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Articles from No. 344, April

Action: [Wamena Leader and Papua Council Presidium Member, Reverend Komba Calls on Australia, Canada, Europe and England to Support West Papuan Self-Government]
Help lobby for an independent investigation into Theys Eluay's death. From surrounding evidence and events, the Kopassus army elite are suspected of assassinating Theys Eluay. Until the killers are exposed and punished, other independence leaders and...
Behind the Sun (Abril Despedacado) Directed by Walter Salles
Like a demented ghost, a bloody shirt, pinned by the arms, flaps in the wind. In the burning sun the Breves family examines the colour. When it's faded to yellow the elder son Tonio will set out to avenge his dead brother. And when he has killed his...
Deadly Dust
Kyla E Sentes exposes the sinister machinations designed to protect Canada's trade in asbestos - a mineral that claimed the life of her own father.In June 2001 Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, made a phone call to Chile's President Ricardo Lagos...
Deadly Dust: Kyla E Sentes Exposes the Sinister Machinations Designed to Protect Canada's Trade in Asbestos, a Mineral That Claimed the Life of Her Own Father
In June 2001 Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, made a phone call to Chile's President Ricardo Lagos regarding the country's plans to ban asbestos. The call was not to congratulate the President. Rather, Chretien suggested that Chile was being undemocratic....
Digging out the Heart and Soul of Papua
PT Freeport's gold and copper mining in West Papua - pictured below and on the previous page - are more than 4,000 metres (13,500 feet) above sea level in the central highlands. The company has cut the top off one of the mountains. The indigenous people...
Djomeh Written and Directed by Hassan Yektapanah
Djomeh is desperately lonely. He lives in exile, banished from his Afghan village because of his love for a woman both older than him and widowed. Under the eye of his older, more conservative cousin, Habib, he lives and works on a small dairy farm in...
Fight to Win by Femi Kuti
So his father declared his own state, once married 27 women in one day and was a constant thorn in the side of Nigeria's military rulers. Oh, and he also created afro-beat. Let's face it: Fela Kuti's son Femi has a hard act to follow; an act so gigantic...
Folk Fabric: Chinese Villages Where Unsung Artists Dwell
A 350-metre-long patchwork quilt made of 1,000 cloth pieces is carrying an urgent cultural message to the Chinese. The quilt symbolizes the need to preserve the country's folk art, which is in danger of dying out. One thousand people from farming families...
Folk Fabric: Chinese Villages Where Unsung Artists Dwell [Qianjixiu]
[Graph Not Transcribed]A 350-metre-long patchwork quilt made of 1,000 cloth pieces is carrying an urgent cultural message to the Chinese. The quilt symbolizes the need to preserve the country's folk art, which is in danger of dying out. One thousand...
Laying Uncle Ho to Rest: The WTO as the Latest Invader
THE Ho Chi Minh Museum in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, is a treasure chest of photos, letters, artefacts and artworks commemorating both the national independence struggle against France and the US and the life of its liberation leader, Ho Chi Minh. Amongst...
Mao's Maids [Nepal's People's War]
You see the colour red everywhere in Nepal: in the roadside shrines and intricately carved temples that edge the streets; in the saris women wear and the vermilion powder that fills the parting in their hair; in the woven caps that men sport; and in...
Military Madness
One terrible day in the highlands revealed what's at stake for West Papuans - and the strategy of violent strife being fermented by the Indonesian military, whose local commander tried it out first in nearby East Timor.As the Morning Star was still on...
Military Madness: One Terrible Day in the Highlands Revealed What's at Stake for West Papuans
[Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed]As the Morning Star was still on the horizon on 6 October 2000, the Indonesian police in Wamena were using chain saws to fell every flag bearing its name. Two Papuans who got in the way were killed. Word...
My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
In late 16th-century Constantinople, just after the Ottoman-Safavid wars, a team of miniaturists beavers away on a major work for the Sultan. In this gateway between Europe and Asia, fundamentalists are damning representational art as an outrage against...
