Sunday, February 16, 2014

1) Platitudes of Papua



1) Platitudes of Papua

It’s easy to blame the central government for all of Papua’s problems, but it’s also inaccurate

Bobby Anderson


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2) Dying for nothing

Special Autonomy has crippled health services in the Papuan Highlands

Bobby Anderson




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3) Medco in Manokwari: stepping up the pressure on land and community.

Medco moved into Manokwari in 2008 to start an oil palm plantation. At that point it could still be counted as one of the pioneers of oil palm in West Papua. A few years later, as large expanses of land for new plantations become increasingly hard to obtain in Sumatra and Kalimantan, more and more companies have been turning their eyes eastward to Papua’s vast forests. Yet given the huge inequalities in Papua, it is unlikely that any of these new plantation developments will be without its problems.

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