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

‘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...

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.

West Papuan voices from the ground

How does living under the occupation affect the lives of ordinary West Papuans? Veronica Koman spoke to five current residents of...

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.

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.

Morning star rising

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

And Finally: Jason Williamson

Sleaford Mods’ vocalist Jason Williamson talks to Graeme Green about anger, politics and anti-singing.

Sacrifice Zone: BP, Freeport and the West Papuan independence struggle

Connor Woodman reveals the ties that bind transnational mining companies to the Indonesian occupation.

Worldbeaters: Spotlight on Steve Bannon

Donald Trump's right-hand man is at the centre of global power. And he's dangerous.

Making Waves: how Catherine Shovlin is bringing a sense of community to a refugee camp

A radio soap opera is bridging social gaps in Azraq refugee camp. Florence Derrick meets its champion.

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