Peru
Two centuries ago, Italian explorer Antonio Raimondi wrote that Peru is like a `beggar seated on a bench of gold'. Today, nearly half the population lives on less than two dollars a day despite billion-dollar mining, oil and natural-gas extraction. But...
Playing Up the Primitive
After being buried under 40 years of Indonesian rule, West Papuan culture is still very much alive and kicking, as Eben Kirksey finds out.IN May 2000 thousands of the Mee people greeted Megawati Sukarnoputri - who was then Indonesia's Vice President...
Playing Up the Primitive: After Being Buried under 40 Years of Indonesian Rule, West Papuan Culture Is Still Very Much Alive and Kicking, as Eben Kirksey Finds Out
[Graph Not Transcribed]IN May 2000 thousands of the Mee people greeted Megawati Sukarnoputri -- who was then Indonesia's Vice President -- when she visited the highland outpost of Enarotali. Running counter-clockwise around her helicopter in a raucous...
Reach for the Morning Star
After nearly three weeks in West Papua, Chris Richards concludes that West Papuans are well on their way to freedom - but it's too early to celebrate yet.MY last day in West Papua starts in the same place as my first: in Sentani, 36 kilometres west of...
Reach for the Morning Star: After Nearly Three Weeks in West Papua, Chris Richards Concludes That West Papuans Are Well on Their Way to Freedom, but It's Too Early to Celebrate Yet
MY last day in West Papua starts in the same place as my first: in Sentani, 36 kilometres west of Jayapura. And once again I am in a crowd outside the house of the assassinated leader Theys Eluay -- this time to commemorate the independence-day flag...
Reality TV, More Television Diplomacy [Profiles from the Front Line and Kofi Annan Appears on Sesame Street]
'Reality' TV[Graph Not Transcribed]Two of the world's worst things - the 'war on terror', and 'reality television' - are coming together in a new Pentagon-Hollywood collaboration. ABC - a US TV 'news' network owned by Disney - is getting priveleged access...
Riley Bechtel [Worldbeaters]
[Graph Not Transcribed]Riley Bechtel, Chair and Chief Executive of Bechtel Enterprises, is a very wealthy man. According to Forbes magazine he had a net worth last year of more than $3.5 billion and was number 51 on the list of the richest people in...
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower by William Blum
At a time when the US has declared war on terrorism Rogue State is a most timely guide to the state-sponsored terrorism that the US has been exporting around the globe since the Second World War as an integral part of its foreign policy.In short, information-dense...
Sharp Focus on Zacharias Kunuk
Jerry White catches up with the Inuit director's latest genre-defying film.although he's sceptical about being viewed as a leader of any kind, it seems clear to me that Zacharias Kunuk's film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner speaks to the fact that indigenous...
Sharp Focus: On Zacharias Kunuk [Atanarjuat]
Jerry White catches up with the lnuit director's latest genre-defying film.[Graph Not Transcribed]although he's sceptical about being viewed as a leader of any kind, it seems clear to me that Zacharias Kunuk's film Atanarjual: The Fast Runner speaks...
Slaves Shake off Their Shackles: Dramatic Rescue Bids for Exploited Children
IT was the workers from Free the Children India (FTC) who rescued Gopal - from a West Bengal mechanical workshop near the Bangladeshi border. They rescue thousands of children from exploitation each year. In Gopal's case, his employer had paid $25 to...
The Picador Book of African Stories Edited by Stephen Gray
In his introduction to this impressive collection, the editor Stephen Gray remarks that, with the first free elections in his native South Africa in 1994, he finally felt able to explore that whole continent of experience that apartheid had screened...
They Walk on the Leaves of Trees: Chris Richards Finds an Alternative Model for West Papuan Self-Determination
The wealth of its neighbours in Papua New Guinea has been squandered by a Westminster-style Parliament. No wonder the type of democracy West Papua wants is still up in the air.HE is a human telegraph. He will travel for days to get the news. On foot...
