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Freedom in sight?

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.

May 2017, Issue 502

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  • Morning star rising

    Morning star rising

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

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  • West Papua: the facts

    West Papua: the facts

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

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

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

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

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  • The drumbeat of West Papuan resistance

    The drumbeat of West Papuan resistance

    ‘The struggle is in the song, and the song is in the struggle.’ West Papuan musician Ronny Kareni explains the vital role of Melanesian culture in the fight for freedom.

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  • West Papuan voices from the ground

    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 to hear their stories.

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  • 10 easy ways you can take action for West Papua

    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.

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

    ‘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 country.

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  • Preventing the killing of Tibet's mother tongue

    Preventing the killing of Tibet's mother tongue

    Tibetan faces rapid urbanization, dwindling numbers of native speakers, and the even greater threat of Chinese policies, writes Sam Wylde.

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  • Why are there still British military bases in Cyprus?

    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.

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  • Meet the volunteers breaking Ukraine's trauma taboo

    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.

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  • The shame of Harrods' Arctic ice water

    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, writes Chris Coltrane.

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  • Boosting the backlash against Trump

    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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  • Worldbeaters: Spotlight on Steve Bannon

    Worldbeaters: Spotlight on Steve Bannon

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

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  • Country Profile: Nepal

    Country Profile: Nepal

    After the 2015 earthquake, foreign governments and organizations pledged $4.1 billion in gifts and loans, but funds are yet to be disbursed, reports Fiona Broom.

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  • Mixed media: music reviews

    Mixed media: music reviews

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

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  • Mixed media: film reviews

    Mixed media: film reviews

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

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  • Mixed media: book reviews

    Mixed media: book reviews

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

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  • Southern Exposure

    Southern Exposure

    Iqbal Hossein photographs Rohingya refugees, and hears their harrowing experiences.

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

    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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  • And Finally: Jason Williamson

    And Finally: Jason Williamson

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

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