Franz Albert Joku and Nicholas Simion Messet

February 25, 2008

Today, several different online medias inform us about two former senior OPM fighters who voluntarily support democratization and development in Papua Province. They are Franz Albert Joku and Nicholas Simion Messet. I don’t know why those two important figures finally decide to support autonomy in Papua. For me, the most significant impact is the tension reduction between Indonesian Military and OPM. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kosovo and Papua: Incomparable Case

February 25, 2008

Political analysts, Indonesianists, and observers may have one common tendency on their analysis regarding Indonesia’s position on Kosovo’s Independence. The discouragement from domestic factor of separatism seems take the position as the single factor that prevent Indonesia in accepting Kosovo’s independence. So simple and jump into a misleading conclusion that Indonesia still has unfinished business in keeping Papua as its province. Read the rest of this entry »


A New Papua ?

February 18, 2008

Marcellus Rantetana wrote a very interesting article about development in Papua. Actually I don’t  want to copy paste the article and simply put it here so all element of Free West Papua can read it. However, the link to Jakarta Post is temporary and inthe next day the same link will be filled with another new article, so here the article. Hopefully Jakarta Post will understand and forgive me for such a copyright violation.

A new approach to building a new Papua  

Marcellus Rantetana, Jakarta

Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu is hosting a big meeting of Papua development partners in Jayapura on Feb. 15-21, 2008, with the theme “Coordination and Synchronization for People Driven Development”. The meeting is part of his efforts to coordinate and synchronize donor support for Papua development programs. Read the rest of this entry »


Papuan People’s Assembly under fire ahead of Kalla trip

February 15, 2008

A very important warning from Papuan civil society was sent to the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP). The warning should be taken seriously in order to improve the democratic atmosphere in Papua. Information regarding Papua’s problems of poverty, health, encvironment, welfare, development and human rights abuses are very significant as inputs to the local government and also Indonesian federal government.

Related Source: RNZI

Hundreds of Papuans have been demonstrating for the dissolution of the Papuan People’s Assembly or MRP. Read the rest of this entry »


Lorentz National Park, Indonesia

February 14, 2008

Lorentz National Park (Source: The Ministry of Forestry, Republic of Indonesia)

Yesterday, when I browsed the internet I have found a very interesting link on Lorentz National Park. Located at 04º00′-5º15’S, 137º14′-138º20’E, Lorentz National Park  is a Unesco World Heritage Site that lies within the Province of Papua, Indonesia, and the administrative districts of Jayawijaya, Paniai, Merauke (Southern Division), Fak-fak, Mimika and Enarotali. It stretches for over 150 kilometers (km), from the central cordillera mountains in the north to the Arafura Sea in the south. Access is by air from Jayapura to Wamena and Timika.

For further reading please follow the link above.

Additional links: Lorentz Park and the Greater Lorentz Lowlands


Freeport Report

February 13, 2008

What is the meaning of a report from Freeport-Mc Moran Copper & Gold Inc about company’s expectation for copper and gold output in 2008 from its new areas of exploration in Grasberg mine. Increase 6% bla..bla.bla, decrease ?% so what? There is so little stories about Freeport contribution to the development of Papuan. The Board of Directors and the Commissioners of Freeport-Mc Moran might think that after they pay royalty, tax and dividends everything will be okay far all parties. They forget one important thing, it is not always about business and money!!! Read the rest of this entry »


Australian Aid Package

February 13, 2008

God helping us in a mysterious way. Aid package from Australian Governement is an indirect help from God. The Foreign Minister Stephen Smith announced the renewed Australian aid package for Indonesia last week. The package, which will be spread out over three years, would mostly benefit resource-rich Papua, where more than 3,000 people from a total population of 2.5 million are infected with HIV/AIDS. Read the rest of this entry »