Goodbye Indonesia - West Papua explained

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TSP97. Cover story: Unlocking the Wind’s Gate:
SurfExplore makes a successful Indonesia mission into the wild, disputed territory of West Papua. Here they find solid waves, impenetrable jungle and an ancient society in simmering conflict with its foreign occupiers – Indonesia.
Yes, it’s complicated. West Papua is clearly not part of Indo on a cultural, linguistic, or historic level. The only thing West Papua has in common with Indonesia is that they were both occupied by the Dutch in years past. Thanks to a fraudulent referendum Indonesia actually ‘owns’ West Papua and all it’s massive deposits of gold, iron, trees etc. The conflict has been described as a ‘slow genocide’ as it simmered quietly over decades, but nowadays West Papua is asserting itself against it’s large and ruthless neighbor.
This excellent piece by Al Jazeera explains how West Papua – a land of Melanesian people and thousands of diverse cultures and languages – became the largest contributor to Indonesia’s coffers, and just how brutal Indonesia is being in its bid to keep the local people down.

  1. Jakartass

    Alex, bravo for posting the video. You are a true friend of Indonesians.

    In 2005, you wrote the following: “After 1950, when Indonesia gained independence, an all out assault on the old Mentawai culture began. Families were ordered to move from the jungle, from their communal homes, or ‘ uma’ and into small modern houses with tin roofs; conversion to Islam or Christianity was ordered by Sumatran government decree and women were forcibly sterilized by doctors. It can only be described as an attempted genocide.”
    fr. http://www.waveofcompassion.org/2005mentawaiislandscolor2.html

    I quoted that in a Jakartass post: http://jakartass.net/2005/02/mentawai/ and now wish to repost it, slightly edited, for a new blog – Jakartass Travels (http://travelsofjakartass.wordpress.com/).

    However, that link of yours is now offline. If you have a new URL, could you please email it to me: jakartassATfullproofservicesDOTnet.

    With thanks.

    J

  2. Jakartass

    Alex, bravo for posting the video. You are a true friend of Indonesians.

    In 2005, you wrote the following: “After 1950, when Indonesia gained independence, an all out assault on the old Mentawai culture began. Families were ordered to move from the jungle, from their communal homes, or ‘ uma’ and into small modern houses with tin roofs; conversion to Islam or Christianity was ordered by Sumatran government decree and women were forcibly sterilized by doctors. It can only be described as an attempted genocide.”
    fr. http://www.waveofcompassion.org/2005mentawaiislandscolor2.html

    I quoted that in a Jakartass post: http://jakartass.net/2005/02/mentawai/ and now wish to repost it, slightly edited, for a new blog – Jakartass Travels (http://travelsofjakartass.wordpress.com/).

    However, that link of yours is now offline. If you have a new URL, could you please email it to me: jakartassATfullproofservicesDOTnet.

  3. Jakartass

    First line should, of course, read “Papuans”!

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