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Stop Destroying Our Forest and Leave Our Land

Stop Destroying Our Forest and Leave Our Land

This company is trying to divide the owners of the land and the villagers to create a conflict. Indonesia’s Palm Oil Curse Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of palm oil. From chocolate and ice cream t ...

Federal, State Govt Fails to Protect Indigenous Land Rights of Temiar Community

Federal, State Govt Fails to Protect Indigenous Land Rights of Temiar Community

In early August 2018, a plantation company destroyed a six-month-old blockade set up by an indigenous Orang Asli community in the Malaysian state of Kelantan. According to a news report, Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli ...

Traditional Home of the Nias

Traditional Home of the Nias

The house of an indigenous chieftain from the Nias tribe. ~ Photograph by Zainal Lembang | 1976, Pulau Nias, North Sumatra. In the Nias language, the Nias people are known as Ono Niha; which literally means ‘de ...

The Asmat: Cycle of Poverty and Malnutrition

The Asmat: Cycle of Poverty and Malnutrition

The village of Tomor, where rivers weave like snakes through thick forest, is so remote that its 500 residents have no regular access to education and health services supplied by the government. Health officials said ...

We Will Not Be Silent

We Will Not Be Silent

“Until President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo delivers on his promises to address human rights abuses in Papua, expect apologies, not justice, for future police killings of Papuans.” – Human Rig ...

Engaged Anthropology: Politics Beyond the Text

Engaged Anthropology: Politics Beyond the Text

Our good friend, Stuart Kirsch, has a new book just published that is an absolute must read. This latest book, recently released by the University of California Press, deals with the nature of anthropology and its in ...

Warden of an Insidious Prison

Warden of an Insidious Prison

Jokowi Widodo. He exist in his natural state. Inspired by self-professed sophistication, that supposedly graceful wisdom for the common man. Of understanding, which he knows not, – and in truth, he cares not. F ...

Indonesia: Hundreds Arrested in West Papua Demonstrations

Indonesia: Hundreds Arrested in West Papua Demonstrations

Source: abc NEWS Indonesian police detained several hundred people Monday at protests around the country demanding independence for remote West Papua. Arrests were made in cities in Sulawesi, Java and Papua but demon ...

In The Rubble of the Divinities

In The Rubble of the Divinities

in the rubble of the divinities / & the humiliated poor / I am struggling after a song ...

Anthropologist Stuart Kirsch discusses the questionable science of the mining industry

Anthropologist Stuart Kirsch discusses the questionable science of the mining industry

Source: CBC Radio Cultural Anthropologist Stuart Kirsch spent decades working with native peoples living along the ok Tedi River, in Papua New Guinea, trying to oppose the social and environmental threats posed by an ...

The Australian Dream

The Australian Dream

In days gone by, I would have celebrated Australia Day like most other people. Oblivious to the scale of the horrors inflicted upon the indigenous people of this Great Southern Land, I would have consumed my Vegemite ...

In Nothingness We Are Equal, Then We are Not

In Nothingness We Are Equal, Then We are Not

Narrowing the concerns. Wage. Debts. Housing. Family. Life. Bangkok has seen it’s fair share of hardship, during times of democracy, martial law, and in times of uncertainty under the military elites. These are ...

The Silent Voice of the Indigenous Mani People
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The Silent Voice of the Indigenous Mani People

Check out these two excellent documentaries about the indigenous Mani people of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia. ...

Daily Life in Wamena, West Papua
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Daily Life in Wamena, West Papua

YouTuber Panagiotis Drakopoulos provides us with brief tour of daily life in Wamena, West Papua. ...

Devastating floods bring more hardship to Malaysia’s most vulnerable

Devastating floods bring more hardship to Malaysia’s most vulnerable

Banjir2014 - a gradual build-up of monsoon. Then the downpour on ancient terrain, raging water on developed land and sweeping onto areas torn by deforestation. The worst Malaysia flooding in decades, and certainly wi ...

Raise the flag for West Papua

Raise the flag for West Papua

Despite cruel restrictions, every December 1st West Papuans gather to celebrate the day they were granted independence from the Dutch and risk their lives raising the Morning Star flag in remembrance. ...

Malaysia in the Age of Inhibition

Malaysia in the Age of Inhibition

A few weeks in Malaysia have enabled me to wrap loose ends on an outreach project, a combo of counselling and trouble-shooting on poverty concerns, and not forgetting the reporting. ...

Indonesia’s Message to Journalists: “Report on Papua, Go Directly to Jail”

Indonesia’s Message to Journalists: “Report on Papua, Go Directly to Jail”

On August 6th, French Journalists Valentine Bourrat and Thomas Dandois were arrested in West Papua on immigration charges. They are now facing up to 20 years in prison for these and a charge of 'subversion'. Local j ...

Mining Capitalism: The Relationship between Corporations and their Critics

Mining Capitalism: The Relationship between Corporations and their Critics

Mining Capitalism is a new book by Stuart Kirsch published by University of California Press with cover art by AK Rockefeller. We are very excited to play a small part in this groundbreaking work towards understandi ...

Historical speech by Vanuatu PM calls for UN action on West Papua
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Historical speech by Vanuatu PM calls for UN action on West Papua

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Moana Carcasses called for international action on West Papua at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Following on from his speech at the UN last September, Mr Carcasses f ...