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Members of Free West Papua Campaign Netherlands demonstrate in The Hague last September against excessive violence in West Papua by the Indonesian army. Remko de Waal/EPA

How the world failed West Papua in its campaign for independence

International political dynamics sabotaged West Papuans' attempts to ride the waves of decolonisation efforts by Asian and African countries throughout the 1940s to the 1960s.
Indonesian flag flown as kite at an Independence Day celebration in Bali. Made Nagi/EPA

Tensions in Papua and hyper-nationalism in Indonesia

The prevailing hyper-nationalism in Indonesia today betrays the modernist idea of nationhood which inspired the nationalist movement in the archipelago a century ago.
A woman stands near her burnt stall at Thumburuni market in Fakfak, West Papua, Indonesia, on 22 August after protesters torched the market during a violent rally. Beawiharta/EPA

Development for all: a better solution for Papua

Adopting an inclusive development approach to the well-being of Papuans is the best solution to solve Papuan problems.
Political arrests have been on the rise in recent years in restive West Papua, and the local population is pushing for a new referendum on independence. Frans/EPA

Riots in West Papua: why Indonesia needs to answer for its broken promises

Violence has returned to West Papua over the arrests of students for allegedly desecrating a flag. So much for the new push for reconciliation under Indonesia President Joko Widodo.
In Papua, the country’s easternmost province, reports say at least 61 children have died from malnutrition and measles. Photo of mother and child in a church in Asmat district, taken on January 22, 2018. Reuters/via Antara News Agency

Why health research rarely influence policy in Indonesia

Health research in Indonesia are mostly kept in library shelves instead of being used in policymaking.
Rabaul is famous for its twin volcanoes, which erupted simultaneously in 1994. Unknown photographer Image supplied by David Bridie and Gideon Kakabin

The A Bit na Ta exhibition reminds us of our forgotten links to Papua New Guinea

An exhibition at the Melbourne Museum tells the history of colonialism in East New Britain, PNG, from the perspective of the local people. This is history from the ground up, told through film, art and music.
A member of the Indonesian Red Cross (R) assists evacuees from villages authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists, near the Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc, in Timika, Mimika, Papua province, Indonesia November 17, 2017. Reuters/Muhammad Yamin

Understanding the root problem in Papua and its solution

Talks about increasing militarisation in Papua has intensified after reports of violence in mining area Tembagapura. But Indonesia should not rush in with a military operation.

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