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 »
Bad weather likely caused plane crash: Minister
Dina indrasafitri, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 05/08/2011 9:30 AM | National
Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi said on Saturday that the crash of a Merpati plane in West Papua on Saturday was more likely caused by bad weather rather than technical glitches.
“Even if the plane is new, it’s no guarantee [that the flight will be accident free],” he said in Jakarta. Read the rest of this entry »
As an integral part of Indonesia and just like other islands in Indonesia, West Papua is a land of song . With more than 300 hundreds of different languages, biodiversity and creative arts, the land is sometimes called the Bird of Paradise. Christian missionaries disapproved of Papuan folk music throughout the colonial period of the country’s history. Even after independence, the outside world knew little of the diverse peoples’ traditional music genres. The first commercial release to see an international audience didn’t occur until 1991 (see 1991 in music), when Mickey Hart’s Voices of the Rainforest was released. Indonesian government is very supportive to creative arts and music to its people, however the political conflict in West Papua has brought a very distressful situation for musician, especially when their soul of song related to social and political critics to the New Order government. Most Indonesian musician who actively criticise the government are repressed
Today Indonesia is democracy, West Papua just like Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Lampung, Sumatra, and many other provinces can strongly build itself a s a land of song.
Sadly, some opportunist idler like Jay Griffiths, Dominic Brown and an escaped muderer like Benny Wenda are continuing to spread lies in the UK. Please be careful with their demonic propaganda to provoke bloody conflict in the peaceful land of Papua.
Source : Papua Story
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
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 »
The government to make sure that the development acceleration in Papua well conducted.
Papuan community leader and city councilor Athanasius Allo Rafra has welcomed the government plan to establish a taskforce in March in a bid to accelerate development in Papua and West Papua provinces.
“I support the establishment of the taskforce because the development of Papua and West Papua has progressed at a snail’s pace,” said Allo Rafra on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »