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Prabowo an ‘apocalypse’, Jokowi a false promise: West Papuans opt out

West Papuan activists are boycotting the Indonesian election. Whoever wins, what will the result mean for their campaign for self-determination?

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All aboard the gravy train as SBY visits Fiji

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono moved to shore up relations with Fiji this week amid growing rumblings across the Pacific about atrocities in West Papua, writes Fijian journalist Netani Rika.

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Killings in West Papua by Australian-backed anti-terror police

There are reports of offices of Densus 88, Indonesia’s counter-terrorism police, attacking protesters at flag-raising ceremonies across the province of West Papua.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Sublime to shameful: the Senate on Vikki Riley and West Papua

The late Vikki Riley, who worked tirelessly assisting asylum seekers, was rightly acknowledged in the Senate last week — but, outrageously, both the government and the Opposition took umbrage at use of the words ‘West Papua’, writes Bob Gosford.

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Tragedy as farce in battered West Papua

The Indonesian government’s attempt to initiate dialogue with West Papuan independence activists has declined into farce, following the shooting on June 14 of key West Papuan leader Mako Tabuni.

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West Papua finds a few friends in Canberra

Even if Bob Carr isn’t drafted into the job, most pundits think that Craig Emerson won’t be staying on as foreign minister. Which may be just as well, because he hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Red river — the blacklisting of Rio Tinto

The story of how Rio Tinto came to part-operate a mine in West Papua was merely syndicated “with agencies” in world news media. In this special essay NAJ Taylor writes explores the reasons and ramifications behind it.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Why Australia should not give Indonesian military a blank cheque

Giving a blank cheque to Indonesian military while there is continued suppression of political freedoms in West Papua is the surest way for Australia to help Indonesia lose a country, writes Jason Macleod.

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Crikey says: no excuse for ignorance when it comes to West Papua

At least two journalists have been killed in West Papua, five abducted and 18 assaulted in the past year.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Indonesia’s silent genocide

For a country so close to Australia, so few Australian citizens remain aware of the genocide that is taking place less than 50 miles beyond the country’s northern shores, says Benny Wanda.

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Should Gillard formally apologise to West Papua?

The Gorton government betrayed the people of West Papua in the late 60s by putting an end to their claim to sovereignty. It is time for Julia Gillard to seriously issuing a formal apology to its indigenous people on behalf of Australia, writes NAJ Taylor.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Latest news from Grasberg mine strike, West Papua

A YouTube video has been circulating depicting Indonesian police brutally breaking up protests in West Papua, Indonesia. However the vid is most likely of an unrelated protest, writes NAJ Taylor in Crikey’s new international politics blog This Blog Harms.

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Dark forces still at work in Aceh, Indonesia

In a couple of weeks, Aceh will hold its second gubernatorial elections since the 2005 peace agreement that ended almost three decades of separatist war.

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Australia’s nearest glaciers now a rocky outcrop

The rapidly vanishing glaciers of West Papua have made a rocky tower called Sumantri the second highest peak in Indonesia. Nearby Ngga Pulu has lost its glacial cap and its highest peak status.

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New Matilda | ASIA-PACIFIC|

West Papua: like a pre-independent East Timor?

Ten years after East Timor’s bloody struggle for independence, Indonesia has never prosecuted for the crimes committed during their occupation of East Timor. What’s to discourage them from similar action in West Papua? asks Marni Cordell

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Papuan shootings: we will probably never know the truth

Papua is a media black hole with foreign journalists rarely permitted to report from the province. The true story behind the latest shootings of 29-year-old Australian Drew Grant and security guard Markus Ratealo will probably never be revealed.

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Al Jazeera pulls West Papua doco

Al Jazeera’s English channel has decided not to air an Australian documentary on human rights abuses in the Indonesian province of West Papua. Did they cave in to pressure from the Indonesian government?

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Amid dreams of independence, Indonesia goes to the polls

Indonesia goes to the polls to elect its national and local legislatures today, in what many see as a foretaste of the presidential polls in July, writes Damien Kingsbury.

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Why five Australians are in a West Papuan jail

Would be tourists become victims of Indonesian military concerns in the face of coming elections, writes Damien Kingsbury.

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West Papua: Indonesia’s continuing shame

Despite some progress, Indonesia retains a blot on its democratic and human rights record; that of West Papua, writesDamien Kingsbury.

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