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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After 54 years of struggle under Indonesian rule, is freedom finally in sight for West Papua? Danny Chivers investigates.
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Gold, copper, palm oil, natural gas: some profit from West Papua, while others pay the price. Connor Woodman goes digging for the truth.
‘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.
Repression, resistance and hopes for the future: West Papuans speak to Veronica Koman about life under occupation.
What would an independent West Papua look like? West Papuan leaders Rex Rumakiek and Benny Wenda lay out their vision exclusively for New Internationalist.
Cyprus may want to determine its own future, but its geopolitical importance means that Britain and the US have other ideas. Darren Loucaides reports.
Michiel Driebergen and Alex Masi meet volunteers providing much-needed psychological support in war-torn Ukraine.
Boosting the backlash.
The Handmaiden, directed by Park Chan-wook; Frantz, directed by François Ozon.
Mogoya by Oumou Sangaré; The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda by Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda.
October by China Miéville; Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez; Another Economy is Possible by Manuel Castells et al; Good Cop, Bad War by Neil Woods with JS Rafaeli.
Is Bolivia’s hard-fought democracy under threat? wonders Amy Booth.
Donald Trump’s right-hand man is at the centre of global power. And he’s dangerous.
Iqbal Hossein photographs Rohingya refugees, and hears their harrowing experiences.
Thanks to the efforts of Catherine Shovlin, a Syrian refugee camp is building a community spirit. Florence Derrick meets her.
Sleaford Mods’ vocalist Jason Williamson talks to Graeme Green about anger, politics and anti-singing.
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