The Battle to Save Indonesia’s Disappearing Forests

February 24, 2011

Zubaidah Nazeer – Straits Times Indonesia | February 23, 2011

Imagine 400 football fields of trees disappearing during the duration of a soccer match. That was the rate of deforestation in Indonesia just a few years ago, between 2000 and 2006.

After bans by European countries on imports of illegally logged timber products, the rate of destruction has halved – to about 1 million hectares a year. But this is still considered high, and urgent action is needed, say researchers, analysts and environmental activists. If nothing is done, Indonesia’s unprotected natural forests will be depleted in about 35 years, said Bustar Maitar of Greenpeace Indonesia. Read the rest of this entry »


Jouwe: Papua Merdeka Only a Dream

March 3, 2010

Free Papua Movement (OPM) founder Nicholas Jouwe, on Thursday, said that Papua Merdeka is only a dream.

Papua will never be independent, because it has been independent in the frame of the Republic of Indonesia.

Nicholas Jouwe was fighting for Papuan independency in the U.N. in 1960s.

Nicholas Jouwe returned to Indonesia for good in 2009.

He will stay in Papua and spend the rest of his life there.

“I shall return to Papua, because I am an Indonesian,” said Nicholas Jouwe.

He gets a lot of information on Papua development.

He admitted that Papua is much more progress than 40 years ago. People were living in stone-age then. Now, it is modern life in Papua.

Former beauty queen of Papua serves as Indonesia’s ‘transmigration ambassador.’

February 23, 2010

24-year-old Augustine Ariella Nere embarked from Jakarta on a mission to Mesuji district in Lampung, her second trip with government officials as the country’s “transmigration ambassador.”

Augustine was appointed to the post by the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration on Dec. 14. The former beauty pageant contestant says she wants a chance to talk with the minister, Muhaimin Iskandar, about her own ideas on how to improve relocation programs in far-flung areas of the country.

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Prominent Figure of West Papua passed away

February 2, 2010

Amersfoort — Viktor Kaisiepo passed away at the age of 61 in Amersfoort, the town where he resided. He was an internationally renowned fighter for developing the people of West Papua, the land where he was born. Kaisiepo had been seriously ill for some time, as stated by his wife.

In May 2000 the Papuan activist Viktor Kaisiepo set foot on his native soil for the first time in 38 years. In Indonesia, the political tide had turned, and President Wahid gave Western New Guinea its old name back: Papua. The indigenous people held a conference on the political future of the region and Viktor, then 51 years old, could not afford to be absent. Read the rest of this entry »

Papua is part of Indonesia

January 12, 2010

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 01/12/2010 5:04 PM

Free Papua Organization (OPM) rebel group founder Nicholas Jouwe arrived in Jakarta on Tuesday and vowed to spend the rest of his life in the country.

Jouwe, 86, proceeded to the office of the Coordinating Public Welfare Minister Agung Laksono upon his arrival in Jakarta. Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi, who is a native Papuan, was also seen at the meeting.

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The killing of Kelly Kwalik and Papua conflict

December 26, 2009

Neles Tebay , Abepura | Thu, 12/24/2009 9:08 AM | Jakarta Post

Kelly Kwalik was recognized as a prominent Papuan leader of the armed wing of the Free Papua Movement (OPM). He resisted Indonesia’s rule over Papua until the last day of his life, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009.

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BP Shattered illusions

March 19, 2008