They Walk on the Leaves of Trees: Paul Kingsnorth Has a Secret Meeting with a Legendary Guerrilla Leader, but Can't Give Him What He Wants
LONG before I meet Goliar Tabuni, I have heard more than enough about him to be - shall we say, apprehensive. The local OPM (Free Papua Movement) members, who have arranged our clandestine meeting, have told me story after story about him. He is seven...
They Walk on the Leaves of Trees: The Wealth of Its Neighbours in Papua New Guinea Has Been Squandered by a Westminster-Style Parliament
[Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed]Chris Richards finds an alternative model for West Papuan self-determination.HE is a human telegraph. He will travel for days to get the news. On foot and by car. Over the Papua New Guinea border, then through...
Tiny Eye of the Hurricane [Ilois Sue to Return to Diego Garcia]
The US navy call it 'the rock'.Diego Garcia is a beautiful 27-square-kilometre atoll of coral and sand - and the most important strategic US air-base in the Indian Ocean. It's been used for US bombing raids on Iraq, and in October 2001 B-52 bombers began...
Unocal in Afghanistan [Khalilzad Made US Special Envoy]
Former consultant to oil giant Unocal Corporation and pro-Taliban lobbyist, Zalmay Khalizad, has been made the US Special Envoy to Afghanistan. The highest-ranking US diplomat in the country, he represents US government interests to the emerging Afghani...
VIEW FROM THE SOUTH: Mao's Maids
You see the colour red everywhere in Nepal: in the roadside shrines and intricately carved temples that edge the streets; in the saris women wear and the vermilion powder that fills the parting in their hair; in the woven caps that men sport; and in...
Way beyond Petroleum
Oil giant British Petroleum's glossy, eco-friendly advertising campaign says the company has gone `beyond petroleum'. In resource-rich West Papua, the company seems to be living up to its claim by helping to fund an emerging government. Can it be trusted?...
Way beyond Petroleum [British Petroleum Claims to Be Helping Fund an Emerging Government]
[Graph Not Transcribed]Looking out of the window as we drive up the hill behind the rambling capital of Jayapura, Dennis Heffernan is explaining how even the real estate here is political. He uses the unlit cigar in his hand to point at the houses he...
West Papua: A History of Betrayal
The first colonizers[Graph Not Transcribed]Humans first settled New Guinea at least 50,000 years ago, when it was connected to Australia by a land bridge. The British were the first Europeans to attempt colonization, but their 1793 colony was evacuated...
West Papua Rising: West Papuans Want Independence. Indonesians Gun Them Down. but Dead Spirits Free Hearts
He is being buried at the local football ground only a few hundred metres from West Papua's main airport runway. Twenty thousand have come to watch. They fill the football ground and spill into the streets. Those who've climbed on to the sloped iron...
West Papua Rising: West Papuans Want Independence. Indonesians Gun Them Down. but Dead Spirits Free Hearts. Chris Richards Reports
[Graph Not Transcribed]He is being buried at the local football ground only a few hundred metres from West Papua's main airport runway. Twenty thousand have come to watch. They fill the football ground and spill into the streets. Those who've climbed...
West Papua the Facts
[Map Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed]Wasior. The indigenous population in this region is opposing logging interests. There is now a large military build-up in the area to suppress this resistance. In 2001 there were 57 forest concession-holders...
Worldbeaters.Taking Aim at the Rich and Powerful: Riley Bechtel
Riley Bechtel, Chair and Chief Executive of Bechtel Enterprises, is a very wealthy man. According to Forbes magazine he had a net worth last year of more than $3.5 billion and was number 51 on the list of the richest people in the US.The San Francisco-based...
Zombie by Fela Kuti and Afrika 70
Whenever the `moral majority' gets itself in a lather about anti-authoritarian pop stars, maybe they should just thank their lucky stars that they don't have someone of the order of Fela Kuti on their tails. Simply, Fela Kuti (who died in 1997) still...
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