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May Issue: West Papua
May 2017
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West Papua stands on a knife-edge between freedom and disaster. In this issue, we hear the voices of people living under Indonesian occupation and fighting to be free. We learn about the unifying power of Melanesian music, expose the extractive companies that are profiting from Papuan repression, and hear Indigenous leaders lay out their visions of the new country they want to build.

Included in this issue

West Papua: the facts

Putting the most important information about West Papua at your fingertips.

Meet the volunteers breaking Ukraine's trauma taboo

Michiel Driebergen and Alex Masi tell the story of Ukranians providing much-needed psychological support in war-torn areas.

‘We are ready’: why West Papuan independence isn't just a dream

What would a free West Papua look like? Independence leaders from the government-in-waiting lay out their visions for a free...

Mixed media: film reviews

The Handmaiden; Frantz: have a look at the film reviews of the month.

Mixed media: book reviews

October; Good Cop, Bad War; Another Economy is Possibly and others: our book reviews of the month.

Kashmir's pashmina woes

Machine manufacturing of Pashmina scarves has saturated the market, leaving artisans without hope of a secure future, writes...

Why are there still British military bases in Cyprus?

The island may want to determine its own future, but Britain and the US have other ideas. Darren Loucaides reports.

Mixed media: music reviews

Mogoya by Oumou Sangaré; The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda by Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda: our music...

10 easy ways you can take action for West Papua

There are quick but important things we all can do to support the West Papuan freedom struggle.

The shame of Harrods' Arctic ice water

In a world in which 663 million live without safe water, it's a scandal that Harrods started stocking Arctic ice water for £80,...

Morning star rising

After 54 years of struggle under Indonesian rule, is freedom finally in sight for West Papua? Danny Chivers investigates.

Boosting the backlash against Trump

Progressives have to try to maximize the liberatory potential of a growing discontent, says Mark Engler.

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