Free West Papua Movement vs Progressive Developments in Papua

The following article is taken from Antara News by Ahmad Sabir*) originally published in April 2016. The writer illustrates the competing narratives between separatist Free West Papua Movement and Indonesia’s democratic progressive developments. In one side, Free West Papua gives empty hope and zero effort in helping West Papuan to improve their social and economic conditions.…

The first person who introduce Indonesian nationalism in Papua

Soegoro Atmoprasodjo successfully instilled Indonesian nationalism in his students in Papua. However, he failed in the uprising against the Dutch. Martin Sitompul – Historia.id (translated by Papua Update) MARCUS Kaisiepo, a student of the Civil Service School in Kota Nica (now Kampung Harapan in Jayapura), heard the news of the proclamation of independence of Indonesia from…

On Pro-Indonesia Papuan

The demonstration Of pro-Indonesia Papuan organisation called Barisan Merah Putih – BMP (Red and White Coalition) and Barisan Rakyat Pembela NKRI – BARA NKRI (Indonesia Defenders People’s Front) in May, June and July 2016 have attracted thousands people both Papuans and non-Papuan who used to be silent in responding to the small separatist group in Papua and…

West Papua – Indonesia

West Papua (Indonesian: Papua Barat) is a province of Indonesia. It covers the two western peninsulas of the island ofNew Guinea. Its capital is Manokwari, although the largest city is Sorong, and the 2010 census recorded a population of 760,855; the latest official estimate (as at January 2014) is 877,437. West Papua Province was created from…

Papua – Indonesia

Papua is a land of contrasts, with some of the most impenetrable jungles in the world and snowcapped mountain peaks towering over glacial lakes. Papua is Indonesia’s largest and easternmost province and covers the western half of the world’s second largest island. It is a land of exceptional natural grandeur; with beautiful scenic beaches, immense…

Discourse: ‘Papua, a land with 1,001 vested interests’

Jakarta post interview with the Mr. Bambang Dharmono about his new strategies of development and more integrated and positive communication with Papua. The Jakarta Post | Fri, 12/16/2011 8:29 AM President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appointed in early October Lt. Gen. (ret.) Bambang Dharmono, former Aceh military commander and negotiator representing Indonesia for the Aceh Monitoring…