Self appointed Papuan rebel leader in exile Benny Wenda accuses everybody else from profiting from the alleged exploitation of the natural resources of the Indonesian provinces of West Papua and Papua, from the international companies such as Freeport that extract these natural resources to the Indonesian Government in Jakarta and the usual bugbear of the Indonesian military without admitting that without such tragic events like the death of a protester in a confrontation with police Wenda would have no cause to fight for. Read the rest of this entry »
Jennifer Robinson’s comment in the Sidney Morning Herald of 12 September, ‘Leaks reveal it’s past time to speak for West Papua’, is the classical example of the activist’s outrage of being noticed and at the same time of not being noticed by the opponent he or she is campaigning against. Read the rest of this entry »
West Papua issue was a bilateral matter between the Netherlands and Indonesia regarding an incomplete process of decolonization of the Netherlands East Indies. West Papua was neither a separate entity nor a non-self-governing territory detached from the Netherlands East Indies. The problem arose when the Netherlands insisted on maintaining its presence in the western half New Guinea . At the beginning, there was no international dimension to this problem until Indonesia brought the issue to the United Nations in 1954 after all bilateral means had been exhausted. Therefore, West Papua was an unresolved question of decolonization of Indonesian territory of what was once the Netherlands East Indies.
Source : Papua Story
by Mangadar Situmorang*)
Having officially assumed the chairmanship of ASEAN, Indonesia brings forth an agenda of making ASEAN a people-centered community. This has proved that the widely held cynicism that views ASEAN as merely a forum for the Southeast Asia’s government elites is baseless.
But what does this new approach really mean? What then is the role played by the government elites and notably the ASEAN Secretariat? And, with a very specific interest, does will the new agenda have any impact on Papua? Read the rest of this entry »
Breaking News !
On 26 August 2010, located in the living room of the DPRP, First Secretary for Political Affairs of the United States of America Embassy in Jakarta Melanie Higgins has confirmed the US’s commitment to support the Papua’s integration into Indonesia. Papua’s House of Representatives chief John Ibo said the U.S. government’s relief has poured into Indonesia to enhance competency based human resource development particularly in Papua province and she also explained that some students are studying in the US. Papuan people respond positively.
We often heard stories and news about poverty in Papua and West Papua provinces. We also heard about how bad the social and economic condition in both provinces. But do we realise that poverty problem is a national problem for Indonesia?
Social and economic disparities between regions across Indonesia remains a serious hindrance to development. Papua together with other eight provinces including North Sulawesi, West Java, Jakarta, West Sumatra, East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, and Banten share the problem of poverty.
By realising that we Papuan are not alone in fighting poverty, we can work together with other provinces by the support of central government of Indonesia finding solution to increase the economic condition of our people. In the free market era, we cannot isolate ourself from the world by retreating to the jungle. We should work hard and think positively for the shake of our children and grandchildren.
The article written by Desy Nurhayati in Jakarta Post is worth to be read by all elements of Papuan.
Wide social and economic disparities between regions across Indonesia remains a serious hindrance to development, a new report on regional development for the 2004-2007 period says.
These gaps were indicated by, among other things, different levels of prosperity and the uneven development of infrastructure, the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) joint report said. Read the rest of this entry »
Local residents with bows and arrows stage a war dance on a boat during the opening of a culture and arts festival at Lake Sentani in Jayapura, Papua, on Thursday. The festival, officially opened by Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik, will last until Saturday. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)