The Rape of East Timor

February 25, 2016

East Timor won its independence in 1999 with the blood and courage of its people. But the tiny democracy was then bullied by Australia, says John Pilger. Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was...

Obama Ignores Morocco’s Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses

January 05, 2014

US policy on Western Sahara constitutes nothing less than a rejection of international law. In November 2013, President Barack Obama met with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI in Washington for their first face-to-face meeting. The result was a bitter disappointment for supporters of human rights...

Is an Independent West Papuan State Possible?

September 17, 2013

Colonial attitudes must be overcome and replaced with international support for West Papuans. The very unpredictability of politics is the greatest hope for those seeking an independent West Papuan state. Here, some of the key issues occupying West Papuan nationalists and observers of the...

Australia and West Papua: Absent Allies

July 28, 2013

Why Australia will not be the white knight for West Papua that it was for East Timor. In 1999, after 25 years of occupation and oppression, East Timor achieved independence from Indonesia. The tiny developing nation was able to take a stand against the Indonesian forces with the support of...