above the increasing cost of living. Despite the economical conf ...

Killing Fields: Acts of Inhumanity in Cambodia

From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge led a campaign of fear, violence and savagery over Cambodia. Then inhumanity had a name, Pol Pot. Among his army, many child soldiers and young people participated in the reign of d ...

A Legacy of Death: Uranium Mining on Navajo Lands

The proposal would have seven trucks per day hauling uranium ore from the mine site over 1.5 years. The mine would operate five days per week, extracting 70,000 tons of ore that would produce 1.1 million pounds of pr ...

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Sneak Preview of Bill Still’s Jekyll Island

The debt money system is the primary cause of most of the world's economic problems today. In addition, it is a major cause of most of the world's hunger, poverty, misery and disease. The good news is it does not hav ...

Police Violence: Chronology of the Case of Andinus Karoba

Andinus Karoba was arrested for nothing and forced into a truck with his hands and legs in handcuffs. While driving to Polresta, Andinus was shot three times, twice in his leg, on his thigh and calf, and once in th ...

Statement by Human Rights Lawyer on Papuan Self-Determination

Source: Tapol Statement by human rights lawyer, Yan Christian Warinussy: As a human rights activist in the Land of Papua who won an international award for human rights – the John Humphrey Freedom Award – ...

The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal

On July 6th, 1998, shortly after the anniversary of the West Papuan declaration of independence, a Massacre took place in the city of Biak, West Papua. To this day, none of those involved in the mass-murder have been ...

ThaiSouth: Barisan Revolusi Nasional’s Demand Exposes Insincerity

Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) is at it again. The Pattani-Melayu elitist militant leadership made more demands on YouTube in relation to Ramadan, the holy month in the Muslim calendar. Chief BRN representative, Has ...

PNG Gas Boom Not Benefiting Locals

A project run by ExxonMobil to supply China and Japan with liquefied gas for the next 30 years is changing life in Papua New Guinea with wildly inequitable results for local people. ...

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KNPB activists sing for freedom from behind bars in West Papua

We are KNPB activist in Timika, West Papua. Indonesia Police jailed us with no reason. Indonesian police jailed Romario Yatipai, Steven Itlay, Yakonias Womsiwor, Paulus Marsyom, Alfred Marsyom and Yanto Awerkion sinc ...