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...

West Papua is Indonesia’s Palestine

August 24, 2013

West Papua is becoming an international problem for the Indonesian government. Tineke Rumkabu handed me a bright yellow piece of A4 paper, double-sided, and folded in half. The official looking invitation was to attend a gathering at the Biak Numfor police station on July 1, 2013. The event, the...

The Struggle for Independence in West Papua

July 30, 2013

West Papuans have always resisted the Indonesian occupation. The people of West Papua have been struggling for freedom for over 50 years under a brutal Indonesian military occupation. The people of the different tribes are being slaughtered, raped and tortured, and their surroundings have been...

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...

Is a Free West Papua on the Horizon?

July 28, 2013

In the eyes of many, West Papua should be a country independent from Indonesia. Background While Papua New Guinea is a sovereign nation, few realize that the western half of the world’s second largest island is Indonesian territory. This resource-rich island is one of the least publicized...