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Indonesian Gov’t Tells Freeport to Suspend Papua Mine Production

Operations at a US-owned mine in Indonesia have been suspended after the government ordered a halt to production following a tunnel collapse which killed 28 workers. The All Indonesian Workers Union says workers will ...

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28 workers die in Freeport McMoran tunnel collapse

Video art about the devil Richard K. Adkerson and the Freeport-McMoran mining company. Freeport-McMoran owns the Grasberg mine in Timika, West Papua, the scene of a recent tunnel collapse killing 28 miners. ...

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 ...

Stand by Me & Flow of Night

Two paintings by Colleen K. Ernst -- @cke5 on Twitter. These beautiful paintings were exchanged for a custom CD of AK Rockefeller music. ...

Kashmir: Breaking the Silence

In Kashmir, the scale of human rights violations—from collective punishment and assassinations, to custodial deaths and disappearances—is staggering. Yet little of what goes on in that Himalayan region ...

Annihilation of Indigenous West Papuans: A Challenge and A Hope

This article will present a challenge to all who have a heart for and who are working without reward to save the ethnic people of West Papua which are now heading towards annihilation. ...

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 me ...

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 ...

City Collages

CITY Collages by brillianthues: Coming Into Philly / Dusk / Strolling / Los Badlands / Urban Confusion ...

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Goodbye Indonesia: The West Papuan Struggle for Independence.

Because it is virtually impossible for foreign journalists to obtain official permission to visit the territory filmmaker Dom Rotheroe and fixer Sally Collister travelled in the guise of tourists. Filming discreetly, ...

Growing International Solidarity for West Papua Freedom Campaigns

It is likely that most US citizens who consider themselves informed about global events are aware of the genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia and East Timor, yet it’s likely that few people in the US are aware of the o ...

#IdleNoMore – Transnational Indigenous Solidarity

#IdleNoMore is a growing movement of indigenous activism that started with Canada's First Nations taking a stand against a long history of systematic, institutionalized abuse by the Canadian authorities. ...

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Ghost Tribe

At least half of California's estimated 150,000 Native Americans lack official recognition by the federal government. The Winnemem Wintu tribe of Shasta County struggles to continue practicing its traditions without ...

Burma’s Airstrike On Democracy

“The fighting has intensified right now… We heard the sound of armaments and explosions three times last night… When we visited the refugee camps, the refugees’ faces reflect suffering, anxie ...

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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. ...

#IdleNoMore fighting for indigenous sovereignty in Canada

Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to t ...

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A Music Video Tribute for Assassinated Papuan Leader Kelly Kwalik

Kelly Kwalik was a West Papuan freedom fighter. He was assassinated by Indonesian police on December 16th, 2009. He waged a resistance movement from the jungles against the Indonesian military and American mining gia ...

Mines of Monywa- what are the limits of Burma’s reform?

Originally published on The Activist Over recent weeks, events around the Letpadaung copper mine near Monywa have sent shockwaves through Burma’s fragile reform process. For months local people including Buddh ...

Arming the Illegal Occupation of West Papua

Despite glaring human rights concerns, western nations are lining up to feed the Indonesian military's (TNI) thirst for blood in West Papua. While the TNI engages in ethnic cleansing "sweeps" in remote areas of West ...

‘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 ...